Matt chose St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA for physical therapy school because of their strong background in orthopedics and Maitland trained staff. Since graduation in 2002 he has worked in outpatient private practice with multiple specialties in hands, dry needling and functional movement systems. He trained under one of the pioneers of trigger point dry needling (intra muscular therapy) in Colorado, and upon practicing for 7 years brought his unique skillset to Tennessee. When the Tennessee board of PT was establishing a position statement on the use of TDN, Matt was instrumental in educating them and the TN state medical board about its nature, effectiveness and safety. This lead to an order over turning a 10 year ruling against physical therapists use of dry needing in practice. He is involved with the board as a consultant on an on-going basis.
Currently, Matt teaches dry needling as well as dynamic taping and works in outpatient orthopedics for a regional hospital in Tennessee. He favors treatments that incorporate three disciplines of manual therapy, dry needing and functional exercise with kettlebells to help athletes and non-athletic populations. He has taken and passed the physical certification for Russian Kettlebells as an instructor through Pavel Tsatouline. Matt has been a leader in developing the TDN courses for IAMT, mentoring the other instructors and continuing to provide his expertise in teaching the courses.