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Brain to Hand - Progressive Approaches to Pain, Impairment, and Function: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on DVD or Flash Drive
10.5 Contact Hours, Program #11417
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$475

Course Description

This intermediate to advanced level course focused on “Brain to Hand: Progressive approaches to pain, impairment, and function” and offers participants the opportunity to explore the following topics:

  • Hand, brain, and surgery
  • Exploiting neuroplasticity to enhance prehensile skill
  • Cadaveric dissection, wrist ligaments, and nerve injury/transfer
  • The brain and the wrist: evidence for practice
  • Assessing the wrist: what about proprioception?
  • Mirror therapy and graded motor imagery: training the brain
  • Proprioceptive re-education of non-surgical and post-surgical wrist instability
  • The use of tape to enhance proprioception in the upper extremity
  • Pain is in the brain – the neurophysiology of understanding and treating pain based on the mechanisms of pain
  • Coping with chronic pain
  • Rehabilitative strategies for treating persisting pain including complex regional pain syndrome
  • Strengthening the efficacy of neuro-rehabilitation intervention
  • The hand and brain connection

Current Topics in Upper Extremity Orthopedics: State of the Art in Research and Practice: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on DVD or Flash Drive
11.5 Contact Hours, Program #11418
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$495

Course Description

Experts in upper extremity treatment provide a comprehensive exploration of critical elements of upper extremity orthopedics.Topics Include:

  • Stability and mobility following digital fractures
  • Prehension and expectations for thumb injuries
  • Complexities and complications of distal radius fractures
  • Therapy and rehabilitation following wrist, elbow and
    shoulder fractures
  • Evaluation and treatment strategies for the cervical spine.
  • A cadaveric presentation demonstrates anatomy and the
    techniques used for managing orthopedic injuries with
    unparalleled clarity.

Upper Extremity Anatomy: Cadaveric Dissection and Review: Digital Encore Presentation

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on DVD or Flash Drive
7.5 Contact Hours, Program #11420
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$275

Course Description

Do you remember the cords of the brachial plexus? Can you still differentiate the brachioradialis from the extensor carpi radialis longus? If these structures sound familiar but you can’t quite put your finger on them, this course is for you. Using a fresh frozen cadaver specimen, faculty will complete dissection and lead you through the vital anatomy of the upper extremity, from the glenohumeral joint all the way to the DIPs. Functional relationships and common conditions of the upper extremity will also be reviewed.

Course Instructor

Rebecca Neiduski, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Washington University and a PhD in Education from Saint Louis University. After 15 years of practice and teaching in St. Louis, Dr. Neiduski now serves as the Occupational Therapy Department Chair at Concordia University Wisconsin. She was elected to the board of directors of the American Association of Hand Surgery and has served as both the Research Division Director and Annual Meeting Program Chair for the American Society of Hand Therapists. She has been teaching gross anatomy with cadaver dissection for the past 18 years.

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Upper Extremity Instability Methods and Management: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Offered October 1 – 31 2018
Work at your own pace; webcast
1.0 CEU’s (10 Clock Hours), Program #11421
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$445

Course Description

This encore webcast provides evidence based state-of-the-art scientific sessions outlining the latest advances in the diagnoses and treatment of upper extremity instability.

Topics Include:

  1. Evaluation and Treatment of Thumb Instability
  2. Therapist’s Management of Thumb Instability
  3. Understanding Wrist Instability Patterns: Scapholunate (SL), Lunotriquetral (LT), Midcarpal Instability, and Distal Radioulnar Joint (DRUJ)
  4. Clinical Testing for Stability of the Wrist: SL, LT, Midcarpal Joint (MCJ) and DRUJ
  5. Current Research on Improving our Understanding of SL Issues and the Dart-Thrower’s Motion
  6. Panel Discussion and Questions
  7. Surgeon’s Management of SL and DRUJ Instability
  8. Post-Operative Considerations with Therapy
  9. Conservative Management of SL Issues with Proprioceptive Training
  10. Anatomy of the Elbow: Understanding the Key Ligamentous Structures of the Elbow
  11. Therapist’s Management of Medial and Lateral Elbow Instability
  12. Physician’s Management of Shoulder Instability
  13. Therapist’s Management of Shoulder Instability: Conservative Management and Post-Operative Considerations
  14. Panel Discussion and Questions

Course Faculty

  • Emily Altman, PT, DPT, CHT, OCS, CLT, WCC
  • Megan Bjella, MS, OTR/L, RYT-200
  • David Meister, MD
  • Theresa Parry, OTR, CHT, COMT
  • Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPTA
  • David Ross, MD
  • Cynthia Watkins, PT, DPT, CHT
  • Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT
  • Brian Zafonte, MD, PhD, FAAOS
  • Maria Zanoni, PT

The Revolving Door of Hand Therapy: Innovative Ways to Break the Cycle: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on DVD or Flash Drive
11.5 Contact Hours, Program #11419
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$495

Course Description

Do you ever feel like your patients are stuck in a revolving door and can’t move forward? Those unstable wrists, thumbs that are out of balance, and tendons that just won’t glide? This course is designed to explore the difficult conditions that just keep coming back: from caphoid nonunion advanced collapse wrists (SNAC) to adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulders) and a lot of evidence-informed assessment and intervention in between. Highly experienced surgeons and therapists will share their strategies complemented by cadaver dissections.

Treatment of Nerve and Tendon Injuries: Optimizing Clinical Reasoning and Intervention Strategies: Digital Encore Presentation of WI Hand Experience

Anytime
Work at your own pace; on DVD or Flash Drive
9.5 Contact Hours, Program #10879
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$445

Course Description

Evidence-based presentations targeting medical interventions for wrist and hand injuries, holistic patient needs and pre and post-operative outcomes. Experienced surgeons and therapists will share their treatment strategies complemented by cadaver dissections and question and answer sessions.

Topics Include:

  1. Kinesiologic Overview of the Wrist
  2. Tendinopathy of the Hand and Wrist
  3. Digging Deeper with Tendon Pathology at the Wrist:
    Is it Just a Tendon Issue?
  4. Cadaveric Dissection: Wrist
  5. Q&A Panel: The Wrap
  6. Anatomy and Biomechanics of Brachial Plexus and
    Thoracic Outlet
  7. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Surgical Procedures
  8. Gain an Overview of How to Conservatively Manage Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
  9. Brachial Plexus Surgery, Therapy and Case Studies
  10. Surgical Management of Nerve and Free Muscle
    Transfers in the Upper Extremity
  11. Cadaveric Dissection: Nerve Versus Muscle Transfers

Course Faculty

  • Curtis A. Crimmins, MD
  • George B. Haasler, MD, FACS
  • Krista Kienitz, OTR, CHT, CLT
  • Rebecca Neiduski, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
  • Donald A. Neumann, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Theresa Parry, OTR, COMT
  • Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT
  • Neil Salyapongse, MD
  • Amy Turner, OTR, CHT
  • Kirk Turner, OTR, CHT
  • Renata V. Weber, MD

 

November

Current Concepts in Cervicocephalic Pain: Cervical Spine and Headache

11/2 8:00AM – 4:30PM 11/3 8:00AM – 2:00PM
13 Contact Hours, Program #11345
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$525 (before 10/2), $575 (after 10/2)

Course Description

This course will define cervicocephalic pain primarily as it relates to diagnosis and treatment via non-pharmacologic means. Focus will be placed upon the identification of cervicocephalic pain as it exists among the constellation of other potential headache disorder etiologies. To that end, an exploration of the ICHD-3 Beta edition (International Classification of Headache Disorders, version 3) will be provided. A practical examination of the relevant anatomy, physiology, neurophysiology and pathophysiology of the cervicocephalic system is presented as related to enabling a thorough clinical examination. A brief consideration of TMD as a potential contributor to HA will also be presented. The examination process itself including the basic clinical examination, special tests, imaging, and differential diagnosis are presented in detail so clinicians will be able to better recognize and treat the primary variations of cervicocephalic pain. A review of the options for conservative management will be provided with specific attention given to manual therapy intervention. And finally, an overview of medical management (including the most relevant and common pharmacological interventions) is discussed as it pertains to furnishing the practicing clinician with a working knowledge of alternative treatment options.

Course Instructor

Eric Cedor, BA, DPT, ScD, COMT, graduated from Louisiana State University’s School of Allied Health with a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2006. He went on to acquire a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi, followed by a certification in manual therapy of the spine through IAOM-US in conjunction with his acquisition of a doctorate of science degree through the Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech University. He currently maintains an extensive outpatient practice while serving as director of an orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Covington, Louisiana. In addition, Eric is an adjunct faculty member who regularly lectures for both the physical therapy and dental schools within both the LSU and Emory health science systems.

Thumb Biomechanics and Manual Therapy Techniques

11/3 8:00AM – 4:30PM
7 Contact Hours, Program #10880
Syllabus Coming Soon
$255 (before 10/3), $295 (after 10/3)
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Course Description

This 1-day course is designed for hand therapists wanting to further improve their skills in the evaluation and treatment of the thumb! Providing updated research regarding the anatomy and biomechanics to perform a concise clinical examination, apply joint-specific techniques to address patient impairments to achieve optimal outcomes!

Course Instructor

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, is a skilled clinician with a passion for teaching and clinical treatment of upper extremity disorders. She has been practicing for over 20 years and teaching continuing education courses for the past 12. She is the therapy co-manager of a large department at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). She has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of the upper quadrant. Ann completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation. She is also certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars, as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). Ann previously served as an item writer and Vice-Chair of the Examination committee for the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). She is a lead instructor who co-developed the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of 6 manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. She co-authored a chapter in Rehabilitation of the Hand & Upper Extremity on nerve compression syndromes of the elbow and forearm, as well as published an article entitled “Clinical Manual Assessment of the Wrist” in the 2016 Journal of Hand Therapy’s special edition of the wrist. Ann has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, Canadian Hand Conferences, Philadelphia meeting, and Teton Hand Conferences. She also teaches online courses for MedBridge education.

Current Emerging Therapeutic Strategies Using Mirror Therapy and Graded Motor Imagery

11/10 8:00AM – 4:30PM
7 Contact Hours, Program #11150
$255 (before 10/10), $295 (after 10/10)
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Course Description

Recent neuroscience evidence has validated the use of mirror therapy and graded motor imagery (GMI) following neurological insults. These “top down” strategies have been shown to improve cortical organization of the brain. This course will emphasize a clinical reasoning approach supported by current evidence for treating neurological insults by using this “top down” method. Both mirror therapy and GMI work in conjunction with conventional therapies to improve motor recovery in the upper and lower extremities.

Course Instructor

Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She is a guest lecturer at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC) and earned a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from there. She has a strong clinical background in treating neurological and musculoskeletal consequences of injury.
Susan has presented nationally and internationally in upper and lower extremity dysfunctions as well as pain management. Susan has written articles on a wide variety of topics related to physical therapy for many national publications and health journals. Her most recent publications a
re: “Graded Motor Imagery” in the Journal of Hand Therapy 2011, “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome” in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes by Elsevier in 2011 and a chapter on “Spinal Cord Injury/Central Nervous System/Brachial Plexus” in the book Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation, 2013. Dr. Stralka was also the recipient of the Dorothy B. Kaufmann Lectureship given by Philadelphia Hand Rehabilitation Foundation in 2012.

Management of Elbow Flexion and Extension Stiffness through Joint Mobilization and Static Progressive Orthoses

11/10 8:00AM – 4:30PM
7 Contact Hours, Program #11385
Enrollment is now Closed
$255 (before 10/10), $295 (after 10/10)
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Course Description

This course will focus on tackling the tough task of restoring elbow flexion and extension after injury. We will explore the union of manual therapy and traditional hand therapy to improve the outcomes of stiff elbows. Therapists will get hands-on practice with joint mobilization at the elbow as well as fabrication of static progressive orthoses to address both elbow flexion and elbow extension.

Course Instructor

Theresa Parry, OTR, CHT, COMT, is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Theresa became a certified orthopedic manual therapist of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine and is now a faculty member for the upper extremity track with IAOM. She also serves on the board for the Wisconsin Hand Therapy Association. Theresa is the therapy co-manager at the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin in Appleton, Wisconsin where she specializes in both conservative and post-operative treatment of orthopedic conditions of upper quadrant.

Cognition and Driving

11/16 8:00AM – 4:00PM
6.5 Contact Hours, Program #11155
$255 (before 10/16), $295 (after 10/16)
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Course Description

This course is designed to highlight the importance of treating cognition in all Occupational Therapy settings. Course attendees will learn how to use subjective and objective cognitive information to provide safe and ethical recommendations about driving to their patients. Functional and objective cognition tests will be discussed as well as the levels of driving behavior and considerations for each level.

Course Instructor

Laurie Misslich OTR, C/NDT , has been an Occupational Therapist for 17 years specializing in neurological disorders. She has worked in all levels of care with stroke patients and has eleven years of experience with treatment of neurological patients in the outpatient setting. She is certified in neurological developmental treatment, LSVT BIG for treatment of Parkinson’s and lymphedema treatment. Laurie also has specialized training in low vision, driver re-training and splinting. Past presentations include the 2010 WOTA annual conference and continuing education for Aurora Health Care including annual training for stroke treatment to her peers since 2006.

Lymphedema: Module III

11/29-12/1 8:00AM – 5:30PM
34 Contact Hours, Program #10403
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$615 (before 10/29), $665 (after 10/29)

Course Description

This course is open to Certified Lymphedema Therapists who have completed a minimum of 62 hours of prior lymphedema education. Through this course participants will be provided with an updated understanding of the structure and function of the lymphatic system. Participants will receive a combination of lecture and practical workshops on the treatment of special situations; such as head and neck edema, truncal edema, breast edema, and genital edema. This is an intensive course and is hands on including breast drainage, pelvic floor and full body MLD techniques. In addition a spa style of manual lymphatic therapy will be taught to further expand participant’s skills and ability to treat a more diverse range of patients.
There will be an opportunity to share creative solutions, products, resources, manual techniques and time to discuss problem cases. There will be an opportunity to teach, learn, and collaborate with classmates regarding skin care and bandaging options, MLT, and other areas. Various commercial compression garments and alternatives will be presented.

Course Instructor

Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT, CIDN, has been a physical therapist since 1997. He graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) and has a background in headache pain management, manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release (MFR), and Kinesio Taping in addition to many years’ experience as a treating lymphedema therapist in a variety of settings. He is currently the director of therapy services for a large home health and hospice agency. In addition to treating patients, he supervises the work of numerous staff that have been trained in various lymphedema certification programs. Having a background as a therapist he has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology related to numerous disorders and how they can interact with and impact the lymphedema client. He also understands the perspective of many who attend this program due to his experience in a variety of practice settings. He is very active in treating, consulting, and teaching about lymphedema wherever and whenever he finds a place for it. He joined the staff at UWM in November 2012 teaching the Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management course and Lymphedema II: The Next Level. He is invested in this education due to both personal and professional reasons.

Evaluation and Peri-operative Management of Thumb Arthritis

11/30-12/1 8:00AM – 5:00PM
15 Contact Hours, Program #11140
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$500 (before 10/30), $550 (after 10/30)

Course Description

Evolution’s establishment of the human thumb has largely contributed to advance of our species, but when thumbs don’t function properly, the impact is debilitating. This course will advance your knowledge of thumb arthritis to facilitate improved patient satisfaction and performance with daily tasks. With a focus on osteoarthritis (OA) of the first carpal-metacarpal (CMC) joint, participants will gain a better understanding of complex anatomy and biomechanics principles that affect load and lead to destruction of joint surfaces. This course will include a hands-on lab to strengthen your skills in evaluation and treatment.

Course Instructor

Nicole A. Bolwerk, MS, OTR, CHT, graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Masters in Occupational Therapy (OT) in 2011 and has since dedicated her career to advances in hand therapy. She began teaching with the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education shortly after graduation and has since increased her involvement in academia, recently accepting the instructor role for the Hand and Upper Extremity Rehab course for Masters level OT students. Nicole has experience in a variety of clinical settings including ergonomics, various levels of inpatient rehab and outpatient hand therapy. She currently works at the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Hospital. She is very passionate about hand therapy, research, knowledge sharing and networking.

Breast Cancer Pilates based Programming and Cardiovascular Exercise

11/30-12/1 8:00AM – 4:00PM
13 Contact Hours, Program #11251
Enrollment is now Closed
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$500 (before 10/30), $550 (after 10/30)

Course Description

With more than 3 million breast cancer survivors in the US today, you are very likely to be treating an increasing number of survivors. After undergoing breast cancer surgery and treatment, women can face fatigue, loss of range of motion and strength, peripheral neuropathy, weight gain, lymphedema and psychosocial issues.
Learn how to help your patients to live beyond their breast cancer. Use this two day program with your patients which incorporates Pilates based and cardiovascular recommendations so that they can continue to regain function and endurance.
Pilates based exercise can serve as a gentle introduction or re-introduction to exercise while improving daily function. This introductory seminar is designed for therapists who wish to learn Pilates based chair, mat, and standing techniques to incorporate with your traditional therapy techniques.
Understand the stages of breast cancer, local and systemic treatment options, rehabilitation issues, Pilates anatomy and principles, strength and aerobic guidelines, assessments to be used, as well as practicing the techniques to bring back to the clinic.

Course Instructor

Naomi Aaronson, MA, OTR/L, CHT, CPI, CET, is an occupational therapist, certified hand therapist, Cancer Exercise Trainer and Pilates instructor. She uses Pilates for rehabilitation focusing on cancer survivors. After a car accident, Naomi discovered the benefits of Pilates which inspired her to be educated in the method. Presently, Naomi is an adjunct instructor in the OTA program at Suffolk Community College. She is co- author of the book Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Guide to Recovery, Healing and Wellness which offers a 3 phase rehabilitative exercise program including chair, mat and standing exercises.

 

December

Kinesio Taping® Assessments, Fundamental Concepts & Techniques

12/14 – 12/15 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Previously known as Kinesio Taping 1&2
16 Contact Hours, Program #11145
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$575 (before 11/14), $675 (after 11/14)

Course Description

Two day course designed to introduce participants to the science, assessment and application techniques of the Kinesio Taping® Method. Lecture tutorials of the history, science and theory of stimulus transmission through skin and resulting therapeutic benefit across efferent and afferent systems is reviewed. Corrections for Epidermis, Dermis, Fascia, Space, and Muscle in case study format are presented. Lecture and demonstration by the instructor, then participants perform the Manual Assessments and Movement Assessments. Discussion of the assessment flow charts to determine correct applications and general progression of treatment clinically.

Day Two continues with instruction and demonstration of assessment and taping procedures for the Mechanical, Tendon, Ligament and Circulatory/Lymphatic Corrections in case study format. Time is allotted for questions and discussion of the assessment flow charts to determine correct applications and general progression of treatment clinically. Participants will receive a full color Kinesio Taping® Workbook and a 60-day access code to the KTAI database.

Course Instructor

Ewa Jaraczewska, PT, CKTI, is Adult-NDT certified and a Certified TheraTogs Fitter. Currently, Ms. Jaraczewska is the manager of rehabilitation services at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. She received her physical therapy degree from the Physical Therapy School in Warsaw, Poland and completed a three month internship at the Center for Children with Duchene muscular dystrophy in France. Following graduation, she worked as a staff physical therapist in the neurology clinic at the Medical School Hospital in Warsaw. After two years, Ms. Jaraczewska became a faculty member at the Physical Therapy School in Warsaw. Four years later, Ms. Jaraczewska moved to the United States where she worked in acute care at George Washington University and Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in inpatient rehabilitation at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and in homecare at a private agency. Throughout her career, she has been involved in research and teaching. At George Washington University Hospital, Ms. Jaraczewska, was actively involved in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. At the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, she developed a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She is a contributor and presenter for the annual Kinesio taping Symposium. Past presentations include Kinesio taping for stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She recently collaborated on the KT4 neuro manuscript with friend and colleague, Steven Hubert, PT and the Kinesio taping DVD for older adults. She has been a Certified Kinesio taping Instructor since 2003.

 

January 2019

Posture and Alignment for Feeding and Swallowing: A Contemporary Pediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment Approach

1/11-1/12 8:00AM – 5:00PM
15 Contact Hours, Program #11149
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$500 (before 12/11), $550 (after 12/11)

Course Description

This workshop is designed provide information related to the evaluation and treatment of children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders. Evidence from contemporary science and greater understanding of current theories in motor behavior are drawn upon to enhance clinical reasoning skills in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). It includes assessing a client according to the ICF model and utilizing task analysis to organize and provide effective treatment strategies. The format will be lecture, patient demonstrations, and lab opportunities. The emphasis will be placed on postural control and treatment strategies related to feeding and oral motor control. Participants will learn practical applications that they will be able to bring to their practice.

Course Instructor

Bethanne Mazurczak, MS, CCC-SLP, C/NDT , has been a practicing clinician since 1990 and has worked in a variety of settings that include: pediatric outpatient rehabilitation; acute care, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Neonatal follow-up clinic; home based treatment and private practice. In 1995 she received her certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment and is currently completing her work to become a Speech Pathology instructor for the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association. Bethanne’s primary clinical focus has been working with the pediatric and young adult populations with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal involvement. Her treatment areas of expertise include feeding and swallowing, motor-speech, early communication and respiratory/phonatory disorders. She values collaborative work with other professionals and appreciates multi-disciplinary approaches to treatment. Over the years Bethanne has utilized many treatment models of practice and advocates for dynamic, problem solving approaches. She is continually looking for new ways to provide efficient and functional outcomes to the varied and diverse populations that she serves. She is certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). In addition to NDT, Bethanne is also certified in Vital-Stim for Dysphagia and the SOS Feeding Approach. Throughout her professional career she has supervised graduate level students during their externship placements as well as having supervised many Speech-Language Pathologists during their Clinical Fellowship Year. She has presented at the local, state, national and international levels on issues relating to respiratory/sound production; swallowing function and feeding issues; early communication and speech/language development.
Leslie Paparsenos, PT, MS, C/NDT, specializes in pediatric rehabilitation, serving babies, children and adolescents across a spectrum of neurological and developmental disabilities, and their families. Leslie is a certified Pediatric NDT Instructor, certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, and a certified clinical instructor by the APTA. She has been teaching both internationally and nationally since 2007. Leslie is committed both to supporting therapists in their clinical development and assisting families in their journey to independence.

February 2019

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March 2019

Peripheral Neuropathies: Mobilization and Management

3/8 8:00AM – 5:00PM
7.5 Contact Hours, Program #11735
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$255 (before 2/8), $295 (after 2/8)

Course Description

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) allows us to participate in the World around us. The
PNS informs us of changes in the environment, powers our muscles, allows proprioception, and protects and prepares the skin for activity. When peripheral nerves malfunction, the human’s ability to control their upper limb and participate in their chosen roles is significantly reduced. This course will advance your knowledge of anatomy and physiology, function, regeneration and rehabilitation of peripheral nerve injuries.

Course Instructor

Nicole A. Bolwerk, MS, OTR, CHT, graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Masters in Occupational Therapy (OT) in 2011 and has since dedicated her career to advances in hand therapy. She began teaching with the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education shortly after graduation and has since increased her involvement in academia, teaching the Hand and Upper Extremity Rehab and Biomechanics courses in the OT department. Nicole has experience in a variety of clinical settings including ergonomics, various levels of inpatient rehab and outpatient hand therapy. She currently works at the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Hospital. She is also the President of Wisconsin Hand Therapy Association (WISHTA). She is very passionate about hand therapy, research, knowledge sharing and networking.

Introduction to Neuro Gait

3/9 8:00AM – 4:00PM
6.5 Contact Hours, Program #11383
Syllabus Coming Soon
$255 (before 2/9), $295 (after 2/9)

Course Description

Description Coming Soon

Course Instructor

Gail McGaughy, PT, C/NDT, CLT, has specialized in adult neuro rehab since receiving her master’s degree in physical therapy from St. Ambrose University in 1998. Gail spent two years at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, in inpatient rehab and hospital-based transitional skilled care, followed by 10 years at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a strict focus on inpatient rehabilitation. Gail returned to Genesis Medical Center for two years and finally landed at On With Life, Outpatient Neuro Rehab in Ankeny, Iowa. Gail was certified in NDT for adult hemiplegia in 2002, followed by NDT advanced gait in 2004. Gail has taught various courses on Gait and Treatment of Stroke in Wisconsin. Gail was certified in lymphatic treatment in 2009 and LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s in 2011

Comprehensive Manual Therapy for the Thoracic Spine and Ribs

3/29 8:00AM – 4:00PM
7 Contact Hours, Program #11741
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$255 (before 3/1), $295 (after 3/1)

Course Description

Diagnosing and treating thoracic and rib pain can be challenging and frustrating. Due to the complex nature of the thoracic region, finding the root cause of mid back pain is often difficult. This course intends to simplify evaluation and treatment for the most common thoracic and rib dysfunctions from a manual therapy perspective. This is a hands-on course that is meant to impart a streamlined approach for care of the mid back that can be applied to both acute and chronic conditions. Manual techniques that will be covered in this course include muscle energy, mobilization, articulation, and manipulations. A brief overview of therapeutic exercises for the thoracic spine with be covered to ensure long term success of manual treatments. It is intended that each course attendee be able to immediately utilize the covered techniques to improve their clinical efficiency.

Course Instructor

Ted German, PT, AAS, BA, DPT, CIMT, CPRS, has over 18 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy and has taught dozens of manual therapy courses all over the country. He currently works at Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI as a spine specialist. He also works in the Urgent Care Physical Therapy department at GHC and is currently developing an Acute Low Back Pain program. Dr. German’s education includes a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, MN; a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN; and an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH. He is a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist and a Certified Pilates Rehabilitation Specialist. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic Section. Dr. German’s other significant teaching experiences include guest lectures on “Pilates for Rehabilitation” for St. Catherine University’s Orthopedics Department and “Risk Factors for Patellofemoral Pain Among Females” at the APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting.

 

April 2019

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) for the Upper Extremity and Scapula

4/5 8:00AM – 4:30PM
6.5 Contact Hours, Program #11736
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$250 (before 3/5), $285 (after 3/5)

Course Description

Upper Extremity PNF course will review the basic principles utilized in PNF in a functional manner. The class will review the basic extremity patterns and scapular patterns and enhance the student’s knowledge of activities, patterns and techniques of PNF. There will be simulated patient scenarios for both the treatment of neurologic and orthopedic dysfunction, as well as functional outcomes. The course will be both a lecture and lab setting.

Course Instructor

Ann Briscoe PT , graduated from Marquette University in 1985 with an interest in the rehabilitation of the neurologically involved patient. In 1989 she completed an intensive 3 month post-graduate PNF studies at the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo California. Also completed graduate studies at Finch University of Health Sciences at Chicago Medical School [now Roselind Franklin University of Medicine and Science] in North Chicago Illinois. Ann was past Teacher/ACCE at Gateway Technical in the PTA program. Currently presents PNF in lecture /lab format at Marquette University since 1993 and at Carroll University since 2000. She has also taught PNF in Ohio and Arizona to both PTs and OTs. She is currently the Director of Rehabilitation Services at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore.

Manual Edema Mobilization (MEM): Swelling Management for the Upper and Lower Extremities

4/5-4/6 8:00AM – 5:30PM
16 Contact Hours, Program #11718
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$450 (before 3/5), $500 (after 3/5)

Course Description

Following an injury, orthopedic surgery or trauma the consequences of longstanding edema are well known. The consequences include: persistent pain, delayed wound healing and the development of fibrotic scar tissue that can restrict motion and impact overall return to function for the patient. Therapists often struggle in helping patients with edema management, despite their best efforts with interventions such as rest, ice, compression and elevation.
The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in fluid homeostasis, yet this role has been greatly overlooked. Following an injury, trauma, or orthopedic surgery, persistent edema is often the result of an overloaded lymphatic system. Knowing how to stimulate the lymphatic system to quickly reduce edema can make all the difference to patients for pain reduction, increasing ROM, and return to function. The purpose of this course is to teach the therapist the lymphatic decongestion method of Manual Edema Mobilization (MEM). MEM is a specific treatment method with evidence-based rationale designed to reduce sub-acute and chronic edema. Lecture and hands-on labs will be used to learn the tenets and demonstrate the 5 Key Components of the method. Problem-solving through case study presentations will help participants apply MEM to manage sub-acute and chronic edema as seen in their specific patient populations. This method is not applicable for primary lymphedema or post cancer lymphedema treatment. This 2 day course covers UE and LE, including specific hand, finger, foot and toe management, and allows more time for bandaging compression instruction

Course Instructor

Sandra Heald Sublett, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT, has practiced physical therapy in a variety of settings in 3 states since 1986 and is a senior clinician and program development lead at an orthopedic and sports PT private practice in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area. She received her BS in PT from The University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center, and transitional DPT from St. Ambrose University (Iowa) in 2008. In addition to her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy certification (2009) and being a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (2005), she has passed competencies in vestibular rehabilitation, and held NDT certification. Past teaching experience includes an adjunct faculty position at Clarke University (Dubuque, IA), teaching continuing education courses through the Iowa Physical Therapy Association, serving as a consultant for total contact casting at a wound care center, and community lecturer on multiple topics related to PT. She is a member of the APTA and Orthopedic Section, National Osteoporosis Foundation, and VEDA (Vestibular Disorders Association. Sandy’s special interests range from lower extremity biomechanics to balance and vestibular rehabilitation, but intertwined with these and everything between is a strong reliance on edema management to optimize outcomes. Dr. Sublett looks forward to sharing treatment techniques that will change how clinicians view their abilities to enhance healing and recovery as well as maximize outcomes.

Lymphedema I: Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management

4/8 – 4/12 8AM – 7:30PM & 4/13 8AM – 12:15PM
62 Contact Hours, Program #11384
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$1435 before 3/8/2019 $1485 after 3/8/2019

Course Description

Upon completion of this six day, 62 hour introductory course, participants will be awarded applicable CE hours and full certification as a lymphedema therapist, (CLT). This course combines various European lymphedema and soft tissue mobilization techniques, integrated with practical clinical oriented treatment techniques to achieve outcomes in the managed care market. The course awards 62 hours (6.2 CEUs). An additional 18 hours (1.8 CEUs) may be earned with coursework completed at home.

Course Instructor

Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT, CIDN, has been a physical therapist since 1997. He graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) and has a background in headache pain management, manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release (MFR), and Kinesio Taping in addition to many years’ experience as a treating lymphedema therapist in a variety of settings. He is currently the director of therapy services for a large home health and hospice agency. In addition to treating patients, he supervises the work of numerous staff that have been trained in various lymphedema certification programs. Having a background as a therapist he has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology related to numerous disorders and how they can interact with and impact the lymphedema client. He also understands the perspective of many who attend this program due to his experience in a variety of practice settings. He is very active in treating, consulting, and teaching about lymphedema wherever and whenever he finds a place for it. He joined the staff at UW-Milwaukee in November 2012 teaching the Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management course and Lymphedema II: The Next Level and Lymphedema: Module III. He is invested in this education due to both personal and professional reasons.

An Encounter with Touch: Successful Treatment of Chronic Pain with Myofascial Release

4/11-4/13 8:00AM – 4:30PM
22 Contact Hours, Program #11344
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$600 (before 3/12), $650 (after 3/12)

Course Description

Treating patients with chronic pain is one of the most challenging problems we therapists face. Most manual treatments for these patients are limited and focus on the musculoskeletal aspect of the chronic pain while ignoring the myofascial component and its relationship with the nervous system. Such a one-sided approach provides only temporary relief, and as a result, patients cycle through our clinics, frustrating both themselves and the therapist. We can do better!
Treating chronic pain has many facets, requiring a multidimensional approach. For successful therapy, we must understand:
1. How every structure in the body is connected to the whole via the fascial system, and how the health of one body region will affect another region
2. How manual therapy addresses the myofascial restrictions
3. How our touch and the patient’s nervous system interact with each other
4. How perception of touch influences the treatment process
5. How to facilitate movement in order to re-educate the body into pain-free movement.
This class is designed for therapists who are new to the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach (MFR), who may or may not have some experience with treating the chronic pain population. We will be learning a multidimensional treatment approach combining specific soft-tissue mobilization and deep-tissue release techniques while expanding our repertoire of perception and palpation skills to recognize the hidden complexities of chronic pain. We will then use therapeutic exercises to integrate restored mobility.
Through hands-on lab sessions you will learn:
1. MFR techniques
2. Centering and grounding skills, Expanded awareness and palpation skills
3. The recognition of myofascial strain patterns unique to each patient with chronic pain
4. How to design home programs unique to the individual patient.
As you improve your skill set and develop increasing confidence in your ability to work with patients with chronic pain, your patients will be transformed . . . as will you.

Course Instructors

Primary Instructor: Michele Rozansky, PT, owner of Orlanu Therapies – The Myofascial Release Center of Milwaukee, SC, is a graduate of UW-Madison. In 2008, Michele began teaching at UWM.
“My purpose, and my passion, is teaching these skills to other therapists, knowing I will touch so many more patients in need.”
Michele is certified in Neurodevelopmental Treatment for children, has advanced training in Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, and Rebirthing for children and adults. Therapeutic horseback riding, Exercise based on the Pilates method, and women’s health challenges are some of her unique treatment interests.
Michele has facilitated personal growth workshops for women and has been an assistant instructor for Boehme Workshops and for John F. Barnes, PT. At Orlanu Therapies, Michele provides whole- body treatments for individuals with chronic pain and neurological challenges, and guidance in discovering their own inherent healing abilities. Her expertise has evolved into a specialty working with patients who live with cumulative trauma.Co-Instructor: Anne M. Becker, OTR, is owner of Touchpoint to Function, LLC, where she treats both children and adults. She also works at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and with children with chronic and acute pain issues in the outpatient setting.
She is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee and has advanced training in Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, and in Neurodevelopmental Treatment for children and adults. Anne utilizes Neurodevelopmental and Pilates-based exercise to support her manual therapies work. She has been a teaching assistant for Upledger Craniosacral Therapy workshops.
Anne provides whole-body treatment for a variety of diagnoses, working with premature infants to the elderly. She combines MFR and CST to increase patients’ body awareness, discover their own inherent healing qualities, and discover improved ways of movement for developmental progression and/or reduction in pain issues.
Her passion is discovering with her patients the significant myofascial strain patterns existing within their bodies and then together releasing those patterns while strengthening new and freer patterns of movement.

Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Tightness

4/19 9:00AM – 5:00PM
6 Contact Hours, Program #11010
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$250 (before 3/19), $285 (after 3/19)

Course Description

This introductory course will describe clinical presentation of extrinsic vs intrinsic tightness and will facilitate the clinician to determine appropriate treatment plan and intervention techniques to optimize patient outcomes.

Course Instructor

Lindsey Angst, MS, OTR/L, CLVT, is a practicing Occupational Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. In 2012, she became a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) and developed a Low Vision Program at HSHS Prevea where she treats age-related eye conditions, along with concussion patients. Lindsey has been practicing for 9+ years as a hand therapist with her focus areas including custom orthosis fabrication, creating individualized treatment plans, application of evidence based treatment techniques and giving annual community educational presentations. Lindsey is a guest lecturer at UW-Milwaukee Occupational Therapy graduate program. Outside of her practice, Lindsey enjoys running, practicing yoga and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Clinical Aromatherapy

4/20 Time TBA
7 Contact Hours, Program #11744
Syllabus Coming Soon
$255 (before 3/20), $295 (after 3/20)

Course Description

Coming Soon

Course Instructor

Lisa Paull, OTR,CLT, MAEd,received her degree at Mount Mary College in 1996, and obtained her Masters’ degree in Adult and Continuing Education in 2005 from Carroll University. She has been an outpatient therapist certified in treatment of lymphedema of all etiologies since 1999, and currently specializes in the treatment of Breast Cancer patients. She has served as committee member and assisted in establishing Aurora Health Care’s Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Programs.

Therapeutic Breathing in Evidence-Based Practice: A Systems Model Approach to Treatment and Lasting Results

4/20 9:00AM – 5:00PM
7.5 Contact Hours, Program #11743
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$255 (before 3/20), $295 (after 3/20)

Course Description

The breath is an integral focus in virtually all yoga traditions because of its profound physiological effect on healthy body mechanics. Now, research shows that yogic breathing techniques accelerate therapeutic gains for numerous conditions, such as back pain, scoliosis, tonal issues, temporal mandibular joint problems, pelvic floor issues, and numerous circulatory and respiratory disorders – not to mention their calming and refocusing effects on patients during therapy.
This one-day seminar provides all the tools you need to evaluate respiration effectively, while illustrating what your standard examinations – focused on range of motion, posture, and balance – have been missing. The yogic breathing exercises taught in this course are applicable to a wide variety of patients, and adaptations for various stages of healing from injury and surgical procedures are covered in detail. Discover a systems model approach to treatment that produces lasting results, and learn hands-on, how to teach your clients anywhere, anytime exercises and body awareness skills that will keep them happy, healthy, and out of the clinic.

Course Instructor

Michelle Lindsey – Wehner, PT, MBA, CPT, Certified KRI Yoga Instructor, REIKI Practitioner Dr. Michelle Lindsey–Wehner’s educational preparation and certification includes a a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University; a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at The Finch University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, now known as Rosalind Franklin University; a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management at the University of Phoenix; and her Doctorate in her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), KRI Yoga Instructor, a Level 3 Reiki Practitioner, and is certified in Tai massage and Dry Needling.
She is a licensed Physical Therapist in three states (Illinois, Arizona, and Colorado) and has over 20 years of experience. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well its Arizona Chapter, she owns Rising Star Therapy Specialists, LLC, in Phoenix where she specializes in treating pediatric and adult special needs clients.
Throughout her career, Ms. Lindsey has worked as a therapist in various settings, including orthopedics, skilled nursing services, home health, outpatient, and acute care. She has been a guest speaker at the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Conference, the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Recreational Therapy Association, and was the keynote speaker for Rehab Summit in 2009, 2010, and in 2013. She has delivered numerous in-service trainings to schools, day programs, group homes, and state-operated agencies on physical therapy and exercise for persons with disabilities.
She has won national recognition in many areas of fitness. She was a competitive gold medal figure skater, an elite marathon runner on the 1997 United States Maccabiah Open Track and Field Team, a triathlete, and a professional speed skater.
Ms. Lindsey views her clients as unique individuals with varied skills and abilities. She inspires them to extend beyond their best efforts by providing a comfortable, compassionate and respectful environment in which they thrive. Currently, Michelle travels across the United States speaking on four seminar topics:

    • Integrating Neurotherapeutic and Sensory Techniques into Therapy for the Special Needs Client;
    • A Systems Model Approach to Improving Function, Posture and Scoliosis –Flexibility and Function;
    • Yoga Therapy: Achieving Greater Awareness and Understanding for Healing Our Clients and Ourselves;
    • Therapeutic Breathing in Evidence Based Practice

Her first book, The Wellness Equation, offers hands-on-postures and exercises that promote healing at the crossroads of modern medicine and traditional yoga. The Metamorphic Gift: Easy, Simple Breathing and Postural Techniques to Transform Your Life is a great book for self-healing that integrates the body with breathing and postural exercises using understandable anatomy and physiology. For more information, please visit www.risingstartherapyspecialists.com/books.

 

May 2019

Kinesio Taping® Assessments, Fundamental Concepts and Techniques

5/2 – 5/3 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Previously known as Kinesio Taping 1 &2
16 Contact Hours, Program #10450
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$575 (before 4/2), $675 (after 4/2)

Course Description

Day one is designed to introduce participants to the science, assessment and application techniques of the Kinesio Taping® Method. Lecture tutorials of the history, science and theory of stimulus transmission through skin and resulting therapeutic benefit across efferent and afferent systems is reviewed. Corrections for Epidermis, Dermis, Fascia, Space, and Muscle in case study format are presented. Lecture and demonstration by the instructor, then participants perform the Manual Assessments and Movement Assessments. Discussion of the assessment flow charts to determine correct applications and general progression of treatment clinically.

Day two continues with instruction and demonstration of assessment and taping procedures for the Mechanical, Tendon, Ligament and Circulatory/Lymphatic Corrections in case study format. Time is allotted for questions and discussion of the assessment flow charts to determine correct applications and general progression of treatment clinically. At the conclusion of day two participants will receive 60-day access code to the KTAI database.

Day three focuses on advanced taping techniques and assessments are presented as Lecture Tutorials to introduce step by step applications for chronic edema, scar and fascial management, nerve taping as well as acute and chronic pain management. Participants will be offered ample lab time to practice each advanced technique guided by the Assessment Flowchart for clinical decision making. Case studies are presented for designing a clinically relevant application within a treatment program guided by the instructor. Case studies are then introduced for small groups of students to practice the variety of assessment techniques and advanced taping applications.

Course Instructor

Ewa Jaraczewska, PT, CKTI, is Adult-NDT certified and a Certified TheraTogs Fitter. Currently, Ms. Jaraczewska is the manager of rehabilitation services at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. She received her physical therapy degree from the Physical Therapy School in Warsaw, Poland and completed a three month internship at the Center for Children with Duchene muscular dystrophy in France. Following graduation, she worked as a staff physical therapist in the neurology clinic at the Medical School Hospital in Warsaw. After two years, Ms. Jaraczewska became a faculty member at the Physical Therapy School in Warsaw. Four years later, Ms. Jaraczewska moved to the United States where she worked in acute care at George Washington University and Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in inpatient rehabilitation at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and in homecare at a private agency. Throughout her career, she has been involved in research and teaching. At George Washington University Hospital, Ms. Jaraczewska, was actively involved in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. At the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, she developed a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She is a contributor and presenter for the annual Kinesio taping Symposium. Past presentations include Kinesio taping for stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She recently collaborated on the KT4 neuro manuscript with friend and colleague, Steven Hubert, PT and the Kinesio taping DVD for older adults. She has been a Certified Kinesio taping Instructor since 2003.

Kinesio Taping® Assessments, Fundamental Concepts & Techniques + Advanced Techniques & Clinical Reasoning

5/2 – 5/4 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Previously known as Kinesio Taping 1, 2&3
24 Contact Hours, Program #11719
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$785 (before 4/2), $885 (after 4/2)

Course Description

Day one is designed to introduce participants to the science, assessment and application techniques of the Kinesio Taping® Method. Lecture tutorials of the history, science and theory of stimulus transmission through skin and resulting therapeutic benefit across efferent and afferent systems is reviewed. Corrections for Epidermis, Dermis, Fascia, Space, and Muscle in case study format are presented. Lecture and demonstration by the instructor, then participants perform the Manual Assessments and Movement Assessments. Discussion of the assessment flow charts to determine correct applications and general progression of treatment clinically.

Day two continues with instruction and demonstration of assessment and taping procedures for the Mechanical, Tendon, Ligament and Circulatory/Lymphatic Corrections in case study format. Time is allotted for questions and discussion of the assessment flow charts to determine correct applications and general progression of treatment clinically. At the conclusion of day two participants will receive 60-day access code to the KTAI database.

Day three focuses on advanced taping techniques and assessments are presented as Lecture Tutorials to introduce step by step applications for chronic edema, scar and fascial management, nerve taping as well as acute and chronic pain management. Participants will be offered ample lab time to practice each advanced technique guided by the Assessment Flowchart for clinical decision making. Case studies are presented for designing a clinically relevant application within a treatment program guided by the instructor. Case studies are then introduced for small groups of students to practice the variety of assessment techniques and advanced taping applications.

Course Instructor

Ewa Jaraczewska, PT, CKTI, is Adult-NDT certified and a Certified TheraTogs Fitter. Currently, Ms. Jaraczewska is the manager of rehabilitation services at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. She received her physical therapy degree from the Physical Therapy School in Warsaw, Poland and completed a three month internship at the Center for Children with Duchene muscular dystrophy in France. Following graduation, she worked as a staff physical therapist in the neurology clinic at the Medical School Hospital in Warsaw. After two years, Ms. Jaraczewska became a faculty member at the Physical Therapy School in Warsaw. Four years later, Ms. Jaraczewska moved to the United States where she worked in acute care at George Washington University and Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in inpatient rehabilitation at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and in homecare at a private agency. Throughout her career, she has been involved in research and teaching. At George Washington University Hospital, Ms. Jaraczewska, was actively involved in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. At the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, she developed a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She is a contributor and presenter for the annual Kinesio taping Symposium. Past presentations include Kinesio taping for stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She recently collaborated on the KT4 neuro manuscript with friend and colleague, Steven Hubert, PT and the Kinesio taping DVD for older adults. She has been a Certified Kinesio taping Instructor since 2003.

Treatment of Visual Impairments after Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury

5/3 8:00AM – 4:30PM
7 Contact Hours, Program #11751
Syllabus Coming Soon
$255 (before 4/3), $295 (after 4/3)

Course Description

There is a high prevalence of vision disorders in the patients we serve as Occupational Therapists. Impairments ranging from full visual field loss, inattention disorders or visual processing problems greatly impact independence, safety and quality of life. This course will provide a review of the visual system and pathways with clinicians understanding basic neurological foundations underlying acquired vision loss. Emphasis will be placed on using an evidenced based approach to develop a progressive treatment plan to teach more effective compensatory strategies for visual inattention and to be able to effectively assess and treat other visual impairments.

Course Instructor

Brenda McGinley, OTR, CLVT, NDT and Jill Gebhard, MS, OT, CLVT

Kinesio Taping Advanced Techniques and Clinical Reasoning

5/4 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Previously known as Kinesio Taping 3
8 Contact Hours, Program #11144
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$285 (before 4/4), $385 (after 4/4)

Course Description

This course offers a brief review of the basic taping and assessment concepts learned in the first 2 day course. Advanced taping techniques and assessments are presented as Lecture Tutorials to introduce step by step applications for chronic edema, scar and fascial management, nerve taping as well as acute and chronic pain management. Participants will be offered ample lab time to practice each advanced technique guided by the Assessment Flowchart for clinical decision making. Case studies are presented for designing a clinically relevant application within a treatment program guided by the instructor. Case studies are then introduced for small groups of students to practice the variety of assessment techniques and advanced taping applications.
Each course participant will receive a Kinesio Taping product kit containing the following items; tote bag, pen, workbook, 1 roll of FP Tape, 1 roll of Classic Tape, 3 individual Fan Cuts.

Course Instructor

Ewa Jaraczewska, PT, CKTI, is Adult-NDT certified and a Certified TheraTogs Fitter. Currently, Ms. Jaraczewska is the manager of rehabilitation services at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. She received her physical therapy degree from the Physical Therapy School in Warsaw, Poland and completed a three month internship at the Center for Children with Duchene muscular dystrophy in France. Following graduation, she worked as a staff physical therapist in the neurology clinic at the Medical School Hospital in Warsaw. After two years, Ms. Jaraczewska became a faculty member at the Physical Therapy School in Warsaw. Four years later, Ms. Jaraczewska moved to the United States where she worked in acute care at George Washington University and Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in inpatient rehabilitation at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and in homecare at a private agency. Throughout her career, she has been involved in research and teaching. At George Washington University Hospital, Ms. Jaraczewska, was actively involved in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. At the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, she developed a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with Parkinson’s disease. She is a contributor and presenter for the annual Kinesio taping Symposium. Past presentations include Kinesio taping for stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She recently collaborated on the KT4 neuro manuscript with friend and colleague, Steven Hubert, PT and the Kinesio taping DVD for older adults. She has been a Certified Kinesio taping Instructor since 2003.

2019 Wisconsin Hand Experience - Rehab Challenges Following Upper Extremity Trauma

5/9 – 5/11
Enrollment Opens January 2019
Contact Hours TBA
Syllabus Coming Soon
Registration Opens 2019

Course Description

The 20th Annual Wisconsin Hand Experience is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences Outreach Office. Conference attendees will see evidence based state-of-the-art scientific sessions and workshops outlining the continuum of care following traumatic injury of the upper extremity.

Course Faculty

TBA

A Manual Therapy Approach to Treating Shoulder Pain

5/17/19 8AM – 5PM
7.5 Contact Hours, Program #11616
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$255 before 4/17/2019 $295 after 4/17/2019

Course Description

Patients with shoulder complex pain provide clinicians with several challenges in attempting to identify the nature of the patient’s symptoms and determine an appropriate course of treatment. This hands-on course will integrate current evidence of how information from the physical therapy examination is used to enhance clinical decision making for the integration of manual therapy interventions (joint and soft tissue mobilizations) for the shoulder complex. Extensive laboratory sessions will be offered to develop the clinician’s skills in assessing shoulder dysfunction, performing a variety of manual therapy skills, and prescribing appropriate follow-up therapeutic exercises. Ideas for patient education will be presented to facilitate the manual therapy techniques.

Course Instructor

Dr. Paul Reuteman PT, DPT, MHS, OCS, ATC is a Clinical Professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. His primary teaching responsibilities include musculoskeletal examination and intervention, clinical-decision making principles and clinical radiology. He maintains an active clinical practice at Riverside Corporate Wellness in La Crosse, WI. Dr. Reuteman is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the ABPTS and is a board-certified Athletic Trainer from the NATA. Dr. Reuteman is the co-founder of Specialized Physical Therapy Education and serves as Faculty and a Lead Instructor of their Orthopedic Residency Program. In 2017, he was voted the Physical Therapist of the Year in the La Crosse area. He was also recently honored by his alma mater, Marquette University, by receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award in the Health Sciences.

Vestibular Rehab: an evidence based case study approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients with vestibular dysfunction

5/17/19 – 5/18/19 8AM – 4:30PM
14 Contact Hours, Program #11740
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$410 before 4/17/2019 $460 after 4/17/2019

Course Description

This course will provide the participant with intermediate level education on the evaluation and treatment of patients with dizziness and balance problems. Using a case study approach, it will utilize the latest research in the field to update the participant’s knowledge on how to provide the most appropriate and evidence based treatment for patients with vestibular dysfunction. Time will be spent discussing difficult or challenging patients that you have worked with, so please bring a brief synopsis of a challenging patient that you would like to discuss during the problem solving session.

Course Instructor

Alexia Miles, MPT and Jennifer Roth, MSPT
Alexia Miles, MPT, received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 2004 and received her certificate of competency in vestibular rehabilitation through the Herdman Competency Course at Emory University in 2008. Since May 2008, Lexi has directed the vestibular rehabilitation program in the ENT Department at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her clinical practice focuses on the evaluation and treatment of adolescents, adults and older adults with dizziness and balance problems. She has been an invited speaker on the topic of evaluation and management of dizziness for various community and medical organizations and universities throughout the state. She serves as the vice chair of the Vestibular Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the APTA.

Jennifer Roth, MSPT, received a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 1999. Jenny has worked at Froedtert Hospital since 2002, initially working in the inpatient rehab department, treating patients with a variety of neurological disorders. She joined the vestibular rehabilitation program in the ENT Department at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2012. Jenny received her certificate of competency in vestibular rehab after completing the Herdman Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course at Emory University in 2013.

 

June 2019

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July 2019

COPD and CHF; Systematic Review and Treatment Guidelines

7/19/19 8AM – 5PM
7 Contact Hours, Program #11752
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$255 before 6/19 $295 after 6/19

Course Description

This course will provide a review of the pathophysiology for COPD and CHF. It will provide an overview of risk factors and assessment techniques to assist in identification of them. The course will include the common medications prescribed to treat COPD and CHF as well as the common adverse side effects. Guideline for prescribing a treatment program are essential for prevention of exacerbations and will be incorporated into the course. The course will also include energy conservation technique to enhance patient’s quality of life and ease of completing ADLs/IADLs.

Course Instructor

Virginia Bowen, PT, COS-C has 25 years’ experience in homecare. She received her BS-Physical therapy degree from University of Wisconsin in 1987 and is currently pursuing her t-DPT at College of St Scholastica. Her current role, she develops and teaches the curriculum for onboarding therapists. She also develops/presents education to enhance current therapy staff’s knowledge in assessment and treatment of the geriatric population. Her clinical background includes: acute care, rehabilitation and home care with a primary focus on Chronic Heart Failure, COPD, and geriatrics in home care. She has worked in Colorado, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Virginia has received the CEO Impact award in 2017 and 2018 for development of education for therapists in homecare.

Integrating Neurotherapeutic and Sensory Techniques Into Therapy for the Special Needs Client

7/20/19 8AM – 5PM
8 Contact Hours, Program #11745
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$255 before 6/20 $295 after 6/20

Course Description

The special needs client often presents a unique set of challenges for therapists, other professionals and caregivers. The coexistence of multiple disabilities, including impaired mobility; sensory dysfunction; limited range of motion; and compromised coordination, strength and tone, calls for a paradigm shift in assessment and treatment of these individuals. It is important for therapists to utilize a multilateral approach to evaluation and treatment, thinking beyond traditional protocol and integrating the most effective techniques from different models in order to help individuals with disabilities achieve the greatest functional outcomes—physically, emotionally and socially.
Participants in this one-day seminar will acquire practical strategies for assessment and treatment of clients with special needs, from both the neurological and sensory perspectives to form a systems model approach. You will examine therapeutic techniques to improve tone, balance, coordination, strength, range of motion and focus, and you will learn multilateral observation methods to help write appropriate goals for a better overall evaluation and assessment. Home and classroom exercise programs will be outlined to help foster continued progress. These skills can be used immediately to help clients with special needs experience greater function, independence and improved self-esteem that will allow them to succeed in a variety of environments.

Course Instructor

Michelle Lindsey – Wehner, PT, MBA, CPT, Certified KRI Yoga Instructor, REIKI Practitioner Dr. Michelle Lindsey–Wehner’s educational preparation and certification includes a a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University; a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at The Finch University of Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School, now known as Rosalind Franklin University; a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management at the University of Phoenix; and her Doctorate in her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), KRI Yoga Instructor, a Level 3 Reiki Practitioner, and is certified in Tai massage and Dry Needling.
She is a licensed Physical Therapist in three states (Illinois, Arizona, and Colorado) and has over 20 years of experience. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well its Arizona Chapter, she owns Rising Star Therapy Specialists, LLC, in Phoenix where she specializes in treating pediatric and adult special needs clients.
Throughout her career, Ms. Lindsey has worked as a therapist in various settings, including orthopedics, skilled nursing services, home health, outpatient, and acute care. She has been a guest speaker at the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Conference, the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Recreational Therapy Association, and was the keynote speaker for Rehab Summit in 2009, 2010, and in 2013. She has delivered numerous in-service trainings to schools, day programs, group homes, and state-operated agencies on physical therapy and exercise for persons with disabilities.
She has won national recognition in many areas of fitness. She was a competitive gold medal figure skater, an elite marathon runner on the 1997 United States Maccabiah Open Track and Field Team, a triathlete, and a professional speed skater.
Ms. Lindsey views her clients as unique individuals with varied skills and abilities. She inspires them to extend beyond their best efforts by providing a comfortable, compassionate and respectful environment in which they thrive. Currently, Michelle travels across the United States speaking on four seminar topics:

    • Integrating Neurotherapeutic and Sensory Techniques into Therapy for the Special Needs Client;
    • A Systems Model Approach to Improving Function, Posture and Scoliosis –Flexibility and Function;
    • Yoga Therapy: Achieving Greater Awareness and Understanding for Healing Our Clients and Ourselves;
    • Therapeutic Breathing in Evidence Based Practice

Her first book, The Wellness Equation, offers hands-on-postures and exercises that promote healing at the crossroads of modern medicine and traditional yoga. The Metamorphic Gift: Easy, Simple Breathing and Postural Techniques to Transform Your Life is a great book for self-healing that integrates the body with breathing and postural exercises using understandable anatomy and physiology. For more information, please visit www.risingstartherapyspecialists.com/books.

Lymphedema I: Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management

7/22-7/27 8:00AM – 5:30PM
62 Contact Hours, Program #11607
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$1435 (before 6/22/19), $1485 (after 6/22/19)

Course Description

Upon completion of this six day, 62 hour introductory course, participants will be awarded applicable CE hours and full certification as a lymphedema therapist, (CLT). This course combines various European lymphedema and soft tissue mobilization techniques, integrated with practical clinical oriented treatment techniques to achieve outcomes in the managed care market. The course awards 62 hours (6.2 CEUs). An additional 18 hours (1.8 CEUs) may be earned with coursework completed at home.

Course Instructor

Mike Bond, MS, PT, CLT, CIDN, has been a physical therapist since 1997. He graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) and has a background in headache pain management, manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release (MFR), and Kinesio Taping in addition to many years’ experience as a treating lymphedema therapist in a variety of settings. He is currently the director of therapy services for a large home health and hospice agency. In addition to treating patients, he supervises the work of numerous staff that have been trained in various lymphedema certification programs. Having a background as a therapist he has in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology related to numerous disorders and how they can interact with and impact the lymphedema client. He also understands the perspective of many who attend this program due to his experience in a variety of practice settings. He is very active in treating, consulting, and teaching about lymphedema wherever and whenever he finds a place for it. He joined the staff at UWM in November 2012 teaching the Comprehensive Lymphedema and Venous Edema Management course and Lymphedema II: The Next Level. He is invested in this education due to both personal and professional reasons.

 

August 2019

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September 2019

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October 2019

Integrating Yoga into Rehabilitation (All Three Days; Upper Quarter, Spine, and Pelvis)

10/10 – 10/12 8AM – 4:30PM
20 Contact Hours, Program #11746
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$565 before 9/10/2019 $715 after 9/10/2019

Course Description

Expand your treatment approach to provide more complete and efficient patient care. Integrating yoga into rehabilitation is effective treatment, especially for those patients who don’t fall into the traditional treatment pathways. Evidence for the use of mind-body exercise will be presented. Practical application of the yoga techniques will be supported by specific case examples. In addition to learning new skills to improve your patient outcomes, you may be pleasantly surprised by the effects of yoga practice on your own aches and pains!
Day One: Upper Quarter
You will learn the basics of therapeutic yoga which can be immediately integrated into your current practice to address neck, shoulder girdle, and upper extremity dysfunction. This lab-based continuing education course includes yoga breathing techniques and yoga pose progressions, with manual cues and partner work incorporated throughout. This course will emphasize postural reeducation of the neck and shoulder girdle, scapular stabilization, and thoracic spine and rib mobility. These techniques will be particularly useful for addressing neck pain and radicular symptoms, scapulothoracic pain, shoulder impingement, thoracic outlet syndrome, and overuse injuries of the elbow/wrist/hand.
Day Two: Hip and Pelvis Dysfunction
You will learn the basics of therapeutic yoga which can be immediately integrated into your current practice to address hip and pelvic dysfunction. This lab-based continuing education course includes yoga breathing techniques and yoga pose progressions, with manual cues and partner work incorporated throughout. This course will emphasize hip mobility, pelvic stabilization and neuromuscular reeducation of the iliopsoas and hamstrings to improve postural balance. These techniques can be readily applied to the treatment of hip muscle strains, internal hip joint derangement such as labral tears, post-operative hip rehabilitation, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Day Three: Effective Spinal Stabilization
You will learn the basics of therapeutic yoga which can be immediately integrated into your current practice to teach effective spinal stabilization. This lab-based continuing education course will include yoga breathing techniques and motor imagery to improve control of trunk stabilizers. We will apply these concepts to yoga pose progressions, with manual cues and partner work incorporated throughout. These techniques for teaching effective postural control of the trunk will enable you to more effectively treat patients with low back pain.

Course Instructor

Katy O’Leary, MPT, RYT, earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a practicing physical therapist in sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Sports Rehabilitation Clinics in Madison. In addition, Katy is a 200-hour level Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance national organization. She completed her yoga teacher training in Alignment Yoga with a strong focus on therapeutic yoga techniques. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching group classes and private therapeutic yoga lessons in the Madison area for 8 years. Katy incorporates yoga into rehabilitation as a holistic way to move towards improved function, and looks forward to the opportunity to share these successful techniques with you.

Integrating Yoga into Rehabilitation of Upper Quarter Dysfunction

10/10/19 8AM – 4PM
6.5 Contact Hours, Program #11746
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$205 before 9/10/2019 $255 after 9/10/2019

Course Description

Expand your treatment approach to provide more complete and efficient patient care. Integrating yoga into rehabilitation is effective treatment, especially for those patients who don’t fall into the traditional treatment pathways.
You will learn the basics of therapeutic yoga which can be immediately integrated into your current practice to address neck, shoulder girdle, and upper extremity dysfunction. This lab-based continuing education course includes yoga breathing techniques and yoga pose progressions, with manual cues and partner work incorporated throughout. This course will emphasize postural reeducation of the neck and shoulder girdle, scapular stabilization, and thoracic spine and rib mobility. These techniques will be particularly useful for addressing neck pain and radicular symptoms, scapulothoracic pain, shoulder impingement, thoracic outlet syndrome, and overuse injuries of the elbow/wrist/hand.
Evidence for the use of mind-body exercise will be presented. Practical application of the yoga techniques will be supported by specific case examples.
In addition to learning new skills to improve your patient outcomes, you may be pleasantly surprised by the effects of yoga practice on your own aches and pains!

Course Instructor

Katy O’Leary, MPT, RYT, earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a practicing physical therapist in sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Sports Rehabilitation Clinics in Madison. In addition, Katy is a 200-hour level Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance national organization. She completed her yoga teacher training in Alignment Yoga with a strong focus on therapeutic yoga techniques. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching group classes and private therapeutic yoga lessons in the Madison area for 8 years. Katy incorporates yoga into rehabilitation as a holistic way to move towards improved function, and looks forward to the opportunity to share these successful techniques with you.

Integrating Yoga into Rehabilitation of Hip and Pelvis Dysfunction

10/11/19 8AM – 4PM
6.5 Contact Hours, Program #11746
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$205 before 9/10/2019 $255 after 9/10/2019

Course Description

Expand your treatment approach to provide more complete and efficient patient care. Integrating yoga into rehabilitation is effective treatment, especially for those patients who don’t fall into the traditional treatment pathways.
You will learn the basics of therapeutic yoga which can be immediately integrated into your current practice to address hip and pelvic dysfunction. This lab-based continuing education course includes yoga breathing techniques and yoga pose progressions, with manual cues and partner work incorporated throughout. This course will emphasize hip mobility, pelvic stabilization and neuromuscular reeducation of the iliopsoas and hamstrings to improve postural balance. These techniques can be readily applied to the treatment of hip muscle strains, internal hip joint derangement such as labral tears, post-operative hip rehabilitation, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Evidence for the use of mind-body exercise will be presented. Practical application of the yoga techniques will be supported by specific case examples.

Course Instructor

Katy O’Leary, MPT, RYT, earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a practicing physical therapist in sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Sports Rehabilitation Clinics in Madison. In addition, Katy is a 200-hour level Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance national organization. She completed her yoga teacher training in Alignment Yoga with a strong focus on therapeutic yoga techniques. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching group classes and private therapeutic yoga lessons in the Madison area for 8 years. Katy incorporates yoga into rehabilitation as a holistic way to move towards improved function, and looks forward to the opportunity to share these successful techniques with you.

Integrating Yoga into Rehabilitation for Effective Spinal Stabilization

10/12/19 8AM – 4PM
6.5 Contact Hours, Program #11746
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$205 before 9/10/2019 $255 after 9/10/2019

Course Description

Expand your treatment approach to provide more complete and efficient patient care. Integrating yoga into rehabilitation is effective treatment, especially for those patients who don’t fall into the traditional treatment pathways.
You will learn the basics of therapeutic yoga which can be immediately integrated into your current practice to teach effective spinal stabilization. This lab-based continuing education course will include yoga breathing techniques and motor imagery to improve control of trunk stabilizers. We will apply these concepts to yoga pose progressions, with manual cues and partner work incorporated throughout. These techniques for teaching effective postural control of the trunk will enable you to more effectively treat patients with low back pain. Evidence for the use of mind-body exercise will be presented. Practical application of the yoga techniques will be supported by specific case examples.
In addition to learning new skills to improve your patient outcomes, you may be pleasantly surprised by the effects of yoga practice on your own aches and pains!

Course Instructor

Katy O’Leary, MPT, RYT, earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a practicing physical therapist in sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital Sports Rehabilitation Clinics in Madison. In addition, Katy is a 200-hour level Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance national organization. She completed her yoga teacher training in Alignment Yoga with a strong focus on therapeutic yoga techniques. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching group classes and private therapeutic yoga lessons in the Madison area for 8 years. Katy incorporates yoga into rehabilitation as a holistic way to move towards improved function, and looks forward to the opportunity to share these successful techniques with you.

Clinical Applications of Pain Science for Manual and Movement Therapists

10/18/19 – 10/19/19 9AM – 5PM
1.4 Contact Hours, Program #11416
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$525 before 9/18/2019 $575 after 9/18/2019

Course Description

This two day course will focus on re-conceptualizing pain and manual therapy and their roles in musculoskeletal healthcare. The focus will be on how to use manual and movement techniques in a manner that is consistent with the evidence and theories of how biopsychosocial factors can impact pain and its related disability.
The course provides the opportunity to learn how modifications of traditional manual and movement therapy practices can improve patient outcomes. The course aims to decrease practitioner stress and increase confidence when working with routine and complex patients. Instructors will thoroughly discuss the science of pain and how to incorporate effective therapeutic pain management approaches into your daily practice. The course will challenge many misconceptions about pain and manual therapy as we learn the basics of utilizing a biopsychosocial framework in musculoskeletal practice.
Traditional manual and physical therapy beliefs will be challenged throughout the course to provide attendees an understanding of how a biopsychosocial approach is often more beneficial than a pathoanatomical one. Lecture, discussion, observation, practical applications and small group work will be used to emphasize key learning objectives.

Course Instructor

Eric Purves, RMT and Sarah Haag, PT, DPT, WCS, is a registered massage therapist, based in Victoria, BC Canada. In 2010, he opened Achieve Health, a multidisciplinary healthcare clinic which offers services across five different health care professions; massage therapy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and acupuncture. Eric’s main area of clinical and rehabilitation interest is ‘Persistent Pain Management’. He is a faculty member with PainBC, where he teaches workshops for RMT’s on pain management. Eric has been invited to instruct pain management strategies for manual and movement therapists, at various events throughout Canada and the US. He also sits on the executive board of the professional association’s (RMTBC) professional practice group (PPG) in pain management; where the groups goal is to provide education, research and evidence based treatments for more effective pain management strategies in the manual and movement therapies.

Sarah Haag, PT, DPT, WCS, graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. Sarah has pursued an interest in treating the spine, pelvis with a specialization in women’s and men’s health. Over the past 10 years, Sarah has seized every opportunity available to her in order to further her understanding of the human body, and the various ways it can seem to fall apart in order to sympathetically and efficiently facilitate a return to optimal function. Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the Section on Women’s Health. She went on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Masters of Science in Women’s Health from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded a Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS). Sarah also completed a Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy from the Mckenzie Institute in 2010. Sarah has completed a 200 hour Yoga Instructor Training Program, and is now a Registered Yoga Instructor. Sarah plans to integrate yoga into her rehabilitation programs, as well as teach small, personalized classes.

 

November 2019

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December 2019

Women's Health for the Non-Pelvic Health Therapist

12/13/19 – 12/14/19 8AM – 4:30PM
14 Contact Hours, Program #11734
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$525 before 11/13/2019 $575 after 11/13/2019

Course Description

This 2 day course will be a comprehensive introduction to the world of Women’s Health. Women’s Health includes more than just the pelvis, and this course will cover not just issues women are more likely to experience, but also how healthcare providers can address those issues. Pain, incontinence, dysmenorrhea, pregnancy, menopause, and female athlete triad are just some of the issues that will be addressed in this course. Bowel, bladder and sexual health will be addressed in detail, as well as basic assessment and interventions that will be within the scope of practice for participants.

Course Instructor

Sarah J. Haag, PT, DPT, WCS, Cert. MDT, RYT, graduated from Marquette University in 2002 with a Master’s of Physical Therapy. Sarah has pursued an interest in treating the spine, pelvis with a specialization in women’s and men’s health. Over the past 10 years, Sarah has seized every opportunity available to her in order to further her understanding of the human body, and the various ways it can seem to fall apart in order to sympathetically and efficiently facilitate a return to optimal function. Sarah was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) from the Section on Women’s Health. She went on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Masters of Science in Women’s Health from Rosalind Franklin University in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded a Board Certification as a specialist in women’s health (WCS). Sarah also completed a Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis Therapy from the Mckenzie Institute in 2010. Sarah has completed a 200 hour Yoga Instructor Training Program, and is now a Registered Yoga Instructor. Sarah plans to integrate yoga into her rehabilitation programs, as well as teach small, personalized classes.

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