2011 Fall Meeting


October 28 - 30, 2011
North Georgia College & State University
Health Sciences Building
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597


PTAG sincerely thanks North Georgia College and State University Department of PT, Faculty, Staff and Student Volunteers for their hospitality and hard work in making the 2011 PTAG Fall Conference successful.
The meeting was held on October 28-30, 2011 at North Georgia College & State University’s campus in Dahlonega, GA.  APTA President Dr. Scott Ward addressed the members during the Business Meeting with over 300 in attendance.  Dr. Ward also spent the afternoon addressing the students about the future of Physical Therapy.

Program & Registration 

Download a complete 2011 Fall Conference Brochure
Download a 2011 Fall Conference Schedule


2011 Fall Program at a Glance

Friday, October 28, 2011
Conference registration opens at noon.

  • 1:00pm– 5:15pm:
    “CI Education & Credentialing”
    Part 1 of 4
    (must complete all sessions for 15 hours, concludes Sunday)
    Anne Thompson, PT, EdD , Sandra Eskew Capps, PT, DPT, MHEd

Friday Meetings:

  • 5:30‐pm ‐ 7:30pm - Board Meeting

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Registration opens at 7:00AM

  • 8:00am ‐ 12:15pm
    “CI Education & Credentialing”
    Part 2 of 4
    (must complete all sessions for 15 hours, concludes Sunday)
    Anne Thompson, PT, EdD , Sandra Eskew Capps, PT, DPT, MHEd
  • 8:30am ‐ 11:45am
    "Use of Innovative Interventions for Patients with Neurological Disorders
    Stefanie Palma, PT, DPT, Med, NCS, CBIS, Terrie Millard PT, DPT, MMSc, PCS
  • 8:45am –12:00pm
    “Management of Patients with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Update 2011”

    Lori Bolgla, PT, PhD, ATC
  • 8:30am—9:30am
    SSIG Program - The Pros & Cons of "Direct Access" for Physical Therapy Services
    Panelists Include:
    Crystal Garrison, SPT
    Herb Silver, PT, DCs, MBA, ECS, OCS, Senior Clinicial, Velocity Spine and Sports Physical Therapy
    R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD, President of the APTA
    Chad Whitefield, PTA, County Commissioner, Floyd Founty; Candidate for GA Senate in 2012
    Daniel Dale, PT: Moderator
  • 3:00pm ‐ 5:30pm - Research Forum—Platform Presentations (Auditorium) followed by the poster sessions on the 3rd Floor.  Posters are to be set up before lunch and beginning at 9am.

Saturday Meetings:

  • 9:35 am—10:35am- SSIG Meeting
  • 10:40 am—11:30am- PTA SIG Meeting
  • 12:15pm— 2:10pm - Lunch, Business Meeting, Elections, Awards
  • 2:10pm—2:55 pm - Special Leadership Presentation by Scott Ward, APTA President
  • 3:00pm ‐ 4:00pm - Delegates Meeting
  • 3:00pm ‐ 4:00pm - Legislative Committee Meeting
  • 6:30pm - PAC Networking Social: Dining in Dahlonega—join us for drinks and dinner on your own at The Corkscrew Café

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Registration opens at 7:15AM

  • 8:00am ‐ 12:15pm
    “CI Education & Credentialing” Part 4 of 4
    (must complete all sessions for 15 hours, concludes Sunday)
    Anne Thompson, PT, EdD , Sandra Eskew Capps, PT, DPT, MHEd
  • 8:00am ‐ 12:15pm
    “Ethics and GA Jurisprudence for Physical Therapy Practice”
    Stefanie Palma, PT, DPT, MEd, NCS, CBIS
  • 9:45am—12:00pm
    “Evidence Based Interventions to Thrust Manipulation Techniques of the Lumbo‐Pelvic Region, a lab based session”
    Derek Clewley, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

The speakers are neither attorneys nor official representatives of the Georgia state board of physical therapy. None of the information presented is intended to provide specific legal advice for any particular individual questions about the Georgia physical therapy practice act. Only personal legal counsel or individual consultation with the state board of physical therapy can provide such assistance.

Applicable Policies

  • Cancellations: For cancellations made in writing, postmarked by October 14, 2011, individuals will receive an 80% refund of the registration fee. Refunds will not be made for cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the course date.
  • On-site Registration: On-site registration is limited. We cannot guarantee availability of seats to individuals registering on-site.
  • ADA Compliance: In compliance with the American Disabilities Act of 1990, PTAG will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at the meetings.

Recent Graduates Discount - members only

  • Recent grads will have graduated in 2010 to be eligible for a discount  for 2011 meetings
  • A $50 credit will be offered towards any course with a fee of $50 or more
  • The full $50 credit will be applied to only one course if the fee is less than $50 (it will be considered a free course)
  • The discount cannot be applied to raffle tickets, lunches, donations, etc.

GA Resident's Discount - members only
Those enrolled in an  APTA credentialed residency program are eligible for a 70% discount on PTAG Programming.  Contact the PTAG office if you are eligible for this discount.


Sponsor & Advertise

PTAG invites you to participate as a 2011 Fall Meeting Sponsor and highlight your company's support for our professional development. Download a 2011 PTAG Fall Conference & Annual Meeting Sponsorship Form. PTAG also offers the opportunity to advertise in the Conference Program Book. The Program Book is distributed to all conference attendees upon registering. Inform attendees about your service or product through advertising. Space is limited, and sponsoring firms will have first options to advertise. Non-sponsoring firms are invited to advertise based on space availability. *Note: all firms have been accommodated to date. Download a 2011 PTAG Fall Conference & Annual Meeting Program Book Advertisment Form.

Sponsorship table selection is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sponsors are expected to bring a tablecloth, as most everyone has a logo cloth they prefer to use. Sponsoring companies are invited to have two representatives stationed at their table on the day they are providing sponsorship. Sponsors are not required to be present the entire day, but PTAG is offering that opportunity for you. We want your experience to be successful. PTAG will provide lunch for two representatives from your firm. Download the PTAG Sponsorship Participation Guidelines for additional details.
Don't forget, this is not an exhibit, so pop-up displays, banners, etc., are not permitted. The agreement is to offer sponsors a table for their literature and business cards. List and label offers that are a part of the sponsorship will be distributed to sponsors after the conference when the coupon is submitted. Give-a-ways are permitted, so you may have a bowl/basket to collect business cards.

All Cancellations must be submitted in writing. A $50.00 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellation received after September 30, 2011.

Please contact the info@ptagonline.org PTAG Executive Office if you have additional questions.


Thank You Sponsors for Your Support!

Lunch Sponsor
Atlanta Prosthetics & Orthotics

Saturday Morning Continental Breakfast Sponsors
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Integra Rehab
Today in PT
Utica College

AM Break Sponsors
Benchmark Physical Therapy
Integra Rehab
Sure Step

PM Break Sponsor
Atlanta Health Solutions

Sunday Morning Continental Breakfast & Sunday AM Break Sponsor
Lower Extrenity Technoloy, Inc