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Denver Police Physical Therapist Treats Officers, Save Millions

Posted: March 7, 2018

Police officers in Denver have a new way to get healthy if they are injured. It's a physical therapist on staff, Fox31 and Colorado's 2News report.

According to the stations, the idea is borrowed from the Denver Fire Department and is one that has saved the city millions of dollars.

Daniel Jonte started treating officers in 2016 as part of a pilot program. "That first month was a building phase, we had 46 patients that first month," Jonte said. "The next month, we had 135 patients. The word got out quickly.” The stations say he now treats about 150 patients per month, and he has a waiting list of several weeks. In total, he has had 2,600 patient visits.

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SE District Event - March 13:  Clinical Seating and Positioning 101

Posted: February 28, 2018

Join the SE District Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 6:30 - 7:00 PM (social time), 7:00 - 9:00 PM (presentation) for the Clinical Seating and Positioning 101 course. The event will be held at Rezac and Assoc. Physical Therapy, 855 Citadel Drive East, Colorado Springs, CO 80917 with speaker Alan Lynch ATP. Learn more and register!

2nd House Committee To Consider PT Licensure-Renewal Legislation, Now With Dry Needling

Posted: Feb. 14, 2018

The Colorado House is to consider on Monday, March 5, HB18-1155, Sunset Continue Physical Therapy Board Functions, following its recent amending and passage by the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee.

Among other things, the bill, if passed and signed into law by the governor, extends the licensing of physical therapists and the certification of physical therapist assistants until 2027.

APTA worked to successfully amend the bill to include dry needling in the PT practice act as part of the expected continuation of physical therapy licensure. While Colorado PTs have long been permitted to practice dry needling, and this has been clarified in the State Physical Therapy Board's Rule 211, the technique has come under fire from acupuncturists and acupuncture schools.

Monday's committee hearing wil be at 1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A of the Capitol complex's Legislative Services Building. It's currently the second bill to be considered that afternoon by the committee.

Members: To join APTA Colorado's Dry Needling Discussion Circle, click here (you must be signed in to the APTA website). 


Don't Miss Out On The March 24 Dry Needling Symposium

Posted: February 27, 2018 

Earn 7.5 hours of Category I Education! 

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8:00 am - 5:00pm

Where: Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, CO 80221

Cost: APTA CO PT Members: $199; Non-Members $279; APTA CO Student Members $49; Non-member Students $89*

*Non-member students must request a discount code to receive the $89 rate. Provide proof of your student status and request a discount code by emailing [email protected]

This course is open to PT and sPTs only. 

Description: Join APTA Colorado for the Dry Needling Symposium. There will be multiple speakers and breakout sessions for the novice, developed and expert practitioner in the utilization of dry needling in PT practice.


General Session 8:30 am – 12:00 pm 

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Welcome and regulatory/legislative overview. Eliza Schultz, APTA Colorado Lobbyist

9:00 am – 9:45 am: History and development of dry needling. Jan Dommerholt

9:45 am – 10:30 am: Integration of DN into patient management in Colorado. Patty Pennell

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Dry Needling: Considering a Neuroplastic Pain Science Model. Edo Zylstra

11:15 am - 12:00 pm: Impact of dry needling on patient care in CO. Cameron MacDonald

Lunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Breakout Sessions 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1A: 1 – 1:50 pm

DN Athlete Management

2A: 2 – 2:50 pm

DN Radiculopathy

3A: 3 – 3:50 pm

DN Beyond Muscles


1B: 1 – 1:50 pm

DN Radiculopathy

2B: 2 – 2:50 pm

DN Beyond Muscles

3B: 3 – 3:50 pm

DN Complex Cases


1C: 3 – 3:50 pm

DN Foundations

2C: 3 – 3:50 pm

DN Complex Cases

3C: 3 – 3:50 pm

DN Athlete Management


Panel Discussion 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Balancing Act – developing dry needling in PT practice whilst defending our ability to do it. Stories, ideas and innovations across the USA and the world. Moderator: Cameron MacDonald Panelists: Jan Dommerholt, Edo Zylstra, Eliza Schultz, and Patty Pennell 

This course will sell out, register early!


APTA Colorado Embraces Once-Yearly PT Conference In Select Setting

Posted: March 1, 2018

APTA Colorado's traditional Rocky Mountain Fall Conference is now officially APTA Colorado's Rocky Mountain Annual Conference & PT Expo. And it's moving to new heights -- the Four Seasons Resort and Residences at Vail.

The conference is October 26-28, 2018. It combines elements of the former spring and fall conferences into a single event spanning Friday through Sunday. Nightly room rates at the pet-friendly hotel are just $159, far below the seasonal average for the area.

This annual event offers affordable continuing education, practice information, product demonstrations and networking for APTA members and other Physical Therapy professionals in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Education sessions are designed to be applicable to all sectors and levels of the PT profession and will provide the latest techniques and trends as well as basic skills.

The full conference provides up to 12 points in Category I education towards your PT continuing competency requirement. Saturday only provides 6 points in Category I education.

Invited and/or confirmed speakers and tracks are:

• Pediatric PT: Suzann K. Campbell, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is Professor Emerita and former Head, Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

• Low Back Pain: Tami Struessel, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, Assistant Professor, and Amy McDevitt, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Senior Instructor, University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program, Aurora, Colorado.

• Telehealth: Alan Chong Lee, PT, DPT, PhD, CWS, GCS, Professor, Physical Therapy, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, California, and Sarah Gallagher PT, DPT, NCS, and founder of The Dizzy Clinic.

Registration isn't yet open, but you can read more about the conference here.

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Many opportunities exist for you to connect with the attendees through sponsorship and/or exhibiting. Act now to secure your sponsorship or exhibit. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your company’s products and services before this select group of attendees.

Click here for sponsor/exhibitor information.


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