Rett Nicolai

Rett Nicolai , PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Rett began working for MTI in 2006 after enjoying an outstanding internship at one of the company’s clinics. He graduated from the University of Washington with his graduate focus on gait mechanics and analysis. Since then, he has pursued advancements in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, including a residency, fellowship and PhD with the Ola Grimsby Institute. He emphasizes individual rehabilitation programs for recreational and competitive athletes, as well as the desk jockeys and less active individuals.

You must be able to break down an activity into small components in order to retrain your body as a whole. An entire systems review is necessary during an evaluation to assess how the body’s parts are functioning as a whole. He appreciates taking a holistic approach including an understanding of nutrition and how the viscera (organs) contributes to dysfunction. Rett gets his patients back on track, providing guidance for future improvements, and demonstrates enthusiasm for people to achieve their goals.

Personal interests include marathons and running, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cooking (and eating).


  • Visceral Manipulation with Barral Institute, (2017-2019)
  • PhD in Manual Therapy, Ola Grimsby Institute, (2012)
  • Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Ola Grimsby Institute, (2009)
  • Postgraduate certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Ola Grimsby Institute, (2007)
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Washington, (2006)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, Oregon State University, (1998)


  • PT – Physical Therapist
  • DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • COMT – Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist
  • FAAOMPT – Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Professional Organizations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
  • Barral Institute

Special Interests:

  • Instructing manual therapy in the clinic to residents or fellows
  • Gait and running biomechanics
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Eating for wellness and anti-inflammatory situations
  • Speaks: Spanish, Italian, French, German, and of course English