September 2019
 September 21, 2019 @ 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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

(Approved for 6 PDRs; CEUL017206)

Saturday September 21, 2019




Presented by:  Wynne Tezak PT, DPT



Course Location:  Superior Physical Therapy- 3899 W Front Street #3, Traverse City, MI 49684     


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.


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

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


Speaker Bio: Wynne Tezak 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.


PT/PTA member                               $ 150

Student member                               $ 75

PT/PTA non-member                       $ 225

Student non-member                        $ 110

Note:  Students need to mail registration

Course Schedule:



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


Lunch (on own)


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


 September 21, 2019 @ 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM


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

Address: 259 Mack Ave, Detroit MI

Room 1341 of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Bldg, Wayne State University.


Park in the WSU Parking Structure off of John R. Across from the Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Building behind WholeFoods. There is a cost to park in this structure.


 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.


October 2019
 October 10, 2019 @ 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

You are invited to attend the fall meeting of the MPTA Clinical Education Consortium! If you cannot attend we will have a Webex link to join the meeting that will be sent out 1 week prior to the date.


Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
2:00-5:00 PM



Central Michigan University – East Lansing Center

2900 West Rd #301

East Lansing, MI 48823



ALL interested or involved in clinical education! (Please forward this on to others you think might be interested – all are welcome including CIs, SCCEs, academic staff, students and/or clinical leadership!)



2:00-3:30: Business portion

3:30-5:00: Networking & Discussion

on the following clinical education topics:

· PT in Motion Article on Planning for the Future of Clinical Education from June 2019

· On-boarding processes (i.e. Acemapp and Nexus)

· Students in “Post Entry-Level Settings” including the NICU

· Managing the Exceptional Student

· Topics TBD by the Members


Please email any questions or specific topics to be added to the forthcoming formal agenda to

Karen Berg Co-President at [email protected]

 October 12, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

1st Annual Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Symposium:    

Current Concepts in Sports Medicine 


Date:               October 12, 2019, 8AM - 1PM

Location:         Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center East

                        345 N Division Rd

                        Petoskey, MI 49770

PDRs/CEUs: 3 PDRs/CEUs + Human Trafficking Licensure Requirement


Registration:  Limited to 50

PT/PTA Members:  $90

PT/PTA Non-Members:  $130

Student Members:  $60 (please contact MPTA office to register)

Student Non-members:  $90 (please contact MPTA office to register)

Program Description- Join us for the 1st Annual Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Symposium on Saturday, October 12, 2019. This one-day continuing education seminar is presented by the MPTA Northern District and the Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center.  The courses in this year's symposium will cover some of the latest sports medicine and pain management concepts in physical therapy in both youth and adult athletes.


  • Surgical Considerations for the Unstable Shoulder in Overhead Athletes. Eric Mancini, MD and Jeff Smith, PT, DPT, OCS.
  • Sudden Cardiac Events in Young Athletes: Diagnosis and Management. Daniel Buerkel, MD
  • Return to Sport After Ankle Reconstruction. Scott Nemec, MD and Jeff Smith, PT, DPT, OCS.
  • Current Concepts in Concussion Diagnosis and Medication Management. Todd Sheperd, MD, CAQSM, and Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS.
  • Regenerative Medicine for Aging Athletes. Eugene Wang, DO and Jeff Smith, PT, DPT, OCS.
  • Return to Sport after Lumbar Discectomy. Anthony Bozzio, MD and Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS.
  • Human Trafficking: Identification of Victims of Human Trafficking** Kathleen “Jake" Jakubiak Kovacek, PT


 October 12, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI -  Erie Room

Course Flyer:  Download file

To  register Click HERE.   

After the event, there will be an opportunity to participate in a service project in recognition of the PT Day of Service.  

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

Registration is free but limited to 150 attendees.  Click here to register.   

Come to Oakland University for a great evening of networking and learning. 


6:00 - 6:30pm - Registration, Refreshments and Networking

6:30 - 7:15pm - Eastern District Meeting and Legislative Update

7:15 - 8:30pm - Lecture by Christopher Wilson PT, DPT, DScPT -

What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Palliative Care

Description:  The palliative care practice philosophy is rapidly growing and evolving due to its impact on containing costs, improving quality and quantity of life for individuals with a life-limiting or chronic condition.  In every setting, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants will care for these individuals but due to their advancing disease states, there are fundamental differences in the rehabilitative care approach.  This educational session will discuss the palliative care philosophy, similarities and differences between palliative care and hospice care, current rehabilitation practice approaches and practice patterns, a focus on quality of life, and integration and complimenting hospital based-palliative care programs.  Evidence based palliative care approaches and functional outcome measures will be introduced in a case study format for clinicians to immediately apply to the clinical setting.

 October 15, 2019 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Western Michigan University School of Physical Therapy

Date: Tuesday October 15

Time: 6:30-8:30

Presentation: "Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging and Physical Therapy"

Presenter: Daryl Lawson PT, DSc, Associate Professor, Western Michigan University Department of Physical Therapy

Food and refreshments to be provided



This event is free to members and non-members, but you must register.  

 October 31, 2019 @ 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

The MPTA Board of Directors will be meeting in the Ruby Room of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel the Thursday before Fall Conference.  If you would like to attend as a guest, please contact the MPTA office by emailing  [email protected]  

November 2019
 November 1, 2019 to November 2, 2019
 November 1, 2019

The pub crawl is open to all confernce attendees and area residents.  We hope you will join the fun!

We'll be going to MoJos, Founders, The BOB, and The Back 40. The group will leave from the Amway Grand at 8pm.  

Cost is $20 for professionals and $10 for students to participate.  This donation to the MPT-PAC will help support our ongoing advocacy efforts. 

Donations can be made ahead of time on the MPT-PAC website and should be marked as follows:

Donor Name: First Last - Pub Crawl (ie. Kathleen Walworth - Pub Crawl)


Wristbands can be picked up at the MPT-PAC table during conference OR at the Amway Grand just before the 8pm departure.  Participants can also register onsite at the conference or just before departure.  Early registration is highly encouraged to avoid delays.  


 November 7, 2019 to November 8, 2019

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

Click here for more details.

March 2020
 March 20, 2020 @ 7:00 AM to March 21, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Save the Date for our Spring Events!

Friday, March 20:  Student Conclave

Saturday, March 21:  Spring Conference/Pain Summit

Location: Ann Arbor Marriott Eagle Crest Resort

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