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Spasticity – What Is It and What Can We Do With it?

for Occupational Therapy Professionals & Physical Therapy Professionals


Cori Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS and Kate Grove, OTR

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Registration: 7:30 am
Course begins: 8am - 4pm
Optional TIRR Tour: 4:30 - 5pm


University of Houston College of Pharmacy
1441 Moursund
Houston, TX 77030

Target Audience

Occupational Therapy Professionals & Physical Therapy Professionals.

Course Description

The course will focus on an overview of spasticity, including the basic pathophysiology, the clinical presentations, how to appropriately and thoroughly assess it, and how to treat it.

Speaker Information

Cori Ponter, PT

Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS is a 2002 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) on the Brain Injury and Stroke Team since 2004, where she held many leadership roles, one being physical therapy clinical coordinator for the BI Team. Currently, Cori is the Therapy Services Manager for Memorial Hermann Northwest, an associated program to TIRR Memorial Hermann. In 2008, she received her Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (Neuro-IFRAH) certification for treatment of adults with hemiplegia from a stroke or brain injury, and received her Neurological Certified Specialization (NCS) in 2011. She has participated in outpatient spasticity clinic, does ongoing program development, and mentors therapy staff members.

Kate Grove, OTR

Kate Grove, OTR, MOT graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 2008 with her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Kate began her employment at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in 2008 upon graduation from UTMB on the Brain Injury and Stroke Team. At TIRR inpatient, Kate was a senior, Level III therapist and served as a student clinical instructor and a peer mentor. She participated as group community outing leader of the Community Awareness Program, was involved in research with IPads and ADLs, and is Neuro-IFRAH certified. Kate was also a member of the Minimally Conscious Committee, performed ITB Pump trials, and performed a rotation at the TIRR Outpatient Medical Clinic treating clients with brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, post-polio, wound care needs, and internal medicine needs. In 2014, Kate began a new role as the Outpatient Clinical Coordinator at TIRR Northwest.

Speaker Disclosures and Conflicts of Interest

  • Kate Grove is employed by TIRR MHHS
  • Cori Ponter is employed by TIRR MHHS. She has traveled to training for research and all travel and expenses paid for by Dysport. No further compensation received for this research or training; she received payment from Neuro-Recovery Training Institute in Louisville, KY for teaching 4-hour spasticity lecture for residency and DPT class

Learning Objectives / Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify and differentiate types of muscle over activity and their clinical presentations
  2. Discuss the pathophysiology and origins of spastic muscle over activity
  3. Identify and differentiate various assessment tools used in assessing spasticity
  4. Identify and discuss at least three different activity-based or participation-based outcome measures to utilize in the functional assessment of subjects with various levels of spasticity
  5. Identify 5 different treatment options for patients with spasticity

Saturday, April 11, 2015

TimeTopic & Activity
7:30 - 8:00amRegistration / Sign In
8:00 - 8:15 am

Introduction and pre-test - Corina Ponter, PT

8:15 - 10:15 am

Pathophysiology and clinical presentation - Corina Ponter, PT

10:15 - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 am - 12:00 noon

Assessment of spasticity - Kate Grove, OTR and Corina Ponter, PT

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch provided
Jack Fu, MD

1:00 - 3:00 pmInterdisciplinary treatment of spasticity - Kate Grove, OTR
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Q & A, post-test

3:30 – 4:00 pmCourse Evaluations, Certificates


Instructional Methods Used: Lecture

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Attendance, class participation, pre and post-test, completion of course evaluation

CEUs: 0.625

CCUs: 6.25

Instructional Level: Introductory .

Course participants must complete any & all formal assessments, procedures, and criteria required for credit or certification. As per Memorial Hermann policy, participants must attend the entire course in order to receive CEUs and course certificate, no partial credits will be given.

OT Approved CE
Accredited Provider
The assignment of Texas PT CCU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

OT: Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider # 8105. This course is offered for .625 AOTA CEU’s. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.

OT Classification Code: Occupational Therapy Process- Evaluation and Intervention

PT: This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1607019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas for CCUs. 6.25 CCUs.

Cost / Registration

Registration process thru

Community Attendees

$100 fee is non-refundable, following cancelation policy.


Must use their Memorial Hermann email to receive employee price for the course. This course is free to Memorial Hermann Employees with a $25.00 refundable, reservation fee. Complete registration form and reservation fee are due to reserve your place in the course. MHHS Employee registration fee will be returned to you at the end of the course with your completed course certificate. If you register and do not attend, your reservations fee will not be refunded. Registration fee includes: Course materials and lunch. Please e-mail or hard copy registration form along with a $25 reservation fee to:


Please wear comfortable clothing; bring a sweater if you get cold easily.


Lunch with a drink will be provided.


Parking is available in Garage 6 and is next to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, and is $12 daily.


All cancellations must be in writing 14 calendar days prior to the course start date to Refunds will not be granted past this date. 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.

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.


Complaints of faculty and participants are handled with dignity and respect by the course coordinator and/or Director of Rehabilitation with resolution of the complaint communicated to all involved parties. All participants in Memorial Hermann Continuing Education Courses are entitled to an accessible, accommodating, and supportive teaching and learning environment.

Questions or Needs:

Contact Celine Mathews @(713) 799-5002 or email