Manipulation Skill Development Workshops
by Nick Buratovich, NMD



( SI / LS / L / T / RIBS / CTJ / C / 0-C1 )

DESCRIPTION: ‘BONE UP’ on your manipulation skills and increase your ‘protential’ (professional potential) with physical medicine. The workshop will include full-spine manipulation hands on review. There will be demonstration of the techniques and supervised hands on practice time for the participants.


I highly recommend Dr. Nick’s manipulation re-fresher workshop. In four hours of hands-on learning I feel confident and comfortable in my spinal manipulation skills once again. It has been several years since I graduated ND school and only did a few adjustments here and there. This workshop was the perfect course to renew and refresh these skills and Dr. Nick is truly an amazing teacher. Two thumbs up for this CE course. 

Dr. Marianne Marchese

I wanted to use physical medicine when I was a student. Unfortunately I didn’t have time from juggling classes and clinic shifts. Dr. Nick’s MSDW class was small and he directly coached and observed my setups and spinal adjustments. Since taking the MSDW class I am able to confidently do cervical, thoracic, lumbar and SI assessments and adjustments. I am able to offer patients this powerful Naturopathic Modality. Thanks Dr Nick!

Dr. David J Frederick

Workshop Calendar

Next Scheduled MSDW:
Saturday, March 7, 2020 
Noon – 4 PM

Workshop Location

2435 E. SOUTHERN AVE # 9
TEMPE, AZ 85282

Workshops are held at Dr. Nick’s private practice, so space is limited to 6 participants maximum.

Workshop Cost

  • $140 – for doctors with CEU credits
  • $100 – for doctors without CEU credits
  • $50 – for students

Payment by cash or check preferred.

Contact Dr. Nick by phone or web-form, below:

Workshop Scheduling Options


  1. Ongoing SCHEDULED ‘hands-on’ training CEU workshops at approximately 6-week intervals.
  2. There is an opportunity for physicians who have already taken the MSDW workshop to ‘re-take’ the workshop again at a reduced rate at a SCHEDULED time.


  1. There is an opportunity for a GROUP ARRANGED non-CEU workshop for interested physicians or students by arranging a workshop date directly with Dr. Nick.
  2. There is an opportunity for physicians who have taken a workshop to ARRANGE for a targeted workshop date directly with Dr. Nick for repeated and additional hands-on training in specific areas according to the needs of the group participants.  

Nick Buratovich, NMD


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Dr. Nick Buratovich

Dr. Nick Buratovich is a Professor Emeritus of Naturopathic Medicine and the former Department Chair of Physical Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe Arizona where he taught physical medicine and manipulation for 25 years.  Dr. Nick is an original/founding faculty member of Southwest College. He has attended a variety of post graduate workshop courses in manipulation through the Osteopathic, Chiropractic and Physical Therapy professions. 

Dr. Nick graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1983. He maintains a private practice in Naturopathic family medicine with an emphasis in musculoskeletal disorders and pain management in Tempe and Mesa Arizona for 35 years. He has delivered a number of well received professional presentations for both the AANP and AzNMA in physical medicine/manipulation.

Statement of Purpose

Dr. Nick is committed to supporting the ongoing Naturopathic clinical practice of manipulative medicine for the variety of health conditions producing symptoms in the musculoskeletal system. He is doing this by offering his MSDW (Manipulation Skill Development Workshop) series. His intention is to provide supervised manipulative technique ‘hands-on’ workshop training sessions to licensed physicians and Naturopathic medical students. It has been his experience that following the course sequence in osseous manipulation in Naturopathic medical school there is a limited ability to get or limited options for additional ‘hands-on’ training for the practicing physician or medical student to further develop their manual skills.

It has been his observation that due to this limited opportunity for advancing manipulative technique practice that some students and physicians shy away from applying it in practice. This is probably due to an insecurity in technique application or lack of confidence or unsure competence in being effective clinically. Because of this lack of additional or ongoing training experience sometimes a physician will defer to other professions to provide manipulative care, most notably the chiropractic profession. Dr. Nick perceives this as a need within the Naturopathic profession to have additional and ongoing training experience in manipulative technique.

It is true that manipulation is not for everyone. In the same way other modalities or areas of practice provide an attraction for practitioners, manipulation has its own potency for treatment and its own attraction. Dr. Bastyr was quoted as saying if he had only one modality to use, he would “use his hands”. Practicing physicians and medical students now have an avenue for ongoing supervised training and to re-fresh their skills in manipulative medicine with the MSDW trainings provided by Dr. Nick to positively affect their sense of confidence and enhance their competence so they will utilize manipulation in the care of their patients  to increase positive clinical outcomes in their practice of Naturopathic medicine.