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Bookhout Seminars is a physical therapy continuing education group that specializes in instructing physical therapists in advanced evaluative techniques and manual interventions. Mark Bookhout, PT, MS, CFMM developed this material over 35 years of clinical experience with influences from Stanley Paris, Michigan State School of Osteopathic Medicine, The Barral Institute, Janda, Feldenkrais and countless other experts. Mr. Bookhout has an exceptional skill of integrating competing approaches into a single cohesive evaluative and treatment approach. 

Mr. Bookhout mentored Galen Wetzell and Kyle Cook clinically and as educators as he stepped away from teaching. Mark was involved with updating and developing content until his passing.

Bookhout Seminars will travel to your clinic to present a 2 or 3 day course. We have a number of courses ready to be presented but can also customize a course to fit your needs. Please contact for more information.


Galen Wetzell graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from St. Catherine University in 2010. In 2012, he attended and completed the Riverside Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency in Grants Pass, OR. In 2013, he became Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and began working at PTOSI in Plymouth, MN. He began teaching continuing education courses in 2014 and has since taught courses independently, with Bookhout Seminars, and through the Continuing Medical Education department at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Galen is the owner of Creekside Physical Therapy in Edina, MN.

Galen Wetzell, DPT, OCS

Kyle Cook owns Precision Physical Therapy Specialists, PLLC, in the western Chicago suburbs. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Therapy program in 2006, and later completed UW-Madison/Meriter Orthopedic Residency Program. Initially, he started at PTOSI, in Minneapolis, under the mentorship of Mark Bookhout. There he gained extensive experience on advanced manual techniques and clinical decision making. He worked and taught in the residency and fellowship program at Loyola Medical Center for 10 years before returning to private practice. Kyle has been published in journals, such as, JOSPT and AANS Neurosurgeon. Kyle has taught independently, with Bookhout Seminars and is clinical faculty at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kyle Cook, PT, OCS


Cheri Ware, DPT

Cheri Ware earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1986, followed by her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the same institution in 2005. In 2002, she was introduced to the magic of Mark Bookout MPT with the lumbo-pelvic class and her career path changed dramatically. She regularly attended continuing education classes from Mark, eventually fostering a mentorship and friendship. Alongside Mark's courses, Cheri has
pursued diverse continuing education opportunities from the Osteopathic Department of Michigan State University and advanced training from the Barrel Institute. Since 2009, she has assumed the role of overseeing staff development at Choice Therapy in Bemidji, MN, where she has provided guidance to numerous students and staff members. Cheri has been teaching her own continuing education courses since 2020 and just recently joined Bookhout Seminars.


Mark Bookhout, PT, MS, FAAOMPT, CFMM

Mr. Bookhout received his Certificate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic in 1977 and his Master’s Degree in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia in 1982. In April of 1983 he co-founded Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Specialists, Inc., a private practice physical therapy clinic which specializes in evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Mr. Bookhout has taught numerous courses throughout the United States since l981 and taught over 250 continuing medical education courses since 2001. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan since 1987 teaching Muscle Energy Level I and II courses to P.T’s, D.O’s and M.D.s. In 1992 Mr. Bookhout developed a course “Exercise as a Adjunct to Manual Medicine” as part of the Michigan State Continuing Medical Education Program. Mr. Bookhout was also a certified instructor for the Neuromeningeal Manipulation courses with the Barral Institute from 2011 to 2017.
Mr. Bookhout has authored numerous articles regarding the evaluation and treatment of patients with thoracic and low back pain and was a co-editor of the 6th Edition of Bourdillon’s Spinal Manipulation book, published in 2002.
In 2016 Mr. Bookhout received his certification in Functional Manual Medicine through the office of continuing medical education at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, demonstrating his commitment to learning during the last years of his career.
On May 27th, 2023, Mark Bookhout passed away at his home in New Mexico. He was surrounded by his wife, Marla, and two daughters Mariah and Yaicha. Mark had a profound impact on many of us as a clinician, educator and most importantly, friend. While Mark’s clinical expertise was well known, what set him apart is who he was as a person. His kindness, patience, altruism and drive to share his knowledge are some of the qualities that he will be most remembered for. He viewed the Bookhout Seminars curriculum and his contribution to the 6th Edition of Principles of Manual Medicine as the culmination of his life’s work. Galen and Kyle will be continuing that legacy by continuing to teach in his memory. His obituary can be found here. On behalf of Mark, thank you for your friendship and desire to learn over the years. He loved to teach, and couldn't have done it without you.

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