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Professional Development & Education

We are pleased to offer opportunities for professional development and continuing education courses geared to registered physiotherapists, massage therapists, and other health professionals. Courses are held at Peterborough Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic unless otherwise noted.

Certificate of Excellence in Assessment 
Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario

Current Course Offerings

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Current Course Offerings for Physiotherapists, Physicians & Nurse Practitioners

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Instructor: Aaron Rutter PT, BScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI

   Registered Physiotherapist 
   Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists 
 Certified with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute  
   Adjunct I Professor at Queen's University

aaronjrutter@gmail.com or call 705-741-2284

Aaron has been a member of the Peterborough Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic team as a Registered Physiotherapist since 2000.

A graduate of Queen's University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Aaron also has the distinction of working at the University as an Adjunct I Professor involved in clinical education for physiotherapy students.

Aaron has been a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists since 2006, holding a Certificate of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. He has been certified with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute since 2008. Aaron also holds post-graduate training in many other orthopaedic treatment approaches including McKenzie, Mulligan, and dry needling.

In 2007 Aaron began assisting with the teaching of the Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma with the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He also has been teaching post graduate courses for registered physiotherapists and massage therapists since 2005.

In 2009 Aaron teamed up with the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario to provide a Certificate of Excellence in Assessment with his courses. 

Aaron is the 2013 Recipient of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association - Clinical Educator Award

Read about in Aaron in Massage Therapy Today - Download Article HERE

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Certificate of Excellence Program
Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario

The Certificate of Excellence (COE) Program is a new program delivered by the RMTAO.  It recognizes excellence in specific areas from within the competencies of the profession of massage therapy.

The primary objective of the program is to promote highest-quality continuing education programs and to validate the credibility of knowledge of the massage therapist.  Through the COE program, the RMTAO publicly recognizes an advanced knowledge by issuing the prestigious Certificate to individual RMTs that have met the program guidelines.

Earning an RMTAO Certificate of Excellence provides RMTs with confidence in their knowledge and integrity and validation of their role in Ontario's Health Care system.

Current Certificates

Certificate of Excellence in Assessment

The Certificate of Excellence in Assessment is designed to ensure that Massage Therapists remain current with respect to the competencies of assessment as they continue to evolve over time.  This certificate will also help elevate the standard of care Massage Therapists provide to their clients.

The Certificate of Excellence in Assessment promotes effective massage therapy, assists in preventing poor practice, and contributes to the quality of practice and best possible client outcomes.  It enables the Massage Therapist to base their practice on the most recent and strongest evidence necessary to produce quality client outcomes.

To earn the RMTAO's Certificate of Excellence in Assessment, candidates must:

• Be registered with the CMTO;
• Be a member of the RMTAO;
• Complete 10 RMTAO run Assessment courses over a three year period;
• Pass each course's examination with a minimum of 70%.
Please visit http://www.rmtao.com/ for further information.

Courses Available

Whiplash: A Pain in the Neck
Upper Cervical Mobilizations
Mid/Lower Cervical Mobilizations
Thoracic Spine Mobilizations
Rib Mobilizations
Lumbopelvic Muscle Imbalances
Lumbar Mobilizations
Lumbar Disc Dysfunctions
Sacroiliac Joint Mobilizations
The Hidden Cause of LBP: The Hip
Shoulder Dysfunctions
Shoulder Mobilizations
Elbow Dysfunctions
Knee Dysfunctions
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Ankle and Foot Dysfunctions
Nerve Testing: Upper Extremity
Nerve Testing: Lower Extremity



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