Online Learning

APTA Utah Online Learning

APTA Utah is excited to offer our Spring 2021 conference online. Those who were not able to register and attend the conference can now purchase and view each course. 

You will need to have an APTA account to view the courses and purchase them. You do not have to be an APTA Utah member to have an account on our site.

Create an APTA Utah account HERE.

Although, we do encourage and would love to have you join us! Members will receive discounts on online learning, live events, and other services. BECOME A MEMBER LINK

Once you have completed the course, a certificate will be added to your profile under "certifications."

LINK TO ONLINE COURSES

"Creating and Identity for Your Clinical Instruction Using a Pediatric Clinic as a Guide."

Course Description: Will your clinic's brand mean something to educational institutions and future employers? This presentation will discuss the need and usefulness of creating a clear and comprehensive clinical education curriculum for your clinical students. Creating a clinical education curriculum will increase your clinic's willingness to accept students and provide a clear outline of what your clinic offers to students. Building an effective curriculum can ensure that students who come to your clinic will learn the skills needed to acquire a job in your setting as a new graduate. As your clinical education reputation increases, future employers (including your own clinic) can have confidence in hiring these new graduates.

Presenter BIO: Burke Jorgensen is a pediatric physical therapist at Intermountain Healthcare's St. George Pediatric Rehabilitation. He also is a part-time instructor for Dixie State's Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Burke grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. He left the east coast to attend BYU, where he graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Nutritional Science. He then attended the University of Utah for Physical Therapy and graduated with a DPT in 2010. In his first 3 years, he worked in many settings in Utah and Arizona before being hired at the Pediatric Rehab department in St George. During his time in St George, he has completed training to be a Level 2 Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Over the last 11 years, he has been the clinical instructor of many students from programs throughout the country. He loves working with students in the clinic, and he is always excited when a student chooses to work in Pediatrics.


"Osseointegration for Amputees."

Course Description: Osseointegration is an alternative method of attaching a prosthetic limb to an amputee’s body. It is a procedure that may soon be an available option for amputees when running into issues with socket and upper limb prostheses. The term osseointegration refers to a direct connection between human bone and an artificial implant. Osseointegration for amputees involves implanting a metal anchor directly to the bone of an amputated limb that extends out of the residual limb. A prosthesis is then attached to the metal extension (abutment).

Many amputees who have undergone osseointegration in Europe and Australia.There are test studies being completed here in the United States with FDA approval. Hundreds of US veterans have had this procedure done at Walter Reed Medical Center and many more are surgeons are being trained in the United States. In this break out session, Nicole Schneider and Stacey Mickelsen, a patient who underwent this procedure in Denver, Colorado after a house boat explosion in Lake Powell, will discuss the new technology, pros, cons, and what we can expect as a profession with this new technology in the coming years.

Presenter BIO: Nicole Schneider began her education at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho earning a Bachelor of Science degree. She then continued her education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with her Master of Physical Therapy degree followed by a Doctoral degree at Temple University. Nicole has been fortunate to travel and live many places throughout the United States, however she is happy to be settled in Utah for the last 5 years. She has spent nearly 20 years working with outpatient orthopedic clients. She is a full time faculty member with Dixie State University, however she continues to treat a select number of patients. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and prefers to be participating in any activity which involves being out-doors.


APTA Utah Townhall

An overview of legislation, licensing, and other updates within PT in Utah.


Blood Flow Restriction Research - Owens Recovery Science

Course Description: The use of Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (BFR) can augment the results seen when exercising at the light loads (15-30% 1RM) available in a rehabilitation setting. The applied vascular occlusion recreates the anaerobic environment we typically see with heavy load (65-85%1RM) lifting. By forcing this hypoxic environment, we are able to cause an increase in stress that signals the body to respond and adapt. This offering aims to educate attendees on some of the physiological concepts of PBFR and the current literature for its use in a rehabilitation setting.

Presenter BIO: Ben Weatherford, DPT is currently the Clinical Education Coordinator for Owens Recovery Science (ORS), Inc a medical research, education, and device corporation. Ben has been teaching Personalized Blood Flow Restriction courses since 2015. He regularly trains and consults within professional and collegiate sports, the Department of Defense, and Healthcare systems in the US, Europe and Asia. Additionally, he assists in the management of a clinical research portfolio that includes more than 45 randomized clinical trials and over $6 million in grant funding.


Cupping in Physical Therapy: How, When, and Why? Any Evidence?

Cupping came to mainstream awareness mainly when everyone saw the round bruised on Michael Phelps at the 2016 Olympics. Of course, cupping as a treatment is much older than that. When athletes use treatments, soon the general public wants the same treatment, but is there a role for cupping in evidence-based Physical Therapy?

As a modality, are there parameters that should be followed? Are they any contraindications or precautions?

This presentation will provide a short overview, focused on what the practicing Physical Therapist should know when considering using cupping or talking to the patient who asks about this type of treatment.


Imaging for PT Research

Overview of research within PT and Imaging.

Presenter BIO: Dr. Keil serves as clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he teaches diagnostic imaging in the doctor of physical therapy program.

He has spoken at national conferences on the topics of direct access and diagnostic imaging and has provided guidance to several institutions across the country who are pursuing these initiatives. Dr. Keil has published on the topic of implementation of diagnostic imaging in physical therapist practice and served on the authorship committee for the APTA-sponsored white paper ‘Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in Physical Therapist Practice’.

He has functioned as a first-contact provider at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C., the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland and at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Imaging in Utah

APTA Utah Spring Conference - Keynote

Presenter BIO: Dr. Keil serves as clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he teaches diagnostic imaging in the doctor of physical therapy program.

He has spoken at national conferences on the topics of direct access and diagnostic imaging and has provided guidance to several institutions across the country who are pursuing these initiatives. Dr. Keil has published on the topic of implementation of diagnostic imaging in physical therapist practice and served on the authorship committee for the APTA-sponsored white paper ‘Diagnostic and Procedural Imaging in Physical Therapist Practice’.

He has functioned as a first-contact provider at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C., the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Maryland and at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Mechanotransduction: The Latest Updates on Application of This Principle to Affect Regenerative Rehabilitation

Course Description: What is it that we do in Physical Therapy that stimulates healing from a regenerative perspective? In other words, what are the optimal mechanical stimuli for regeneration of cartilage, muscle, bone, tendon, ligament, and nerve cells. It is well established that regeneration of new tissue requires new protein manufacture and stimulation of other cellular processes to generate the healing process? How is mechanical stimulus, provided by manual therapy and therapeutic exercise, transduced to a biochemical signal in the cell, turning on healing? This presentation will be an update on the latest information about how we apply mechanical forces in the proper, or best known, dosages for the best healing we can afford our patients.

Presenter BIO: Mark Walker, PT, PhD, graduated from the University of Utah School of Physical Therapy in 1982; and has practiced in several settings of physical therapy since that time: orthopedic, inpatient, outpatient, home health, neuro rehab. He received a Doctor of Philosophy from Brigham Young University in Exercise Physiology, and then became an Associate Professor at Rocky Mountain University of Health Profession in 2010, where he teaches kinesiology and physiology Mark grew up in Mapleton, UT, loves to be outdoors for fishing, hiking, gardening, and exercise. He also loves being a husband, father of 5 children, and grandfather of 13 grandchildren.


Physical Therapy Management for Patients Post Covid-19

The presenter will cover a brief pathophysiology of COVID-19 infection and how the infection can create various clinical presentations. In this presentations attendees will learn about how to screen for patients post COVID -19 infection. They will also learn about various treatment considerations.

Presenter BIO: Ally Armstrong grew up in Colorado, attended Colorado State University graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2011. She moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah to go on to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. She now works at the Veterans Health Administration as an inpatient physical therapist treating primarily in the MICU. For the past year she was dedicated to working at the VA’s COVID unit. She is a board certified geriatric clinical specialist and enjoys mentoring students in geriatric care. Outside of work you can find Ally in the mountains running, mountain biking or snowboarding with her husband and friends.


PT Pro Bono Clinics: bringing together community and education

Drew Wilcox, PTA, MHA - Dixie State University
Hina Garg, PT, MS, PhD - Rocky Mountain University
Stacey Romney, PT, MEd - Salt Lake Community College
Misha Bradford, PT, DPT - University of Utah