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Advanced Adult Vestibular Rehab Across the Continuum of Care

TIRR Faculty:

Laura Martin, PT, DPT, NCS

Guest Speakers:

Michael Furtado, PT, DPT, NCS

Open to: PT/PTA, OT/OTA

Course Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 14-15, 2017

Time: Registration at 7:30, Course from 8:00-5:00 pm Saturday; 8:00am-12:30pm Sunday


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

Class size: Limited to 40 attendees

Recommended Pre-requisites:

  1. Schubert MC, Minor LB. Vestibulo-ocular physiology underlying vestibular hypofunction. Phys Ther. 2004;84(4):373-85.
  2. Khan S, Chang R. Anatomy of the vestibular system: a review. NeuroRehabilitation. 2013;32(3):437-43.

Course Materials

  1. Vestibular Knowledge Assessment
  2. Advanced Adult Vestibular Rehab ppt. handouts
  3. Case Studies provided for in-class work.

Target Audience

PT/PTA, OT/OTA clinicians looking to advance their clinical expertise when treating those with vestibular dysfunction


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.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology and medical management of select vestibular disorders, including but not limited to: vestibular migraine, anxiety related dizziness, complex and difficult forms BPPV, peripheral and central vestibular disorders, concussion
  • Describe and provide rationale for the use of vestibular function tests in management of a patient
  • Interpret evaluation findings to develop the appropriate plan of care for patient with vestibular dysfunction
  • Apply and perform advanced clinical skills in differential diagnosis and management to more effectively treat select vestibular disorders

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Course evaluation,  Instructor reviewed lab demonstrations.

Speaker Information

TIRR Faculty Information

Laura MartinLaura Martin, PT, DPT, NCS

Laura Martin is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and has been working at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation since 2006. 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. She is the Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency director and prior to taking on this role, was the primary mentor for the residency in the Outpatient location for five years as well as clinical instructor for students and mentor to new staff members.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann; TIRR Innovations Grant recipient (2013)
  • Non-financial: None reported


Michael FurtadoMichael Furtado, PT, DPT, NCS

Michael Furtado is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in pre-physical therapy and Master of Science in physical therapy. He later earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University while he was a practicing physical therapist. For 6 years, he worked as a staff physical therapist for TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation, serving in leadership positions such as the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education and creating vestibular and balance programs in sports concussion and military veterans. Michael specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and amputees, but is recognized for his expertise through the American Physical Therapy Association as a Neurological Clinical Specialist, with experience treating all types of neurological injuries. Michael is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he serves as Admissions Chair and primary faculty for neuroscience and neurological clinical management. He also owns an outpatient private practice in Houston, AMPT Rehab, where he performs clinical practice and research in patients with vestibular dysfunction and neurological deficits. His portfolio of professional accolades includes various teaching and clinical awards with authorship or book chapters and numerous poster presentations and public speaking engagements.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Speaker Fee received for this course, Employment relationship with UTMB. Owner of AMPT Rehab, CCU Provider for AMPT Rehab
  • Non-financial: Speakers Bureau for TPTA, Owner of AMPT Rehab, Work for UTMB

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.

Teaching Methods: Power point, videos, lecture, lab

Saturday, January 28, 2017

TimeTopic & Activity
7:30-8:00 Registration & Refreshments
8:00- 8:30

Review Anatomy & Physiology from pre-reading/pre-work

8:30 - 8:45 Review Cases
8:45 - 9:45

Vestibular Exam & Lab

9:45 -10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:00

Vestibular Function Tests

11:00 - 12:00 BPPV lecture
12:00 - 1:00


1:00 - 2:15 BPPV Lab
2:15 - 2:30


2:30 - 4:00 Peripheral End Organ (UVH/BVH, Meniere's, SCD, Fistula)
4:00 - 5:00

Vestibular Migraine, 3PD

Sunday, January 29, 2017

TimeTopic & Activity
8:00 - 8:30 Review/Q&A
8:30 - 9:30


9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00 Case-based Differential Diagnosis
12:00 - 12:15

Q&A, Discussion

12:15 - 12:30 Evaluation forms, certificates

Instructional Methods Used: PowerPoint, lecture, video, labs



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: Advanced.

PT: Hermann Health System is TPTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas for up to 11.75 CCUs. Participants must attend the entire course in order to receive a course certificate. No partial credits will be given.

TPTA 2017

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: 1.15
AOTA Classification Code: Occupational Therapy Process-Intervention.
No partial credits will be given.

 OT Approved CE


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:

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