Pillars of Excellence

Pillars of Excellence

Course Directors: Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD PT & Robert Newhalfen, DC present 3 leaders in their respective fields for a 4-day course on:

May 19-22, 2022;

Daemen College – Buffalo, New York

  • Shirley Ann Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA: Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Michael Shacklock DipPhysio, MAppSc, FACP: Founder of the neurodynamics approach in physical therapy/manual therapy, 1995. Director and Founder of Neurodynamic Solutions (NDS) for the express purpose of disseminating and developing improved knowledge of neurodynamics in clinical practice
  • Brett A Winchester, DC Cert. MDT: Dr. Winchester is the founder of Winchester Spine & Sport located outside St. Louis, Missouri. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization instructor trained by Pavel Kolar. Senior Instructor: Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization CEU: Physical Therapy by Daemen College. CEU: Chiropractic by D’Youville College. CME: Physicians (DO/MD) by SUNY @ Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Registration Fee: $1390


  • Hyatt Place Hotel Amherst NY;
  • Conference rate avail
  • 10 minutes from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport
  • Less than 5 minutes to venue at Daemen College

Course Outlines

Shirley Ann Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Introduction to Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Lumbar Spine

Course Description – 1 Day

The introductory course consists of lectures and related research about movement system impairment (MSI) syndromes of the lumbar spine.  The lectures will discuss the concepts and principles contributing to the development of musculoskeletal pain problems of the lumbar spine.  The specific syndromes of the lumbar spine will be described.  The systematic examination for lumbar movement system impairment syndromes will demonstrated and the tests comprising the examination will be described as well as the relationships specific test results to the diagnosis and treatment program.  The role of the hip as a contributing factor to lumbar spine dysfunction will be discussed.  Video demonstration of the examination of patients with lumbar syndromes will be presented. Participants will be able to interact with the presenters.


Upon completion of this course the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the impairments induced by repeated movements and sustained postures of daily activities.
  • Describe the importance of active performance of precise joint motion;
  • Describe the most common movement impairment syndromes of the lumbar spine;
  • Identify impairments in muscle length, strength, stiffness, and pattern of activation during   movement tests performed in standing, supine, prone, and quadruped;
  • Describe the systematic movement system examination for the lumbar spine;
  • Develop a treatment program consisting of appropriate exercises and modification of the performance of daily activities.

Michael Shacklock DipPhysio, MAppSc, FACP

Neurodynamic Solutions – 2 days

Course is based on Michael Shacklock’s international bestseller physical therapy text book, Clinical Neurodynamics, Elsevier, Oxford, 2005.

Course Highlights

  • Strong hands-on and discussion elements
  • Many new manual techniques for the most significant neural problems seen in musculoskeletal practice
  • Systemic treatment progressions for radiculopathy (cervical and lumbar), shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip/piriformis, hamstrings, ankle and foot pain.

What you learn

  • Understand how nerves move
  • Painless nerve root mobilizations
  • How to exclude neurodynamic disorders
  • Differentiate between musculoskeletal and neurodynamic components
  • Make a neurodynamic diagnosis
  • Technique progressions from low to high functional levels
  • How to create, select and perform the best techniques for your patients
  • Manual precision of neurodynamic technique
  • How to detect contraindications for neurodynamic treatment.


Improve and develop:

  1. Manual Skills, specifically the ability to feel abnormalities in movement related to the nervous system in the upper quarter;
  2. Abilities in diagnosis and interpretation of neurodynamic testing and musculoskeletal relationships;
  3. Clinician’s repertoire of diagnosis and treatment of techniques safety in relation to neurodynamics;
  4. Ability to diagnose functional disorders in neurodynamics;
  5. Ability to select appropriate treatment for specific functional disorders in neurodynamics;
  6. Ability to progress treatment form low to high functional levels;
  7. Ability to detect contraindications to neurodynamic treatment and when to stop treatment for safety reasons.

Brett A. Winchester, DC Cert. MDT

Introduction to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization – 1 day

Leading to 12-hour Certification

  • Developmental kinesiology, ontogenesis – basic principles & application in sport.
  • Postural–locomotion function: definition of optimal and abnormal patterns.
  • Stabilizing system of the spine: DNS tests (workshop).
  • Basic types of stabilization exercise utilizing optimal developmental positions and patterns – demonstration.
  • Active exercise prescription based on developmental positions (workshop).
  • Active exercise prescription based on developmental positions – modification for strengthening exercise (workshop).
  • Active exercise based on developmental positions: modifications to train basic sport movements: throwing, jumping, kicking, shooting, stroking (workshop).


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of developmental kinesiology;
  2. Describe the relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the locomotor system in adulthood;
  3. Discuss and demonstrate the basis of human movement: support, stepping forward, the biomechanics of motor function, the verticalization process & functional joint centration in postural development;
  4. Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns;
  5. Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests;
  6. Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling, oblique sit, and quadruped global movements;
  7. Demonstrate how DNS corrective exercises can be integrated with other exercise strategies.

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