BIO: TMD Instructor Bill Esser, PT, MS, CCTT

Presenter:  Bill Esser, PT, MS, CCTT



Bill graduated in 1979 with a master’s degree from Purdue University and in 1981 from the University of Iowa Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Since 1981, Bill has worked in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy settings, including being an owner/partner in private practices in Southern Oregon from 1986 until 2013. In 2013 he retired from partnership/ownership to concentrate on clinical treatment of complex facial pain, temporomandibular dysfunction, and teaching.

Bill’s clinical specialization for over 35 years has been in the management of TMD, cranial, and cervical spine dysfunction, evaluating thousands of patients with TMD over his career. Bill is a diplomate of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial Therapeutics, established by an international group of physical therapists and holds the title Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). There are fewer than 100 diplomates worldwide. ​

Bill has presented as an instructor for Empiridence and Myopain Seminars and as an adjunct instructor on TMD for the Schools of Physical Therapy at Pacific University and George Fox University. Bill has also taught for the Oregon Physical Therapy Association and Oregon Dental Association on TMD. In 2011 and 2015 Bill was asked to speak at the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetics Dentistry National Conferences on “The Interrelationship of the Cranium, Cervical Spine and Occlusion – A Team Approach for an Optimal Outcome.”

In 2016, Bill joined the staff of Therapy Plus in Roseburg, Oregon.  Bill has presented for PTNW since 2016!


“Bill has helped many of my patients experience significant relief and enjoy long-term improvement to their debilitating TMD conditions. He possesses an uncommon enthusiasm and drive to educate people of all ages in managing their jaw difficulties.”

Jake Layer, DMD, Past President, Jackson County Dental Society


“Bill has given numerous courses to our local dental society. He is not only thorough, but an entertaining and excellent speaker.”

Tamara Abbett, DDS


“Taking classes from Bill has allowed me to effectively treat patients that I was previously unable to help.”

Justin Carson, DPT, CSCS


“This is one of the most information-rich courses I have taken in years.”

Mike Doden, PT


“We ask dentists and physicians to first refer their TMJ patients to Mr. Esser for consultation prior to referral to our office.”

Jim Savage, DDS, and Rajiv Rajagopal, DMD – Oral Surgeons


“Mr. Esser is a tremendously valuable resource for my patients with TMJ dysfunction. His educational background, passion for his work, and years of clinical expertise make him uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat these patients.”

Ted Bennion, DMD, Orthodontist


“As a practicing dentist for 30 years, and a massage therapist for the last 2 years, I found Bill Esser’s TMJD course to be, by far, the most informative information I have ever heard or read regarding TMJ function, dysfunction, and treatment.”

Bruce Austin, DMD, LMT