Dr. Jan Dommerholt, Founder

Dr. Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM, is an accomplished and experienced Dutch-trained physical therapist. Dr. Dommerholt is the CEO of PhysioFitness.

In addition to his physical therapy education, he has studied at New York University where he completed a course of study in Performing Artists Disorders (NYU Human Performance Analysis Laboratory). He completed a Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in biomechanical trauma from Lynn University, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree from Aalborg University in Denmark.

Dr. Dommerholt is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and a member of several medical and physical therapy professional organizations.

In 2014, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recognized the many contributions of Dr. Dommerholt to the overall development of the field of physical therapy. “APTA congratulates Jan Dommerholt on his work in introducing and promoting the practice of trigger-point dry needling to the physical therapy profession and entire medical community and is pleased to present him with the Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award.”

Dr. Dommerholt is a recognized expert in the physical therapy diagnosis and treatment of persons with myofascial pain syndrome, chronic pain syndromes, and whiplash associated disorders.

He has published five books, over 80 articles, and nearly 60 chapters in medical and physical therapy textbooks on myofascial pain, chronic pain conditions, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and whiplash. Dr. Dommerholt prepares a literature review column on myofascial pain syndrome for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.

Dr. Dommerholt has also specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of musicians with musculoskeletal problems. As a former clarinetist and saxophonist, Dr. Dommerholt has combined his interests in music and physical therapy. His final thesis in his physical therapy education was titled Musica et Medicina and focused on medical problems of wind instrumentalists. Since, he has authored several articles on performing arts physical therapy and contributed chapters to most leading medical textbooks on performing arts medicine.

Dr. Dommerholt has studied physical therapy approaches for persons with craniomandibular pain and completed an advanced internship with Dr. Mariano Rocabado in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Dommerholt has published in this field and is one of the few physical therapy members in Maryland of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP). His contributions and expertise were recognized when the AAOP invited Dr. Dommerholt two years in a row to be an invited speaker at its annual conference (2010 and 2011). The AAOP selected Dr. Dommerholt to teach a certification program in dry needling for orofacial pain and headaches.

He has studied dry needling techniques in Europe, the United States and Canada, and has incorporated these techniques into his manual therapy practice. He has written several articles about dry needling and frequently assists state boards and professional organizations on the issue of dry needling. His expertise in dry needling is recognized by several acupuncture organizations.

Dr. Dommerholt has taught many courses and lectured at conferences throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Middle East while maintaining an active clinical practice. He is the only physical therapist in the US who teaches trigger point dry needling courses to physicians, dentists, physical therapists, and others.

Dr. Dommerholt is on the editorial board of several professional journals. He is a frequent reviewer of submitted articles for many journals, including Physical Therapy, Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Clinical Journal of Pain, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Therapies, and many others.