The AFDMA was established following the death of Stephen Typaldos, DO, originator of the Fascial Distortion Model in order to fulfill his vision to bring the FDM into medicine, specifically by training physicians. As an organization accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide category 1A CME for physicians, our membership categories reflect our responsibility in this relationship.
Currently, membership supports the growth of the FDM through seminars and publications that we are able to provide. See full mission statement to see what we are about. As we grow we plan to add a number of benefits for membership, including:
- A member’s only forum on our website where any member will be able to ask questions about the FDM and engage in conversation with other members
- Discounts on seminars and publications
- Be listed as an FDM provider on our website
- Scholarships for medical students to attend FDM seminars
- Funding research on the FDM
There are five categories of membership in the AFDMA:
- Voting Physician Members (AOA members)
- Non-voting Physician Members
- Student Members (for medical students)
- Affiliate Members (PA-C, NP, PT)
- Honorary Members
Regular (non-Student) Members who complete one of three AFDMA modules will have the option to be listed on the AFDMA Find a Practitioner page. The information you provide on your member sign-up form will be used, so please make sure to provide the information you want visible and omit any information you do not want listed. Appearing in the directory is disabled by default, but you may change the setting to publish your info at any time. You can also make changes to your Find a Practitioner listing or remove your listing at any point. Maintaining an active AFDMA membership will keep your listing active on the Find a Practitioner page.
FDM Global Organization (FDMGO)
AFDMA is proud to be a member of the FDM Global Organization (FDMGO). The FDMGO is an international collective of the three international FDM associations that has been formed to help move the FDM forward in an organized and collaborative manner. Members of the FDMGO have reached an agreement that will help coordinate curriculum, set parameters for the spread of FDM, and create standards for those people who are interested in reaching the status of being Internationally Certified in the practice of FDM.
As apart of the AFDMA, members agree to support the core beliefs of the FDGO that no treatment videos will be displayed open source on the internet. Before and after treatment demonstrations are okay, but no complete treatments will be made available online in an open source format.
Additionally, Instructors associated with each organization operate under the agreement of FDMGO which has agreed to follow the national designations associated with FIFA for the sake of dividing countries that can be engaged in teaching. For example, the AFDMA instructors are allowed to teach in any of the countries associated with the United Sates under FIFA. Any other countries that an AFDMA instructor might be interested in teaching in has to go through the main FDM association of that region for approval.