Continuing Education Events

Our mission is to facilitate the pursuit of professional excellence and innovative practice by providing the highest quality clinical, academic and evidence-based educational programs to our clinical instructors and physical therapists to meet the health and wellness needs of the communities in which they work.

Upcoming Events

Why Manual Therapy Doesn't Work

Featuring Tyler Cuddeford, PT, PhD; Jeff Houck, PY, PhD and Dan Kang, PT, DPT

September 9-10, 2017

Course Description:

It is well known that nearly 80% of the population will experience back pain in their lifetime. Additionally, it’s also known that many patients do not get better, despite physical therapist’s best approaches. Healthcare is rapidly changing; back/spine care and pain management is no different. Ever wonder why many of your patients don’t respond well to treatment. Biomechanical and neuromechanical approaches have little evidence and are no longer the prevailing theory and are not sufficient for the treatment of back/spine and pain management. Physical therapist and other healthcare providers need to expand their views about the causes of pain. This course will critically assess current methods and provide an updated evidence-based approach to back/spine care and pain management, including manipulation and the use of cognitive functional physical therapy for the treatment for non-specific back/spine pain.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Using the STarT Back Tool, identify the modifiable risk factors (biomedical, psychological, social) for back pain disability
  2. Discuss the benefits of other outcome measures such as PROMIS
  3. Demonstrate appropriate spinal manipulation techniques
  4. Describe the benefit of cognitive functional physical therapy
  5. Develop a comprehensive treatment approach for the complex patient

Tyler Cuddeford

Tyler Cuddeford, PT, PhD

Tyler Cuddeford PT, PhD is an associate professor at George Fox University’s School of Physical Therapy and is the founding Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. His recent accomplishments include assisting with the implementation of the Community Clinic, Phase II Cardiac Rehab Program, and primary care physical therapy at Providence Medical Group Newberg. He has given national and international presentations related to the biomechanical causes of injuries to the lower extremity. Dr. Cuddeford’s research interests include Achilles and patellar tendinopathy as well as running and basketball injuries in the foot. He received his Master’s degree in physical therapy from Pacific University in 1992 and his PhD in Biomechanics in 2000 from University of Iowa. 

Jeff Houck

Jeff Houck, PT, PhD

Jeff Houck has worked in the physical therapy field for more than 20 years. His physical therapy experience includes practice in six U.S. states and Japan. His academic experience is highlighted by 14 years at Ithaca College and assisting start the program at George Fox University.  Dr. Houck has taught a variety of courses including anatomy, clinical biomechanics, clinical orthopedics, quantitative movement analysis, and evidence-based practice.

Dr. Houck collaborates with faculty, students and clinicians on various research efforts, including studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and industry sponsors.  Topics include a variety of areas: hip fracture, foot and ankle problems, problems, sports injuries, and clinical outcomes.  

Dr. Houck earned a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy (1987) from Virginia Commonwealth University. He followed that by earning master of science (1996) and doctor of philosophy (1999) degrees in physical therapy from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Houck is currently on the International Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He also serves as a reviewer for several orthopedic and biomechanic journals and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health. In addition, Dr. Houck is active in the American Physical Therapy Association, serving on a variety of committees.

Daniel Kang

Daniel Kang, PT, DPT

Dan Kang PT, DPT is an assistant professor of physical therapy at George Fox University. In addition, he currently practices at George Fox University’s Community Clinic and serves as the Director of the Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Kang is also the Director of Clinical Training for Providence Medical Group’s primary care physical therapy initiative where he utilizes his expertise in manual therapy and cognitive functional therapy for chronic low back pain. Dan received his doctor of physical therapy degree (2004) and master’s degree in physical therapy (2002) both from the Loma Linda University.  He ran a successful private practice in Southern California for 10 years prior to coming to George Fox University.

$350 - General Registration

$300 – George Fox Physical Therapy Alumni

Register Here


George Fox University | Roberts Center | 501 Villa Road | Newberg, Oregon

Parking is available in the Roberts Center parking lot. A parking pass will be issued to you prior to the event.


Saturday, September 9th 8:30am – 5:00pm

Sunday, September 10th 8:30am-12:30pm

Schedule - Saturday

8-8:30 am

Check-in and light breakfast

8:30 am

Conference starts

12:30-1:00 pm


5 pm

Conference concludes

Schedule - Sunday

8-8:30 am

Check-in and light breakfast

8:30 am

Conference starts

12:30 pm

Conference concludes

Gina Braden or call 503-554-2450 if you have questions or need assistance.


APTA | Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP)

Friday and Saturday, June 9-10

Program flyer

This 16-hour CE course addresses issues of planning and preparing for physical therapist students during their clinical internships, developing learning experiences and supporting ongoing learning through questioning and effective feedback.

Paul ShewCCIP Course Trainer Paul Shew, PT, DPT, has more than 36 years of experience as a physical therapist, including 33 years as a physical therapist for Providence Home Health Division in Portland. For seven of those years he worked as a rehabilitation coordinator for Providence/St. Vincent Home Health in Portland. He holds a doctor of physical therapy degree from Pacific University (2009), a certificate of physical therapy and a bachelor's degree of science from Pacific University (1981), and a bachelor’s degree of science and math from Southern Oregon State College (1979).


George Fox University | Roberts Center – Room 203 | 501 Villa Road | Newberg, Oregon

Parking is available in the Roberts Center parking lot. A parking pass will be issued to you prior to the event.


Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


8-8:30 a.m. Check-in for both days and light breakfast
8:30 a.m. Conference starts
12-12:30 p.m. Lunch
4:30 p.m. Conference concludes


PT or PTA APTA Member $225
PT or PTA Non-APTA Member $325
Other professionals $375

Refunds less a $25 handling fee are granted up to May 11, 2017. Beginning May 12, no refunds will be granted.

Register online or print registration form from link and mail registration with payment to:

George Fox University Physical Therapy
Attn: Gina Braden – Continuing Education
414 N. Meridian St.
Newberg, OR 97132

We only have 24 spaces available. Registration will close as soon as the class is full. George Fox University reserves the right to postpone the course if minimum registration number is not achieved. If George Fox University postpones the course, registration fee will be refunded in full.

Email Gina Braden or call 503-554-2450 if you have questions or need assistance.

Recent Events

Experience and Evidence - Evolution of a Custom Fiber Device to Restore Limb Function
Featuring Jason Wilken, PT, PhD

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free
Location: Canyon Commons 103
BOC Approved
CEUs offered for PTs and ATs
No RSVP Necessary

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Jason Wilken

Jason Wilken, PT, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Iowa. Prior to the University of Iowa, he was the founding Director of the Military Performance Laboratory at the Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Senior Scientist for the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence and adjunct faculty for the US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy. While at Brooke Army Medical Center, he developed a well-funded and patient centric research program focused on maximizing physical function in individuals who have been injured during military service. His efforts and publications focus primarily on the development and evaluation of advanced prosthetic and orthotic technologies, virtual reality based interventions, clinically relevant outcomes assessments, and development of novel approaches to enhance walking stability.


Application of Neurobiological Pain Mechanisms to a Chronic Orthopaedic Injury
Featuring Ruth L. Chimenti, DPT, PhD

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free
Location: Canyon Commons 101
BOC Approved
CEUs offered for PTs and ATs

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Ruth Chimenti

This talk will focus on how changes in the central nervous system can contribute to chronic musculoskeletal pain. Central sensitization and how it is assessed in animals and humans will be discussed in the context of published and ongoing research. Theoretical implications for clinical care of chronic pain patients will be discussed based on current translational research in patients with Achilles tendinopathy.

Dr. Chimenti’s long-term goal is to improve care for chronic musculoskeletal conditions by addressing both peripheral and central nervous system contributors to pain. Chimenti attended the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Washington University. While there she participated in the T32 Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program under the mentorship of Professor Linda Van Dillen.

After graduating with her clinical doctorate, Chimenti worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, an outpatient orthopaedic clinic. She received a Sproull Fellowship and Florence P. Kendall Doctoral Scholarship to support her dissertation in an interdisciplinary program at the University of Rochester. During this time, she did foot and ankle research under the mentorship of Professor Jeff Houck in the Movement Analysis Laboratory at Ithaca College. Chimenti did a postdoctoral fellowship focused on translating advances in ultrasound imaging to clinical research in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Rochester. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science on the T32 Pain Research Training Grant at the University of Iowa. Her current research, under the guidance of Professor Kathleen Sluka, focuses on identifying and treating peripheral and central contributors to chronic pain in Achilles tendinopathy.

Lecture Notes 

Research Symposium
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free
Location: Canyon Commons 101
View 2015 Research Symposium Projects Here

View 2016 Research Symposium Projects Here

Please join us for our 3rd annual Physical Therapy Student and Faculty Rehabilitation Research Symposium. Our third-year students will be presenting on various research topics we would love to have you attend.  


Exercise Prescription in Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Exercise Training Considerations for People with Pulmonary Disease
Dec. 2, 2015, 6-8 p.m.

Cost: Free
Location: Hoover 105
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Kim E. Eppen, PT, PhD, is a licensed practicing Physical Therapist with over 21 years of experience. She has devoted the past 19 years to specializing in Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, more specifically, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, at a large Midwestern University Hospital. (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics).

She is considered a Clinical Specialist in the area. Kim is also an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa with primary involvement in the Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics and Differential Diagnosis courses.

Dr. Eppen routinely serves as a Clinical Supervisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Health and Human Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate students, and as a Clinical Instructor for Doctoral students in Physical Therapy from various academic institutions. Kim is also a routine presenter at courses and meetings at the local and national level.

Hamstring Strain Injuries: Recommendations for Rehabilitation and Injury Reduction
Featuring Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 

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Bryan Heiderscheit

Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD, will provide a presentation explaining a series of studies, using a combination of human motion analysis and biomechanical modeling. He will also discuss a clinical trial, comparing the influence of two rehabilitation programs on specific neuromuscular factors that contribute to re-injury risk for hamstrings. 

Dr. Heiderscheit is a professor in the Departments of Orthopedics & Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the director of the Runners’ Clinic through the UW Sports Medicine Center; director of Badger Athletic Performance Research for UW Athletics; and co-director of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory. Dr. Heiderscheit’s research is aimed at understanding and enhancing the clinical management of orthopedic conditions, with particular focus on running-related injuries. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, serving on the Executive Committee of the Sports Physical Therapy Section and founding chair of the running special interest group.

 Video recording of Bryan Heidsercheit's presentation