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Regardless of your level of experience with Pettibon, register for a website account to join the Pettibon community of providers. By registering and creating a profile, you'll be able to extend the reach of your practice by joining an international network of referring Pettibon practitioners, and you'll have access to latest research, community message boards, and product pricing.

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"I think The Pettibon System's concept of patient responsibility is something all health care models should adopt, focusing on change and correction, not just relief. Maintaining my exercises, wearing my headweight, and keeping appointments on a regular basis have made a huge impact in how successful I've been with the treatment plan."

Gord Birkens

Peterborough, ON

Instructor-Led Courses

Our courses range from introductory to advanced, in a breadth of subject fields ranging from basic Pettibon Rehabilitation to Neurology and Scoliosis, and are taught by instructors with decades of experience with the Pettibon System.

An important goal of our instructor-led courses is to enable doctors taking a weekend course to immediately apply their learning back in their clinics on Monday. They may receive pre-class work to prepare for the live course as a tool to increase learning and retention.

Meet Dr. Burl R. Pettibon, D.C., FABCS, FRCCM, Ph.D. (Hon)

Dr. Burl Pettibon, has guided The Pettibon Institute's direction, continuing education offerings, and research since its inception as the Pettibon Spinal Bio-Mechanics Institute.  As a teacher, inventor, and researcher, Dr. Pettibon's influence and contribution to the science of chiropractic are legendary.  

Dr. Pettibon has been an extension faculty member and lecturer at Palmer College of Chiropractic for over 35 years. He is also an extension faculty member at Life University, Logan College of Chiropractic, Parker College of Chiropractic, and Cleveland Chiropractic College—where he received his degree in 1956.

Dr. Pettibon has written over 65 papers and books on chiropractic care and research. Over the course of his career, he has developed 25 clinics. At the present time, the profession is using the more than 40 products that he has invented to make the detection and correction of abnormal spinal form and function both easier and more accurate. He currently holds three patents and has two pending approval.

In 1988, Dr. Pettibon received the Daniel David Palmer Chiropractic Scientific Award. In 2005, Dr. Pettibon was certified as a Fellow of the American Board of Chiropractic Specialists and inducted as a Fellow into the Royal College of Chiropractic Medicine. In April 2007, Dr. Pettibon was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from American International University, an affiliate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United States of America (RCPSUS). RCPSUS is a sister college of the Royal College in England which founded the world's oldest medical institution in 1645.  Download Dr. Pettibon's complete CV [PDF].

Meet Dr. Christian Cohen, D.C.

Dr. Cohen graduated in 2001 from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has completed over 1000 hours of post-graduate education in spinal biomechanics, posture correction, and spinal rehabilitation at the Chiropractic Learning, Educational Advancement, and Research Institute (C.L.E.A.R.) and at The Pettibon Institute. Dr. Cohen in on the adjunct faculty for Palmer College’s special programs. Dr. Cohen's clinic is in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Download Dr. Cohen's complete CV [PDF].

Meet Dr. Jason Stanczak, D.C.

Dr. Jason Stanczak received his undergraduate studies from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa in 2005.  He began his studies in The Pettibon System in 2002, and his practice is in Roseville, Michigan.  In addition to practicing and teaching The Pettibon System, Dr. Stanczak has his certification in Manipulation Under Anesthesia and is a Medical-Legal Expert.  Download Dr. Stanczak's complete CV [PDF].

Meet Dr. Roger Elmer, D.C.

Dr. Elmer received both his Bachelor of Science Degree and Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1992. Before opening his current clinic, Advanced Spinal Technologies, in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2001, Dr. Elmer practiced in Iowa, Arizona, and Oklahoma. He started his studies of The Pettibon System in 1999. Dr. Elmer is an Associate Member of the North American Cervicogenic Headache Society (NACHS).  Download Dr. Elmer's complete CV [PDF]. 

Meet Dr. Scot Sorum, D.C.

Dr. Sorum has been in private practice in the Puget Sound since 1999.  He is a 1998 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA.  Dr Sorum is a nationally Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and has been teaching with the Pettibon Institute either as an assistant or lead instructor since 2004 and is adjunctive faculty for Palmer College of Chiropractic.  Download Dr. Sorum's complete CV [PDF].

What's the process for getting CE hours?

We send a monthly report to PACE (Providers of Approved Continuing Education) coordinator at the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards of doctors who have completed online courses. The doctors' chiropractic regulatory boards are then informed by PACE. Not all boards accept online courses for CE hours and not all boards accept courses from Recognized PACE Providers. We have listed all the CE Re-licensure Requirements for the US and Canada so you can verify what your board accepts.


No courses are scheduled at this time

Courses are announced via email, website and social networks. Be sure to check out our online courses if you are looking for CEU. Additionally, we have FREE On-Demand Webinars, check out:


Closing Date for Registration

Registration for all instructor-led courses closes the day before their start dates (unless posted otherwise). There are no exceptions! Course locations and dates are subject to change. If a course is cancelled, participants will receive immediate notification. You are welcome to call us at (888) 774-6258 before making travel arrangements to confirm course dates and times.


Refund and Cancellation Policies

Payments are final. While refunds are not given, registrants who are unable to attend their scheduled courses can have their payments applied to a course for a future date up to one year.


How To Register

To register for an instructor-led course, you can:

  • Call our office at (800) 766-4885 and we'll take your information.
  • Complete the Instructor-Led Registration Form [PDF], print it and fax it to our office: (360) 748-6773.



"The analysis of clinical outcomes has not been widely embraced by our profession.  And this was a source of frustration for me even as a student at Palmer.  It's the primary reason why I was attracted to Dr. Pettibon and The Pettibon System.

Dr. Pettibon has always sought out research to both challenge and support his work. Research that uses a systematic, controlled, objective, and reliable process to gain solutions to problems and/or discover new facts and relationships. With that as the criteria, The Pettibon System represents evidence-based expertise from fellow chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, physiatrists, bio-medical engineers, nutritionists, physical therapists, and even those outside the health care profession such as physicists and chemists. And most of all, The Pettibon System represents Dr. Pettibon's relentless pursuit of 'the truth' and 'proof'!

I want to use the best treatment guidelines with my patients. To me, 'best' means they are evidence-based and continuously updated. As Director of Research for The Pettibon Institute, I am dedicated to contributing to that result. And committed to making sure that we are open to all knowledge and ideas that advance spine and posture rehabilitation."

~ Dr. Mark Morningstar, D.C., Grand Blanc, Michigan