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The ARK-J Program Trismus Intervention Certification Course at Banner MD An...

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Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

2946 East Banner Gateway Drive

Conference Room: Coyote/Granite 2nd floor

Gilbert, AZ 85234

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What is The ARK-J Program?

The ARK-J Program is an educational, workshop-style course that encourages clinicians to more closely examine the neuroanatomy and pathophysiology of the jaw, as well as the exercise science behind rehabilitating the muscles of mastication. The ARK-J Program is not a clinical protocol for evaluating and treating trismus. Rather, the ARK-J Program is an evidenced-based approach that relies heavily on exercise science principles of active and passive range of motion exercises and the latest trismus management research in order to more effectively tailor safe, effective, and progressive trismus treatment programs.

Course Objectives:

1. Identify patient populations who are at-risk for trismus.

2. Differentiate between the treatment pathways of radiation-related trismus and other origins of trismus, such as CVA/TBI-induced trismus and trauma-induced trismus.

3. Define normal (WNL), mild, moderate, and severe trismus in terms of maximal jaw opening measurement.

4. Measure maximal jaw opening correctly for purposes of assessment, treatment session baselines, and evaluating progress and effectiveness of treatment.

5. Identify patients who have increased risk for acquiring ORN and how to address these risks before initiating trismus intervention to maximize the patient's safety.

6. Evaluate patients who are suspected of having trismus with standardized assessment tools.

7. Identify the principles of exercise science related to skilled trismus intervention in patients with oral dysphagia.

8. Design progressive, therapeutic passive jaw and active jaw stretching programs based on individual patient needs.

9. Identify specific counseling strategies to increase patient adherence, independence, and progress.

10. Explain the advantages of tailoring exercise programs for patients instead of using device protocols, specifically to address patients who plateau and revert in MIO or who want to minimize their functional decline.


Brian Kanapkey, M.A., CCC-SLP
Megan Nosol, M.S., M.S.Ed., CCC-SLP

What is included in course registration?

  • ARK-J Pocket Measuring Tape

  • ARK-J Program Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment Manual

  • Homemade ARK-J Stretching Device Starter Kit

Where can I find a course syllabus?
The course syllabus can be downloaded on the course website.

What are my hotel options for the event?

Hampton by Hilton-
Address: 1825 N Higley Rd
Gilbert AZ 85206
480 654-4000

Residence Inn by Marriott
3021 E Banner Gateway Drive
Gilbert AZ 85234
480 699-4450

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
5285 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234
480 218-8000

What airport should I fly into for the course?

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (it is a 17 mile drive to these hotels) or Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport, which is 6.3 miles from the course location.

What are my options for parking?

Parking is avail at the north side of BMDACC closest to the Superstition Freeway for attendees. A map illustrating parking details will be emailed to course participants.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Megan via email at contact@ARKJProgram.com.

What is the refund policy?

The refund policy is as follows:

  • 15 days or more before course date - Full refund minus $25 admin fee

  • 14 days or less before the course date - 50% Refund

  • A full refund will be given if ARK-J Program Certification Course is cancelled any reason. ARK-J Program coordinators reserve the right to cancel a conference in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, or if the minimum acceptable registration is not attained. In the event of a cancellation, ARK-J Program coordinators are obligated to refund the registration fee only. However, should any course be cancelled, ARK-J Program coordinators will reimburse the airline change fee up to $100 only (with proof of documentation) for registrants only.

  • Refunds will not be provided to those who do not cancel or for those who begin a course but do not complete it.

***A full list of FAQs is located on the "FAQ" page of the course website.

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2946 East Banner Gateway Drive

Conference Room: Coyote/Granite 2nd floor

Gilbert, AZ 85234

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