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Upcoming: Fall Conference  |   Missoula, MT  |   October 13-14, 2018

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    • 13-Oct-2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 14-Oct-2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Missoula, Montana

    Fall Conference - Two Courses: 1. Cervical Spine: Manual Therapy Management (Course 2 TBA) 

    Presented by Jessica Davis, Institute of Clinical Excellence (ICE)

    14 Contact Hours, MT category A 

    Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below. 

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    Provisions include a light continental breakfast including coffee, lunch at the business meeting. 


    Missoula Hilton Gardon Inn. Please request MAPTA room block by calling 406-532-5300

    Board Meeting

    October 12, 2018, 6pm. Missoula

    Business Meeting

    Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by Septemer 22, 2018. Final agenda will be posted by October 3, 2018.

    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.

    Group Discounts:

    10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

    Student Discounts: 

    Students may take any classroom course for only $99. Courses in which we need to limit numbers or labs do not apply.  If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

    Lifetime Member:

    Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.


    7:00 - 8:00am Professional Issues Forum
    8:00am - 12noon Course with break
    12noon - 2:00pm MAPTA Business meeting and luncheon
    2:00pm - 6:00pm Course with break
    6:00pm Reception
    Evening Dinner location TBA, no host

    8:000am - 12noon Course with break
    12noon - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
    1:00pm - 4:00pm Course with break

    About the course:

    Cervical Spine: Manual Therapy Management

    Course Description: 

    This course will cover current best evidence in the physical therapy management of neck pain. Lecture material will summarize the developing body of literature regarding the subgrouping of cervical spine patients. We will present and discuss relevant safety concerns of evidence based treatments with a special emphasis on cervical spine thrust manipulation. The laboratory component will focus on the safe and effective delivery of thrust and non-thrust manipulation to the cervicothoracic spine and supporting mobility and motor control exercises. The didactic portion will comprise 30% of the class with 70% of the time being spent in the lab.

    Course Objectives:

    1. Understand the risk factors associated with spinal manipulation and be able to screen patients properly using a thorough history and targeted physical examination
    2. Understand the strengths and limitations of current objective tests for vascular insufficiency in the cervical spine
    3. Perform a thorough objective examination using clinical practice guidelines and current best evidence to determine which data to collect
    4. Demonstrate an excellent understanding of current best evidence in regards to manual therapy, thrust and non-thrust joint mobilization techniques, in the treatment of patients with neck pain.
    5. Demonstrate proper technique with cervical mobilization and thrust manipulation to the cervical and thoracic spine
    6. Demonstrate proper technique with all cervical and thoracic mobility exercises and their home exercise counter parts
    7. Perform upper cervical ligament integrity testing

    Course Agenda:

    Day One, schedule includes 2 15 minute breaks

    8:00am-9:00  Subjective exam and clinical reasoning
    9:00-9:30  Cervicothoracic examination
    9:30-10:00  Examination lab
    10:00-10:30  Subgrouping and manual therapy
    10:30-11:00 Cervical manipulation safety
    11:00-12:00pm  Lab – Cervical thrust lab
    12:00pm-2:00pm MAPTA Business Meeting and Lunch
    2:00-2:30 Cervical mobilization lab
    2:30pm-3:30 Cervical mobility/motor control
    3:30-4:30 Lab – Mid thoracic manipulation
    4:30-5:30 Thoracic mobility/motor control
    5:30-6:00pm Lab – Student demonstration

    Day Two, schedule includes 2 15 minute breaks

    8:00am-8:30 Patient expectation and HEP compliance
    8:30-9:30 Upper Csp: Risk/ligament testing
    9:30-10:00 Lab - Instability testing, CN test, BP
    10:00-11:00 Lab – Upper cervical thrust
    11:00-12:00pm Open lab – demonstration
    12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm – 1:30 Lab – Upper thoracic thrust
    1:30-2:00 Legislative Update
    2:00 – 2:30 Lab – Cervicothoracic junction
    2:30 – 3:30 Lumbar manipulation: Broad overview
    3:30 – 4:00pm Open lab – review and demonstration

    About the Speaker


    Dr. Davis has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics since graduating from Duquesne University in 1999. She became board certified in orthopedics in 2002 and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chatham University in 2008. She is received her Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in July 2017.

    Dr. Davis currently practices as a staff physical therapist in Seven Fields, PA. Prior to joining Tri-State Physical Therapy in Seven Fields, she was the clinical director of an outpatient private practice for 12 years. Her passion is manual therapy for treatment of all orthopedic conditions, especially in the performing arts community.

    Dr. Davis maintains various professional memberships, including the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA), where she currently serves as an alternate delegate for the House of Delegates. She has also served as the education committee liaison for the PPTA’s southwest District. Additionally, she has also pursued teaching for a variety of continuing education courses offered at Chatham University and with EZ Evidence. She served as the primary provider of physical therapy for the dance department at Slippery Rock University. As a former dancer, she purses excellence in treating performing artists, gymnasts and other athletes

    • 02-Nov-2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • 04-Nov-2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • TBA

    The Board Orientation and Retreat is required for incoming and outgoing board members to help transition new board and committee members as well as orient everyone to duties of the board, MAPTA structures and policies, and to review the strategic plan to better understand the mission and goals of the organization.

    Committee Chairs are encouraged to attend. Committee members are welcome to join this retreat.

    Please save this date and RSVP here. This will help with planning for accommodations and for meals. Site will be determined at a later date.


    Friday dinner, 6:30pm


    7:00am Breakfast on site

    8:00am - 10:00am Orientation details TBA

    10:00am - 10:15am Break

    10:15am - 12:00 Breakouts - committees meet with leaders; outgoing and incoming board members meet with leaders

    12:00-12:30pm Lunch

    12:30pm - 2:30pm Orientation details TBA

    2:30pm - 2:45pm Break

    2:45pm - 5:00pm Orientation details TBA

    Post Orientation Social encouraged but not required; accomodations are available for Saturday night.

    On your own.

    • 01-Feb-2019
    • 27-Jan-2020
    • Montana

    2019  2020
    2021 2022

    Feb 2/3*
    Helena or Bozeman

    25/26 or Feb 1/2* 23/24
    29/30* dependent on CSM dates
    April 27/28* Helena or Bozeman* 18/19 or 25/26* 
    17/18 or 24/25* 23/24*
    October 4/5 or 11/12*Missoula
    dependent on local events
    2/3 or 9/10*
    dependent on local events
    1/2 or 8/9*
    dependent on local events

    (* 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.

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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
31-Aug-2016 Primal Reflex Release Technique Course - DVD and Discount
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
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24-Jan-2015 Winter Conference 2015: Treating the Person with Dizziness, Susan Whitney DPT, PhD
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04-Oct-2014 Fall Conference Social: The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, Top Hat, Missoula
12-Apr-2014 Spring Conference 2014
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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
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