Jim Rivard

Seattle, WA


Dr. Jim Rivard practices physical therapy in Seattle, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Puget Sound in 1988.  After completing a two-year Part I residency program with the Ola Grimsby Institute, he received a Masters in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through the state of California.  In 1993 he completed a two-year Part II program with the OGI. His teaching experience has included residencies in San Diego, Dallas, Anchorage, and Spokane, as well as short-term courses in Manual Therapy of the Spine, Extremities and S.T.E.P. (Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions). Dr. Rivard has received invitations to speak at national conferences and state chapter meetings in Washington, Alaska and Florida, and has also been invited to speak in Norway, Canada, Belgium, Finland and Brazil. He is one of the Vice Presidents of the O.G.I.  Responsible for Program Content and Development.

Jim Rivard is the founder, co-owner and President of MTI Physical Therapy. Four years of post-graduate training specializing in orthopaedic manual therapy has made him an expert in a wide range of orthopaedic issues: sports rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation, spinal injury, headache, TMJ disorders, work injury and motor vehicle collision. His passion for learning and development of clinical skill culminated in the establishment of MTI Physical Therapy as a teaching clinic for post-graduate training. His clinical achievements have been recognized with the attainment of Fellow in the AAMOPT in 1995 and a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 1997. He has been honored to serve over 9 years on the Executive Board of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, as well as serving as AAOMPT President from 2014 to 2017.


  • Doctorate of Manual Therapy, the Ola Grimsby Institute (2008)

  • Manual Therapy program – Part II, the Ola Grimsby Institute (1992-1993)

  • Masters of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy – Part I, the Ola Grimsby Institute (1991)

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy , University of Puget Sound (1988)


  • President: AAOMPT (2014 – 2017)

  • OGI: Chief Academic Officer (CAO) (2013-present: www.ogipt.com)

  • AAOMPT Executive: Member at Large (2012-2014) the AAOMPT

  • AAOMPT Executive: Treasurer (1995-2001) The AAOMPT

  • OGI: Vice President: The Ola Grimsby Institute (2001-2012)

  • OGI: Board of Directors (1998): The Ola Grimsby Institute

  • OGI: Board of Examiners (1994): The Ola Grimsby Institute

  • OGI: Board of Instructors (1992): The Ola Grimsby Institute

  • PTWA: Opiate Task Force
  • APTA Movement Systems Summit
  • APTA: Conservative Therapies for Low Back Pain
  • APTA: Diversity Task Force


  • PT – Physical Therapist (1988)

  • DMT – Doctor of Physical Therapy (2009)

  • MOMT – Masters of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (1993)

  • OCS – Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (1997)

  • FAAOMPT – Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (1995)

  • C-STEP – Certification in Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions (2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow (1995): American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)

  • Member (1988): American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

  • Member (1988) – Orthopedic Section of the APTA

  • Member (1988): Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)

Invited Guest Speaker

  • California Physical Therapy Association, State Chapter meeting, Oct 2014.

  • Idaho Physical Therapy Association, State Chapter meeting, Oct 2013.

  • American Academy of Physical Therapy Annual Conference (AAPT) Charlotte, NC, 2011.

  • North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (NAIOMPT) Portland, Oregon, 2006.

  • 3rd World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2005.

  • de Symposium Sportletsels. (Simposium on Sports Medicine) Antwerp, Belgium in 1998.

  • APTA Combined Section Meeting. Boston, Massachusetts, 1998.

  • International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (IFOMPT), Lillehammer, Norway, 1996.

  • State Chapter conferences: Washington (1998), Alaska (1997/2009), Florida (1995) and Louisiana (2009).

  • The 5th Annual Mid-American Sports Medicine Conference: The Institute for Preventative Sports Medicine. Dearborn, Michigan, 1997.

  • Grand Valley State University (1995), University of Kansas (1999), and University of Puget Sound (2004/2005).

  • Ola Grimsby Institute Annual Competency Forum (1993, 1994,1996 and 2001).

  • Seattle Orthopedic Special Interest Group (1995).

  • Other invitations have included private practice clinics and corporations


  • Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA) 2016 Award for Clinical Excellence

  • The 1995 “Hallvard” from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Given for excellence- in teaching, sharing of knowledge, skills and self- to facilitate and motivate others as both teachers and students.


  • Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Applied Science and Theory (Volume 1, 2008).

  • Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions: The Neck and Upper Extremity (Volume 2: 2008).

  • Science, Theory and Clinical Application in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy: Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions: The Back and Lower Extremity (Volume 3: 2009).

  • Author and developer for the Manual Therapy Exercise Kit: www.VHIkits.com, an exercise program for physical therapists to produce exercise documents and home exercise programs.


  • Currently involved in joint research with the OGI and the Cleveland clinic for measurement of blood flow with exercise, ocular training for cervical and concussion rehabilitation.

  • Eccentric work as related to percentages of one isometric maximum. Pilot study completed August of 1993.

  • Poster Presentation Repetitions versus percentage of a one isometric maximum [1 IM] for eccentric shoulder external rotation. International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists, 6th International Conference, Lillehammer, Norway, April 21-26, 1996.


  • Rivard J, Falla D, Unslebber, C. Activation of the Semispinalis Cervicis and Splenius Capitis with Cervical Pulley Exercises. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice. 2017.
  • Rivard J, Grimsby O. Exercise Dosage and Design for Cervical Rehabilitation. Manuelle therapie (German). 17:14-18, 2013.

  • Rivard J, Olson S, Hobusch R. Dynamic isometric exercise in cervical spine rehabilitation. Scientific Physical Therapy 9(2): 1-15, 1999. [non peer review]

  • Rivard J, Power B, Hinson B, Olson S. The efficacy of spinal manipulation: A literature review. Scientific Physical Therapy 7(3):1-12, 1997. [non peer review]

  • Rivard J. Treatment for lateral collateral ankle ligament sprain: Final exam question part II manual therapy. Scientific Physical Therapy 5(1):1-11, 1994. [non peer review]

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