August 2018
 August 19, 2018 @ 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Plan to volunteer with MPTA at the track & field events at the Michigan Senior Olympics Summer Games to be held on the campus of Oakland University.

We will be performing the Senior Athlete Fitness Exam (SAFE) screenings and need up to 20 volunteers to staff 6 different stations from 8a.m.- 12 p.m. on Sunday 8/19/18. You will be assigned to one of the stations for the 4 hours: health & history, strength, anthropometrics, gait speed, flexibility, or balance stations.

For each 50-60 minutes spent volunteering at this event, you will get 1 PDR (under Activity Code 17) and you can earn up to 4 PDRs this day at no cost to you! We have a MPTA member who is going to work as the coordinator of all PT/PTA volunteers so please plan to email Mike Kinyon ( to serve on our team for the SAFE screenings.

RSVP to Eastern District Director, Mike Kinyon at to save a spot on the volunteer team

September 2018
 September 8, 2018 @ 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fulfill both of the 1 PDR requirements for education in ‘pain and symptom management’ and ‘identifying victims of human trafficking’ requirements by attending this event. It will be FREE for members and $40 for non-members. An Eastern District meeting will occur between the speakers’ presentations.

Registration opening soon.

Topics & Speakers:

‘Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking’ presented by Jake Jakubiak-Kovacek PT

‘What’s new in the treatment of CRPS; pain management for central sensitization’ presented by Dr. Becky Rodda PT, DPT


Location: University of Michigan-Flint

Address: 400 Mill Street, Flint, MI

Room: Michigan Room of the Harding Mott University Center (UCEN)


Park in the Mill Street Parking Deck

October 2018
 October 5, 2018 @ 12:00 PM to October 6, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
 October 25, 2018 @ 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Plan to attend the annual PT Month event at Oakland University.  This event includes and MPTA Eastern District Meeting to discuss pertinent topics for PTs, PTAs, and students in our state and the country. 

There will also be a lecture on Genomics in Physical THerapy by Dr. Allon Goldberg, PT, PhD; Associate Dean at the University of Michigan-Flint.


6:00 - 6:30 - Registration and Refreshments

6:30 - 7:15:  MPTA Eastern District Meeting

7"15 - 8:30:  Genomics in Physical Therapy Lecture

November 2018
 November 3, 2018 @ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Northern District Continuing Education Course

Course Title: Getting to the Bottom of the Core: How Pelvic Floor Exercises Can Enhance Patient Outcomes

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018  9am - 4pm

Location: Otsego Memorial Hospital - Orthopedic and Rehab Center, 2147 Professional Drive, Gaylord, MI

Cost: $150 MPTA PT/PTA Member - $75 MPTA Student Member

          $225 Non Member 

Click HERE to register!

Course Capacity: 24 participants

Course Description:

Do you ever feel like there is something missing from your clinical toolbox? Do your back and hip pain patients get better, but then end up coming back in a few months later? Do you have trouble getting neck muscles to relax? Do your shoulder patients need constant cuing for posture? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you. The pelvic floor may be the missing link that could resolve these frustrations. For most physical therapists the pelvic floor is a dark and mysterious place. Don't let it intimidate you anymore! In this exercise based course you will learn how to incorporate pelvic floor training into the treatments you already use. Don’t worry, there will be no undressing involved! You will go to work Monday morning excited to use the assessment and treatment skills you learn in lab.

Course Objectives

  • Describe pelvic floor function and coordination
  • Describe the role of the diaphragm in posture and core stability
  • Identify pelvic floor and diaphragm dysfunction
  • Design functional exercise programs incorporating the pelvic floor into upper extremity, lower extremity, and spinal stabilization exercises


Wynne Tezak, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at Thunder Bay Therapy and Sports Medicine in Alpena, MI.  She earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Oakland University in 2007, then completed further training to treat pelvic floor conditions in men and women in 2010. She does extensive education for the community and other professionals on pelvic health. She believes passionately that the pelvic floor is the often neglected key to good health and mobility.




9:00- 9:30

Introduction and course objectives

Identifying pelvic floor patients

History taking and objective measures

Core anatomy


Introduction to pelvic breathing

Diaphragm anatomy and function

Diaphragm functional assessment

Diaphragm facilitation

Review of pelvic floor anatomy

Pelvic floor dysfunction

Pelvic floor strengthening and stretching


Pelvic breathing lab

Cuing lab




What does a pelvic floor PT do?

Introduction to braced breathing

Braced breathing lab


Functional core stability exercises: Frontal, Sagittal, and Transverse Planes

Wrap Up/Discussion




 November 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

A 6-hour course titled ‘Protecting the Pelvic Floor in Female Patients: Review for Non-Women’s Health PTs’ appropriate for all PTs/PTAs regardless of practice setting to be held at Washtenaw Community College.

Cost: $60 for members, $120 for non-members with registration capped at 40

More information and registration coming soon!

December 2018
 December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wayne State University

Save the date: An evidence based course on aerobic conditioning across practice settings relevant for PTs and PTAs will be offered at Wayne State University for 6 PDRs. More details to come.

The cost for this course will be $60 for members, $150 for non-members with registration capped at 40 with all proceeds from this course to be donated to the MPTA Institute for Education and Research.

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