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Introductory Course

  • Technique and areas covered
  • Revision of anatomy
  • Good explaination of consent and warnings
  • Details in course manual


Alisha Bajerai

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Doug is a relaxed, non-threatening but highly knowledgeable presenter

Angela Barnett - Moorcroft

Presenting Style

I really appreciated;

  1. Surface anatomy review
  2. Doug - very approachable + non-threatening
  3. Manual - very detailed + easy to read
  4. Regular breaks - great for someone that is 20 weeks pregnant
Beth Vellios

Introductory Course

  • Technique and areas covered
  • Revision of anatomy
  • Good explaination of consent and warnings
  • Details in course manual


Alisha Bajerai

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 learning environment
Mat Nixon

Balance of Course

I found the combination of academic and practical spot on.

Lindsay Alsop


Brilliant! thank you for such a comprehensive course.

Yvette Holloway

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

Fantastic as Usual

Fantastic as Usual
Kirra Pallant

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

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 you very much.

Kym & Damian Chandler


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

Steve Sweeney

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

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!


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

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

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

Introductory Course Benefits

  • * Case studies that relate to each muscle
  • * Clear explanation of technique and refresher of surface anatomy
Lawrence Ong

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

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


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

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 am palpating in each part of the body
  • Deeper awareness and understanding of neck muscles
Jocelyn Yong

Different Learning Tools


The combination of learning tools provided;

  • Practicing on different people – different anatomy to consider
  • Practical revision
  • Case studies, anatomy review (especially the wet lab)
Vanessa Wong

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 clinical relevance brought to every muscle
Brent Eales

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 exercise is not as painful. I would definitely recommend Doug Cary's course for dry needling and as an excellent anatomical refresher.

Elliott Jackson

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

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 presented (very relaxed).

Jo Yiannaki
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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 you go into to send it out is really valued.


Brett Stanford - Physiotherapist
Como Physiotherapy Clinic

Brett Stanford

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 to be the most helpful aspects of the Advanced Lower Quadrant Course

Lauren Shelley

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 workshop
  • + course manual and technique DVD for future reference
all very helpful.

This course goes beyond just needling skills and pushes your ability to clinically reason. It encourages thinking outside the box and to question what is already 'given knowledge'. It's been a pleasure being in your course the past 4 days.

Tisha Bohne

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 understand and integrate.The anatomy Wet Lab was excellent.

Gaynor Gardiner-Sherwood

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

Pratical Aspect

I found;

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

The course manual is very informative too :)

Mirella Korver

Take Home Resources

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

Anatomy Refresher

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

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 on participant feedback and course outlines decided the Anatomical Acupuncture course best suited my professional requirements.

It has been well worth the travel - the courses are of high quality and each course has not only provided me with useful clinical skills that I use daily in practice, but challenged me to consider more analytically my treatment options. Another benefit has been in providing my patients with a more thorough anatomical analysis of their problem.

I have become a better skilled and more confident practitioner as a result of attending these courses.

Denise Krklec


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 and have been using it ever since.
Thanks a lot for your training and help!!
Blake Sutcliffe

Blake Sutcliffe

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

Great Refresher

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

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

Feedback + Manual

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

Sarah Coyle

Great Supervision

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

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

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 in a while
  • Manual, so we can review at any later date
  • Lots of time to practice and ask questions
  • Great atmosphere = fun = learning.

Tisha Bohne

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

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 3D level and being able to apply this through dry needling at different depths.
Kelly Panzich

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

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 very detailed and the pre-reading material was extensive. Layout of course manual with accompanying technique DVD with video was fantastic.
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 AAP Education and this expectation was definitely met.
Everyone was really pleased with the professional level it was set at and it has definitely motivated us to continually improve both our treatment skills and practice as a whole.
Your course and the way you conducted it was great Doug, I would have no hesitation in referring you to others in hand and upper limb occupational therapy for AAP courses.

Tim Darch - Senior OT 2 Hands Therapy
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anatomy anatomy anatomy..

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

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

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

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

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 I now feel much more confident in treating more complex patients.

Jonathan Wray

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 other physiotherapeutic techniques.
Kelly Moffat

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

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 days. I found the courses ABSOLUTELY fantastic and they provided me with a much more holistic and open-minded view while starting in on my physiotherapy career.

During uni, there was so much focus on joints, joints, joints and Maitland techniques as the 'be all and end all' of treatment. Adding acupuncture to my clinical set of skills and the knowledge of how it can be utilised to impact upon patients' conditions and their symptoms has been vital in developing myself as a more broad-minded physiotherapist.
Thank you again.

Annie Dummett
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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 January 2010, I decided to consolidate and further my skills and knowledge by doing the Advanced Upper Quadrant Course with Doug. As a sports physiotherapist since 1993, I was amazed how acupuncture was such a valuable and complimentary adjunct in treating patients.
I now view the body quite differently when I am treating and quite specifically think about layers of muscles in the body and what I'm actually targeting when I'm treating. I often say to my patients that my thumbs can only reach so far, but an acupuncture needle can reach a deeper region that may be causing problems.
The course is very anatomically driven, with a thorough review of anatomy and more specifically surface anatomy. The course is clinically orientated and practical, outlining signs and symptoms that various muscles can present and also putting into perspective other physiotherapy modalities that are required to give a more holistic approach to treatment. Skills are learned that can be put into practice immediately.
Now having done the advanced course, I have returned to my clinic with more knowledge, skill and confidence.
Thank you.

Sandra Jefferies
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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 effects of releasing them have already proven valuable in my diagnosis and treatments.
The differential diagnosis of problem muscles and the associated anatomy would have been useful even without dry needling.

Dave James

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 immediately apply. I would be keen to participate in any future courses.

Xander Van Rijen