WPTA Events Calendar

October 5, 2015 @ 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Therapeutic Alliance: A Moral Imperative and Just Good Practice

Overholt Auditorium at Gundersen Clinic, La Crosse

Date: October 5, 2015

Time: 5-9 pm

FREE to WCD APTA Members and clinicians who take UW-Madison students

A light box meal will be provided

To register, e-mail:  Lisa Levy in Madison at Levy@pt.wisc.edu by Weds, Sept 30 at noon


Course Description

This 4 hour ethics and jurisprudence course focuses on the constructs of therapeutic alliance(TA) and the effect of a strong alliance on health outcomes. TA originated in psychology but applies well to all health encounters. The APTA Code of Ethics requires PTs and PTAs to compassionately care for our clients and this virtue of caring is central to creation of a strong TA with those we treat. The course will present strategies to enhance TA and will present evidence on outcomes and risk management as applied to TA.



October 15, 2015 @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

“Annual PT Wellness Exam”

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015


Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine

1160 Kepler Dr

Green Bay, WI 54311

Cost: $25 WPTA/APTA Member; $50 Non Member

Instructors:  Kristi Hallisy PT, DSc and Becky Piazza PT, OCS

2 CEU’s

To download the registration form click here


October 17, 2015 @ 8:00 AM to October 18, 2015 @ 4:30 PM

Clinical Applications of Neurodynamics

Robert Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS

Who: NOI Group and WPTA – North Central District

What: Upper Level Course; Clinical Applications of Neurodynamics

When: Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Where: St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point, WI

Address:  900 Illinois Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481

Accommodation information will be sent with confirmation

Cost: $375 for APTA members, $475 for non-members

For more information and to download the registration form, click here.


October 22, 2015 @ 8:00 AM to October 24, 2015 @ 6:00 PM


National Student Conclave, Omaha, NE


October 24, 2015 @ 8:00 AM to October 25, 2015 @ 1:00 PM

Examination and Treatment of the Lumbar Spine : A manual physical therapy based approach

Click here to download the registration form.

This course has limited enrollment so register soon! It is open to PTs and PT Students.

Course description:

This course will cover kinematics and functional anatomy of the lumbar spine, and physical therapy examination, classification and treatment of lumbar spine disorders and SI and pelvic dysfunction, including manual therapy and exercise. The course will be primarily lab based hands on learning and practice.


1.       Describe the functional anatomy and kinematics of the Lumbar spine

2.       Classify and describe the components of lumbar disorders, including SI joint dysfunction

3.       Perform a comprehensive evaluation of the Lumbar spine

4.       Instruct treatment procedures including soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization/manipulation and exercise instruction

5.       Differential diagnosis SI vs lumbar pain

Outline/Course schedule

Day 1

8:30-8:45: welcome/Intro

8:45-9:15: review of Lumbar spine functional anatomy and kinematics

9:15-10:00: Examination and classification of Lumbar spine disorders

10:00-10:15: break

10:15-12:00: Examination of the lumbar spine, including neuro exam, leg length ,neurotension testing , pivmt testing and bony landmark palpation- lab

12:00-1:00: lunch

1:00-3:30: Manual therapy treatment of the Lumbar spine, including manual stretching, soft tissue mobilization , mobilization/manipulation,  and exercise-lab

3:30-3:40: break

3:40-5:00: Assessment and Manual therapy treatment of the SI joint including mobilization and manipulation

Day 2

8:30-9:00: complete SI joint  spine treatment

9:00-10:30: pelvic rotations- assessment and treatment


10:45-12:00: Review of mobilizations/manipulations from day 1-lab

12:00-1:00: questions/further review and practice as needed


Jeff Davis PT, OCS, Cert MDT

Jeff has over 20 years of experience working outpatient orthopedics, he became board certified in orthopedics through the APTA in 1998. He completed a 2.5 year certificate program in manual therapy in 2004. He became a McKenzie certified therapist in 1996. He has done several spine, UE and Hip related CEU courses, as both instructor and assistant. He has taught at Rosalind Franklin university as a lab assistant in orthopedics from 1994-1996 and has worked at Marquette university in both the orthopedics and advance orthopedics class since 2005 teaching manual therapy including mobilization and manipulation techniques.



October 28, 2015 @ 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Concourse Hotel - 1 West Dayton Street - Madison, WI
Join your colleagues in Madison and learn how the legislative process works at the state level, receive updates on issues affecting physical therapy and have a chance to meet and talk with your local elected legislators or their staff. One of the most important places to advocate for physical therapy causes is in our state legislature. Establishing and maintaining a relationship with your legislator allows you to communicate what is important to your patients, your practice and other therapists in your district. It is also a perfect time to thank legislators for their past support.
8:30 am - Registration and Check-In
9:00 am -  Welcome – Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA, WPTA President
9:30 am  - Speakers, panel discussion and meeting preparation to cover topics including x-ray ordering, Worker’s Compensation and Medicaid
11:30 am - Networking lunch with Keynote Speaker and additional meeting preparation
1:30 pm - Meet with your Assembly Representative (or staff)
2:30 pm - Meet with your State Senator (or staff)
3 contact hours will be awarded to attendees.
For additional details and to download the registration form, click here.


November 6, 2015 @ 8:00 AM to November 8, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

SoPAC 2015: Advance Registration Open through October 15

The Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference will be held November 6-8, 2015, in Pittsburgh, PA (preconference courses will be November 4-5). The conference features multiple tracks to highlight different areas of pediatric and general practice, including developmental disabilities, early intervention, pediatric sports, school practice, etc, to allow participants to customize their educational experience.  The SoPAC Exhibit Hall is sold out; PCS prep sessions are marked on the posted Full Schedule. Fun events include an evening event at the Andy Warhol Museum, option to attend a Pitt-Notre Dame Football Game, the SOP Silent Auction, a student/new professional mixer, and more.   



November 13, 2015 @ 6:00 PM to November 14, 2015 @ 5:00 PM

Vestibular Rehabilitation for the Orthopedic Therapist

Friday, November 13, 2015 6pm-9pm

Saturday, November 14, 2015 8am-5pm

Aurora Medical Center – Oshkosh

855 N. Westhaven Dr

Oshkosh, WI 54904

Cost: $150 APTA/WPTA Members; $250 Non Members

Instructor:  Jim Cumming, PT, OCS

11 CEU’s

This course will provide therapists who normally work in other areas of physical therapy, including orthopedics, with basic skills necessary to evaluate and treat patients with complaints of dizziness. Treating patients with dizziness can be intimidating, and this beginning level course will provide you with confidence and the "need to know" information to tackle the most common conditions which cause dizziness. In addition, you will learn how skills in orthopedics can enhance care for these individuals.  The course will include both lecture and lab, with extensive hands-on practice of skills.

1. Understand basic vestibular anatomy and physiology and use in the context of evaluation and treatment

2. Understand balance in the context of a systems model, and apply this to patients with a variety of conditions

3. Be able to perform a basic vestibular and balance exam

4. Perform evaluation and treatment techniques for common forms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

5. Screen patients with dizziness, and be able to know when to refer for further medical or therapy evaluation

6. Understand differential diagnosis of common forms of dizziness, including cervicogenic dizziness

7. Treat impairments commonly seen in those with dizziness and imbalance, including treatment for cervicogenic dizziness


**This course is open to PT’s only**

To download the registration form click here.

For more information contact jweiss@new.rr.com


February 17, 2016 @ 8:00 AM to February 20, 2016 @ 6:00 PM



March 1, 2016 @ 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

CESIG Strategic Planning Meeting
March 1st, 2016 at WPTA Madison office, 9-3PM.


April 14, 2016 to April 15, 2016

Spring 2016 - April 14-15 - Madison Marriott West


June 8, 2016 @ 8:00 AM to June 11, 2016 @ 6:00 PM



October 20, 2016 @ 7:30 AM to October 21, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

October 20-21, 2016 at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha