Why Do This?

Why Do This?

Why am I doing this?  I am ready to retire after 37 years of practice so why am I spending hours developing seminars, writing websites and marketing.  Because I hear too many of my patients say,”I have never had Therapy like this before, why don’t other Therapists do this?”  In my last few years of practice, my goal is to spread the word and teach.  I feel I have something to offer after 37 years and a Fellowship (FCAMPT).  I have great hands and feel I can teach others this gift.  It is a gift to be able to palpate individual spinal joints and determine if it feels “right” or not.

I love to teach.  It is a passion of mine and I feel small classes are most effective for learning and being able to teach the finer points of manual therapy.   That is what it is “Manual Therapy”.  It is the gift of touch that must be learnt with continued practice but must be taught correctly.

Class sizes are under 20 students and in my Palm Harbor office, 12 is maximum.

Come learn with us.


Debra Dent BPT, Dip Manip PT, OCS, FCAMPT


Simplicity of a home exercise plan (HEP) will ensure compliance.  In my experience, most patients will falter with their HEP after a short time.  The trunk stability program that I have developed for Spine Health and Trunk Stability has been the most accepted and patient compliant program that I have seen in many years.

Education is the first component and of utmost importance to ensure compliance.  Once the patient understands how this system works, they will follow it.  In my experience with this program, once the patient notes an overall feeling of comfort and well being from doing the very simple exercises, they continue.  I have heard many times, “I am not sure what is doing it but I feel I can breathe better, I am not so short of breath, my neck feels better and so does my back.”.  It is a very simple but patient compliant program.

In numerous classes for this seminar, I find countless Therapists with their own issues with breathing, diaphragm dysfunction and core weakness.  I had a PT who stated that she could plank all day and her core wasn’t weak.  On evaluation, she was unable to do the simple stage one of the program.  Her eyes were opened and she was going to add these simple steps to her own personal program.

What is a Fellowship?

What is a Fellowship in Manual Therapy? It is an educational program that meets the standards of the I International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapists (IFOMPT). There are two IFOMPT accredited programs in Canada: The Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Orthopaedic Division’s courses as well as the University of Western Ontario’s Masters of Clinical Science Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy. Both programs have their own syllabus and supervise their own examinations. CAMPT is a separate organization that monitors both programs. Those who have successfully completed either programs respective courses and passed all required exams could than become Fellows of CAMPT.

The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy also has a Fellowship designation:.  FAAOMPT.


A Physical Therapist who attains Fellowship status has studied for years to receive this honor.  There are two Fellowship trained Physical Therapists at Cross Border Seminars.  Come learn from the best!