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Advancing Clinical Practice: Treating Persons with Neurologic Dysfunction

Lear year, TIRR Memorial Hermann embarked on creating a new series of educational courses, Advancing Clinical Practice, that encompassed a variety of physical rehabilitation topics related to treatment for the neurologically involved patient. In 2017-2018, we will host this 8 part continuing education series again, aimed to benefit advanced level of clinical practice in a certain area (pick one or more courses to attend) and/or as a study series for the Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) exam (attend all 8 courses). These courses are being developed in conjunction with the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program and will be open across the MHHS Rehab Service line, as well as the community at large.

All professionals are invited to attend any course of interest. Each course will apply for Physical Therapy CCUs, most of the courses will apply for OT CEUs, and 1 currently will apply for SLP CEUs.

The series will cover the following topics on the listed dates:

  1. Translating the Science to Practice: Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning in Neurological Rehabilitation, July 8, 2017 (PT, PTA, OT, OTA, SLP, Nursing)

  2. Pathological Gait Analysis and Orthotic Intervention for Adults with Neurologic Dysfunction, July 29-30, 2017 (PT, PTA)

  3. Pediatric Rehabilitation for the Neurologic Therapist, February 17-18 (PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP)

  4. Advancing Clinical Practice in Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation, September 23-24, 2017(PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP)

  5. Advanced Adult Vestibular Rehab Across the Continuum, October 14-15, 2017 (PT, PTA, OT, OTA)

  6. Advancing Clinical Practice in Neurodegenerative Disease Rehabilitation, November 4, 2017(PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP)

  7. Advancing Clinical Practice in Spinal Cord Injury, January 13-14, 2018 (PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP)

  8. Advancing Clinical Practice Techniques for People with Limb Loss, February 10, 2018, 2018 (PT, PTA, OT, COTA)

Speaker Information

Jill Seale PT, PhD, NCS

Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

Jill has been a licensed physical therapist for 20 years. She is a Neurologic Certified Specialist and has practiced almost exclusively in the field of Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation. Jill is an Associate Professor at Endicott College and received her PhD in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. She has a variety of teaching experiences, in physical therapy academia as well as in the health care community at large. She has provided both online and traditional onsite continuing education courses to therapists nationwide. She has taught and presented in the areas of neurological pathology, rehabilitation, gait, orthotics, and research, and is currently involved in clinical research in stroke rehabilitation, orthotic management, and gait analysis/rehabilitation.

Teresa Cramer

Teresa Cramer, PT, DPT, PCS

Teresa Cramer, PT, DPT, PCS graduated with her masters of Physical Therapy in 1992 from Texas Woman’s University and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2010. Teresa began working at TIRR in 1993 and currently serves as the Pediatric Clinical Coordinator of Outpatient Services at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation. In 2008, Teresa was certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist. As a senior staff member, Teresa has served as a clinical instructor and peer mentor. Teresa has served as a lab instructor in the clinic for treating patients with SCI, BI and Stroke for Texas Woman’s University DPT program, is a lecturer/lab instructor for pediatric spasticity management series sponsored by Medtronic, and at HCC PTA program on the “Management of Cerebral Origin Spasticity in Children and Adults.”

Anna De Hoya

Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, NCS

Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, NCS is the Specialty Rehabilitation program manager at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She received her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist since 2008. Anna has been treating patients across the continuum since 1996. Her current role includes coordinating, evaluating and developing the growth of TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network specialty rehabilitation program. She develops, assesses and coordinates the clinical and educational components of the cancer rehabilitation program. Anna has a variety of experience in teaching both in the clinical setting, academic setting and in the community, including state and national conferences.

JulieJennings

Julie Jennings, PT

Julie Jennings is a physical therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas and is presently the Program Manager for the Spinal Cord Injury Program. Julie has been a physical therapist for 20 + years and received her degree from Texas Woman's University, and later received Neurological Clinical Specialist certification from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2006. Julie has taught on a variety of topics in the field of SCI Medicine. She enjoys bridging the gap between laboratory research and clinical implementation. She has a keen interest in promoting recovery of upper extremity function throughout the continuum of rehabilitation after SCI. Julie has received several quality of life grants to implement services which promote recovery of function after SCI. She Julie enjoys travelling and anything that involves hearty laughter.

Danielle Melton 2015

Danielle H. Melton, MD

Dr. Melton is an Assistant Professor with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and the Director of Amputee & Orthotics and Prosthetics Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she specializes in the care of people with amputations, encompassing pre-prosthetic management, prosthetic design and prescription, and rehabilitation. She also specializes in bracing and orthotics for patients with peripheral nerve injuries and spasticity due to strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other neuromuscular disorders such as spina bifida, Parkinsonism and cerebral palsy.

Dr. Melton is an affiliated physician at TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. In the acute setting she evaluates and treats patients both before and after amputations, coordinating care between the surgeon and rehabilitation team. Her patients are followed long-term at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Medical Clinic to provide comprehensive continuity of care.

Catherine Lauren Szot

Lauren Szot, PT, DPT, NCS

Lauren Szot, PT, DPT, NCS graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2007 and transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. She is a graduate of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2011 and received her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2011. In her 8 years of practice, Lauren has worked in a variety of clinical settings with focus on neurologic rehabilitation. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Education at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She also participates in clinical practice in neurologic inpatient rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she has served as residency mentor and faculty for the TIRR Memorial Hermann Residency Program. Lauren also enjoys professional service through her involvement as prior Chair of the Nominating Committee and current 2nd Vice Co-Chair of Southeastern District of the TPTA.

Julie Welch

Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS

Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS is a 2001 Master of Science in Physical Therapy graduate of Texas Woman's University--Dallas. She is currently the Rehabilitation Manager for the Brain Injury and Stroke Programs and the Stroke Program & Disorders of Consciousness Program Manager at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Julie received her Neurologic Certified Specialist certification in 2009. She has over 13 year of experience working with brain injury and stroke patients. She additionally mentors staff and participates in numerous interdisciplinary committees/quality improvement initiatives for further program development.

Laura Martin

Laura Martin, PT, DPT, NCS

Laura Martin is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and has been working at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation for 8 years. Laura has completed the vestibular competency course instructed by Susan Herdman in 2011.

Laura is currently one of the lead physical therapists of the vestibular program at TIRR Outpatient. She treats a wide range of neurologic diagnosis, specializing in vestibular and concussion rehabilitation and serve as a mentor to the clinical staff.

Schedule

Translating the Science to Practice: Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning in Neurological Rehabilitation

  • Course Description: This course will provide a brief focused review of current literature of neuroplasticity and the clinical research demonstrating the occurrence of neuroplastic changes following injury. In this course, participants will review the models of motor learning along with the supporting and contradictory evidence related to each model. Current treatment approaches will be discussed in the light of the motor control and motor learning models. Pertinent evidence related to feedback, practice, motivation, attention / focus, and other contributors to motor learning will be discussed. This course will review the necessary ingredients to drive neuroplastic changes and offer practical examples of creating rehabilitation interventions integrate these into a plan of care that is evidence based to maximize recovery. Participants will have an opportunity to apply this knowledge through written and video case studies.
    Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016
    Time: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
    Location: TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Conference Center
    Target Audience: PT/PTA & OT/COTA
    Cost: Non-employee: $175, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $75
    Speaker: Jill Seale, PT, PhD, NCS

Comprehensive Pediatric Rehabilitation for the Neurologic Therapist

  • Course Description: This comprehensive course is designed to take the neurologic therapist and expose them to pediatric diagnoses from birth to adulthood including the unique role of the therapist in the Early Intervention, school and private therapy settings. It will take into special consideration the NICU, motor development, neuropsychological development and behavioral considerations. The foundational information will be expanded to include an understanding of orthotic intervention, specialized equipment, and the complex nature of pediatric goal setting.
    Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016
    Time: 8:00 am-5:30 pm
    Location: TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Conference Center
    Target Audience: PT/PTA & OT/COTA
    Cost: Non-employee: $175, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $75
    Speakers: Teresa Cramer, PT, DPT, PCS; Anne Pare, CO, LO; M. Cullen Gibbs, Ph.D.; Denise Cortes, PT, DPT, MBA, PCS.

Advancing Clinical Practice in Neurodegenerative Disease Rehabilitation

  • Course Description: The focus of this course is to present evidence from which therapists can develop a clinical framework to effectively manage patients with neurodegenerative disease, including Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Post-Polio Syndrome, Guillian-Barre Syndrome, among others. Topics will include the role of the therapist, pathophysiology of different neurodegenerative diseases, application of the principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning, and clinical decision making as they apply to best physical therapy practice. In addition, treatment approaches related to impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions will be addressed. The course format will include lecture-based presentation and active dialogue through the use of case studies and group discussions.
    Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016
    Time: 8:00 am-5:30 pm
    Location: TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Conference Center
    Target Audience: PT/PTA & OT/COTA
    Cost: Non-employee: $175, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $75
    Speakers: Anna de Joya, PT, DSc, NCS; Carol Bodenheimer, MD; George Hutton, MD; Mya Schiess, MD; Carolyn da Silva, PT, DSc, NCS; Claire MacAdams, PT, NCS, CCRC; Erin Furr Stimming, MD.

Advancing Clinical Practice in Spinal Cord Injury

  • Course Description: The focus of this course is to present best practices and practical insights from which physical and occupational therapists can develop a clinical framework to effectively manage persons with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D). Spinal cord medicine is a subspecialty for clinicians who practice in neurological and rehabilitation settings. We recognize that this subspecialty optimally requires intentional training and education provided by clinicians who have dedicated themselves to the care of persons with SCI/D. Our goal is to provide you with a core foundation from which to practice and also present education regarding emerging research and advanced technologies. This course format will include lecture-based presentations, video case presentations, hands-on lab sessions, and interactive dialogue. This course will offer several lecture and lab topics so that you may choose the subject content that is most applicable to your needs.
    Date: October 08-09, 2016
    Time: Both days 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    Location: TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Conference Center
    Target Audience: PT/PTA & OT/COTA
    Cost: Non-employee: $300, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $150
    Speakers: Julie Jennings, PT; Kristi McCormick Radfar, PT, DPT; Liza Criswell, OTR, ATP; Emily Potter, OTR, MOT; Conchita Sayago, PT, DPT; Erin Henry, OTR, MOT; Marie Beirne, PT, DPT; Heather Fishman, PT, DPT, NCS; Kathryn Nedley, OTR, OTD; Chris White, PT, DPT; Adele Bosquez, PT, DPT, ATC, LAT

Comprehensive Rehabilitation Techniques for Persons with Amputations

  • Course Description: This day-long seminar will educate participants on medical concerns, therapy treatment approaches, team planning, prosthetic information, and collaboration across the rehabilitation team for those experiencing limb loss. This will include medical and rehabilitation considerations for pre-amputation, acute post-surgical, pre-prosthetic, and prosthetics.
    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
    Time: 8:00 am-5:30 pm
    Location: TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Conference Center
    Target Audience: PT/PTA & OT/COTA
    Cost: Non-employee: $175, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $75
    Speakers: Kristine Higgins, PT, DPT, NCS; Kristin Reeves, PT; Danielle H. Melton, MD; Jon B. Holmes, PT, CP; Susanne Stanley, OTR/L, MOT, CLT; Earl E. Fogler, CP, LP.

Pathological Gait Analysis and Orthotic Intervention For Adults with Neurologic Dysfunction

  • Course Description: This intermediate level course will apply the participants’ knowledge of normal gait to the analysis of pathological gait in persons with neurological injuries. Also included will be practical information in regards to biomechanics, component selection, prescription rationale, orthotic design, and problem solving. Interventions targeting pathological gait will be reviewed, including orthotic intervention. This information will be conveyed through lecture, video case presentations, clinical observation and resident case presentations.
    Date: December 3-4, 2016
    Time: Saturday, 8:00 am-5:30 pm; Sunday 8:00 am-12:00 noon
    Location: TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Conference Center
    Target Audience: PT / PTA
    Cost: Non-employee: $300, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $150
    Speakers: C. Lauren Szot, PT, DPT, NCS; Todd Klekar, PT, DPT, NCS; Tamara Juden, PT, DPT; Tom DiBello, CO, FAAOP

Comprehensive Approach to Brain Injury & Stroke Rehabilitation

  • Course Description: The prevalence of brain injuries and strokes continue to increase each year. There often are long lasting sequelae from these injuries including physical, cognitive, language, and behavioral deficits. The focus of this course is to provide clinicians with an overview of special topics, including neuro-pharmacology, spasticity assessment and treatment (including serial casting lab), disorders of consciousness, behavior management, perceptual deficits, cognitive impairments, medical complications after brain injury/stroke, and more. This course will focus on a comprehensive treatment approach for brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. Clinicians will be more effective and efficient practitioners by integrating principles covered in this course. The material will be presented via an interactive didactic course format, as well as some hands on practical lab sessions. Discussion and active participation in case presentations/scenarios related to clinical practice will engage the audience.
    Date: January 14-15, 2017
    Time: Both days 8:00 am- 5:30 pm
    Location: TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Conference Center
    Target Audience:PT, OT, & SLP
    Cost: Non-employee: $300, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $150
    Speakers:Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS, Christine Adair, OT, MOT, Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS, Melanie Molinaro, M.A., CCC-SLP, Michelle Weber Dehgan, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S.

Advanced Adult Vestibular Rehab Across the Continuum

  • Course Description: Patients with vestibular dysfunction can be seen in multiple settings across the continuum. This evidenced based course utilizes the latest advancements in knowledge and research to integrate a clinician's ability to appropriately diagnose and treat a client with vestibular dysfunction. The topics discussed will include anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system involving peripheral and central lesions, assessment and treatment of BPPV. The participant will learn principles that help distinguish between peripheral and central disorders utilizing differential diagnosis strategies through clinical examination and outcome measures. These principles will include analysis of vestibular function tests including computerized dynamic posturography, caloric testing and rotary chair testing. Individual treatment interventions will be addressed to treat a client with vestibular dysfunction effectively. This course is designed for the clinician who has some experience in treating clients with vestibular deficits in order to more critically analyze and problem solve an in-depth and thorough plan of care.
    Date: January 28 & 29, 2017
    Time: Saturday 8:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 8:00 am-12:30 pm
    Location: TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Conference Center
    Target Audience:PT/OT
    Cost: Non-employee: $300, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $150
    Speakers:Laura Martin, PT, DPT, NCS; Michael Furtado, PT, DPT, NCS

Education

TPTA 2016Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an Accredited CCU Provider for the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The assignment of Texas PT CCU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA.



OT Approved CE

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider # 8105. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.

ASHA MH

Memorial Hermann Health System is an ASHA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider ID ABAF. The assignment of ASHA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from ASHA.

Registration

Course MHHS AttendeeNon-MHHS Employee
Any Course Day 1$75$175
Any 2 day course $150$325
Register for any 3 or more courses at the same timeReceive a $75 discountReceive a $75 discount
Register for all 8 courses at the same time (*other discounts no longer apply)Receive a $150 discount for registering for all 8 classes. Total price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $825.Receive a $250 discount when registering for all 8 classes. Total Price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $1900.

Discounts applied when you register for 3 course or more, or when you register for all 8 courses.
Discounts automatically applied as courses are selected on registration.

Course MHHS AttendeeNon-MHHS Employee
Any Course Day 1$75$175
Any 2 day course $150$325
Register for any 3 or more courses at the same timeReceive a $75 discountReceive a $75 discount
Register for all 8 courses at the same time (*other discounts no longer apply)Receive a $150 discount for registering for all 8 classes. Total price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $825.Receive a $250 discount when registering for all 8 classes. Total Price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $1900.

Discounts applied when you register for 3 course or more, or when you register for all 8 courses.
Discounts automatically applied as courses are selected on registration.

Any questions, please contact: ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org