AAMT Vice President
Dr. Raymond Butts, PhD, DPT, MSc (NeuroSci), Dip. Osteopractic, MAACP (UK) is the Vice President of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. He is a senior instructor and the fellowship coordinator for the 12-month, APTA-accredited AAMT Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy program. He has a special interest in the neurophysiologic mechanisms surrounding the use of spinal manipulation and dry needling in the management of chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Butts graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Psychology from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He served as a U.S. Army officer in the Bosnia-Kosovo and Iraq conflicts.
Dr. Butts received a post-graduate Master of Science (MSc) in Brain and Neuroscience Research from the University of Tubingen (Germany), where he investigated the central mediated aspects of chronic pain with magnetoencephalography and fMRI. In addition, Dr. Butts completed a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Motor Rehabilitation from the University of South Carolina. His PhD dissertation investigated the use of transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation for dis-inhibition of the motor cortex and facilitation of plasticity-dependent, motor recovery. Dr. Butts is the recipient of the University of South Carolina Distinguished Graduate Award for his innovative research.
Dr. Butts has published original experimental research, clinical trials, letters-to-the editor, and literature reviews in the following internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Physical Therapy, Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Physical Therapy Reviews.
Dr. Butts is an adjunct instructor of Anatomy & Physiology and Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics at Midland’s Technical College and the University of South Carolina, respectively; in addition, he is a guest lecturer in the University of South Carolina Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Notably, Dr. Butts is a former competitive rower and he has competed in numerous international and world-class rowing championships.