TMD and Cervical Courses

The following courses have been approved by the PTBCCT for credit towards the application to sit for the examination to become a Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) as well as to fulfill the annual continuing education requirements to maintain status as a CCTT.

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Jeffrey S. Mannheimer

 Jeffrey S. Mannheimer


Comprehensive Evaluation & Treatment of the Sub-Occipital, Craniofacial & Temporomandibular Complex.

A progressive course series of 3 separate two-day modules within a 3 month period.

Does Your Patient Only Have a Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?


Could the Pain and Dysfunction Also Be Due to or Comorbid with Any of the Following?

Cervicogenic myofascial pain, cluster, migraine or tension-type headache, ear infection or toothache, C2 – C4 discal bulging, temporal arteritis, TMD, cranial nerve neuralgia or a combination of one or more?

Without a comprehensive evaluation and individualized treatment program, which is the foundation of this course, chronicity is likely to develop.

Course Overview: Physical therapy education relative to an understanding of the various types of headaches, orofacial pain and temporo-mandibular disorders (TMD), as well as their inherent patho-physiological mechanisms, are commonly not covered sufficiently within the entry-level or graduate physical therapy curriculum. This specialty course has been designed to fill the void, which exists beyond the evaluation of the cervical spine and provide knowledge as well as training in definitive evaluative and therapeutic skills unique to this specialty area.

One of the most overlooked causes of headache and orofacial pain are those of a cervicogenic and/or temporo-mandibular etiology. Many general practice physicians, neurologists and dentists commonly disregard the cervical spine as a causative craniofacial pain factor or are unaware of temporomandibular dysfunction focusing instead on a vascular, vestibular or neurological etiology.  Physical therapists who receive referrals relative to the evaluation and treatment of patients with headaches, orofacial pain and temporomandibular dysfunction in children and adults, therefore need to understand that there are mechanisms other than vascular or neurologic that represent significant etiological factors and require a multi-disciplinary approach.

This course is designed to provide the information and necessary evaluative skill to delineate the major types of headaches, orofacial pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) movement disorders and associated symptoms that originate from the craniofacial and temporomandibular regions from those of a cervicogenic and/or comorbid origin. An in-depth understanding of the anatomical and neurophysiological factors relative to the trigeminocervical, sub-occipital and temporomandibular complex, as well as the cranium in relation to headaches and orofacial pain will be presented. Sub-occipital, orofacial, temporomandibular and cranial pain/dysfunction syndromes will be analyzed with emphasis placed upon their delineation and subsequent development of comprehensive therapeutic paradigms. Workshop sessions will follow the lectures and focus upon case study analysis, proper sequencing and use of manual upper ¼ and craniofacial (intra & extraoral) soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques, therapeutic exercise, adjunctive modalities, dry needling as well as postural and ergonomic intervention for the reduction of pain and inflammation, restoration of function and prevention of recurrence. A constantly evolving 6-page evaluation form provides the foundation for the course.

 Course Learning Objectives:


Upon successful completion of this course, each participant should be able to delineate the major types of headaches, craniofacial and temporomandibular pain-dysfunction syndromes and initiate appropriate and logically sequenced comprehensive therapeutic management.  All concepts and techniques will be supported by evidence-based, peer-reviewed publications.  Completion of the course will allow the student to achieve the following goals and competencies, which will be determined/measured by participant interaction during case presentations.


  1. Identify the components of the trigemino-cervical complex.
  2. Understand how cervicogenic mechanisms can impact the craniofacial region.
  3. Delineate between the general headache categories.
  4. Delineate between the various types and causes of cervicogenic headaches (CGH), prime headache disorders (tension-type, vascular/migraine, neuralgic and autonomic), temporo-mandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain (OFP) in order to direct treatment to the causative structures and eliminate perpetuating factors.
  5. Understand the significant impact of myofascial pain upon the cervical, shoulder girdle and craniofacial regions.


  1. Understand new evaluative concepts relative to the cervical/shoulder girdle, sub-occipital, craniofacial and temporomandibular regions, as well as their inherent interaction that frequently gives rise to co-morbidity.Demonstrate knowledge of the anatomy and arthrokinematics of the TMJ as well as related dental terminology.
  2. Identify occlusal abnormalities, intrinsic and extrinsic etiological factors that contribute to TMD, masticatory muscle hyperactivity or imbalance and the need for dental and/or physical therapy intervention.
  3. Properly interpret the findings of the evaluation and present it in verbal and written form to the referring physician (medical and dental) along with appropriate therapeutic goals and treatment plans for comprehensive management.
  4. Perform specific manual therapeutic procedures relative to joint and soft tissue mobilization, of the cervical, shoulder girdle, sub-occipital, craniofacial, masticatory and temporomandibular regions.
  5. Instruct patients in therapeutic exercise techniques for postural correction, functional restoration, muscle imbalance, strengthening and relaxation.
  6. Understand the different TMJ surgical techniques and proper post-operative management.
  7. Assess the need for adaptive devices and ergonomic changes for correction of improper driving, sitting, sleeping and working postures.
  8. Understand the role of dental/oral appliances and techniques utilized in the management of TMD and OFP.
  9. Instruct patients in self-management and non-medicinal techniques to prevent a recurrence of pain and/or dysfunction.


Dr. Mannheimer received a BS degree in Biology from Bradley University, MA degree and Certificate in Physical Therapy from New York University and a Ph.D in Health Science from Seton Hall University. He is now in his 55th year of clinical practice, which over the past 35 has been limited to the evaluation and treatment of cervical spine disorders, temporo-mandibular disorders, cervicogenic headaches and orofacial pain (CSD, TMD, CGH & OFP) respectively.  He is a certified Cervical and Temporo-mandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT) and certified in Orofacial Dry Needling (CODN) by Myopain seminars.

He has many publications pertaining to the evaluation and management of pain by postural and ergonomic correction, manual techniques, therapeutic exercise and non-medicinal pain control in dental, medical and physical therapy texts and journals. He coordinated the chapter on “Cervicogenic Mechanisms of Headaches and Orofacial Pain” for the 4th edition of “Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis & Management” of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP).  He is also the co-author of the first medical textbook on Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, “Clinical TENS” published by F.A. Davis in 1984.  His most recent clinical contribution “Dry needling for management of pain in the upper quarter and craniofacial region” by Kietrys DM, Palombaro KM & Mannheimer JS, was published in Current Pain & Headache Reports. 18(8): 437- 446, 2014 and “International consensus of the most useful assessments by physical therapists to evaluate patients with temporomandibular disorders: A Delphi study”. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation. 47(6): 685-702, 2020.

In addition to private clinical practice, Dr. Mannheimer is currently an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine (Program in Physical Therapy) at Columbia University. He was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Dental School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and director of the physical therapy tract for their continuing education program in the Diagnosis and Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain for 13 years until the program was discontinued.

Current professional memberships are held in the American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). He has also served on the examination committee of the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP), which certifies dentists in this specialty field, is a member of the AAOP education committee and previously served as an AAOP council member. Dr. Mannheimer is the founder and current president of the PTBCCT (, which consists of an international group of physical therapists who desire to promote education and specialty certification in the field of CSD, CGH, TMD and OFP.  Dr. Mannheimer is a frequent invited speaker at national and international seminars and scientific meetings as well as a manuscript reviewer for Quintessence and the Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice.

Overview of each Two-Day Module:

Module I

Cervicogenic Causes of Headaches and Orofacial Pain of Non-TMD Origin

The Sub-Occipital Connection – Comprehensive Evaluation & Treatment of the Cervical-Shoulder Girdle & Cranium

Module II

Comprehensive Evaluation of the Temporomandibular Complex

Comprehensive Treatment of the Non-Surgical TMD Patient

 Module III

Advanced Delineation of Disc Displacements, Subluxation/Luxation

Comprehensive Evaluation & Treatment of the Pre & Post-Surgical TMD Patient

Class performance of a complete comprehensive evaluation of an actual patient with cervicogenic and TMD symptomatology that was previously treated by Dr. Mannheimer utilizing the 6-page course evaluation template.

Course VIII was filled with 6 PT’s and completed on March 7-8, 2020. Each course is composed of 3 progressive weekend modules over a consecutive 3-month period that allows for practice and review of the evaluation and manual therapeutic techniques prior to the start of the next module. Manual technique videos are sent after each module for review & practice. Each module is geared to a specific area that can create local and/or referred pain with or without dysfunction and are all crucial components of the trigemino-cervical complex.

Each of my previous 8 in-office courses have been limited to no more than 6 PT’s/course due to space, the necessity of closely observing everyone performing the evaluative and manual techniques as well as to have sufficient time for me to perform them on everyone.  This requirement is also necessary to maintain the intensive nature of teaching and demonstrating numerous manual soft tissuejoint mobilization techniques in association with therapeutic exercise paradigms specific to the shoulder girdle, cervical, sub-occipital, cranial and orofacial regions (intra & extra-oral).  As the course proceeds everyone will learn how to integrate combinations of the above techniques into specific therapeutic paradigms with adjunctive modalities as needed. 

The evaluation section (cervical-orofacial-temporomandibular -headache) of the course will follow my specific 6-page template which is needed to obtain all of the required subjective and objective data to develop the proper ICD-10 diagnostic and CPT treatment codes (your diagnostic impression and therapeutic treatment paradigm). 

Case study presentations with class interaction are presented specific to the topics of each module.  The complete hour by hour agenda for day one and day two of each module are available by clicking the following PDF links.

Module I – Day One / Module I – Day Two
Module II – Day One / Module II – Day Two
Module III – Day One / Module III – Day Two

Course Logistics:

2021 Course Schedule

Course XI (FILLED)
Module I: Feb. 20-21, 2021
Module II: Mar. 20-21, 2021
Module III: Apr. 17-18, 2021

Module I: May 15-16, 2021
Module II: June 12-13, 2021
Module III: July 10-11, 2021

Module I: August 7-8, 2021
Module II: September 11-12, 2021
Module III: October 16-17, 2021

Course XIV (1 slot remaining)
Module I: January 22-23, 2022
Module II: February 19-20, 2022
Module III: March 26-27, 2022

Course XV (to be offered in May, June, and July 2022)
Specific dates to be determined. Registration can be made in advance to ensure your spot in the course.


Each module of every course must be taken in succession & switching modules between courses is not permitted. The nature of this educational series allows for 23 hands-on workshop sessions & lectures, maximized by limiting the course to 6 PT’s.

Course Certificate: Cannot be granted unless all 3 modules are completed in succession.


Residence Inn by Marriott Princeton at Carnegie Center: 3563 US Route 1, Princeton, NJ 08540:

Call 609-799-0550 and ask to speak with Debbie or Dawn and state that you are taking Dr. Mannheimer’s course which will qualify you for the discounted rate of $99.00.

The hotel is adjacent to the Princeton Market Fair Mall which has a movie theater, Barnes & Noble bookstore, Starbucks, many interesting stores and a choice of restaurants within and outside the mall.

Tuition: Tuition for the 2022 courses is $1800.00 ($600.00/module) and can be paid in three installments as the course series progresses. Tuition includes all course material, lecture slides, evaluation and home exercise instruction forms, adjunctive postural corrective and pain reduction options as well as illustrations of all manual techniques printed in a separate booklet/module. Separate videos of all manual cervical/shoulder girdle, craniofacial and masticatory extra and intra-oral myofascial, joint mobilization and tractional techniques/module are included along with continental breakfast and refreshments.

To ensure your registration, a $300.00 deposit is due ASAP prior to the start of each course that counts as 50% of the tuition for module I. Payment can be made by personal, business, or bank check as well as money orders. PAYABLE TO:

Jeffrey S. Mannheimer, PT, PHD, PC

Mail to: Jeffrey S. Mannheimer, PT, PHD, PC
88 Orchard Road Suite 11 in the Carriage House
Skillman, NJ 08558


Steve Kraus

  Steve Kraus


LSU Health in New Orleans on Friday-Sunday, August 2-4, 2019 – Click here to view the flyer for the event


Steve Kraus – TMD Courses Schedule




Course Description:

Pain and dysfunction involving the temporomandibular joint(s) (TMJ) and/or masticatory muscles are collectively referred to as a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). TMD is a common source of jaw, headaches and orofacial pain and contributes to functional limitations associated with chewing, talking and yawning. An overview of clinical anatomy and mechanics of the TMJ is discussed. An evidence based examination used to diagnose the common diagnostic subsets of TMD is discussed and practiced in lab. An evidence based informed escalation-of-treatment approach will be covered for TMD to include patient education, modalities, exercises, and manual procedures. Surgical and non surgical treatments for disc displacements will be reviewed. Post surgical physical therapy management of the TMJ will be discussed. The rationale for the use of the various oral appliances fabricated by dentists will be highlighted. Cervical spine influences on the management of TMD and headache will be discussed. The team approach between the physical therapy and dental professions will be highlighted throughout the course.

Course Format
Instructor-led course: Lecture and Lab sessions.
Course is for physical therapists and physical therapists assistance.
Dentists and Physicians can attend.

Contact Hours: This is a 15-hour course equivalent to 1.5 CEUs.


Steve Kraus, PT, OCS, MTC, CCTT, CODN

Steve Kraus is a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of temporomandibular and cervical spine disorders.

Mr. Kraus earned his degree in physical therapy at Wichita State University in 1975. He received the Distinguished Physical Therapy Alumni Award from The Wichita State University Department of Physical Therapy. Mr. Kraus is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Division of Physical Therapy Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Kraus is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), is certified in Manual Therapy (MTC), is a Certified Cervical Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) and is certified in Orofacial Dry Needling (CODN).

Mr. Kraus maintains his enthusiasm for education. He has taught over 335 courses to physical therapists and physical therapy assistants on the evaluation and treatment of TMD. He has been invited to speak at over 75 dental study clubs and dental conferences to include the 50th Anniversary of the American Equilibration Society, Thomas P Hinman Dental Meeting and the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

Mr. Kraus is an editor, author and has co-authored a number of articles and chapters on temporomandibular and cervical spine disorders appearing in various dental and physical therapy publications.

Mr. Kraus is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Orthopedic Section of the APTA. Mr. Kraus is an affiliate member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and is a board member of The Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT).

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the more common disorders of the TMD
  • Discuss and analyze the clinical findings of a TMD evaluation.
  • Recognize the indications for intraoral mobilization techniques.
  • Offer treatment procedures for the common diagnostic subsets of TMD.
  • Recognize the role of the cervical spine in the management of TMD and headache.
  • Understand indications and assess the designs of an oral appliance for the treatment of TMD.
Course Logistics:

Locations and Dates:

Memphis, Tennessee

October 19 & 20, 2019

Tuition: $525.00

Course Registration:

Mike Karegeannes

  Mike Karegeannes

Course Description: This two-day TMJ course provides a basic understanding of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) and Craniofacial Pain (CFP). Participants will learn anatomy and biomechanics of the normal Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), as well as abnormal mechanics or pathophysiological mechanics that will require a comprehensive evaluation and treatment approach. This TMJ course is designed to help differentiate myofascial related pain from internal derangements and educate on the interrelationship between the cervical spine and the TMJ. Lab time will allow participants to palpate anatomical structures as they relate to TMD and CFP, and learn how to mobilize the TMJ as well as the upper cervical spine. Participants will gain insight into a basic home exercise regimen for their patients. There will also be discussions about appropriate orthotic therapy, lifestyle changes, potential surgical interventions and how to build a rapport with the dental community and other healthcare providers so the best possible outcomes can be achieved for patients.
Speaker: Michael Karegeannes, PT, MHSc, LAT, MTC, CFC, CCTT, CMTP Owner of Freedom Physical Therapy Services, 4 clinics in Wisconsin, since 1997 and a practicing physical therapist since 1989. His specialties in the field of physical therapy include TMD, spine and pelvic dysfunctions, myofascial pain, and orthopedic therapies. Michael graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. After he graduated, he received his athletic training license from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and later, Michael completed his manual therapy certification and Masters of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine in Florida. In 2005, Michael had the honor of being trained by Dr. Mariano Rocabado, (in conjunction with the University of St. Augustine) who is the leading national expert in the field of craniofacial therapies. Michael holds a Craniofacial Certification with the University of St. Augustine. In addition, Michael has attended an orofacial pain and TMD Residency with the University of Minnesota Dental School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) as well as vice-president of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT). In addition, Michael is, one of a few, Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapists (CCTT) who has obtained diplomate status by the PTBCCT. In 2011, Michael received thorough and extensive training in the technique of intramuscular dry needling and is certified through Myopain Seminars, the premier post-graduate medical and physical therapy continuing education company in the United States with a focus on myofascial trigger points. Michael is also on faculty with Myopain Seminars. Michael is also one of the few PTs in the USA trained in the CRAFTA approach to TMD. His diverse experience, knowledge, and manual skills allow Michael to be highly effective in the evaluation and treatment of his clientele. Michael is a member of the APTA, WPTA, NATA, AAOP, PTBCCT, PAMA and IMS.
Course Objectives: What you will learn:

  • Describe basic TMJ anatomy, biomechanics, and pathomechanics.
  • Recognize how postural or cervical dysfunction might contribute to TMJ disorders.
  • Evaluate the TMJ and develop a working hypothesis.
  • Demonstrate appropriate manual and exercise techniques for the treatment of TMD.
  • Identify the PT’s role within the dental community for the treatment of TMD.
  • Recognize other treatment options outside of PT.
  • Educate clients in the management of TMD.
Course Logistics: Locations and Dates: Fox Point, WI

Hosted by Freedom Physical Therapy Services: June 22-23, 2019

Tuition: $595.00 Course Registration:
Registration Details
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, LMT, OTs Dentists and Physicians may attend
CEUs: 1.6 (16 clock hours) 15:1 Student/Instructor
Additional Info and agenda can be found at:

Hosted by Myopain Seminars: September 28, 2019

Tuition: $595.00 Course Registration: http
Registration Details
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, LMT, OTs Dentists and Physicians may attend
CEUs: 1.6 (16 clock hours) 15:1 Student/Instructor
Additional Info and agenda can be found at:

Nick Rainey

  Nick Rainey

Course Description:

Management of TMD and Orofacial Pain will assist providers in identifying and treating the majority of orofacial pain that present to clinical settings. Lipton et al. indicated over a 6-month period that 22% of the US population reports at least one type of orofacial pain. These patients are yearning for improved treatment and for their providers to really understand their condition. This course experience is organized into 4 modules  over an 8 week period. The course includes describing TMD diagnoses, available treatments  for TMD diagnoses (performed by a variety of providers), cervicogenic and tension-type headaches, and finally what is called Axis II evaluation which is how to specifically evaluate psychosocial components of orofacial pain. This course has very little emphasis on red flag findings, TMJ biomechanics, and epidemiology.

Learning methods involve videos, readings, and discussion. Discussion is a heavy emphasis between instructors and classmates to ensure information is applied to practice.



Nick Rainey is board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He has also earned the credential of Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics. He is the founder of Rainey Pain & Performance, a private practice in Arizona where he focuses on evaluating and treating orthopaedic and pain conditions.

Course Objectives:

What you will learn:

  1. Identify Axis I diagnosis presentations of patients with temporomandibular disorder.
  2. Determine best course of treatment for common temporomandibular disorders.
  3. Differentiate between tension-type headaches and cervicogenic headaches.
  4. Select effective Axis II evaluations for clinical use.
Course Logistics:

Hosted by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions

PREREQUISITE: A license to practice as a physical therapist, dentist, physician, or nurse practitioner.

Target Audience: PT, MD, PA, NP, DDS/DMD

Tuition: $695.00
Course Registration:
24.0 Credits
Course offered multiple times a year.