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JJ Thomas


Dry Needling


JJ owns Primal Physical Therapy, a private cash-based practice in Bryn Mawr, PA. With over 20 years as a physical therapist, her unique experiences and training have shaped her into the successful clinician and educator she is.

JJ holds certifications in a variety of advanced specialty techniques and methods, all of which complement her role as an educator. JJ has been certified in dry needling since 2009, and began teaching dry needling in 2012.

JJ’s expertise in the area of movement analysis and in dry needling has played a large part in her contributions and work with US Field Hockey, and with individual professional athletes from NFL, MLB, NBA, USPA (polo), USATF, PGA, US Squash, and more.

Through her role as a content expert in dry needling and consultant for organizations such as the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), JJ has contributed to national legislative advancements in dry needling, in the realm of establishing policy and education standards, and in the insurance reimbursement arena, where she assisted the APTA in the successful addition of a specific CPT code for trigger point dry needling in CPT 2020.

JJ considers teaching one of the most fulfilling roles she plays as a physical therapist. Through teaching, JJ finds she can help a much larger number of patients by helping other clinicians advance their own skills, approach, and techniques. “Teaching allows me to help more people than if I were to only use my knowledge and skills to help individual patients in my facility.” In addition, JJ finds that teaching stimulates her need for continued self advancement, keeping her current with the latest research and encouraging collaboration with other high level clinicians, feeding her own need for continued self growth and advancement.

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