Brent Yamashita received both his Bachelors of Science and Master’s degrees in Physical Therapy from California State University of Fresno in 1995 and 1997 respectively. He began his training with the Institute of Physical Art in 2001. He successfully incorporated the training he received from the Institute while working with orthopedic and neurological patients at a private practice in Fresno, CA. From 2003 to 2005, Brent had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of pain management physicians while serving as the Director for Physical Therapy services in a PT owned practice.
In 2009 Brent passed the Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (CFMT) with distinction and at the top of his class. He accepted the invitation to the year long Fellowship in Functional Manual Therapy in 2010-11. He now serves as the Clinic Director of Johnson & Johnson Physical Therapy and is a faculty member for the IPA Fellowship in Steamboat Springs, CO. In addition to clinical responsibilities, Brent is an instructor for FMI and FMII both domestically and in Japan and is part of the examination board for CFMT. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopaedics Section, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. He has had several case studies accepted for International and National Conferences, including the successful resolution of lower back pain and nerve root pain after failed back and knee surgery, the importance of referring a patient to an MD when symptoms were related to a blood clot in the leg and lung, and working with a frozen shoulder patient when uncontrolled thyroid problems were associated.
Brent and his family enjoy the outdoors and life adventures together. He has run marathons and half marathons at average speed, plays hockey, the guitar, and may occasionally ollie on a skateboard or break forth in spontaneous breakdance.