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Sign Up NOW! - 2019 Bob Doctor Golf Tournament 

Posted: August 22, 2019

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2019

WHERE: The Golf Courses at Hyland Hills, 9650 Sheridan Boulevard, Westminster, CO 80031

Join your fellow physical therapists for a morning of great golf and camaraderie. Please don’t miss out … register now!

  • Registration begins at 7:00 am, with shotgun start at 8:00 am.
  • Lunch will be served following the tournament and is included with your play fee.
  • Following the tournament there will be an awards ceremony for the winners. The winning team will be presented with a traveling trophy to be engraved with the winning team’s name.
  • This tournament raises money for legislative needs and the Student Scholarship fund.


Click Here to Register! 


Webinar: Optimize Your Practice with Social Media 

Posted: August 20, 2019

  • When: Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Zoom Webinar
  • Presenter: Juanita Benedict, PT, DPT, Expanded Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
  • Hosted by: Colorado PT-PAC- Proceeds from this event will go to the PT-PAC.
  • Cost: APTA CO Members: $75; Non-Members: $100; Students $30
  • Audience: Health care providers

Description: Social media is increasingly becoming an informal entry point into the health care system.  Research indicates potential patients use social media to educate themselves, to discuss treatment options, including trusted practitioners, and to find support for their medical issues.  Unfortunately, the information found online or through social media is often inaccurate or misleading which may lead to exacerbations of symptoms or delay in appropriate care. Physical therapists have a unique opportunity to leverage social media to serve their current population and generate leads for new patients by becoming a trusted source of healthcare information. More than just a marketing endeavor, strategic and effective use of social media allows physical therapists to reach beyond the confines of the clinic walls to connect with their desired audience, provide evidence-based education, and influence lifestyle and health care choices. Upon completion, the participant will have the practical knowledge and tools necessary to launch a successful social media campaign to improve clinic census, to support patient education/compliance efforts and to advance physical therapy as a profession. Click here to learn more about this event.

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A Focus on Function Webinar

Posted: August 14, 2019

Title: A Focus on Function: The next frontier in reducing avoidable hospital readmissions

When: Tuesday, September 10th 12:00pm - 1:00pm MT

Description/Purpose: The purpose of this webinar is 1) to highlight the importance of physical function as a target to reduce risk of hospitalization and 2) describe treatment strategies using high intensity resistance training to optimize care in less time for medically complex older adults. These treatment strategies are timely because of upcoming CMS changes to reimbursement in skilled nursing facilities and home health settings.

Speaker: Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD
                Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program
                University of Colorado School of Medicine

Where: Online Webinar

Price –  Members/Students: No Cost         Non-member:$10 

CE Credits: Level 1 - 1 Hour

Click Here to Register!

Northeast District Event - Sept. 12: "Better Bite and Breathing" 

Posted: August 5, 2019

Date & Time of Event: Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Course Title: "Better Bite and Breathing: An introduction to a novel approach to promote proper occlusion, nasal breathing, and airway expansion in the developing child."
Location: 1024 Centre Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526
Event Contact: Michael Chavez - (970) 391-8816

Course Description: 
The structure and function of the airway is life’s most important physiological function. It affects your health, performance, and overall well-being. An adequate airway, correct tongue positioning, chewing, and proper swallowing are critical in the development of a child’s face and cranium. This good “oral posture” and function can dramatically impact the overall health of a child throughout their lifetime.
Often, children who grow up as “mouth breathers” develop musculoskeletal and respiratory problems
that we will eventually treat in our physical therapy practices. Compromised airways and a diet of relative soft foods are leading causes of an epidemic of health issues that affect approximately 50% of our patients. ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center works with local dentist and orthodontist groups in an integrated effort to promote optimal health, function, and development. We will discuss how entwined dental health, airway efficiency, musculoskeletal issues, and neurological issues can be. The presentation will offer suggestions as to what we, as preventative healthcare providers, can do about it. Additionally, it will be an introduction to ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center’s Better Bite and Breathing program.


Craig Depperschmidt, DPT, PRC
Craig is a native of Colorado, originally from Loveland, CO. After getting his undergraduate degree in integrative physiology from University of Colorado at Boulder, he pursued his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He has practiced in Fort Collins as a physical therapist since 2009. Craig has extensive experience with personal injuries from his background as an athlete, which is part of the reason he became a physical therapist. He specializes in addressing movement and postural dysfunction that leads to abnormal bio-mechanics and pain. He enjoys working with runners, triathletes, and anyone who has a desire to feel better. He recently has been collaborating with dentists and orthodontists to help identify issues in children that may be affecting development. Craig is one of the relatively few clinicians, in Colorado and world-wide, who is Postural Restoration Certified™.

Brian Benjamin, DPT, PRC
Brian graduated from Ohio University and then went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He lived in Estes Park, CO for 14 years before moving down to Fort Collins. He started ProActive Physical Therapy and Performance Center in Fort Collins with his friend Andy Collingwood in 2008. He enjoys working with post-operative patients and enjoys educating people who want to get better. He recently has been seeing younger individuals who have had breathing issues which have affected function and development. Brian recently earned his certification through the Postural Restoration Institute ™ to further his capacity to help patients.

CE Credit: Category II - 1 point (s)

Cost: Non-members - $20; PT & PTA Members - $10; Students - $5

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Starting Friday, Physical Therapists are Allowed to Return Youth Athletes to Play after Concussion Evaluations

Posted: Aug. 1, 2019

As of tomorrow, Physical Therapists will be included in the list of providers to make Return To Play determinations for one subset of the Colorado population (11-18 youth organized athletes). PTs are currently managing Coloradan's of all ages with concussions and returning them to a variety of activities.

Physical Therapists with training and pediatric neurology or concussion evaluation and management can return these youth athletes to play. This is a self-determination of competency standard. You may have already received this training during your schooling. If you think you need more training, stayed tuned for training opportunities through APTA Colorado.

Other health care providers currently involved in RPT determination include: MD, DO, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Doctor of Psychology with training in neuropsychology or concussion evaluation and management. Over 25 states allow for a PT to make this determination (HI, IA, NV, NM, OR, AZ, DC, AR, CA, DC, IN, ME, MD, MN, MI, MO, NE, NH, MT, ND, OK, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WV).

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