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NE District Event: "Better Bite and Breathing: An introduction to a novel approach to promote proper occlusion, nasal breathing, and airway expansion in the developing child."
Proactive Physical Therapy & Performance Center
1024 Centre Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Thursday, September 12, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM MDT
Category: District Events

Northeast District Event Details:

Date & Time: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Course Title: "Better Bite and Breathing: An introduction to a novel approach to promote proper occlusion, nasal breathing, and airway expansion in the developing child."

Location: 1024 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Event Contact: Michael Chavez - (970) 391-8816

Course Description: 

The structure and function of the airway is life’s most important physiological function. It affects your health, performance, and overall well-being. An adequate airway, correct tongue positioning, chewing, and proper swallowing are critical in the development of a child’s face and cranium. This good “oral posture” and function can dramatically impact the overall health of a child throughout their lifetime.

Often, children who grow up as “mouth breathers” develop musculoskeletal and respiratory problems
that we will eventually treat in our physical therapy practices. Compromised airways and a diet of relative soft foods are leading causes of an epidemic of health issues that affect approximately 50% of our patients. ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center works with local dentist and orthodontist groups in an integrated effort to promote optimal health, function, and development. We will discuss how entwined dental health, airway efficiency, musculoskeletal issues, and neurological issues can be. The presentation will offer suggestions as to what we, as preventative healthcare providers, can do about it. Additionally, it will be an introduction to ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center’s Better Bite and Breathing program.


Craig Depperschmidt, DPT, PRC

Craig is a native of Colorado, originally from Loveland, CO. After getting his undergraduate degree in integrative physiology from University of Colorado at Boulder, he pursued his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He has practiced in Fort Collins as a physical therapist since 2009. Craig has extensive experience with personal injuries from his background as an athlete, which is part of the reason he became a physical therapist. He specializes in addressing movement and postural dysfunction that leads to abnormal bio-mechanics and pain. He enjoys working with runners, triathletes, and anyone who has a desire to feel better. He recently has been collaborating with dentists and orthodontists to help identify issues in children that may be affecting development. Craig is one of the relatively few clinicians, in Colorado and world-wide, who is Postural Restoration Certified™.

Brian Benjamin, DPT, PRC

Brian graduated from Ohio University and then went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He lived in Estes Park, CO for 14 years before moving down to Fort Collins. He started ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center in Fort Collins with his friend Andy Collingwood in 2008. He enjoys working with post-operative patients and enjoys educating people who want to get better. He recently has been seeing younger individuals who have had breathing issues which have affected function and development. Brian recently earned his certification through the Postural Restoration Institute ™ to further his capacity to help patients.

CE Credit: Category II - 1 point (s)

Cost: Non-members - $20; PT & PTA Members - $10; Students - $5

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Contact: Michael Chavez - (970) 391-8816