Continuing Education

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.

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Evaluation and Treatment to Decrease Dizziness and Restore Balance

Featuring Brady Whetten, DPT, GCS

Location

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. 

Cost

$362 - General Registration 
$310 – George Fox Physical Therapy Alumni

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Registration

Contact Linda Dallof at ldallof@georgefox.edu  or 503-554-2451 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Event Details

Dizziness and imbalance are the most common complaints for older adults to their physicians, and individuals with dizziness are 12 times more likely to fall. This is a major problem for our health care system as a whole. While complaints of dizziness increase with age, people of all ages are at risk for developing dizziness and vertigo.

Regardless of the treatment population you work with, there is a very strong likelihood that you will come across individuals that complain of dizziness and imbalance. Don’t get caught spinning. You can make a difference and improve the quality of life for your patients that suffer from these conditions. You can change their brain!

The purpose of this course is to equip you with the tools you need to correctly identify and treat common causes of dizziness and imbalance. The focus will be on the peripheral vestibular system, with discussion of differential diagnosis with central vestibular pathologies and non-vestibular causes of dizziness. We will discuss in depth evidence-based outcome measures with the aim of guiding interventions to help patients with dizziness and imbalance reach their optimal potential. Video case studies and lab sessions will be included to facilitate immediate clinical application.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, clinicians will be able to:

  1. Identify key components of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system
  2. Demonstrate awareness of concepts of neuroplasticity and how it relates to vestibular rehabilitation
  3. Apply principles of differential diagnosis in relation to peripheral and central vestibular disorders, and other non-vestibular causes of dizziness
  4. Apply current evidence for examination and evaluation of individuals with imbalance and vestibular dysfunction, including gait and balance, oculomotor exam, positional testing, dual tasking, and motion sensitivity testing
  5. Develop a treatment plan based on findings from the evaluation and incorporating the latest in evidence-based practice for the treatment of individuals with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance
  6. Demonstrate treatment strategies for vestibular dysfunction and imbalance, including Canalith repositioning maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular habituation, adaptation and substitution, dual-task training, and optokinetic stimulation

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Brady Whetten, DPT, GCS, received a degree in exercise science from Brigham Young University and a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Utah. He is currently practicing as a physical therapist at Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Salem, Oregon. He specializes in working with geriatric and neurologic populations and is passionate about learning and applying the latest evidence to maximize improvements for elderly individuals and individuals with neurologic disorders, including dizziness and vertigo. He is a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist and has presented on a variety of topics dealing with geriatric and neurologic physical therapy around the country. Brady has completed the vestibular competency course through Emory University. He is currently serving on a number of committees for the Vestibular Special Interest Group of the neurology section of the APTA. Included in these responsibilities is serving on the Critical Appraisal Team for the development of clinical practice guidelines for unilateral vestibular hypofunction. 

Mechanisms of ACL Injury: Implications for Evidence Based Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention & Return to Sport Decisions

Featuring Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Location

George Fox University
Hoover - Room 105
414 N Meridian
Newberg, OR 97132

Cost

No RSVP necessary for this free event. 2 CEU's will be offered to PT's and PTA's at the conclusion of the lecture.

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Contact Linda Dallof at ldallof@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2451 with any questions.

Event Details

Tears of the ACL are one of the most common knee injuries sustained by individuals who engage in athletics and recreational activities. In particular, the incidence of ACL injury in female athletes has been reported to be 4 to 6 times greater than male athletes participating in the same sports. Biomechanical studies in this area consistently have reported that females exhibit a biomechanical profile that is thought to place them at an increased risk for ACL injury. Although the reasons underlying the biomechanical profile exhibited by females are not entirely clear, there is growing evidence to suggest that proximal factors may play a contributory role. This talk will highlight recent research that has provided insight into the pathomechanics of ACL injury. Implications for rehabilitation, injury prevention, and return to sport decisions will be discussed.

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Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA is professor in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and co-director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Powers' research and teaching interests relate to the biomechanical aspects of human movement. More specifically, his research focuses on how altered kinematics, kinetics, and muscular actions contribute to lower extremity injury. He is particularly interested in the pathomechanics underlying knee and patellofemoral joint dysfunction. Dr. Powers is an active researcher and has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles. He frequently lectures both nationally and internationally on topics related to lower limb biomechanics and the pathomechanics of orthopaedic disorders.

Dr. Powers is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition, Dr. Powers currently serves as president of the California Chapter of the APTA.

Getting "Psyched" up about Low Back Pain: Manipulation or Recalibration? NEW Update!

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

Location

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.

Cost

$362 - General Registration 
$310 – George Fox Physical Therapy Alumni

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Registration

Contact Linda Dallof at ldallof@georgefox.edu  or 503-554-2451 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Event Details

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 therapists and other healthcare providers need to expand their views about the causes of pain. This course will critically assess current methods and provide an evidence-based, updated 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, PT, PhD
Tyler Cuddeford is a 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, 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, Japan and Africa. Dr. Houck has taught a variety of courses including anatomy, clinical biomechanics, clinical orthopedics, quantitative movement analysis, and evidence-based practice at Ithaca College and George Fox University. Dr. Houck is currently on the International Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, vice president of the Foot & Ankle Special Interest Group of the APTA, member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the APTA Registry, and member of the PROMIS Health Organization. He has completed studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Houck speaks locally and internationally, encouraging therapists to become early adopters of PROMIS and actively engaged in primary care.

Daniel Kang, PT, DPT
Daniel Kang is an associate professor of physical therapy at George Fox University, where he teaches in the area of pathophysiology, cardiopulmonary therapeutics, orthopedic (spine), and chronic pain rehabilitation. Dr. Kang is the director of the YCCO/GFU Persistent Pain Program, co-director of the Interdisciplinary Primary Care Institute, OPTA liaison for Population Health and commissioner of the Oregon Pain Management Commission. He was awarded Teacher of the Year for the graduate programs at George Fox University in 2019 and speaks locally and nationally on primary care, PROMIS and persistent pain. Dr. Kang received his doctor of physical therapy degree (2004) and master’s degree in physical therapy (2002) from Loma Linda University. He currently practices at George Fox University's Community Clinic and Providence Primary Care in Newberg.

 

Schedule

Saturday

8-8:30 a.m.     Check-in and light breakfast
8:30 a.m. Conference starts
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch
5 p.m. Conference concludes

Sunday

8-8:30 a.m.    Check-in and light breakfast
8:30 a.m. Conference starts
12:30 p.m. Conference concludes

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