Mr. Folk graduated with “great distinction” from the Physical Therapy Program at California State University, Long Beach in 1987. He first became acquainted with Brian Mulligan in 1996 and has assisted Mr. Mulligan on courses since 1998. He received full accreditation as an instructor in the Mulligan Concept Teachers Association in 2001. He has previously served for many years as the Secretary of the International Mulligan Concept Teachers Association as well as Chairman of the North American MCTA Certified Mulligan Practitioner Examination Committee.
He is a graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship and has previously served as an adjunct instructor in the Fellowship program. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists. He has worked in outpatient orthopedic clinics since 1988 and currently works as an outpatient Clinical Specialist at Kaiser Permanente in San Marcos California. Publication by Mr. Folk: “Traumatic thumb injury management using mobilization with movement”. Manual Therapy 6(3): 178-182. August 2001.
Dr. Thomson earned his BS in Physiological Science from UCLA in 1992. He graduated from UCSF/SFSU with an MPT degree in 1995. Mark graduated from the Kaiser Permanente Manual Therapy Fellowship in Los Angeles, CA in 2000. In 2005, he earned his tDPT from Temple University. Mark is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and APTA Orthopedic Section member. Mark’s clinical practice is currently at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, where he works as a Clinical Specialist and treats outpatient orthopedic patients full time. Since 2010, he has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego within the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, teaching courses in Spinal Manipulation, Extremity Manipulation, and Orthopedics. Mark is the Regional Manager for the North American Mulligan Concept Teachers Association and has been involved with teaching short and long-term manual therapy courses since 1999 with excellent course reviews. Dr. Thomson is a clinical faculty member in the Kaiser Southern California Orthopedic Residency program, and thoroughly enjoys mentoring several residents every year. He practices an integrated style of manual therapy, focusing on passive and active mobilization techniques and exercise, with a commitment to continual analytical assessment. Mark is currently the North American Regional Manager of the Mulligan Concept Teachers Association.