Course description – LIMITED SEATING

Seating will be limited not only due to the COVID 19 but also due to the novelty of the needle particularly for Level I.  The Level II number of attendees will be more again as the state allows to congregate.  Social distancing will be adhered to as much as humanly possible along with masks.  Temps will be taken each day.  72 hrs. prior to taking the course one may choose to have a COVID test performed for the sense of comfort of one’s self and others as well as the need for the mask, again which is totally up to the individual attendee. 


The ON-Point Dry Needling (OPDN) program is a two level sessions (Level I & II).


Level I is a 20-hour program, (5 hrs. on line, 15 hrs. live lab) based primarily on the Myofascial Pain Syndrome model that prepares the practitioner to start needling on the following Monday morning with a starter kit provided by Lhasa OMS and OPDN.   The 5 hr. online is the didactic portion of the program.  This program provides the practitioner the knowledge, skill and tools to bring the practice to a new level of patient care and pain management. ON-Point Dry Needling provides all the preliminary steps necessary to make certain the patient is a candidate for this procedure, and at the same time instills confidence for the clinician to makes the right needle selection with proper needle insertion into the selected muscle/fascia. RED FLAGS are continually reinforced driving the notion if you know where NOT to needle, you’ll do no harm. Emphasis is also placed on outcomes in terms of questionnaires as well as pre and post ortho/neuro testing.


Level II is a one day 10 Hr. program taking on the more challenging muscles of the system such as the head’ deep neck, jaw, deep hip, spinal intrinsics, etc.   The use of supportive procedures and modalities are discussed such as Auriculo points, US, Light, Cupping, as well as an introduction to Dx US during needling.


At this point in time every state that allows dry needling to be performed have different requirements pertaining to the number of required hours necessary to practice dry needling.  Depending on the state, the hours vary from 80 to 12.  My personal contention is that when the CPT coding and recommended reimbursement is finalized a more consistent number of hours recommendation will come into view right around the 25 – 35 hr. mark.



Abductor DigitiMinimi


Flexor digitorum brevis

Adductor Pollicis Infraspinatus
Adductor Longus LattisimusDorsi
Biceps Brachii Massetter
Biceps Femoris Occipitofrontalis
Brachoradialis Periformis
Deltoid Pronator Teres
Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis Quadratus Plantae
Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus Quadratus Lumborum
Extensor Carpi Ulnaris Quadratus Plantae
Extensor Digitorum Supinator
Flexor Carpi Radialis Supraspinatus
Flexor Carpi Ulnaris Temporalis
Gastrocnemius Teres Major
Gluteus Maximus Teres Minor
Gluteus Medius
Gluteus Minimus Bone – Tendon – Ligament
Gracilis Patellar tendon(s)
Palmaris Longus Medial Femoral Condyle
Peroneus Brevis Medial Patella Facet (post surface)
Peroneus Longus Tibial Tuberosity
Rectus Femoris Calcaneus
Sartorius Achilles Tendon
Semimembranosis Ant Talo-Fib Ligament
Semitendinosis Humeral Medial Epicondyle
Soleus Radial Head
Tibialis Anterior
Triceps Brachii
Upper Trapezius
Vastus Lateralis
Vastus Medialis


OPDN Registration Form for Level I & II
Level I - $995
Level II - $695

“Dr. Merrick’s dry needling class was amazing. He was a great instructor that made learning the techniques easy to learn while giving me confidence in preforming the procedures in clinic on Monday. I Highly recommend this needling program to help take your practice to the next level.”

Dr. Brad Nutting
Brookfield, WI

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