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Brett Neilson


Musculoskeletal, Pain Science

What I love most about teaching is the community of like-minded individuals that come together online and in person to help each other to improve their knowledge, skill and care. Together we're able to humanize health care and transform our communities."


Dr. Brett Neilson has 11 years experience as a staff therapist as well as clinic director. Additionally, he was a contractor for the U.S. Air Force and has served as Trial Coordinator, coordinating the day-to-day activity on two large multi-center randomized controlled trials in knee osteoarthritis and low back strengthening for Army combat medics. Currently Dr. Neilson is on staff with EIM and serves as program director and adjunct faculty. He also serves as adjunct faculty for South College Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Knoxville, TN, and Bellin College OMPT Fellowship Program. He is an active member of the APTA and AAOMPT, serving his state chapter of Washington as a Board of Director member and Delegate. He is also on the Nominating Committee of the Pain SIG of the APTA

Current Roles:

Director of Weekend Intensives, EIM
Program Director, Post-professional DPT and Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification, EIM

  • Current research agenda in Sleep Beliefs and Pain as part of his DSc Studies at Bellin College
  • Case series on Pain Neuroscience Education for Physiotherapy Receptionists
  • Randomized Clinical Trial on Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Randomized Clinical Trial on Low Back Strengthening in the Military
  • Descriptive study on the Effects of the Spinal Manipulation Prohibition on Physical Therapists’ Decision to Practice in Washington State
  • Case reports on Osteochondral Defect of the Femur and Lis Franc fracture in a Recreational Athlete
Areas of Interest:
  • Sleep
  • Pain
  • Lower quarter MSK injuries
  • Professionalism

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