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  • Clinical Reasoning
    I found the explanation of the pain patterns and clinical reasoning of case studies helpful. This helped me to understand when to use these dry needling techniques on my own clients.
    Christine Woods

  • Great Practical Component

    Just completed the Introductory Dry Needling Course, in which I found the practical component was excellent with great demonstrations. Also found the clinical discussion throughout interesting.

    Andrew Lange

  • Dry Needling for Chiropractors

    as a chiropractor, dry needling has helped achieve better clinical outcomes via decreased neuromuscular tension and decreased pain levels, allowing for improved patient compliance with home care as...

    Elliott Jackson

  • Different Learning Tools

    The combination of learning tools provided;

    • Practicing on different people – different anatomy to consider
    • Practical revision
    • Case studies, anatomy review (espe...
      Vanessa Wong

  • Pre reading
    Great having the pre-reading materials and the practical experience under guidance. Also the anecdotal stuff and case studies throughout the course.
    Sonya Clark

  • Introductory Course Benefits
    • * Case studies that relate to each muscle
    • * Clear explanation of technique and refresher of surface anatomy

    Lawrence Ong

  • Critcial thinking and reasoning
    Very specific- anatomy and technique... challenges you to think critically about exactly what your are targeting and the reason behind why you are doing it
    Jenna Bovell

  • Complex case study
    I enjoyed the opportunity to work through a complex case study, including diagnosis and treatment (all forms of physiotherapy treatment) and then see optimal management.
    Richard Gonsalves

  • Exciting Material
    Hi Doug, Thanks so much! I have found this stuff very exciting especially for my fibro long term patients. Real functional changes!!
    Dianne Mavor

  • Safety
    I appreciated learning the safety for the various muscles around the neck and thoracic spine.
    Melissa Salvia

  • Anatomy Workshop
    I was very helpful to have the Anatomy Wet Lab Workshop before the advanced course to orientate ourselves to the relevant anatomy.
    Yvette Noble

  • Fantastic as Usual
    Fantastic as Usual
    Kirra Pallant

  • Take Home Resources
    I found the comprehensive take home manual, and DVD of technique most helpful
    Emma Wynne

  • Broadened my treatment HEAPS!

    Dear Doug,
    I have meant to write to you for a long time now regarding the courses I completed with you in July. I wanted to write to say thank you so much for everything over those 6...

    Annie Dummett

  • Drawing for Anatomy Review

    A helpful aspect of the course for me was using drawing of the anatomy to review the anatomy.

    Also liked the discussion on electroacupuncture and hypermobility.

    Craig Soley

  • Lumbar Spine - Clinical Relevance
    What I best liked about the course was;
    • Lumbar muscle palpation and discussion about treatment theories
    • Wet anatomy lab and relating to clinical relevance
    • Functional and...
      Brent Eales

  • Detailed Anatomy Analysis

    The aspects of the course that I found most useful;
    + The detailed analysis and method of presentation of anatomy and palpation
    The simple and clear explanations made it easier to und...

    Gaynor Gardiner-Sherwood

  • anatomy anatomy anatomy..
    I really appreciate the anatomy review from the presenter and his explanation of how acupuncture assists clients
    David Tran

  • Great Refresher
    Theory covered - good refresher Surface anatomy + palpation - good refresher Inclusion of case studies very helpful
    Tara Boylan

  • Thanks

    Hi Doug,
    I was just thinking about you this morning. I was DNing a patient and thought about how well run, enjoyable and useful your course was. I did the Introductory Course 2-3 years ago...

    Blake Sutcliffe

  • HIghly Relevant
    Found the course to be;
    • practically based
    • presented at a good pace
    • provided opportunity to ask questions as needed
    • Doug was excellent, promoted great learnin...
      Mat Nixon

  • Level of Teaching & More

    We found the following aspects of this course helpful;

    • Good number of participants
    • Great presenter & resources
    • Very high level of teaching
    Thank yo...

    Kym & Damian Chandler

  • Anatomy Refresher
    Appreciated refreshing the anatomy landmarks, because of their obvious importance to clinical practice

  • Feedback + Manual

    1. Practical sessions were very helpful, as was the provided feedback by presenter
    2. Course handbook as reference source

    Sarah Coyle

  • Practical Sessions

    During the Introductory Dry Needling Course, I found the practical sessions the best. Doug was really helpful. It wasn't intimidating, but fun and sessions were interesting.

    Ghislene Goh

  • Soft Tissue vs Dry Needling

    I found the case studies, clinical decision discussions, differences in treatment using soft tissues techniques & dry needling, clinical findings and the range of treatment choices available...

    Lauren Shelley

  • Clear & Simple Instructions

    In the Introductory Dry Needling Course, I found the practical components and demonstrations most useful. They were very clear, with simple instructions and accurate techniques.

    Desiree Bavich

  • Palpation Specifics

    Most helpful for me were the specifics of palpation and approach to each muscle , positioning and technique to ensure greatest effectiveness.

    Susie Nelson

  • Demonstration & Practice
    I liked the demonstration and then having time to go away and practice. Also the take home needling kit to practice at home straight away. It was a good course enhancing understanding of anatomy at a ...
    Kelly Panzich

  • Specificity of Treatment

    Specificity - anatomy review and looking in depth at trigger points and where to needle. Loved, loved, loved the specificity in this course and made me look at all my other treatment approaches in ...

    Bernie Camarri

  • Revision of Anatomy
    I appreciated the revision of anatomy and specifically to visualise body parts as in a 3D model. It's been great!!
    Liz Woods

  • Know what we don't Know
    Surface Anatomy - great revision of what we all think we know so well, but actually don't!
    Pippa Flanagan

  • So Much Detail

    The further information i.e. the extension from the Introductory Course I felt was vital.

    Introductory Course was great, but this quadrant specific course is amazing - so much detail and s...

    Mardee Kow

  • Anatomical Revision

    I found the following aspects of the Introductory Course most helpful;

    • * dry needling theory + clinical education
    • * laid back environment
    • * anatomical revision
    • ...
      Emma Burgess

  • Advanced Upper & Lower Quadrant Course
    Since doing the Upper and Lower Quadrant courses, I feel much more confident using dry needling on patients. The courses have empowered me with practical skills and knowledge that I was able to immedi...
    Xander Van Rijen

  • Course Duration
    The length of time + content of the Introductory Course was perfect for the two days. Plenty of time for observation of technique.
    Rebecca Page

  • Introductory Course

    The Introductory/Refresher Course was Excellent, both in clinical reasoning and in the practical sessions.
    The locations of trigger points, the areas of referred pain/sensation and the...

    Dave James

  • Great Supervision
    Good to get the time to practice each area + excellent guidance and supervision in checking technique
    Alicia Arndt

  • Balance of Course

    I found the combination of academic and practical spot on.

    Lindsay Alsop

  • Challenging and useful course

    I started to learn acupuncture quite a number of years ago with Doug's Introductory course in Acupuncture. I returned to my clinic immediately enthusiastic to implement my new skill. In ...

    Sandra Jefferies

  • Case Studies & More

    I really liked;

    • Case studies, to think about where dry needling has been applied successfully
    • Review of anatomy and cross sectional slides, because I haven't seen those i...
      Tisha Bohne

  • Excited to Practice

    I found the cervical and scapulothoracic region very relevant and applicable. Excited to practice what I have learnt this weekend.

    Susie Nelson

  • Good Balance in Dry Needling Course

    The course had a great balance of theory and practical. I enjoyed learning all the trigger points and referral patterns.

    I really appreciated the casual environment in which the course was ...

    Jo Yiannaki

  • Relaxed Environment

    I found the relaxed environment, made it easier to learn and the pre-reading was helpful.
    As a recent grad, I believe this information is critical as another tool for assessment and treatment....

    Mardee Kaw

  • Practical Sessions

    The best part of the course was the anatomy revision. I found it really valuable to revisit it, thinking about the anatomy from a clinical point of view.

    Leonie Mills

  • Clinical Gems

    Doug's clinical gems - how people present in practice, how he chose to treat them and the subsequent outcomes. We can take what we learnt and apply it to our own practice.

    Declan Halpin

  • Clinical Relevance

    Specificity - anatomy review and looking in depth at trigger points and where to needle. Loved, loved, loved the specificity in this course and made me look at all my other treatment approaches in ...

    Bernie Camarri

  • Course Goes Beyond Dry Needling

    Doug I found the;

    • + case study presentations
    • + demos and low ratio of student to presenter
    • + plantar fascia discussion
    • + wet lab anatomy worksh...
      Tisha Bohne

  • HIghly Relevant

    I found the manual easy to read, and there was good pract/demo and time to practice with partner. Also a good work: break ration - course didn't drag on

    Courtney Kranz

  • Another great course - thanks
    Thank you for another great course (Advanced Upper Quadrant), it was an excellent anatomy refresher and I have used the techniques extensively with some really good effects in conjunction with my othe...
    Kelly Moffat

  • Anatomy teaching was great
    The teaching of the anatomy - superficial and deep was very helpful and presented differently to uni - I would be keen to learn more anatomy this way
    Katie Hogan

  • Excellence

    I appreciated the excellent and precise nature of lecturing and practical demonstrations.

    Steve Sweeney

  • Regular Clinical Kit eZine

    Hey Doug,
    Just want to say a quick thanks for sending out these Clinical Kit eZines to those who have previously undertaken you courses. The info is really much appreciated and the effort...

    Brett Stanford

  • Great Feedbacl

    Just completed the Introductory/Refresher Dry Needling Course. Doug was very informative and was able to look after everyone, providing great feedback!

    And it was quite fun!


  • Fantastic applied anatomy

    I completed the Advanced Upper and Advanced Lower Quadrant courses with Doug. I found the quality of the content, especially applied anatomy and practical instruction to be exceptional, and ...

    Jonathan Wray

  • Good Mix Theory + Practice
    Great course Doug. A good mix of theory and practical and thoroughly enjoyed the way you present. Thanking you.
    Ashleigh Joyce

  • Customised Course
    Hi Doug,

    Thank you very much for coming up to Perth and specifically designing a program for us. Communication prior to the course was top standard, the custom upper limb program was ver...

    Tim Darch - Senior OT 2 Hands Therapy

  • Worth Every Dollar

    I found the practical sessions and review of anatomy most helpful. Didn't think I would lose that much recall since only recently graduating, but seems I have!

    Key points were the professio...

    Mardee Kow

  • Brilliant

    Brilliant! thank you for such a comprehensive course.

    Yvette Holloway

  • Brisbane to Perth - Worth the Trips

    I have completed three Anatomical Acupuncture courses, traveling from Brisbane to Perth for each course. Prior to the first course I researched the available Dry Needling courses and based o...

    Denise Krklec

  • Greater Anatomy Awareness
    From the course I found a better understanding of the anatomy via;
    • Cross sectional anatomy views
    • Description of tissues in layers and depth
    • Greater awareness of what I a...
      Jocelyn Yong

  • Visble Body Amazing App

    Have purchased the Visible Body app for my iPad.
    And how happy am I??
    This app is just amazing!
    Can't wait to get using it with my patients.
    Big thanks to Doug for t...

    Mardee Kow

  • Pratical Aspect

    I found;

    • the practical aspect
    • having sufficient time and
    • good demonstration & supervision most helpful.

    The course manual is very informative t...

    Mirella Korver

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  • Was there sufficient communication, program details and pre reading materials for your needs?
    - Communication prior to the course was top standard, the custom upper limb program was very detailed and the pre-reading material was extensive
    - Layout of program booklet with accompanying disc with video was fantastic
  • What were you thinking that this program would provide you with?
    - We were hoping that the program would provide us with the knowledge and skills to improve our hand and upper limb therapy services through the provision of the Anatomical Acupuncture Program. This expectation was definitely met
  • What did you really get out of this program?
    - Extensive review of anatomy
    - The medico-legal, safety procedures and administrative procedures
    - The tools to provide quality Anatomical Acupuncture Program service and continue staff development/improvement in the Anatomical Acupuncture Program
  • Did aspects of the program exceed your expectations?
    - The attention to detail during practical components and your patience with us while learning was exceptional
  • What areas of the program fell short of your expectation and what would need to be done differently to meet your expectation?
    - Some upper limb areas were missed due to time restrictions, you adapted the course well for this, through focusing on the areas you felt were more relevant for us
  • Any other comments that you would like to make about the course in general?
    - The course and the way you conducted it was great Doug, I would have no hesitation in referring you to other Occupational Therapists interested in dry needling and the Anatomical Acupuncture Program in general
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    Tim Darch - Senior Occupational Therapist, 2 Hands Therapy, Perth

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