AC 2017 Conference Program

AC 2017 Conference Program

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Registration Options: Full Conference | Saturday  Only | Sunday Only | Awards Dinner
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • 7:00 am         Registration Open and Coffee in Exhibit Hall
  • 8:00 am         Introduction and Welcome DC and Maryland Chapter Presidents
  • 8:15 am         Special Guest Speaker APTA President - Sharon Dunn PT, PhD who will present State of the Association – State of the Profession
  • 6:30 pm        Awards Dinner

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This one-day course will discuss evidence-based evaluation & treatment options for the therapist working with individuals with Parkinson’s disease, as well as related disorders. Included will be information on specific assessment tools, the role of exercise, & current treatment approaches, including LSVT Big & “PWR” principles of training. An overview of specific medications, surgical procedures, & their impact on rehabilitation will also be reviewed; as well as applying the latest research to your treatment plan.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the attendee should be able to:
1. Describe the clinical features of Parkinson’s disease & the underlying pathophysiology, as well as in Parkinson’s plus syndromes
2. Identify the assessment tools for this specific patient population
3. Perform an evaluation specific to Parkinson’s disease with interpretation of the findings
4. Develop a specific treatment plan for the clinic & home / gym program
5. Understand the common medications used in Parkinson’s disease & their effect on rehabilitation
6. Understanding of the current surgical procedures used in the medical treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
7. Awareness of the latest research information on Parkinson’s disease & incorporating it into your treatment plan.

Speaker: Janice Sallitt PT, DPT, NCS Janice is the owner and Clinical Director of JVS Rehab. and has a doctorate in physical therapy. She is a graduate of Russell Sage College’s physical therapy program and is a Neurological-Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also a continuing education instructor for other therapists. In addition, she continues to speak & educate local support groups on health issues of interest to the community, including the Parkinson’s support groups, MS support groups, Essential Tremor and Ataxia support groups. Janice is a “PWR” clinician through recent continuing education training for Parkinson’s disease through Dr. Becky Farley at the Cleveland Clinic. Her special interests include posture/alignment/& balance, as well as videotape analysis of running/walking issues. Janice's personal interests include dance, yoga, & reading.

Educational Credit: 6 Hours (0.6 CEUs)

This course will give a general overview of cancer from staging, testing, treatment and side effects to special patient populations, rehabilitation considerations, discharge issues, burnout, and end of life discussions for the most common cancer diagnoses. Will also discuss the different outcome measures and rehab techniques that are the most beneficial in this acute patient population.
Learning Objectives:
1) Analyze and discuss critical lab values in the cancer patients and their implications on treatment course
2) Describe 3 ways the geriatric oncology patient is more complicated and discuss the two theories why cancer develops in this population
3) Learn 5 new strategies for rehabilitation and the cancer patient
4) Identify the potential side effects of cancer treatments and their implications for acute care therapy
Speaker: Kathryn Tasillo, PT has been a practicing physical therapist for over 8.5 years and has been in the acute care setting the entire time. After a year and a half of rotating through all of the areas in her hospital, she developed a passion for the medical, surgical, and oncological teams. Kathryn focused her efforts in this area growing critical thinking skills as patients can look much different on paper than they do in person. She became the Lead Medical Surgical Therapist at Carolinas Medical Center in 2012 and began researching more about oncology patients. She was instrumental in developing the rehabilitation programming for the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit that opened in January 2014. Kathryn has been involved in the regularly scheduled oncology nursing on boarding education about rehabilitation (physical and occupational therapy) roles of the cancer patient. She have been a guest lecturer on this topic at her alma mater, East Tennessee State University as well as an adjunct professor at Campbell University, outside of Raleigh, NC on both the oncology patient and hospital based practice.
Educational Credit: 6 Hours (0.6 CEUs)

In this session you will learn that more now than ever before we must be able to practice with greater efficiency and stability to compete in todays market. In order to do that you need to know the most effective ways of bridging the gap for new grads to become a part of your professional team and how to retain and develop them. In order to support such talent you need to know how to build a demand for your services in order to grow your practice with effective and efficient marketing strategies.
Learning Objectives:
1. Integrate the most effective interviewing process complete with closing techniques to ensure the best candidates are working for you.
2. Apply the new grad on boarding process to ensure successful transitioning from student to PT professional.
3. Resolve the mystery of marketing by implementing internal and external marketing system of management.
Speaker:Brian Gallagher graduated from Daemen College with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1992. He has been a treating physical therapist, private practice owner, home health care manager and business consultant to medical practices across the country for the past 26 years. Brian grew his own out-patient physical therapy clinics in Maryland, and sold them in 2006, re-acquired them in late 2008, and then boomed them to “Practice of the Year” in 2011. Since that time he was able to expand services to include PT, OT, and ST for both children and adults, and built a platform that grew from 2 to 6 clinics. In January of 2017, Brian once again sold his practice so he could devote 100% of his attention to MEG Business Management, which he started in 2006. MEG began as purely an educational consulting company for private practice owners across the country. Today MEG Business Management not only continues to train practice owners on how to successfully grow and manage their practices, it is also rapidly becoming a leader in providing PT billing services. Brian has also successfully executed the merger and acquisition of over 15 medical practices.
Educational Credit:3 Hours (0.3 CEUs)

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. This hands-on, workshop environment is intended for practitioners and therapists with all levels of experience with soft tissue techniques.
 Format is Lecture and Lab.
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: Tony Mikla 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.
Educational Credit: 3 Hours (0.3 CEUs)

Balance Dysfunction and Recovery
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Speaker: Michael C. Schubert, PT, Ph.D.completed his Ph.D. at the University of Miami in 2001. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in vestibular neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University in 2004. Currently he holds an appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. His research is focused on examining the oculomotor mechanisms responsible for both behavioral outcomes and physiologic changes associated with vestibular rehabilitation. His research has been funded by NASA, NIH, the US Department of Defense, and the Foundation for Physical Therapy.
Educational Credit: 4 Hours (0.4 CEUs)

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Speakers: Christa Nelson, PT, DPT, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). She is a graduate of the dual DPT/PhD (engineering) program at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, obtaining her DPT in 2010 and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. After graduation from physical therapy school, Dr. Nelson worked at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in both the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings, treating patients with a wide variety of conditions, including both orthopedic and neurological conditions, amputations, and various gait and balance disorders. Her primary research interest is in the adaptation of the musculoskeletal system after injury, and she completed her doctoral work investigating the adaptation of muscle fascicle length in the upper extremity in individuals with chronic hemiparetic stroke using novel ultrasound methods. Dr. Nelson’s primary teaching responsibilities within the UMB curriculum are in the areas of biomechanics, gait, movement science, and evidence-based practice.
Matt Sedgley, MD is a primary care physician, fellowship trained in sports medicine. His special interests include musculoskeletal injuries, evaluation of non-surgical orthopedic problems, and concussion. He is a team physician for the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and Stevenson University. Dr. Sedgley's special interests include working with runners, triathletes and bicyclists; he has worked as the primary care sports medicine medical director of several marathons and ultra marathons. He is trained in sports medicine ultrasound. Non-operative care for orthopedic concerns and acute sports injuries are his focus.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

  • 7:00 am         Breakfast with Sections 
  • Noon             Lunch with Exhibitors

Course Description:
Learning Objectives
Speaker: Jennifer Ortiz PT, WSC graduated from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda California with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She has experience in a variety of settings including sports, neuro-rehabilitation, geriatrics, orthopedics, lymphedema, aquatic therapy, osteoporosis and male and female pelvic floor physical therapy. Jennifer has also taken an advanced manual therapy class in visceral manipulation.
Educational Credit: 6 Hours (0.6 CEUs)

Course Description:Neck pain may signal a shoulder problem, and shoulder pain may signal a neck problem but what about the silent problem? The TMJ region. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are over 10 million Americans affected by this disorder. There are still many questions and a great deal of controversy about the cause and treatment of TMD. It is the purpose of this course to familiarize the clinician with basic evaluation techniques and the complex anatomical relationships between the cervical region, shoulder girdle and the craniomandibular complex that impact the successful treatment and resolution of symptoms. Current treatment regimens from a multi-disciplinary approach including dental recommendations for oral appliances, PM&R regenerative techniques and psychosocial interventions will be presented. In addition, new treatment modalities will be presented including the use of diagnostic ultrasound and negative pressure pump for assessment and treatment of fascial restrictions that impact this region.
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this lecture, the participant will be able to:
• Gain understanding of the interconnected anatomy of the cervical region, shoulder girdle and the craniomandibular region.
• Gain knowledge of practical clinical application. 

• Gain understanding of the benefits other medical specialist can provide.
• Gain knowledge of new modalities that should be added to the physical therapist toolbox to improve outcomes.
Speaker:Jodi Maron Barth, PT, CCI, is one of only a handful of recognized Facial Palsy therapists in the United States. She is a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation with a specialization in outpatient rehab. Jodi’s wide range of clinical experience has provided her with the tools, such as dry needling, Graded Motor Imagery, biofeedback, TMJ Rocabado techniques and extensive manual therapy training to perform in-depth, comprehensive physical therapy evaluations and treatments. She is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally in the areas of TMJ, facial palsy, postural dysfunction and performance enhancement for the vocal artist. Jodi is a published author and certified clinical instructor through the APTA as well as a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a graduate of the Ithaca College PT program, and attended the Masters of Science program at Adelphi University in the area of exercise physiology.  
Gincy Lockhart Stezar, PTA, CCI, is a licensed physical therapist assistant with 12 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation. She has collaborated over the last 10 years with Jodi Barth specializing in the field of facial neuromuscular retraining, postural restoration and TMJ dysfunction. Prior to that, Gincy worked for eight years at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as the clinic fitness director. Gincy has presented both nationally and internationally on facial palsy, Graded Motor Imagery and TMJ rehabilitation, and is a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association. She, too, is a Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. Gincy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Maryland, and an Associate’s degree in Applied Science as a physical therapist assistant at Montgomery College.
Carl Chua, PT, CCI, is a licensed physical therapist with over 10 years of experience working in the outpatient setting primarily in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Carl has a comprehensive treatment approach when it comes to his patients, his area of interest is the spine. He uses a multitude of techniques from strain counter strain, muscle energy, myofascial release, movement screens and taping in addressing the various symptoms his patients to get them back to their full potential. Carl is a graduate of the physical therapy program of the University of Santo Tomas. He is also certified provider for the functional movement screen(FMS) system as well as a clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Nathan Yokel completed his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a focus on diagnostic and interventional ultrasound and sports medicine. He believes in an integrated approach that begins with a careful review of the history of the injury or pain and then incorporates traditional physical examination and real time ultrasound to determine the exact cause of each individual patient’s pain or impaired function. His focus on sports medicine, regenerative treatments as well as traditional procedures and rehabilitation are combined to help patients get back to the activities they enjoy most. Dr. Yokel is a native of the Maryland Metro DC area and is happy to be able to practice locally. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland in College Park, he moved to Philadelphia where he completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He augmented his medical training with Masters degrees in Public Health and Business Administration at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Dr. Yokel completed his internship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore and his residency at the Georgetown University Hospital/National Rehabilitation Hospital training program in Washington DC, serving as chief resident in his final year and developing a research protocol for assessing the accuracy of ultrasound guided injections. Following residency he trained in interventional spinal procedures, regenerative procedures, pain and occupational medicine.
Educational Credit: 4 Hours (0.4 CEUs)

Course Description:This session will inform PT's and PTA's about caring for the dancer's lower extremity. It will review common dance injuries of the LE and dance specific tests and assessment. Participants will practice dance specific exercises for the hip, knee, ankle, and foot used for rehabilitation and enhanced performance. The comprehensive management of the dancer to full return to dance will be discussed.
Learning Objectives:1. Identify dance specific evaluations and utilize evaluation tools effectively. 2. Practice dance specific exercise for the lower extremity. 3. Recognize methods in lowering the risk of lower extremity injuries for dancers. 4. Identify the most common lower extremity dance injuries. 5. Understand some of the nuances to caring for the dance population.
Speakers:Megan Rich PT is the founder, owner, and managing director of Megan Rich Physical & Aquatic Therapy and Well Being Center. She directs the Performing Arts and Sports Medicine Program at MRPT. Megan worked as a physiotherapist and professor of Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance from at Goucher College.As part of Performing Arts and Sports Medicine Megan has provided for the last 15 years back stage, pre show, physical therapy and training for national touring Broadway musicals and shows for The Hippodrome at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, Lyric Opera House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The National Theater. Megan teaches at state and regional dance festivals, conferences, and symposiums as well as residencies by invitation at schools around the country. Megan provides athlete and dance pre season physical screens that are designed for each organization collaborating with other heath care professionals to obtain diverse information. She goes beyond ordinary by following up with clients and coaches/teacher regarding findings and recommendations for advanced body knowledge regarding injury prevention, rehabilitation, warm up strategies, and training of specific skills to improve performance. She holds foot care conferences and injury prevention programs for the athletic and dance community.
Megan Warres PT, DPT received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the School of Medicine at University of Maryland, Baltimore. While a student, she spent time in Malawi doing research under a grant from the Global Health International Council. She also received the Dr. Frank H.J. Figge Memorial Award for Anatomy and the Dr. Mary Rodgers Research Award. As a formerly injured dancer, she has a particular passion for treating dancers and teaching them what she wishes she had known long ago. In her free time, Megan enjoys eating, dancing, playing piano, and being in the sunshine.
Educational Credit: 4 Hours (0.4 CEUs)

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Speaker:Richard Y. Hinton, MD, MPH, PT, is the medical director of MedStar Sports Medicine, director of the MedStar Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, and an attending orthopaedic surgeon at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Hinton's practice is concentrated on knee and shoulder conditions and involves athletes at the recreational, scholastic, collegiate, and professional levels of play. Dr. Hinton specializes in ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction and revision surgery. He has a special interest in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, including ACL injuries and osteochondritis dissecans. Having trained at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, Dr. Hinton began his sports medicine career as a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer. He then received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and residency training in orthopaedic surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He completed fellowship training in both pediatric orthopaedic surgery and adult sports medicine at these same institutions. He then received his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, with a concentration in epidemiology and injury prevention. Dr. Hinton has served as a team physician for the Baltimore Ravens, Towson University, Loyola University, Morgan State University, the Women's U.S. National Lacrosse Team, and a number of scholastic and youth organizations. He is an executive board member of US Lacrosse's Sports Science Committee and co-director of the nation's leading lacrosse-specific sports medicine program at MedStar Health. He has served as president of the Maryland Orthopaedic Association and held membership on various AOSSM committees, as well as the Maryland Board of Physicians Athletic Trainers Oversight Committee.
Educational Credit: 4 Hours (0.4 CEUs)

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Speaker: Carissa Knouse Colangelo MS,LAT, ATC, PTA, CSCS, is currently the coordinator of Athletic Training Services for MedStar Sports Medicine, primarily overseeing the Athletic Trainers serving in the Greater Baltimore Region. In addition, Carissa also works as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) at the MedStar NRH Harbor Hospital Sports Medicine Physical Therapy clinic. She graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2001 with her physical therapist assistant associate's degree and a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training. Carissa then graduated from Ohio University in 2003 with a master's degree in athletic training and higher education. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2001, a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant since 2002, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2003. Prior to joining MedStar in 2009, Colangelo spent six years at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and Assistant Clinical Professor of Athletic Training. Carissa has a special interest in rehabilitation of athletes. Specifically, she has been active in research for the reduction of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries and rehabilitation for return to play after an ACL tear. Carissa has been involved with program development and piloting projects looking at and identifying risks factors for ACL tears and the effect of an ACL injury reduction intervention program in high school athletes. She also enjoys working with runners and rehabilitation of athletes after a concussion.

Educational Credit: 4 Hours (0.4 CEUs)

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Speaker:T. Ann McElroy, PTA has over 10 years clinical experience with the US Army and with a leading local Spinal Cord Injury center. T.Ann was Restorative Therapies first home installer prior to joining the company on a full time basis in 2007.
Educational Credit: 4 Hours (0.4 CEUs)

Course Description: For professionals considering a change or who want to retire as a clinician but want to stay in the profession, come out and speak with colleagues about staying engaged in the profession and technology; utilization review; academia; global/local volunteering; consulting; part time LTC; financial planning; etc. This roundtable session will allow you to reinvigorate your next chapter and put you in touch with colleagues to mentor you as you open new doors.

Educational Credit: 4 Hours (0.4 CEUs)

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