Hideko Ogura was born and raised in Tokyo. There she found her passion for Physical Therapy. She graduated from Fuchu Rehabilitation school, one of the pioneer rehabilitation schools in Japan. She worked in Yokohama University Hospital where she learned and experienced both basic clinical and research skills. She left for the United States to pursue her doctor degree as a physical therapist. While at San Francisco State University and Ola Grimsby Institute, she earned a California physical therapy license, doctor of physical therapy, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology.
Between 2005 and 2021 Hideko worked at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center. She moved back to Tokyo in July 2021. She worked at the Olympic Village serving athletes competing in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
During her career working in both, Japan and the United States, she saw various patients from pediatrics to geriatrics, sedentary workers to athletes.
Her clinical career has been greatly influenced by Clare Frank PT, DPT, who has been teaching the methods of Dr. Janda and the Prague School of Manual Medicine.
In 2002 Hideko established Manual Therapy International Tokyo (MTI Tokyo) - a non-profit organization. MTI’s primary goal has been to improve education and skills by providing seminars and workshops for physical therapists in Japan. She has been inviting leading instructors and educators from around the world. The DNS courses of Magdalena Lepsikova, Marcela Safarova and Clare Frank have gained enormous popularity.
Shehas written various textbooks for therapists in Japan. She also translated medical books in collaboration with Japanese professors and clinicians, such as The Janda Approach: Assessment and Treatment of muscle imbalance and Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes.