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Upcoming: Fall Conference  |   Missoula , MT  |   September 28-29, 2019

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    • 20-Sep-2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn, Billings MT (3550 Ember Lane)

    Town Hall Meeting - Billings
    September 20, 2019, 6:00pm
    Hampton Inn, Billings MT (3550 Ember Lane)

    The Montana Physical Therapy Association invites you to join us in Billings, Friday, September 20, 2019 for an open house and town hall-style meeting. Members of the Board of Directors will be there, led by Beth Nordstrom of Red Lodge. They will discuss various issues that are affecting our profession as well as current efforts by the MAPTA in state legislation, and public awareness of our profession. 

    More importantly, we want to hear what your concerns are regarding your profession and what MAPTA's role can be to work with you as we move into the future. 

    We will meet at 6:00 pm at the Hampton Inn, 3550 Ember Lane in Billings. 


    Please e-mail me if you have any questions. mapta@mapta.com


    Gail Oss

    • 21-Sep-2019
    • 23-Sep-2019
    • Hampton Inn & Suites, Billings West

    Two Separate Courses:



    $50 Discount if you register for this course(s) and the Missoula Summit on the following weekend!

    Co- Hosted by the Montana and Wyoming State APTA Chapters


    Location:  Hampton Inn & Suites, Billings West, 3550 Ember Lane, Billings, MT . 59102

    Contact Hours:  14.5 hours for 2 day

    Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below. 

    If you are registering a member, and you find the selection does not give you member pricing, please log in with the email we have on file for you. This will recognize you as a member. If that doesn't work, feel free to call or email and we will find the problem and fix!

    Handouts and Pre-Reading Material:

    Day one

    Day two

    Pre-reading material and Anatomy Review

    Additional Articles for pre-reading:

    Equipment Needs


    We will provide snacks, but since there is no restaurant nor catering onsite, please bring any healthy snacks you may need throughout the day based on your dietary restrictions or needs.


    Hampton Inn and Suites Billings West I-90.  3550 Ember Lane, Billings, Montana.  A room block will be held.  Please request MAPTA room block by calling 406-656-7511.

    Cancellation Policy

    MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

    Registration Cancellation by Participant:

    • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
    • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.


    See below for daily agendas

    About the courses:

    Dynamic Core for Kids Part One: Treating Core Stability in Children with Challenges

    Two Day Course, September 21-22, 2019

    Course Description: 

    Therapists document challenges with Core in the majority of their clients who are experiencing motor challenges, regardless of diagnosis: ASD, CP, DCD, hypotonia. Join us for a dynamic 2-day workshop that integrates current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that is anchored in a neuromuscular model of Core recruitment.

    On Day 1 participants will learn how this “Core Strategy” is linked to effective self-regulation and also how it impacts the development of respiration, balance and functional gross and fine motor skills. A specific assessment model of the alignment, which is crucial to the function of the Core, is explained. Then the practical skill of assessing each core component in discussed.

    On Day 2 participants will learn to implement Dynamic Core techniques in treatment and functional activities that have immediate application to a wide variety of clinical situations (direct treatment, school and home programs) in their clients ages 2 years and older. Case presentations will address how to develop Core Strategy in clients of differing ages and diagnoses. Participants will also discuss how to integrate Dynamic Core techniques with Neuro-Developmental Treatment handling skills and also sensory processing intervention to support a greater range of clients.

    This course will be of interest to OTs and PTs working in all areas of pediatrics.

    Course Agenda:

    Day One:

    8:00                           Registration

    8:30-9:15                Intro to Core Strategy, Evidence Review

    9:15-10:00             Typical development and the Core musculature

    10:00-10:45           Atypical development: Motor/Sensory

    10:45-11:00           Break

    11:00 -12:00          Core Enhancing Alignment/Positioning (with Lab)

    12:00 -1:00             Lunch (on your own)

    1:00-2:00                Functional Assessment: Diaphragm with Lab                  

    2:00-2:45                Functional Assessment of Pelvic Floor with Lab (external palpation only)

    2:45-3:00                Break

    3:00-3:30                Functional Assessment: Transversus Abdominis with Lab

    3:30-4:00                Clinical Application: Alignment demo and practice        

    4:00-4:45                Assessment videos

    4:45-5:00                Summary/Q and A

    5:00                           Adjourn

      Day Two:

      8:30-9:00               Q and A

      9:00-9:30                Review of important concepts

      9:30-10:30             Training Relationships: Linking inner core to postural muscle groups; Posterior Oblique Synergist

      10:30-10:45           Break (provided)

      10:45-11:45           Anterior Oblique Synergist

      11:45-12:45           Lunch (on your own)

      12:45-1:30             Lateral Synergist

      1:30-2:00                Client scenario: CP hemiplegia

      2:00-2:30                Client scenario: High functioning ASD

      2:30-2:45                            Break

      2:45-3:15                Client scenario: Hydrocephalus and cognitive challenges       

      3:15-3:45                Client scenario: CP diplegia

      3: 45-4:45               Group Case study: Host video

      4:45-5:00                Dynamic Core in Different Populations

      5:00                           Adjourn

      About the Speakers

      Julie Wiebe PT and Shelley Mannell PT


      Julie has over 18 years of clinical experience in sports medicine and women’s health. Her Los Angeles based private practice specializes in the return of women to fitness and sport after injury and pregnancy. She lectures internationally on pelvic floor and diaphragm integration into postural and neuromuscular control programming for orthopedic, sports medicine, pediatric, neurological and women’s health populations. She writes about and advocates for awareness of these issues on her blog and through social media.

      View her website for more information:  www.juliewiebept.com


      Shelley serves babies, children and adolescents across a spectrum of neurological and developmental disabilities. She integrates a broad spectrum of clinical skills and research to provide an understanding of movement across multiple domains. Shelley founded HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to support clients as they mature through the lifespan. Shelley began teaching as a clinical faculty member in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and continues to participate in clinical research and education. She is also a certified children’s yoga and meditation facilitator. Shelley teaches internationally, discussing the dynamic systems nature of the development of postural control and its application to assessment and intervention for children with sensory and motor challenges.

      View her website for more information:  www.heartspacept.com

      • 27-Sep-2019
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • First Interstate Building 101 E. Front Street, 6th Floor Missoula, MT

      Join MAPTA as we celebrate 50 years of PTAs!

      Half a century ago, the first physical therapist assistants (PTAs) entered the workforce. Their roles, numbers, and participation within APTA have grown steadily.

      During the weekend conference in Missoula, we want to celebrate PTAs with BBQ!

      PTA Celebration BBQ Dinner

      Friday, September 27, 5:30pm-7:30pm
      *First Interstate Building
      101 E. Front Street, 6th Floor
      Missoula, MT
      Space is limited,  so RSVP/registration is required for this event. 

      Please register here (or with your conference registration), which serves as your RSVP. We request a nominal fee, which in turn, will be donated to the Watson Children's Shelter in Missoula. We need a headcount for room requirements so please RSVP. 

      • 28-Sep-2019
      • 29-Sep-2019
      • University of Montana PT Department, Missoula MT

      Montana Physical Therapy Summit

      2019 MAPTA Fall Conference in Missoula
      September 28th and 29th, 2019

      10.75 Hours CE

      MONTANA PHYSICAL THERAPY SUMMIT is coming soon, with many exciting events planned over this fall weekend.   Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students from all over Montana are encouraged to attend.  This is an opportunity for therapists to enhance their skills and to learn from their colleagues through innovative educational sessions. Join MAPTA at the University of Montana, as Montana therapists from all specialties present topics, incorporating best practice and strategies.  This is an exciting learning opportunity that encourages collaboration and discussion among colleagues throughout the weekend.  

      Room block: There is a room block at the Holiday Inn Missoula. However, due to the concert in town, they are not able to offer us a discounted rate below $199. This courtesy block expires August 28. 

      Conference Highlights Include:

      • 50th Year PTA Celebration
      • MAPTA Luncheon and Business Meeting
      • New Board Member Elections:  Nominations are still being accepted
      • Membership Recognition and Awards:  Nominations are still being accepted
      • Saturday Evening Banquet:  Honor (or Roast) MAPTAs outgoing president of 8 years, Jay Shaver
      • Montana Summit 2019 Presentations 
      • Student Presentations

      $50 discount if you register for this AND the pediatric program the previous weekend in Billings. 

      Montana Fall Conference AND the Montana Physical Therapy Summit Agenda:

      FRIDAY,  SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

      • 4:00 - 5:00PM - Committee Meetings
      • 5:00 - 6:30PM - Board Meeting
      • 6:00 - 8:00PM - PTA 50 Years Celebration - All PTAs invited to congregate on MAPTA to celebrate. MAPTA is hosting this event and we ask you register online for $5 for head count, and we'll provide you with a $5 beverage ticket! Location will be announced after September 1.

      SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

       Time  Room A  Room B
      7am - 8am  Professional Issues Forum  
      8:00 - 8:30am  Registration  
      8:30  - 10:10am     Differentiating Headaches with a Focus on Cervicogenic Headaches and Migraine

       , Amy Pakula, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT


      5-S your Workplace,

       Presenter Lorena P Payne, PT, MPA, OCS


      10:10 - 10:20am  Break  Break
      10:20 - 12pm  

      Evaluation and Treatment of the Thorocolumbar Junction, Bobby Bemis, PT, DPT, COMT, DIP.MT, FAAOMPT


      Integrating Pelvic Health Concepts of the Core and Breathing into Daily Treatment of the Orthopedic Patient

      , Kimberlee Raynovich, PT, PCS and Morgan York-Singer, DPT, PRPC


       Noon-2pm  MAPTA Luncheon, Business Meeting, Elections, Membership Recognition and Awards  
      2:00 - 3:50 pm 

      Ethics 101: Working as Double Agents, Debra Gorman-Badar, PT, MS, PhD(c)   


      Merging Pelvic Health and Orthopedics:  Considerations for better patient care

      Sierra Richmond, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS and Angie Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS


      3:50 - 4:00pm BREAK BREAK
      4 - 5:00pm UM Faculty and Student Presentation on Working as a Health Volunteer Abroad   

       Presenters James Laskin, DPT, PhD and Students 


       6:00 - 9:00pm  Banquet, Roast, and First Ladies:
      Join us for a Banquet and Roast as we say Thank you and Farewell to outgoing President Jay Shaver. We will also thank his wife, Kathy, who will passing the torch to Christian Apple's wife Amy. Tickets available in MAPTA Events.

      SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2019


      8:00 am - 9:50 am What’s the Hip Got to do with it?  How Hip Impairments Contribute to Pathology Up and Down the Kinetic Chain     

      Presenter Elizabeth Ikeda, PT, DPT, OCS 


      Integrating Lifestyle Medicine into Neurologic Rehabilitation  

      Presenter Rita Pascoe, DPT, NCS


      9:50 am - 10:00 am  BREAK BREAK
      10:00 am - 11:50 am Rehabilitation of the Injured Runner: Programming Return to  Running,   Jason Lunden, PT, DPT, SCS

      Yikes! It’s a Kid:  How to Handle the Occasional Pediatric Patient, Karen Thornton, PT, MS, PCS

      11:50 am -12:00 pm  BREAK  BREAK
      12:00 pm - 1:50 pm

      Periodization of the Post-Operative Patient, Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS


      Wellness 360, Health and Wellness Model for the Physical Therapy Clinic, 

      Mike Tran, DPT



      Presenters and Topics:

      Differentiating Headaches with a Focus on Cervicogenic Headaches and Migraine

      Headaches can be a consequence of numerous different conditions. Classification and differential diagnosis of headache and migraine present a unique challenge to the physical therapist. This course provides information necessary to manage these conditions. 

      Presenter:  Amy Pakula, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

      5-S Your Work Place!

      Physical Therapy practice, whether hospital based or a private clinic, can benefit from “Lean Management” philosophy.  Get acquainted with the 5-S approach to increase efficiency, safety and satisfaction in your practice.

      Presenter:  Lorena P Payne, PT, MPA, OCS

      Evaluation and Treatment of the Thoracolumbar Junction

      Biomechanics, evaluation and treatment of the thoracolumbar junction will be discussed during this course. Participants will learn and practice hands on techniques for mobilization and manipulation of the TLJ. 

      Presenter: Bobby Bemis, PT, DPT, COMT, DIP. MT, FAAOMPT

      Bridging the Gap between Pelvic Health and Orthopedics Series:  Two 90 minute sessions will be provided for Orthopedics and Pelvic Health practitioners.

      Bridging the Gap Session 1:  

      Integrating Pelvic Health Concepts of the Core and Breathing into Daily Treatment of the Orthopedic Patient

      Learn how to integrate pelvic health concepts such as the inner core and breathe work into orthopedic treatment to support prevention as well as optimizing movement patterns and ultimately improving patient outcomes. 

      Presenters:  Kimberlee Raynovich, PT, MS, PCS and Morgan York Singer, PT, DPT, PRPC 

      Bridging the Gap Session 2:  

      Merging pelvic HEALTH AND orthopedicS: considerations for better patient care

      This presentation uses case study examples to explore both the role of the pelvic floor in primary orthopedic complaints as well as orthopedic drivers in patients presenting with pelvic floor dysfunction.

      Presenters:  Sierra Richmond, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS and Angela Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS


      This course will provide clarification of the conflicting goals and values between professional practice and business practice that place PTs and PTAs in positions as double agents. Case studies will be used for the examination of how business practices can align with professional responsibilities.

      Presenter: Debra Gorman-Badar, PT, MA, PhD(c)

      What’s the hip got to do with it? How hip movement impairments contribute to pathology up and down the kinetic chain

      Movement system impairments of the hip can contribute to impairments and pathology up and down the kinetic chain.   This session will explain these relationships and give options for intervention.

      Presenter:  Elizabeth Ikeda, PT, DPT, OCS

      Integrating Lifestyle Medicine into Neurologic Rehabilitation

      Learn how and when to implement lifestyle medicine into neurologic rehabilitation to support prevention, maximize rehabilitation outcomes, and improve patient experience and meaningful change. 

      Presenter:  Rita Pascoe, DPT, NCS

      Rehabilitation of the Injured Runner: Programing Return to Running

      This seminar with cover returning the athlete to running following injury. Topics covered will include risk factors for running related injuries, the components of load capacity, principles of load management, and examples of specific patient presentations. 

      Presenter:  Jason Lunden, PT, DPT, SCS

      Yikes! It’s a Kid:  How to Handle the Occasional Pediatric Patient

      The local physical therapist in our rural communities often do not feel comfortable with the pediatric population, but they may be the only physical therapist within available range for these families.  This presentation will help the local physical therapist understand what they have to offer families and how to find help to do so.

      Presenter:  Karen Thornton, PT, MS, PCS

      Periodization for the Post-Operative Patient

      This presentation will focus on basic concepts of periodization and training cycles as well as a review of current literature on literature for incorporating these principles into post-operative rehabilitation programs. In addition, training goals and transitions in volume and intensity throughout a periodization cycles will be discussed in terms of the rehabilitation patient.  

      Presenter:  Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS


      Wellness 360, Health and Wellness Model for the Physical Therapy Clinic 

      In this session, participants will Learn about the Wellness 360 “wellness recipe” and how to integrate lifestyle change research and concepts with their patients.  

      Presenter:  Mike Tran, DPT

      • 28-Sep-2019
      • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
      • PUBLIC HOUSE, 130 E. Broadway, Missoula, MT

      Let's Toast (Roast?) Jay Shaver, Outgoing President

      Jay has faithfully and dutifully served as President of MAPTA for two and a half terms. Let's show him our thanks with a Toast, or a Roast.

      During the weekend conference in Missoula, we want to celebrate Jay:

      A Toast (Roast) for Jay Shaver

      Saturday, September 28, 6:00pm-9:00pm
      A Public House
      130 E. Broadway (half a block west from the Post Office)
      Missoula, MT
      Please RSVP

      You may stop in, or stay. We will have music, food, beverages, and toasts/roasts. Hope to see you on the 28th. 

      • 01-Nov-2019
      • 6:30 PM
      • 03-Nov-2019
      • 10:30 AM

      • 01-Jan-2020
      • 27-Jan-2024
      • Montana

      2021 2022 2023
      January 25/26 or Feb 1/2* 23/24
      29/30* dependent on CSM dates  
      April 18/19 or 25/26* 
      17/18 or 24/25* 23/24*  
      October 17/18*
      dependent on local events, Missoula
      2/3 or 9/10*
      dependent on local events, Missoula
      1/2 or 8/9*
      dependent on local events, Missoula

      (* tentative) :
      Starred dates and sites are tentative until a contract is signed with a site. Some dates subject to change if we find a conflict.

    Past events

    27-Apr-2019 Spring Conference 2019: Course 1 of 2: Rehabilitation for the Injured Runner
    27-Apr-2019 Spring Conference 2019: Course 2 of 2: Payment and Policy: What is Important and What is Noise?
    02-Feb-2019 Winter Conference 2019: CE #2 choice: Therapeutic Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Toe Walking (Pediatric Equinus Gait)
    02-Feb-2019 Winter Conference 2019: CE 1 of 2: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo & Dizziness: New diagnosis advances and PT management
    02-Nov-2018 Board Orientation and Retreat
    13-Oct-2018 Fall Conference 2018: Course 3 of 3: Strategies for Avoiding and Recovering from Practitioner Burnout
    13-Oct-2018 Fall Conference 2018: Course 2 of 3: Hormone Health for Physical Therapists
    13-Oct-2018 Fall Conference 2018: Course 1 of 3: Cervical Spine: Manual Therapy Management
    20-Aug-2018 MAPTA Town Hall Meetings Billings
    21-Apr-2018 Spring Conference 2018: ISPI Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Pain Science Approach to Treating Whiplash and Peri-operative Neuroscience Education"
    27-Jan-2018 Winter Conference 2018: Course 2 of 2: Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips -Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills
    27-Jan-2018 Winter Conference 2018: Course 1 of 2: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Skills for helping patients make healthy choices
    26-Jan-2018 MAPTA Board Meeting
    07-Oct-2017 Fall Conference 2017: Postural Respiration
    22-Apr-2017 Spring Conference 2017: NOI course: Explain Pain
    28-Jan-2017 Winter Conference 2017, Course ONE of two: Functional movement strategies for the legs, knees & feet: Understanding relationships and optimizing movement
    28-Jan-2017 Winter Conference 2017, Course TWO of two: Dizziness and Balance Issues in Persons Post Concussion and with mild Traumatic Brain Injury
    24-Sep-2016 Fall Conference 2016 Course 1: Contemporary Topics in Physical Therapy Practice for Athletes with ACL Injury, Ryan L. Mizner, PT, PHD
    24-Sep-2016 Fall Conference 2016 Course 2 (one day course): Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Know Pain; Know Gain AND A Pain Science Approach to Treating Headaches
    23-Apr-2016 Spring Conference 2016: Two Courses - Payment/Policy by Helene Fearon or Therapeutic Exercise by Tim Fearon
    30-Jan-2016 Winter Conference 2016: Wendy Burke presents Therapeutic Kinesiology Taping for the Whole Body
    03-Oct-2015 Fall Conference 2015:George Davies Presents and MORE
    18-Apr-2015 Spring Conference 2015: Two Courses to Choose From
    24-Jan-2015 Winter Conference 2015: Treating the Person with Dizziness, Susan Whitney DPT, PhD
    04-Oct-2014 Fall Conference 2014: Mobilization of the Nervous System
    04-Oct-2014 Fall Conference Social: The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, Top Hat, Missoula
    12-Apr-2014 Spring Conference 2014
    25-Jan-2014 2014 Winter Conference and Business Meeting
    28-Sep-2013 Fall Conference 2013
    20-Apr-2013 Treating the Whole Person with The Integrated Systems Model for Pain & Disability - An Evidence-Based Approach to Optimize Function & Performance, Diane Lee BSR, FCAMT, CGIMS 12.75 CE Hours/1.275 CEUs Spring Conference 2013
    26-Jan-2013 Winter Conference 2013
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