The Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Fellowship program is designed to educate and develop world class specialists who influence and elevate the musculoskeletal healthcare profession.
The FMS Fellowship challenges fellows to not only embrace the traditional view of evidenced-based rehabilitation, but also integrate the whole-body movement perspective. During this structured, mentor-based experience, FMS Fellows will interact with FMS founders and other systems experts to become highly skilled, evidence-based, movement-oriented professionals who promote lifelong musculoskeletal health.
The FMS Fellowship is a year long advanced clinical program that incorporates mentoring, evidence-based Clinical Integration courses and learning alongside your peers in a small group, interactive setting.
- Provide an educational environment that promotes learning in a self-directed manner with required mentoring and support.
- Promote the development of practitioners who emphasize an individualized, evidence informed approach that promotes lifelong musculoskeletal health.
- Encourage professional satisfaction.
- Support passionate professionals who value the promotion of sustainable musculoskeletal health.
$9700 or $970/month for 12 months
Includes the 4 quarterly Clinical Integration Seminars
Discounts for any FMS online training that has not been completed previously
SFMA Level 1 Certification
SFMA Level 2 Attendance*
FMS Level 1 Certification
*with certification completed by completion of fellowship
FMS Level 1
FMS Level 2
SFMA Level 1
SFMA Level 2
Y Balance Test
Screening & Assessing Breathing: A Multidimensional Approach
Fundamental Capacity Screen
Clinical Integration Series
*Online and Live Workshop components with upcharge Apply Now
Application deadline is March 15th. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by April 15th.
Application deadline is March 15th. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by April 15th.
Program includes 3 “Fellow Days” which are a day with instructors and fellows only the Sunday after each of the Clinical Integration Courses.
The Fellow Day includes:
Group Skill Check-off
Fellows will be provided list of clinical skills they will need to prepare to demonstrate in a group setting
Research Deep Dive
Instructors will present details of research related to key topics of interest to MSK health. Included are insights into understanding the critical appraisal process of evaluating research quality and outcomes
- Open question/answer/mentoring
Each fellow will be assigned a mentor based on the fellow's professional goals, experience, and area of emphasis (to be declared upon acceptance).
Ongoing contact will include at least bi-monthly calls/Zoom interactions.
Areas of Emphasis Include:
- Elite Sport
- General Sport
- Overhead Athlete
- Private Practice
Goals/Responsibilities of the Mentor:
- Ongoing professional development support to allow the best opportunity for the fellow to reach his or her professional goals.
- Answer FMS oriented clinical and application questions.
- Assist in preparation for quarterly check-off.
- Assist in preparation of case study.
- Assist in preparation for final exam.
Goals/Responsibilities of the Mentee:
- Respect mentor time/schedule.
- Clear communication of goals and needs.
- Adequate preparation for scheduled interaction.
Proposed Fellow Training Schedule:
June 2020 Low Back CIS and Fellow Day #1
September 2020 Cervical/Shoulder CIS and Fellow Day #2
February 2021 Lower Quarter CIS and Fellow Day #3
March-May 2021 Complete Elective
June 2021 Case Study Presentation
Fellows must demonstrate adequate progression through the program. This includes successful completion of Fellow Day skills check-offs, post course assessments, the final written assessment and the final case presentation.
Earning a score of 80% or greater on all learning assessments is required for successful progression through the program. In the case when a fellow scores below the 80% standard, a second attempt will be granted. If a fellow is not successful on their second attempt, an individual remediation plan will be created. This plan will be jointly agreed upon by the fellow, their mentor and the fellowship director. Successful completion of the remediation plan is required to progress through the program. In a case when a fellow does not successfully complete a remediation plan, dismissal from the fellowship program may occur.
The final requirement to complete the program is the presentation of a case study. The fellow will have a choice to present their final case in person at the Functional Movement Systems Headquarters in Chatham, Virginia or on Zoom. The final case presentation day will be the Monday following the June Low Back Integration course.
Kyle Kiesel - Director
Dr. Kiesel is a Professor of the Physical Therapy Department at the University of Evansville and a co-founder of the Functional Movement System. During his 20 years in academics, he has spent 9 of those years directing programs in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy. His areas of research include motor control of the core and functional movement testing and training. Because of his long-standing interest in athletic performance, injury prediction and recovery, his research has also led to significant work related to functional movement screening, testing and assessment for athletes. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents his work nationally and internationally as well as reviewing manuscripts for a variety of journals. He serves as a consultant for professional and college sports teams as well as the military where he assists with injury prevention and implementation of the functional movement systems model. He has extensive experience teaching lecture and lab courses emphasizing core training and functional movement assessment and intervention including both the FMS and the SFMA.
Todd Arnold is a sports medicine physician practicing in Indianapolis, In. Todd has been working with the SFMA team since the early 2000s when a conversation with Gray shined a language on the way he thought about his athletes. Over the last decade he has applied the SFMA to athletes of all levels ranging from scholastic to Olympians. Todd serves as the team physician for the Indianapolis Indians (AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) and served as a consultant to the Indianapolis Colts for more than a decade. As a sports performance scientist on the staff for USA Track and Field he has spent years looking at the movement patterns of the worlds elite track and field athletes preparing them for the Olympics games.
Ellora Weston is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She has full body certification in, and is an instructor for Active Release Technique. Ellora is also certified in the Graston Technique, Kinesiology Taping, and TRX. Ellora graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. She competed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco State University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research in the field has included Total Hip Arthroplasty Anterior Approach (DPT), Classification of Cervical Spine Disorders (MSPT), and the Effects of Musical Practice on Neuronal Structures (BA).
Greg is an Australian Sports Physiotherapist who completed a Bachelor of Science (1996) and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 1999, competing for the university as a track sprinter. As a consultant clinician and injury prevention advisor to the Australian and British Defense Forces in Australia and Europe, Greg refined tactical and sporting injury management. To transition to national and international level sports physiotherapy, Greg completed a Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy out of Latrobe University in 2008. He worked full time in football for 2 years before being recruited to the position of Sports Medicine Coordinator at the Northern Territory Institute of Sport in Darwin, Australia. Greg's experience in this and other roles, as well as training in the Functional Movement Screen and Selective Functional Movement Assessment, was seen as an asset in international sport, so he was recruited, in 2014, to head the Performance Physical Therapy service for EXOS at the Shanghai Research Institute of Sports Science, Shanghai, China. In 2015, he was recalled to China to help manage the China Women's Volleyball team as they prepared for the 2015 World Grand Prix tournaments, culminating in victory at the 2015 FIVB World Cup. He returned to Australia for a short break in 2016 and is currently practicing out of the tropical north of Australia before embarking on future international sports duties.
Rod is a practicing Osteopath in the Southern Highlands of NSW in Australia. He has a broad range of experience treating everyone from professional athletes to the general population, adolescents to senior citizens. Additionally, Rod has been an active competitor in Mixed Martial Arts events as both an amateur and professional fighter and is currently an MMA coach. He has also taught advanced hand to hand & weapons combat tactics and techniques to police, prison tactical response groups, and security guards, as well as self-defense for all populations. It was his experience in traditional martial arts that had Rod look more closely at how fundamental human movement underpins elite athletic performance. Rod uses the SFMA & FMS in daily Osteopathic practice, personal training and group fitness settings. In addition, Rod also uses the FCS and YBT in MMA coaching. Rod also holds certifications as a personal trainer, sports coach, a kettlebell instructor and nutrition coach.
Dr. Jenna Gourlay is a board-certified sports physical therapist for ProRehab and serves as the team physical therapist for the women’s basketball and volleyball at the University of Evansville. Dr. Gourlay is a faculty member and mentor in the ProRehab and University of Evansville’s Sports Residency Program. Additionally, she serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Evansville DPT program teaching in the musculoskeletal and clinical and professional issues content areas. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University and went on to complete a residency in sports physical therapy. She is a performance coach for youth athletes, has been featured on the Strength Coach Podcast, and has assisted in the development of the FMS Physical Education Program. Jenna has published research on the ankle mobility testing and published a book chapter on performance monitoring in baseball.
Behnad is a practicing clinician and strength and conditioning coach having worked at several sports therapy clinics in British Columbia, Canada. He was a program coordinator and consultant at the University of British Columbia's (UBC) School of Human Kinetics as well as UBC's Varsity Athletics. Behnad continues to consult with various sport teams and individual athletes at all levels, including national and professional level athletes. Behnad is passionate about teaching and continues to combine his diverse clinical skills and years of experience with lecturing in the fields of rehabilitation, injury prevention and performance enhancement. Behnad has a special interest in movement assessment and training and has been involved with the Functional Movement Systems since 2001. He is an instructor for both the Functional Movement Screen (FMS™) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA™) courses. Behnad graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK) in Exercise Science, a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT), and a degree in Osteopathy Manual Practice (DOMP) from the Canadian School of Osteopathy. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has completed a graduate certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy at Curtin University (Perth, Australia), certified through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI), and trained in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain.
Kyle Matsel - Assistant Director
Dr. Kyle Matsel is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Evansville. He is a board-certified Sports Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Kyle specializes in sport and orthopedic rehabilitation with an emphasis in injury prediction and prevention in athletes. Dr. Matsel is the curriculum director and lead mentor for the UE/ProRehab Sports Residency Program. Kyle is nearing the completion of his PhD from the University of Kentucky and is regularly engaged in patient care.
Dr. Plisky is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Sports Residency Program Director at the University of Evansville and ProRehab, where he practices as a physical therapist. He also serves as a consultant for collegiate, professional, industrial, and soldier athletes to transform their performance and injury prevention systems. He is passionate about changing lives by optimizing performance and preventing injury using a practical, researched based approach to musculoskeletal health. He received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and his Doctor of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He developed the Y Balance Test - a simple yet thoroughly researched way to identify motor control deficits. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in numerous scientific journals and he serves as a manuscript reviewer for several publications. His current research is focused on comprehensive movement testing and interventions in athletes, military personnel, and school-aged children.
Daisuke “Dice” Uematsu received his BS in Athletic Training from University of Pittsburgh and his Master Degree with an emphasis in athletic training from Ohio University. He received his Doctorate Degree from Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer for the National Athletic Trainers Association. He works with various levels of athletes from youth to professional athletes. He has extensive experience teaching lecture and lab courses on functional training and rehabilitation. Daisuke also serves as a part time conditioning coach for FC Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan) where he coordinates rehabilitation and return to play as well as instructs strength and conditioning program. Dice is the current president of the Japan Athletic Trainers’ Organization.
Dr. Jimmy Yuan is a practicing Chiropractor in Phoenix, Arizona for Warrior Restoration. He also currently serves as a consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks training staff and works personally for several professional and elite athletes. In addition to FMS/SFMA, Jimmy is also an Active Release Techniques (ART) presenting instructor, StrongFirst Level 2 Kettlebell – Barbell – and Bodyweight Instructor, and Titleist Performance Institute Medical 3 – Fitness 3 – and Juniors 2.
Eric received his Master of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of California, San Francisco. He received extensive training in the Australian approach to manual therapy, as well as sports medicine. He practiced for nearly 10 years in orthopedic and hospital based care in the U.S., and later moved to Spain, where he has been teaching in both a physiotherapy undergraduate program, and a chiropractic school in the Madrid area. He is currently incorporating concepts and practice of Functional Movement Systems into the physiotherapy and chiropractic programs and clinics at both schools.
Craig Phifer is the CEO and owner of Rehabilitation & Performance Institute (RPI). He is an instructor in the University of Evansville and RPI Orthopaedic Residency. He also serves on the editorial board for Impact – the magazine of the Private Practice Section of the APTA. Craig received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Evansville and his Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern Indiana. Craig specializes in developing business systems that allow clinicians and companies to provide remarkable, individualized care to patients.
Robert Butler currently serves as the Director of Performance for the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Organization overseeing athlete care and physical performance training. Dr. Butler received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Marietta College in 1999 and his Master of Science degree in Movement Science with a concentration in Biomechanics from Springfield College in 2001. He then received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware in 2005. Following his PhD study, he completed a post-doc at UNC-Chapel Hill before completing his DPT at the University of Evansville. Prior to joining the Cardinals, Dr. Butler spent five and a half years as an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Medicine at Duke University and was a Clinical Researcher for Duke Health Systems. He has presented over 160 abstracts at national and international conferences and has contributed to over 85 peer-reviewed manuscripts in physical development, medical and biomechanical journals. Dr. Butler serves as a movement based outcomes consultant for a number of orthopedic and sports medicine groups nationally and internationally with patients ranging across the lifespan.
Mat earned his Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine, FL and is the owner of Physical Edge, Inc., a physical therapy and fitness center in Davis, CA. He has extensive advanced training in orthopedic manual therapy. Mat participated in the first SFMA internship and has been an instructor for Functional Movement Systems since 2009. He specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation, spine care, injury prevention and movement assessment and correction. Mat works with his community by providing educational talks, movement screens and organized programs to various groups, including local sports teams as well as the City of Davis, Fire department. In addition, Mat is a clinical instructor for several doctorate programs in physical therapy throughout California.
Anthony currently practices as an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapist. In his clinical practice, Anthony treats a patient population that extends from professional athletes to active young adolescents. Anthony received his strength and conditioning specialist(CSCS) certification from the NSCA in 2003, a year prior to graduating with his master’s degree in PhysicalTherapy from Quinnipiac University in 2004.