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Upcoming: Fall Conference  |   Missoula , MT  |   September 27-28, 2019

Upcoming events

    • 21-Sep-2019
    • 23-Sep-2019
    • Hampton Inn & Suites, Billings West

    Two Separate Courses:




    Co- Hosted by the Montana and Wyoming State APTA Chapters


    Location:  Hampton Inn & Suites, Billings West, 3550 Ember Lane, Billings, MT . 59102

    Contact Hours:  20 hours for 2 day, 7 hours for 1 day course

    Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below. 

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    Hampton Inn and Suites Billings West I-90.  3550 Ember Lane, Billings, Montana.  A room block will be held.  Please request MAPTA room block by calling 406-656-7511.

    Cancellation Policy

    MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

    Registration Cancellation by Participant:

    • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
    • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.


    See below for daily agendas

    About the courses:

    Dynamic Core for Kids Part One: Treating Core Stability in Children with Challenges

    Two Day Course, September 21-22, 2019

    Course Description: 

    Therapists document challenges with Core in the majority of their clients who are experiencing motor challenges, regardless of diagnosis: ASD, CP, DCD, hypotonia. Join us for a dynamic 2-day workshop that integrates current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that is anchored in a neuromuscular model of Core recruitment.

    On Day 1 participants will learn how this “Core Strategy” is linked to effective self-regulation and also how it impacts the development of respiration, balance and functional gross and fine motor skills. A specific assessment model of the alignment, which is crucial to the function of the Core, is explained. Then the practical skill of assessing each core component in discussed.

    On Day 2 participants will learn to implement Dynamic Core techniques in treatment and functional activities that have immediate application to a wide variety of clinical situations (direct treatment, school and home programs) in their clients ages 2 years and older. Case presentations will address how to develop Core Strategy in clients of differing ages and diagnoses. Participants will also discuss how to integrate Dynamic Core techniques with Neuro-Developmental Treatment handling skills and also sensory processing intervention to support a greater range of clients.

    This course will be of interest to OTs and PTs working in all areas of pediatrics.

    Dynamic Core for Kids Goes to School 

    One Day Course September 23, 2019

    This is a 1 day course, that can be taken separate of the weekend course.  Teaching staff, parents and other community members involved in childhood education are encouraged to attend.  OTs, PTs and Speech therapists are also welcome.  

    There are many issues that underlie a child’s readiness to learn. Teaching staff face many challenges in the classroom (and parents at home) with posture, attention, difficulty sitting still, impulse control, clumsiness and more. Physical Therapists Shelley Mannell and Julie Wiebe present down-to-earth, practical explanations and tools for teachers and staff to help children optimize their physical, emotional and sensory foundation to support their learning.

    Topics of discussion for the day include the relationship of breathing and core stability to alignment, toiletting, emotional self-regulation, sensory processing and attention. Discussion of the need for the brain and body to move and the role of breathing creates a practical approach to supporting the whole child at school and at home.
    A combination of lecture, videos and practical experiences facilitate an engaging day of learning that will equip teachers and parents with the know-how and practical skills to use in their classrooms and families on Monday morning.

    Course Agenda:

    Day One:

    8:00                           Registration

    8:30-9:15                Intro to Core Strategy, Evidence Review

    9:15-10:00             Typical development and the Core musculature

    10:00-10:45           Atypical development: Motor/Sensory

    10:45-11:00           Break

    11:00 -12:00          Core Enhancing Alignment/Positioning (with Lab)

    12:00 -1:00             Lunch (on your own)

    1:00-2:00                Functional Assessment: Diaphragm with Lab                  

    2:00-2:45                Functional Assessment of Pelvic Floor with Lab (external palpation only)

    2:45-3:00                Break

    3:00-3:30                Functional Assessment: Transversus Abdominis with Lab

    3:30-4:00                Clinical Application: Alignment demo and practice        

    4:00-4:45                Assessment videos

    4:45-5:00                Summary/Q and A

    5:00                           Adjourn

      Day Two:

      8:30-9:00               Q and A

      9:00-9:30                Review of important concepts

      9:30-10:30             Training Relationships: Linking inner core to postural muscle groups; Posterior Oblique Synergist

      10:30-10:45           Break (provided)

      10:45-11:45           Anterior Oblique Synergist

      11:45-12:45           Lunch (on your own)

      12:45-1:30             Lateral Synergist

      1:30-2:00                Client scenario: CP hemiplegia

      2:00-2:30                Client scenario: High functioning ASD

      2:30-2:45                            Break

      2:45-3:15                Client scenario: Hydrocephalus and cognitive challenges       

      3:15-3:45                Client scenario: CP diplegia

      3: 45-4:45               Group Case study: Host video

      4:45-5:00                Dynamic Core in Different Populations

      5:00                           Adjourn

      Day Three:

      7:45                          Registration

      8:00                           Introductions

      8:15                           The Circle of Learning: The Brain

      10:00                         Break

      10:15                         Emotional Regulation

      11:15                         Core Strategy

      12:00                       Lunch

      1:15                         Balance

      2:00                         Oculomotor Skills

      2:45                         Break

      3:00                         Visual Spatial/Visual perceptual Skills

      3:30                        Activities of Daily Living Skills/Function

      4:15                         Academic Learning

      4:30                         End

        About the Speakers

        Julie Wiebe PT and Shelley Mannell PT


        Julie has over 18 years of clinical experience in sports medicine and women’s health. Her Los Angeles based private practice specializes in the return of women to fitness and sport after injury and pregnancy. She lectures internationally on pelvic floor and diaphragm integration into postural and neuromuscular control programming for orthopedic, sports medicine, pediatric, neurological and women’s health populations. She writes about and advocates for awareness of these issues on her blog and through social media.

        View her website for more information:  www.juliewiebept.com


        Shelley serves babies, children and adolescents across a spectrum of neurological and developmental disabilities. She integrates a broad spectrum of clinical skills and research to provide an understanding of movement across multiple domains. Shelley founded HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to support clients as they mature through the lifespan. Shelley began teaching as a clinical faculty member in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and continues to participate in clinical research and education. She is also a certified children’s yoga and meditation facilitator. Shelley teaches internationally, discussing the dynamic systems nature of the development of postural control and its application to assessment and intervention for children with sensory and motor challenges.

        View her website for more information:  www.heartspacept.com

        • 28-Sep-2019
        • 29-Sep-2019
        • University of Montana PT Department, Missoula MT

        Montana Physical Therapy Summit

        2019 MAPTA Fall Conference in Missoula
        September 28th and 29th, 2019

        MONTANA PHYSICAL THERAPY SUMMIT is coming soon, with many exciting events planned over this fall weekend.   Physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students from all over Montana are encouraged to attend.  This is an opportunity for therapists to enhance their skills and to learn from their colleagues through innovative educational sessions. Join MAPTA at the University of Montana, as Montana therapists from all specialties present topics, incorporating best practice and strategies.  This is an exciting learning opportunity that encourages collaboration and discussion among colleagues throughout the weekend.  

        Conference Highlights Include:

        50th Year PTA Celebration

        MAPTA Luncheon and Business Meeting

        New Board Member Elections:  Nominations are still being accepted

        Membership Recognition and Awards:  Nominations are still being accepted

        Saturday Evening Banquet:  Honor (or Roast) MAPTAs outgoing president of 8 years, Jay Shaver

        Montana Summit 2019 Presentations 

        Student Presentations

        Montana Physical Therapy Summit Presenters and Topics are listed below:

        Please note that agenda and times are not yet determined

        Evaluation and Treatment of the Thoracolumbar Junction

        Biomechanics, evaluation and treatment of the thoracolumbar junction will be discussed during this course. Participants will learn and practice hands on techniques for mobilization and manipulation of the TLJ. 

        Presenter: Bobby Bemis, PT, DPT, COMT, DIP. MT, FAAOMPT

        Ethics 101: Working as Double Agents

        This course will provide clarification of the conflicting goals and values between professional practice and business practice that place PTs and PTAs in positions as double agents. Case studies will be used for the examination of how business practices can align with professional responsibilities.

        Presenter: Debra Gorman-Badar, PT, MA, PhD(c)

        What’s the hip got to do with it? How hip movement impairments contribute to pathology up and down the kinetic chain

        Movement system impairments of the hip can contribute to impairments and pathology up and down the kinetic chain.   This session will explain these relationships and give options for intervention.

        Presenter:  Elizabeth Ikeda, PT, DPT, OCS

        Rehabilitation of the Injured Runner: Programing Return to Running

        This seminar with cover returning the athlete to running following injury. Topics covered will include risk factors for running related injuries, the components of load capacity, principles of load management, and examples of specific patient presentations. 

        Presenter:  Jason Lunden, PT, DPT, SCS

        Differentiating Headaches with a Focus on Cervicogenic Headaches and Migraine

        Headaches can be a consequence of numerous different conditions. Classification and differential diagnosis of headache and migraine present a unique challenge to the physical therapist. This course provides information necessary to manage these conditions. 

        Presenter:  Amy Pakula, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

        Integrating Lifestyle Medicine into Neurologic Rehabilitation

        Learn how and when to implement lifestyle medicine into neurologic rehabilitation to support prevention, maximize rehabilitation outcomes, and improve patient experience and meaningful change. 

        Presenter:  Rita Pascoe, DPT, NCS

        5-S Your Work Place!

        Physical Therapy practice, whether hospital based or a private clinic, can benefit from “Lean Management” philosophy.  Get acquainted with the 5-S approach to increase efficiency, safety and satisfaction in your practice.

        Presenter:  Lorena P Payne, PT, MPA, OCS

        Periodization for the Post-Operative Patient

        This presentation will focus on basic concepts of periodization, incorporating periodization and training principles into post-operative rehabilitation programs, and a review of current literature on periodization in rehabilitation. 

        Presenter:  Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

        Yikes! It’s a Kid:  How to Handle the Occasional Pediatric Patient

        The local physical therapist in our rural communities often do not feel comfortable with the pediatric population, but they may be the only physical therapist within available range for these families.  This presentation will help the local physical therapist understand what they have to offer families and how to find help to do so.

        Presenter:  Karen Thornton, PT, MS, PCS

        The Blind Leading the Blind?

        In this session, participants will Learn about the Wellness 360 “wellness recipe” and how to integrate lifestyle change research and concepts with their patients.  

        Presenter:  Mike Tran, DPT

        Bridging the Gap between Pelvic Health and Orthopedics Series:  Two 90 minute sessions will be provided for Orthopedics and Pelvic Health practitioners.

        Bridging the Gap Session 1:  

        Integrating Pelvic Health Concepts of the Core and Breathing into Daily Treatment of the Orthopedic Patient

        Learn how to integrate pelvic health concepts such as the inner core and breathe work into orthopedic treatment to support prevention as well as optimizing movement patterns and ultimately improving patient outcomes. 

        Presenters:  Kimberlee Raynovich, PT, MS, PCS and Morgan York Singer, PT, DPT, PRPC 

        Bridging the Gap Session 2:  

        Merging pelvic floor dysfunction and sports/orthopedic injuries or drivers considerations for better patient care

        This presentation uses case study examples to explore both the role of the pelvic floor in primary orthopedic complaints as well as orthopedic drivers in patients presenting with pelvic floor dysfunction.

        Presenters:  Sierra Richmond, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS and Angela Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS

        • 01-Nov-2019
        • 6:30 PM
        • 03-Nov-2019
        • 10:30 AM

        • 01-Jan-2020
        • 27-Jan-2024
        • Montana

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        January 25/26 or Feb 1/2* 23/24
        29/30* dependent on CSM dates  
        April 18/19 or 25/26* 
        17/18 or 24/25* 23/24*  
        October 17/18*
        dependent on local events, Missoula
        2/3 or 9/10*
        dependent on local events, Missoula
        1/2 or 8/9*
        dependent on local events, Missoula

        (* tentative) :
        Starred dates and sites are tentative until a contract is signed with a site. Some dates subject to change if we find a conflict.

      Past events

      27-Apr-2019 Spring Conference 2019: Course 1 of 2: Rehabilitation for the Injured Runner
      27-Apr-2019 Spring Conference 2019: Course 2 of 2: Payment and Policy: What is Important and What is Noise?
      02-Feb-2019 Winter Conference 2019: CE #2 choice: Therapeutic Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Toe Walking (Pediatric Equinus Gait)
      02-Feb-2019 Winter Conference 2019: CE 1 of 2: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo & Dizziness: New diagnosis advances and PT management
      02-Nov-2018 Board Orientation and Retreat
      13-Oct-2018 Fall Conference 2018: Course 3 of 3: Strategies for Avoiding and Recovering from Practitioner Burnout
      13-Oct-2018 Fall Conference 2018: Course 2 of 3: Hormone Health for Physical Therapists
      13-Oct-2018 Fall Conference 2018: Course 1 of 3: Cervical Spine: Manual Therapy Management
      20-Aug-2018 MAPTA Town Hall Meetings Billings
      21-Apr-2018 Spring Conference 2018: ISPI Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Pain Science Approach to Treating Whiplash and Peri-operative Neuroscience Education"
      27-Jan-2018 Winter Conference 2018: Course 2 of 2: Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips -Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills
      27-Jan-2018 Winter Conference 2018: Course 1 of 2: An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Skills for helping patients make healthy choices
      26-Jan-2018 MAPTA Board Meeting
      07-Oct-2017 Fall Conference 2017: Postural Respiration
      22-Apr-2017 Spring Conference 2017: NOI course: Explain Pain
      28-Jan-2017 Winter Conference 2017, Course ONE of two: Functional movement strategies for the legs, knees & feet: Understanding relationships and optimizing movement
      28-Jan-2017 Winter Conference 2017, Course TWO of two: Dizziness and Balance Issues in Persons Post Concussion and with mild Traumatic Brain Injury
      24-Sep-2016 Fall Conference 2016 Course 1: Contemporary Topics in Physical Therapy Practice for Athletes with ACL Injury, Ryan L. Mizner, PT, PHD
      24-Sep-2016 Fall Conference 2016 Course 2 (one day course): Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Know Pain; Know Gain AND A Pain Science Approach to Treating Headaches
      23-Apr-2016 Spring Conference 2016: Two Courses - Payment/Policy by Helene Fearon or Therapeutic Exercise by Tim Fearon
      30-Jan-2016 Winter Conference 2016: Wendy Burke presents Therapeutic Kinesiology Taping for the Whole Body
      03-Oct-2015 Fall Conference 2015:George Davies Presents and MORE
      18-Apr-2015 Spring Conference 2015: Two Courses to Choose From
      24-Jan-2015 Winter Conference 2015: Treating the Person with Dizziness, Susan Whitney DPT, PhD
      04-Oct-2014 Fall Conference 2014: Mobilization of the Nervous System
      04-Oct-2014 Fall Conference Social: The Dirty Sexy Chocolate Show, Top Hat, Missoula
      12-Apr-2014 Spring Conference 2014
      25-Jan-2014 2014 Winter Conference and Business Meeting
      28-Sep-2013 Fall Conference 2013
      20-Apr-2013 Treating the Whole Person with The Integrated Systems Model for Pain & Disability - An Evidence-Based Approach to Optimize Function & Performance, Diane Lee BSR, FCAMT, CGIMS 12.75 CE Hours/1.275 CEUs Spring Conference 2013
      26-Jan-2013 Winter Conference 2013
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