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  • 20-Feb-2013 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    From "Healthy Wealthy Smart Podcast"

    094: Diane Lee, BSR, FCAMT, CGIMS


    Diane and I discussed the Intergrated Systems Model she developed with fellow physical therapist Linda Joy Lee. We discussed why the model came about and how to usethe model in the evaluation and treatment of patients. We also discussed the concept of “slings” and how it fits into the model of care.


  • 19-Sep-2012 1:47 PM | Anonymous member
    Flathead Valley Community College and Kalispell Regional Healhcare are sponsoring the APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing Course October 20-21 at Flathead Valley Community College. This 2-day course addresses issues of planning and preparing for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students during their clinical education experiences; developing learning experiences; and supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback. Skills of evaluation are discussed, as well as the identification and management of students with exceptional situations. 

    Total contact hours:15.

    For more information or to have a registration form mailed to you, please contact Julie Robertson, PT, MSPT, ACCE at jrobertson@fvcc.edu or (406)756-3620. You can also register online at www.fvcc.edu/continuing-education.html (Scroll down to "Professional Development" and then "Title").
  • 17-Sep-2012 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Bozeman PT and MAPTA member, Nancy Astrup, is featured in this newspaper article as she helps patients work through equilibrium issues. http://www.ittybittyurl.com/fm8
  • 31-Aug-2012 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Roc Wheels is looking for a therapist to go on a wheelchair distribution in Jamaica in November. Read more abour Roc Wheels or contact them: http://rocwheels.org/
  • 06-Aug-2012 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Evidence Based Recommendations for Electrotherapy to Control Pain, Strengthen Muscle, and Improving Function
    Ryan L. Mizner, PT, MPT, PhD and Susan Ostertag, PT, DPT, NCS
    Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012
    7.5 hrs/0.75 CEU

  • 06-Aug-2012 2:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Total Knee Replacement Rehabilitation
    Ryan Mizner, PT, MPT, PhD
    Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
    7.5 Hours/0.75 CEU

  • 06-Aug-2012 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention for Fall Prevention:
    An Advanced Course
    Laurie Swan, PT, PhD, DPT
    Saturday AND Sunday, Sept. 29-30, 2012
    13.25 Hours/1.325 CEUs


  • 13-Apr-2012 6:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL analyst for FOX Terry Bradshaw will deliver the Keynote Address to thousands of physical therapy professionals who will gather for PT 2012, APTA's Annual Conference & Exposition in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday, June 6. Read more:
  • 05-Apr-2012 5:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This week, APTA launched a public awareness campaign to educate consumers about how to prevent and treat low back pain with the help of a physical therapist. The goal of the campaign is to drive people to www.moveforwardpt.com to learn more about low back pain, the ways in which a physical therapist can help, and to find a PT. The initial phase of the campaign will target top-tier national print, broadcast and online media. Read more:  http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/NewsNow/2012/4/5/PRCampaign/
  • 29-Mar-2012 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Certain experiences we engage in have the ability to impact us in multiple and sometimes strangely conflicting ways. For white water enthusiasts, it can be the emotions you experience just before you slide into a big rapid, especially one you have never gone down before. There is this sense of nervousness brought on by the roar of big, strange, chaotic water. The feeling of anxiety is heightened because you don’t know exactly how it will all play out. There is risk. Will you be able to follow your line? Do you have a good crew that will work as a team to help you through? Are you prepared to deal with the expected and more importantly, the unexpected? At the same time, there is excitement. You are thrilled to be there and engaged. Not participating is really not an option you would prefer. Smiling, gritting, it goes back and forth and sometimes the thrill and anxiety weirdly overlay each other. Uneasy exhilaration. Riding big roller coasters used to affect me this way too. What we face with health care is starting to give me a similar feeling.
    I recently attended APTA’s Private Practice Section’s Annual Conference, held in Seattle, WA, November 3-5. While there, I soon began to experience that same sort of strange mix of emotions. Discussions with private practice PT colleagues all over the country paint a similar view of an uncertain future that is quickly approaching, like that entrance into a big river canyon rapid, with pandemonium and potential disaster looming. But getting out is not an option. So what will it take to avoid failure and maximize the chance of a successful ride?
     I heard from many attendees and presenters that were at this meeting, who were looking for and sharing ideas for navigating these troubled waters. Themes included the need for a frank and thoughtful assessment of the circumstances that we face. Appropriate planning and creative, far reaching, systems thinking is required. Making sure we have the right people with the right training and attitude on the team. The discussions made for a great meeting.
    The key note speaker for the conference, Joe Flower, laid this all out in his very informative and thought provoking presentation. In a phrase, Mr. Flower is a health care futurist. He described the looming dangers and challenges for our nation related to health care. But he also explained some of the strategies that can guide PTs and other health care providers through the coming years, allowing us to steer clear of the disasters, finding more friendly waters. He argued that our profession is particularly suited to take advantage of some of the opportunities in our current and future situation. A few points he made included:
    Those that can show efficient outcomes for managing chronic diseases (diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimers, COPD, etc.) and related secondary problems will be positioned well.
    Given the demographic numbers for the baby boomer generation and that this cohort is not very accepting of what happens to the body as it ages, those providers that can demonstrate effectiveness in slowing down the impact of aging and keeping people active will have great opportunity.
    Any business model that helps reduce the actual total cost of healthcare should thrive.
    Mr. Flowers spent a good portion of his presentation outlining the abundant waste that exists in our so called health care system. He laid out a pretty good, data driven argument that a 50% reduction in expenditures is achievable. He made the case that well practiced physical therapy, especially operating as part of a comprehensive team of providers, can be a part of the solution for the elimination of waste, and maximizing value.
    There is much more to his vision for our nation and health care. If you are interested, you can learn more from his web site: http://www.imaginewhatif.com/ . Mr. Flower also has a new book on the subject, Health care beyond reform: Doing it right for half the cost. It seems pretty clear though that we are on an unsustainable path and that change related action is required. Pretty exciting stuff. Hold on, as we are in for a wild ride.
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