September 2019
 September 14, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to September 15, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

The Northeast District of the WPTA is pleased to present the sixth cohort Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Professional Development Program. The program is sponsored by the WPTA Northeast District. The program goal is to provide a quality and affordable continuing education program where content builds from one course to the next implementing complementary educational principles. It is designed to advance the skill set of physical therapists working in the outpatient orthopedic setting at a discount to those who are active WPTA members. The total cost of the course is $1,200, with $600 due prior to the start of the 1st and 4th courses. Course dates will be determined four to six months in advance. Participants who miss one course are able to attend future courses at no additional cost.

Click here to download a registration flyer with more information.

 September 17, 2019 @ 8:30 PM to 3:30 PM


Advocating for Our Profession!

Date: Tuesday, September 17

Location: Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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 legislators 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.


 September 18, 2019 @ 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

WPTA's West Central District presents 

"What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Billing, Coding and Documentation"


Fulfill your ethics and jurisprudence CE requirement at this event! Is your evaluation reflective of patient complexity? Do you understand how to code diagnosis? How would you rate your documentation?


Speaker: Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, WPTA Payment Specialist

Date: September 18, 2019 (4 Contact Hours, pre-course reading and pre/post tests required)

Time: 5 - 8:30 pm (includes buffet dinner and dessert)

Location: Stoney Creek Hotel & Convention Center - 3060 South Kinney Coulee Road, Onalaska

Price: $90 Members, $120 Potential Members, $60 Students (email [email protected] for student coupon code)

For more information and to register online visit

 September 28, 2019 @ 7:30 AM to September 29, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

WPTA's Northeast District presents

"Evaluation and Management of Headaches Including Temporomandibular Disorders and Non-Radicular Neck Pain"


Speakers: Garrett Naze, PT, DPT, OCS, CCTT, FAAOMPT and Stephen Shaffer, PT, ScD, FAAOMPT

Date: September 28-29, 2019 (16 Contact Hours)

Location: ThedaCare Regional Medical Center - 900 E. Grant St. Appleton

Price: $300 Members, $400 Potential Members


This course is clinically focused and designed to teach each participant to be thorough, effective, and efficient when managing patients with musculoskeletal sources of upper neck, head, and face pain. Lecture material will cover both context and background information including but not limited to relevant anatomy, pathology, joint mechanics, interdisciplinary management, and pain science. A comprehensive approach for the examination, diagnosis, and management of upper neck, headache (HA), and temporomandibular (TM) disorder pain will be presented. The content will be both academically rigorous and clinically focused to optimize the education experience. Upon completion of this course, each student will possess the skills necessary to begin managing this all too often underserved patient population.

For more information and to register online visit

October 2019
 October 10, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to October 11, 2019 @ 10:00 PM

Online registration is open!  Visit for more information and to reserve your spot!

Location: Madison Marriott West, Middleton

 October 11, 2019 @ 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The Board of Directors meeting will take place at the conclusion of WPTA Fall Conference at the Madison Marriott West, Middleton, WI

 October 18, 2019 @ 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

October 18, 2019

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

UW Health at The American Center (Room 1920)

4602 Eastpark Blvd, Madison, WI 53718


8:30 – 9 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 – 9:45 am Welcome, Representative John Nygren, “The Opioid Crisis in Wisconsin and Our Efforts”

10 – 11 am Barb Cortes,”Neurobiology of Pain Early Referral to Physical Therapy and Outcomes to Care”

11 am – Noon Dennis Kaster, “Physical Therapy Strategies in Managing Pain”

Noon – 1 pm Luncheon (provided)

1 – 2 pm Craig Johnson, “Milliman Data on PT First for LBP - Re: Cost and Opioids”

2 – 2:15 pm Break

2:15 – 3:15 pm Professional Panel, “Benefit Design and UR/UM Challenges in Meeting the Needs of the Opioid Crisis”

3:15 – 3:30 pm Questions/Discussion and Planning for the Next Payer Forum


To register visit

CCM approval applied for case managers. 5 contact hours approved by the WPTA.

 October 31, 2019 @ 8:00 AM to November 2, 2019 @ 8:00 PM

NSC 2019 will be held Thursday, October 31-Saturday, November 2, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

At National Student Conclave (NSC), network with other PT and PTA peers, professionals, and APTA leaders while attending educational sessions specifically designed to prepare you for your physical therapy career. NSC is the only APTA national conference that’s planned for students, by students, giving you the opportunity to discover, grow, and transform with APTA. At NSC  you will have the chance to:

DISCOVER Learn from industry leaders by attending the preconference session and 4 of our education sessions.

GROW Network with peers, professionals, and APTA leaders during the conference and at special events such as PT Pub Night and PT PAC Late Night.

TRANSFORM Participate in community service projects.

For more information visit


February 2020
 February 8, 2020 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Save the Date - The WPTA Student Conclave hosted by the Student Special Interest Group will be at Bryant and Stratton College in Wauwatosa on Saturday, February 8, 2020.  More details to follow.

April 2020
 April 24, 2020 @ 8:00 AM to April 25, 2020 @ 5:00 PM

Q Center, St. Charles, IL

Wisconsin and Illinois are teaming up to plan a two day conference with more tracks, bigger speakers, and an opportunity to network with their neighbors across the border.