2024 TMD Course, Conference, and Event Recaps


Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: February 3-4, 2024

Location: Danvers, MA

The weekend of February 3rd and 4th, 2024 I had the pleasure of teaching my 2-day TMD course at Harmeling Physical Therapy and Sports Fitness. I appreciate the owner, Luke Harmeling DPT, and his amazing team of therapists for hosting my course. Thanks to Matt Harkness DPT, MTC, CFC for assisting and Melissa Simonis PT, DPT for assisting. Once again it was a great environment to foster learning, sharing, and collaborating! Thanks so much, Harmeling PT! Keep up the great work and the success of your private practice and 5 locations around the Boston, MA area!

UM Mini TMD residency

Date: January 25-26, 2024

Location: University of Minnesota Dental School

I had the pleasure of attending my first Mini Temporomandibular Disorders Residency at the University of Minnesota Dental School back in September of 2009! Wow, where have the last 15 years gone? The first time I went, the program was headed by Dr. Eric Schiffman DDS, MS. Fast forward to January 25th and 26th of 2024, and I once again had the pleasure of attending their TMD mini residency this time headed up by Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS, is a Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and Director of the Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain. Here is a brief list of the other presenters! Robyn Drach, Ph.D., is a Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist with a private practice in the TMD, Orofacial Pain, and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Emily Kahnert, DPT, CCTT, is a Physical Therapist in the Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), Orofacial Pain, and Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and a Rehabilitation Science PhD Candidate. Justin Durham, BDS, PhD, is a Professor of Orofacial Pain and the Head of the School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle University. He is an Honorary Consultant Oral Surgeon at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. Emma Beecroft, BDS, is an Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University.
Lots of great topics were covered, great presenters, and once again a great way for PTs and Dentists to collaborate. We had the opportunity to evaluate Live patients together, learn from each other, and share! I highly recommend adding this to your journey in the learning and understanding of TMD, headaches, migraines, and Chronic Pain.
· Orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders
· Classification of orofacial pain
· Patient communications regarding pain
· Ethical considerations in prescribing and pain management
· Considerations of the differential diagnosis of orofacial pain
· Pain referral in the head and neck
· History and examination of the TMD/orofacial pain patient
· Psychology of orofacial pain
· Physical self-regulation for the chronic orofacial pain patient
· Imaging for the TMJ
· Occlusion, TMD, and joint stability
· Normal TMJ anatomy and biomechanical function
· Intracapsular disorders of the TMJ—etiology and treatment considerations
· Differential diagnosis and management of muscle pain disorders
· Current concepts of sleep-related bruxism
· Considerations for occlusal appliances for the management of muscle pain disorders
· Oral medicine considerations of orofacial pain
· Management of orofacial pain through physical therapy
· Differential diagnosis and etiology of intracapsular TMJ disorders
· Management of intracapsular TMJ disorders
· Occlusal appliance considerations
· Differential diagnosis and management of the non-odontogenic toothache
· Pharmacologic considerations for orofacial pain
· Non-odontogenic toothache as it relates to neuropathic pain—diagnostic and therapeutic



Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: January 19-20, 2024

Location: Cape Coral, FL

Once again had a wonderful opportunity to teach my TMD course in Cape Coral, FL, the weekend of January 6 and 7, 2024 at Allied Physical Therapy and Wellness Community and the awesome owner Matthew Harkness DPT, MTC, CFC, also a fellow Certified Manual Therapist and one of the few Certified Craniofacial Therapists in the USA, both of us alumni of the wonderful University of St. Augustine and trained by the legend Dr. Mariano Rocabado! Matt’s clinic is just great, his staff is fantastic, and Matt was able to help assist during this course and offer a lecture on his successes in marketing and business development. Thank you all for coming! This has become an annual event and we look forward to continuing this introductory course along with eventually hosting my advanced TMD course there. Thanks to all who attended, there was a fantastic group of Health Care Providers!


The Advanced, Minimal Lever-Mid Range Spinal Manipulation Course

Date: January 5-7, 2024

Location: Fox Point, WI

Freedom Physical and Occupational Therapists and I had the pleasure of hosting “The Advanced, Minimal Lever-Mid Range Spinal Manipulation Course”. Our Fabulous Instructor, Dr. Daryl Herbert, an Osteopath from the UK, was amazing!! Daryl graduated from The British School of Osteopathy (BSO), now the University College of Osteopathy (UCO) in July 1988 with a Diploma in Osteopathy. He then worked as a locum for Colin Dove and Stephen Sandler and as an assistant/associate to Laurie Hartman for six years in his clinic. Several of us have had the pleasure of also being trained by Dr. Laurie Hartman from the UK. Dr. Hartman, no question is a legend in the Osteopathy world and the manipulation world. Dr. Daryl Herbert is also a legend and is carrying on this style of manipulation that is designed to be safe, accurate, efficient & effective for all joints of the spine and extremities. Dr. Herbert’s attention to detail, his skill, and his amazing ability to effectively teach my Freedom crew these amazing manipulation skills are truly a gift. He has added a level of training style that is superb. We are very excited to have learned from Dr. Herbert how to be safe, yet incredibly effective with spinal manipulation. Dr. Herbert will now be added to my teaching circuit as I can continue to grow the educational component of Freedom Physical Therapy Services under www.treatingtmj.com. As most of you know, I am invested in working with high-quality Therapists and Doctors in the Physical and Occupational Therapy Space and turn provide top-quality manual therapy and care to our patients. My goal is to provide top-notch courses in the realm of Temporomandibular Disorders, Orofacial Pain, Spinal Pain, Chronic Pain, Headaches, Migraines, Systemic Hypermobility, and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, along with Sleep and Airway Management for the young and the old. Stay tuned, as I keep working hard to bring nothing but great quality educators to the US from abroad as well as showcase great educators within the USA as well! I loved the one slide from Dr. Herbert, As Yoda Says, “You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried!”