Our Team

Dr. Ron Pavkovich

Dr. Ron Pavkovich, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, Cert DN, Cert. SMT, Dip. Osteopractic, CIDN

Dr. Ron Pavkovich is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. The AAOMPT is the premier association in America that promotes advanced orthopedic manual therapy techniques, and as such requires strenuous evidenced-based training to provide therapists with the skills to help you feel better, faster!

Dr. Pavkovich earned his Fellowship credentialing through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, and this credential is a testament to his tireless pursuit of excellence in the profession of PT. He is among the most elite PT’s in the country by having this advanced training, along with the fact he is also one of the first group of Osteopractors credentialed world-wide through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Osteopractic Physical Therapists specialize in manual therapy interventions, including dry needling and joint manipulation/ mobilization, and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue techniques. The manual therapy skills obtained through his extensive training allow him to provide the best in therapeutic care, which will help to keep you functioning optimally.

Dr. Pavkovich was appointed to the Kentucky State Board of Physical Therapy by Gov. Matt Bevin in January 2018, and will serve on the Board until December 2021. He is always eager to serve the profession and the community through promoting Physical Therapy scope of practice to further assist Kentuckians on managing painful conditions through Physical Therapy.

Dr. Pavkovich is a senior faculty instructor in Dry Needling and Spinal Manipulative Therapy through the Dry Needling Institute & Spinal Manipulation Institute of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. He lectures, trains, and certifies providers including MD, PA-C, DC, and PT in dry needling and joint manipulative techniques across the nation. As such, he has become somewhat of a subject matter expert, though he will admit he never stops learning! Dr. Pavkovich has published two case reports and one case series in in peer-reviewed journals in 2015 on the topic of dry needling. He is the 2015 recipient of the “Teaching in Excellence” award through the AAMT for teaching differential diagnosis to PT’s across the USA. He co-authored an international journal article on dry needling intervention for temporomandibular joint dysfunction/ jaw pain (TMD) in 2017.

Regarding the rarity of Fellowship- trained PT’s, there are only approximately 1000 Fellowship-trained PT’s (out of approx. 205,000 licensed PT’s) in the USA.

Dr. Pavkovich is trained in performing, interpreting, and reporting on musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging (MSKUS) of the spine and extremities through Dr. Randy Moore of MSK Masters. This gives AOPT the ability to imaging various painful condition in house without needing to refer to another provider.

Dr. Pavkovich and his wife purchased Advantage Osteopractic Physical Therapy in October of 2012. They have since changed the name to “Advantage Osteopractic Physical Therapy”, which better reflects the level of specialization that Osteopractic Physical Therapists possess. They have risen in the ranks to 2 of the most respected PT’s in central Kentucky.

Dr. Pavkovich believes non-surgical management of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions is key in returning you back to a healthy lifestyle. He and his wife are the proud parents of twins and triplets, and attend Southland Christian Church. They have lived in Lexington for over 12 years and, as such are honored to be able to provide the best in care.


Bellarmine University – 2006
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Murray State University – 1998
Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science)


Fellowship trained in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy – 2015
American Academy of Manipulative Therapy


Workwell Systems – 2009
Functional Capacity Evaluation/ Pre Work Screen/ Functional Job Analysis Certified

Certified Dry Needling Specialist – 2012
Dry Needling Institute

Certified Dry Needling Specialist – 2014
Integrative Dry Needling

Dry Needling Training
Myopain Seminars, 2018

MSK Ultrasound Imaging Trained
MSK Masters, Dr. Randy Moore, 2018

Certified Spinal Manipulation Therapist – 2014
Spinal Manipulation Institute

Diploma- Osteopractic -2014
American Academy of Manipulative Therapy

Mulligan Concept Mobilization-With Movement


2007 – Present
American Physical Therapy Association

2007 – Present
Kentucky Physical Therapy Association

2014 – Present
American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy


Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy: Member