Dr. Jacob Thorp received his PTA degree from Professional Skills Institute in Toledo, Ohio, in 1996. Three years later, he received a BS in Biology from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. In 2001, Dr. Thorp received his MSPT from Des Moines University in Iowa. In February 2006, Dr. Thorp passed his certification to be called a certified manual therapist (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Culminating his formal education, he received his DHS from the University of Indianapolis in 2007. His dissertation was a retrospective analysis on the post-operative outcomes of patients who underwent TMJ arthrocentesis surgery and compared patients both with and without fibromyalgia.
Dr. Thorp earned the classification of clinical specialist Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in June 2013 by passing the OCS exam. For more than 15 years he has worked as a clinician focusing on manual therapy, chronic pain, and spinal impairments.
His areas of teaching include examination, evaluation, and intervention of spinal and hip orthopedic impairments. He also teaches a course on administration and the business aspects of physical therapy. He is the clinical administrator, and working therapist, at ECU’s physical therapy clinic. Dr. Thorp’s research interests include manual therapy interventions and outcome data as related to TMJ and spinal impairments and dysfunctions.