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FDM Academy

Training the leaders in musculoskeletal medicine

At FDM Academy, we teach and promote research of Fascial Distortion Model, a model of assessment and treatment for musculoskeletal conditions. Looking to get better outcomes for your patients? Looking to reconnect with patient care by learning a hands-on approach? Or just looking to take your practice to a higher level? FDM is for you.  We teach at premier institutions including the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, as well as destination locations with DestinationFDM (TM).

Matt Booth, PT, DPT, teaching FDM manual therapy for the FDM Academy

About Us

FDM Academy provides certified instructors of Fascial Distortion Model in the US, as recognized by the American Fascial Distortion Model Association (AFDMA). Todd Capistrant, DO, is the lead instructor, assisted by Matt Booth, DPT.  The AFDMA is the only organization in the US to certify FDM instructors that works in relationship with sister associations in Europe, Japan, and Africa. Founded in 2016, FDM Academy is teaching at medical schools, the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, physical therapy practices, and sports teams.

FDM Classes

Matt Booth, PT, DPT, and Todd Capistrant, DO, teaching FDM manual therapy for the FDM Academy at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital

What is Fascial Distortion Model?

Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is a patient-centered model of assessment and treatment taught to DO, MD, NP, PA-C, PT, PTA, OT, ATC, DC, ND, DDS, DMD, DPM, medical students (MD and DO after their first year), and Certified Structural Integration practitioners (Rolfers). FDM Academy teaches FDM by instructors certified through the American Fascial Distortion Model Association (AFDMA). FDM was originated by US physician Stephen Typaldos, D.O.  It is a system of pattern recognition, where the hand gestures used by a patient to describe their symptoms are divided into six distinct categories of dysfunction.  Treatment choices are correlated to the distinct hand gestures, with manual therapy being the primary modality. Essentially all manual therapy techniques can fit into FDM, with many new treatment options being born from FDM theory.  The goal of FDM treatment is to restore normal motion and reduce fear of movement in the patient, allowing them to return to function faster, while reducing reliance on traditional treatment modalities.

Some common injuries that are easily resolved with FDM manual treatments include: pulled muscles and muscle tears, sprained ankles, shin splints, Osgood-Schlatter Disease, whiplash, headaches, shoulder pain, frozen joints, kidney stones, plantar fasciitis, sprains, strains and tendonitis, and low back pain. Chronic pain can also be successfully treated using the FDM, but results typically take longer than for acute injuries. Sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other injuries can also be successfully treated in this model.

Ready to learn FDM? 

Ready to change your practice with faster techniques to reduce pain, stiffness, and parasthesias?  Want to learn advanced concepts that will allow you to work through complex patient scenarios easier?  

Meet Our Staff

FDM Instructor

Todd Capistrant, DO

Dr. Todd Capistrant is an osteopathic physician who has increasingly centered his practice on the Fascial Distortion Model. He maintains a busy osteopathic manipulative practice at the Tanana Valley Clinic/Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a board member of the AFDMA, and routinely engaged as one of its instructors to teach the FDM throughout the world. He also serves as a regional assistant dean for Pacific Northwest University, an osteopathic medical school located in Yakima, Washington, bringing Alaskan osteopathic students back to Fairbanks for training. Todd lives and practices in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was originally attracted to Alaska through sled dog racing. He has completed the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Between trips teaching the FDM he can often be found enjoying the beauty of the great state of Alaska.

FDM Instructor

Matt Booth, PT, DPT

Dr. Matt Booth is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  He was introduced to Fascial Distortion Model in 2010, finding better results for his patients, and an opportunity for the entire physical therapy profession to provide better care. Since that time he has immersed himself in FDM, as well as paving the way for physical therapists to also be trained in FDM. He has been the director of Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy - SE Boise since 2002. In addition to being an Instructor for FDM Modules, he is clinical faculty for the Residents in the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho where he has a special FDM clinic. He is also Clinical Faculty for the University of Washington Medical School Family Medicine and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has helped bring FDM to Africa and Belize through service teaching trips.  When not in the clinic or teaching, he can be found with his family training for his next Ironman Triathlon.

FDM Instructor

Jennifer Ribar, DO 

Dr. Jennifer Ribar is an Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine specialist practicing in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was introduced to FDM just prior to starting medical school while shadowing Dr. Capistrant. Throughout her medical  training, she has consistently incorporated the Fascial Distortion Model into her practice. Dr. Ribar is the first female physician FDM instructor in the US, and has served on the AFDMA board as secretary, director at large, and currently as the President. She has a passion for teaching FDM all over the country and is currently adjunct faculty at both her alma mater of Pacific Northwest University COM and at Michigan State University COM where she completed residency. When she is not practicing or teaching FDM she can be found testing new recipes in her kitchen or finding somewhere new to explore in Alaska.