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Instrument ONLY for IASTM Level I Practitioner

  • 03 Aug 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Irvine, CA
  • 24


  • 50% off retail price (retail price is $350). After the course it will only be 20-30% off if requested.

    If you are NOT interested in purchasing your own instrument, instruments will be provided at the course (limited supply)

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Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Level I Practitioner

August 3, 2019

Location: Irvine, CA

KOH Physical Therapy Laboratory

9080 Irvine Center Drive

Irvine, CA 92618 

0.8 CEUs

Davis Koh, DPT, MBA, GCS, CSCS


Nick Perkins, PT, DPT

Course Description: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and its techniques involve the comprehensive study of different aspects of soft tissue namely fascia and aponeurotic fascia, endomysium, perimysium, epimysium and adipose tissue and the effects of a specific double or single beveled edge surgical grade instruments that can affect those tissues. Participants will be given an introduction to IASTM that includes a lecture about the anatomy and physiology of fascial and connective tissue and how it relates to IASTM. Information regarding the history of and latest research on IASTM will also be discussed. Participants will be given a clinical/lab session where they will learn the proper biomechanics and hand holds of IASTM tools. Additionally, providers will be taught on treatment protocols for 30 different diagnoses.

Location:  TBD

Date: August 3, 2019

CEUs: 0.8 Credits 


  • ·        COMPTSIG Members: $180
  • ·        APTA Members: $210
  • ·        Non-APTA Members: $300
  • ·        Additional $175 for IASTM instrument
  • o   Must be purchased prior to the course!***

Participants: Physical Therapists only

Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:16

Education Level: Beginner 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course the participant will be able to:

1)      Learn the history of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

2)      Describe indications and contraindications of IASTM, fascial chains and latest research on IASTM

3)      Demonstrate the foundational strokes and proper biomechanics for IASTM

4)      Discuss diagnosis and treatment protocol for proper IASTM utilization


Lecture will be approximately 2 hours and consist of:

·         History of IASTM

·         Discussion of the differences between different brands of IASTM

·         Latest research on IASTM

·         Indications and contraindications of AISTM

·         Fascia and fascial chain

Lab portion will be approximately 6 hours and consist of:

·         Seven Foundational Strokes

·         Proper biomechanics and hand holds

·         Utilizing two beginner IASTM Instruments

·         Structures/diagnosis, treatment, protocol


Dr. Davis Koh, DPT, MBA, GCS, CSCS

Dr. Koh is a sports and orthopedic physical therapist with over 22 years of experience. He earned his B.S. degree in Physiological Sciences from the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as his Master’s and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. In doing so,  In 2007, Dr. Koh earned a Master’s in Business Administration from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Dr. Koh founded KOH Education to teach clinicians and students the latest research-based techniques in the field. He holds 25-30 seminars/lectures a year nationwide as Chief Clinical Instructor of KOH Education.


Dr. Koh became the youngest graduate ever to earn an advanced Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in USC’s history. While at USC, Dr. Koh served on faculty as a Teaching Assistant in Orthopedics.

 Early in his career, Dr. Koh was a staff physical therapist at UCLA Medical Center before accepting an Orthopedic Residency Program with Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Koh specializes in orthopedics, cardiac, and neuro-rehabilitation. In addition to his orthopedic credentials, Dr. Koh demonstrated years of experience and expertise in age-related diseases and injuries common to the geriatric population. He is a nationally Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (less than 1% of all physical therapists in the U.S. have this classification).

Dr. Koh’s interests are in manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), and joint thrust techniques. He utilizes international treatment techniques originating from Russia, Norway, France, Great Britain, Italy, South America, Korea and Australia that are within the scope of physical therapy practice.

Dr. Koh is passionate about continued education as a way to stay at the forefront of his profession. As a lifelong learner, he is certified in various techniques and has completed courses with the latest research on Spinal Fascial Stretches, Myofascial Stretching, Fascial Joint Pumping Techniques, and Fascial Normalization Techniques. Currently, Dr. Koh is one of 14 providers nationwide to be certified in Fascial Manipulation Techniques and one of two providers in California to be certified. Similarly, he is the first and only Master’s level Active Release Techniques provider in Los Angeles and Orange County. Dr. Koh is a certified Graston Techniques provider.

Dr. Koh has a strong interest in applying scientific knowledge to train athletes in improving their overall performance. He is recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he has been a professional member since 2006. Dr. Koh’s leadership roles include Southern California’s State Director and Regional Director for the NSCA, overseeing more than 6,000 regional members. He has been a member of the organization’s Advisory Board as well.


Dr. Koh utilizes various exercise-based techniques while treating both athletes and patient in his own practice. He is one of very few physical therapists certified as a Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC). Other certifications include Level 1 Heavy Ropes Coach and Level 1 Sandbag Dynamic Variable Resistance Coach. He is a certified provider for Functional Movement Screening and Blood Flow Restriction Exercise. Dr. Koh has also completed EXOS (Formerly Athletes Mentorship Program Levels 1-3).


Dr. Koh is continuously invited as a guest speaker to share on his expertise. He has spoken at universities such as UCI Department of Sports Medicine, USC School of Physical Therapy, SHU School of Physical Therapy, Columbia University School of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda Residency Program, and RICE University. He has also been invited to speak at conferences for the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) Special Orthopedic/Manual Therapy interest group and the NSCA, where he speaks on therapeutic applications using kettle bells and heavy ropes, rehabilitation for

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athletes, and sports related injuries. While Dr. Koh largely speaks on topics relating to physical therapy, he has spoken on subjects such as entrepreneurship and business development as well. Topics include “Starting a Physical Therapy Business during a Recession” and “Starting a Business during a Recession: How to Open a $180,000 Gym with $500 (true story).” Dr. Koh finds these particular speaking events rewarding and views them as a chance to educate future and current professionals in the field. 


Dr. Koh has also spoken for athletics organizations including the New York Knicks NBA Team, New York Liberty WNBA Team, Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Team, Elite Sports and Spine Expo, and COPA World Conference. Other speaking clients include military and city departments, such as the U.S. Naval Special Warfare PT Department, U.S. Army Med Dept. at Fort Bragg, Los Angeles Fire Department, San Diego Fire Department, and CALTRANS, and corporations, such as Kaiser Medical Centers, Netflix, Paramount Studios, and OMNI Hotels and Resort.


Dr. Koh maintains relations with his alma mater as President of the USC Physical Therapy Alumni Association. He has been an invited speaker for the USC School of Physical Therapy white coat ceremony  and a commencement speaker for the School’s graduation in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves on the program advisory board for Irvine Valley College Physical Therapy Assistant School and Concord College of Physical Therapy Assistant School. He is also a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) as a question writer for all National Board Specialty Examinations conducted by the APTA. 


Dr. Koh has applied his extensive knowledge to assist individual athletes from national sports teams and organizations, including the NFL, NBA, WTA, AVP, LPGA, UFC, MLB, WCAA, Olympics, and the Canadian National Track & Field Team. Dr. Koh has enjoyed being a member of various medical teams for organizations including the Ironman Triathlon World Championships, Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Tour, the USA Cricket World Tour, BMX World Cup Pro Tour, VANs Pro Skateboarding and BMX Tour, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Tour. Dr. Koh is proud to have served on medical teams at various U.S. Olympic Training Centers working with athletes from Team USA Weightlifting, Beach and Volleyball, Sailing, Bobsled & Skeleton, Cricket, Track & Field, Boxing, Gymnastics, and Tae Kwon Do. Dr. Koh was part of Team USA Medical Team for the Pan-American Games and the NCAA Tae Kwon Do Medical Team. 

Dr. Koh has enjoyed working for singers, television shows, and other productions as part of the entertainment industry. He has been on national and international tours for So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Ringling Bros, Black Sabbath, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift. 

Within the medical-legal field, Dr. Koh has served as an expert witness for litigation cases representing universities, national skilled nursing facilities, and the government. He is currently contracted by the U.S. Government for lawsuits involving the U.S. Department of Health and Medicare. Subject cases include soft tissue mobilization and joint thrust techniques.

Dr. Koh values public safety after witnessing multiple assaults of healthcare professionals in the field. He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and a volunteer for the the FBI Special Agents and Hostage Rescue Team Training Centers. He helps instructs  agents nationwide on kidnappings, mass arrests, and other scenarios. He is an instructor for the Los Angeles Police Department and for the Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter course. He has also completed the FBI’s: Mass Violence Prevention in Schools course, Active Shooter Preparation Action Recovery Training course, Advanced Situational Awareness Training (ASAT) and Pre-incident Indicator Course.

On a personal level, Dr. Koh is trained in self-defense techniques used at the military level, including Close Quarters Defense (CQD) which is used by the Navy SEALS. He has been practicing Krav Maga for over 9 years. Dr. Koh is also a certified CPR/AED course instructor.

Dr. Koh is an expert consultant and research contributor for Sketchers, Inc., Taylor-Made Golf, Inc., NBA Head Trainers Association, U.S. Olympic Sports Med Dept., Muscle-Aid Tape, Inc., Aspen Medical Products, Inc., and the USC School of

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Physical Therapy. He has published various articles for national physical therapy publications such as Advance Magazine and In Motion Magazine. 

Dr. Koh believes in a clinician that is well rounded in all aspects of physical therapy. Through his own experience, he has treated a wide range of demographics in various settings. His expertise has benefitted industries outside of healthcare, such as sports and entertainment, legal sector, and corporate businesses.  

Dr. Koh was awarded one of the “Best Physical Therapists in Southern California” by KCAL9/KTLA5 Television Stations in Los Angeles.

- Over 22 years of experience in Sports & Orthopedic PT for athletes in NBA, NFL, NCAA, MLB, and Olympic Teams - International Olympic Medical Team Provider - Team USA Volleyball Medical Team Member - Team USA Weightlifting Medical Team Member - Team USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach - Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton Medical Team Member - Team USA Sailing Medical Team Member - Team USA Track and Field Medical Team Member - NCAA Tae Kwon Do Medical Team Member - AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Medical Team Member - Vans Pro Skateboarding Medical Team Member - Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist - U.S. Government Expert Witness for Physical Therapy - Speaker to PT Schools, Medical Schools, & International PT Conferences worldwide

Dr. Nick Perkins, PT, DPT

Dr. Nick Perkins was born and raised in San Diego, CA. From a young age he was involved in multiple sports, and eventually became a tri-sport varsity athlete during his High School years. Dr. Perkins was also a youth sports coach where he promoted self-esteem and confidence through fitness at multiple elementary and middle schools in San Diego. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science from the University of California Irvine.

Dr. Perkins received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy with high honors from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California. The University of St. Augustine’s comprehensive curriculum provided him with a strong background in physical rehabilitation of various patient populations with an emphasis in orthopedic and manual physical therapy.  Dr. Perkins is also an instructor with KOH Education for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques (IASTM) course.  He is a medical team member of Team USA weightlifting and the AVP Pro Beach volleyball tour.

Dr. Perkins continues to expand his practice by becoming certified in Graston Technique, IASTM L1 & L2 Expert Practitioner using Fibroblaster, Advanced Concepts in Kinesiology Taping, and Fascial Manipulation® techniques. Dr. Perkins also completed continuing education coursework in Total Motion Release Spinal Manipulation as well as a year-long Orthopedic Manual Therapy Seminar Series. Following his passion for teaching Dr. Perkins became a Certified Clinical Instructor and has accepted multiple Physical Therapy Students for clinical internships.

Dr. Perkins was selected as class representative for the Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA), and eventually took a leadership role as the SPTA Vice President, where he enjoyed copious opportunities to volunteer and fund-raise for local and national physical therapy initiatives. Dr. Perkins, was also chosen by his professors to be an anatomy tutor, and a Teaching Assistant for the Spinal Evaluation and Manipulation course at the University of St. Augustine. He relished the opportunity to teach his colleagues. Dr. Perkins, received certificates in the Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine, Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex, Extremity Integration, and Myofascial Manipulation in his final trimester. His clinical experiences allowed Dr. Perkins to treat a diverse patient population ranging from dependent geriatrics to advanced athletes in both land based and aquatic settings.

Dr. Perkins current career goals are to continue his education with numerous other clinical specializations. Dr. Perkins hopes to continue expanding his practice and integrate his passion for athletics and fitness with his therapeutic interventions to bring out the inner athlete in all his patients. • Team USA Weightlifting Medical Team Member • AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Medical Team Member • Assistant Instructor for IASTM L1 Practitioner course for KOH Education • Certified IASTM L1 & L2 Expert Practitioner • Certified Graston Technique provider • Certified in Advanced Concepts in Kinesiology Taping technique • Certified Total Motion Release Spinal Manipulation technique • Certified Clinical Instructor • Trained in Fasical Joint Pumping techniques • Trained in Orthopedic Manual Therapy Seminar Series

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