PLENARY 13: Orofacial Pain and Myofascial Pain Mechanisms: Identification, Assessment and What Do WE Do For Our Patients
Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, OCS, MTP, CMTPT, CCTT, FAAOMPT
Saturday, May 9, 2020 — 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Meet our outstanding presenter. Dr. Michelle Finnegan is the owner of ProMove PT Pain Specialists. She graduated with her Master of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and her Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2007. Over the years she has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings, however, in the last 8-9 years she has focused her attention to treating patients with myofascial pain, chronic pain, temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), headaches, and cervical pain.
She is one of the few physical therapists in the country with advanced training in the head and neck region. In addition to becoming a Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT), she has been trained by the leader of TMD, Dr. Mariano Rocabado, at the craniofacial pain program in the University of St. Augustine. She has also started the extensive course program through the Craniofacial Therapy Academy (CRAFTA) and the Orofacial Pain Continuum through Louisiana State University to advance her skills. She also consistently attends the annual conference for the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
Additional credentials of Dr. Finnegan include being a board-certified clinical specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, fellowship trained in manual therapy through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, certified in manual therapy (MTC) through the University of St. Augustine, and certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars.
Dr. Finnegan also has contributed to several publications.
Dr. Finnegan is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), where she also volunteers on the Research committee. She is also an active member of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), where she is currently membership chair of the Pain Management SIG. She is also an APTA credentialed advanced clinical instructor. Over the last 12 years she has also been actively involved with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), where she has volunteered her time as an item writer for both the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and the Orthopedic Practice Review Tool. She has also served on the Examination Development Committee, the Item Writer Task Force, and the Dry Needling Competency Task Force.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her dog Dallas, an English Mastiff, and visiting her family back in NJ, where she grew up and taking continuing education courses.