Jim Rivard, Physical Therapist
Jim Rivard, PT, DMT, OSC, C-STEP, FAAOMPT
Jim Rivard is the founder and owner of PT Motion Lab (2017), as well as the founder of MTI Physical therapy (1998). Jim’s education began with a physical therapy degree from University of Puget Sound in 1988, followed by 4 years of postgraduate clinical training in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy through The Ola Grimsby Institute. With a continued list of courses and certifications, Jim is truly a lifelong learner. In addition to his own educational journey, Jim has taught over 300 manual therapy and movement courses and conference lectures in over 15 countries and throughout the USA. His decades-long experience includes thousands of patients with a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, working with athletes from junior high, high school, collegiate, recreational, semi-professional and professional athletes.
Education and Certifications:
Bachelors in Science: Physical Therapy • The University of Puget Sound (1988)
Masters of Orthopedic Manual Therapy—Level 1 (MOMT 1990-1991)
Graduate Level 2 Orthopedic Manual Therapy (1992-1993)
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT – 1993)
Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS – 1997)
Doctor of Manual Therapy (DMT – 2008)
Certification in Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions (Cert-STEP – 2008)
Certified in Functional Movement Systems (FMS – 2013)
Certified in Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (2017)
Certification in Chronic Pain Management • McGill University (2019)
Teacher and Clinical Coach:
Publications: articles, peer reviewed research, numerous seminar course books in manual therapy and exercise, curriculum chapters for orthopedic and sports residency and manual therapy fellowship programs, as well as a 3 volume set on Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions.
2020 Generation Achievement Award. The Ola Grimsby Institute
2019 Best of Bellevue: Physical Therapy. Bellevue Awards Program
2016 Award for Clinical Excellence: Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)
Instructor Achievement Award (2011). The Ola Grimsby Institute.
The “Hallvard” (1995). Ola Grimsby Institute. Given for excellence— in teaching, sharing of knowledge, skills and self— to facilitate and motivate others as both teachers and students.