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Advancing Clinical Practice in Spinal Cord Injury

TIRR Faculty:

Julie Jennings, PT
Emily Potter, OTR, MOT
Heather Fishman, PT, DPT, NCS

Open to: PT, PTA, OT, OTA

Course Date: Saturday & Sunday, January 13-14, 2018

Time: Registration at 7:30 a.m., Course from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location:

TIRR Memorial Hermann Inpatient Rehabilitation – MHHS Greater Heights Hospital
South Tower Conference Center
1635 North Loop West
Houston, TX 77008

(I-610 and Ella Blvd, The Heights)
Parking available in Garage 2

http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/locations/inpatient-rehabilitation-greater-heights/

Class size: Open Registration

Recommended Pre-requisites:

  • Please go to: http://asia-spinalinjury.org/learning/. Click on the blue button at the bottom of the page that says ASIA Learning Center.
  • Attendees MUST complete Modules 1-4 of the ASIA Learning Center Modules, *Modules 5 & 6 are optional, but highly recommended. The attendee should plan for these modules to take up to 6 hours for learning prior to the weekend of classes.
  1. Anatomy
  2. Sensory
  3. Motor
  4. Ano-rectal
  5. *Scoring
  6. *Optional Testing

Target Audience

PT, PTA, OT, OTA Clinicians looking to advance their clinical expertise in Spinal Cord Injury Neurological Rehabilitation.

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 and video case presentations.

Speaker Information

TIRR Faculty Information

JulieJennings

Julie Jennings, PT
Program Manager for the Spinal Cord Injury Program

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.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Employee
  • Non-financial: Julie holds a leadership position with Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals – Therapy Board
Emily Potter

Emily Potter, OTR, MOT
OT Clinical Coordinator for the Spinal Cord Injury & Specialty Rehabilitation Program

Emily Potter sustained a T11 ASIA A SCI in 2002 as a result of a MVA. Following two inpatient admissions at TIRR Memorial Hermann and learning about the profession of Occupational Therapy (OT), Emily decided to pursue a career in OT. She attended The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, graduating in 2008 with her MOT; she returned to TIRR Memorial Hermann as a Level II Occupational Therapy Student in January, 2008. After graduating with a Masters of Occupational Therapy, Emily again returned to TIRR Memorial Hermann as an Occupational Therapist where she has been treating patients with SCI since May, 2008. Emily serves as a mentor and Clinical Educator to OT students and staff, as well as an expert for the SCI team in the areas of bowel/bladder management, sexuality, psychological adjustment following SCI, adaptive driving, and use of adaptive tools & techniques to perform ADL/IADLs. Emily’s passion is to provide individuals with SCI, as well as their loved ones, with the knowledge and strength needed to live a fulfilling life following spinal cord injury.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Employee
  • Non-financial: None reported
Heather  Zissman Fishman

Heather Zissman Fishman, PT, DPT, NCS
TIRR Memorial Hermann, In-Patient Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator SCI / Specialty Rehab Program

Heather Zissman Fishman, PT, DPT, NCS is the Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator for the Spinal Cord Injury, Specialty Rehabilitation, and Amputee Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from TWU, Houston and has been practicing for over 10 years. Heather is a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist, received her Neuro IFRAH certification, and is a certified clinical instructor. Heather has served as the primary mentor on the Spinal Cord Injury Team for TIRR’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program. Heather has presented at the national level on topics related to spinal cord injury and professional mentoring. Heather loves to spend her free time with her husband, children and dog.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann; her husband has relationships that are not perceived as a conflict of interest: Consultant Cook Medical (endoscopy), Med Advisory Board, Contributor UPToDate (esophageal strictures).
  • Non-financial: None reported
Marie Beirne

Marie Beirne, PT, DPT

Marie Beirne graduated in 2002 from University of St. Augustine, FL with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She returned home to New York where she started worked at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. At Burke she treated patients who have suffered a stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation, joint replacement, complicated fracture, arthritis, cardiac and pulmonary disease, and neurological disorders. During her tenure at Burke, Marie helped develop many different out-patient programs including, FES bike program, and revitalization of the Fitness Challenge Program, and Fit 4 Life programs. While working at Burke, Marie Beirne volunteered with many different community organizations including the Annual Wheelchair Games, Think First Program, The Amputee Support Group, Spinal Cord Connection, Annual COPD Day, Stroke Awareness Day, 2011 World Police and Fire Games, NYC Achilles Track Club and many more. Marie Beirne has given several guest lectures at New York Medical College, Mercy College, Texas Woman’s University PT / PTA Programs. Marie moved to Houston, Texas, and started working at TIRR in 2012 on the Spinal Cord/ Specialty Rehab inpatient team.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Employee, TIRR Innovations Grant 2014
  • Non-financial: None reported
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Adele Bosquez, PT, DPT, NCS, ATC, LAT

Adele Bosquez, PT, DPT, NCS, ATC, LAT graduated from TWU in 2010 with her DPT. She is a Physical Therapist on the Spinal Cord Injury Program. She runs multiple community re-integration programs including community dining. Adele is part of the Neuo-Rehab Network. She specializes in community re-integration following catastrophic injury. In her spare time, Adele enjoys volunteering in the community and traveling with family and friends.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Employee
  • Non-financial: None reported
Erin Henry

Erin Henry, OTR, MOT

Erin Henry, OTR, MOT, earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from TWU in 1997. She worked at Quentin Mease for 2 years before joining the SCI Team here at TIRR 17 years ago. Her primary specialty is treating high cervical ventilator dependent patients, seating and mobility, and UE Amputee programs. She has developed many groups here at TIRR including SCI Functional Group for high tetras to address UE, hand, or mouth-stick skills. She is one of the group leaders for the Community Reintegration Program (CRP) for patients returning to the community for the first time post injury. For several years, Erin taught the Bowel, Bladder, Skin, and Sexuality patient education classes at TIRR. She routinely mentors new staff and participates in the student fieldwork education here at TIRR. Her passion is treating the SCI population and thinking outside the box with difficult patient issues.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Employee
  • Non-financial: None reported
Kristi McCormick

Kristi McCormick Radfar, PT, DPT

Kristi McCormick Radfar, PT, DPT is a board certified physical therapist and active APTA member that has experience treating patients with neurologic disorders in the acute and inpatient rehabilitation settings for the past 6 years. She is a lead treating physical therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann on the Spinal Cord Injury/Specialty Rehabilitation team for the past 4.5 years. Kristi obtained a bachelor degree in Kinesiology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2007, and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at The University of Miami in Miami, Florida in 2010. Currently at TIRR Memorial Hermann, Kristi performs evaluations and provides treatment primarily for patients with spinal cord injuries. She has further experience treating patients with other neurologic degenerative disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and Guillian Barre. Kristi leads the spinal cord injury aquatic therapy group that occurs daily at TIRR Memorial Hermann. In addition to her role as a treating physical therapist, Kristi supports informal mentoring and formal teaching experiences, educating on the training of functional mobility in patients with tetraplegic and paraplegic spinal cord injuries.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Non-financial: None reported
Conchita Sayago

Conchita Sayago, PT, DPT

Conchita Sayago has been a physical therapist for 7 years, focusing on neurologic and pediatric rehabilitation. She has worked at TIRR Memorial Hermann for the last three years as a Level III Physical Therapist in the Spinal Cord Injury and Specialty Rehab Inpatient Team and is a proud Spanish certified physical therapist. Conchita received her DPT from TWU in 2015, and a MPT from UTEP. Conchita received her c-NDT certification and training in May 2011; she plans on obtaining her NCS next year. Conchita specializes in treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries and other neuromuscular conditions, with special focus in the inpatient rehab setting. She strives to be a mentor, and assists in project development at TIRR including teaching educational series for spinal cord injury patients.
Conchita grew up in the Caracas, Venezuela and moved to El Paso, Texas at the age of 17. In 2013, Conchita and her young family moved to Houston, TX with the hopes to grow professionally and focus her career in neurological rehabilitation. Conchita is a proud mother of two young daughters. Her other interests include: dancing, teaching, arts/crafts, cooking and being a foster for rescue dogs. Since moving to Houston she has volunteers for Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP).

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Employee
  • Non-financial: None reported
Kathryn Nedley

Kathryn Nedley, OTR, OTD

Kathryn Nedley is an occupational therapist working with individuals with spinal cord injury. She graduated from Creighton University in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science-Health Sciences and Doctor of Occupational Therapy degrees, and has been at TIRR since March of 2013. She enjoys working with patients on functional recovery of the upper extremity following spinal cord injury, participating in research related to those types of interventions, and teaching clinicians and students.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Employee
  • Non-financial: Katie is an AOTA Evidence Exchange Reviewer

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:
Policy & Procedures exist whereby all speakers must disclose any relationships which may cause a conflict of interest. Any relevant financial and non-financial relationships will be disclosed via speaker agreement, written notification after agreement, and prior to presentation.

Program Schedule

Schedule subject to change

Saturday

TimeTopic 
7:30-8:00Registration and Light Breakfast
8:00-8:15Introduction
8:15-9:45Evidence Based Practice: Preservation of Upper Extremity after SCI
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:30Emerging Treatment Paradigms and Neurorecovery after SCI
11:30-12:30PT/OT Lab
Workstations to Promote Upper Extremity Use after SCI
12:30-1:30Lunch
1:30-3:30PT Focus: Building Increased Independence with Bed Mobility and Transfers for Persons with TetraplegiaOT Focus: Optimizing Increased Independence with Activities of Daily Living for Persons with Tetraplegia
3:30-4:30PT Focus Labs
Bed Mobility & Transfer Training
OT Focus Labs
Dressing & IADLs

Sunday

TimeTopic 
7:30 - 8:00Registration & Refreshments
8:00 -9:30 Clinical Interventions to Optimize Respiratory Health
9:30 -10:15PT/OT Lab
Clinical Interventions to Optimize Respiratory Health
10:15 -10:30 Break
10:30 -11:30 SCI Resources
11:30 -12:30Lunch
12:30 -1:30 PT Focus: Advanced Functional Mobility Skills: Floor, Bottom of Tub, Vehicle Transfer, Advanced Wheelchair Skills OT Focus: UE Splinting and Orthosis for Increased Function after Spinal Cord Injury
1:30 -2:30 PT Focus Lab
Advanced Transfers & Advanced Wheelchair Skills
OT Focus Lab
Splinting, Wrist Driven Hand Orthosis, and Mobile Arm Support
2:30 - 3:30 Resource Expo
3:30 - 4:00Questions and Answers
Course Evaluation

Education

Participants must attend the entire course in order to receive CEU’s/CCU’s and course certificate. No partial credits will be given.
Instructional Level: Intermediate

OT: Memorial Hermann Health System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.
AOTA CEU: Pending
AOTA Classification Code: Occupational Therapy Process-Intervention.
No partial credits will be given.

OT Approved CE

PT: Memorial Hermann Health System is TPTA Approved Provider of continuing education.
TPTA CCUs: Pending
No partial credits will be given.

TPTA 2017

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.

MHHS employees must register with their MHHS email to receive the employee benefit.

Any questions, please contact: ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org.

*Registration closes October 11, 2017

Cancellations: Refunds will be granted if cancellation notice is received in writing no later than 14 calendar days prior to the course start date to ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org. If you register and do not attend, or do not fulfill the requirements of the class, your course fee will not be refunded. Cancellation of the event by TIRR Memorial Hermann will result in a full refund of monies received. TIRR Memorial Hermann is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. TIRR Memorial Hermann reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be notified via email and contact phone number submitted in the registration.

Parking: Available in Garage 2 for $6 daily. http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/locations/inpatient-rehabilitation-greater-heights/ .
TIRR Memorial Hermann Inpatient Rehabilitation – MHHS Greater Heights Hospital
Greater Heights Hospital
South Tower Conference Center
1635 North Loop West
Houston, TX 77008