Course Preview

  • Knowledge translation: IP Rehab – all accepted:

    Speakers: Nora Fritz, Amy Yorke & Suzanne Trojanowski

    Knowledge Translation (KT) is the process of adapting and implementing evidence-based practice from the literature into clinical settings. In this session, the presenters will describe the importance of KT and discuss how it has been applied successfully to physical therapy practice. The complex process of identifying, adapting and implementing a KT project will be discussed through review of the Knowledge-to-Action cycle. The presenters will present the framework for a new KT project in a local Flint, MI outpatient setting and share the establishment of a Know-Do Gap as well as their progress through the Knowledge-to-Action cycle. The presenters will conclude with ways clinicians and academicians can collaborate in future KT projects to foster rehabilitation research.

    Functional Benchmarks for the Care Planning Across the Geriatric Continuum of Care

    Speaker: Holly Lookabaugh-Deur

    This course focuses on a model for clinical decision making across the geriatric continuum of care, including physical, cognitive, functional benchmarks. Therapists will be able to identify appropriate assessment tools matched to meaningful goal development for inpatient, SNF, home care, outpatient, and prevention/ screening settings. Presentation will emphasize use of simple, specific, evidenced based data and effective communication strategies with patients and caregivers to create successful transitions and patient outcomes.

    Early Intervention and Referral for Patients in the Emergency Center

    Speaker: Stephanie Kostsuca

    Changing healthcare regulation and practices has resulted in a steady increase in patients presenting to the emergency center (EC) for medical care. Physical therapists are fully equipped to triage and treat patients that present with musculoskeletal injuries. This presentation will review the research and development of this pilot program of early physical therapy evaluation at a suburban hospital emergency center. Several outcomes resulting from the pilot will also be discussed including effect on flow in the EC, financial implications, patient satisfaction, and areas for future development.

  • Pre Con: Management of Balance Impairment and Falls in Cancer survivors

    Speakers: Cindy Pfalzer, Jennifer Blackwood & Min Huang

    This course reviews cancer pathophysiology as it relates to falls and balance impairment, the impact of cancer and its treatment on body systems and functions and focuses on screening, examination and intervention for balance impairment, fall risk, and chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. Course format includes: Lecture, Labs and Case Study.

  • Orthopedics & Other Platform Presentations

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    Neurologic & Pediatric Platform Presentations

    Room TBD

    Various Topics Platform Presentations

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  • WPS GHA Medicare, Medically Necessary Physical Therapy Documentation

    Speaker: Mary Sue Gardner

    The objective of this course is to gain a better understanding of what Medicare requires in physical therapy documentation to support medical necessity services upon claim review. To achieve this objective we will review Medicare coverage criteria, which includes the new evaluation and re-evaluation codes, we will discuss therapy documentation including common review findings/errors and tips, as well as review the functional G-Code billing and usage in the documentation.

    “The Movement System: Where are we headed as a Profession?”

    Speaker: Barb Hoogenboom

    This course will update the MPTA membership on “where we are” with the Vision of the APTA and the advancement of “The Movement System” as a framework for the practice of Physical Therapy. The presentation will be based upon the information gleaned from the “Movement Summit” held in Alexandria, Virginia in December of 2016, to which Dr. Hoogenboom was an invited participant. Projected APTA “next steps” and updates since the Movement Summit will also be presented, including relevant definitions, optimal verbiage, graphics, and proposed integration into clinical practice, research, and education.

    Pediatric Orthopedic Injuries and Rehabilitation Considerations

    Speaker: Paul Jankowski

    Review of common pediatric orthopedic injuries including overuse osteochondral injuries (Little League shoulder/elbow; Sever’s disease, Osgood-Schlatters,  Sinding-Larson-Johansson) Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis, Concussions, ACL injury, Sprains/Strains and the special rehabilitation considerations with a pediatric orthopedic patient.

  • Non-arthritic anterior hip pain in the younger patient: examination and intervention strategies

    Speakers: Melodie Kondratek & Bryan Kuhlman

    Non-arthritic anterior hip pain experienced by individuals in the 2nd through 4th decades of life may be caused by a variety of intra and extra-articular structures. Common patient complaints include pain with prolonged sitting, walking and standing; and with specific hip movement patterns. Whether the patient has a confirmed medical diagnosis (i.e., femoral acetabular impingement; congenital hip dysplasia) or is seeking a physical therapy consultation, an objective evaluation process can identify structures that contribute to symptom production. Examination findings clarify the direction of the intervention plan.

    Identification of Victims of Human Trafficking: The Role of the Physical Therapy Professional

    Speakers: Holly Lookabaugh - Deur & Jake Jakubiak Kobacek

    This informative one hour session assists the health professional in development of the fundamentals of skill sets critical to recognizing potential human trafficking victims, effectively communicating with them, and implementing the necessary steps to report this illegal activity. This program meets the mandatory requirements set forth by the state of Michigan for all licensed health professionals.

    Increasing Quality Within the Acute Care Setting: Practical Application of Tests and Measures and Other Novel Approaches to Elevate your Practice

    Speakers: Edward Mathis & Suzanne Trojanowski

    This course will review research, norms, and application of commonly uses tests and functional measures within the acute care setting. Will also discuss use of humor and pain neuroscience language from the psychosocial domain to build rapport and increase positivity with patients/staff. Time will be allotted for the audience to share other ideas to increase quality in the acute setting.

  • Pain Science, Movement, and Manual Therapy – An Introduction

    Speaker: Leonard Van Gelder

    Chronic pain is more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Research on the science of pain over the last 20 years has changed the way we understand and teach patients about pain. This evolution has provided clinicians new ways to teach patients about pain which results in decreased pain and fear, promotion of better movement, increased motivation and willingness of patients to exercise longer and participate in therapy.

    The Relevance of Pelvic Physical Therapy in Mainstream P.T. Practice

    Speaker: Bruce LaBreque

    In Women’s Health/Pelvic Health physical therapy treatment, we see commonly pt. complaints such as (including but not limited to the following) persistent hip pain, low back pain, ilioinguinal area pain, suprapubic area pain, “sciatica”, recurrent sacral dysfunction, coccyx area pain, & buttock pain, which have often been treated by more traditional physical therapy approaches, by chiropractic intervention, surgical intervention to the pelvis, low back or hip, or by spinal/sacral nerve stimulators with suboptimal outcomes & chronic return of pt symptoms.

    Physical Therapy Considerations for the Hypermobile Patient

    Speakers: Laura Fisher, John Kravic & David Johnson

    Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) is a commonly misdiagnosed and mismanaged condition in the physical therapy setting. Individuals with JHS have demonstrated lower scores on quality of life measures across the lifespan, and present unique challenges to even the most skilled clinician.  Generalized hypermobility has been linked to an increased risk of injury in contact sports; and have been shown to miss more training time, competitive games, and take longer to recover.

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    Jennifer Blackwood PT, PhD, GCS

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

    She received bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan, a masters of physical therapy degree from the University of Michigan – Flint and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University where her research focused on examining the relationship between cognitive function and fall risk in community dwelling older adults ...

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    Laura Fisher

    Laura is a PhD candidate. Graduated from Hardin Simmons University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008.

    She graduated from the University of Michigan Health Systems Orthopedic Residency in 2011 and obtained her OCS in 2012. Laura is a PhD candidate in Orthopedic and Sport Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions ...

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    Mary Sue Gardner RN/BSN

    Mary Sue has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN/B.S.N.) degree from Methodist College of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Prior to working in Medicare, Mary Sue spent many years practicing clinically in various inpatient and outpatient settings. In Mary Sue’s 15+ years in Medicare Part A, she has worked in the Medical Review department as well as Provider Outreach and Education (POE) department. Mary Sue provides clinical education in all WPS contracts of work throughout the United States.

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    Barb Hoogenboom PT, EdD, SCS, ATC

    Dr. Hoogenboom is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches in the Musculoskeletal curriculum.

    She completed her Bachelor degree at Calvin College (1983), a Master's degree in Health Science, with a study cognate in Adult Education at Grand Valley State University (1997), and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in curriculum, at Eastern Michigan University in 2006 ...

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    Min Huang PT, PhD, NCS

    Dr. Huang is an associate professor at the University of Michigan-Flint. She is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

    She received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, M.A. and Ed.M. in Biobehavioral Studies from Columbia University, and B.S. in Physical Therapy from National Taiwan University ...

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    Paul Jankowski PT, MPT, OCS

    Paul graduated from University of Detroit with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine in 1994 and from Oakland University with a Master’s in Physical Therapy in 2000.

    After earning his Master’s, he worked in a private orthopedic clinic with a special interest in rehabilitation of hockey players and figure skaters.  Paul began working at MedSport in 2004 at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube and is currently the clinical site supervisor at the Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center at the Northville Health Center ...

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    David Johnson PT, MS, OCS

    David Johnson PT, MS, OCS graduated from the University of Minnesota with his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2001.

    David is a clinical specialist at the Michigan Medicine MedRehab Clinic and obtained his OCS in 2011. He is an instructor in the University of Michigan Health System Orthopedic Residency Program. David has provided many in-services to staff at a clinic and departmental level through the years ...

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    Jake Jakubiak Kobacek PT

    Kathleen “Jake" Jakubiak Kovacek (please call her Jake) has enjoyed a diverse PT practice career with 27 years in hospital systems in both clinical and management roles ...

    ... the last 13 years as part of a physical therapist owned private practice. Jake is currently a part time faculty member for the Physical Therapy Programs at both Oakland University and Wayne State University and has enjoyed that role for over 30 years.

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    Melodie Kondratek PT, DScPT, OMPT

    Melodie is an Associate Professor at Oakland University (OU). She received her doctoral degree and Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) certificate from OU in 2004.

    Melodie has presented for state, national and international audiences on the topic of manual therapy interventions for adults and children. She teaches courses in differential diagnosis, pediatric interventions, and examination and intervention for the extremities ...

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    John Kravic PT, DPT

    John graduated in 2011 from Merrimack College with a B.S. in Sports Medicine and from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce University 2014.

    Upon graduation he worked for 2 years in a Sports Medicine and Orthopedics practice in Portsmouth, NH. He is currently an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Resident at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI. His clinical interests include back pain management, post-operative orthopedic care, manual therapy, chronic pain, and hypermobility. John has provided numerous in-services to staff and the community on these topics.

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    Bryan Kuhlman PT, DPT, OMPT

    Bryan is a part-time faculty member in the Physical Therapy Program at Oakland University (OU).

    He received a master’s degree in 2004, Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) certificate in 2006, and doctoral degree in 2008 from OU. Bryan teaches Examination and Evaluation I, and has been a teaching assistant in Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Interventions (I & II), Arthrology, and the OMPT program at OU.

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    Bruce LaBreque RN, PT

    Bruce has been providing pelvic health physical therapy treatment for 18 years. He is a full-time provider of Women's Health physical therapy rehabilitation at Renue Physical Therapy in Bridgeport/Frankenmuth Michigan.

    He currently serves as the Michigan state representative of the APTA Section on Women’s Health. Bruce continues to be active in program development as well as the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction in both men and women as well as treating bowel & bladder dysfunctions in children.

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    Holly Lookabaugh - Deur PT, DSc, GCS

    Holly Lookabaugh-Deur is a physical therapist and owner of a private practice in West Michigan, and is board certified as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist by the APTA, along with other professional credentials.

    Trained in the identification of human trafficking victims, Lookabaugh-Deur, also currently serves as the Director of Professional Development for the MPTA Board of Directors.

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    Edward Mathis PT, DPT

    Edward Mathis is the inpatient rehab coordinator at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, where he is the primary PT in a 96 bed rural facility.

    He serves on the MPTA Board of Directors as Vice President and the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy as Treasurer. He is a graduate of the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences (2011, t-DPT; 2000, MPT).

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    Lucinda Pfalzer PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

    Dr. Pfalzer is a Professor Emerita of the University of Michigan-Flint. She received a BS in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, a MA in Exercise Science and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Ohio State University.

    Dr. Pfalzer has been involved in physical therapy education for over 25 years. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), past Co-Chair of the Cancer Interest Group of ACSM, Midwest Chapter of ACSM. Dr. Pfalzer is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Michigan Chapter and an APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellow (FAPTA).

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    Suzanne Trojanowski PT, DPT, NCS

    Suzanne Trojanowski is the Senior Physical Therapist on the Inpatient Rehab Unit at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit.

    Suzanne graduated from Ithaca College with a Master's in Physical Therapy in 1997 and from Virginia Commonwealth University with her transitional DPT in 2010. She earned her APTA Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2005 and recertified in 2015. She also lectures for University of Michigan Flint.

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    Leonard Van Gelder PT, DPT, ATC, TPS, CSCS

    Leonard Van Gelder is a physical therapist (DPT), athletic trainer (ATC), therapeutic pain specialist (TPS), and strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with a strong interest in pain science and manual therapy.

    He has previously studied, published research, and presented at regional and international conferences on the science of stretching, strength and conditioning, and therapeutic pain science interventions.

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    Nora Fritz PhD, PT, DPT, NCS

    Nora Fritz is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Neurology at Wayne State University.

    Her research focuses on the complex interaction of motor and cognitive factors in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases by examining clinical performance and neuroimaging measures to establish structure-function relationships that guide rehabilitation interventions. As a neurologic clinical specialist, she is also particularly interested in translating evidence-based practice into the clinical setting for persons with neurodegenerative diseases.

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    Stephanie Kostsuca PT, DPT

    Dr. Kostsuca has been a practicing acute care clinician for the last 8 years and is a board certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialist.

    She is currently a senior staff physical therapist at Beaumont Health Troy helping manage the critical care, trauma, emergency center, and neuro service lines. Her clinical interests include cardiopulmonary and critical care physical therapy.

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    Amy Yorke PT, PhD, NCS

    Amy Yorke is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan-Flint. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint.

    In 2013, she graduated with her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University. Dr. Yorke is an ABPTS Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and an APTA Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Her research interests include topics regarding teaching and learning in graduate education, performance measures, and attitudes and behaviors of clinicians/students.

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Conference Schedule

Friday, October 13: Research Day

  • 7:30am - 8:00am

    Registration Open for Pre-Con Course

  • 8:00am - 12:00pm

    Pre Con Course: Management of Balance Impairment and Falls in Cancer Survivors

    - Cindy Pfalzer PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA
    - Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS, and
    - Min Huang, PT, PhD, NCS

    Room: TBD

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm

    Registration/Exhibit Hall Open

    Poster Set Up for poster presenters (Rooms: Beethoven & Brahms)

  • 12:00am - 1:45pm

    Poster Judging - Exhibit Hall Open

  • 1:45pm - 2:00pm


  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Concurrent platform presentations (see below)

    Orthopedics & Other Platform Presentations (4)

    Room: TBD

    Neurologic & Pediatric Platform Presentations (4)

    Room: TBD

    Various Topics Platform Presentations (4)

    Room: TBD

  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm


  • 3:15pm - 4:15pm

    Three concurrent 1 hour research presentations (see below)

    Knowledge translation: IP Rehab – all accepted:

    - Nora Fritz PhD, PT, DPT, NCS
    - Amy Yorke PT, PhD, NCS
    - Suzanne Trojanowski PT, DPT, NCS

    Functional Benchmarks for the Care Planning Across the Geriatric Continuum of Care

    - Holly Lookabaugh-Deur, DSc, PT; GCS; Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults

    Early Intervention and Referral for Patients in the Emergency Center

    - Stephanie Kostsuca PT, DPT

  • 4:15pm - 4:30pm


  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    Award Dinner Banquet – Tickets Required

Saturday, October 14 Fall Conference

  • 7:00am - 9:30am

    Exhibit Hall Open – Breakfast (7:00-8:00)

  • 7:00am - 7:55am

    Oncology SIG Meeting and Delegates Meeting

  • 8:00am - 9:15am

    Membership Meeting

  • 9:15am - 9:30am


  • 9:30am - 11:30am

    Morning Education Sessions (4)

    Medicare, Medically Necessary Physical Therapy Documentation

    - Mary Sue Gardner, RN/BSN
    Room: TBD

    “The Movement System: Where are we headed as a Profession?”

    - Barb Hoogenboom, PT, EdD, SCS, ATC

    Pediatric Orthopedic Injuries and Rehabilitation Considerations

    - Paul Jankowski, PT, MPT, OCS

    Non-arthritic Anterior Hip Pain in the Younger Patient: Examination and Intervention Strategies

    - Melodie Kondratek, PT, DScPT, OMPT
    - Bryan Kuhlman, PT, DPT, OMPT

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm

    Break/Exhibit Hall

  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm

    Lunchtime Roundtables

    Payment/Legislative Roundtable

    Membership Roundtable

    Communications Roundtable

    Exhibit Hall Open

  • 12:45pm - 1:00pm

    Break / Exhibit Hall

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Identification of Victims of Human Trafficking - Plenary

    - Holly Lookabaugh - Deur, PT, DSc, GCS
    - Jake Jakubiak Kobacek, PT
    Room: TBD

  • 2:00pm - 2:10pm


  • 2:10pm - 4:00pm

    Afternoon Education Sessions (4)

    Increasing Quality Within the Acute Care Setting: Practical Application of Tests and Measures and Other Novel Approaches to Elevate your Practice

    - Edward Mathis, PT, DPT
    - Suzanne Trojanowski, PT, DPT, NCS
    Room: TBD

    Pain Science, Movement, and Manual Therapy – A Foundational Course

    - Leonard Van Gelder DPT, ATC, TPS, CSCS
    Room: TBD

    The relevance of pelvic physical therapy in mainstream P.T. practice

    - Bruce LaBreque RN, PT
    Room: TBD

    Physical Therapy Considerations for the Hypermobile Patient

    - Laura Fisher PT, DPT, OCS
    - John Kravic PT, DPT
    - David Johnson PT, MS, OCS

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