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  • Integrative treatment for patients experiencing chronic pain

    Speakers: Cheryl Van Demark

    Growing numbers of patients with chronic pain, chronic stress and lifestyle mediated chronic diseases are looking to our profession for ways to improve their quality of life beyond their functional status. In our role as health educators, we can go beyond explaining chronic pain and into helping our patients create well-being. What might our practice look like if we practiced from a lens of integrative health?

    Lifestyle Intervention in PT Practice: Supporting wellness across the lifespan

    Speaker: Karen Mueller

    80% of healthcare spending in the United States is directed towards the management of conditions resulting from poor lifestyle choices. These chronic conditions, which include hypertension, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, have a negative impact on population health and require interventions directed at lifestyle modification. Lifestyle Medicine involves the consideration of lifestyle practices in the identification of interventions which decrease the risk and/or consequences of chronic disease.

    Understanding and treatment of clients as a whole, not the sum of their parts

    Speakers: Andrea Cuc

    Humans are complex individuals who are influenced by an interplay of psychological, biological, environmental and social factors.  The need to evaluate and take into consideration a patient’s mental/emotional state, body (physical and behavioral) responses, subjective experiences, and environmental contexts, may be important in the understanding the function of their problem and how to best collaborate to formulate a solution and/or treatment plan with them.

  • Transforming Society Through a Biopsychosocialspiritual (BPSS) Model of PT

    Speaker: Matthew J. Taylor

    The only thing certain about healthcare in October of 2017 is it will probably be different than today in February. The winds of change are blowing hard, with governmental change, insurer consolidations and a more complex, savvy patient as a customer.

    Embracing optimal aging in physical therapy care

    Speakers: Kathy Brewer

    As a society, we are faced with an impending “Silver Tsunami” as the huge influx of baby boomers hit age 65. The phenomenon began in 2011 and will continue well into 2030. The healthcare needs of the older adult population are diverse and extensive. Physical therapists are essential providers to address the numerous chronic and degenerative conditions common among aging adults.

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    Kathy Brewer

    Dr. Brewer is a dedicated clinician and educator with over 35 years of experience in a variety of settings including acute, outpatient, home care, long term care/SNF and public health programs with an emphasis in geriatric care, education and administration.

    She frequently writes and presents these topics in local, state and national PT and community educational programs. Dr. Brewer currently practices at Mayo Clinic as the Therapy Clinical Education Specialist and Director of the PT Geriatric Residency program. She was recently awarded the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Allied Health Educator of the year in 2015. She graduated with her degree in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University and received her Master of Education from the University of Cincinnati. Her DPT is from Temple University.

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    Andrea Cuc LCSW

    Andrea is a master’s level licensed clinical social worker who works as a psychotherapist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, in the outpatient mental/behavioral health practice.

    She is experienced in helping patients understand how the mind/body work together and how this can affect mental and physical health.  Andrea is trained in CBT, ACT, DBT, EMDR, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, and yoga.  She helps patients learn skills that they can apply to both their inner and outer personal experiences.  Andrea has participated in research studies, research writing, research and program development, resident training, and lecturing at Mayo Clinic.

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    Robert C. Manske PT, DPT, MPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS

    Robert is a Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

    Rob graduated from WSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1994, and further earned a Master of Education degree in Physical Education in 2000. He received his DPT from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions in 2006. Rob has been an APTA Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist since 2002.

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    Karen Mueller PT, DPT, PhD

    Karen is Professor, program in physical therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she has served since 1987.

    She is a Wellcoaches certified Health and Wellness Coach and recently completed the certificate program in Health Focused Lifestyle Intervention at the University of Montana. Her current research is focused on mindfulness based approaches to health and well-being, and she teaches in the areas of health and wellness, professional communication and neurologic rehabilitation.

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    Dr. Michael Schubert

    Dr Schubert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery as well as the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

    He completed his PhD at the University of Miami followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. His clinical focus is treating gaze and gait instability in people with loss of vestibular sensation. His current research investigates novel methods for identifying pathology within the oculomotor system and differences in motor learning in the vestibulo-ocular reflex using different types of error signals.

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    Matthew J. Taylor PT, PhD, C-IAYT

    Matthew has been teaching how to integrate mindbody therapies into conventional rehabilitation for 20 years.

    His doctoral studies focused on chronic low back pain and creativity. His textbook, “Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation” is a ground-breaking exploration of how rehab can rehab rehabilitation as healthcare changes under shifting dynamics. Matt’s an advocate of interprofessional relations between integral providers and healthcare professionals. As past president of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, as well as an editor for their PubMed indexed research journal, he works across professional silos trying enhance communication and delivery models from all directions ...

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    Cheryl Van Demark PT MA, C-IAYT

    Cheryl is a physical therapist, yoga therapist and yoga teacher with a Master’s degree in physical education and exercise science.

    She has enjoyed over 30 years of helping individuals optimize body alignment, restore movement, build strength and cultivate a balance in body, mind and spirit to pursue joyful living. Cheryl serves as a faculty member of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health Yoga Therapy Training Program and is a Reiki practicioner. Cheryl provides integrative therapeutic services to individuals experiencing recurrent and chronic pain. She is deeply inspired to integrate the wisdom of Yoga into the future of health care ...

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Conference Schedule

Friday, October 6: Day 1

  • 7:30am - 8:00am


  • 8:00am - 8:15am

    Welcome from the President

    John D. Heick, DPT, PhD, NCS, OCS, SCS

  • 8:15am - 10:00am

    Neurology track

    Identifying and Differentiating Vestibular Disorders
    Anatomy and Physiology of the VOR and Oculomotor Systems

    Michael C Schubert, PT, PhD
    Associate Professor, Laboratory of Vestibular NeuroAdaptation
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Dept of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Orthopaedics track

    Recent Advances in Examination and Treatment of Orthopedic and Sports Shoulder and Elbow Injuries

    Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS
    Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program, Wichita State University

  • 10:00am - 10:30am

    Break/Visit with Exhibitors

  • 10:30am - 12:00am

    Neurology track

    Eye Movement Videos/Case Studies

    Orthopaedic track continues

  • 12:00am - 12:30pm

    Lunch Provided

  • 12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Neurology track

    Distinguishing Central from Peripheral Causes of Vestibular Symptoms

    Lab: Oculomotor Exam

    Central vs Peripheral

    Orthopaedic track continues

  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm

    Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Neurology track

    Lecture/LAB: Vertical Canal (Posterior/Anterior) BPPV Maneuvers based on RCT evidence

    Orthopaedic track continues

Saturday, October 7: Day 2

  • 7:30am - 8:00am

    Registration/Committee Breakfasts

  • 8:00am - 9:30am

    Neurology track – Identifying and Differentiating Vestibular Disorders

    VOR Adaptation Exercises: Past, Present, and Future

    Michael C Schubert, PT, PhD

    Orthopaedics track - Recent Advances in Examination and Treatment of Orthopedic and Sports Shoulder and Elbow Injuries

    Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS

    Health Promotion and Wellness track – “Co-Creating the Future of Patient Centered Care”

    featuring Matthew Taylor, Karen Mueller, Cheryl Van Demark, Kathy Brewer and Andrea Cuc

    Matt Taylor: Transforming Society Through a Biopsychosocialspiritual (BPSS) Model of Physical Therapy

  • 9:30am - 10:00

    Break/Visit with Exhibitors

  • 10:00am - 12:00am

    Neurology track - The VOR in Age and other Neurodegenerative Diseases

    Orthopaedic track continues

    10:00am - 12:00am

    Health Promotion and Wellness track

    Karen Mueller: Lifestyle Intervention in PT Practice: Supporting Wellness Across the Lifespan

    Cheryl Van Demark: Integrative Treatment For Patients Experiencing Chronic Pain

    Orthopaedic track continues

  • 12:00am - 2:00am

    Lunch provided, Membership Meeting and Town Hall

  • 2:00am - 3:30pm

    Neurology track - Lecture/LAB: Horizontal Canal BPPV Maneuvers based on RCT evidence

    Orthopaedic track continues

    Health Promotion and Wellness track:

    Kathy Brewer: Embracing Optimal Aging in Physical Therapy Care

  • 3:30pm - 3:45pm

    Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

  • 3:45pm - 4:30pm

    Health Promotion and Wellness track:

    Andrea Cuc: Understanding and Treatment of Clients as a Whole, Not the Sum of Their Parts

Registration Pricing

$ 50 For Student Members
Student Conclave (after 3/21)
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  • Student Members: $50
  • Student Non-Members: $60
  • PT Members: $60
  • PTA Members: $60
  • Non-Members: $80

$ 80 For PT/PTA Members
Spring Conference (after 3/21)
Register Onsite
  • Student Members: $50
  • Student Non-Members: $60
  • PT Members: $80
  • PTA Members: $80
  • Non-Members: $100

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620 North 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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