Dr. 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, Tennessee. In 2001 he received his MSPT from Des Moines University in Iowa. In February 2006, he passed his certification to be called a certified manual therapist (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine. 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. The past 16 years he has worked as a clinician focusing on manual therapy, chronic pain, and spinal impairments.
Dr. Thorp joined the physical therapy faculty at East Carolina University (ECU) in 2007. 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.
Dr. Thorp has been an APTA member since 1999 and he served as an elected member on the Education Committee of the Orthopedic Section from 2008-2014. He was the founding chair of the Orthopedic SIG for the North Carolina APTA chapter. He is currently on the nominating committee for the Pain SIG. He has presented at national, state, and local meetings on topics ranging from marketing to TMJ management to manual therapy. He has been published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, JOSPT, and Pain Medicine. He has also co-authored the three chapters dedicated to the spine for the 6th edition of Kisner’s and Colby’s Therapeutic Exercise book and updated the same chapters for the 7th edition.