Bachelors of Science, Ashland University, 1972.
Mayo Clinic Foundation School of Physical Therapy, 1975.
Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, Kent State University 1986.
After 40 years of outpatient clinical practice, Jim is semi-retired. He opened his Private Practice in 1989. At one time, he owned four clinics. In conjunction with his friend and colleague Carl DeRosa PT, PhD, he co-authored 4 textbooks on clinical application of functional anatomy and physiology. Accompanying that writing, they created a cadaver dissection series. This work served as a foundation for national and international teaching and training. Jim and his staff have over 25 years of experience with large projects, like placing a rehab center on site of the UPS in Cleveland in 1995, and the state-funded functional outcome study entitled the “Ohio Project” (2003). At their peak, they had 22 out-patient clinics, similarly collecting data with standardized and validated measurement tools for 5 different body parts. They developed and wrote the software and reporting that created the repository to which all data was directed. Jim owns Venture Practice Services, a rehab specific medical billing company, since 1996, and co-owner of Acadaware, a software design company with 4 modules: clinical education, curriculum management, student and CI assessment, and educational and clinical research. Throughout his career as a clinician, he has surrounded himself with very talented and well-read providers that understand the value of studying the combination of services that yield the most successful intervention for all diagnoses. The most effective intervention for inflammatory illnesses is the combination of accurate diagnostics, pain management, therapeutic exercise, nutrition education, and counseling – the MD, PT, RD collaboration. The exercise and nutrition science has significantly matured over the past 10 years, and currently represents the foundation for successful clinical management. In the past, Jim and his staff have created The Porterfield Core Strengthening Device. This handheld, spring-loaded exercise device provides efficient exercise and produces rapid, predictable results. The outcome is due to simultaneous contraction of the six muscle groups that comprise the trunk/core. This product is scheduled to be available mid-summer 2018. The information in these seminars is practical and clinically applicable with proven results.