March 2019
 March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

A professional physical therapy conference coordinated by students especially for students! 

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Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest -

1275 South Huron/ Ypsilanti, MI

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MPTA Spring Conference Registration Opens January 1, 2019

Book your hotel room now for MPTA SPRING CONFERNCE

 March 23, 2019

MPTA Spring Conference - Pain Summit 2.0 and Movement System Registration Open!

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Book your hotel room now for MPTA Spring Conference 

April 2019
 April 9, 2019


Lunch 11:30-1:00 in the State Capitol Building.  We will let your legislator know you will be there!  

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Join your colleagues in Lansing on April 9, 2019 for MPTA's Legislative Advocacy Day. We have important legislative priorities for 2019 including the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (SB 22) which has already been introduced by Senator Zorn! We have many other legislative priorities to inform our legislators of including mandatory reporting, auto no-fault reform and our continued fight against the burden of prior authorization,

  • Join MPTA and your colleagues for a delicious lunch with Legislators! MPTA will provide "talking points" for this event; please do not worry about what you will say - the MPTA talking points will get you started.
  • MPTA leadership will be onsite and available for assistance
  • This event is FREE and will count as 1 PDR credit under Activity Code 14  
 April 25, 2019

SIG-CE Spring Meeting:  Thursday, April 25, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Central Michigan University – East Lansing Center, 2900 West Rd #301, East Lansing, MI 48823

 April 27, 2019

Putting the Fun in Functional – Innovative Exercise Techniques for the Orthopedic/Neuromuscular Population

(Approved for 4PDRs; CEUL021723)

Saturday April 27, 2019




Presented by:  Bob Budai, PT, MPT

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Owner of Michigan Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists


Course Location:  Michigan Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists at 50200 Dennis Ct. Wixom, MI 48393     


Course Description: Current exercise techniques have evolved greatly over the years. Many therapists are still stuck in the past – utilizing evaluation and exercise methods that have been passed through the generations without modification to match the current knowledge base. In this hands-on presentation, we will talk about evaluating exercise needs, current tools and exercises for various conditions/injuries, and programming an effective treatment regime.

Course level: Intermediate


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Understand “gaps” in current/common PT exercise programming

2. Implement new tools to use for therapeutic exercise/activity and neruromuscular re-education

3. Gain better understanding of exercises and methods to optimize progression of a PT plan of care         

Speaker Bio: Bob Budai PT, MPT is the owner of Functional Strength Training/Michigan Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists. He is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the APTA. He has experience working in outpatient physical therapy for over 20 years.

Course Schedule:  Check-in begins at 8:30 am.  This course will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  A continental breakfast & refreshments will be provided.

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DEADLINE:  Postmarked on or before April 10, 2019.  Acceptance will be based on postmark.  We reserve the right to cancel due to insufficient enrollment. 

  • Registration is limited to 50 participants. Due to space limitations, we will not be accepting on-site registrations.
  • Refunds must be requested no later than April 19, 2019.
  • Confirmations will be emailed to registered participants.
  • Handouts will be made available via email.  No handouts will be available onsite.
  • Come to the class in comfortable (exercise type) clothing as you will be moving throughout the course.


 April 27, 2019

Online registration  

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Pain Science, Movement and Manual Therapy- An Introductory Course

(Approved for 2 PDRs; CEUL032149)

Saturday April 27, 2019




Presented by:  Leonard Van Gelder, PT, DPT, ATC

Therapeutic Pain Specialist

Certified Spinal Manual Therapist

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Owner of Dynamic Movement and Recovery



Course Location:  Delta College- 1961 Delta Rd, University Center, MI 48710 – Room TBD     


Course Description: Chronic pain is more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Research on the science of pain spanning the past three decades has changed the way we understand and teach patients about the human pain experience. This educational evolution is built on a biopsychosocial framework and its application has resulted in improvements of clinical outcomes including decreased pain, reduction in fear of movement, promotion of better-quality movement, increased motivation and willingness of patients to participate in exercise and skilled therapy, and decreased overutilization of medical services. Furthermore, these improvements have been shown to be greater when combined with movement and manual therapy. Clinically, this advanced knowledge also allows new ways of understanding movement and manual therapy and presents new strategies for pain treatment. This 2-hour introductory course will provide current research and applications for clinical use of this information.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss why understanding that nociception does not have to result in a painful experience is important for both clinicians and our patients to understand.
  2. Summarize two changes you can make in your current practice to more effectively educate patients on pain and improve their participation in physical therapy.
  3. Describe how pain can be experienced in the absence of injury.


May 2019
 May 16, 2019

Details coming soon!

 May 22, 2019

On May 22, the Eastern District will be completing a falls risk screening event from 6:30-8:30 at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Rochester Hills, MI. (address: 771 Old Perch Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309). We are in need of six members who would like to help with this screening event.

To sign up, please go to this link:


September 2019
 September 10, 2019 to September 11, 2019

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

For questions contact the Medical Education Department at [email protected]


 September 21, 2019


Let's Get Moving!  The Power of Early Mobility

  (5 CEU’s Pending Approval)

Saturday September 21st, 2019

Presented by:  Dr. Lisa Kenyon PT, DPT, PhD, PCS


Course Location:   Wayne State University 259 Mack Avenue Detroit, MI 48201    Room:  TBD

 PT/PTA member                              $ 75

Student member                              $ 30

 PT/PTA non-member                     $ 150

Student non-member                       $ 65


Course Description:  The onset of independent, self-generated locomotor patterns (crawling, walking) radically changes a typically developing infant's relationship with the environment and leads to a cascade of developmental changes and opportunities. Infants and toddlers with delayed motor skills or mobility limitations are unable to reap the inherent benefits of independent, self-generated locomotion and are at risk for secondary impairments in cognition, social skills, spatial awareness, and other developmental areas. Research suggests that providing these children with early mobility experiences provides benefits across the domains of the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health and may prevent the onset of learned helplessness. This session will detail the theoretical background for early mobility experiences, provide an overview for clinical implementation of early mobility experiences using power mobility devices such as modified battery-operated toy cars, and highlight the development of individualized mobility plans for young children with mobility delays and limitations.

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Online registration will open NLT June 1. 

October 2019
 October 17, 2019

Details coming soon!

November 2019
 November 1, 2019 to November 2, 2019

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