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2017 DePaul Sports Medicine Symposium: Cutting Edge Treatments and Technolo...

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DePaul University-Lincoln Park Campus

McGowan South Science Building

1110 W Belden Ave, Rm 108

Chicago, IL 60614

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*Please Note: All participants will be split into two teams on the day of the event. All will attend each breakout session.

11:00 a.m. Registrations Open

11:55 a.m. Introductions- Noreen Karadsheh Vlamakis, MEd, ATC

12:00 p.m. Biologic Improvement and Treatments for the Knee

Adam Yanke, MD

12:40 p.m. Sports Medicine Case Studies: Interactive Problem Solving

Kathy Weber, MD

1:10 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Team Blue: The Overhead Athlete: What's New?

Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA

Team Demon: Integrating Neuroplasticity Concepts for Return to Sport

Kristen Neisler, PT, ATC and Brett Painter, DPT, OCS

1:55 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Team Blue: Rehabilitation Following Rotator Cuff Surgery and Non- Operative Rotator Cuff Pathologies

Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA

Team Demon: Utilizing Blood Flow Restriction for Resistance Training and Rehabilitation

Reade Whitney, MS, ATC

Laser Therapy-Sports Medicine's Power Tool

Mark L. Callanen, PT, DPT, OCS

2:40 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Pardon the Interruption-Panel Debate

Julia Bruene, MD; Brian Cole, MD, MBA; Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA; Terry Nicola, MD, MS

3:50 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Team Demon: The Overhead Athlete: What's New?

Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA

Team Blue: Utilizing Blood Flow Restriction for Performance and Rehabilitation

Reade Whitney, MS, ATC

Laser Therapy-Sports Medicine's Power Tool

Mark L. Callanen, PT, DPT, OCS

4:35 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Team Demon: Rehabilitation Following Rotator Cuff Surgery and Non-Operative Rotator Cuff Pathologies

Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA

Team Blue: Integrating Neuroplasticity Concepts for Return to Sport

Kristen Neisler, PT, ATC and Brett Painter, DPT, OSC

5:20 p.m. Conclude

Meet Our Presenters

Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA

Associate Clinical Director

Champion Sports Medicine (a Select Medical Facility)

Dr. Kevin Wilk has lead a distinguished career as a clinical physical therapist for the past 33 years, as a leading authority in rehabilitation of sports injuries and orthopedic lesions. He has been significant contributions to laboratory research, biomechanical research and clinical outcome studies.
Kevin Wilk has been a physical therapist, researcher and educator for over 32 years. Kevin is currently Associate Clinical Director for Champion Sports Medicine (a Select Medical Facility) in Birmingham, AL. In addition, he is the Director of Rehabilitative Research at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Kevin is also the Rehabilitation Consultant for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Baseball Team, and has worked with the Rays for 18 years. Kevin has worked with professional baseball for 29 years, and with the Rays since the organization started. Dr Wilk received his physical therapy from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL., and his DPT from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of HealthCare Professions in Boston, MA.

Dr. Wilk has published over 170 journal articles, over 115 book chapters and has lectured at over 900 professional and scientific meetings. Kevin is on the review boards of 9 journals. Dr Wilk has received numerous professional awards. In 2012, was inducted into the Sports Section Blackburn Hall of Fame. Later that same year he was awarded the APTA Catherine Worthingham Fellowship – the highest honor given to an APTA member. Kevin stated he was humbled & tremendously honored to receive these two prestigious recognitions. In 2004, Kevin received the prestigious Ron Peyton Award for career achievement from the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA. He has received the James Andrews Award for achievement in the area of Baseball science. Kevin was an Honored Professor at several Universities and has given Grand Rounds at numerous medical facilities and has lectured internationally. He has edited 9 textbooks,The Athletes’ Shoulder (2nd Edition), Rehabilitation of the Injured Athlete (3rd Ed.), Injuries in Baseball, Sports Medicine of Baseball, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation(2nd Ed.) Handbook of Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (2ndEd.), and The Orthopaedic Toolbox (2ndEd.). The Use of Aquatic in Orthopeadics & Sports Medicine Rehabilitation & Physical Conditioning.

Dr Wilk has performed rehabilitation on some great athletes through his career, here are a few of the names: Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley, Derek Jeter, Drew Brees, HHH, John Cena, Scottie Pippen, Tom Watson, Roger Clemens, Mariano Rivera, John Smoltz, Eli Manning, to name just a few.

Brian Cole, MD, MBA

Sports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration Orthopedic Surgeon

Rush University Medical Center/Midwest Orthopedics at Rush

Dr. Cole is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, he was appointed as an Associate-Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Rush. In 2011, he was appointed as 

Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital. He is the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center at Rush specializing in the treatment of arthritis in young active patients with a focus on regenerative medicine and biologic alternatives to surgery. He also serves as the head of the Orthopedic Master’s Training Program and trains residents and fellows in sports medicine and research. He lectures nationally and internationally and holds several leadership positions in prominent sports medicine societies. Through his basic science and clinical research, he has developed several innovative techniques for the treatment of shoulder, elbow and knee conditions. He has published more than 1,000 articles and 10 widely read textbooks in orthopedics and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Cole is frequently chosen as one of the "Best Doctors in America" since 2004 and as a "Top Doctor" in the Chicago metro area since 2003. In 2006, he was featured on the cover of Chicago Magazine as "Chicago’s Top Doctor" and was selected as NBA Team Physician of the Year in 2009. Orthopedics This Week has named Dr. Cole as one of the top 20 sports medicine, knee and shoulder specialists repeatedly over the last 5 years as selected by his peers. He is the head team physician for the Chicago Bulls NBA team, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox MLB team and DePaul University in Chicago.


Kathleen Weber, MD, MS
Sports Medicine, Women's Sports Medicine
Rush University Medical Center/ Midwest Orthopedics at Rush

Assistant Professor, Director, Section of Primary Care Sports Medicine and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Weber, the Director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women's Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, possesses a unique expertise with the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues.

Dr. Weber received her M.D. from Rush Medical College in 1996 and subsequently completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center. After completing her residency, Dr. Weber was asked to remain at Rush for an additional year to assume the prestigious position of Chief Resident of Internal Medicine. She then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego. In addition to holding a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and being the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in patient care and teaching, Dr. Weber has published many articles, book chapters and is an active researcher. A former college athlete, she has been involved in athletics as a team physician, an exercise physiologist, and as an avid athlete. In 2006, Dr. Weber was recognized by Girls in the Game as their Health Champion.

Dr. Weber's reputation as a leading sports medicine physician is enhanced by her remarkable activity in the treatment of high level professional athletes. She currently serves as head team physician for the DePaul Blue Demons and as the sports medicine physician consultant for the Hubbard Street Dance Company and the River North Dance Company. She also serves as a team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, and the
Chicago Force Women's Football.

Dr. Weber is the only female Major League Baseball team physician, and she is also on the MLB Physicians Advisory Board.

View Dr. Weber's video series of rehabilitation (physical therapy) exercises.

Adam B. Yanke, M.D.
Sports Medicine, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow Cartilage Restoration Orthopaedic Surgeon
Rush University Medical Center/Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Assistant Professor Department of Orthopedics, Assistant Director Cartilage Restoration Center, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Adam B. Yanke is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with an interest in advanced arthroscopy, shoulder replacement, and a special focus on patellofemoral dysfunction and cartilage restoration. Dr. Yanke earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University, Oxford, OH, with majors in engineering physics and zoology and a minor in non-linear mathematics. After obtaining his medical degree from Rush Medical College (Chicago, IL), Dr. Yanke continued on at Rush for his Orthopedic Surgery residency. He followed this by attending the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Rush University, where he was trained in advanced joint arthroscopy, shoulder arthroplasty, and cartilage restoration techniques.

Throughout his orthopedic training, Dr. Yanke has pursued a Ph.D. in the department of biochemistry. Finishing his training in 2014, this work has resulted in a new method for analyzing cartilage activity with comparisons between normal, aged, and damaged cartilage. Through a collaboration with the department of biochemistry, Dr. Yanke continues to perform both basic science and clinical research in an effort to develop bench-top techniques that will translate directly to improved patient care. He has accomplished this through writing over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters along with presenting over 50 abstracts at national and international meetings. Dr. Yanke is a member of numerous professional societies including the International Cartilage Repair Society and he was selected by the American Orthopaedic Association as an Emerging Leader.

Dr. Yanke's motivation to perform both clinical and basic science research has always been to deliver the most advanced patient care possible. This includes being involved in clinical trials that utilize stem cell injections for arthritis. He also believes that the cornerstones of good orthopedic care are proper indications and understanding that non-operative measures are commonly the most appropriate treatment. Having been All-State in lacrosse, Dr. Yanke is familiar with the stress that is associated with athletic injuries and that a given ailment is not treated in isolation. Currently, Dr. Yanke continues his involvement with sports though participating in team coverage ranging from high school to professional teams. Teams covered include the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, DePaul Blue Demons, Chicago Riot and Chicago Force. No matter what the diagnosis, proper treatment hinges on taking into account the anatomic problem, not in isolation, but within the framework of the patient's life. Through working with and educating patients, Dr. Yanke believes a healthy surgeon-patient relationship is mandatory in order to arrive at the proper course of treatment.

Julia R. Bruene, MD

Sports Medicine, Shouder

Rush University Medical Center/Midwest Orthopedics at Rush

Dr. Julia Bruene is a sports medicine physician with special interests in concussion management, care of female athletes, care of combat athletes/mixed martial arts, and special needs athletes.

In 2006, Dr. Bruene graduated magna cum laude earning her bachelor's degree in health planning and administration, with a minor in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She went on to complete her medical degree at Rush University Medical College, Chicago, IL graduating in the top 20 percent of her class. Dr. Bruene served as chief resident in the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Park Ridge, IL. She then completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Rush University Medical Center.

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and recreational runner, Dr. Bruene understands how vital physical well-being is to athletes. Dedicated to keeping fellow sports enthusiasts healthy, Dr. Bruene volunteers to provide medical coverage for Chicago-area sporting events such as the Chicago Style Gymnastics Meet and Bank of America Chicago Marathon. She has also participated in team coverage for local area high school, college, and professional teams, and is a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and DePaul University.

In her leisure time, Dr. Bruene is an accomplished wedding singer and Chicago sports fanatic.

Terry L. Nicola, MD, MS

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago Sports Medicine

Terry L. Nicola, MD, MS is Director of Sports Medicine Rehabilitation, Assistant Professor Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, and Founder for the Sports Medicine Fellowship at UIC. Annually named Top Doctor, having received teaching and hospital awards. Competitive runner, triathlete, coach, and event medical director for distance running events in the Chicagoland Area, research in areas of diagnosis and management of difficult injuries in athletes and general population. He has served in the United States Olympic Committee for Salt Lake City Olympic Games. His practice includes evaluation and treatment of sports and work related injuries as well as management of non-surgical musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

Reade Whitney, MS, ATC

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Chicago Fire Soccer Club/NovaCare Rehabilitation

Reade Whitney is a certified athletic trainer with over 6 years of experience. He uses advanced techniques and technology into his daily practice. Prior to the Chicago Fire, he worked at the Dallas-based Texas Health Resources. He spent over two years as an athletic trainer with FC Dallas and holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Tampa.

Brett Painter, PT, DPT, COMT

Team Physical Therapist

NovaCareRehabilitation-DePaul University

Brett Painter, PT, DPT, is a Physical Therapist for NovaCare Rehabilitation’s outpatient physical therapy center located in the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center at DePaul University. He is also a team physical therapist for DePaul University Intercollegiate Athletics.

Brett earned a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in 2011. In 2014, he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Brett has a certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling and is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist from the Ola Grimsby Institute.

Kristen Neisler, PT, ATC, MEd

Team Physical Therapist

NovaCare Rehabilitation-DePaul University

Kristen Neisler, PT, ATC, is a Physical Therapist for NovaCare Rehabilitation’s outpatient physical therapy center located in the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center at DePaul University. She has achieved success in the treatment of sports and orthopedic conditions. She is also the team physical therapist for DePaul University Intercollegiate Athletics.
Kristen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Bradley University in 1997. In 2003, she earned her Athletic Training Degree from DePaul University. Kristen is a perinatal instructor, ACE personal trainer and is a certified CPR/First Aid instructor.


Mark L. Callanen, PT, DPT, OCS

Director of Clinical Development

LightForce Therapy Laser

Mark joined the LightForce team in early 2017 as Director of Clinical Development to focus on improving clinical messaging within the sales team. Prior to joining LightForce Mark was a Division Director for an out-patient physical therapy company that has over 125 locations in the Southeastern United States. He has over 15 years of management experience in the PT space. Mark graduated from Shenandoah University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1999 and completed his transitional DPT in 2007 from Marymount University. Mark has been an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) since 2003. He created and taught “SI Joint Made Easy” for CAPTA continuing education credits 2010-13. He is a current faculty member with the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments (IAMT) and teaches courses on Lumbopelvic Treatments and Examinations as well as Lower Quarter Treatments and Examinations. Mark has contributed questions to the orthopedic specialist exam via participation with the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE).

Special Acknowledgement to DePaul University Athletic Training Staff:

Sue Walsh, Kristen Neisler, David McAuliffe, Eric Hrycko, Nic Higgins,Patrick Pauley, Ryan Grebner, Chris Dresher, and Brett Painter.


Instructional Level: Advanced

Open to Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Athletic Trainers

Does this course qualify for CEUs?

This Symposium is approved for 5.0 CEUs for Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers.

Select Medical is a licensed continuing education sponsor for the State of Illinois. This course meets continuing education requirements set by the Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin Board of Physical Therapy,

Select Medical is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This course has been approved for 5 hours of Category D education. No refunds will be processed after 7/1/17. All proceeds will benefit DePaul University's Athletic Training Room.

What are my transport/parking options for the event?

If you are Driving: Parking is available in the parking garage located at 2330 N Clifton. Discount rates are available.

If you are taking a cab or Uber: Direct to Belden and Seminary.

If you are taking the CTA: DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus is conveniently located off the Fullerton Stop. Red, Brown, and Purple Line trains all make stops at this station. Exit the station and walk heading west from the station. Turn Left on Seminary. Turn Right just before you reach Belden. McGowan South will be on the left.

What should I bring?

Please bring something to take notes. Lunch and water will be provided.

What should I wear?

Please wear loose fitting or athletic clothing as the break out sessions will be interactive and you will be up and moving.

Is a printed ticket required?

Not at all! Just check in at the registration table on the day of the symposium.

Select medical does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, military status, sexual orientation or age. Select Medical is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in all aspects of its continuing education activities. Participants who have special needs are encouraged to contact program organizers so that all reasonable efforts to accommodate these needs can be made.

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