North Naples Physical Therapy is the exclusive official Physical Therapy provider for the ECHL Florida Everblades professional ice hockey team. We are proud to be able to provide service to this great hockey club and be part of their 21 year history.
"It has been awesome to be able to bring together my love of ice hockey and my passion for Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy to get these professional athletes back in the game".
Our approach of Integrative Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy combined with Sports Physical Therapy has created a Manual Sports Physical Therapy approach that has had great outcomes at games as an integral part of the team medical and training staff, keeping players on the ice and in the game. Applying this approach to the players in the clinic, we have had outstanding outcomes getting them off of injured reserve and back on the active roster and in the game, faster and with great results. This experience allows us to bring all our patients the the same high level of Integrative Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation that the pros get. You don't have to be a pro to be treated like one. Go Where The Pros go and get back in your game.
Naples, Fl, June 22, 2018 -- John M. Pierce PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, COMT, CMP, of Naples, Florida, has achieved recertification as a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Dr. Pierce specializes in the identification and treatment of orthopedic and sports injuries. He is the founder of North Naples Physical Therapy, inc. He holds 21 years of clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of orthopedic and sports related injuries. He has extensive advanced training in manual physical therapy holding the three most prestigious manual physical therapy credentials and certifications as an MTC, COMT and CMP. His orthopedic and sports background includes specializing in post surgical rehabilitation, and working with professional athletes from the ECHL, NFL, PGA, MLB, NHL and Olympian.
Dr. Pierce has held board certification as a certified orthopedic clinical specialist since 2008. He has worked as a full time clinician throughout the 10 year certification period. He prepared for the recertification examination with an intensive study regiment of current evidence based orthopedics, sitting for examination in March. Since successfully passing the examination Dr. Pierce will proudly hold the prestigious distinction as an orthopedic clinical specialist through the year 2029.
“Maintaining my board-certification is key to demonstrating my commitment to pursuing the highest level of current evidence based knowledge and skill with which to best serve my patients,” Dr. Piercestated.
Dr, Pierce graduated in 1986 form New Paltz College, New York, with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting. He graduated in 1997 from Stony Brook University, New York, with a Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree. He graduated in 2008 from the University of St. Augustine, Florida, with a Doctorate in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. He is the founder, director and lead clinician at North Naples Physical Therapy, an Integrative Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy practice in Naples, Fl. He holds manual therapy certifications from the University of St Augustine, Maitland Australian Approach and the Mulligan Concept. He proudly holds the position as the official physical therapist for the ECHL Florida Everblades professional ice hockey team.
To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in one of nine specialty areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports and Women’s Health Physical Therapy.
In addition, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous examination, demonstrating specialized current knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice, Dr. Pierce’s being in orthopedics.
Certifications are valid for 10 years. For recertification, ABPTS has developed a maintenance model that focuses on continuing competence of the physical therapist specialist. This new "Maintenance of Specialist Certification" model includes the following elements: professional standing and direct patient care hours, commitment to lifelong learning through professional development, practice performance through examples of patient care and clinical reasoning, and cognitive expertise through a test of knowledge in the profession.To date, more than 16,000 physical therapists are board-certified clinical specialists within the nine specialty areas.
ABPTS was established by the APTA as the governing body that awards certification to physical therapists who meet approved requirements. ABPTS oversees the physical therapy clinical specialist certification and maintenance of specialist certification programs and awards certificates to physical therapists meeting approved requirements. The ABPTS governs the strict legal rights and use of the specialist logo and only permits credentialed board certified specialists to utilize the specialist logo and identify themselves as a clinical specialist in their specialty area.
Dr. John M. Pierce, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, COMT, CMP has been credentialed as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner October 2017 through the Mulligan Manual Therapy Concept. He is currently the only CMP credentialed therapist in Southwest Florida.
The Mulligan Concept developed by Brian Mulligan is a unique renowned manual physical therapy treatment approach. This technique entails application of skilled sustained accessory joint glides of spinal and extremity joints provided by a trained physical therapist while having the patient perform concurrent active pain free physiologic movements. This technique coined the unique acronym of MWM's manipulation with movement. Many of these techniques have variations and adaptations that eventually can be taught to patients with unique self MWM's and taping for adjunctive home participation.
After completing the core courses in the Mulligan Concept treatment techniques, John attended that advanced technique course and credentialing examination in Grand Rapids Michigan. The CMP credentialing process begins with a written examination that tests the candidate's knowledge of the Mulligan Concept. The examination culminates with a one hour oral/practical examination requiring knowledge of over 80 Mulligan Concept techniques demonstrating competency in 12 randomly chosen techniques critiqued by two expert examiners. Examination competency emphasizes accurate technique and skillsin the Mulligan Concept. Upon passing all parts of the examination the prestigious CMP credential is awarded.
John's passion for orthopedics, manual physical therapy, and his continued desire to learn through advanced training, has earned him the very unique distinction of a trilogy of manual physical therapy certifications in the three most sought after certifications in manual physical therapy. These renowned techniques are unique in their approach, yet complimentary within the art and skill set of manual physical therapy and orthopedics. In order to maintain these advanced credentials there are specific requirements above and beyond licensure that must be satisfied with proof submitted to maintain good standing of professional credentialing and show consistent level of competency.
With this diverse background and competency of these advanced techniques, John and the clinicians at NNPT offer a very unique, highly effective, eclectic and unprecedented approach of Integrative manual physical therapy, providing the highest level of compassionate and professional skilled patient care, maximizing outcome potentials.
Dr. John M. Pierce, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, COMT was credentialed as a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) May 2016 through the Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Approach. He is currently the only COMT credentialed therapist in Southwest Florida.
COMT Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist. The Maitland approach is considered the cornerstone of modern day orthopedic manual therapy assessment and treatment of both spinal and peripheral conditions. This approach uses the assessment and treatment of the patients signs and symptoms to develop an effective treatment plan. This approach is patient-centric, and respects the diagnosis with an understanding of the pathology. This process was developed by Geoff Maitland a renowned physiotherapist and founding influence on advanced orthopedic manual physical therapy.
After several years of practice and training in the 6 core courses, John was approved to sit for certification examination. The COMT credentialing process requires a rigorous examination that tests the candidate's knowledge of the competencies learned in the 6 core MAPS curriculum prerequisites. This two day comprehensive examination process consists of eight hours of multiple exam components: written short-answer, multiple choice, and video-patient exam which are performed on day 1 of testing. Examination culminates on day 2 with a one hour OSCE-oral/practical examination (a hands-on exam of manual therapy skills) critiqued by two expert examiners. Examination competency emphasizes clinical decision-making, advanced orthopedic clinical practice, accurate techniques of assessment/treatment, effective treatment progression and safety. Upon passing all parts of the examination the COMT credential is awarded.
John's passion for orthopedics, manual physical therapy, and his continued desire to learn through advanced training, with the ultimate goal of providing the highest level of compassionate and professional skilled patient care has earned him the unique distinction as a tri-certified manual physical therapist in the three most sought after certifications in manual physical therapy. These renowned techniques are each unique in their approach, yet complimentary within the art and skill set of manual physical therapy and orthopedics. This eclectic approach of advanced techniques is a new effective paradigm of integrative manual physical therapy.