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210 Attend The 2017 Rocky Mountain Fall Conference & PT Expo

Posted: October 12, 2017

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Fall Conference & PT Expo was held October 6 - 8, 2017 at the Keystone Conference Center. There were 210 people in attendance along with 15 exhibiting companies. On Saturday morning there was an awards presentation which recognized the following people:

Paul Mintken - Outstanding PT of The Year

Katherine Ogle - Clinical Instructor of the Year 

The following representative's were also recognized with a Friend Of Physical Therapy award:

  • Rep. Larry Liston
  • Rep. Faith Winter
  • Sen. Andy Kerr
  • Sen. Bob Gardner
  • Sen. Larry Crowder

In the afternoon the annual business meeting was held. Ted Weber and Anne Keil, Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs, recognized Dyanna Haley-Rezac for her years of service on the Professional Development Committee. They also thanked the PDC members, Sharon Jordan and Lisa Dannemiller for their work on the conference.

President Cameron MacDonald discussed the chapter's PT CAFE (Colorado Advocacy Fund Engine) initiative. $984 was raised during the lunch hour. You can still donate to the CAFE by texting SupportUS to 243725. He also provided an update on the chapter's financials, Sunset Review, PT Compact and Dry Needling litigation. Sheila Nicholson, APTA board member, gave a national update. The meeting ended with APTA CO lobbyists Ellen Caruso and Eliza Schultz providing a Medicaid update. Save the date for the 2018 Rocky Mountain Fall Conference & PT Expo, October 26 - 28th at the Four Seasons in Vail! 

More photos from the conference are available on the APTA CO Facebook page.


Colorado PT & PTA Students Raise Funds for Physical Therapy Research

By: Haley Lynam, SPT and Emily Schaefer, SPT 
Posted: October 12, 2017

Students from PT and PTA programs in Colorado were among students from 146 schools that participated in the 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge, raising $340,986, with a record number of returning schools. Since its inception in 1989, 269 schools have participated in the Marquette Challenge and have raised a cumulative total of $3.7 million for the Foundation. 

The Foundation wishes to thank physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students of Regis University and University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus for raising $9,763 in support of the Challenge.  The success of the Challenge would not be possible without their contribution. Notably, the University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus won the Award of Merit for raising over $6,000 and Regis University won Honorable Mention for raising over $3,000.  

This year’s top fundraisers include:

  • 1st Place: Mercer University
  • 2nd Place: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 3rd Place: University of Pittsburgh

Read the full article online here.


4 Days Left To Pre-Register For The 2017 Rocky Mountain Fall Conference & PT Expo

Posted: September 27, 2017

October 6 - 8, 2017 
Keystone Conference Center & Resort

Earn up to 12 points of category I continuing education by attending the full conference.

The last day to pre-register for the conference is Monday, October 2. 

View the conference website.

Speaker In The Spotlight: Jennifer Stone graduated from Texas State University at the top of her class in 2009. Since then, she has completed her orthopedic residency through Evidence in Motion and her pelvic floor training through Herman and Wallace. She is a board certified orthopedic specialist and a CAPPA certified pelvic health therapist. Jennifer practices in an outpatient orthopedic setting, where approximately 60% of her caseload is made up of what has traditionally been called "women's health" patients. Jennifer passionately believes that every physical therapist has a responsibility to educate themselves about the pelvic floor and to understand this integral part of the body, regardless of who their target demographic may be. By contrast, the importance of the pelvic floor as part of a complete structure cannot, in her mind, be overestimated, and she is committed to teaching in a way that places the pelvic floor muscles into the body as a whole. She is committed to making the pelvic floor accessible to the everyday physical therapist and placing tools for intervention and inclusion into every therapist's tool box. Her passion for teaching and commitment to improving the way this part of the body is cared for by all physical therapists drove her to create the Evidence in Motion Pelvic Health Certificate, and she serves as the program director and as faculty within this program. Outside of the physical therapy world, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family, enjoying the great outdoors in her home of Columbia, Missouri, and pursuing her hobbies of babywearing, knitting, and playing board games.


Get energized for Saturday's classes by joining us for yoga in the morning. Yoga will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. in Studio K at the Keystone Conference Village. Please note this class is limited to 25 people. There is no cost to attend. Register today!

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Join Us For PT Pub Night At The Fall Conference

Published: September 21, 2017

When: Friday, October 6 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Bighorn Bistro and Bar in Keystone Lodge and Spa, 22101 US-6, Keystone, CO 80435.

Description: Join us the first night of the conference for PT Pub Night! No need to RSVP, just show up and network with your peers.


PSIG Event - Sept. 28: Promoting Participation in Inclusive Community Health & Wellness Programs

Description: Regis University 3rd year DPT students have been working collaboratively with The APTA Colorado Chapter in an effort to design a pilot project that could be duplicated in health systems and communities throughout the State for PT Day of Service in October 2017.  The DPT students and supporting pediatric physical therapists will be presenting the project and requesting feedback on how the PSIG can promote the pediatric physical therapist role in promoting health and wellness in inclusive community programs. 

When: Thursday, September 28th, 2017 @ 6:45-8:15pm

Where: Regis University, Peter Claver Hall room 210. Parking in Regis lot 4 or lot  5 is available at a cost of $3.00 at the parking kiosk. Parking on the street is free. 

Cost: APTA Members: FREE with recommended donation of $10.00; Non-Members: $20.00 Fee to Attend Event.  ***Please register online prior to meeting***

Register here!

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