Dr. Jason Schuster, DPT, MTC, cert. DN
MTC (Manual Therapy certification, University of Saint Augustine; certification consists of eight 3-4 day seminars, 2 written, 1 oral and 1 practical exam per course, 32 total exams, must be passed with 80% or better to acquire certification)
Jason indirectly began his PT career as a patient following many injuries and surgeries from playing ice hockey growing up and Division 1 ice hockey at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. After undergraduate, Jason began working as a fly fishing guide at a high end, a remote fly fishing lodge in southwestern Alaska in the summer months and managed a Fly fishing lodge in Patagonia, Chile during the rest of the year. Jason became fluent in Spanish and treats in Spanish frequently. After about a decade of fishing and traveling throughout Alaska, South and Central America (yes, he got paid to do this!) Jason went to the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine Florida, where he obtained his DPT and post-grad his MTC certification.
Manipulation was an integral part of Jason’s DPT program and he continued to further his knowledge and skills during his MTC certification. He has used spinal and extremity manipulation, along with dry needling, as crucial elements of his daily practice. Jason has been trained by many instructors, from a variety of fields, including staff from the Golden State Warriors and various NHL teams, and has used information gleaned from all of them in attempt to perfect the intricate art of manipulation. Jason has worked with his fiance Angela as a traveling DPT at 1 on 1 outpatient clinics’ since he graduated. Jason specializes in Dry Needling and spinal manipulation, using a full body, holistic approach with a focus on treating each patient as an individual, assessing the entire body and striving toward reaching each patient’s unique and maximal potential. Jason and Angela are planning to open a cash-based clinic focusing primarily on DN and manipulation somewhere in Colorado within the next few years.
Jason has a unique and diverse background and in his free time likes to fish, hike, travel, surf, kayak, run, paint and just about anything outside. He recently traveled to Israel, Glacier National Park and Key Largo, FL to fly fish for migrating Tarpon.
Our Course CREATOR and FOUNDER
Ken Cooper began his clinical career as a 1981 Physical Therapy graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. After working for several years at Methodist Hospital of Lubbock as a staff therapist, he became a Clinical Instructor for the interns from the Physical Therapy School at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Upon leaving his private practice in Lubbock he returned to Dallas and attended Parker College of Chiropractic.
Ken also worked in the Rehabilitation Department as the lead physical therapist and taught the Physical Therapy labs in the curriculum while completing his coursework. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and valedictorian in 1989. In 1990 he established a private practice in Bedford, Texas. In 2000, he formed a multi-disciplinary practice that offered medical, chiropractic and physical therapy care in addition to massage therapy and acupuncture. He currently owns and operates Cooper Functional Services and Harwood Physical Therapy Clinic in Bedford, Texas where his main focus in practice is orthopedics, dry needling, and acupuncture. He has been treating collegiate and professional athletes, including numerous Dallas Cowboys, since 1992.
In 2008 he was involved in a motorcycle wreck that resulted in multiple ribs and upper extremity fractures, a hemothorax and a brachial plexus injury. He placed himself under the care of a good friend and excellent orthopedic PT. After eighteen months of care, his active shoulder flexion remained at approximately 115 degrees. He was then fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of Tom Dalonzo-Baker, PT, founder of Total Motion Release. After one ten minute session of self-taught TMR from Tom’s website, totalmotionrelease.com, his active shoulder flexion increased to 150 degrees! He was so thrilled that he called Tom. Over the phone without ever getting to evaluate Ken in person, Tom asked him to do a few more TMR moves and active flexion increased to 165 degrees in about two minutes! Of course, Ken took all the sequential levels of TMR courses and even taught some TMR 1 seminars in the Dallas area. They have been good friends ever since. A few years ago Tom approached Ken about teaching spinal manipulation courses and Learn Spinal Manipulation was born.
Ken feels privileged to be licensed in two health care fields. He has developed a way of presenting manipulation in a simple approach that makes it easier to understand and apply. This seminar is specifically about manipulation, not about Total Motion Release.