How I found Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy


When I, Nick Rinard, founded MDT of Portland in 1999, now known as Nick Rinard Physical Therapy, it was the first clinic in Oregon devoted to the MDT Method and to this day, it continues to be the best.

I began my studies in PT as a Manual Therapist, which is the most stringent course of study. At the time I was in school, MDT was still known as "McKenzie" and was not well-known. So, to judge the method for myself, I attended a 4-day seminar. What I saw there changed me forever.

"The instructor evaluated patients he'd never met before who were very difficult cases, and he would treat them on the spot. The results were right there for everybody to see." 

My dedication to MDT encouraged me to learn as much as possible about the method.  I pursued further education under Dr. Mark Laslett FNZCP, PhD, Dip MT, Dip MDT, eventually becoming one of three people in the world teaching Dr. Laslett’s courses.

Though I still sees patients on a daily basis, my role has shifted to be more of a mentor and consult to our other therapists for extremely difficult cases and educator to many intern Physical Therapist from all around the countries colleges.

Nick Rinard, MPT, Cert MDT