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Inaugural Nevada OT/PT Conference "Partners in Practice"
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When: June 2, 2018
8am - 5pm
Where: Henderson Convention Center
200 S Water St
Henderson, Nevada  89105
United States
Contact: Office

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First Inaugural Joint Conference between NOTA and NVPTA!

June 2, 2018, Henderson Convention Center

Registration begins at 7:30am, Presentations, lunch, and breaks: 8am-5pm at Henderson Convention Center

Come network with other professionals and learn from interdisciplinary speakers.  A strong emphasis on the need for inter-professional teamwork will be a consistent theme throughout the course to enhance and optimize patient and client outcomes.

$99 for members/$150 for nonmembers if registered by May 19
$124 for members/$175 for nonmembers if register after May 19.

$29 for students


NVPTA has submitted to the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, a request for 5.75 Continuing Education Hours.



Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, Zappos Adaptive

Thank you to all our sponsors:

Platinum level:           Zappos Adaptive:

Bronze level:    

Exhibitors:                  Next Sling:             Rock Steady Boxing:



Agenda: Includes Pediatric Track and an Adult Track. Click here for the full agenda (PDF)





Early Progressive Mobility
Speaker: Craig Jamison, PT, DPT

The mission of early mobility is to incorporate movement into the patients routine as early as possible to optimize cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular function. Early mobility is essential to restore function, minimize loss of functional abilities, maximize independence and facilitate ventilator weaning. The program reviews current research, understanding the multidisciplinary protocol, identifies appropriate candidates, implementation and result tracking for quality improvement.

Learning Objectives: Participants will: Be familiar with current research in Early Mobility Understand the multidisciplinary protocol and clinical pathway for early progressive mobility. Understand Roles of PT, OT, ST, RT and Nursing in Early Mobility Understand the nature of ICU Acquired Weakness, Critical Illness Polyneuropathy and Critical Illness Myopathy. Identify, state function and considerations of basic equipment, lines, tubes and drains in critical care settings. Identify appropriate candidates for Early Progressive Mobility. Develop Plans of Care based on algorithm and evidence based treatments. Track outcomes and Quality Improvement 


Oncology Rehabilitation to Promote Disease Management

Speakers: Rosalee Howell, OTR/L, Shirnice Villlano, MSOT, OTR/L, C/NDT, CORS, Keven R Carney, OTD, OTR/L, Peggy Nelson, OTR/L, MBA, Tyler Wild, PT, DPT, Deborah S. Howell, PT, DPT

This program will provide an overview of oncology diagnoses that can benefit from an interdisciplinary approach to promote disease management, improve physical capacity and promote independence. Individualized assessment tools and treatment interventions to positively influence patient and family quality of life following an oncology diagnosis will be introduced.  Application of tools and interventions will be facilitated through interactive session. Community resources will be provided to facilitate continuum of care.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1.  Identify the role of OT and PT therapeutic interventions for patients with an oncology diagnosis; 2.  Describe assessment tools that can be utilized to guide the plan of care for patients with an oncology diagnosis; 3. Understand resources available in the community for oncology. 


Cannabis 101 - What All RehabilitationPractitioners Should Know

Speakers:Michael S. Laymon, PT, DSc, OCS

Marijuana has various social and physiological consequences for both patient and rehabilitation specialist. This presentation will review the history of cannabis, the ever changing social climate associated with medical and recreational use, and the physiological effects as it relates to function. Evidence based review of specific strains of cannabis and their associated uses will be presented.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1.  Describe the basic pharmacology of Marijuana and cannabinoid extracts and the potential effects on pain, anxiety, and muscle spasm modulation; 2.  Contrast social and anecdotal applications of cannabis with evidence based research; 3. Educate clients on current state of evidence and potential modifications to treatment approaches as a result of cannabis use.


Dementia Cognitive and Functional Assessment and Care Management Strategies - This is How We Do It!

Speakers: Kathryn Conroy, OTR/L, CDP; Christine Ross, PT, DPT, GCS, CDP, MSCS

Cognitive assessments and cognitive -based IADL/ADL functional assessment tools will be examined through lecture and case studies. Attendees will be presented with step-by-step instructions in how to administer a cognitive-based functional assessment tool. Clinicians will utilize data gathered from cognitive and functional outcome tools to develop skilled and cost-effective person-centered care management planning strategies for all stages of dementia. Examples of goals, documentation, and billing will also be highlighted.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1.  Differentiate and describe the different stages of dementia and utilize the appropriate assessments to accurately reflect and document the patient's cognitive level/stage. ; 2.  Identify appropriate intervention strategies and techniques based on the patient's cognitive level and develop effective functional maintenance programs and goals to maximize the independence at the patient's current cognitive level and assessment through the care management plan; 3.Differentiate and utilize functional outcome measures to assessment balance, strength, aerobic capacity, coordination, and gait in order to assess functional activity performance.


Interprofessional Evidence-Based Fall Prevention Dissemination: Building PT/OT Teams of Leaders 

Speakers: Shannon Martin, OTD, OTR/L, BCG, CSRS and Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, Jennifer Nash, PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA, MSCS, CDP

STEADI fall screening and Stepping On® are evidence-based fall prevention (EBFP) program for older adults that have been disseminated in NV since 2011 through the interprofessional NV Goes Falls Free coalition. We are currently applying for grant funding to expand our EBFP offerings across a spectrum of need. Dissemination of the programs with interprofessional leader teams and a novel referral algorithm will improve access and outcomes. Come join us!

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Describe a spectrum of evidence-based fall prevention programs including Stepping On®; 2. Understand the need for interprofessional collaboration in the dissemination of multifactorial fall risk prevention education; 3. Recognize the current gap in fall prevention education across Nevada.


Developmentally Supportive Care in the NICU

Speakers: Jennifer Coon, OTR/L and Gabrielle Kompare, MPT

This presentation will highlight the unique contributions both OTs and PTs make to support the long term development of an infant in the NICU. We will also discuss the opportunities for collaboration of our skilled disciplines to provide the best possible outcomes for the infants. Topics include, but are not limited to: The effects of prematurity on an infant, neuroprotective care, and evidence based treatment interventions. This is a great class for pediatric therapists and any therapist interest in the NICU.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Understand the basic implications of prematurity on a growing fetus/infants developing brain and sensory systems;   2. Understand the role of OT and PT in the NICU setting and the importance of developmentally supportive care; 3. Understand basic evidence based treatment interventions use by OTs and PTs in the NICU.


Pediatric Complex Care Interprofessional Program an International Experience in Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Speaker: Allen Romero Espelita, OTRP, OTR/L, C/NDT, CEAS I

Averting and treatment of chronic conditions amongst children are presently a foremost emphasis of healthcare. The Qatari government is encouraging team-based primary healthcare aligned with the Canadian model (Health Council of Canada, 2009), and interdisciplinary undertakings in countless areas of clinical practice single-mindedness on interprofessional collaboration (Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care, 2006). In this presentation, will reflect the personal experience as an occupational therapist working collaboratively in the pediatric complex care program at Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar an international perspective.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Participants will be able to understand the interprofessional collaborative practice model in complex care program in an international context;  2. Participants will be able to identify the process of interprofessional collaborative practice model using a case study; 3. Participants will identify the positive outcomes of interprofessional collaborative practice model.



Pick your Partners: Teacher, PT, and OT collaboration in schools

Speakers: Susan Skees Hermes, OTD, OTR/L, BCP; Phoebe Lei, DPT; Vicki Shook, MS

Join us for a review of the literature, and components of successful collaboration across disciplines. First step is to know your strengths and challenges for teamwork. The next is to find common goals. Presentation will identify methods and activities to support individual client and classwide gains through an OT/PT/ teacher collaborations in a medically complex population program.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1. Identify the fundamental principles of successful interdisciplinary collaboration for the literature; 2. Identify their own strength and challenges for teamwork; 3. Identify 3 methods to collaborate across disciplines in a medically complex classroom program.



Poster/Exhibit Hall Presentations


A Physical & Occupational Therapists’ Role in a Huntington’s Disease Comprehensive Care Clinic

Sondi Facer, PT, DPT; Christine Ross, PT, DPT, GCS, CDP, MSCS
Description: An ideal comprehensive medical team includes a neurologist, rehabilitation services, nursing, neuropsychiatry, social services, dietician, chaplain services, and genetic counseling. Without highly coordinated, competent and accessible care, individuals with Huntington’s Disease may experience poor quality of life, as well as gaps in health care and social support services. A comprehensive care modeling, highlighting PT and OT for serving individuals with Huntington’s Disease, will be presented.

Aquatic Therapy Interventions: Emerging Area of OT

Brynn Coseru, OTS
Description: Aquatic therapy is an under-utilized area of OT practice. A systematic review was conducted to explore available research on aquatic therapy interventions for children with disabilities. Evidence demonstrating improved OT-related outcomes will be discussed to illustrate effectiveness. Additionally, with increasing numbers of children with disabilities and an associated high risk of drowning, implications of for OT practice will also be explored (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013; Guan & Li, 2017; National Autism Association, 2017).


Community-Based Mobility Interdisciplinary Clinic – Challenges & Successes

Yvonne M. Randall, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Description: Occupational and physical therapy professions work collaboratively in proactively in a variety of client treatment programs. However, experiences to work collaboratively while engaged in the academic process continue to present challenges. One opportunity for interprofessional collaboration between occupational and physical therapy for a community-based mobility (wheelchair) clinic will be discussed in this presentation.


Doctoral Experiential Component: Community Reintegration for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Alyssa Burlage, OTD/S
Description: This presentation will showcase one example of the experiential components integrated into the doctoral curriculum of occupational therapy. This project focused on identifying barriers to successful community reintegration for individuals who were experiencing homelessness while enrolled in a halfway house program and providing students with the necessary life skills related to independent maintenance of and participation in work, social, and home environments. Quantitative and qualitative measures collected from students following program implementation will also be discussed.


Engaging Families: Tools to Help Everyone Age in Place

 Paula Cook, OTD, OTR/L
Description: Aging adults with intellectual and developmental abilities (I/DD) are living longer and experiencing age-related changes, while living at home with aging parents or siblings until a crisis occurs that often leads to a more restrictive home environment. This program consists of the development, implementation, and evaluation of a family empowerment, aging-in-place curriculum for a Chicagoland community agency.


For Children and Youth Experiencing Peer Difficulty, Do Creative Activities Improve Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Resiliency, Aggressive Behaviors, and Depression?

 Caitlyn Bishop, OTS and Caitlin Humenik, OTS
Description: A systematic review addressing peer difficulty and how it is essential for children to know how to handle the situation without a self-destructive manner and the importance of utilizing a healthy outlet for children to trigger their emotions into such as music, art, sports, and dance. By allowing children to participate in creative activities, it can teach them essential life skills they can utilize throughout their lives.


Interdisciplinary Approach to Fall Prevention: Research, Practice, & Policy

 Mindy O. Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT
Description: Through a culmination of work with physical therapy, NCOA, and Pharmacy on fall prevention for older adults, reviewers will be introduced to fall risk screening using the CDC’s STEADI fall risk toolkit. By selective the correct evidence-based fall prevention program to fit the needs of the individual older adult, one can use an algorithm tool to make the referral based upon fall risks identified with the STEADI


Other Events:

  • Networking lunch included
  • Vendors




Sponsorship Opportunities!

Increase your company's visibility: Become a sponsor today!

  • Be recognized a sponsor for Nevada's inaugural OT & PT conference
  • Increase awareness of your company's products and services
  • Reach an interprofessional audience of OTs and PTs, including clinicians, managers, entrepreneurs, students, and faculty
  • Connect with therapists who can use and share your products

       Additional benefits that ALL levels of sponsorship include:

  • Receive one complimentary conference registration
  • Receive recognition on social media
  • Recognition in conference registration emails
  • All electronic recognition will include a link to your website



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