April 2019
 April 25, 2019 @ 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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 @ 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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 @ 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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 9, 2019

MPTA Clinical Education Consortium / SIGCE

Clinical Educators’ Professional Development Day


4 Contact hours - 4 CEU’s (pending)


Thursday, May 9, 2019

10:00 am to 3:30 pm

1253  Health Professions Building

Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Free Parking – Lot Instructions will be sent

Box Lunch provided


Course Schedule:


9:30 a.m.      10:00 a.m.                Registration

10:00 a.m.    11:30 a.m.                  Pain Management, Karen Grossnickle, PT

11:30 a.m.    12:15 pm                  Professional Behaviors Mentoring, Susan Butler, PT

12:15 p.m.    1:00 pm                    Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m.       2:00 p.m.                  Human Trafficking, Jake Jakubiak-Kovacek PT

2:00 p.m.       3:15 pm                    Updates in Clinical Education, Jennifer Root, PT             

3:15 p.m.      3:30 pm                     Course Wrap up, Evaluations, post-test, certificates


Lunch provided: Please email Karen Grossnickle, [email protected] if you have any dietary restrictions 1 week prior to the course.


 Registration is limited to 50, please register early.



Registration DEADLINE: Registration must be completed online before April 30, 2019.   We reserve the right to cancel due to low enrollment or other unforeseeable circumstances. Confirmation with handouts attached will be sent via email after April 30, 2019. There will be no paper copies at the course.

Refunds must be requested no later than May 6, 2019. No refunds after 5/6/19.      

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.  Measuring and mentoring professional behaviors in the clinical environment can be challenging.  Strategies for clinical instructors will be discussed for mentoring this important aspect of being a physical therapist.  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 Professional Behaviors, how they are mentored in the classroom and identify methods and strategies for mentoring and instructing students while in the clinical environment;

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:

Susan Butler – Susan Butler, MSPT, DPT is a graduate of Central Michigan University.  She is presently a staff physical therapist at Sparrow Adult Outpatient Rehab and has been with Sparrow for 14 years.  She has been a Clinical Instructor and the Site Coordinator of Clinical education since 2006.  She is a past President of the MPTA SIG-CE/Clinical Education Consortium.  She has completed both levels of the Credentialed Clinical Instructor courses through the APTA.  Susan is very active at the state and national level for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education and has attended Educational Leadership Conference events.

Karen Grossnickle  - Karen Grossnickle, PT, DHSc is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis MSPT and DHSc programs in physical therapy.  Karen holds additional post-graduate certificates in Women’s Health Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University and Aging Studies from the University of Indianapolis.  Karen presently is the Director of Clinical Education and an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  Karen also practices clinically and is an active researcher.  Her clinical practice is in the area of pelvic floor dysfunctions and her graduate and present research studies are in the area of chronic pelvic pain and pain neuroscience education.  Karen has served as a board member for the MPTA and as the former Editor of Shorelines, the newsletter of the MPTA.

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.  



 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: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/39cEC5yVnXF8kJqsz66S7?domain=signupgenius.com


August 2019
 August 18, 2019 @ 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 8/18/19. 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!

The volunteer registration link will be available after 6/1/2019.

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 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Plan to attend the annual PT Month event at Oakland University.

MPTA Eastern District meeting to discuss pertinent topics for PTs, PTAs, and students in our state and the country.

Lecture in Physical Therapy by Dr. Andrew Guccione PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

Professor and Chair of the
Department of Rehabilitation Science in the
College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University

Registration will open soon.  Max capacity is 180.  

 October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM

Details coming soon!

November 2019
 November 1, 2019 to November 2, 2019
 November 7, 2019 to November 8, 2019

Please contact Yulelissa Munger at [email protected] with questions.

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 November 7, 2019 to November 8, 2019

Please contact Yulelissa Munger at [email protected] with questions.

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