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University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Faculty to Present Research at American Physical Therapy Association Conference in San Antonio

Presentations at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) will bring together more than 11,000 of the brightest and most innovative professionals for the largest conference on physical therapy in the U.S.

San Antonio, TX – February 15, 2017 – University of St. Augustine Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative classroom education, will have faculty and alumni presenting key research at the American Physical Therapy Association Conference. In addition to the USAHS expert presentations, the institution will also have an exhibit booth (#606) with important institution and educational program information.

The conference, referred to as the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), is one of the largest annual Physical Therapy Conferences in the nation, and will be held in San Antonio, TX, from February 15 – 18, 2017.

Ahead of the conference, USAHS Associate Professor of Neuromuscular and Neuroscience, Kristen M. Johnson, PT, EdD, MS, NCS, will teach a course titled, “Moving Forward from IV STEP: Application of Key Themes.” The focus of the course guides participants through goals to foster, guide and effect physical therapy practice over the next decade, with an emphasis on prediction, participation, plasticity and prevention. The course, which takes place on Feb. 14 and 15, from 8 a.m. to 5pm, in Texas Salon E, will feature discussions and case examples.

USAHS alumni and faculty are invited to the annual university social on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Alumni may RSVP at usa.edu.

In addition, conference attendees who visit USAHS’s CSM booth (#606) can enter to receive a voucher toward Continuing Professional Education courses.

The following research posters will be presented at the conference by USAHS experts and alumni:

  1. Medication Safety: Using the Beers Criteria in Geriatric Physical Therapist Practice – Presented by Kenneth Miller, PT, DPT, CEEAA (Section: Academy of Geriatric PT/Home Health Section)

  2. A Case Study Reviewing the Presentation of Spinal Accessory Nerve Palsy in a Workman’s Comp Case – Presented by Jennifer Junkin, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC; Margaret Wicinski, PT DPT MTC PCC (Section: Orthopaedics)

  3. Preventing Readmission With COPD: Transitioning from Acute to Home Care – Presented by Rebecca Crouch, PT, DPT, CCS, Ellen Hillegass, PT, PhD, CCS, FAPTA, Kenneth Miller, PT, DPT, CEEAA (Section: Home Health Section)

  4. Use of an Instrumented Walkway System to Enhance Comprehension and Application of Normal and Abnormal Gait Parameters among Graduate Students Enrolled in an Accelerated Physical Therapy Curriculum – Presented by Anna Edwards, PT, DPT, MA, MBA and Steve Laslovich, PT, DPT, CPed (Section: Education)

  5. Step-by-Step Stair Training in a Patient with Chronic Stroke: A Case Report – Presented by Kaylee Garrett, DPT (Section: Neurology (Stroke SIG))

  6. The Effects of Vestibular Rehabilitation After Bilateral Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence: A Case Report – Presented by Kristen M. Johnson, PT, EdD, MS, NCS
    (Section: Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy-Vesibular Special Interest Group)

  7. Evidence-Based, Complex Physical Therapy Interventions For A 24-Year Old Military Service Member Following A Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Presented by Kristen M. Johnson, PT, EdD, MS, NCS (Section: Federal Physical Therapy)

  8. LAMP Catalyst Talks: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Physical Therapy – Presented by Emily Becker, PT, John Corcoran, PT, DPT, MS, Cert. MDT, Anna Edwards, PT, MA, MBA, Aaron Embry, PT, DPT, MSCR, Deborah Kucera, PT, Amy Lafko, PT, MS, MBA, Debora Miller, PT, MBA, FACHE, Beth Sarfaty, PT, MBA (Section: Section on Health Policy & Administration)

  9. Preventing Re-admission with Heart Failure: Transitioning from Acute to Home Care – Presented by Rebecca Crouch, PT, DPT, CCS, Ellen Hillegass, PT, PhD, CCS, FAPTA, Kenneth Miller, PT, DPT, CEEAA (Section: Home Health Section)

  10. Effects Of Manual Therapy And Dry Needling Techniques For Managing Hypertonicity In The Male Pelvic Floor: A Case Report – Presented by Amy Porter, PT (Section: Women’s Health)

  11. Experiential Learning Enhances Physical Therapist Student Confidence In Neurological Patient Management Across The Lifespan – Presented by Kristen Barta, PT, DPT, NC, Megan Flores, PT, MPT, PCS  and Anna Edwards, PT, DPT, MA, MBA (Section: Education)

  12. The Effects Of Closed Kinetic Chain And Endurance Exercises On Reducing Pain In A Child With Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: A Case Report – Presented by Megan Flores, PT, MPT, PCS  and Linda Duong (Section: Pediatrics)

  13. Using Measures of Center of Mass Estimated and Center of Pressure During Gait in the Design of a Rocker Sole Modification for an Individual with Functional Ankle Mobility Limitation – Presented by Steve Laslovich, PT, DPT, CPed, Anna Edwards, PT, DPT, MA, MBA (Section: Orthopaedics: Foot/Ankle)

  14. The Use of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Boxing Sequences to Combat the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease: A Case Report – Presented Kristen M. Johnson, PT, EdD, MS, NCS (Section: Neurology)
  1. Effect of Free Swing Gait Training on Back Pain in a Patient with Bilateral Amputation: A Case Report – Presented by Cassie Duff and Megan Flores, PT, MPT, PCS (Section: Orthopaedics)

  2. The Effects of Physical Therapy and Transcranial Low-Level Laser Therapy in Post-Concussion Syndrome: A Case Study – Presented by Michelle Sawtelle, PT, NCS (Section: Neurology)

  3. Examining The Therapeutic Benefits Of Amplitude-Oriented Exercise In Myoclonic Epilepsy Ragged- Red Fiber Syndrome: A Case Study – Presented by Kristen Barta, PT, DPT, NC (Section: Neurology)

Physical therapists improve and restore mobility in patient’s lives, reducing and managing pain, often without the need for expensive surgery or long-term use of prescription medications. This year’s CSM conference is expected to bring more than 11,000 of the brightest and most innovative physical therapy professionals in the nation together for four days of educational programming, alumni events, expert presentations and networking opportunities. The conference also features an exhibit hall with hundreds of exhibitors, demonstrating the latest equipment, products and technologies used by physical therapy professionals to help people regain and maintain mobility and lead active and healthy lives. 

To schedule an interview with a USAHS faculty member or for more information on one of the research presentations outlined, please contact Rachael Lighty at rlighty@usa.edu or 410.218.6055.

For more information and to RSVP to USAHS’ CSM booth, please visit: apply.usa.edu/csm2017/.

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About University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS)

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, education and health science, as well as continuing education programs. Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Miami, Florida. USAHS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. USAHS is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about USAHS visit www.usa.edu.

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