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  • What Is Your Profession?

    Speaker: Michael Shoemaker, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS

    In the context of historical and current issues, the presentation will ask participants to consider their commitment to advancing the profession of physical therapy and the ways in which each can individually contribute to this effort.

    Psychologically Informed Care: Integrating Psychosocial Factors with a Biomedical Approach

    Speaker: Tim Phillips, PT, DPT, MTC

    There is increased awareness that obtaining favorable outcomes with patients is not solely dependent on the patient’s biomechanics. Psychosocial factors can play a pivotal role in the success or failure of treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles, motivational communication, and a modern neuroscience approach to pain provide evidence based tools as well as an advanced skill set for clinicians working with all patients and specifically, difficult populations.

    Exoskeletons and Their Role in Enhancing both Patient Experience and Functional Outcomes

    Speakers: Diane Patzer, MPT, NSC

    Course will be an overview of 4 exoskeletons currently in use both clinically and for personal home use including discussion of different features of each device, inclusion / exclusion criteria, benefits of exoskeleton use and how to incorporate into a comprehensive treatment plan. Course will also include case studies and video examples of each device in use.

  • Panel Session on Student Loans, Continuing Education, and APTA Membership

    Speakers: Patrick Lawrence, Joshua Brockway, and Robin Firby

    This session will give you the opportunity to learn about student loans and repayments, how to fulfill continuing education requirements and what other opportunities for learning are out there, and the importance of being an APTA member after you graduate. You will have the chance to ask questions from 3 professionals in the field.

    Return to Play Considerations: When Can the Athlete Play?

    Speaker: Jodi Sandvik, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS

    This session will cover the steps and tests used to make return to play decisions. Also, when is the athlete able to “play through” an injury and when the athlete should be restricted. The role of the physical therapist/ physical therapy assistant in return to play decisions will be discussed.

    Why Every Therapist Needs to be Able to Perform a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

    Speakers: Chris Wilson, PT, DScPT, DPT, GCS

    Physical functioning is only one component of optimal aging in society. In the era of direct access and community-focused healthcare services, physical therapy professionals are confronted with an opportunity to provide skilled services by facilitating and ensuring comprehensive holistic management of older adults. This session will familiarize participants with common assessment tools, resource identification and management techniques to complement and enrich their current geriatric and older adult patient care procedures.

  • Foundation Training

    Speaker: Tracy Ryckaert PTA, NSCA-CPT and Dawn Szpiech, AT, ATC, PTA, MT, TBMM-CES

    Foundation Training is a series of exercises designed to teach you how to move your body, how to support yourself structurally, and how to move muscularly. It allows you to improve your coordination and prevent injury. The number of youth being seen in Physical Therapy for chronic pain is at an all-time high. Contributors to these injuries consist of year-round sports, poor posture created from hours spent over electronics, and repetitive demands being placed on faulty structures.

    Make a name for yourself!

    Speaker: Brian A. Gilbert PT, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT

    The world of PT is ever changing along with everything else in healthcare. There is always a need for great therapists and people who are driving change within our profession. We all want to make a name for ourselves and for most that can be an interesting challenge. We want to provide the best care, but navigating through the challenges of the current healthcare industry that can be hard to do. Please join us for a conversation in how to make a name for yourself and be known as the best PT in town.

  • Enhancing Student Learning in the Clinical Setting

    Speaker: Jennifer Dickson PT, DPT, OMPT and Linda Hall PT, MS, DPT

    Attendees of this course will have the opportunity to enhance his/her ability to create a variety of learning opportunities for students in the clinical setting. Accurate assessment of student learning and goal setting will be discussed. Attendees will be able to understand the challenging student and develop strategies to promote their success. The session will conclude with a review of available resources for clinical instructors.

    PT as a Part of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

    Speaker: Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS and Meri Goehring, PT, PhD, GCS, CWS

    This course entails a review of two common factors that may be associated with aging; cognition changes and frailty in the first hour. It will then continue in the second hour by presenting information on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. Participants will have time to practice administering some tests during a lab type simulation activity.

    Progressive Rehabilitation for Shoulder Arthroplasty: Where’s the Evidence?

    Speakers: Corey Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, MTC, CSCS

    Recent data points to a dramatic increase in shoulder arthroplasty procedures over the past decade (standard and reverse procedures). Population-based modeling predicts this increase will continue to grow over the next decade. Given the long recovery period for patients and rehabilitation being a preferred part of the recovery process for most surgeons, what are the best physical therapy methods for treating this patient population?

  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) with MOVEMENT

    Speaker: Tony Mikla DPT, MSPT, CSCS, XPS

    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 outcomes. A review of dysfunctional movement screening patterns and the utilization of soft tissue tools to improve patient outcomes.

    Embrace the Neck: A PT’s Evidence Based Approach to Neck Pain

    Speaker: Mark Stansberry, DPT, OCS, C-OMPT

    This course is designed to assist the physical therapist in a focused approach to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of cervical spine pain. Utilizing the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs): Neck Pain (APTA 2008), as a guide, this course will focus on the evidence available to manage musculoskeletal disorders commonly encountered by orthopedic physical therapists. The physical therapist will receive a common sense approach to the use of Clinical Prediction Rules (CPRs) and use the appropriate outcome measurements to assess the musculoskeletal change.

    Facilitating Movement Across the Lifespan

    Speaker: Jennifer Bastian, PT, DPT Brian Keenoy, PT, DPT Holly Lookabaugh-Deur, PT, DSc, GCS, CEEAA Kristi Schneider, PT, DPT, GCS

    This course focuses on evidenced-based approach to motor learning, facilitating movement, and assessing and prioritizing treatment priorities in a clinical map for the neurologically impaired client across the spectrum. Methods are applicable and important for the orthopedic-focused client as well. Hands-on applications of anticipatory postural control treatment techniques, large amplitude and movement speed, and use of vibration strategies will be demonstrated as components of effective treatment strategies.


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    Jenn Bastian PT, DPT

    Jennifer is a Certified Bobath NDT therapist with 8 years of outpatient physical therapy experience treating pediatric and adults with a focus on neurological conditions.

    She has provided in-house education throughout Generation Care and given in-services to local school therapists in the Ottawa County Area. Previous speaking/presenting experience: frequent speaker to local school pediatric therapists ...

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    Jennifer Blackwood PT, PhD, GCS

    Jennifer is a physical therapist and is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

    She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University where her research focused on examining the relationship between deficits in cognition and fall risk in community dwelling older adults. She has presented her research studies and performed education sessions at state, national and international conferences ...

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    Jennifer Dickson PT, DPT, OMPT

    Jennifer is a graduate of Oakland University with a specialist certification in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.

    She has 14 years of experience as a clinical instructor and practiced full-time in outpatient orthopedics for 10 years before transitioning my career to academics. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University with responsibilities in classroom/lab teaching and clinical education for the PT program. She also continues to stay active in the clinic, on a contingent basis, with HealthQuest Physical Therapy.

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    Brian A. Gilbert PT, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT

    Brian is a graduate of Grand Valley State University from the class of 2001.

    For the last 16 years Brian has worked in outpatient orthopedics and has been Board Certified in Orthopedics from the ABPTS since 2005. He also completed his Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment through the Mckenzie Institute in 2008. Brian has worked for and is a partner in The Center for Physical Rehabilitation in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 2001.

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    Meri Goehring PT, PhD, GCS, CWS

    Meri is a physical therapist and has been twice Board Certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

    She graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1979. While remaining in clinical practice, she continued her education at Wichita State receiving a Master of Health Science degree in 1990 and her PhD from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2006.

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    Linda Hall PT, MS, DPT

    Linda is a graduate of Central Michigan University (MS, PT) and Boston University (DPT).

    She has 20 years of experience as a Clinical Instructor, 10 years of experience as a CCCE, and 5 years of experience as a Regional Clinical Coordinator in the academic environment. She has been a guest lecturer at various PT and PTA programs in Michigan and presented at the Detroit Medical Center Stroke Conference in 2008 and 2009. ...

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    Brian Keenoy PT, DPT

    Brian is a GVSU graduate with special interest in treatment of neurological conditions.

    As a LSVT certified PT and manual –focused therapist, he spent his first few years as a clinician in private practice developing early intervention programs. Currently a clinician in the U of Michigan system, Brian brings intensity to every patient-centered session.

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    Holly Lookabaugh-Deur PT, DSc, GCS, CEEAA

    Holly is a practicing physical therapist with 37 years of clinical experience.

    Her private practice, Generation Care, centers around comprehensive, intensive PT, OT, and SLP care, integrating wellness options for all clients. ...

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    Tony Mikla DPT, MSPT, CSCS, XPS

    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 ...

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    Diane Patzer PT, MPT, NCS

    Diane is a graduate of Wayne State University and has 12 years experience at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan working with the neurologically impaired population.

    She earned her board certification in neurologic physical therapy in 2011 and is currently a senior physical therapist at RIM's Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Program. Diane is one of a handful of physical therapists in the country trained in Ekso, ReWalk, and REX exoskeletons and is the lead senior therapist over RIM's Robotic Program.

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    Tim Phillips PT, DPT, MTC

    Tim earned his MPT from Andrews University in 2002. Tim completed his transitional DPT at the University of St. Augustine in 2008 and earned his Manual Therapy Certification in 2006.

    He has worked in outpatient orthopedics for 14 years. He has served as adjunct faculty at the DPT program at Grand Valley State University and won the MPTA “Outstanding Clinical Instructor” in 2010.

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    Tracy Ryckaert PTA, NSCA-CPT

    Tracy is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

    Her entire professional career has been dedicated to the research, treatment, and prevention of orthopedic and sports-related injuries. Tracy has enjoyed spreading the teachings of Foundation Training through group classes, physical therapy treatment, and independent training.

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    Jodi Sandvik PT, DPT, ATC, SCS

    Jodi received her BS in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1991.

    She also has a MS in exercise science from Miami University and a transitional doctorate of physical therapy from Drexel University. Additionally, Jodi is working on her DSc in Athletic training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Jodi is also a certified athletic trainer and a board certified sports physical therapy specialist.

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    Joel Sattgast, PT, DPT

    Joel completed undergraduate training at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, followed by DPT completion at Creighton University.

    He completed a directed practice internship in New York with Chris Johnson PT, in association with the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) Lenox Hill Hospital. He has directed rehabilitative services and engaged in research related to chronic pain and neuro trauma, along with academic instruction, with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Wayne State University ...

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    Kristi Schneider, PT, DPT, GCS

    Kristi Schneider received her doctorate of physical therapy from Grand Valley State University in 2008.

    Throughout her years of practice, she has developed an interest in geriatrics and neuro based physical therapy. In 2014, she became an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties geriatric certified specialist. She holds a certification in LSVT BIG® and has trained with Dance for PD® in New York City to instruct dance for classes for people living with Parkinson’s Disease.

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    Michael Shoemaker PT, DPT, PhD, GCS

    Dr. Shoemaker received a B.S. in Physical Education with an Exercise Science Specialization from Calvin College in 1996.

    In 1999 he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University, and earned his PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University in 2012. He has been board-certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2002.

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    Corey Snyder PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, MTC, CSCS

    Corey is a Board-Certified Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and Manager of Physical Therapy Services at MedSport at the University of Michigan Health System.

    Corey graduated from The University of Kansas with his B.S. in Exercise Science and then earned his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential from the NSCA. He graduated from Emory University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2004 and subsequently worked in outpatient clinics focused on back and neck pain for several years ...

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    Mark Stansberry DPT, OCS, C-OMPT

    Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Michigan-Flint and completed his Master’s in Physical Therapy at U of M-Flint in 1992.

    In 2003 he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. He has owned and operated his owned private practice, Mountain Town Rehab, in Mt. Pleasant, MI since 2001. He is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist.

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    Dawn Szpiech AT, ATC, PTA, MT, TBMM-CES

    Dawn is a 1994 graduate of the University of Mary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and Biology.

    She also is a 2013 graduate of Kent State University – Ashtabula with an Associate’s Degree for a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has been working in the Physical Therapy/Bodywork field for over 19 years including areas of Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Pediatrics and Chronic Pain. She is a licensed Athletic Trainer, Physical Therapist Assistant and Massage Therapist in the state of Michigan.

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    Chris Wilson PT, DScPT, DPT, GCS

    Dr. Chris Wilson is assistant professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He is also an education coordinator at Beaumont Hosptial in Troy, MI.

    He was awarded his DScPT from Oakland University with a graduate certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation. He received his transitional DPT from University of St. Augustine with a Primary Care Certification and his Masters in PT from Oakland University.

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Conference Schedule

Friday, March 24: Student Conclave

  • 7:30am - 8:40am

    Breakfast & Registration - Exhibit Hall Open

  • 8:45am - 9:15am

    Opening Remarks and Keynote- What is Your Profession?

    Michael Shoemaker, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS

  • 9:15am - 9:35am

    Break – Exhibit Hall Open

  • 9:40am - 10:25am

    Scheduled Courses

    Exoskeletons and Their Role in Enhancing both Patient Experience and Functional Outcomes
    Diane Patzer, MPT, NSC

    Psychologically Informed Care: Integrating Psychosocial Factors with a Biomedical Approach
    Tim Philips, PT, DPT, MTC

    Business in PT

    Mock Interviews and Resume Review

  • 10:30am - 10:40

    Break – Exhibit hall Open

  • 10:45am - 11:30am

    Scheduled Courses

    Exoskeletons and Their Role in Enhancing both Patient Experience and Functional Outcomes
    Diane Patzer, MPT, NSC

    Psychologically Informed Care: Integrating Psychosocial Factors with a Biomedical Approach
    Tim Philips, PT, DPT, MTC

    Business in PT

    Panel Discussion: Student Loans, Continuing Education, APTA Membership

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    Mock Interviews and Resume Review

    ock Interviews and Resume Review

  • 11:35am - 11:50

    Break – Exhibit hall Open

  • 11:50am - 12:50pm

    Lunch – Exhibit hall Open

  • 12:55pm - 1:20pm

    Break – Exhibit hall Open

  • 1:25pm - 2:10pm

    Scheduled Courses

    Why Every Therapist Needs to be Able to Perform a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
    Chris Wilson, PT, DScPT, DPT, GCS

    Return to play Considerations: When can the athlete play?
    Jodi Sandvik, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS

    Foundation Training
    Tracy Ryckaert PTA, NSCA-CPT and Dawn Szpiech, AT, ATC, PTA, MT, TBMM-CES

    MPTA Board Meeting - Guests Welcome

    Mock Interviews and Resume Review

  • 2:15pm - 2:30pm

    Break – Exhibit hall Open

    MPTA Board Meeting - Guests Welcome

    Mock Interviews and Resume Review

  • 2:35pm - 3:20pm

    Scheduled Courses

    Why Every Therapist Needs to be Able to Perform a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
    Chris Wilson, PT, DScPT, DPT, GCS

    Return to play Considerations: When can the athlete play?
    Jodi Sandvik, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS

    Foundation Training
    Tracy Ryckaert PTA, NSCA-CPT and Dawn Szpiech, AT, ATC, PTA, MT, TBMM-CES

    MPTA Board Meeting - Guests Welcome

    Mock Interviews and Resume Review

  • 3:25pm - 3:45pm

    Break – Exhibit hall Open

    MPTA Board Meeting - Guests Welcome

    Mock Interviews and Resume Review

  • 3:50pm - 4:20pm

    Student Conclave Closing Remarks and Prize Drawings

    MPTA Board Meeting - Guests Welcome

    Mock Interviews and Resume Review

 Full Conclave Schedule

Saturday, March 25 Spring Conference

  • 7:00am - 8:00am

    Registration/Exhibit Hall – Continental Breakfast Served in Exhibit Hall

  • 8:00am - 9:00

    MPTA Clinical Round Tables – Geriatrics, Ortho, Oncology, Women’s Health

    Note: Exhibit Hall Open

  • 9:00am - 9:30am

    Unopposed Time - Exhibit Hall

  • 9:30am - 11:30am

    Scheduled Courses

    Enhancing Student Learning in the Clinical Setting:
    Jennifer Dickson PT, DPT, OMPT and Linda Hall PT, MS, DPT

    PT as a Part of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
    Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS and Meri Goehring, PT, PhD, GCS, CWS

    Progressive Rehabilitation for Shoulder Arthroplasty: Where’s the Evidence?
    Corey Snyder, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, MTC, CSCS

    Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) with MOVEMENT
    Stuart Wilson PT, MS

    Note: The Exhibit Hall will be open from 9:30-11:00, and will be closed for lunch from 11:00-11:30

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm

    Unopposed Time - Exhibit Hall

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    MPTA Current Issues Forum

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Unopposed Time - Exhibit Hall

  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Scheduled Courses

    Embrace the Neck: A PT’s Evidence Based Approach to Neck Pain Mark Stansberry, DPT, OCS, C-OMPT

    Facilitating Movement Across the Lifespan Jen Bastian, DPT; Brian Keenoy, DPT; Kristi Schneider, DPT, GCS; Holly Lookabaugh-Deur, PT, DSc, GCS, CEEAA

    Pain and Rehabilitation: Reversing the Pavlovian Response Joel Sattgast, PT, DPT

 Full Conference Schedule

Registration Pricing

$ 50 For Student Members
Student Conclave (after 3/21)
Register Onsite
  • 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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Does MPTA have a room block at the hotel?

Yes, MPTA negotiated a special conference rate of $95 per night for the nights of Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1. To take advantage of this special rate, attendees should call the hotel reservation line: 989-772-4000 and mention MPTA. The cut-off for the discounted rate is March 10 so make your reservations early.

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219 S. Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

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Enter Block Code 1603MIPHYS for the special MPTA rates below:

  • Standard double, queen or kings - $105
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  • Corner kings - $135
  • Luxury doubles or kings - $145
  • Suites - $225

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