Dr. Sean Flannagan  MPTA Founder & Senior Instructor

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Post Graduate Certifications in Spinal Manipulation & Dry Needling

  • Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Graduate Diploma in Sports Extremity Manipulation

  • Member, The Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK)

  • Founder/CEO of www.OneAccordPT.com in Arizona, USA

Dr. Sean Flannagan graduated from A.T. Still University in 2001 and is the founder of One Accord Physical Therapy in Arizona (est. 2004).  Since 2009 he has assisted in teaching spinal manipulation and dry needling within the U.S. and since 2010 he has taught and facilitated an ongoing free long-term spinal manipulation and manual therapy training group in Phoenix, AZ.  He continues to practice daily and has a special interest in the use of manual therapy and prescriptive exercise in the treatment and management of neuromusculoskeletal spine pain and headaches.  He is passionate about personal and professional development along with advocacy for private practice owners.

As a member of the AzPTA Dry Needling Task Force, he aided in the development of the Arizona Physical Therapy Association’s dry needling definition and also served as a dry needling expert on the FSBPT Dry Needling Competency Committee in 2015. In 2014 he was awarded the APTA State Legislative Award for his efforts in the Arizona dry needling victory. Currently, Dr. Flannagan serves as an adjunct faculty and clinical mentor within the Arizona School of Health Science’s Orthopedic Residency Program of A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ.  He has also served as adjunct faculty and lecturer for the Franklin Pierce Universtiy (AZ) and Midwestern University physical therapy programs.  In addition, he volunteers his time as a ProCert Reviewer for the FSBPT and is a member of the A.T. Still University School of Health Sciences Alumni Board.

Dr. Flannagan has extensive manual therapy and spinal manipulation training including:

  • Gibbons & Tehan (course series 1­-3 & Master’s Class)
  • Laurie Hartman’s Master Class Series
  • Spinal Manipulation Institute (Courses 1-4)
  • Graduate Diploma in Sports Extremity Manipulation
  • Phoenix Manual Therapy Long Term Course taught by Tim Fearon, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT
  • The Advanced Course Series offered by the European CRAFTA organization in Craniomandibular/Craniofacial Assessment and Treatment
  • Various other individual manual therapy courses (including the Ola Grimsby Institute, Institute of Physical Art, ATSU Ortho Residency, etc.)

His extensive dry needling training started with the American Dry Needling Institute and was followed by additional training through:

  • Myopain Seminars (Courses 1-3)
  • Dry Needling Institute (Courses 1-3)
  • Acupuncture Association of Charted Physiotherapists (UK) 300-hour Foundations Course
  • British Medical Acupuncture Society
  • Dr. Anthony Campbell’s Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling Course

Dr. Flannagan is a co­author of “Dry Needling: A Literature Review with Implications for Clinical Practice Guidelines”­­ published in the international peer-reviewed journal Physical Therapy Reviews.

He co-created and developed the following APTA accredited Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy courses:

  1. Upper and Lower Extremity Dysfunction: Evaluation and Management with HVLA Thrust Manipulation and Exercise
  2. Instrument-Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization for Spinal & Extremity Conditions: An Evidence-Based Approach
  3. Biopsychosocial & Pharmaceutical Aspects of Pain Management
  4. Manual Therapy in Developing Nations and Underserved Populations

Last but not least, he is happily married and has two boys. As a family they enjoy golfing, the outdoors, and finding new restaurant experiences together. Together with his wife, they teach and facilitate marriage and relationship seminars as well as providing coaching for business owners/executives and their spouses to help them successfully attain their career goals without losing focus on what really matters. He’s dedicated to creating win-win situations with those he works with and for, along with the patients he serves and those he employs.

“I believe the best part of business is the building up of and empowering others.”

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