McCallum Physiotherapy Clinic was founded in 1978 by Erl Pettman after purchasing the clinic from the late Cliff Fowler.  We have been providing quality physiotherapy services to the public ever since.  Located in Abbotsford, BC, Canada, McCallum Physiotherapy has had the distinction as one of the premier Manual Therapy training clinics in North America.  We pride ourselves in practicing the Aspire Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Institute program which was founded in 2020 by Erl Pettman after founding the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) 28 years ago with the late Cliff Fowler, James Meadows and the late David Lamb.  Erl, Cliff, and James have continued to inspire the world of physiotherapy / physical therapy and we here at McCallum Physiotherapy will always be appreciative of everything they’ve done for our profession and the advancement of manual therapy, manipulation, and clinical reasoning.   We would also like to recognize and show appreciation for the accomplishments of John Oldham, Olaf Evjenth, Freddy Kaltenborn, and James Cyriax among others and the continued contributions of Diane Lee; this profession wouldn’t be where is it today without your contributions.  We thank-you from the bottom of our hearts.

There is so much history of physical therapy / physiotherapy that has some relationship back to McCallum Physiotherapy and we are proud to continue on giving quality patient centred care into the future.  Spending most of our careers working alongside Erl has allowed us to dedicate our lives to this profession to better serve the community we live in.  Even though Erl has retired from private practice, he continues to mentor us along the way.  His presence will never be forgotten.


In 2019, after 41 years owning and operating McCallum Physiotherapy Clinic, Erl Pettman has decided to retire from direct patient care.  He has been the most important influence in our lives and given us the knowledge and tools to move forward with his legacy.  The role of a manual therapist is ever growing and Erl dedicated his life to this profession.  

We will always remember that first course he taught and said; ‘You are no longer joint practitioners, you are now people practitioners’.  He always had a personal approach to physiotherapy and we will continue to serve our clients with the same level of passion and enthusiasm.  Thank-you Erl, you are an inspiration to us all.