APTA AZ Summer Conference 2022

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June 11, 2022
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
"Moving our Profession Forward"
In-Person Conference

A.T. Still University
5850 E Still Circle, Mesa
$250 Non-Members - $175 Members - $75 Students
(includes coffee in the morning & lunch)
7 Contact Hours

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Track 1 - Speaker: Dr. Michael Ross    
Course Title: Evidence-based Concepts of Musculoskeletal Imaging in Physical Therapy Practice
Course Description:

 Many patients with orthopedic disorders have had some form of diagnostic imaging, yet they routinely have limited knowledge of how their diagnostic imaging results relate to their current problem. What should physical therapists know about diagnostic imaging (i.e., plain film radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone scans, diagnostic ultrasound, and computed tomography) to facilitate appropriate patient education and management, as well direct radiologist referral to maximize outcomes? This exciting interactive course will provide physical therapists with a thorough understanding of diagnostic imaging principles that can be immediately integrated into their clinical practice. The course will begin with a discussion of the importance of a thorough knowledge of diagnostic imaging in rehabilitation. The basic principles of the various imaging modalities will be reviewed with an emphasis on clinical application. The indications and diagnostic utility for different imaging procedures for the spine and extremities will be described. Through the use of patient case examples, the evidence for the appropriate use of diagnostic imaging will be provided, as well as how to place imaged pathology into the appropriate clinical context to assist with the evidence-based evaluation and management of the patient. The major thrust of the course will be on musculoskeletal imaging with an emphasis on normal radiographic anatomy and systematic analysis of the pathological consequences of trauma and disease. An emphasis of this course will also be on clinical decision-making principles in an outpatient, direct access physical therapy setting to facilitate direct radiology referral. However, the principles presented will be applicable to any clinical setting.


Michael D. Ross, PT, DHSc is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Daemen College in Amherst NY. He is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Prior to his appointment at Daemen College, Dr. Ross served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years where he was credentialed as a direct access provider with diagnostic imaging, medical laboratory, specialty physician referral, and pharmacological privileges. He has made numerous scientific presentations and has lectured extensively at the entry-level, graduate, and postgraduate levels on diagnostic imaging, medical screening, and differential diagnosis in physical therapist practice. Dr. Ross maintains an active community-based practice focusing on patients with chronic pain disorders and has published over 200 manuscripts and abstracts related to physical therapist practice. He served as the Editor for the Musculoskeletal Imaging feature of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy from 2008 to 2016 and is a manuscript reviewer for several medical and rehabilitation journals.

Track 2 - Brett Larson & Christine Childers

Brett Larson, BSIE, MBA, CPC, ELI-MP

Course Title: Practical methods for transforming Burnout into Bliss

Course Description:
Brett is a Leadership Development Program Manager at WL Gore and Associates. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Colorado University.  Brett has been a Leader at varying levels for 30 years and has spent much of that time developing other Leaders and Leadership teams.  In 2018 Brett received his certification as a Professional Coach, and today he helps Leaders learn how to create a climate of psychological safety that enables peak performance. His approach includes developing individual and team emotional intelligence toward creating a strong, functional team based on trust, honesty, and authenticity. These attributes not only create an environment of mutual respect and accountability that maximizes job satisfaction, they also grow bottom-line profitability for the organization.  When employees enjoy their working environment and their basic needs of autonomy, relatedness and mastery are met, the organization produces great business results. Brett will be publishing a book in the spring of 2022 entitled, “Leaders with a Capital ‘L’.”

With the onset of Covid and the general increase in polarization within our society, burnout has become a huge concern. Brett’s talk will focus on techniques for handling stress and how to grow our consciousness of emotions toward choosing reactions that enable a healthier experience in response to life’s events. As human beings, we inadvertently place so many barriers in our own way when we blindly follow our egos, assumptions, fears, and judgments. When we are self-aware and able to manage our emotions, we can choose thoughtful reactions and create a rewarding life. This talk will shed light on how we can get out of our own way to be healthy, productive, and a positive force. 

Brett will take the group through exercises designed to process our challenges and create a personal practice that can help us cope with any barriers that may spring up. 

Christine Childers, PT, PhD
Course Title: Frankie to Elton, Beetles, and DDD: One size just never fits all!

Course Description:
So, you have a difficult client? Maybe there are cognitive challenges, maybe they are just grumpy, but as movement specialists, Physical Therapists must get them moving. Research is increasingly showing the strong links between sedentary behavior and mortality and frailty. It is critical that we encourage the older adult to consider the latest physical activity guidelines of "some are better than none" - but how do we achieve this? Tapping into different behavior change theories; analyzing the different cohorts, and looking at how to engage those with cognitive challenges; this highly interactive session (be ready to jitterbug and rock and roll) looks at appropriate clinical interventions to motivate our older adults. This session will examine and demonstrate how Physical therapists can "hide" PT interventions focused on balance, strengthening, gait, and movement, in fun ways that support individualized patient care. This session will also discuss the changes in approach needed for those with cognitive challenges and how to utilize the Karvonen method to maximize intensity for older adults.   Faculty, clinicians, and students will get immediate ideas they can take back to the clinic, or the classroom.

Chris Childers is an associate professor specializing in teaching Geriatrics, Wellness, and behavior change.  She has recently moved to Tucson to be the founding program director for the DPT program that is in the early stages of development at the University of Arizona. Dr. Childers utilizes service learning for her students and developed a movement and music program that she uses to promote fun physical activity in older adults, including those with cognitive challenges.  Chris has been the chair of the CMHSIG for the past 3 years and serves on the Allen Cognitive board.  Chris has worked in multiple roles for the FSBPT and the ABPTS including coordinating the recent revision of the description of specialty practice, for the geriatric section.  Chris has presented several times at CSM as well as other state and national conferences.  She is currently the director of the Advanced Competency in Home Health for the Home health section and continues to see patients in the home setting to maintain her clinical skills.

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