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Friday, September 24
 

7:00am MDT

Registration
Friday September 24, 2021 7:00am - 5:00pm MDT
Aspen Ballroom Foyer

7:15am MDT

Poster Session and Exhibit Hall Setup
Friday September 24, 2021 7:15am - 8:30am MDT
Aspen II

8:30am MDT

Breakout: Physical Therapy and the Fire Service
Firefighting places intense physiological strain on the firefighter and is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., with injury rates 7 times higher than the general population. In order to perform the duties associated with the occupation of firefighting, a firefighter must possess a combination of technical skill competencies and physical fitness attributes. As such, when either treating a current injury, or attempting to decrease the risk of future injuries, physical therapists must ensure that these tactical athletes can properly safely perform the elements associated with this occupation. Therefore, this session will describe the epidemiology of common injuries that occur within the firefighter population and introduce attendees to the essential job tasks of a firefighter. Particular emphasis will be placed on the scientific literature, reports and standards from the National Fire Protection Association, and the elements of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). This session will also provide an example of a novel physical therapy program embedded within a large urban U.S. fire department and describe how these job tasks elements are considered during the return-to-work progression among these firefighters. Collectively, attendees will gain practical insight regarding the prevention and treatment of injury firefighters across their careers.


Speakers
CS

Casey Stoneberger, PT

Denver Fire Department


Friday September 24, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am MDT
Aspen I

8:30am MDT

Breakout: So There's a CPG about DCD, Now What Do I Do?
This presentation will offer practical activities that participants can do in practice to implement the clinical practice guideline (CPG) on developmental coordination disorder (DCD). There will be a brief review of the CPG on DCD recommendations with descriptions of related documents that can be used with physicians, other providers, physical therapists and families. The presentation will propose a letter template to use when communicating with physicians as well as a documentation shell for school and clinic-based physical therapy. The presentation will be delivered in a lecture format with audience participation.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Dannemiller, PT, DSc, PCS

Lisa Dannemiller, PT, DSc, PCS

University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
Lisa Dannemiller PT, DSc, is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado. Her career includes 28 years of full-time pediatric clinical practice, a DSc from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2005, pediatric specialist recertification... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am MDT
Aspen III

8:30am MDT

Breakout: Our Diet Culture: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
This lecture presentation will provide attendees with evidence-based research and case studies regarding the role of diet culture: a set of beliefs that idealizes and prioritizes body shape, food, and diet, and equates it with moral virtue, health, and worthiness.  We will look at what happens if our obsession with dieting goes too far, impacts on our physiology and possible solutions to create normalized, balanced eating.  This presentation will include interactive question and answer, handouts, and a short intuitive eating exercise.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Reagan, MED, RDN, CEDRD

Jane Reagan, MED, RDN, CEDRD

Jane Reagan Nutrition
Jane Reagan’s experience in the fields of nutrition and counseling spans 25 years. Jane is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and has her Master of Education degree in Counseling. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD).  In addition to Jane’s... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 8:30am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen II

10:00am MDT

Morning Break with Poster Session
Robb J & Weirath M: COVID-19 and Concussions: Effects on Return to Play Times (RTP) in a Military Service Academy (MSA) Population
 
Petty S: Overview of Graded Motor Imagery and Case Report Detailing Adaptation to Treat Urge Incontinence
 
Kudron M:  Physical Therapy Management of an Acute Hamstring Injury: A Case Study
 
Sawyer E et al.: Financial Literacy: Are Matriculating DPT Students Prepared to Manage Their Debt?
 
MacDonald C et al.: Physical therapist telehealth management of impairments from suspected COVID-19 infection: A case report
 
Vizyak et al.: Effect of Mind Body Interventions on Anxiety Levels in Patients Status Post Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)
 
Shattuck J: New wearable motion capture and correction feedback system for physical therapy.
 
Carmel S et al.: Interprofessional Performance of DPT Students, as Measured by the Interprofessional Professional Assessment during the COVID 19 Pandemic

Friday September 24, 2021 10:00am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen II

10:30am MDT

Breakout: Nutrition & Mental Health: the Undeniable Connection
This lecture presentation will provide attendees with evidence-based research and case studies regarding the impact of nutrition on mental health.  The presentation will look at food and mental health research, essential nutrients for mental health, the impact of specific foods on mental health and gut bacteria, and their influence on mental wellbeing.   This presentation will include interactive question and answer, quizzes, and handouts.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Reagan, MED, RDN, CEDRD

Jane Reagan, MED, RDN, CEDRD

Jane Reagan Nutrition
Jane Reagan’s experience in the fields of nutrition and counseling spans 25 years. Jane is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and has her Master of Education degree in Counseling. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD).  In addition to Jane’s... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
Aspen II

10:30am MDT

Breakout: The State of Hip preservation in 2021
1. Fai and labral pathology - Dr. Ellman
2. Microinstability of hip - Dr. Haber
3. Macroinstability of hip / dysplasia - Dr. Hugate

Speakers
avatar for Ron Hugate, MD

Ron Hugate, MD

Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center
Dr. Hugate, FAAOS is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic oncology, hip preservation, complex joint reconstruction, and limb salvage. Dr. Hugate is considered a leader and innovator in the treatment of complex orthopedic problems.  He completed his orthopedic... Read More →
avatar for Michael Ellman, MD

Michael Ellman, MD

Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center
Dr. Ellman is a fellowship trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip, knee and shoulder injuries.  He completed his orthopedic residency training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. As a resident, he published over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Haber, MD

Daniel Haber, MD

Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center
Dr. Haber is a sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon at Panorama Orthopedics & Spine, specializing in musculoskeletal conditions of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. Given Dr. Haber’s specialized training and breadth of experience, he performs a unique set of surgical treatments... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
Aspen I

10:30am MDT

Breakout: Upstander Training
An upstander is someone who observes or knows about malicious behavior and takes action to make it right. As healthcare professionals, we want to promote a culture where bystanders become upstanders for ourselves, coworkers, and patients. This presentation will provide attendees the foundation of what it means to be an upstander, why being an upstander is important in your role as a healthcare professional, and how to begin showing up as an upstander. This presentation will be delivered in a lecture and practice and application format, allowing participants to receive real-time feedback and guidance of the skills and techniques acquired during the session.

Speakers
avatar for Indigo Cunningham

Indigo Cunningham

Indigo Cunningham is an Organizational Development practitioner who strives to develop high-performing teams and individuals. Indigo has spent her time at UCHealth supporting teams and their leaders to find the most effective ways to improve performance and increase behavioral outcomes... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
Aspen III

12:00pm MDT

Lunch
Friday September 24, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm MDT
Aspen II

1:00pm MDT

Platform Presentations
Olivos M et al.: Telehealth for Medically Complex Older Adults: Safety Procedures for Physical Therapy Treatment
 
Seagraves R & Seagraves J: Acute Care Rehabilitation after Cesarean Section
 
Smulligan K: Identifying Predictors of Time to Concussion Symptom Resolution: The Role of Dizziness and Postural Stability

Friday September 24, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm MDT
Aspen II

1:30pm MDT

Breakout: Continued Competency Changes in Colorado
This presentation will provide attendees with updated information from the CO Deport of Regulatory Agency about changes to the continuing Education Competencies and the PT license options of a compact license. This information session will be delivered in a lecture format with work time allotted to compile your evidence and ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Shelene Thomas, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, F-NAP

Shelene Thomas, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, F-NAP

Regis University
Shelene Thomas, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS, FNAP is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy and is the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Coordinator at Regis University whose role includes mentoring the Clinical Instructor and student through Clinical Education and collaborating... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Aspen II

1:30pm MDT

Breakout: Promoting Health Equity in Physical Therapist Practice Part 1
In the first of two sessions designed to promote health equity in pediatric practice, attendees will evaluate our professional role and responsibility in this space, differentiate individual, social, and structural determinants of health, and illustrate the ways social and structural factors influence health and development. In the second session, attendees will examine tools and strategies they might employ at the individual/interpersonal, clinic/community, and societal levels to promote the health of children and families, and advance health equity.

Speakers
avatar for Mica Mitchell, PT

Mica Mitchell, PT

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Methodist University
Mica (Me-ka) Mitchell (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She has worked as a pediatric physical therapist in a variety of settings since 2003. She has received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree with a... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD

Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD

University of Colorado
Dawn M. Magnusson, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She received a PhD in Population Health Sciences, a certificate in Global Health, and an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Aspen III

1:30pm MDT

Breakout: Wilderness Medicine and the role of PT, Part 1
This presentation will discuss the numerous potential professional and volunteer roles of the Wilderness Physical Therapist.  Clinical scenarios will be used to illustrate the evaluation and management of people who have traumatic or medical emergencies in the back country.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Beattie,PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA, NREMT

Paul Beattie,PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA, NREMT

University of South Carolina
Distinguished Clinical Professor Emeritus in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Beattie received a BS degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac College, a master’s degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Aspen I

3:00pm MDT

3:15pm MDT

Breakout: Promoting Health Equity in Physical Therapist Practice Part 2
In the first of two sessions designed to promote health equity in pediatric practice, attendees will evaluate our professional role and responsibility in this space, differentiate individual, social, and structural determinants of health, and illustrate the ways social and structural factors influence health and development. In the second session, attendees will examine tools and strategies they might employ at the individual/interpersonal, clinic/community, and societal levels to promote the health of children and families, and advance health equity.

Speakers
avatar for Mica Mitchell, PT

Mica Mitchell, PT

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Methodist University
Mica (Me-ka) Mitchell (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She has worked as a pediatric physical therapist in a variety of settings since 2003. She has received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree with a... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD

Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD

University of Colorado
Dawn M. Magnusson, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She received a PhD in Population Health Sciences, a certificate in Global Health, and an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 3:15pm - 4:45pm MDT
Aspen III

3:15pm MDT

Breakout: What is moral injury and distress, and do I suffer from it?
Introducing the concept of moral injury and distress and a  discussion of the real life consequences of  moral distress and injury in the practice of healthcare in the US.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Mills, FNP

Robin Mills, FNP

Robin Mills, FNP healthcare career started over 15 years ago when she studied massage therapy, energy work, and essential oils.  After a few years she realized having a nursing degree would deepen her knowledge of the human body and experience.  She’s been a registered nurse since... Read More →
avatar for Mary Pat DeWald MSN, MPA, APRN, RN, C-SANE

Mary Pat DeWald MSN, MPA, APRN, RN, C-SANE

Mary Pat has an extensive background in health care and dovetails her passion for social justice, mental health and wellness, and resiliency in health care providers with her nursing and outreach in the communities she serves. Mary Pat holds two graduate degrees, a Master’s of Science... Read More →
avatar for Madeleine Jacobs, MD

Madeleine Jacobs, MD

Madeleine Jacobs, MD practiced family medicine for 30 years in a rural community in southern Colorado. She now works for social justice reform, including in the area of healthcare reform.


Friday September 24, 2021 3:15pm - 4:45pm MDT
Aspen II

3:15pm MDT

Breakout: Wilderness Medicine and the role of PT, Part 2
This presentation will discuss the numerous potential professional and volunteer roles of the Wilderness Physical Therapist.  Clinical scenarios will be used to illustrate the evaluation and management of people who have traumatic or medical emergencies in the back country.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Beattie,PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA, NREMT

Paul Beattie,PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA, NREMT

University of South Carolina
Distinguished Clinical Professor Emeritus in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Beattie received a BS degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac College, a master’s degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia... Read More →



Friday September 24, 2021 3:15pm - 4:45pm MDT
Aspen I
 
Saturday, September 25
 

7:00am MDT

Registration
Saturday September 25, 2021 7:00am - 8:00am MDT
Aspen Ballroom Foyer

8:00am MDT

9:00am MDT

Breakout: A review of foundational neuroscience for neuro-restorative clinical interventions, Part 1
This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of neuro-restorative clinical interventions along with the neuroscience principles that underlie their selection and usage. The presentation will be delivered in a lecture format with four presenters available to guide students and answer questions.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

Andrew Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

University of Colorado Anschutz Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Andrew C. Smith is a rehabilitation scientist whose primary interest is improving the assessment and clinical management of individuals with spinal cord injury. Current research activities include: using medical imaging to to investigate the extent of spinal cord injury and its... Read More →
avatar for Wesley Thornton, PT, DPT, NCS

Wesley Thornton, PT, DPT, NCS

Craig Hospital
Dr. Wesley Thornton is a PhD student with a research interest in neurological disorders including spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. He graduated with honors from Regis University’s DPT program in 2014, and received the Regis DPT Young Alumnus Award in 2017. In 2014... Read More →
avatar for Candice Tefertiller, PT

Candice Tefertiller, PT

Craig Hospital
Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS is the Executive Director of Research and Evaluation at Craig Hospital.   Candy received a B.S in Biology from Mount Olive College and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University.  She then completed a Doctorate of Physical... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen II

9:00am MDT

Breakout: Everything You Need to Know About Testifying and Properly Documenting Your Patients’ Injuries in the Medical Legal Case
This lecture will cover medical legal record keeping, what to address in your records, the physical therapist’s role in the legal case, and what to know and expect when testifying at deposition or trial.
 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Quintana

Nicole Quintana

Nicole M. Quintana is a partner at the law firm of Ogborn Mihm, LLP, who focuses her practice on catastrophic personal injury, complex business litigation, and plaintiff’s legal malpractice.  She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Winthers, ESQ.

Melissa Winthers, ESQ.

Melissa Winthers is a trial attorney in Denver specializing in serious personal injury cases.  Melissa’s representation has resulted in numerous seven figure resolutions and awards for her clients. She has been recognized for her excellence in the practice of law and has been named... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen III C

9:00am MDT

Breakout: Gene therapy: What is it? And How does in impact your physical therapy practice?
This presentation will provide the attendees with an overview of current methods of gene specific therapies including ASO, gene therapy and genomic editing. We will use the lens of two neuromuscular diseases: Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) to highlight the benefit of gene specific therapies on the natural history of these conditions and their evolving phenotypes. We will provide an overview of the current physical therapy standards of care and consensus guidelines for SMA and DMD. Case studies of people receiving gene therapy pre and post-symptomatically will be utilized to highlight the evolution of physical therapy treatment programs, goals and outcomes measures.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Gibbons, MS, CGC

Melissa Gibbons, MS, CGC

Children's Hospital Colorado
Melissa Gibbons, MS, CGC is a certified genetic counselor and assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Melissa specializes in pediatric neurogenetics and neuromuscular diseases.  Additionally, she is the Spinal Muscular... Read More →
avatar for Terri Carry, PT

Terri Carry, PT

Children's Hospital Colorado
Terri Carry is a physical therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Terri currently specializes in pediatric neuromuscular diseases and is part of the CHCO multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic.  Terri participates as a clinical evaluator in numerous clinical trials for Duchenne... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Kelley, DPT, PCS

Carolyn Kelley, DPT, PCS

Children's Hospital Colorado
Carolyn Kelley, DPT, PCS is a physical therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her specialty is pediatric neuromuscular disorders, and she also works in the neuromuscular clinics at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Carolyn is a clinical evaluator for neuromuscular trials, including... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen III AB

9:00am MDT

Breakout: Tactical Athlete: Return to Duty Testing
This presentation will provide one, simple model of systematic, programmed, return to duty testing as well as how to incorporate the model into a simple rehabilitation continuum model.  Evidence-based tests and measures will be discussed as well the data and clinical decisions they can inform.  Videos of the tests and measures will be utilized for demonstration as well as to allow participants the opportunity to perform practice evaluations within the time constraints given.  

Speakers
avatar for Eric Wilson, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Wilson, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Deputy Program Director USAF
Eric is the founding Program Director and current Deputy Program Director for the USAF’s Tactical Sports & OMPT Fellowship – a training pipeline preparing USAF PTs to become embedded in USAF Special Warfare. Prior to retiring from the Air Force, he served as the Associate Athletic... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen I

10:30am MDT

Break with Sponsors and Exhibitors
Saturday September 25, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am MDT
Aspen Ballroom Foyer

11:00am MDT

Breakout: A review of foundational neuroscience for neuro-restorative clinical interventions, Part 2
This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of neuro-restorative clinical interventions along with the neuroscience principles that underlie their selection and usage. The presentation will be delivered in a lecture format with four presenters available to guide students and answer questions.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

Andrew Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

University of Colorado Anschutz Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Andrew C. Smith is a rehabilitation scientist whose primary interest is improving the assessment and clinical management of individuals with spinal cord injury. Current research activities include: using medical imaging to to investigate the extent of spinal cord injury and its... Read More →
avatar for Wesley Thornton, PT, DPT, NCS

Wesley Thornton, PT, DPT, NCS

Craig Hospital
Dr. Wesley Thornton is a PhD student with a research interest in neurological disorders including spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. He graduated with honors from Regis University’s DPT program in 2014, and received the Regis DPT Young Alumnus Award in 2017. In 2014... Read More →
avatar for Candice Tefertiller, PT

Candice Tefertiller, PT

Craig Hospital
Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS is the Executive Director of Research and Evaluation at Craig Hospital.   Candy received a B.S in Biology from Mount Olive College and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University.  She then completed a Doctorate of Physical... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Aspen II

11:00am MDT

Breakout: Physical Therapy in Law Enforcement: Embedded Treatment of Tactical Athletes
This presentation will introduce attendees to the essential job demands of the Tactical Athlete within Law Enforcement and provide practical insight on epidemiology and prevention of injuries across the career for officers. Attendees will be provided with a detailed example of an embedded Physical Therapy Program within the Denver Police Department. Open discussion about culturally competent care that is forward thinking and considers wellness, mental health, resiliency and training protocols for the Tactical Athletes in Law Enforcement.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Graytak, PT

Sarah Graytak, PT

Denver Police and Sheriff
Sarah M. Greytak, PT, DPT, TSAC-F, EMR is a Senior Physical Therapist for the Denver Police and Sheriff Departments. Sarah graduated from the USC with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. Her career started in Sports Medicine, Orthopedics and Aquatic Physical Therapy in the... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Aspen III AB

11:00am MDT

Breakout: Practice Ownership Panel
Speakers
avatar for Scott Rezac, PT, DPT

Scott Rezac, PT, DPT

Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy LLC PC
I am originally an Orange County beach bum who transplanted to Colorado Springs in 2004. My involvement in physical training and fitness goes back for over 20 years as a Black Belt instructor in Kenpo Karate, rock climber, marathoner, and in the field of physical rehabilitation. As... Read More →
avatar for Amy Hammerich, PT

Amy Hammerich, PT

Regis University
Dr. Amy Hammerich is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University. She is the Coordinator for the Regis University Residency in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and teaches in the entry-level DPT program and the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Aspen III C

11:00am MDT

Breakout: Tactical Athlete: Body Weight and Agility Testing
This presentation will provide one, simple model of systematic, programmed, return to duty testing as well as how to incorporate the model into a simple rehabilitation continuum model.  Evidence-based tests and measures will be discussed as well the data and clinical decisions they can inform.  Videos of the tests and measures will be utilized for demonstration as well as to allow participants the opportunity to perform practice evaluations within the time constraints given.  

Speakers
avatar for Eric Wilson, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Wilson, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Deputy Program Director USAF
Eric is the founding Program Director and current Deputy Program Director for the USAF’s Tactical Sports & OMPT Fellowship – a training pipeline preparing USAF PTs to become embedded in USAF Special Warfare. Prior to retiring from the Air Force, he served as the Associate Athletic... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm MDT
Aspen I

12:30pm MDT

2:00pm MDT

Breakout: Residency, Fellowship, and PhD. What Post Professional Training is Right for me?
Are you interested in taking your skillset as a clinician to the next level?  Or perhaps you are interested in opening up new career paths in the areas of academia and research?  There are numerous avenues available to the practicing PT’s to advance their education and career following their entry-level PT training however information on why you might pursue post-professional education as well as how to choose the right program is very difficult to find.  The major goal of this educational session is to discuss the cost, benefits, and impact of pursuing residency, fellowship, or PhD training on your career as a PT.  Additionally, we will discuss key differences and questions you should be considering when choosing the right program and mentor for you as well as how to make your application more competitive.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Stevens-Lapsley, PT

Jen Stevens-Lapsley, PT

University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
Are you interested in taking your skillset as a clinician to the next level?  Or perhaps you are interested in opening up new career paths in the areas of academia and research?  There are numerous avenues available to the practicing PT’s to advance their education and career... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Smulligan, PT

Katherine Smulligan, PT

University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
Kate Smulligan is a Ph.D. student with a research interest in sports concussion. She is particularly interested in the interplay between the cervical spine and the vestibular and oculomotor systems, and how that impacts persistent symptoms following concussion. Kate began her career... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Pineda, PT

Ryan Pineda, PT

Integral Physical Therapy
Dr. Ryan Pineda was born and raised in San Diego, California. He attained a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 2017 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2020. He is also committed to a career of lifelong learning and is currently... Read More →
avatar for Wesley Thornton, PT, DPT, NCS

Wesley Thornton, PT, DPT, NCS

Craig Hospital
Dr. Wesley Thornton is a PhD student with a research interest in neurological disorders including spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. He graduated with honors from Regis University’s DPT program in 2014, and received the Regis DPT Young Alumnus Award in 2017. In 2014... Read More →
avatar for Cameron MacDonald, PT

Cameron MacDonald, PT

Regis University
Dr. MacDonald is currently an Associate Professor in the Regis School of Physical Therapy. He graduated from the Regis Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 2006, and is currently the Director of the program. He is dual certified as an orthopedic and geriatric board specialist... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Aspen III C

2:00pm MDT

Breakout: Tactical Athlete: Clinical Integration and Sympathetic Nervous System Suppression
This presentation will provide one, simple model of systematic, programmed, return to duty testing as well as how to incorporate the model into a simple rehabilitation continuum model.  Evidence-based tests and measures will be discussed as well the data and clinical decisions they can inform.  Videos of the tests and measures will be utilized for demonstration as well as to allow participants the opportunity to perform practice evaluations within the time constraints given.  

Speakers
avatar for Eric Wilson, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Wilson, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Deputy Program Director USAF
Eric is the founding Program Director and current Deputy Program Director for the USAF’s Tactical Sports & OMPT Fellowship – a training pipeline preparing USAF PTs to become embedded in USAF Special Warfare. Prior to retiring from the Air Force, he served as the Associate Athletic... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Aspen I

2:00pm MDT

Breakout: Walking the Journey with Long COVID Survivors, Part 1
Much of the health care team's attention to the COVID-19 pandemic focused on the initial response of stabilizing and managing the critical illness associated with this devastating virus. Now that the initial triage and medical management has been established, patient survival rates have improved. However, patients, families and providers are left to wrestle with the long-term physical, mental, and emotional consequences of both an ICU stay, and sequelae associated with COVID-19. Research has demonstrated that COVID survivorship (i.e., Long COVID) share many commonalities with Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) and Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/​CFS). The presenters will use this paradigm to illustrate rehabilitation approaches that address “Long Covid” across the continuum of care. Additionally, this presentation will highlight the development of an interprofessional clinic to meet the initial surge of patients and continue to meet the needs of survivors following hospital discharge. This post-ICU clinic created a telehealth model for initial intake visits with referral to necessary services depending on patient needs.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Malone, PT, PhD

Daniel Malone, PT, PhD

University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Daniel Malone is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado. Dr. Malone is a board-certified specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy and is the immediate past president of the Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical... Read More →
avatar for Amy Nordon-Craft, DSC, PT

Amy Nordon-Craft, DSC, PT

University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Nordon-Craft is an Associate Professor for the CU DPT Program and serves as the Physical Therapy Program representative to the Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) Council, which provides IPE to over 700 learners. In addition, she leads the IPE Faculty Development Taskforce... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Aspen III AB

2:00pm MDT

Breakout: We’re all in this together: a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric chronic pain, Part 1
The presentation will describe a biopsychosocial conceptualization of chronic pain and emphasize the importance of pain education in the pediatric population. The presentation will discuss therapeutic pain neuroscience as well as highlight relevant psychosocial factors that impact pediatric pain. The presentation will also incorporate practical examples and case studies to enhance learning and translate knowledge to clinical settings.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Kent, PhD

Sheryl Kent, PhD

Children's Hospital Colorado
Sheryl Kent is an Associate Professor within the Departments of Anesthesiology and the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at the University of Colorado Anschutz Campus and the Children’s Hospital Colorado. She earned her PhD with dual specializations in child clinical psychology... Read More →
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Shannon Mele, PT, DPT

Children's Hospital Colorado
Shannon Mele received her doctorate of physical therapy from Regis University in Denver. She began her career at Children’s Hospital Colorado as part of the inpatient rehabilitation team. Her interest in the mind body connection as well as her passion for pain education led her... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Aspen II

3:30pm MDT

Break with Sponsors and Exhibitors
Saturday September 25, 2021 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Aspen Ballroom Foyer

4:00pm MDT

Breakout: Learning From Jerry Maguire: How We Can Reshape Our Industry Through Conscious Capitalism
This presentation touches on some of the challenges faced by physical therapists and other healthcare providers that lead to burnout and moral injury. The concept of Conscious Capitalism will be introduced as a new path toward a more sustainable healthcare and health payment system. We will discuss how every physical therapist can employ the tenets of Conscious Capitalism to help address these challenges within our profession and our industry

Speakers
avatar for Chris Edmundson, PT

Chris Edmundson, PT

Integral Physical Therapy
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical TherapyFellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical TherapistsDr Edmundson has practiced as a physical therapist in outpatient and homecare settings since 2003. He has completed a residency and fellowship in orthopedic... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Aspen III C

4:00pm MDT

Breakout: Tactical Athlete: DoD Special Operations Medical Staffing
This presentation will provide one, simple model of systematic, programmed, return to duty testing as well as how to incorporate the model into a simple rehabilitation continuum model.  Evidence-based tests and measures will be discussed as well the data and clinical decisions they can inform.  Videos of the tests and measures will be utilized for demonstration as well as to allow participants the opportunity to perform practice evaluations within the time constraints given.  

Speakers
avatar for Eric Wilson, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Eric Wilson, PT, DSc, DPT, OCS, SCS, PES, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Deputy Program Director USAF
Eric is the founding Program Director and current Deputy Program Director for the USAF’s Tactical Sports & OMPT Fellowship – a training pipeline preparing USAF PTs to become embedded in USAF Special Warfare. Prior to retiring from the Air Force, he served as the Associate Athletic... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Aspen I

4:00pm MDT

Breakout: Walking the Journey with Long COVID Survivors, Part 2
Much of the health care team's attention to the COVID-19 pandemic focused on the initial response of stabilizing and managing the critical illness associated with this devastating virus. Now that the initial triage and medical management has been established, patient survival rates have improved. However, patients, families and providers are left to wrestle with the long-term physical, mental, and emotional consequences of both an ICU stay, and sequelae associated with COVID-19. Research has demonstrated that COVID survivorship (i.e., Long COVID) share many commonalities with Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) and Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/​CFS). The presenters will use this paradigm to illustrate rehabilitation approaches that address “Long Covid” across the continuum of care. Additionally, this presentation will highlight the development of an interprofessional clinic to meet the initial surge of patients and continue to meet the needs of survivors following hospital discharge. This post-ICU clinic created a telehealth model for initial intake visits with referral to necessary services depending on patient needs.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Malone, PT, PhD

Daniel Malone, PT, PhD

University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Daniel Malone is an Associate Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado. Dr. Malone is a board-certified specialist in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy and is the immediate past president of the Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical... Read More →
avatar for Amy Nordon-Craft, DSC, PT

Amy Nordon-Craft, DSC, PT

University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program
Dr. Nordon-Craft is an Associate Professor for the CU DPT Program and serves as the Physical Therapy Program representative to the Center for Interprofessional Education (IPE) Council, which provides IPE to over 700 learners. In addition, she leads the IPE Faculty Development Taskforce... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Aspen III AB

4:00pm MDT

Breakout: We’re all in this together: a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric chronic pain, Part 2
The presentation will describe a biopsychosocial conceptualization of chronic pain and emphasize the importance of pain education in the pediatric population. The presentation will discuss therapeutic pain neuroscience as well as highlight relevant psychosocial factors that impact pediatric pain. The presentation will also incorporate practical examples and case studies to enhance learning and translate knowledge to clinical settings.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Kent, PhD

Sheryl Kent, PhD

Children's Hospital Colorado
Sheryl Kent is an Associate Professor within the Departments of Anesthesiology and the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at the University of Colorado Anschutz Campus and the Children’s Hospital Colorado. She earned her PhD with dual specializations in child clinical psychology... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Mele, PT, DPT

Shannon Mele, PT, DPT

Children's Hospital Colorado
Shannon Mele received her doctorate of physical therapy from Regis University in Denver. She began her career at Children’s Hospital Colorado as part of the inpatient rehabilitation team. Her interest in the mind body connection as well as her passion for pain education led her... Read More →



Saturday September 25, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm MDT
Aspen III AB

5:30pm MDT

Mentorship Mixer
Saturday September 25, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm MDT
Aspen III Foyer