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Getting Older is NOT for the Weak: Geriatric Rehabilitation for the 21st Century

  • Colorado Continuing Competency Category 1: 6 Points
  • Hosted on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
  • Featured Speakers: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD; and Daniel Malone, PT, PhD
  • Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Defeating Hospital Associated Deconditioning: This course will present an evidenced based approach for the implementation of a high intensity progressive rehabilitation that focuses less on general conditioning and more on specific, targeted exercise training to improve strength, functional mobility and performance of activities of daily living. This approach, termed “iSTRONGER”, can be implemented by all rehabilitation professionals (PT & PTA; OT & COTA) in all settings from hospital to home.

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2019 American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists’ Annual Conference

Posted: September 19, 2019

(Steamboat Springs, CO) Physical Therapist Gregory S. Johnson, PT,  FFMT, FAAOMPT has been invited to speak at the 2019 American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists’ Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida on October 26, 2019. Mr. Johnson practices at Johnson and Johnson Physical Therapy, located at 1880 Loggers Ln Unit C, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.

Mr. Johnson will deliver a presentation entitled “Enhancing posture and movement through management of the 3 pressure systems.”  The lecture will highlight the importance of posture for health and function and how to utilize manual therapy to enhance quality of life.

The theme of AAOMPT’s 2019 Annual Conference is “Redefining Musculoskeletal Health.” The event regularly draws more than 700 physical therapists from around the world. For more information about AAOMPT or its upcoming annual conference, visit the organization’s website.


The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is a national organization representing more than 2,000 physical therapists, who are the leading researchers, academicians and clinicians in the field of spinal and musculoskeletal care.


CARe SIG Event - Sept. 25th: Career CPR: From Surviving To Thriving As An Acute Therapist

Posted: September 9, 2019

Join CARe SIG on Wednesday, September 25th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm MT for "Career CPR: From Surviving To Thriving As An Acute Therapist".

Speakers: Beth Anne Fisher PT, DPT, CSCS, WHC and Renee Ostertag, PT

Class Description: 

A constantly changing set of institutional policies, productivity requirements, and a sicker patient population wear on the body, mind, and soul of the rehab therapist in the acute care setting.  Sensible coping strategies such as exercise, meditation, and ‘vegging out’ are satisfactory as short-term measures, but if a therapist is truly aiming for long-term career sustainability and professional satisfaction, physiological self-regulation in the moments of the work day, even while working with patients, is a ‘must.’ 

Beth Anne Fisher PT, DPT, CSCS, WHC and Renee Ostertag, PT, DPT, M.Physio, Cert. MDT will deliver key learnings that support the rehab therapist in the acute care setting to develop resiliency skills required to thrive.  They will share from their own professional narratives around compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma.  Participants will receive an interactive learning experience that addresses concepts of truth-telling, self-regulation, and boundaries.  Together, we will promote the conversation that stretches and supports us all to be more resilient in today’s acute care environment.   

Cost: $20 APTA Non-Members, $10 APTA Members, $5 PT Students

Location: Regis University
    3333 Regis Blvd 
                 Denver, CO 80221 
                 ** Peter Claver Hall Room 409 **
                 (Parking Map)


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Woman Organizes Benefit Concert For CU Physical Therapy Program Scholarships

Posted: September 10, 2019

A woman who says physical therapy changed her life is raising money to help others receive the best care. Colleen Rapp was injured on the job four years ago when she slipped and hurt her back. 

Rapp said her physical therapist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus worked relentlessly to help her recover. Rapp said she was so motivated by her experience that she now raises money for student scholarships in the CU Physical Therapy Program.

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Northeast District Event - Sept. 12: "Better Bite and Breathing" 

Posted: September 5, 2019

Date & Time of Event: 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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