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.


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

 September 12, 2018 @ 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

 MPTA Clinical Education Consortium / SIGCE  

 Clinical Educators’ Professional Development Day

4 Contact hours - 4 CEU’s (pending)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

10:00 am to 3:30 pm

PNC Building

2nd Floor, Classroom

755 West Big Beaver

Troy, MI 48074

Free parking in lot next to PNC

Lunch provided


Registration Fees –

$40 for APTA/MPTA PT/PTA members

$85 for non-members and other Healthcare Providers


Register Here


Download Registration Form

Course Description: Clinical education is an important component of the academic programs of student physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. This course will provide participants with key updates regarding the organizational entities responsible for clinical education, clinical education terminology and resources for clinical educators. The importance of incorporating interprofessional collaboration experiences in the clinical environment will be discussed. This course will also meet the State of Michigan re-licensure requirements of Pain and Human Trafficking education by updating clinicians about the most recent evidenced based pain interventions and assist the Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational  Therapy Assistant and other Healthcare providers, in identifying Human Trafficking and best practice in pain management.


Course Objectives:

By the end of the course the attendees will:

1) Explain the role of the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant in the role of pain management.

2) Identify signs of Human Trafficking within the role of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.

3) Describe Interprofessional Education (IPE) and identify why interprofessional collaboration as an intentional component to a clinical experience is recommended

4)  Understand the various groups and consortia responsible for clinical education, the new national clinical education terminology, and the various web-based resources for clinical educators.


Course Instructors:


Beth Black  PT, MS, DSc is an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy Program at Oakland University.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Science from McMaster University, and a Doctor of Science from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Beth was a Clinical Instructor and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education at Toronto General Hospital and the Director of Physical Therapy at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario prior to joining the faculty at Oakland University.  Her clinical area of scholarly inquiry is health promotion and wellness practice. She has published several articles and textbook chapters and taught courses on this topic for the professional association at the local, state and national levels.  Her other area of research is in instructional design and clinical education. Beth has carried out and published research on teaching approaches such as the use of standardized patients in the classroom to prepare students for clinical experiences and student/CI matching to optimize clinical education outcomes.


Sarah Case is a physical therapist with 15 years of experience treating patients with chronic pain. She completed her MPT in 2002 at Oakland University and the DScPT in 2009 with a focus on Complementary Medicine and Wellness. Dr. Case conducted research in the area of practitioner’s attitudes and beliefs toward patients with chronic pain. She is a member of the Midwest Pain Society and is currently Department Chair and Program Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baker College Auburn Hills. Dr. Case is also a Fellow of the APTA/ACAPT Education Leadership Institute (ELI).


Jake Jakubiak: Kathleen “Jake" Jakubiak Kovacek, PT (please call her Jake) graduated from Wayne State University Physical Therapy Program and has been a practicing physical therapist for 41 years.  Jake spent 27 years in hospital systems in both clinical and management roles; the past 14 years she has and continues to be part of a physical therapist owned private practice.  

Jake is currently a part time faculty member for the Physical Therapy Programs at Oakland University, Wayne State University and University of Michigan Flint.  

Jake has served in numerous roles for the APTA and MPTA over the years, including past MPTA President. She currently is the MPTA liaison to the Board of Physical Therapy. 

Jake has been an invited Speaker at national physical therapy and state conferences numerous times over the past three decades and has been a contributing author on three textbooks on PT management.  


 Martha Schiller, PT, DPT, MSA is an Assistant Professor (Clinical) and the Director of Clinical Education for the Physical Therapy Program at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan.  She has held many positions in the clinical and academic environments, including Physical Therapist, Clinical Instructor, Center Coordinator for Clinical Education, Team Leader, Supervisor and Director. She has been a trainer for the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program for 20 years and teaches the basic and advanced courses to clinicians.  Martha graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BSc in PT (1986), Central Michigan University with a MS in Administration (1993), and the University of St. Augustine with a DPT (2007). She is the PT faculty coordinator for the WSU SAY Detroit Physical Therapy Clinic, the Diabetes Education & Wellness (DEW) Clinic and Community Homeless Inter-professional Program (CHIP), all student-run pro bono clinics.  One of her research interests include inter-professional collaboration in a team environment


Susan Tomica  is a physical therapist with 22 years of experience treating patients in the outpatient orthopedic and acute care settings. Dr. Tomica completed her MSPT in 1995 at Washington University in St. Louis and transitional DPT in 2016 at Temple University. She currently serves as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and teaches Neurological Foundations of Motor Control in the PTA Program at Baker College of Auburn Hills with previous experience as Clinical Co-Lecturer and Lab Instructor for Neuroanatomy at Oakland University



October 2018
 October 5, 2018 @ 12:00 PM to October 6, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
 October 12, 2018 @ 12:00 AM to October 14, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Click HERE for ELC information. 

 October 25, 2018 @ 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

SIGCE Fall Meeting:  October 25, 2-5pm

Central Michigan University - East Lansing Center

2900 West Rd #301, East Lansing, MI  48823

 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 2, 2018 to November 3, 2018

November 2-3 at Macomb Community College

Info at:  www/  and slick continuing education students

 November 3, 2018

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 8, 2018 to November 9, 2018
  • APTA Credentialing Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) Level 2
 November 10, 2018 to November 11, 2018

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

For questions contact the Medical Education Department at


 November 10, 2018

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


CLICK HERE for more information and the registration form

Protecting the Pelvic Floor in Female Patients: Review for Non-Women’s Health PTs

(6 CEU’s Approved by MPTA)

Saturday November 10, 2018

9am - 4pm


Presented by:  Dr. Karen Litos, PT, DPT, WCS



Course Location:          Washtenaw Community/  4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor Michigan 4810 - Room:  Morris Lawrence Building room ML 105/121.

A link for the Campus Map can be found here:

Course Description: This seminar is designed to provide healthcare professionals working with adult female patients deeper understanding of common pelvic floor dysfunctions that should be considered when prescribing exercise interventions and instruction in performing ADLs. Through a review of female gender-specific anatomic, physiologic and hormonal influences, therapists will gain understanding of why women are at increased risk for pelvic floor injuries and common dysfunctions that occur during sports/exercise, during menopause, and during the childbirth year. Therapists will be able to instruct their female patients in how to strengthen and protect the pelvic floor muscles and promote continence during exercises, sports activities and daily activities of living. This course includes an introduction to obstetrics PT with participation in an interactive lab designed to increase understanding of orthopedic and breathing considerations during labor and delivery, and interventions to reduce risk of injury to the pelvic floor muscles during childbirth. This course is appropriate for PTs working in multiple settings that include but are not limited to outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, inpatient and home health.

Course level: Intermediate



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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