Dr. John M. Putnam

PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, Cert DN, Cert SMT, Diploma in Osteopractic

Fellowship trained through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and Certified in advanced dry needling techniques, Dr. John Putnam is one of the most experienced dry needling practitioners in southeast Michigan.  Dr. Putnam uses a patient-first and evidence-based approach to his care. He emphasizes a balance of patient education, an individualized home exercise program, manual therapy, research-based therapeutic exercises, direction-specific maneuvers, and modalities to treat pain and dysfunction.

After graduating from Notre Dame Preparatory (2003 class president, National Honors Society, and 4 years in Student Council), Dr. Putnam unexpectedly lost his father but prevailed to earn his Eagle Scout award (only 2% of Boy Scouts earn this prestigious honor) and became a matriculant of The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Dr. Putnam earned a Bachelor of General Studies (Pre-Physical Therapy) in 2007 with community service cords from U of M.

With rehab being close to his heart after witnessing the rehabilitation of his mother from her strokes, he went on to pursue his dreams of becoming a healer and therapist in Pennsylvania at The University of Scranton. Here, he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2011) and was among the top of his class. Dr. Putnam was also on the University’s Ultimate Frisbee team and the Physical Therapy Club’s Vice President.

Some of Dr. Putnam’s professional experience includes various clinical directorships, mentorships, chronic pain management, surgical rehab, and completing over 5,000 functional dry needling procedures. To ensure the highest level of quality care, Dr. Putnam has accumulated over 2,500 hours of continuing education, including certifications in Dry Needling, Spinal Manipulation Therapy, and Orthopedic Excellence: the Spine. After the sudden loss of his mother, he surmounted to become one of 200 Osteopractors in the world and went on to be fellowship-trained by the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, earning him the prestigious credential of a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Only 1% of Physical Therapists are fellowship-trained and a fellowship has been clinically proven in improve patient outcomes.

His manual therapy treatments include dry needling, cupping, instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization, body tempering, joint manipulation, myofascial release, leuko/McConnell taping, and kinesiotaping, among many others. Dr. Putnam is the only Osteopractor in all of Metro Detroit.




5536 Research Dr,

Canton, MI 48188


21316 Mack Avenue

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236



4180 Pier North Blvd. Ste B

Flint, MI 48504



2512 Rochester Road

Royal Oak, MI 48073


Wednesday & Friday

7:00am - 7:00pm


Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

7:00am - 7:00pm


Tuesday & Thursday

8:00am - 6:00pm


Monday thru Friday

7:00am – 7:00pm