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Walsh University and ECD of OPTA Spring Conference for Clinical Excellence

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Documentation: A Necessary Evil/Skill Ended $75.00 $5.12
Lower Extremity Prosthetics and Rehabilitation: Clinical Recommendations and Advanced Technology Ended $75.00 $5.12
Value Based Clinical Education- A Vision for the Future Ended $75.00 $5.12
The Continuum of Care for Individuals with Lifelong Disabilities: Exploring the Issues for Physical Therapists Across Practice Settings and Providing Innovative Patient Interventions Ended $75.00 $5.12
An Evidence Based Approach to Evaluation & Treatment of Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Injuries Ended $75.00 $5.12
Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Updates: What the Therapists Need to Know Ended $75.00 $5.12
Pharmacology and Rehabilitation: Considerations for Patient Management Ended $75.00 $5.12
Manual Therapy of the Cervical Spine Ended $75.00 $5.12
Walsh University DPT Scholarship Fund   more info Ended

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Walsh University and the East Central District of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association are teaming up again to bring you the 2nd annual Spring Conference for Clinical Excellence. Again, participants will be able to choose one or up to four different presentations to attend. The event will be held over two days: May 9th and 10th. All presentations will be half a day; lunch will be provided for those participants who attend two different courses in one day. Please review the following information to learn about the different courses that will be offered. Please pay particular attention to the appropriate audience (for example: PT vs OT; PT vs PTA) and time offered (as multiple courses will be offered at the same time).



Title: Documentation: A Necessary Evil Skill

Presenter: Christine Blasiole

Invited Audience: PT, OT, COTA, PTA

Date and Time Course Offered: Friday, May 9 8:00-12:00

4 CEUs approved in OH for PT; OT pending


Course Description: 

This 4 hour continuing education course, led by Christine Blasiole, a physical therapist with 27 years of experience,   will allow the participant to become familiar with the verbiage in the Medicare Program Manual, RAI Manual, APTA Defensible Documentation Guidelines, and the Local Coverage Determination (LCD) Policy for J15 Part A MAC (Medicare Administrative Contractor).  Ms. Blasiole will present what is defined as skilled therapy and what is considered reasonable and medically necessary (by Medicare).   She will also describe appropriate documentation content to support the skilled assessments and interventions provided by the therapy staff.   Appropriate billing of the skilled interventions will be addressed, as described in the LCD.  Ms. Blasiole will present the basic rules of Functional Limitation reporting and the need for objective testing to support the level of impairment selected.  Ms. Blasiole will also describe the appeal process, through Medicare, as well as share some examples of reasons for denial.    This course will improve the participant’s level of knowledge of proper documentation to support the need for skilled therapeutic care, and support the skilled services provided.  Improved knowledge base of choosing the best billing code(s) that reflects the skilled intervention(s) will be evident.


Course Objectives: 

  • The PT, OT, COTA, and PTA participants will learn the art of documentation that will support the need for skilled therapeutic services and the skilled interventions provided.
  • The PT and OT participants will learn to establish a verified prior level of function, a therapeutic reason for referral, and appropriate short and long term goals that demonstrate the level of functional independence upon discharge.   Goals will be based on the rehab potential determined by the prior level of function and degree of deficits noted on the evaluation, due to medical condition.
  • The PT and OT participants will learn how to choose the most applicable Functional Limitation, based on the Long Term Goals and how to objectively assess the level of impairment.
  • The PT, OT, COTA, and PTA participants will learn how to identify the best CPT code for billing the physical or occupational therapy skilled intervention, based on the definitions in the CPT manual and the LCD, defined by CIGNA the Medicare Administrative Contractor for the geographical area.
  • The PT and OT participants will learn the documentation verbiage required in order to complete the episode of care on the discharge summary, demonstrating the ability to summarize the functional status, discharge plan, and skilled services provided.
  • The PT, PTA, OT, COTA will learn the basics of the Appeal Process, through Medicare.


Presenter Qualifications: 

Christine Blasiole obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1985 and a Master’s of Science Degree in Allied Health Management in 1992, both from The Ohio State University.  She has practiced in multiple acute and post acute settings as a Staff PT, Clinical Specialist, and Director of Documentation Compliance.  Currently she manages the appeal process, analyzes therapy documentation, and educates staff regarding documentation and billing for all payer sources for Absolute Rehabilitation and Consulting Services, Inc.   She is also a Regional Director, overseeing the everyday management of therapy services.  She has attended the APTA course on Practice Management Strategies and Updates:  Focus on Documentation and Compliance in the Outpatient Therapy Setting in 2011, as well as a course on NDT in May of 2011, and Geriatric Rehab course in March of 2012, both of which had documentation education components.

Title: Lower Extremity Prosthetics and Rehabilitation: Clinical Recommendations and Advanced Technology

Presenters: Joe Boncser and Kim Sarvis

Invited Audience: PT, PTA

Date and Time Course Offered: Friday, May 9th at 9:00-12:00

3 CEUs approved in OH for PT


Course Description: 

The presenters will briefly review the VA’s Amputation System of Care before discussing the Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputation.  They will dive into the CPG to cover each phase of rehabilitation care and its component parts.  Diabetes will be discussed with an emphasis on amputation prevention.  The presenter will then review some of the most pertinent Prosthetic and Amputation Rehabilitation Outcomes for patients with lower extremity amputation.  Finally, they will review lower extremity prosthetic componentry, appropriate prosthetic fit, PT/Prosthetist relationship, and recent technology in this field.  


Course Objectives: 

•       Describe the VA Amputation System of Care and why it was developed

•       Identify and describe the phases of rehabilitation care in the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputation

•       State the relationship between diabetes and amputation as well as the importance of preventive strategies

•       Describe evidenced-based prosthetic and amputation rehabilitation outcomes

•       Understand the importance of good working relationship between a physical therapist and Prosthetist

•       Identify appropriate fit of lower extremity prostheses

•       Compare and contrast conventional and new LE  prostheses

•       Describe how the information gained during the lecture can be applied to your clinical practice


Presenter Qualifications:

Joseph Boncser, MSPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

Amputation Rehabilitation Coordinator

Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC


Joe is the Amputation Rehabilitation Coordinator (ARC) at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) as well as for 4 other VAMC Facilities in Ohio (VISN 10).  He received his Bachelor’s of Education Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1989.  In 1998, Joe completed his Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University.  


Joe joined the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration as a Research Physical Therapist in 2002. He became the ARC for this region in 2010 along with 20 other individuals across the country in the VA Amputation System of Care (ASoC). 


While at the VA, Joe has gained extensive experience in the area of lower limb amputation with clinical expertise in prosthetic management, rehabilitation and gait training.  He has attended advanced courses for prosthetics and gait training inside and outside of the Veterans Health Administration.  


During his tenure as ARC, he has been instrumental in ongoing education to all staff at CLEVAMC and VISN 10 regarding amputee care. As well, he is actively involved with Clinical Education of physical therapy students that have an interest in amputation rehabilitation.   


 Joe is an active member of the VISN 10 Rehabilitation Sub Council and CLEVAMC PAVE Committee (Prevention of Amputations in Veterans Everywhere).  Nationally, he is a member of the Clinical Care Workgroup for the ASoC and a member of the Amputee Coalition as a Certified Peer Visitor, Certified Caregiver Peer Visitor, and Promoting Amputee Life Skills Trainer.


Over the past three years, Joe has presented at the 2013 OHPTA Annual Conference, CLEVAMC Lunch and Learn CEU Event for therapists in VISN 10, CLEVAMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, VISN 10 ASoC Seminar and the yearly CLEVAMC Health Psychology Seminar Series to Psychology Interns.  


Kimberly Sarvis, CP

Certified Prosthetist, Orthotic Resident

Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC

Kim is the Certified Prosthetist (CP) at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in 2008. In 2009, she completed her Graduate Certificate Course in Prosthetics from the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University in Chicago. In 2010, she completed her dual discipline education with her Graduate Certificate in Orthotics also from Northwestern University.

Kim has been in the field since 2006 and joined the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC as a resident in the Prosthetics & Orthotics Lab in 2011. She became board certified in Prosthetics in January 2012 and shortly there-after was hired in as a Certified Prosthetist.

While at the VA, Kim has gained extensive knowledge of the devices and technologies available to the field of prosthetics and orthotics. She works on a daily basis with the Ohio Willow Wood Omega Tracer Scanning System for modification and fabrication of the socket designs. She has pushed to have many of the new devices demonstrated on Cleveland veterans and arranged for Clinical Certification courses of them. In her time at the VA she has become certified to fit the:

            Ossur Power Knee and Rheo Microprocessor Knee

            Otto Bock C-Leg Microprocessor Knee

            Endolite Orion Microprocessor Knee

            Freedom Plie Microprocessor Knee

            Ossur Proprio Microprocessor Ankle

            iWalk BiOM Ankle System

            Touch Bionics iLimb Digits Microprocessor Fingers

And has gained extensive experience in fitting the:

             Otto Bock Genium and X2 Microprocessor Knees

She was the first in the country (outside of the Department of Defense) to fit the BiOM Ankle System with a Microprocessor Knee in March of 2012. She also recently fit the first Power Knee (second generation) in Ohio in February 2013.

Kim spoke on this topic in October 2013 at the CLEVAMC Lunch and Learn CEU Event as well as the 2013 OHPTA Annual Conference. She is a regular presenter to the Advanced Diabetes Management class regarding preventative medicine of the diabetic foot. She has also done several informal hospital trainings on proper wear and care of removable rigid dressings and shrinkers. She also participates in Limb Loss Awareness Day and National Prosthetic and Sensory Aids week at the Cleveland VAMC.


Title: Value Based Clinical Education- A Vision for the Future

Presenter: Christine McCallum and Scott Euype

Invited Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA

Date and Time Course Offered: Friday, May 9 at 1:00-5:00

4 CEUs approved in OH for PT; OT pending


Course Description: 

This course is designed for the novice and/or seasoned clinical educator.  As the health care system in the United States evolves, so does the education of students enrolled in health professional programs. The future of the profession is dependent on the students trained today in the clinic.  Currently, there is a need to develop effective and efficient clinical education programs in all practice settings. This workshop will explore how to bring value to a clinical education program at your point of service.  The roles and responsibilities of the academic and clinical partners will be discussed, as well as how the clinical environment impacts student learning. Participants will have the opportunity to explore ideas of how to build a culture of clinical education in their respective clinical practices.


Course Objectives: 

  • Update the audience on the vision for clinical education in physical therapy practice.
  • Define the factors that impact student learning during clinical education experiences.
  • Discuss the various roles and responsibilities of those involved in clinical education.
  • Describe how the clinical environment facilitates optimal student learning.
  • Explore options to enhance the culture of clinical education within various practice settings.


Presenter Qualifications:

Christine McCallum, PT, PhD

Dr. Christine McCallum currently serves as the Director of Clinical Education and is a Clinical Professor at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. She teaches in the areas of clinical education, professional issues, health care business management, community health, and wound care. She also oversees a community based service project for Walsh University’s DPT students. Her research interests include instructional strategies in PT education with particular emphasis on clinical education; clinical site development; and practice management issues related to direct access care. Dr. McCallum is published in both the Journal of Physical Therapy and Journal of Physical Therapy Education. She currently is a conference committee member for the APTA Education Section. She was a past Chair of the Research Committee for APTA Health Policy and Administration Section and the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium for Physical Therapy Education. Dr. McCallum is a credentialed clinical instructor and was a Geriatric Board Certified PT through 2012.


Scott Euype, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS, Education Director, Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Sports Therapy. Dr. Euype obtained Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Grove City College in 1982; his Certificate in physical therapy from Cleveland State University in 1987; a Master of Health Science from University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 1996, and completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Marymount University, in 2008. He became an APTA Board Certified Orthopaedic clinical specialist in 1997, and was recertified in 2007.  Dr. Euype is an adjunct, and graduate faculty member of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Cleveland State University. Dr. Euype currently serves as the OPTA Northeast District Chair, and Chair of the Awards Committee and past Chair of the Research Committee with the OPTA. He is also an Ohio delegate for the APTA House of Delegates.  Dr. Euype has also been appointed onto the APTA Awards Committee, and most recently appointed to the APTA Vision Task Force. Dr. Euype is also currently serving as Clinical Co-Chair of the APTA Education Section’s Clinical Education SIG, and is also on the Partners in Physical Therapy Education Committee, ACAPT Clinical Education Steering Committee.  Dr. Euype coordinates and performs physical therapy pro bono services at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, and at the Care Alliance Medical Center in Cleveland.

Title: The Continuum of Care for Individuals with Lifelong Disabilities: Exploring the Issues for  Therapists Across Practice Settings and Providing Innovative Patient Interventions

Presenter: Antonette Doty

Invited Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA

Date and Time Course Offered: Friday, May 9th at 1:00-5:00 

3.75 CEUs approved in OH for PT; OT pending


Course Description: 

The continuum of care for people with lifelong disabilities must be explored due to a critical need for health care by adults with disabilities in our society. In addition, physical therapy as a profession must address the movement needs of people with lifelong disabilities, using the ICF model as a framework. This presentation is designed for all therapists, those who treat adults and those who treat children in order to facilitate a smooth transition between pediatric and adult health care systems. This interactive presentation will discuss evaluation and intervention methods through use of case studies of an adult with Cerebral Palsy and an adult with Down syndrome across PT specialty areas (ex. Orthopedics, cardiopulumonary, women’s health issues, private practice/business case, community based sports/wellness).


Did you know??
-There are 200,000-500,000 individuals with lifelong disabilities over the age of 60 and this number is expected to double by 2030.
-12.6 million (18%) children in the US have a chronic medical condition. 
-90% of youth with special healthcare issues survive into adulthood.
-There approximately 270,000 adult survivors of childhood cancer in the U. S.
- How do you treat the adult with cerebral palsy and low back pain?

-What would you do if you had to evaluate & treat an adult who is falling at  home and has

been admitted to the hospital for a dementia work up and wrist fracture?


Course Objectives: 

1) Identify the critical issues in the lives of people with lifelong disabilities as they transition from childhood to adulthood and from pediatric to adult healthcare systems.

2) Identify methods to evaluate, provide intervention and advocate for people with lifelong disabilities across practice settings and specialty practice(Women’s health, acute care, geriatrics nursing homes, outpatient clinics orthopedics/sports) 

3) Analyze the unique role of the physical therapist in supporting people with lifelong disabilities and how critical issues impact current and future physical therapy practice. 

4) Learn about APTA’s plan for addressing these issues and resources available to members. 

5) Integrate cases and group discussion about lifelong disability diagnosed in childhood, which illustrate 

      *multiple system involvement (orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, cognitive)

      *the progression of secondary complications into adulthood.

      *the unique role of the physical therapist when evaluating and providing intervention to this             population with a lifelong disability.

       *Aging, Financial implications, Niche practice


Presenter Qualifications: 

Toni is the Chair for the APTA’s taskforce on the Continuum of Care for People with Lifelong Disabilities.  She began her career working in outpatient orthopedics and acute care as a PT in the United States Navy.  She has worked in the schools for over 23 years.  Toni received her BS in Physical Therapy from the Ohio State University in 1988, a post professional MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Special Education – Transition Leadership- from Kent State University.  Toni is a Pediatric Certified specialist and now works for Kent City schools and as adjunct faculty at Walsh University. She has been both a clinical instructor and adjunct faculty throughout her career and has served as the Chair of the APTA’s Adults/Adolecsents with Developmental Disabilities SIG and a member of the Section on Pediatrics Practice committee.  Toni lives in Stow, Ohio with her husband and 3 children.

Title: An Evidence Based Approach to Evaluation & Treatment of Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Presenter: Stephanie Bachman

Invited Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA

Date and Time Course Offered: Saturday, May 10 at 8:00-12:00

4 CEUs approved in OH for PT; OT pending


Course Description: 

This course will examine normal neuroanatomy, types and classifications of peripheral nerve injury and methods of screening for cervical dysfunction.  Specific nerve injuries will be examined including provocative tests for each.  Treatment methods will be explored for both conservative and post-operative injuries, looking at current evidence to guide clinical reasoning in choosing interventions.  The course will conclude with a look at current evidence on sensory reeducation principles.


Course Objectives: 

  • Identify upper extremity peripheral nerve anatomy and demonstrate ability to evaluate for dysfunction along each nerve pathway.
  • Compare and contrast the classifications of nerve injuries and identify appropriate rehabilitation goals for each.
  • Analyze the typical motor and sensory recovery sequence and identify treatment methods to maximize recovery.
  • Problem-solve appropriate splinting solutions for nerve dysfunction integrating patient functional requirements with typical motor return.
  • Discuss the principles of sensory reeducation and identify ways to integrate these principles into clinical practice.  


Presenter Qualifications: 

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Xavier University in 2000.  Upon graduating, she obtained a position at a large teaching hospital and studied hand and upper extremity rehabilitation until eligible to sit for the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) exam in 2006.  After passing the CHT exam, she obtained a position with a large orthopaedic physician group where she specializes in upper extremity injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand.  In 2013, she obtained her Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree, specializing in Hand Therapy, from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.  She has authored two chapters in an upper extremity textbook and has developed and taught several continuing education courses in upper extremity rehabilitation and evidence-based practice.    

Title: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Updates: What Therapists Need to Know

Presenter: Matt Noyes, MD, PT

Invited Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA

Date and Time Course Offered: Saturday, May 10 at 8:00-12:00 

4 CEUs approved in OH for PT; OT pending


Course Description: 

One of the biggest challenges a therapist faces is learning to adjust to different rehabilitation protocols of the upper extremity.  Multiple philosophies exist on how to treat conditions of the upper extremity both operative and non-operative treatment.  This course will instruct participants to apply the anatomy principles taught in the course to adjust rehabilitation protocols based on what type of surgery is performed.  As a former therapist, one weakness of mine was understanding terminology of surgical anatomy.  This course will review the anatomy, instruct on a detailed shoulder examination from a surgeon perspective and review state of the art surgical procedures.  This will allow participants to feel comfortable to start a rehabilitation program and be able to recognize potential complications that will assist surgeons in delivering first class care to their patients.  


Course Objectives: 

  • Detailed understanding of anatomy related to shoulder and elbow
  • Perform a shoulder exam to diagnosis different rotator cuff tear patterns
  • Differentiate between biceps tenodesis versus tenotomy
  • Explain how different sites of tenodesis may change physical therapy protocols
  • Identify indications for reverse total shoulder arthoplasty
  • Identify complications associated with reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Justify why rehab protocols are different for reverse TSA versus anatomic TSA
  • Analyze how different elbow instability patterns affect therapy protocols
  • Explain how the coronoid predicts certain instability patterns. 
  • Differentiate how different surgical exposures affect post-operative rehab protocols.


Presenter Qualifications: 

Dr. Noyes graduated from physical therapy school in 2001 and practiced in a variety of settings until 2003 when he matriculated into medical school at University of Toledo College of Medicine.  Subsequently he did his orthopaedic residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.  He then went on to a shoulder and elbow arthroscopic and arthroplasty fellowship at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.  He recently started practice at East Ohio Orthopaedics focusing on shoulder arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, labral repairs, shoulder replacements, upper extremity trauma and elbow disorders.  He passed written part 1 examination of American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He has maintained his physical therapy license since 2002.  He has given numerous talks including grand rounds at major universities.  Monthly physical therapy meetings are held at Union Hospital in which he reviews topics of shoulder and elbow surgery with therapists on staff.

Title: Pharmacology and Rehabilitation: Considerations for Patient Management

Presenter: Jaime Paz and Tom Freeland

Invited Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA

Date and Time Course Offered: Saturday, May 10 at 1:00-5:00 PM

3.5 CEUs approved in OH for PT; OT pending


Course Description: 

The influence of pharmacologic management on patient care can greatly impact therapeutic exercise prescription and intervention for rehabilitation professionals. Additionally adverse drug effects can mimic symptoms of other disorders. Therefore the need for rehabilitation professionals to have awareness of drug mechanisms and influences on their patients is essential. This course is designed to provide an overview of commonly encountered drugs in the clinical setting and integrate pharmacologic principles to assist rehabilitation professionals during patient management. A combination of case scenarios and didactic material will interface pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics with patient evaluation and intervention. At the end of this course the participant should be able to make better clinical decisions when caring for their patients. 


Course Objectives: 

  • Describe basic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medications commonly encountered in rehabilitation
  • Identify the underlying mechanisms of adverse drug effects of commonly encountered medications
  • Integrate knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and adverse drug effects during rehabilitation 


Presenter Qualifications:

Jaime C. Paz PT, DPT, MS is currently a Clinical Professor and Associate Chair at Walsh University Division of Physical Therapy in North Canton, OH. He has presented at multiple conferences on the topic of managing the medically complex patient. Dr. Paz has published the “Acute Care Handbook for Physical Therapists” by Butterworth Heinemann in 1997. A fourth edition is expected to be published by Elsevier Saunders in 2013.

Dr. Paz also has several peer reviewed publications and presentations concerning topics on patient management in the acute care setting. He is the author of additional book chapters for other textbooks with more chapters pending publication. Prior to coming to Walsh, he was an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University as well as adjunct faculty member at Simmons College in Boston.  Primary teaching responsibilities include; Clinical Medicine, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and Clinical Integration with a focus on a Review of Systems.


Thomas Freeland is a Professor of Biology at Walsh University. He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate courses and is the primary instructor for Pharmacology in the Division of Physical Therapy. His research interests include various biological and biomedical topics. He has multiple presentations, text book chapters and peer reviewed publications. 

Title: Manual Therapy of the Cervical Spine

Presenter: Philip Toal PT, DPT, OCS, C-OMPT, FAAOMPT

Invited Audience: PT only, ***lab clothes requested for this course!

Date and Time Course Offered: Saturday, May 10 at 1:00-5:00 PM

3.75 CEUs approved in OH for PT only


Course Description: 

This course will involve a review of the cervical osseous, ligamentous, vascular, and neural anatomy as it relates to manual therapy.  Participants will review the current concepts of joint mechanics in the cervical spine from an evidence based perspective.  Additional didactic material will discuss ligamentous and vascular testing prior to manual therapy and current diagnostic clinical prediction rules pertinent to manual therapy for the cervical spine. There will also be an extensive amount of lab time devoted towards palpation, performance of ligamentous and vascular testing, and non thrust mobilization to the upper, middle and lower cervical spine.


Course Objectives: 

  • Be able to describe in detail the osseous, ligamentous, muscular, vascular and neurologic anatomy of the cervical spine.
  • Be able to describe the joint mechanics of the cervical spine
  • Demonstrate competence in clinical tests that identify upper cervical  instabilities,
  • upper motor neuron lesions, and vertebral artery compromise.
  • Demonstrate competence in palpating pertinent structure of and around the cervical spine.
  • Have an understanding of which patients are contraindicated for manual physical therapy treatment.
  • Understand current diagnostic clinical prediction rules relevant to the cervical spine.
  • Participants will be able to apply non thrust joint mobilization and MET to the upper, middle and lower cervical spine


Presenter Qualifications: 


Dr. Toal is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating with a doctor of physical therapy degree.  He has also completed an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency at the Institute of Therapeutic Science (ITS) as well as a Fellowship in Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy.  Dr. Toal is also board certified in orthopaedic physical therapy, is certified in orthopaedic and manual physical therapy, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists and is a certified clinical instructor.  He is the Program Director for the Cleveland Clinic’s upcoming Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency.  He is Medina Hospital’s center coordinator of clinical education.  Currently, he serves as adjunct faculty at ITS for its residency program, is Adjunct Faculty in Cleveland State University’s DPT program teaching medical screening, manual therapy, and complex conditions for extremities, and teaches continuing education courses to other PT’s nationally.



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Walsh University
2020 East Maple Street
Betzler Building
North Canton, OH 44720

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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