Spotlight: Brian Werner Remembers John Epley, MD

Brian Werner is FYZICAL's National Director of Balance and inventor of FYZICAL's proprietary Balance Paradigm. Brian oversees the educational programs for FYZICAL, comprised of over 525+ Physical Therapy, Audiology, and ENT centers. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1999 and opened the Balance Center of Las Vegas in 2001, followed by the Werner Institute of Balance and Dizziness opening in 2005. Brian has presented at national conferences and teaches continuing education courses in concussion, fall prevention, balance, and vestibular rehabilitation. He has extensive experience in balance, vestibular, and fall prevention therapy and has seen over 45,000 patients in his career with balance and vestibular dysfunction.

Brian remembers John Epley, MD, and discusses his famous Epley maneuver and his contributions to the field of otolaryngology.

I had the privilege to meet John Epley, MD, in 2001 at AAO-HNS in Denver, CO. I also had the pleasure of meeting Cathy Epley, daughter. He invited me to his clinic in Portland to see his amazing invention, the OMNIAX CHAIR. His personality was humble - he was a genuinely good human being. He wanted to do great for humanity, as do I now with FYZICAL using the FYZICAL Balance Paradigm. Believing in him, FYZICAL now owns three OMIAX Chairs across the US.

John McNaughton Epley (1930-2019) was an American otolaryngologist who developed the Epley maneuver, a treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is a common inner ear disorder that causes brief episodes of vertigo, dizziness, and nausea.

The Epley maneuver is a simple, effective procedure that can be performed by a doctor or by the patient themselves.


Epley was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1930. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1953. After completing his residency in otolaryngology, he practiced in Portland for over 40 years.

In 1979, Epley published a paper in the journal Archives of Otolaryngology describing his new theory of BPPV. He proposed that the condition was caused by free-floating particles in the inner ear that would move when the head was turned, causing the sensation of vertigo. He also developed a treatment procedure to move the particles back into place, which is now known as the Epley maneuver.

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The Epley maneuver is a safe and effective treatment for BPPV. It is estimated to be successful in over 90% of cases. The procedure can be performed by a doctor or by the patient themselves.

Epley was a pioneer in the field of otolaryngology. His work on BPPV has made a significant difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. He was a recipient of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.

In addition to the Epley maneuver, Epley also made other contributions to the field of otolaryngology. He developed a retractor for use in middle ear surgery and a method for treating glomus tympanicum tumors. He was also a co-author of a textbook on otolaryngology.

Epley died in 2019 at the age of 89. He was a respected and beloved physician who made a significant impact on the field of otolaryngology. His work on BPPV has helped to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

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