From the first time Edo Zylstra saw dry needling techniques, he knew it would revolutionize physical therapy.
Zylstra, who graduated from the Regis School of Physical Therapy, with his master’s in 2000 and a transitional doctorate in 2012, has grown into an industry leader and pioneer in dry needling techniques. He is currently teaching the next wave of physical therapy students the technique of Functional Dry Needling.
Zylstra talked with Regis.edu on how he started a national business, grew it into a teaching power and how Regis gave him the basis and outline for a career in physical therapy.
How did you get into dry needling?
The first job I had was with a physician trained in dry needling. I went to courses in Canada, the East Coast and to ones with advanced curriculums. All of them were different. I used that to incorporate a theoretical model for dry needling.
You were at the cutting edge of dry needling techniques. What was it about dry needling that caught your attention?
When I opened up my own clinic in 2005, we were the first to really integrate it into clinical care. At that time less than 10 physical therapists provided dry needling to patients in the U.S. Now there are upwards of 30 states that offer it and 6,000 to 7,000 physical therapists trained in it. If you don’t have it, you won’t be as successful. It’s now the expectation of the patient that you can do this.
You founded KinetaCore Physical Therapy Education and recently partnered with Evidence In Motion to form a continuing education model. How will that amplify the business?
We went from teaching four courses in 2006 to 90 annual courses in 2016. We teach in 20 states and we have a staff of seven lead instructors. We merged with them as a company and we’re looking at creating a more advanced education with online, blended content, weekend intensives and a lot more interaction with the students prior, during and after our courses.
How did Regis help you prepare for not only physical therapy, but making it a career and business?
Regis gave me preparation to teach in front of others. You weren’t just learning to be in our profession, you were learning to lead by example. It put the responsibility on the student to be a part of their learning. It gave you independence and autonomy as a physician. When you left you were ready to be a physical therapist.
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