Spring Meeting

           Hosted by

APTA of Maryland
Mini Combined Sections Meeting & Spring Chapter Meeting
March 24, 2018

Come together to network with colleagues and share challenges, stories, and successes in this continuing education event
sponsored by the APTA of Maryland. 

A FREE Member Event to Thank You for your Membership and Support!
Fee for Non Members: $100| Non Student Members $25

Earn up to 3 (0.3) CEUs on March 24th at Howard Community College. APTA of Maryland is presenting our 2nd Annual
Mini Combined Sections’ Meeting. This educational gift from the APTA of Maryland is to celebrate and spotlight
the many local Clinical Specialists in various setting and practice areas.

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Track Options (Please select one when registering)
Educational Credit - Each course is approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for three (0.3) CEUs

  • 8:00 am Registration
  • 8:30-11:30 am Course Selections
  • 12:00-1:00 pm Member Meeting
Howard Community College - 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
Health Sciences Building - Campus Map | Directions

Chasing the Dragon: Preventing Pain from Becoming Chronic in the Age of Opioids

Speaker: Roy J. Film PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Course description: This course provides deep insights into the US opioid epidemic and will enhance the attendee’s ability to identify modifiable risk factors for developing back pain disability, stratify overall risk, and match patients to an appropriate general treatment approach. More importantly, it will assist the clinician in guiding patients to avoid common pitfalls and inappropriate courses of treatment.

Course Objectives:
  1. Identify modifiable risk factors for back pain disability.
  2. Understand the mechanisms involved in the transition from acute/nociceptive pain to chronic/persistent pain.
  3. Recognize how the prevailing approach to the treatment of pain in the US healthcare system may undermine a patient’s chances of recovery.
  4. Stratify the risk of various patients developing chronic LBP utilizing an evidence-based approach.
Course outline:
Pre-test (10 min)
The Opioid Epidemic (30 min)
Shifting the Paradigm: Why It’s Essential (40 min)
BREAK (10 min)
Assessing Risk (20 min)
Matched Treatment Approaches (30 min)
Becoming a Change Agent (30 min)
Post-test (10 min)

Roy J. Film PT, MPT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Film graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1996 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2012. His experience includes clinical practice and academic instruction in the area of orthopedics and manual therapy. He participates in clinical research projects within the UMB PT department. His current research interests are in the area of conservative management of patients wishing to avoid elective orthopedic surgery.

Unlocking the Chronic Pain Puzzle- Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE)

Speakers:  Chris Roosa, DPT, OCS, MTC, PRC

Course Description: This course is designed to educate participants on the latest evidence and clinical application of Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) for patients experiencing persistent pain. Current concepts and treatment strategies for treating sensitized patients will be presented. 

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the latest evidence for Pain Neuroscience Education
  • List potential strategies to implement Pain Neuroscience Education into clinical practice regarding time, billing, documentation, patient selection, and adjunct therapeutic strategies
  • Design a treatment plan for a chronic pain patient based on related output system dysfunctions
  • Review of neurobiological properties of the nervous system
  • Understand current concepts in neurodynamics and application of manual therapy interventions for patients with a sensitive nervous system
  • Identify and conduct physical testing of a sensitive nervous system including: nerve palpation,   neurodynamics, localization, graphesthesia, right/ left discrimination and 2-point discrimination
  • Discuss Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) and the proper sequencing for optimal clinical outcomes

Chris Roosa is DPT, OCS, MTC, PRC the Clinic Manager of the Frederick, MD location for Pivot Physical Therapy, as well as their Director of Clinical Advancement. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member and the Director of Mentor Credentialing with NxtGen Institute of Physical Therapy. In the summer of 2012, he had the honor of serving on the US Olympic Sports Medicine Committee before the Summer Games in London, providing physical therapy services from the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center to Winter and Summer Olympic athletes.  In 2015, he became Dry Needling Certified from Myopain Seminars. As a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT), he effectively treats myofascial trigger points and chronic muscle pain syndromes. In December of 2016, Dr. Roosa continued his pursuit of clinical excellence and became a Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) from the International Spine and Pain Institute. The TPS experience allowed Dr. Roosa to gain valuable knowledge of the treatment and worldwide research of chronic pain conditions. The extensive experience and advanced certifications Dr. Roosa has attained make him one of the most sought after physical therapists in Maryland. Development of his diverse skill set allows him to offer patients the best clinical interventions to facilitate optimal functional outcomes.

Medicare and Shift to Value Based Care

Speakers: Kara Gainer, JD. Director of Regulatory Affairs - APTA & Sharita Jennings, JD Senior Specialist, Regulatory Affairs - APTA

1. Develop an understanding of the need to transition to value-based payment models
2. Be able to cite the latest federal government activities related to Medicare, including therapy cap and targeted medical review, payment updates, and other initiatives
3. Comprehend Medicare’s proposed changes to the post-acute care payment systems and how it may impact physical therapy services
4. Better understand how changes to Medicare payment policies may impact your practice

• Medicare Payment Updates & Program Integrity
• Medicare Coverage Issues
• Post-Acute Care Reform
• Changing Environment under Medicare & Impact on PTs
• The Move to Value-Based Payment
• Questions

Reflexive Strength Training for Physical Therapists 

Speaker: Chuck Mutschler, MPT, CSCS, RKC, CK-FMS, MS Regional Manager, Pivot Physical Therapy and Peiting Lien, PT, DPT, NCS, OS Certified by Johns Hopkins

Course Outline
A.Human Growth Development
             i.Joint by joint Concept  
            ii. Regional Interdependance
B. Philosophy of Original Strength
             i. 3 Primary Principle
            ii. The System:
C. Neurology and OS
D. Time to Reset
E. Programing 
F. Habit Changing Behaviors and Questions

Peiting Lien is a Clinical specialist at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility at Green Spring Station. She received a Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy from University of Otago, New Zealand in 2004 and her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 from Boston University, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College.  She received her board certification as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2013. She has a diverse clinical background in treating the neurologically impaired individuals across the life span both internationally and nationally. Peiting is a consultant with the MS Can Do team nationally. She is also an Original strength certified clinician. Her other clinical interest includes idiopathic scoliosis and gait dysfunctions. Peiting is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association for Neurology section, Sports section and Orthopedic section. 

Chuck Mutschler, MPT, MS, CSCS, SFMA, FMS, SFG II, OS Certified Clinician. Chuck is currently a Regional Manger for Pivot Physical Therapy in Southern Maryland. He earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and went on to own multiple physical therapy clinics in Anne Arundel and Howard County. His passion for strength and conditioning led to advanced certifications as a CSCS from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, SFG Level II Instructor from StrongFirst School of Strength, OS Certified Clinician from Original Strength Systems, SFMA and FMS form Functional Movement Systems. Chuck has been a guest lecturer throughout the mid-Atlantic region, discussing topics such as Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Kettlebells Training, Corrective exercises, Fall Prevention, Primitive Movement Patterns, Circular Strength Training and Sports Medicine. Chuck is the creator of innovated course entitled “Kettlebells for the Clinicians”. 

Cancellations and Refunds This cancellation policy applies to all elements of the chapter meeting.
  • A $10 fee will be assessed to cancel between the time of registration and March 12th for non members
  • No refunds will be given after March 12, 2017.