In 2010 Physical Therapy First (PTF) and North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy’s (NAIOMT) internationally renowned author, presenter and physical therapist Jim Meadows began organizing Programs to train licensed physical therapists. The development of these Programs resulted in Maryland’s first APTA accredited orthopaedic physical therapy residency program and Maryland’s first APTA/AAOMPT accredited orthopaedic manual physical therapy fellowship program.


The Residency program is a unique opportunity to learn clinical reasoning, the application of manual therapy, and joint mobilization and manipulation techniques for the spine and extremities.  The Fellowship program is designed to provide advanced manipulation and orthopedic manual physical therapy, consistent with the guidelines established by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.


The Residency and Fellowship programs can each be completed within 12 months, no longer than 36 months, and are designed to allow the physical therapist to work full-time.  In addition, NAIOMT’s online educational modules and video demonstrations facilitate learning to better prepare residents and fellows for onsite seminars and reduce the time away from home and work.


PTF is proud to maintain a strong partnership with The North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) and their assistance was paramount in the formation of our Residency and Fellowship programs.


Take your orthopedic clinical skills to the next level and advance your career.


Physical Therapy First Mission is to enhance the physical health, quality of life and wellness of our patients within the Greater Baltimore region. Our practice is guided by a compassion for those in need and suffering, a commitment to clinical excellence, and a dedication to lifelong learning.



The Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship program was accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) in January 2015.

The Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program was accredited by ABPTRFE in March 2013.