imPacT 2018 Session Details

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 8:00am - 10:15am
Location: Empire Room
General Session: PTED Talks

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Speaker: Rachael Walton-Mouw, PT, DPT
Date: Fri., April 6 | Time: 8am-8:25am
Title: Creating a Hospital Nurse-Driven Mobiity Program - Why and How Physical Therapists Should Lead the Way

Description:
Learn the tools to develop an effective in-hospital Nurse-Driven Mobility Program and the important elements that should be incorporated along with tools to help implement these elements. We'll also discuss potential barriers to successful implementation of a Nurse-Driven Mobility Program and options to navigate around these barriers.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify key elements, with examples, that are needed to be incorporated in hospital mobility program. 
  • Identify key persons, professionals, and/or groups in your organization who are necessary to build a successful mobility program. 
  • Develop a systematic approach for implementing a hospital mobility program including staff education, marketing, and program assessment. 
  • Identify potential barriers that will impede success of a hospital mobility program, and be able to describe possible solutions to manage these barriers.

Speaker Bio
Rachael Walton-Mouw, PT, DPT
Graduated from North Georgia College in 1996, part of the program’s second graduating class and under the tutelage of Dr. Lynda Woodruff, with a Masters of Science and Physical Therapy degree. Upon graduating, I worked at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia and have remained on staff for 21 years primarily as a Senior Physical Therapist. While at Grady I gained an expertise in Acute Care, Ortho-Trauma, Geriatric, and Amputee Rehab. In 2014, I became a Certified Specialist in Geriatrics and then completed my transitional DPT at Alabama State University in 2015. In 2016, I transitioned to academia and am currently an Assistant Professor at University of North Georgia with teaching responsibilities in Prosthetics & Orthotics, Clinical Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Patient Care Skill, Therapeutic Modalities, and the Complex Patient.


Speaker: Andy Butler, PT
Date: Fri., April 6  | Time: 8:30am-8:55am
Title: Telestroke Robotic Rehabilitation

Description: 
Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability with an estimated 795,000 incidences in the United States annually. The aim of this study was to analyze the implementation of Home-Based Robot Telerehabilitation (HBRT) on functional outcomes and quality of life, access, utilization, cost, and participant satisfaction in stroke survivors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify goals of Tele-Stroke Robotic Rehabilitation
  • Describe home-based robotic rehabilitation for hand and foot
  • How to assess change from baseline clinical measures
  • Discuss usage and utilization of home-based robotic telerehabilitation
  • Assess satisfaction and challenges of home-based robotic telerehabilitation
  • Consider the impact of home-based telerehabilitation on increasing access to therapy
  • How to compare the cost of home-based to clinic-based robotic rehabilitation

Speaker Bio
Dr. Andy Butler, PT
is a Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the B. F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University. He has served as acting Chair of the Department of Physical since 2012.


Speaker: Katherine June, SPT
Date: Fri., April 6 | Time: 9am - 9:25am
Title: Bridges, Not Walls: Physical Therapy and the Social Justice Perspective

Description:
Health is an abstract concept and one that is not solely defined by the services provided in clinic. Healthcare is a complex system conceptually designed to meet the needs of patients. Inequities in both health and healthcare prevent provision of quality care and result in worse outcomes for patients. Part of the role of the physical therapist is to promote positive change within the many different factors that contribute to health and the healthcare system—from immigration and education to healthcare-specific concepts such as access to care. This role includes helping peers and colleagues find things that speak to them so that they, too, can establish the personal connections and experiences needed to make a difference. It is our job to work on building bridges between people and patients instead of walls. “Physical therapist” is not just a job title, but a commitment to bettering our corner of humanity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define health equity.
  • Participants will be able to identify and understand the determinants of health.
  • Participants will be able to examine and discuss the importance of volunteer involvement in promoting community health.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the role of physical therapy in reducing barriers to healthcare access.

Speaker Bio
Katherine June, SPT
is a third year DPT student at Mercer University. She holds a BA in Spanish literature and a BS in exercise science from the University of Alabama. While in PT school she has served as APTA core ambassador for the state of Georgia, as a member of the APTA professional advocacy project committee, and as president of the PTAG student network. She recently became certified as Spanish medical interpreter and hopes to work in acute care after graduation.


Speaker: Devon Gales
Date: Fri., April 6 | Time 9:30am - 9:55am
Title: The imPacT of Physical Therapy: Perspectives Of Patient And Family

Description: 
Devon Gales, Southern University football player, and mom, Tish, describe their experiences through a traumatic sporting accident and recovery.  They will highlight the impact of physical therapy on their journey and leave participants with a message of what they want every physical therapy provider to know.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the impacts of physical therapy on patients and their family members.

Speaker Bio: Devon Gales Southern University football player


Speakers: Rachael Walton-Mouw, PT, DPT; Andy Butler, PT; Katherine June, SPT; Devon Gales
Date:
 Fri., April 6 | Time: 10am - 10:15am
Tile: PTED Speakers Q&A
Description: PTED speakers take your questions

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
 
Willow Room
Speakers:
Jennifer Green-Wilson, PTStacey Zeigler, PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session: RMBP Leadership Academy Level 1 - Discover It: Discovering Leadership!

Description: 
Are you prepared to drive your career forwards in this ever-changing healthcare environment? There is a need to develop leadership within healthcare - at all levels of practice, and leadership starts with YOU! A leader influences a group of individuals to achieve a shared goal and assumes an active role towards achieving this goal.

Many times, we don’t recognize the value of developing leadership skills in our professional development as healthcare professionals. Yet, every day we work with different groups of people to achieve numerous goals collectively.

In this program, emphasis will be on identifying the compelling need for personal leadership development in healthcare - at all levels of practice, and enhancing your self-awareness as a personal leader. Participants will be encouraged to contribute to interactive discussions throughout the session.

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Isolate the need for leadership development in healthcare.
  • Define personal leadership.
  • Distinguish between managers and leaders.
  • Start to discover your own preferred personal leadership style.
  • Develop leadership development action plans.

Speaker Bio:
Jennifer Green-Wilson, PT
is a principal of the Institute for Business Literacy and Leadership (also known as the Leadership Institute); formerly the Director of the Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy (LAMP) for HPA the Catalyst of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as a former member of the Private Practice Section (PPS) Education Committee of the APTA.  Recently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of the APTA, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership, business literacy, and management in healthcare, has been invited to submit short articles for APTA’s ‘Business Sense’ section of PT in Motion, and was awarded a national research grant from the HPA Section in 2009. Additionally, she was awarded HPA the Catalyst’s LAMPLighter Leadership Award in February 2014 and Rochester Hearing and Speech’s James DeCaro Leadership Award in 2017.  Dr. Green-Wilson works with several physical therapist programs and diverse health care organizations across the country, helping to strengthen the development of practice management, business literacy, and leadership skills at entry-level and in contemporary practice.  She also serves as the Secretary (immediate past Chair) on the Board of Directors of Rochester Hearing and Speech in Rochester, New York.  Dr. Green-Wilson holds an Ed.D. degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in physical therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT earned her B.S. degree in Physical Therapy in 1994 from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Sciences, became a board certified geriatric specialist in 2001, and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in January 2005. 

With 24 years as a physical therapist, Stacey’s clinical practice background is diverse encompassing a wide variety of settings including home health, acute care, out-patient orthopedics, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and cardiopulmonary rehab. In addition to her informal leadership as a clinician, Stacey has also held formal leadership positions since 1997 including roles as the chief of physical therapy at the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Hanau, Germany, serving the Director of Rehab Services and a hospital assistant administrator in Northern New York, and currently as the owner/founder of Fun in Aging Physical Therapy, P.C. which focuses on in-home wellness and fitness programming for older adults.

In addition to her private practice, Stacey is a clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Clarkson University teaching in the areas of leadership, autonomy, professionalism, practice management, and geriatrics. She is also a national and international presenter in her areas of instruction as she is passionate about inspiring others to be a positive influence on the world through the development of leadership skills.

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
 Empire Room
Speakers: Kevin McCully & Megan Ware  

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Concurrent Session: Academic-Community Partnerships to Enhance Wellness of Disabled/Injured Populations

Description: 
The presentation will focus on exercise and wellness programs post therapy. That is, what can we do for ‘former patients’ to keep them healthy and engaged in regular exercise? One solution is to partner with Colleges and Universities. This course breakout will focus on efforts at the University of Georgia to offer a wellness program for people with chronic injuries and disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of the physical therapist within the intercollegiate sports medicine team.
  • Understand the role of problem-solving in developing a plan of care with a complex multiple-ligament knee injury.
  • Understand the role of function and sports specific testing in returning an athlete to play following injury

Speaker Bio
Dr. Kevin McCully 
is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the director of Exercise Muscle Physiology Laboratory at the University of Georgia. Dr. McCully's research is focused on developing new non-invasive approaches to studying skeletal muscle metabolism, blood flow and oxygen utilization. His laboratory focused on changes to muscle function after chronic illnesses and injuries: including spinal cord injury, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, peripheral vascular disease and heart failure. The lab is also focused on innovative methods of improving physical activity levels and exercising people with chronic illnesses and injuries. Dr. McCully has taught a course entitled: Introduction to wellness for people with disabilities for every semester since the summer of 2012. The course currently has 40 undergraduate students and 25 people with disabilities. Dr. McCully also teaches a freshmen seminar on Communicating with people with Disabilities. Dr. McCully is also on the board of directors of AIRS (Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports).

Ms. Megan Ware
is a master student who has taught the Wellness for people with disabilities course three semesters and is completing her master's thesis on the impact on caregivers of a wellness class for people with disabilities.

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
Ligotti Hall 1
Speakers: Ron Courson, 
PT,  Mike Dew, PT & Connor Norman, PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session: The Role of Physical Therapy in Intercollegiate Sports Medicine

Description:
The presenters will provide an overview of the intercollegiate sports medicine program at the University of Georgia Athletic Association, focusing on the role of the physical therapist in the intercollegiate sports setting as well as present a case study on “Complex Knee Injury in an Intercollegiate Football Player” then move to questions and answers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of the physical therapist within the intercollegiate sports medicine team.
  • Understand the role of problem-solving in developing a plan of care with a complex multiple-ligament knee injury.
  • Understand the role of function and sports specific testing in returning an athlete to play following injury

Speaker Bio:
Ron Courson, PT
serves as Senior Associate Athletic Director – Sports Medicine with the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and his physical therapy degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Ron is also a certified athletic trainer, advanced emergency medical technician, and strength and conditioning specialist. He has extensive experience in intercollegiate sports medicine as well as professional sports and Olympics.

Mike Dew, PT
serves as Director of Rehabilitation with the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and his physical therapy degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Mike is also a certified athletic trainer with extensive experience in intercollegiate sports medicine.

Connor Norman, PT, DPT
serves as an out-patient physical therapist with Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center and a physical therapy consultant with the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia where he also was captain of the football team. He received his doctorate of physical therapy degree from Belmont University. He is additionally a strength and conditioning specialist.

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
 
Ligotti Hall 2
Speakers: Christopher Brechtel
PT

Concurrent Session: 
Building a Therapy Plan of Care Using Standardized Assessments

Description:
The importance of good documentation has never been more critical. Not only does it provide a base for improved patient outcomes, it protects from financial loss. This practical program will demonstrate how to use objective standardized assessments to build a plan of care. Embracing this method of documentation will not only help guide the treatment of our patients in a clear focused manner, it will serve to provide evidence that what we are providing is beneficial. Documenting this way will help to clarify the outcomes or our patients are experiencing and prepare therapist for future payment systems that include outcomes measurements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the current regulatory environment and the impact it has on documentation
  • Identify the primary sources for best practices and understand the importance of meeting these standards.
  • Develop patient specific treatment plans and understand the expectation of each member of the team in providing clear documentation to support care and communicate patient’s condition to the team.
  • Define the importance of standardized assessment in the development of treatment plans.
  • Provide clear, concise documentation that provides for better patient outcomes.

Speaker Bio:
Christopher Brechtel, PT
, is a licensed Physical Therapist with over 19 years of clinical experience and over 15 years of management experience. In addition to managing his own business providing Mediation Services, education and program development consultation, Chris is the Long Term Care Rehabilitation Manger for a large Hospital system. He provides professional education across the country through his own business and has also been a speaker for Summit for over 2 years. Chris has extensive experience developing multidisciplinary teams to maximize care to the geriatric population in a variety of clinical settings. His Six Sigma and lean management training adds to his ability to provide and structure efficient environments to help clinicians maintain efficiency without sacrificing patient care. He has dedicated his career to working with seniors and strives to not only improve his abilities, but also encourages others to provide optimal care to this special population.

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Location:
 
Atrium
Speaker: David Taylor
PT, DPT   
Delegates Townhall Session & Lunch

Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Location:
 
Empire Room
Speaker: Anne Thompson, PT

Insightful Lecture: 
Earning the Future

Description:
In Saving Private Ryan, Captain John H. Miller's dying words to Private James Ryan are "earn this, earn it." How is that meaningful for us? This session will explore the historical roots of our profession, the evolution of the relationship between physical therapy education and clinical practice, and the changing landscape of healthcare delivery. The line most frequently attributed to Lewis Carroll actually belongs, in precise quotation, to George Harrison: "And if you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." Where is our profession going? What are the important outcomes of our efforts? This presentation will provide a platform for open discussion about how we are responsible for shaping our destiny, so that we "earn" our future and honor our commitments to the individuals and populations that we serve.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the key historical events in the development of the physical therapy profession.
  • Analyze the evolutionary relationship between physical therapy education and clinical practice.
  • Understand the key drivers of the current healthcare environment.
  • Evaluate selected paradigms of change as opportunities for the future of the physical therapy profession

Speaker Bio:
Anne Thompson, PT
earned her B.S. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary, M.S. in Physical Therapy from Duke University, and Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Georgia Southern University. She retired from Armstrong State University in December 2017, having served as a founding faculty member for the PT Program, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Department Head for Rehabilitation Sciences, and interim positions as Dean of Health Professions and university Vice President for Academic Affairs. She continues in both part-time teaching and clinical positions. Anne has served PTAG in several roles, including Membership Secretary, District Director, Vice President, and President. She is a member of the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy Board and the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy. She recently chaired the Nominating Committee for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). Additionally, she is a member of the APTA Education Section, Clinical Education Special Interest Group; Academy of Electrophysiology and Wound Care Management, and Academy of Acute Care. She is also a Federal Legislative Key Contact for APTA.

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Location: 
Willow Rm
Speakers: Jennifer Green-Wilson,
PT & Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session: RMBP Leadership Academy Level 1 - Discover It: Discovering Leadership in You

Description: 
Developing an effective leadership style is important - even if you are not a formal leader - and developing leadership skills will help you become more influential every day in practice. Leadership “styles” vary from person to person and some leadership styles are more effective than others. What kind of leader are you? Do you know your preferred leadership style?

In this program, you will continue to enhance your self-awareness as a personal leader by discovering how you tend to lead and understanding how you can lead as a member of any group. You will be provided with some practical ideas how to build an effective personal leadership style. Participants will be encouraged to contribute to interactive discussions throughout the session.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Appraise the power and potential of personal leadership.
  • Discuss effective and ineffective leadership styles in various situations.
  • Discover the link between emotional intelligence (EQ) and effective leadership.
  • Identify the competencies needed for developing emotional intelligence.
  • Discover your strengths as a leader.
  • Discover ways to build your leadership capacity as a personal leader.

Speaker Bios:
Jennifer Green-Wilson, PT is a principal of the Institute for Business Literacy and Leadership (also known as the Leadership Institute); formerly the Director of the Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy (LAMP) for HPA the Catalyst of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as a former member of the Private Practice Section (PPS) Education Committee of the APTA.  Recently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of the APTA, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership, business literacy, and management in healthcare, has been invited to submit short articles for APTA’s ‘Business Sense’ section of PT in Motion, and was awarded a national research grant from the HPA Section in 2009. Additionally, she was awarded HPA the Catalyst’s LAMPLighter Leadership Award in February 2014 and Rochester Hearing and Speech’s James DeCaro Leadership Award in 2017.  Dr. Green-Wilson works with several physical therapist programs and diverse health care organizations across the country, helping to strengthen the development of practice management, business literacy, and leadership skills at entry-level and in contemporary practice.  She also serves as the Secretary (immediate past Chair) on the Board of Directors of Rochester Hearing and Speech in Rochester, New York.  Dr. Green-Wilson holds an Ed.D. degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in physical therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 

Dr. Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT earned her B.S. degree in Physical Therapy in 1994 from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Sciences, became a board certified geriatric specialist in 2001, and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in January 2005. 

With 24 years as a physical therapist, Stacey’s clinical practice background is diverse encompassing a wide variety of settings including home health, acute care, out-patient orthopedics, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and cardiopulmonary rehab. In addition to her informal leadership as a clinician, Stacey has also held formal leadership positions since 1997 including roles as the chief of physical therapy at the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Hanau, Germany, serving the Director of Rehab Services and a hospital assistant administrator in Northern New York, and currently as the owner/founder of Fun in Aging Physical Therapy, P.C. which focuses on in-home wellness and fitness programming for older adults.

In addition to her private practice, Stacey is a clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Clarkson University teaching in the areas of leadership, autonomy, professionalism, practice management, and geriatrics. She is also a national and international presenter in her areas of instruction as she is passionate about inspiring others to be a positive influence on the world through the development of leadership skills.

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Location:
Empire Room
Speakers: Kimberly Richards, PT, DPT Amy Keating, PT, MSPT Dawn Harrison, PT, DPT  & Steven Owens, PT, MSPT

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Concurrent Session: 
Having an Impact Through Community Health Promotion Programs

Description:
This interactive workshop is designed to guide clinicians through the steps required to initiate a Community Health Promotion program as part of their practice of physical therapy. Participants will learn from our experience: what we have done and found to be successful as well as what has not worked and why. They will be given the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for outreach topics and events, create a list of potential resources in their clinic and community, and design a preliminary action plan to implement upon returning to the clinic. The Annual PT exam will also be discussed as part of a Community Wellness program. Social media and marketing strategies for outreach events will also be a part of this workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how health promotion and wellness principles impact current patients as well as how it can generate referrals for new patients and wellness clients.
  • Discuss the Annual PT exam.
  • Differentiate between a wellness exam and a traditional PT examination.
  • Learn the steps necessary to initiate and implement a Community Health Promotion program.
  • Create a resource list including people, places and information that will be involved in designing and implementing the Community Health Promotion program.
  • Create a list of topics and/or events to include in the program.
  • Formulate a social media/marketing strategy for promoting the program and events.
  • Design a preliminary action plan to implement upon returning to the clinic.

Speaker Bios:
Kimberly Richards, PT, DPT
has been a physical therapist for more than 10 years. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Her passion is health promotion and injury prevention. Kim leads wellness and injury prevention workshops and screenings for various groups in the community while also teaching as a part time instructor at Georgia State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Amy Keating, PT, MSPT
has been a physical therapist since 2006. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Amy was a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) where she worked in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities which led to her passion for general and geriatric outpatient care and her specialty in geriatrics and vestibular rehabilitation.

Dawn Harrison, PT, DPT
has been a physical therapist for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience in rehabilitation and is passionate about injury prevention and promoting physical therapy first in addition to health and wellness.

Steven Owens, PT, MSPT
has more than ten years of experience as a physical therapist.  As a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certified in Functional Dry Needling, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA Level 1) and credentialed in The McKenzie Method, Steven’s passion is treating endurance athletes and he enjoys tackling complex spine issues. Steven leads running injury prevention workshops in the community.

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Location:
Ligotti Hall 1
Speakers: Scott Lowe, 
PT, DPT & Daniel Mackie, PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session: 
Promotion of Mobility in the Physical Therapy Patient with Chronic Pain

Description:
Promotion of mobility in those patients with chronic or high level pain can be challenging, due to neuromuscular control deficits and fear-avoidance. The objective of this session is to provide clinicians with immediately applicable elements to address the affective, educational and physical elements of these scenarios. Pain science education will be covered in depth including theoretical background and educational methods for patients. Presenters will also discuss different uses of manual and therapeutic exercise elements which have been found useful in this population to gain functional mobility and patient autonomy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basic mechanisms of chronic pain and centralization
  • Learn and Practice methods of patient education with use of relatable verbiage and use of non-threatening wording
  • Be familiar with use and interpretation of commonly used standardized measures of kinesiophobia and fear-avoidance behaviours
  • Gain skills in different manual therapy and therapeutic exercise elements beneficial in promotion of mobility, reduction of symptoms and improvement of patient autonomy.

Speaker Bios: 
Scott W. Lowe, PT, DPT
is a Physical Therapist and Clinical Director in Holly Springs Georgia practicing in Orthopedics. He is a Board-Certified specialist in Orthopedics and has certifications and advanced training in Functional Movement, Sports Medicine, Workplace Assessment/Ergonomics and Functional Capacity Evaluation. He has presented previously at State-Level conferences on topics of functional testing and training. He is a member of the Orthopedic and Research sections of the APTA.

Daniel Mackie, PT, DPT
is a physical therapist at BenchMark Physical Therapy in Holly Springs, GA. He graduated with a DPT in 2009 from Georgia State University and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2011 after completing his residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at Mercer University. He has served as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Instructor for Mercer University's Department of Physical Therapy and as a Guest Lecturer at Georgia State University's Department of Physical Therapy. He has presented lectures to entry level physical therapy students on applied anatomy, neuromusculoskeletal interventions and dry-needling. He has been a member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia since 2009. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists since 2009. In clinical practice, he has extensive experience with treatment for Spine and Chronic Pain conditions as well as general orthopedic and sports related injuries.

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Date: Fri., April 6 | Session Time: 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Location: 
Ligotti Hall 2
Speaker: Jennith Bernstein, 
PT, DPT

Concurrent Session: 
Optimizing the Ride: How Manual Wheelchair Configuration Enhances Function

Description:
Throughout this course, plan to review classic and new literature to identify the benefits and potential drawbacks of chair configuration, manual wheelchair measurements and geometry, as well as the influence of accessories to the overall function and utilization of a manual wheelchair as an extension of the rider. This course will also review outcome measures that can be utilized to support and evaluate effectiveness of adjustment that you took the time to make. Ultimate take away is how your choices and measurements and equipment section are influencing success of MRALS, life satisfaction and overall participation and independence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify three configuration techniques that can be utilized to create stability and function from a manual wheelchair
  • List components of a custom manual chair which are require for safe, efficient and independent functional mobility
  • Describe how current research can help to guide appropriate device prescription for successful life-long mobility.

Speaker Bio:
Jennith Bernstein, PT, DPT
has been a practicing PT for 12 years and spent the last 10 years at a model SCI center (Shepherd Center) in Atlanta, Georgia. Jennith completed her Masters in Physical Therapy at North Georgia College & State University and return to complete her transitional DPT at University of Texas Medical Branch in 2014. While at Shepherd Center, Jennith, initiated a “Seating Champion” program to improve the inpatient and day program clinicians understanding of complex seating, pressure management and skin protection as well as research reviews, advanced programming and adjustments. She was also part of a center wide multidisciplinary focus group for reduction of hospital acquired skin breakdown. Jennith has served as a volunteer teacher at the Universidad Mariano Galvez in Guatemala, instructing spinal cord injury curriculum as well as seating and mobility. Jennith has presented at national conferences such as RESNA, ISS, and the APTA NEXT conference. Jennith joined Permobil as the Clinical Education Manager for the Central Region in 2016.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: 
Empire Room
Speakers: Jennifer Green-Wilson, 
PT & Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT

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General Session: RMBP Leadership Academy:
Harnessing Intergenerational Collaboration: The Power of Dynamic Mentoring

Description: 
Generational diversity is rapidly changing workforce dynamics and teamwork in physical therapy. Even though each generation - the Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials - has different viewpoints, approaches, priorities, and styles of communicating and interacting, there are shared characteristics across all generations that can be harnessed to create collaborative, high performing teams.

Igniting two-way leadership through dynamic mentoring will intentionally and proactively leverage generational strengths and differences, and therefore give engaged healthcare teams the competitive edge needed to advance clinical practice and achieve operational excellence.

In this program, emphasis will be on identifying the compelling need for intergenerational collaboration, mentoring and the many benefits to be gained. You will be provided with some practical strategies how to build effective ‘two-way leadership’ relationships in physical therapy. Participants will be encouraged to contribute to interactive discussions throughout the session.

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the need for intergenerational teamwork and collaboration in healthcare.
  • Define generational diversity.
  • Understand generational differences.
  • Discuss ways to harness generational strengths.
  • Discuss mentoring as an effective ‘two-way leadership’ approach.
  • Establish action plans.

Speaker Bios:
Jennifer Green-Wilson, PT is a principal of the Institute for Business Literacy and Leadership (also known as the Leadership Institute); formerly the Director of the Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy (LAMP) for HPA the Catalyst of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as a former member of the Private Practice Section (PPS) Education Committee of the APTA.  Recently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of the APTA, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership, business literacy, and management in healthcare, has been invited to submit short articles for APTA’s ‘Business Sense’ section of PT in Motion, and was awarded a national research grant from the HPA Section in 2009. Additionally, she was awarded HPA the Catalyst’s LAMPLighter Leadership Award in February 2014 and Rochester Hearing and Speech’s James DeCaro Leadership Award in 2017.  Dr. Green-Wilson works with several physical therapist programs and diverse health care organizations across the country, helping to strengthen the development of practice management, business literacy, and leadership skills at entry-level and in contemporary practice.  She also serves as the Secretary (immediate past Chair) on the Board of Directors of Rochester Hearing and Speech in Rochester, New York.  Dr. Green-Wilson holds an Ed.D. degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in physical therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 

Dr. Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT earned her B.S. degree in Physical Therapy in 1994 from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Sciences, became a board certified geriatric specialist in 2001, and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in January 2005. 

With 24 years as a physical therapist, Stacey’s clinical practice background is diverse encompassing a wide variety of settings including home health, acute care, out-patient orthopedics, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and cardiopulmonary rehab. In addition to her informal leadership as a clinician, Stacey has also held formal leadership positions since 1997 including roles as the chief of physical therapy at the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Hanau, Germany, serving the Director of Rehab Services and a hospital assistant administrator in Northern New York, and currently as the owner/founder of Fun in Aging Physical Therapy, P.C. which focuses on in-home wellness and fitness programming for older adults.

In addition to her private practice, Stacey is a clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Clarkson University teaching in the areas of leadership, autonomy, professionalism, practice management, and geriatrics. She is also a national and international presenter in her areas of instruction as she is passionate about inspiring others to be a positive influence on the world through the development of leadership skills.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location:
Empire Room
Speaker: Lawrence Ramiscal, 
PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session
: Pectoralis Minor: The Forgotten Link in Managing Subacromial Impingement Syndrome

Description:
This presentation highlight the contribution of pectoralis minor muscle (Pm) in patients diagnosed with subacromial impingement syndrome (SAIS) and the physical therapy management of SAIS with the focus to the pectoralis minor using manual therapy approach. The lecture part will include the following: Review of anatomy and biomechanical contribution of Pm to normal as well as abnormal shoulder kinematics leading to SAIS in the presence of an impaired (tight or short) Pm will be discussed. There will be a brief review of the literature supporting the relationship of Pm and SAIS including treatment directed to Pm in managing patients with SAIS. The laboratory session will include the following: An impairment-based management of SAIS will be presented including various exercises and manual therapy appropriate to regions potentially contributing, whether directly or indirectly, to SAIS with emphasis on the specific treatment directed to the Pm using a novel manual therapy technique in simultaneously mobilizing the scapulothoracic joint while stretching the Pm.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the relationship and contribution of a short or tight Pm in the abnormal shoulder kinematics leading to SAIS.
  • Participants will appreciate the lack of common guideline in stretching a tight Pm.
  • Participants will learn a novel manual therapy technique effective in stretching the Pm muscle.
  • Participants will also learn an impairment-based approach in managing SAIS including exercises and manual therapy appropriate to other regions to address overall poor, slouched, and forward head posture.

Speaker Bio:
Lawrence Ramiscal, PT, DPT
earned his BS in Physical Therapy from University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines in 1997 and his DPT from Chatham University in 2010. He completed his certification in orthopedic manual therapy through MAPS (COMT) in 2003 and University of St. Augustine (MTC) in 2006. He became an OCS in 2007 and renewed recently in 2017. He completed his fellowship training through The Manual Therapy Institute earning full Fellow status (FAAOMPT) in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2009. Lawrence is also a USA Olympic Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach and a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate holder since 2012. He has more than 2 decades of outpatient orthopedic clinical experience in which 11 years as owner of a successful private practice in NJ. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physical Therapy at Augusta University where he is also currently pursuing his PhD in Applied Health Sciences. He is co-owner and Program Director of Center for Orthopedic & Manual Therapy Studies and the current Vice President of the Philippine Association of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 1

Concurrent 5x5 Sessions - Managing Pain 
Knee Osteoarthritis: Prediction & Prevention | Jim Lewis, PT, DPT
Impairment Based Approach to PT Diagnosis to Direct Treatment | Jake Irwin, PT
Manual Therapy & Presistent Pain | Tyler Miller, PT, DPT
Perceived Barriers/Pain Neuroscience | Sarah Webster, PT, DPT & Keri Rogers, PT, DPT
Utilization of Manual Therapy to the Lumbar Spine | Zachary Walston, PT, DPT
Dry Needling for Chronic Low Back Pain | Brandi Dotson, PT, DPT

Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 1
Title
: Knee Osteoarthritis: Prediction & Prevention - Jim Lewis  PT, DPT

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Description: 
Discuss the pathology of knee OA relating to current histology and recent research related to early diagnosis and preventative options by the physical therapist.

Learning Objectives:

  • Comprehend pathogenesis of knee OA and current predictive risk factors.
  • Understand use of stimulus-response model in working with client with knee OA.
  • Relate evaluative use of gait kinematics to risk factors associated with developing knee OA.

Speaker Bio: Dr. James (Jim) Lewis, PT, DPT graduated in 1988 from the University of Georgia majoring in exercise and sports science and obtaining his certification and license as an athletic trainer. He obtained his PT degree from Georgia State University graduating in 1990 and has been practicing PT for 27 years in the out-patient setting currently at A Step Ahead Physical Therapy and the Brenau Rehabilitation Practice. He completed his DPT from Boston University in January of 2007 and began his teaching career at Georgia State University in May of 2010. He currently is teaching at Brenau University as an associate professor teaching gross and functional anatomy, musculoskeletal disorders, radiology, prosthetics and professional development. He is a member of American Physical Therapy Association, Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Research interests include cadaver studies as related to clinical orthopaedic pathologies and prevention/wellness.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 1
Title
: Impairment Based Approach To PT Diagnosis To Direct Treatment - Jake Irwin, PT, DPT

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Description: 
Lecture to cover history of medical and physical therapy diagnosis from early days through the use of the Guide to PT practice. An impairment based approach will be introduced that directs patient specific rehabilitation followed by lab practice using low back pain as an example model for the approach.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the history of diagnosis in medicine and physical therapy with special attention given to recent attempts to adjust diagnostic strategies to better fit the profession of physical therapy.
  • Participants will also be asked to consider an alternate philosophy intended to direct treatment as opposed to provide an algorithmic approach to diagnosis commonly found in the medical model.
  • Practice techniques to implement this strategy specific to LBP

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jacob Irwin, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC earned his Bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 1999 and his Doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) in 2002 from the University of Southern California. Additionally, Dr. Irwin earned his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine in May of 2005, and became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 2016. Dr. Irwin founded Pro Performance Therapy in 2007, which now consists of four offices in the north metro Atlanta area. His patients include college and professional athletes in sports from football and baseball, to tennis and soccer, and golf, as well as professional dancers, college gymnasts and cheerleaders. Most recently, Dr. Irwin began providing rehabilitation services to the United States bobsled team while on the world cup tour in North America and Europe. Dr. Irwin serves on the faculty at Georgia State University as a clinical assistant professor. Jake is noted for coining the term “kinesiophylic,” meaning “motion-loving” to describe an attribute of synovial joints that is fundamental to their treatment in physical therapy.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 1
Title
: Manual Therapy & Persistent Pain - Tyler Miller, PT, DPT

Description: 
The purpose of this 5x5 project is to present manual therapy along with therapeutic neuroscience education as a relevant adjunct treatment when treating patients with persistent pain. The 5x5 project will address the current evidence on manual therapy and its role in treat chronic pain. The 5x5 project will explore and discuss the topics in order to enhance treatment of patients in persistent pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to identify the impact of persistent pain in health and in the realm of physical therapy
  • Understand the current evidence on manual therapy
  • Understand the current role manual therapy can play in treatment of patients with persistent pain
  • Understand how to shift manual therapy from biomechanical explanations to neurophysiological explanations.

Speaker Bio: Tyler Miller, PT, DPT, COMT is currently a fellow in training for the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, He received his COMT through Institute of Advance Musculoskeletal Treatments in 2017. Doctorate of Physical Therapy awarded in 2014 through Belmont University. Bachelor of Science and Education in Exercise Science from University of Tennessee in 2010.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 1
Title
: Perceived Barriers to Implementing Pain Neuroscience Education in an Outpatient Physical Therapy Setting - Sarah Webster PT, DPT & Keri Rogers, PT, DPT

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Description: 
Pain sciences is an intervention for those who have chronic pain conditions. It is emerging within the research as an adjunct to typical physical therapy interventions. However, while the research supports this interventions it is slow to enter the outpatient therapy setting. We seek to understand why and what barriers exist when implementing neuroscience pain education as to further advance the profession.

Learning Objectives:

  • To educate physical therapists on the attitudes and beliefs that impact implementation of pain sciences as an intervention in an outpatient physical therapy setting.
  • To define barriers of a group of therapists surveyed on their beliefs regarding pain sciences as an intervention

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Sarah Webster PT, DPT, OCS, Fellow-in-Training
earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia PA. She completed the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency with Evidence in Motion in 2013 and is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. After residency, she received training in Dry Needling from BenchMark Rehab Institute. She is currently pursuing advanced manual therapy skill as a Fellow-in-training with the BenchMark Rehab Institute Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. In this role, she currently instructs BRI residents and students in manual therapy skills and dry needling. She is a member of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Dr. Webster’s treatment approach involves the latest research and manual techniques to improve pain and return function as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Dr. Keri Rogers PT, DPT, OCS, Fellow-in-Taining earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Michigan. She completed the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency with Evidence in Motion in 2012 and is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. After residency, she received training in Dry Needling from BenchMark Rehab Institute. She is currently pursuing advanced manual therapy skill as a Fellow-in-training with the BenchMark Rehab Institute Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. In this role, she currently instructs BRI residents and students in manual therapy skills and dry needling. She is a member of the Orthopedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Dr. Rogers takes a special interest in vestibular rehab, neck and UE rehab, and education on sports training and concussions


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 1
Title
: Utilization of Manual Therapy to the Lumbar Spine for Individuals with Bilateral Lower Extremity CRPS - Zachary Walston,PT, DPT

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Description: 
This presentation will cover the treatment of two patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome type 1 (CRPS-1). The presentation will briefly review current evidence for treatment of this patient population. It will then outline the potential benefts of utilizing manual thearpy directed to the lumbar spine. A description and history of two patients suffering from CRPS-1 will be provided. The presentation will explore the treatment strategies utilized and discuss the plan of care development. It will conclude with a review of the outcomes and assess for potential future research needed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a relationship between distal lower extremity symptoms of CRPS and the lumbar spine while displaying the feasibility of utilizing manual therapy to the lumbar spine when treating patients with lower extremity CRPS.
  • Have understanding of potential neurophysiological effects of spinal manipulation and mobilization on patients with CRPS-1
  • Review plan of care development for patients with CRPS in outpatient physical therapy setting

Speaker Bio: Dr. Zach Walston PT, DPT, OCS is the National Director of Quality and Research at PT Solutions. Dr. Walston earned his BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He then received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University. While at Emory, Dr. Walston received the Johnnie Morgan Award for Excellence in Clinical Science. He is a graduate of PT Solution’s Orthopaedic Residency Program. In his time at PT Solutions, he has lead operations for a region comprising of 10 clinics, been published in Journal of Orthopedic and Sport Physical Therapy, and presented 13 posters at Combined Sections Meeting. His current primary roles comprise of overseeing research efforts at PT Solutions, recruiting for and full-time teaching in the residency program, and develop quality improvement initiatives throughout the practice. He has presented at numerous universities in both graduate and undergraduate settings. He is a member of the Orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves on the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia leadership committee.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 1
Title
: Dry Needling as an Adjunct Intervention in Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Low Back Pain - Brandi Dotson, PT, DPT

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Description: 
The purpose of this case series was to report on the effects of dry needling as an adjunct treatment approach to usual care in three patients with acute exacerbation of chronic low back pain. Three patients with recent flare up of chronic low back pain were recruited from a physical therapy clinic in Cartersville, Ga. In addition to therapeutic exercises, patient education and manual therapy, subjects received 4-7 sessions of in situ dry needling to trigger points and paravertebral points. Outcomes including the following were assessed at intake and discharge: Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO), Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS), Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), lumbar range of motion, hip range of motion, and perceived disability. The outcomes of this case series imply that dry needling used in conjunction with patient education, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise may be a more effective treatment option for patients with acute episodes of chronic low back pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Audience will be able to define and explain the mechanism behind dry needling.
  • Audience will understand before and after outcomes of FOTO, ODI and NPRS for 3 subjects.
  • Audience will understand why dry needling in conjunction with usual care may be a more effective treatment option for patients with acute episodes of chronic low back pain

Speaker Bio: Brandi Dotson, PT, DPT is a Colorado native who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor's in Exercise Science in 2013. Went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2016. Completed an Orthopaedic Residency with PT Solutions in 2017. Brandi currently works for PT Solutions where she treats patients of all ages and a variety of neuro-musculoskeletal pathologies. Her passion is orthopedics and pediatrics. She prides herself on her ability to connect with patients and make them feel comfortable through the rehab process. 

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 2

Concurrent 5x5 Sessions - Neuro/Peds
Stairclimbing: Rehab Benefits for Parkinson's Disease | Christy Brimmer, PT, DPT
Sensory Changes Following Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy | Kathye Light, PT
Together We Run | Tammy Buck, PT, DPT
Presence of Bacteria | Mary Ellen Oesterle, PT, Kimberlyn Wilson, SPT, Jacob Flint, SPT
Measurement & Rater Reliability-Range of Motion in Infants | Kimberly Castle, PT

Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 2
Title
:
Knee Stairclimbing: Rehabilitation Benefits For Those With Parkinson's Disease - Christy Brimmer, PT, DPT

Description: 
Movement disorders associated with Parkinsons Disease (PD) are routinely reported to include hypokinesia, bradykinesia and freezing. Although general assumptions are often reported that individuals with PD will have difficulty with stairs, others report ease with stairs. An interesting and controversial research observation by Narabayashi and Nakamura was that although individuals with Parkinson's disease could not walk freely over level flooring, they were capable of walking up and down stairs easily. Freeman et al. also reported that stairclimbing appeared to help individuals with PD suppress "freezing" and sustain locomotion. Therapists may consider stair-climbing as a reciprocal movement similar to level-walking but demanding greater muscle strength and better balance control. This impression of "harder stair-climbing", however, may not hold true for individuals with PD. Stairs may serve as external visual cues of stepping targets for individuals with PD, and external cues have been reported helpful for improving gait among individuals with PD. The purpose of this study was to examine the ease of stairclimbing when compared to level walking for individuals with PD.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the difference between absolute timing and relative timing for gait.
  • Differentiate between the concept of movement difficulty related to strength versus coordination for those with PD.
  • Discuss the role of stairclimbing in the rehabilitation of individuals with PD.

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Christy Brimmer, PT, DPT
joined Brenau University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program August 2016. She is a board certified Neurological Clinical Specialist. She has 16 years of clinical experience working primarily in acute trauma and neurological rehabilitation.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 2
Title
:
Sensory Changes following Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy - Kathye Light, PT

Description: 
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) for rehabilitation post-stroke is an established intervention for the treatment of upper-extremity recovery. The improvement in motor function, spontaneous use, and actual use following the intense treatment of 2 weeks of CIMT are well documented in the research literature. The cortical connection between the primary motor cortex and primary sensory cortex as well as other neural interconnections would appear to offer the probability that sensation could be altered when motor control is altered following CIMT. The purpose of this study was to examine the cutaneous sensation of the index and small fingers of the paretic hand in subjects trained with 2 weeks of intense CIMT and to explore the relationship of sensory return to the amount of motor recovery in fine motor skills of the hand.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain basic CIMT.
  • Discuss the general benefits of CIMT.
  • Explore the rationale for possible sensory changes with intense motor rehabilitation post-stroke.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kathye Light, PT is the Chair and Professor of the Brenau University Physical Therapy Department. Dr. Light is an experienced academic, researcher and clinician with work emphasis in neurorehabilitation and geriatrics. Dr. Light has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded a number of grants, including NIH funding for her work.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 2
Title
:
Together We Run: Promoting Health and Fitness for Adolescents with Disabilities - Tammy Buck, PT, DPT

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Description: This presentation will outline the need for community programs for persons with disabilities to promote health and fitness; describe the program of Together We Run; and discuss the outcomes including success and challenges for the future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the need for community programs to promote health and fitness for people who have disabilities.
  • Appreciate how physical therapists are integral for promoting health and fitness.
  • Describe the training program to prepare for a 5k race.
  • Discuss the outcomes of the program.

Speaker Bio: Tammy Buck, PT, DPT, PCS is an Assistant Professor at Brenau University with 25+ years of clinical pediatric practice. She developed Together We Run, a community program for adolescents with disabilities and has a passion to promote a lifetime of fitness for all people.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 2
Title
:
Presence of Bacteria and Fungi in Therapeutic Ball Pits - Mary Ellen Oesterle, PT, Kimberlyn Wilson, SPT, Jacob Flint, SPT

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Description: 
This presentation will present a study that was done on Bacteria and Fungi in Therapeutic Ball Pits

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to understand the types and implications of bacteria and fungi that may be in therapeutic ball pits.
  • Be able to determine the cleaning agents that might be effective for the cleaning of therapeutic ball pits.
  • Be able to understand the risk for infection in therapeutic ball pits.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Mary Ellen Oesterle, PT, EdD is the Head of the Physical Therapy Program at UNG. She has degrees in Biology from Purdue University, Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, and MS and EdD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Oesterle has been a Physical Therapist for over 40 years and has in taught for 20 years in PT programs including East Carolina University, Medical College of Georgia and UNG. She has published over 15 peer reviewed articles and presented at over 30 conferences. Dr. Oesterle has done extensive clinical work in orthopedics and pediatrics and teaches kinesiology and therapeutic exercise at UNG. Her research areas include, delayed onset muscle soreness, ultrasound and posture.

Kimberlyn Wilson, SPT is a 3rd year DPT student at the University of North Georgia.  She was born and raised in Round Oak, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia graduating with a BSEd in Exercise and Sport Science.  Her physical therapy interests include pediatrics and sports.  She is especially interested in providing proper prevention and return to sport for pediatric athletes, especially in underserved areas.  She is a former competitive gymnast reaching Level 9 and a current competitive gymnastics coach.


Jacob Flint, SPT: Coming Soon



Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Ligotti Hall 2
Title
:
Measurement and Rater Reliability of Active Cervical Lateral Flexion Range of Motion in Infants - Kimberly Castle, PT

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Description: 
This is a presentation of the latest in a series of studies on establishment of a clinically-feasible, reliable and valid method of measuring active neck motion in infants. This is particularly important in infants with congenital muscular torticollis with whom current clinical practice is to visually appraise or "eyeball" the range of motion. This is particularly a problem in cervical lateral flexion where one has to account for the relationship between the shoulder and head because of the dual sternocleidomastoid attachments. One or more studies (depending on the presentation format) will be presented leading to an affordable clinical method of measurement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will describe the tools that exist for measurement of adult active cervical range of motion, infant neck posture and infant passive cervical range of motion stating the reasons that each cannot be used to measure infant active cervical range of motion.
  • Participants will be able to discuss progress that has been made in measuring infant active cervical range of motion to date.
  • Potential future research in this area will be discussed.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kimberly Castle, PT is an associate professor in the Physical Therapy Department in the College of Health Sciences and Professions at the University of North Georgia (UNG) where she teaches neuroanatomy & neuroscience, pediatric and adult neurological therapy courses. At UNG, Dr. Castle has also been involved in a program involving the creation of unique devices to assist adults and children with special needs. She has extensive experience teaching in physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse prior to relocating to Dahlonega in 2016. Dr. Castle’s physical therapy practice has focused on pediatrics and adult neurological rehabilitation. In La Crosse, she had a private practice in intensive therapy for children which she would like to re-establish in Georgia. Her research interests are in the area of congenital muscular torticollis and physical therapy interventions for children with neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Finally, Dr. Castle has brought a program of dance for children with special needs to the area entitled, “DanceAbilities” that is run once a semester with DPT student involvement.

Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Oconee River

Concurrent 5x5 Sessions - Innovative Practice
Development & Reliability Testing of COLD | Haley Worst, PT, DPT & Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT
Interregional Dependence/Temporomandibular Disorder | Jessica Bivins, PT, DPT

Effects of Fatigue/Foot Strike | Laura Sullivan, SPT & Brittany Spaid
Dancer w/Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) | Ann MacDougall, SPT

Paddle Boarding Aquatic Therapy w/Pediatric Patients | Alyssa Walz, PT, DPT
Say Squat!! | Karyn Staples, PT


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Oconee River
Title
:
Development & Reliability Testing of Change of Lateral Direction Test (COLD) for Rehabilitation Progression & Criteria for Return to Sport - Haley Worst, PT, DPT & Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT

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Description: 
This session will discuss the development of the Change of Lateral Direction Test (COLD) test. We will report the test-retest and intra- and inter-rater reliability for the COLD test. We will also provide normative data for healthy college aged subjects performing the COLD test

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the development of a novel COD test to determine progression of rehabilitation in preparation for return to sport
  • Discuss the reliability of the COLD test
  • Discuss the importance of including agility training and testing for athletes in rehabilitation to determine when the athlete is safe tor return to sport.

Speaker Bios:
Haley Worst, PT, DPT, OCS
is an assistant professor at Armstrong State University. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She earned a Bachelor's of Biology and Masters of Physical Therapy from North Georgia College & State University. She then earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University. Dr. Worst is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Nancy Henderson, PT, DPT, OCS is an assistant professor at Armstrong State University. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Modern Languages with a concentration in Spanish from Longwood University. Afterwards, she earned her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2002 and completed her Transitional Doctorate degree from Elon in 2004. She is currently enrolled in a full time PhD program at Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Henderson is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Oconee River
Title
:
Interregional Dependence Model For Temporomandibular Disorder - Jessica Bivins PT, DPT

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Description: 
This presentation describes the interregional effects in which Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) can manifest. This is a case series of 3 patients that are clinically diagnosed with Cervicalgia, however, present with underlying TMD upon further examination. This study suggest that manual therapy, postural strengthening exercises and cervical and/or thoracic manipulation are effective ways to treat TMD. The purpose of this case series is to determine the effects of an interregional algorithmic approach to successfully treat TMD and strengthen evidence based practice for TMD treatment.

Learning Objectives: 

  • To identify the symptoms that present as Temporomandibular Disorder that require further screening.
  • To provide manual therapy techniques and treatment protocol that reduce TMD pain.
  • To introduce cervical irritability algorithmic approach for postural stabilization.

Speaker Bio: Jessica Bivins PT, DPT a native of Orlando, FL, and a first generation college student in my family. As an high school athlete, I torn my ACL but in that event, I found my purpose to be a physical therapist. I earned an athletic scholarship to Georgia Southwestern State University where I completed my bachelor of Exercise Science degree. I pursued my Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Florida A&M University. Recently, I gained further knowledge and experience completing an Orthopedic Residency at PT Solutions in Atlanta, GA. In my free, I like to watch movies, spend time with family/friends and travel.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Oconee River
Title
:
The Effects of Fatigue on Foot Strike in Recreational Runners - Laura Sullivan, SPT & Brittany Spaid

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Description:
 Laura Sullivan & Brittany Spaid 2nd year students at Armstrong State University, are currently conducting a study to assess the effects of fatigue on foot strike in recreational runners. Data collection is ongoing, but they have currently found no significant change before and after the point of fatigue in the pool of participants. They are also looking at other demographic factors in recreational runners that may influence a change in foot strike. Their goal with this study is to find significant correlation between fatigue and foot strike with hopes to reveal data that could be useful in the future for injury prevention in recreational runners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the definitions and principles of neuroplasticity
  • Rationalize why current and future PTs should be prepared to apply cutting-edge rehabilitation technologies to their clinical practice
  • List the advantages of utilizing technological tools to provide real-time biofeedback regarding task performance during gait retraining
  • Summarize the advantages and future clinical implications of tele-rehabilitation
  • List examples and mechanisms of 2 neuro-modulation treatments that have applications for stroke rehabilitation

Speaker Bio: 
Laura Sullivan SPT
is a second-year physical therapy student at Armstrong State University. She completed a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation science at Armstrong as well. She is an avid runner and works at a running store in downtown Savannah. She has participated in several half-marathons and various 5k/10k races. Laura plans to complete her first marathon as soon as she graduates.

Brittany Spaid is a second year student in Armstrong State University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She is from a small town in middle Georgia called Metter. Brittany graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in entomology before entering the PT program. She enjoys hunting and long-distance cycling.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Oconee River
Title
:
Dancer with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS): Focus on the Movement System - Ann MacDougall, SPT

Description:
This case study hypothesizes that an emphasis on proximal hip stability for improved lower extremity mechanics at the knee and ankle may reduce symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome in female ballet dancers. The intervention approach utilized in this case study highlights the importance of knowledge of dance biomechanics as well as incorporation of dance-specific movements for full functional return to sport.

Learning Objective:

  • Describe a multimodal and sport-specific rehabilitation approach emphasizing movement coordination impairments to manage patellofemoral pain syndrome in an adolescent female dancer.
  • Highlight how movement coordination impairments and associated contributing factors affect lower extremity dance biomechanics and may drive patellofemoral pain.
  • Understanding biomechanics of dance involved in classical ballet technique and compensatory movement strategies

Speaker Bio: Ann MacDougall, SPT is a 3rd year DPT student at Mercer University and UGA alumnus. Her long-term clinical affiliation with Motion Stability Physical Therapy, specialists in the performing arts, had a large focus on understanding movement system impairments and factors that may influence dance biomechanics.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Oconee River
Title
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Paddle Boarding Aquatic Therapy with Pediatric Patients - Alyssa Walz, PT, DPT

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Description: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a non-progressive neurological condition that causes motor dysfunction in these children manifesting problems with motor planning, isolating voluntary muscle movements, and gross motor skills.1-3 Motor impairments can cause these children to have decreased physical activity and difficulty performing sports with their age-related peers. 4 Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is a novel exercise activity that has been theorized to provide effective strengthening, balance training, and endurance.5-7 This sport provides a unique outdoor opportunity to help motivate patients’ attendance to therapy. To the best of our knowledge, there is no research investigating the effectiveness and/or implementation of SUP aquatic therapy (SUPAT) as an intervention in children with CP. This case study examined the value of SUPAT on 2 adolescent females with CP. It was hypothesized that these children would improve balance, improve strength and reduce falls.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the value of stand up paddle boarding aquatic therapy. 
  • Demonstrate understanding how to utilize stand up paddle boarding aquatic therapy for children with cerebral palsy.
  • Describe the variety of stand up paddle boarding interventions.

Speaker Bio: Alyssa D Walz, PT, DPT received her DPT in 2014 from Georgia State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. She completed a long term internship at Tender Ones Therapy Services where she discovered her love and passion for working with children and has worked at TOTS ever since. She has therapy experience in intensive therapy, early intervention, and aquatic therapy. In addition, Alyssa works for Integrated Therapy Services providing outpatient aquatic therapy for adults. Alyssa co-founded paddle boarding aquatic therapy at the lake in summer of 2015. Alyssa is the Assistant Academic Clinical Coordinator at Georgia State University and has some teaching experience at GSU. She co-founded and is president Eduglobal Alumni Advisory Board which mentors students in international clinical education. In addition, she served on a medical physical therapy mission trip to Nicaragua in 2017. Currently, she is studying to take Pediatric Specialty Exam in 2019.


Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 9:15am - 10:15am
Location: Oconee River
Title
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Say Squat?!?! - Karyn Staples, PT

Description: This interactive workshop is designed to explore the squat movement and how certain exercise sequences incorporate all the necessary components to perform a perfect squat.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the skeletal alignment needed for a proper squat
  • Define a proper squat
  • Understand the relationship between skeletal alignment and muscle activation
  • Demonstrate in and out of proper squat alignment

Speaker Bio: Karyn Staples PT, PhD, PMA-CPT is a Pilates Certified Teacher and a Physical Therapist with 20 years of clinical and teaching experience. Driven by her passion for creating an environment focused on wellness and optimal health, Karyn founded ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio (Peachtree City, Georgia) in 2005. Her extensive education, knowledge, experience in the field has forged the path for her personal growth and development along with educating and mentoring other practitioners. Karyn’s unique ability to combine interesting thought provoking lectures with practical demonstrations enables the participant to effectively integrate foundational concepts into their daily work.

Karyn discovered Pilates while attending the University of Evansville (Evansville, IN) after reading Brooke Siler’s book, The Pilates Body, as she was seeking change in her exercise routine. The further she delved into the work the greater connection she saw with her physical therapy profession. While attending Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions for her PhD work in Orthopedics and Sports Science, she completed her comprehensive Pilates teacher training through Polestar® Pilates Education. This credential allowed her to complete her dissertation in April 2011 utilizing Pilates (The Effect of Standing Pilates on the Aging Female Population). Her Pilates background continues to be multi-lineage. She has been a presenter at the Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates on Tour (Balanced Body), Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, Emory University Physical Therapy Department, and University of Evansville Physical Therapy Department. She also serves as a clinical mentor to physical therapy students and orthopedic physical therapy residents. As a mother of two children (10 and 8), she continues to promote a healthy lifestyle to our next generation with programming at her office, small research projects, and community outreach.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 10:45am - 12:45pm
Location: 
Willow Room
Speakers: Jennifer Green-Wilson,
PT & Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session: RMBP Leadership Academy Level 2 - Share It: Leading Others as a Positive Influence: Engaging, Transforming & Igniting Teams!

Description: 
Are you facing complex and endless demands that require you to adapt and stay flexible every day in practice? Yet at the same time, do you encounter apathy and resistance when you attempt to respond and change to meet these demands? Are you short on time, running behind, and low on energy? Healthcare professionals must become proficient at fueling and re-fueling effective and dynamic teamwork in order to transform and advance clinical practice successfully.

In this advanced leadership program, program participants will continue to discover and expand their leadership capacity by progressing skills to lead others creatively, while in formal and informal leadership situations. We’ll use the collective needs and challenges faced by program participants in leading others to examine and apply new strategies for enhancing teamwork and delve into components of transformational leadership by identifying what’s important to followers (i.e., team members). Participants will be encouraged to contribute to interactive discussions throughout the session.


Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the need for effective teamwork in healthcare.
  • Identify characteristics of effective and ineffective teams.
  • Discuss the foundations of team dynamics and teamwork.
  • Discuss how to run effective team meetings and an effective team process.
  • Develop skills to enhance collaboration and group decision-making.
  • Examine how a transformational leadership style impacts team performance through unleashing or stifling followership.
  • Develop leadership action plans to unleash high performing teamwork.

Speaker Bios:
Jennifer Green-Wilson, PT is a principal of the Institute for Business Literacy and Leadership (also known as the Leadership Institute); formerly the Director of the Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy (LAMP) for HPA the Catalyst of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as a former member of the Private Practice Section (PPS) Education Committee of the APTA.  Recently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of the APTA, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership, business literacy, and management in healthcare, has been invited to submit short articles for APTA’s ‘Business Sense’ section of PT in Motion, and was awarded a national research grant from the HPA Section in 2009. Additionally, she was awarded HPA the Catalyst’s LAMPLighter Leadership Award in February 2014 and Rochester Hearing and Speech’s James DeCaro Leadership Award in 2017.  Dr. Green-Wilson works with several physical therapist programs and diverse health care organizations across the country, helping to strengthen the development of practice management, business literacy, and leadership skills at entry-level and in contemporary practice.  She also serves as the Secretary (immediate past Chair) on the Board of Directors of Rochester Hearing and Speech in Rochester, New York.  Dr. Green-Wilson holds an Ed.D. degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in physical therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 

Dr. Stacey Zeigler, PT DPT earned her B.S. degree in Physical Therapy in 1994 from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Sciences, became a board certified geriatric specialist in 2001, and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in January 2005. 

With 24 years as a physical therapist, Stacey’s clinical practice background is diverse encompassing a wide variety of settings including home health, acute care, out-patient orthopedics, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and cardiopulmonary rehab. In addition to her informal leadership as a clinician, Stacey has also held formal leadership positions since 1997 including roles as the chief of physical therapy at the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Hanau, Germany, serving the Director of Rehab Services and a hospital assistant administrator in Northern New York, and currently as the owner/founder of Fun in Aging Physical Therapy, P.C. which focuses on in-home wellness and fitness programming for older adults.

In addition to her private practice, Stacey is a clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Clarkson University teaching in the areas of leadership, autonomy, professionalism, practice management, and geriatrics. She is also a national and international presenter in her areas of instruction as she is passionate about inspiring others to be a positive influence on the world through the development of leadership skills.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 10:45am - 12:45pm
Location: 
Empire Room
Speakers: Deanna Maddox, 
PTASandra Eskew Capps, PT, DPT & Ashley Camoosa, PTA

Concurrent Session
: Effective Strategies for Enhanced Collaboration of the PT-PTA Team

Description:
This live program is primarily designed for Georgia-licensed Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA), and PT and PTA students. The purpose of this course is to facilitate discussion and promote implementation of strategies to enhance collaboration of the PT-PTA team in various clinical practice settings. Participants will be introduced to current and reliable resources to support effective decision-making as part of this team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the contributions of the role that physical therapist assistants and physical therapists play as part of an effective collaborative team
  • Value the role and professional responsibilities of each team member in an effective, collaborative care team
  • Identify resources to equip each team member with reliable and applicable information
  • Discuss ideas for integrating strategies for enhanced collaboration within the PT-PTA team framework

Speaker Bios:
Deanna Jordan Maddox, PTA
graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science degree in 2006. She received her Associates Degree from Athens Technical College as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2009. Deanna has experience as a physical therapist assistant with a focus in Orthopedic Outpatient. She has practiced in the specialty areas of aquatics, skilled nursing, and geriatrics in order to further her skill sets to better serve her patients. Further roles and experiences have included patient care, clinical coordinator in scheduling in-services, journal reviews, and marketing events, and clinic director positions. Deanna is an active member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. She has served as Georgia’s PTA Caucus Representative from 2011-2014. Currently, she is serving as Chairperson of the PTA Focus Interest Group for PTAG. Deanna is currently a PTA at Benchmark Physical Therapy, starting there in 2012.

Sandra Eskew Capps, PT, DPT
has experience as a clinical generalist as a physical therapist assistant (since 1981) and a physical therapist (since 1989), with a focus in geriatric post-acute rehab and home health care. Roles and experiences have included patient care, program development, management, and leadership positions. Sandy has been actively involved with physical therapist assistant and physical therapist education in Georgia for over 20 years, including serving as teaching faculty and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs. She is an active member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia and has served on the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy Licensure, including a term as President. She has been involved with development and presentation of the Ethics and Georgia Jurisprudence program since the inception of the PT Board’s requirement for education in this topic, as well as extensive experience with developing and presenting Ethics and Jurisprudence for all of the therapy disciplines, including OT and SLP-A, with a focus on Georgia-specific laws and rules. Sandy is currently the Director of Academic Relations for Community Health Services of Georgia.

Ashley Camoosa, PTA
graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 1993. She received her Associates Degree from Gwinnett Technical Institute as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 1996. In 2005, she received her Masters of Business Administration from Mercer’s Stetson School of Business and Economics. Ashley has been a member of the APTA for 20 years and has been actively involved with the PTAG PTA SIG since 2006. In 2016 she was appointed as an alternate delegate to the PTA Caucus. Clinical and professional experience includes Management, Home Health, Acute Care, Brain Injury, Skilled Nursing, Aquatic Therapy and Outpatient Rehab. In addition to her clinical experience she is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Lanier Technical’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 10:45am - 12:45pm
Location: 
Ligotti Hall 1
Speakers: Tiffany Haney, PT, Stephen Ramsey, PT & Erica Colclough, PT

Concurrent Session:
Defining the Undefined in Critical Care Rehabilitation

Description:
Therapists working with patients in ICU face complex challenges and very complex patients currently. An important clinical scenario found in patients during an ICU stay is the limitation and deterioration of functional status due to the lifesaving mechanical, circulatory or other devices utilized. For selected patients in ICU, early mobility and physical activity can lead to an increase in functional capacity and improve quality life but currently physical therapists may not be experienced or knowledgeable of these devices and how to mobilize these patients. The content of this course will guide clinicians through the process of understanding and managing adult ICU patients with very complex devices, determining mobility status on device or support precautions, hemodynamic status, etc as well as the assessment of frailty in these patients on mechanical support or in need of mechanical support.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss methods to improve early mobility of patients who are being mechanically ventilated including order set options, different beds and alternative weaning protocols.
  • Identify frailty in mechanically supported or soon to be mechanically supported patients and develop treatment options.
  • Understand advanced mechanical circulatory methods of assisting the cardiac and pulmonary systems and be able to determine appropriate mobility programs for these patients.
  • Discuss the evidence for mobility of patients on advanced circulatory and mechanical assist devices and discuss the indications and contraindications for mobility.

Speaker Bios:
Tiffany Haney, PT
graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Georgia College & State University in 2004 and Georgia State University with a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2007. Tiffany has worked in skilled nursing and acute care settings. She has practiced the last four years in critical care at Piedmont Atlanta. Tiffany completed the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Residency in 2016 through Mercer University and is a newly certified cardiopulmonary specialist. Special interests are in developing and promoting the early mobility program and improving the quality of care in patients with interstitial lung disease.

Stephen Ramsey, PT
attended Augusta University (Formerly Medical College of Georgia) for physical therapy school and graduated in 2014. Stephen then worked for 10 months at University Hospital in Augusta, GA where he began his work with the cardiopulmonary critically ill patients. In 2015, Stephen moved to Atlanta Georgia and began working at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, where he works in the Coronary Care Unit and Surgical CV ICU. Stephen completed the Cardiovascular and pulmonary Residency program through Mercer University in August of 2016, with mentor Dr. Ellen Hillegass, passing the cardiovascular and pulmonary specialty exam in 2017. His research focus involves clinical trials ambulating critically ill cardiac patients with femoral IABPs.

Erica Colclough, PT
graduated from Georgia State University in May 2004 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. Erica continued on at Georgia State University for her Master's of Science in Physical Therapy. Erica began her physical therapy career at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital as a physical therapist. Erica has worked at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital for 10 years and is currently the acting clinical coordinator of physical therapy for the intensive care unit. Erica completed the Mercer University cardiovascular and pulmonary residency in the summer of 2015. Erica obtained her cardiovascular and pulmonary specialist certification in June of 2016. Erica serves as a mentor and the clinical coordinator for the Mercer University cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy residency.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 10:45am - 12:45pm
Location: 
Ligotti Hall 2
Speakers: Anjanette Nunez, 
PT, DPT & Daniel Maddox, PT, DPT

Concurrent Session
: Finding Equilibrium: The Reconciliation and Practical Integration of Modern Pain Concepts with Classic Manual Therapy Paradigms

Description:
In this presentation, we will lay out some key concepts of modern pain science principles, review some key tenets of traditional manual therapy models, and demonstrate to the learner the many parallels between “old” and “new.” We will present a conceptual model for how traditional biomechanical models, manual therapy clinical reasoning models, and a modern understanding of pain science concepts can be interwoven to produce optimal care for the patient dealing with neuromusculoskeletal pain.

Learning Objectives: the attendee will...

  • Be able to recognize signs of central sensitization.
  • Understand the concept of mechanism-based classification of pain as nociceptive, peripheral neuropathic, and/or centrally sensitized.
  • Draw parallels between Maitland’s concepts of SINSS assessment and today's modern understanding of pain science concepts.
  • Appropriately reason through dosing of manual intervention with the patient's pain presentation and mechanism-based classification in mind.
  • Appreciate the strengths, limitations, and practical integration of modern pain science concepts with both biomechanical and patient-response models of manual therapy.

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Daniel Maddox, PT, DPT
serves as the program director of Benchmark Rehab Institute’s Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and is an assistant professor in Brenau University’s DPT program, with primary teaching responsibilities in the musculoskeletal curriculum. He holds board certification in orthopaedics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). He is an active member of the APTA and has served as legislative committee member, delegate, and chief delegate for PTAG. Dr. Maddox was fellowship trained through Evidence in Motion, where he has also served as faculty in their residency and fellowship programs. He is credentialed as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist through the International Spine and Pain Institute. In addition to his primary roles with BRI and Brenau, Dr. Maddox also serves as faculty for BRI’s musculoskeletal, thrust manipulation, and dry needling course series, and he has served as adjunct faculty at South College and Baylor University.

Dr. Anjanette Nunez, PT, DPT
graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Urban Studies in 2001 and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Georgia State University (GSU) in 2014. She is currently Clinic Director of the Benchmark PT Howell Mill Clinic in Atlanta, GA. Anjanette completed the BenchMark Rehab Institute (BRI) Orthopaedic Residency program in 2016. She is a faculty member of BRI, has presented research at national conferences, and has guest lectured at GSU. Anjanette holds Board Certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and is certified with the International Spine and Pain Institute as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS). Anjanette is an active member of the APTA and currently serves on the 2017 Nominating Committee for PTAG. Her clinical interests include integrative healthcare, pain neuroscience education, neurodynamics, and trigger point/myofascial manual therapy.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 10:45am - 12:45pm
Location: 
Oconee River
Speakers: Blake Hampton, 
PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session
: Clinical Application of Exercise Prescription Principles

Description:
This presentation uses the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as current best evidence to lay out the principles and guidelines for exercise programming for aerobic and resistance training while providing objective means for progression and safe return to activity/sport for patients and clients throughout the continuum of care. This lecture covers basic to advanced principles of exercise programming with integrated lab for teaching basic therapeutic exercises including motor control to advanced olympic lifting techniques and can be tailored to the needs for the course participants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Prescribe therapeutic exercise specific to pathology, stage of healing, and goals of patient.
  • Prescribe aerobic conditioning program that may include aquatic programs, walking or W/C propulsion programs, use of conditioning equipment for all stages of rehabilitation
  • Prescribe therapeutic exercise to improve range of motion and flexibility for individuals with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the head, neck, trunk, pelvis and pelvic floor, and limbs for all stages of rehabilitation
  • Prescribe therapeutic exercise to improve balance, coordination, and agility for all stages of rehabilitation.
  • Manipulate variables in exercise prescription to achieve an identified outcome: frequency, intensity, duration, ROM, pattern of motion, speed, contraction type, position and environment.
  • Monitor and adjust the therapeutic exercise plan of care in response to patient/client status by progressing each form of exercise through each stage of rehabilitation.
  • Use a variety of teaching methods to provide effective instruction in exercise to achieve identified goals.

Speaker Bio:
Blake Hampton, PT, DPT
is a Graduate of Georgia State University with a BS in Exercise Science. After earning his bachelor's, he worked as an exercise physiologist before deciding to attend physical therapy school. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Mercer University in Atlanta in 2016. While in his 1st year, he earned his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and worked throughout school as a performance coach at a facility training high level athletes. Following graduation, he began his Orthopaedic Residency at a clinic specializing in the treatment of chronic pain disorders with his mentor Russ Foley, who is an internationally recognized clinician and lecturer in the field of physical therapy and management of chronic pain. Blake is also an adjunct faculty member at Mercer University teaching clinical application of exercise prescription principles to 1st and 2nd year DPT students.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Atrium
1:00pm - 1:45pm: Awards Ceremony & Lunch 
1:50pm - 2:20pm: Poster Presentations & Lunch *3 posters = 1 CCH 

Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Willow Room
Speakers: Jennifer Green-Wilson,
PT & Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session: RMBP Leadership Academy Level 2 - Share It:
Leading Through Change & Conflict

Description: 
People don’t like to change much yet, change is inevitable – especially in healthcare. People are more comfortable with maintaining the status quo. They like to avoid “rocking the boat”, remain in their comfort zone, and tend to avoid change whenever they can. Still, change is needed for many reasons and there are benefits to be gained from change.

Leaders influence change. Leaders are forward-looking and tend to be restless with the status quo. Leaders are positive about the future and they passionately believe they can make a difference (Kouzes and Posner, 2017). Leaders seek out and accept challenging opportunities to stretch their own abilities and the capacity of others.

Inspired leaders motivate others, sometimes leading through conflict toward change by communicating the "why" behind the change – the reason for it, why people should care about it, and why it will make a difference (Sinek, 2009). Through displaying their energy and optimism, leaders influence people to initiate change, take on risk, do things differently and make things happen.

In this advanced leadership program, program participants will build skills to ignite inclusive cultures ready to embrace change and leverage our leadership capacity to advance transformational change in clinical practice. Additionally, participants will be exposed to some new ways of thinking and new approaches to innovation and change that can be applied in many professional situations in physical therapist practice. Participants will be encouraged to contribute to interactive discussions throughout the session.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the role of leadership in facilitating change.
  • Discover how to fuel and re-fuel the collective energy for change.
  • Find ways to use conflict and failure constructively to inspire change and innovation.
  • Explore strategies to boost motivation intentionally by engaging and energizing teams.
  • Select a practical model of change to guide your approach for change.

Speaker Bios:
Jennifer Green-Wilson, PT
is a principal of the Institute for Business Literacy and Leadership (also known as the Leadership Institute); formerly the Director of the Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy (LAMP) for HPA the Catalyst of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as a former member of the Private Practice Section (PPS) Education Committee of the APTA.  Recently serving as a Director on the Board of Directors of the APTA, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to leadership, business literacy, and management in healthcare, has been invited to submit short articles for APTA’s ‘Business Sense’ section of PT in Motion, and was awarded a national research grant from the HPA Section in 2009. Additionally, she was awarded HPA the Catalyst’s LAMPLighter Leadership Award in February 2014 and Rochester Hearing and Speech’s James DeCaro Leadership Award in 2017.  Dr. Green-Wilson works with several physical therapist programs and diverse health care organizations across the country, helping to strengthen the development of practice management, business literacy, and leadership skills at entry-level and in contemporary practice.  She also serves as the Secretary (immediate past Chair) on the Board of Directors of Rochester Hearing and Speech in Rochester, New York.  Dr. Green-Wilson holds an Ed.D. degree in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a MBA degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in physical therapy from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 

Dr. Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT earned her B.S. degree in Physical Therapy in 1994 from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion from California College for Health Sciences, became a board certified geriatric specialist in 2001, and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in January 2005. 

With 24 years as a physical therapist, Stacey’s clinical practice background is diverse encompassing a wide variety of settings including home health, acute care, out-patient orthopedics, in-patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and cardiopulmonary rehab. In addition to her informal leadership as a clinician, Stacey has also held formal leadership positions since 1997 including roles as the chief of physical therapy at the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Hanau, Germany, serving the Director of Rehab Services and a hospital assistant administrator in Northern New York, and currently as the owner/founder of Fun in Aging Physical Therapy, P.C. which focuses on in-home wellness and fitness programming for older adults.

In addition to her private practice, Stacey is a clinical professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Clarkson University teaching in the areas of leadership, autonomy, professionalism, practice management, and geriatrics. She is also a national and international presenter in her areas of instruction as she is passionate about inspiring others to be a positive influence on the world through the development of leadership skills.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Empire Room

2:30pm - 3:00pm: FIN Meeting: Student Network

Speakers: Beth Collier,
PT, DPT, Anne Thompson, PT & Jason Reiss, PT, DPT
Moderated ByJimmy McKay, PT, DPT 
3:05pm - 4:30pm: Student Session: How to Brew Your Perfect PT Career - Getting All of Your Favorite Flavors in One Glass

Description:
My road to, and through the world of Physical Therapy has been a unique one. I'll share my untraditional story of how I arrived at PT and what I did once I got here. But really the story is about the listener. I want to highlight the many different ways that you can be a PT and why bringing your previous experiences to the field will elevate your career and the profession as a whole.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to apply past experience to the current PT field.
  • The need for improved communication skills as physical therapists.

Speaker Bios:  
Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT is a graduate of Marymount University. He is currently the Director of Communications for Fox Rehabilitation and the host of PT Pintcast, an internationally recognized podcast within the field of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Beth Collier, PT, DPT is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University. She was awarded her DPT from Georgia State University in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia. She also completed her residency in orthopaedic manual physical therapy, a fellowship in education of physical therapists and fellowship of orthopaedic manual physical therapy from Mercer University. Dr. Collier holds Board Certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Her professional interests include clinical reasoning, professional development/mentorship, and pain science. Dr. Collier is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Anne Thompson, PT earned her B.S. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary, M.S. in Physical Therapy from Duke University, and Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Georgia Southern University. She retired from Armstrong State University in December 2017, having served as a founding faculty member for the PT Program, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Department Head for Rehabilitation Sciences, and interim positions as Dean of Health Professions and university Vice President for Academic Affairs. She continues in both part-time teaching and clinical positions. Anne has served PTAG in several roles, including Membership Secretary, District Director, Vice President, and President. She is a member of the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy Board and the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy. She recently chaired the Nominating Committee for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT). Additionally, she is a member of the APTA Education Section, Clinical Education Special Interest Group; Academy of Electrophysiology and Wound Care Management, and Academy of Acute Care. She is also a Federal Legislative Key Contact for APTA.

Jason Reiss, PT, DPT received his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2000 and later received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in 2009. As a Board Certified Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS), he is recognized as a leading specialist in the treatment of orthopedic conditions. He has been a member of the Sports Rehabilitation Center team for over 15 years, and is currently an Owner / Clinic Director in the Sandy Springs location. Jason is dedicated to providing exceptional care and has advanced training and certifications, including dry needling, mobilization and manipulation, therapeutic taping, and neurodynamics. Additionally, Jason has been an adjunct assistant professor in Georgia State’s DPT Program and currently serves as adjunct clinical assistant professor in Mercer University’s Orthopedic Residency Program. Outside of work, Jason spends time with his wife, Aimee, and their four children, Tyler, Vincent, Cecelia, and Elena. He is involved with his kid’s sports activities and enjoys mountain biking, martial arts, and hiking for enjoyment and exercise.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Ligotti Hall 1
Speaker: Sarah Caston, 
PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session
: Movement and the Mind: The Significance of Dual Task Performance in Aging Individuals

Description:
This presentation discusses the importance and relevance of cognitive motor performance in aging individuals as it relates to physical therapy practice. The presenter will review the role of cognition on motor performance as well as discuss the "cost" associated with dual task performance. Evidence discussing the underlying mechanisms of dual task performance in the aging population, functional risks (such as falls) associated with degradation of cognitive- motor performance will be reviewed. Literature revealing novel, emerging interventions to address cognitive motor performance will be presented. Finally, the presenter will invite the audience to participate in discussions of practical ways to implement cognitive- motor training into physical therapy practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the role of executive function in motor performance - Relate the effects of aging on the brain to cognitive- motor performance
  • Discuss theories of cognitive flexibility and prioritization as it relates to dual task performance
  • Demonstrate the relationship between impaired dual task performance on functional mobility
  • Summarize the evidence on the impact of exercise on cognitive- motor performance in older individuals
  • Propose recommendations for developing effective dual task training strategies in older individuals - Review novel intervention studies in the field of DT training for the aging population

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Sarah Caston PT, DPT
is a neurologic rehabilitation specialist and a practicing physical therapist in Atlanta, GA. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and her DPT in 2011 from Emory University. Her current clinical practice involves working with patients across the neurologic diagnostic continuum,primarily in adult and geriatric populations. She is involved in stroke research through Emory University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the NIH STROKENET with a focus on individuals with chronic stroke. Dr. Caston teaches at Emory University in their Division of Physical Therapy in areas of neurologic and geriatric rehabilitation.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Ligotti Hall 2
Speaker: Tony Mikla, 
DPT

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Concurrent Session
: IASTM Redefined: Basic, Gentle Soft Tissue Techniques for Your Patient Care

Description:
The concept of movement therapy and performance enhancement via Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) will be introduced. The tools may be hard- edged, but the techniques don’t need to be aggressive to deliver superior patient out- comes. A review of dysfunctional movement screening patterns and the utilization of soft tissue tools to improve patient outcomes is covered along with a review of anatomy, physiology and neurology of myofascial soft tissue work. IASTM intervention strategies will be combined with kinesiology taping to deliver a comprehensive approach to patient care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply the myofascial sequencing model
  • Describe neuroanatomy of the fascial subsystem
  • Utilize movement screening techniques to identify faulty motor patterns
  • Review the theory and science of IASTM
  • Integrate tool assisted fascial tooling with functional kinesiology taping to change movement quality and presentation

Speaker Bio:
Tony Mikla DPT, MSPT
is a sports physical therapist and performance coach. His practice is dedicated to the improvement of his clients’ performance in life and on the field. Dr. Mikla speaks and teaches nationally on sports physical therapy and is active in research having published multiple papers in international journals. He previously served as the Physical Therapy Manager at the world renowned EXOS in Phoenix, AZ, working with best athletes in the world. He is adjunct faculty in PT at Sacramento State University and Northern AZ University. In 2015, Tony was named a finalist for the NSCA Sports Medicine Specialist of the year.

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Date: Sat., April 7 | Session Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Oconee River
Speaker: Shelley Smith DiCecco, 
PT

Concurrent Session
: Swell Your Knowledge: What's New in Edema Management for Orthopedics

Description:
Starling’s Equilibrium, developed in 1896, stated 90% of the fluid in the tissue is removed by the venous capillaries and the remaining 10% via the lymphatics. This theory framed how modern medicine, including physical therapy has addressed edema over the years. New research in this area now shows 100% of all fluid in the tissues is removed via the lymphatic system. Several treatment techniques used by physical therapists can impact how successful the lymphatic system is with draining the tissues, including: order of treatment, temperature changes, muscle contractions, vibrations or massage, and compression. This session will explain the concept of Revised Starling’s Equilibrium and the implications for the field of physical therapy. Attendees will learn how to recognize when edema reduction is limited by a compromised lymphatic system and how to increase edema reduction to improve strength, ROM, and subjective outcomes in the orthopedic population.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the Revised Starling’s Equilibrium
  • Understand how the Revised Starling’s can impact edema in patients and physical treatment for edema
  • Be able to properly organize a plan of care to assist with edema reduction while working on strengthening and range of motion
  • Recognize when edema may need assistance to clear
  • Know what treatment options are available for patients with prolonged edema

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Shelley Smith DiCecco, PT
Director of Pelvic & Lymphedema Services for the Sport Rehabilitation Center, a Casley-Smith International Lymphedema Instructor, & owner of LymphEd, has presented/published nationally & internationally on lymphedema/pelvic disorders and contributed to a lymphedema book.

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Date: Sat., April 7Session Time: 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Location:
Empire Rm
Speaker: Beth Collier,
PT, DPT 
General Session
: PTAG Business Meeting 

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Date: Sun., April 8 | Session Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: 
Williow Rm
Speaker:  Robbie Leonard, 
PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session
: Dear Medicare Can I...? What Outpatient Physical Therapists MUST Know

Description:
Medicare is in a constant state of change and outpatient therapists MUST keep up with the latest rules in order to be successful in this increasingly difficult regulatory environment. This course will be targeted towards the more complex Medicare rules and regulations specific to outpatient therapy and will specifically deal with the most commonly misunderstood issues. Questions such as, Can a Medicare patient be self-pay or direct access? How can I cover services when I'm on vacation? Can I take referrals from all types of physicians and dentists for Medicare patients? What needs to happen if I have referrals from two different physicians for the same patient? When can I bill a re-evaluation? What counts as covered maintenance therapy? are only a few of the questions that will be answered.

Misunderstanding the Medicare regulations can lead to a non-compliant practice which can have great financial and legal risks. Attend this course to insure that you are up to date on the most frequently misunderstood Medicare rules for outpatient therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the referral requirements for Medicare including who is allowed to refer patients and options when a referral is not available.
  • Describe the Medicare nuances related to plans of care, signature requirements, maintenance, required documents and Medicare Cap Exceptions documentation.
  • Describe Medicare Rules pertaining to the supervision, billing and documentation of PTA services, students and other staff services specific to practice type and strategies for managing in the PTs absence.
  • Understand the mandatory claims submission rule and the proper way to bill a Medicare patient for cash based outpatient services.
  • Understand Medicare data collection and how your data may impact future audits.

Speaker Bio: 
Robbie Leonard, PT, DPT is an experienced clinician and administrator and has served as an educator in both the continuing education and academic arena. She has owned her own practice and served as a VP of a large, multi-state private practice. She has taught on billing, coding and Medicare across the country. Robbie is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Medical Billing Center. Medical Billing Center provides billing services for outpatient therapy practices nationwide. Robbie has been an active member of the APTA for 30 years. Robbie is the past chair of the SCAPTA Payment and Policy committee and serves on the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the APTA.

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Date: Sun., April 8 | Session Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: 
Ligotti Hall
Speakers: Carl Heldman,
 DPT & Larry Steinbeck, PT  

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Concurrent Session Part I
: Fascial Manipulation: A New Biomechanical Model for Treatment of Musculoskeletal Pain

Description:
This comprehensive session integrates the fascinating knowledge emerging from the pain sciences in a clinically accessible way. It does so by exploring the pivotal roles that the three dimensional fascial system influences on proprioception and motor control. It further introduces objective and reproducible physical findings in the evaluation and management of chronic myofascial pain and dysfunction. Finally the relationship of the potential role of the deep fascia in regional interdependence, central sensitization, and contribution to pain neuromatrix theory will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Highlight the gross anatomy and histology of the superficial and deep fascia, including the significance of myofascial/myotendinous expansions.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of fascia, elaborating on the concept of the myofascial sliding system and its contribution to myofascial pain syndrome.
  • Explain the specific clinical assessment process used in Fascial Manipulation, its underlying clinical rationale and the therapeutic advantages of the plasticity and malleability of fascia.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate treatment algorithm to eliminate/alleviate chronic myofascial pain.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Carl Heldman, DPT
is a Manual Physical Therapist at Emory Physical Therapy specializing in spinal rehabilitation, connective tissue disorders, and pain. Dr. Heldman graduated from Glassboro State College and became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1994. While serving as a Head Athletic Trainer in the collegiate ranks, he completed his Master’s degree in education in 1997 from Rowan University. He then worked for three years as an Athletic Trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies. He returned to school and completed his MPT from Nova Southeastern University in 2002. In 2005 he completed his MTC and in 2006 his DPT from the University of St. Augustine. He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2006. In 2009 he completed the Travell Series Certification in Trigger Point/Dry Needling studying under Jan Dommerholt. In 2010 he completed studies with Mario Rocabado for treatment of Cranio-Facial dysfunction. In 2013 he completed his studies with Luigi Stecco for his Diploma Fascial Manipulation.

Larry Steinbeck, PT
graduated in 1985 from the physical therapy program at Ball State University with an associated minor in athletic training. He received a Masters of Science degree in physical education/athletic training from Ohio University. Mr. Steinbeck is a physical therapist with Advanced Rehabilitation Services LLC, a public outpatient physical therapy facility. He received his certification in trigger point dry needling through Myopain Seminars and has completed numerous other post-graduate training ranging from muscle energy technique to thrust technique for the spine. Larry was the first person from North America to complete the Fascial Manipulation Level 1 and Level 2 Diploma courses (twice!) through the Fascial Manipulation Association in Italy.

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Date: Sun., April 8 | Session Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: 
Empire Rm
Speaker: Julie Granger, 
PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session Part I: From Potty Training to Puberty and Pre-Adulthood: Building Healthy Foundations in the Active Young Female

Description:
This session connects theoretical constructs with clinical reasoning to address the biopsychosocial aspects of movement dysfunction specific to young female clients. This session will bridge the gaps between women’s health, pediatric, orthopaedic and sports physical therapists, allowing specialists from all four areas to design age-appropriate programs to address the comprehensive needs of the active young female client. Participants will leave this session with strategies to implement immediately in practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the unique physical differences and histories of young, developing female athletes that can have an impact on their injury vulnerability, response to rehabilitation, and considerations for return to fitness and sport.
  • Identify and discuss the long term effects of pertinent health history factors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between brain, trunk and spinal growth.
  • Design age-appropriate, sport-demand specific treatment and intervention programs that consider the unique challenges presented by the active young female.
  • Integrate interpersonal and teaching-learning skills necessary when caring for the young female athlete and her family.

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Julie Granger, PT, DPT
is the founder of Performance Rehabilitation & Integrative Sports Medicine, or PRISM Wellness Center, in Atlanta, Georgia where she specializes in treatment of girl athletes & moms. Dr. Granger loves sharing her passion & knowledge on female athletes & pediatrics, serving as an adjunct clinical professor in the Emory DPT program, from where she also received her DPT degree & currently performs research on the integrative health of young athletes. She has lectured at both the APTA CSM & NEXT Conferences & is faculty member for the Integrative Women’s Health Institute (IWHI). In early 2017 Julie published her first book, The Young Female Athlete’s Playbook. Dr. Granger also performs integrative health & life coaching for active girls & women. She studied in the Women’s Health & Nutrition Coach Program through the IWHI. She swam collegiately at Duke University where she majored in child & adolescent developmental psychology. In her free time she enjoys swimming, cooking, being outdoors, drawing & painting, & spending time with her husband Daniel & pup Raven.

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Date: Sun., April 8 | Session Time: 11:15am - 1:15pm
Location: 
Willow Rm
Speaker: Mansoor Ansari, 
JD, LLM

Concurrent Session:
Physical Therapy & Medicare Audits

Description:
ZPIC Medicare audits are a result of algorithms. This is similar to most other types of audits performed by the Federal government. When there is a change in the "normal" algorithm of similarly situated health care practices, a red flag is raised and then the practice is audited. For instance, if your competitor across the street sees one type of problem more than you do, or if the chain physical therapy corporation that surrounds you does things a certain way, then you are the odd person out creating the difference in the algorithm. These changes in Algorithms are not in and of themselves conclusive of overbilling Medicare, but it is a starting point for Auditors.

Unfortunately, every industry has a few problematic areas. For physical therapists, it is the unbundling of services. If it looks like a service must be performed with a few underlying or inclusive practices, then billing for each one separately will be determined to be unbundling of a single service. Let's look at a few examples. Who is doing the billing? Is it the contractor, employee, assistant, or the Physical Therapist Supervisor? Billing is a function of the person providing the service. Let's look at a few examples where an audit can turn up some problems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Common Practice Errors
  • Unbundling of Services
  • Record Keeping
  • Employees vs Contractors vs Supervisors

Speaker Bios:
Mansoor Ansari JD, LLM
is an attorney licensed in both Georgia and Illinois. He represents medical practices for a variety of health care compliance matters including Medicare and Medicaid audits. He is well versed with the RAC audit procedure and defends against such audits.

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Date: Sun., April 8 | Session Time: 11:15am - 1:15pm
Location: 
Ligotti Hall
Speakers: Carl Heldman, 
DPT & Larry Steinbeck, PT  

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Concurrent Session Part II
Fascial Manupulation: A New Biomechanical Model for Treatment of Musculoskeletal Pain

Description:
This comprehensive session integrates the fascinating knowledge emerging from the pain sciences in a clinically accessible way. It does so by exploring the pivotal roles that the three dimensional fascial system influences on proprioception and motor control. It further introduces objective and reproducible physical findings in the evaluation and management of chronic myofascial pain and dysfunction. Finally the relationship of the potential role of the deep fascia in regional interdependence, central sensitization, and contribution to pain neuromatrix theory will also be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Highlight the gross anatomy and histology of the superficial and deep fascia, including the significance of myofascial/myotendinous expansions.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of fascia, elaborating on the concept of the myofascial sliding system and its contribution to myofascial pain syndrome.
  • Explain the specific clinical assessment process used in Fascial Manipulation, its underlying clinical rationale and the therapeutic advantages of the plasticity and malleability of fascia.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate treatment algorithm to eliminate/alleviate chronic myofascial pain.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Carl Heldman, DPT 
is a Manual Physical Therapist at Emory Physical Therapy specializing in spinal rehabilitation, connective tissue disorders, and pain. Dr. Heldman graduated from Glassboro State College and became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1994. While serving as a Head Athletic Trainer in the collegiate ranks, he completed his Master’s degree in education in 1997 from Rowan University. He then worked for three years as an Athletic Trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies. He returned to school and completed his MPT from Nova Southeastern University in 2002. In 2005 he completed his MTC and in 2006 his DPT from the University of St. Augustine. He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2006. In 2009 he completed the Travell Series Certification in Trigger Point/Dry Needling studying under Jan Dommerholt. In 2010 he completed studies with Mario Rocabado for treatment of Cranio-Facial dysfunction. In 2013 he completed his studies with Luigi Stecco for his Diploma Fascial Manipulation.

Larry Steinbeck, PT graduated in 1985 from the physical therapy program at Ball State University with an associated minor in athletic training. He received a Masters of Science degree in physical education/athletic training from Ohio University. Mr. Steinbeck is a physical therapist with Advanced Rehabilitation Services LLC, a public outpatient physical therapy facility. He received his certification in trigger point dry needling through Myopain Seminars and has completed numerous other post-graduate training ranging from muscle energy technique to thrust technique for the spine. Larry was the first person from North America to complete the Fascial Manipulation Level 1 and Level 2 Diploma courses (twice!) through the Fascial Manipulation Association in Italy.

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Date: Sun., April 8 | Session Time: 11:15am - 1:15pm
Location: 
Empire Rm
Speaker: Julie Granger, 
PT, DPT

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Concurrent Session Part II
: From Potty Training to Puberty and Pre-Adulthood: Building Healthy Foundations in the Active Young Female

Description:
This session connects theoretical constructs with clinical reasoning to address the biopsychosocial aspects of movement dysfunction specific to young female clients. This session will bridge the gaps between women’s health, pediatric, orthopaedic and sports physical therapists, allowing specialists from all four areas to design age-appropriate programs to address the comprehensive needs of the active young female client. Participants will leave this session with strategies to implement immediately in practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the unique physical differences and histories of young, developing female athletes that can have an impact on their injury vulnerability, response to rehabilitation, and considerations for return to fitness and sport.
  • Identify and discuss the long term effects of pertinent health history factors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between brain, trunk and spinal growth.
  • Design age-appropriate, sport-demand specific treatment and intervention programs that consider the unique challenges presented by the active young female.
  • Integrate interpersonal and teaching-learning skills necessary when caring for the young female athlete and her family.

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Julie Granger, PT, DPT 
is the founder of Performance Rehabilitation & Integrative Sports Medicine, or PRISM Wellness Center, in Atlanta, Georgia where she specializes in treatment of girl athletes & moms. Dr. Granger loves sharing her passion & knowledge on female athletes & pediatrics, serving as an adjunct clinical professor in the Emory DPT program, from where she also received her DPT degree & currently performs research on the integrative health of young athletes. She has lectured at both the APTA CSM & NEXT Conferences & is faculty member for the Integrative Women’s Health Institute (IWHI). In early 2017 Julie published her first book, The Young Female Athlete’s Playbook. Dr. Granger also performs integrative health & life coaching for active girls & women. She studied in the Women’s Health & Nutrition Coach Program through the IWHI. She swam collegiately at Duke University where she majored in child & adolescent developmental psychology. In her free time she enjoys swimming, cooking, being outdoors, drawing & painting, & spending time with her husband Daniel & pup Raven.

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