Is the co-owner and co-founder (1988) of Redwood Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Inc. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University (1974), Certificate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University (1976), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (1979) and a Master of Applied Science in Health Sciences from Curtin University of Technology (1981), and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (2007).
Dr. Farrell recently retired as a Senior Clinical Fellowship Faculty member of the Kaiser Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program, where he has taught and mentored within the Fellowship program since 1984. For nearly two decades he taught and directed a Year Long Manual Therapy Program at Redwood Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Inc.
Dr. Farrell was a founding fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and the AAOMPT’s first President. He helped establish the first description of specialty practice and standards for manual therapy education in the USA, and was instrumental in establishing the AAOMPT as the representative body for the USA as a full member country in the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists. His expertise and experience in communication, mentorship, clinical reasoning, orthopaedic manual physical therapy and political advocacy is significant, and was highlighted in 2015, when he earned the Catherine Worthingham Fellow status, the highest member honor bestowed by the APTA, and delivered the 2015 AAOMPT Distinguished Lecture. In 2018, his career accomplishments were also recognized by Northwestern Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science as the Distinguished Alumnus of the year.
Dr. Farrell has authored seventeen publications in peer reviewed journals and books pertaining to the treatment of the spine. For over three decades, Joe has been active locally, nationally and internationally in presenting hundreds of lectures/seminars on topics that include evaluation and treatment of spinal and extremity problems. Joe's past work experiences include acute Orthopaedics, neurological care and sports rehabilitation. He has specialized in spinal rehabilitation for the past 35 years. His current research interests relate to clinical reasoning and employer perception of residency and fellowship graduates.