The Management & Faculty of Eureka Seminars


Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM, Dr. Jan Dommerholt of Eureka Seminarsis a Dutch-trained physical therapist who holds a Master of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in biomechanical trauma and health care administration, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.  Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at Aalborg University in Denmark.   Dr. Dommerholt has taught many courses and lectured at conferences throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle East while maintaining an active clinical practice. He is an Associated Editor of the  Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, and on the editorial board of the the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and Cuestiones de Fisioterapia.

He has edited four books on myofascial trigger points and manual physical therapy, authored nearly 60 book chapters and over 80 articles on myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and performing arts physical therapy. He prepares a quarterly literature review column on myofascial pain for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Dr. Dommerholt is president/CEO of Myopain Seminars, Eureka Seminars, Bethesda Physiocare®, and CEO of PhysioFitness.

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mona1 - Version 3Mona Mendelson, MSW, LCSW-C
is Vice-President and Director of Program Development of Myopain Seminars. Ms. Mendelson received her Master in Social Work from the University of Maryland. As a licensed clinical social worker, she has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, including her own private practice in Bethesda, MD. Ms. Mendelson joined Myopain Seminars in 2015 and she is primarily responsible for program development and outreach.




mahan 1Avelene Mahan  joined Myopain Seminars in 2004 even before the company existed! As Course Administrator, Ms. Mahan is responsible for all logistics associated with the course programs, including course registrations, customer service, book keeping, packaging and shipping course supplies, and everything else that comes across her desk. Avelene is likely the busiest person at Myopain Seminars. Keeping track of all activities is a challenge that few people can handle.

Clinical Anatomy & Pelvic Girdle Pain and Spine Course


Andry Vleeming, PT, PhDAndry Vleeming, PT, PhD, is a world-renowned clinical anatomist. Since 1990, when he established a clinical research team at the Erasmus Medical University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Dr. Vleeming has been studying the lumbar spine and pelvis from an anatomical and clinical perspective. His anatomical and biomechanical research has been accepted worldwide and incorporated into rehabilitation programs for patients with lumbopelvic dysfunction. In 1996, he founded the Spine and Joint Rehabilitation Centre in Rotterdam, a specialized rehabilitation hospital for severe chronic lumbar and pelvic pain patients, in cooperation with the Dutch government. His accomplishments were recognized when he was honored with knighthood. Currently, Dr. Vleeming is a professor at the Ghent Medical University in the department of Rehabilitation and Kinesiotherapy and a visiting professor in Clinical Anatomy at the University of New England in Maine.

Dr. Vleeming and his colleagues continue to study the stability and movement of the pelvis and spine, which has led to many publications in spine journals. By applying new techniques to measure motion of the pelvis, such as radio stereo photogrammetry analysis-RSA- and echo Doppler oscillation research, new insights revealed that the motion of the pelvis in patients is different than expected. Evidence-based studies demonstrated that many manual tests of the pelvis are not sufficiently reliable and new tests became available. These new diagnostic test procedures became accepted as a standard for evidence-based diagnosis of the pelvis.

Dr. Vleeming is chairman of the Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Pain in close cooperation with the office of continuing education of the University of San Diego. He acted as chairman for the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) committee development of the European Pelvic Girdle Pain Guidelines, which were published in 2008.  Dr Vleeming has written more then 60 peer reviewed articles in leading musculoskeletal journals. He is the author of 15 books on the musculoskeletal system and editor of 20 books and 18 book chapters, including the book Movement, Stability & Lumbopelvic Pain: Integration of Research and Therapy.

Contemporary Manual Therapy

CMT Instructors

Headshots Keith PoorbaughKeith Poorbaugh, PT, ScD, OCS, CMTPT, FAAOMPT earned his Masters degree in physical therapy from the Mayo School of Health Sciences. He completed the Doctorate of Science program in physical therapy at Texas Tech University. He completed an APTA credentialed fellowship in manual therapy and was awarded Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He has extensive clinical experience in the treatment of complex pain- related conditions with emphasis on manual therapy and motor learning. He has developed an eclectic, evidence-guided approach to clinical reasoning and manual therapy as a clinician, instructor, and adjunct faculty. He has instructed over 70 courses on manual therapy and spinal stability. He has authored articles on the management of whiplash and is a reviewer for the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He retired from the US Army after 22 years of service. He is the owner of Northern Edge Physical Therapy in Wasilla, AK.

Francis Jung Headshot

Francis Jung, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, Cert. MDT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT is clinical director of Columbia Physical Therapy In Motion located in Columbia, Maryland, USA.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Dr. Jung is a clinical expert in the field of manual physical therapy specializing in cervicogenic dizziness, headaches, and chronic spine disorders. He also extensively works with competitive athletes in swimming, golf, soccer, tennis, cycling, and martial arts by promoting functional rehabilitation. Dr. Jung studied exercise science and completed an honors program in Biomechanics. He graduated from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo with a doctorate degree in physical therapy. He completed orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship program from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He is actively engaged in clinical education as a clinical mentor and a faculty for entry-level students, residents, and fellows in training from orthopedic manual physical therapy (OMPT) residency and fellowship programs. He also assists teaching trigger points dry needling courses with Myopain Seminars. Dr. Jung participates as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Pain Medicine, Manual Therapy, and the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). He is very interested in a meta-cognitive clinical decision making and development of a holistic approach of clinical reasoning framework. His mental model of physical therapy background is adapted under the influence of Maitland, Mckenzie, Jones, Stevens, Cook, Kaltenborn, Mulligan, Bobath, Vojta, Knott, Travell, Dommerholt, and Stecco.

Dr. Jung has expanded clinical practice towards a psychosocial model of pain science and behavioral medicine. Dr. Jung is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in physical therapy credentialed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). He has presented several clinical cases and education sessions at professional conferences. He has authored several abstracts and manuscripts. His recent accepted manuscript in 2017 is titled as “Clinical Decision Making in the Management of Patients with Cervicogenic Dizziness: A Case Series” in JOSPT. Dr. Jung is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and AAOMPT. He is a Korean-American, happily married and has two daughters. He is an avid golfer and a martial artist in both Kumdo and TaeKwonDo. Recently He enjoys cycling, performing kettlebell and power lifting training.


CRAFTA®  Instructors

Harry J.M. von Piekartz, PT, PhD, MSc, MT(OMT)Harry J.M. von Piekartz, PT, PhD, MSc, MT(OMT), qualified as a physical therapist in 1985, when he graduated from the University of Enschede in the Netherlands (Hogeschool van de Twentse Academie voor Fysiotherapie). In 1988, he successfully completed his manual therapy training (Maitland Concept) in Switzerland. In 1993, he received the IFOMT diploma in the Netherlands through the Dutch Manual Therapy Association (NVMT). In 1994, he completed the teacher training program of the International Maitland Teacher Association (IMTA) and a year later, he also started as a teacher for the Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute (NOI).

From 1996 to 2000 Harry was involved in a number of multidisciplinary projects on chronic craniofacial pain patients and in 2001, he published his first book Craniofacial Dysfunction and Pain, Manual Therapy—Assessment—Management (Butterworth-Heinemann). The book was also published in German (Thieme Verlag, 2001) and Spanish (McGraw-Hill, 2003).

In 2000, he successfully completed his Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Leuven (Belgium). His thesis focused on “The Neurodynamic Testing of the Mandibular Nerve: Reliability and Norm-Data.”

In 2003, he became a senior IMTA teacher, was granted a fellowship of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Section Germany (ICCMO), and was elected president of the Craniofacial Therapy Academy (CRAFTA). In 2005 he was awarded a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from Staffordshire University (UK). His second book “Craniofacial Pain. Assessment and Management of the Neuromusculoskeletal System” was published in 2007 (Elsevier).

Since 2008 Dr. von Piekartz is Professor for Physiotherapy at the University of Applied Science in Osnabrück where he is involved in several research projects, give lectures and is study leader of the Master of Science education in Manual Therapy (IFOMPT).

Dr. von Piekartz is an international lecturer and he has published many publications in this field of orofacial pain, among others. His special interests include the management of problems in the craniocervical, craniomandibular and craniofacial regions; physical therapy for children with craniocervical and craniofacial dysfunctions and pain; the function of the (cranial) nervous system and the role of physiotherapy; and rehabilitation programs and pain management for long term pain problems in the neuromusculoskeletal domain. When he is not teaching, traveling, or doing research, he sees patients in his private practice in Ootmarsum, a small town in the eastern part of the Netherlands (Physio Edu).

Marisa Hoffmann, PT, MSc, BoH, MT (OMT)Marisa Hoffmann, PT, MSc, BoH, MT (OMT), received her Physical Therapy degree in 2005 from the University of Applied Science Fresenius, Idstein, Germany in cooperation with the Hogeschool Utrecht, the Netherlands. As part of her undergraduate degree she completed an internship at the Capitol Spine and Pain Centers in Shirlington, VA in the US and participated in the Trigger Point Examination and Treatment courses offered by Myopain Seminars.

During a one-year residence in the United Kingdom, Marisa enrolled in a postgraduate studies program at the University of Southampton where she earned her Master of Science in Health and Rehabilitation degree in 2007. She gained insight into the U.K. National Health System through a position as Research Assistant at The Stroke Association Rehabilitation Research Centre, Southampton. Since 2006 she has held multiple positions as a physical therapist in Germany. The focus of her work is in the field of orthopedics, craniofacial therapy, and postsurgical treatment.

In 2012 Ms. Hoffman opened her own private clinic AGILPHYSIO, working mainly with patients requiring specialized treatment and focusing on manual physical therapy and head, neck, and face pain. Furthermore, she lectures at the Catholic University of Applied Science, Mainz, Germany.

Early on in her education, her neighbor, a well-known orthodontist and researcher, got her interested in the craniofacial field and encouraged her to enroll in the CRAFTA courses. Since 2008 she found her passion in treating adults and children with head and facial pain. She was awarded her CRAFTA degree in 2010 and is an instructor-in-training for CRAFTA since 2011.

Since 2013 Marisa holds a certificate as Orthopedic Manual Therapist after the Maitland-Australian approach (IFOMPT standards).

Whenever she is not busy as a physical therapist, Marisa loves to travel the world and especially, visit her relatives in Arlington, VA. She participates in hiking, running, and dancing. She enjoys the culinary specialties of her home Rhineland-Palatinate, a famous wine region in Germany.

Michiel Trouw, PT, OMTMichiel Trouw, PT, OMT, completed his physical therapy degree in 1992 at the Hogeschool Utrecht, the Netherlands. After completing his manual therapy training (OMT/IFOMPT), he has worked as a manual physical therapist in the Netherlands and Germany. In 1999, he opened his own physical therapy practice “Praktijk Trouw, gespecialiseerde manueel therapie,” in Hengelo, the Netherlands. He is an internship supervisor for students of the OMT Manual Therapy School.

From 2002 to 2005, Michiel completed the CRAFTA educational program. In 2003, he opened a second practice in association with a hospital in Hengelo. His focus in both clinics is on patients with head, neck and facial pain. Currently, he is enrolled in a Master of Science degree program in Manual Therapy (NVMT) in the Netherlands. Since 2011, Michiel is an instructor with the CRAFTA program.

Fascial Manipulation®

The Fascial Manipulation® (FM) — Senior Instructor

Larry Steinbeck, PT, MS, CMTPTLarry Steinbeck, PT, MS, CMTPT, graduated in 1985 from the physical therapy program at Ball State University with an associated minor in athletic training. He received a Masters of Science degree in physical education/athletic training from Ohio University. Mr. Steinbeck is a physical therapist with the Advanced Rehabilitation Services LLC, a public outpatient physical therapy facility. He received his certification in trigger point dry needling through Myopain Seminars and has completed numerous other post-graduate training ranging from muscle energy technique to thrust technique for the spine. Larry was the first person from North America to complete the Fascial Manipulation Level 1 and Level 2 Diploma courses (twice!) through the Fascial Manipulation Association in Italy.

The Fascial Manipulation® (FM) — Instructors

heldman-carlCarl Heldman PT, DPT, MPT, MA, ATC, MTC, CMTPT, FAAOMPT is a manual physical therapist at Emory Physical Therapy, specializing in spinal rehabilitation, connective tissue disorders, and pain management. Dr. Heldman graduated from Glassboro State College and became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1994. While serving as a Head Athletic Trainer in the collegiate ranks, he completed his Master’s degree in education in 1997 from Rowan University.  He then worked for three years as an Athletic Trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies. He returned to school and completed his Master’s in Physical Therapy (MPT) from Nova Southeastern University in 2002. In 2005 he completed his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) and in 2006 his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2006. In 2010 he completed studies with Mario Rocabado for the treatment of patients with cranio-facial dysfunction. In 2013 he completed his studies with Luigi Stecco for his Diploma Fascial Manipulation.

Colleen M. Whiteford, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPTColleen M. Whiteford, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT, received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University in 1984. She continued her training through multiple courses with Dr. Stanley Paris, Dr. Phillip Greenman, Steve Kraus, and others focusing on the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Certified as an Orthopedic Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in 2001, she has maintained this certification since. She obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through Shenandoah University in 2009. Research associated with this degree prompted initiating training with Myopain Seminars in 2009, and she became certified in dry needling by Myopain Seminars in May 2010.

Dr. Whiteford remains an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Virginia Physical Therapy Association, and also belongs to the International Myopain Society. She has presented on multiple topics to physical therapists through the Virginia Physical Therapy Association, as well as area dentists on the role of physical therapy in the management of headaches and facial pain. She has instructed students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Shenandoah University on various topics including myofascial pain and dry needling, and has also served as a clinical instructor for this and multiple institutions. Areas of ongoing study and special interest include pelvic dysfunction as well as widespread chronic pain. She is the founding partner and co-owner of Appalachian Physical Therapy with offices in Virginia and North Carolina, and currently practices and lives in Virginia.

Foundations of Vestibular Rehabilitation

Foundations of Vestibular Rehabilitation Instructor

AdvRS34Tim Gibbs, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT, CCTT, CMTPT is a Physical Therapist specializing in the treatment of Vestibular, Temporomandibular and Cervical Spine Disorders. Tim completed his degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Michigan in 1984. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the Orthopedic and Neurology sections. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) with extensive training in osteopathic manipulation. He is also certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of spinal disorders (Cert. MDT). Tim is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) and is a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). He has served as a board member of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics. Tim has completed certification programs in Orofacial and full body Trigger Point Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars (CMTPT). He completed the Clinical Competency based Vestibular Rehabilitation Course at Emory University and the Advanced Competency course at Duke University. Tim has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Montana Physical Therapy program, teaching a course in the treatment of vestibular and cervical disorders. He practices full time in Kalispell, Montana where he is co-owner of Advanced Rehabilitation Services, LLC, an outpatient physical therapy practice.

TMD & Craniofacial Pain Course

TMD & Craniofacial Pain Instructor

Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPTMichael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTPT  has practiced physical therapy since 1989.  He is the owner of Freedom Physical Therapy Services with 4 clinics in WI. His specialties in the field of physical therapy include: TMD, spine and pelvic dysfunctions, myofascial pain, and orthopedic therapies. Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. After he graduated, he received his athletic training license from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and later, Michael completed his manual therapy certification and Masters of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine in Florida.

In 2005, Michael had the honor of being trained by Dr. Mariano Rocabado, (in conjunction with the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences) who is the leading international expert in the field of craniofacial therapies. Michael holds a Craniofacial Certification with the University of St. Augustine.

In addition, Michael has attended an orofacial pain and TMD Residency with the University of Minnesota Dental School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) as well as vice-president of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT).  In addition, Michael is, one of a few, Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapists (CCTT) who has obtained diplomate status by the PTBCCT.

In 2011, Michael received thorough and extensive training in the technique of dry needling and is certified through Myopain Seminars. Michael has completed the Myopain Seminars CRAFTA courses to TMD.

His diverse experience, knowledge, and manual skills allow Michael to be highly effective in the evaluation and treatment of his patients. Michael is a member of the APTA, WPTA, NATA, AAOP, PTBCCT, PAMA, and IMS.



Jeffrey S. Mannheimer, PT, Ph.D, CCTT, CODN Jeffrey S. Mannheimer, PT, Ph.D, CCTT, CODN received a BS degree in Biology from Bradley University, MA degree and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from New York University. He completed his Ph.D studies in Health Science from Seton Hall University. Dr. Mannheimer has over 50 years of clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of patients with neuro-musculoskeletal pain/dysfunction syndromes. His clinical interests, teaching, publications and specialization over the past 30 years have been strictly limited to the evaluation and treatment of cervical spine disorders, cervicogenic headaches, temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain. He is a Certified Cervical and Temporo-mandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT) as well as Certified in Orofacial Dry Needling (CODN) by Myopain Seminars.

Jeff has many publications pertaining to the evaluation and management of pain by postural and ergonomic correction, manual techniques, therapeutic exercise and non-medicinal pain control in dental, medical and physical therapy texts and journals. He coordinated the chapter on “Cervicogenic Mechanisms of Headaches and Orofacial Pain” for the 4th edition of “Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis & Management” of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain in 2008. He is the co-author of the first medical textbook on Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, “Clinical TENS”, F.A. Davis, 1984. His most recent publication with two other physical therapists “Dry needling for management of pain in the upper quarter and craniofacial region” was published in Current Pain & Headache Reports. 2014(18):437-446:

In addition to private clinical practice, Dr. Mannheimer is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Regenerative and Rehabilitation Medicine (Program in Physical Therapy) at Columbia University. He was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dental School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and director of the physical therapy tract for their continuing education program in the Diagnosis and Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain for 13 years until the program was discontinued.

Dr. Mannheimer is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP), and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). He is currently serving for the third time on the examination committee of the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP), which certifies dentists in this specialty field and previously served as an AAOP council member. Dr. Mannheimer is the founder and current president of the PTBCCT, which consists of an international group of physical therapists who desire to promote education and specialty certification in this field. He is a frequent invited speaker at national and international seminars and scientific meetings.

The Private Detective… A Closer Look at Physiotherapy for Male and Female Pelvic Pain, Urinary, and Sexual Dysfunction

Private Detective Instructor

Dr. Ruth JonesRuth Jones, Ph.D., MCSP is a Chartered Physiotherapist, clinician, researcher, lecturer and writer. She works clinically and consults to elite sports bodies and athletes including the Football Association and professional teams. Ruth is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and workshops related to movement, pelvic floor function and pain.

Ruth completed her PhD in 2010 at Southampton University, UK in collaboration with Stanford University, California, USA. In her dissertation, she focused on the evaluation of dynamic pelvic floor muscle function. The team developed software for use with dynamic ultrasound, in order to promote further understanding of pelvic floor muscle function. Ruth has a special interest in chronic pelvic pain and related movement dysfunction. She is the co-editor with Leon Chaitow of “Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction: Practical Physical Medicine”  published by Elsevier in 2012.