WPTA Events Calendar

September 13, 2014 @ 9:00 AM to September 15, 2014 @ 6:00 PM




September 16, 2014 @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The next NWD meeting is Tuesday, September 16 from 6pm-8pm.  The meeting will be held in Eau Claire at Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire in the Ortho conference room (park and enter on the CLINIC side, take the Midelfort Building West) with video conference to Rice Lake (MCHS in Rice Lake, 331 S. Main St., Suite H, Rice Lake, WI 54868—conference room 2) and Menomonie (Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar, 2407 Stout Road, Menomonie, WI 54751—Birch Conference Room, which is in the therapy dept). 

The education topic will be: “Sidelying Lumbo-Pelvic Pearls” presented by Jessie Podolak, PT, DPT with business meeting to follow.  Please RSVP with your name and LOCATION to Shani Johnson at shanijohnson17@gmail.com


September 16, 2014 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

West Central PT District (WCD)

Health Science Center, UW-La Crosse        6:30-8:30 pm


Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease: The Science behind BIG and Power Moves! (PWR)

Erin Hussey DPT, NCS, Mary Kerrigan DPT, NCS, CWS

Free to members, $25 for non-members


September 17, 2014 @ 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Best Practice in Documentation Series: Progress Reporting/POCs
Intended Audience:  Physical & Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants
Current Coding Compliance Updates:
  • This course is designed to cover current requirements for best practices in documenting Progress Reports/Plan of Cares for rehabilitation services. 
Course Objectives:
  • Participants will identify required elements for Therapy Progress Reporting/POCs for Medicare, Medicaid & Worker’s Compensation.
  • Participants will define what is required to establish ongoing measurable functional & impairment goals; modify treatment plans or justify ongoing care when functional change is minimal.
  • Participants will describe the role of the Therapy Assessment in demonstrating Medical Necessity & establishing skilled care.
  • Participants will list the required elements in a PT Plan of Care
For more details and to register, please click here.


September 18, 2014 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Pub Night Thursday, September 18, 6:30PM at Cooper's Tavern, (20 W. Mifflin Street, Madison. Please join us!


September 24, 2014 @ 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Falls are the main reason why older people lose their independence.  The Safe Communities Falls Prevention Task Force invites area seniors to a special workshop titled “Only Leaves Should Fall,” to learn about ways to reduce your risk of falls and stay active, healthy and independent.  The event will be on Wednesday, September 24, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at Colonial Club Senior Activity Center, 301 Blankenheim Lane in Sun Prairie.

In most cases, falls are preventable.   This workshop provides information that will help you measure your risk for falls, and learn what changes you can make to lower your chances of falling.

Judy Dewane, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will speak on falls prevention, and Jean O’Leary with Madison School and Community Recreation will speak on opportunities in our community for active aging, physical activity and falls prevention.  Individual screening will identify risks in the areas of balance, gait, strength, vision, medications, bone health, blood pressure, bladder health and more. There will be Stepping On and Tai Chi fall prevention class demonstrations, as well as information on adaptive equipment, home safety assessment and other resources. 

The cost for the workshop is $10.00, including a delicious catered lunch and door prizes. 

To register, contact Colonial Club Senior Activity Center at 837-4611.   

The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 17.

Only Leaves Should Fall Prevention Seminar is one of many events happening across the nation to celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Month.  This year’s theme is Fall Prevention Awareness Month: Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow.  For more information visit http://www.ncoa.org/improve-health/center-for-healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness.html and Safe Communities website @ http://www.safercommunity.net/falls_prevention.php.



October 4, 2014 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

October 4, 2014 - 8am-5pm at the Waters in Minocqua. Speaker: Shari Berry, PT, DPT

$150 for WPTA members; $250 for non-members.

Limited enrollment.

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


October 10, 2014 @ 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The WPTA NE District invites you to spend an autumn weekend getaway with us in beautiful Door County

The NE District is teaming with Ministry Door County Medical Center to offer all WPTA members a great chance to get away with their family and enjoy an autumn getaway in Door County.  On Friday, October 10, we will be holding our fall district meeting as well as a one hour continuing education presentation focusing on Parkinson’s Disease.  We are happy to offer WPTA members discounted rates at Stone Harbor Resort, and members are invited to make life long memories by attending the famous Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival that weekend.

NE District WPTA Fall Meeting

Friday, October 10

Ministry Door County Medical Center

323 South 18th Avenue

Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235-1495


7pm District Business Meeting

7:30-8:30pm Continuing Education “Physical Therapy Options for Treating Parkinson’s Disease”, presented by Carl Grota, PT

Course Description: 

Recent advances in literature over the past 10 years have dramatically changed the way in which physical therapy is viewed and administered to people with Parkinson Disease.  The practice has transitioned from a passive disease compensation model to the forefront of active disease modifying treatment. This program will include multiple options for both in clinic treatments and the transition to successful community based long term exercise programming. Discussion to include real experiences and issues in treating those with Parkinson’s and related disorders and information on getting programs started in your community. Carl Grota has 18 years of experience as a physical therapist and been working with PD clients of all abilities. He is LSVT BIG certified and has started community based long term exercise programs with successful client outcomes. Cost to attend:  Free to WPTA members, $10 for non-members

Meeting attendees will receive a “goodie bag” from the Door County Visitors Bureau, as well as additional coupons which may be used for shopping and dining.

Please RSVP for the meeting by sending an email to nedistrictwpta@gmail.com

Stone Harbor Resort is offering a discounted rate of $89 + tax (normal rate is $162 + tax) for WPTA NE District meeting attendees for Oct 10 and 11.  Rooms MUST be reserved by 9/15/14; anyone booking after that date will be subject to the full rate.  Make your reservations by contacting Stone Harbor Resort directly and identifying yourself as WPTA NE District Meeting Attendees

Stone Harbor Resort      

107 N 1st Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

(920) 746-0700


We’ve planned this meeting to coincide with the famous Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival.  A fun-filled weekend with live music, carnival rides, arts & crafts vendors, face painting, pumpkin & scarecrow displays, roaming magicians, storytellers, silent auction, delicious food and lots of fun!  Learn more at: http://www.eggharbordoorcounty.org/calendar/pumpkin-patch

Hope to see you there!

Jonathon Weiss, DPT

WPTA NE District Chair


October 15, 2014 @ 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM


Motivational Interviewing

Download the registration form here.


Debra A. Murray, Psy.D., ICS, CSAC, PS, Program Director of Mental Health Counseling at Viterbo University

Gwynneth Straker, PT, PhD, retired faculty member and professor emeritus at UW-LaCrosse

Wednesday, October  15

5:00-9:30 pm  (social with cash bar, 4:30-5:30 pm;  sign-in 5:00-5:30 pm; dinner/presentation 5:30-9:30 pm)

$65 for APTA members; $100 for non-APTA members and other disciplines; $40/students

Radisson Hotel, 200 S. 2nd Street, LaCrosse, WI

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

·         4 Contact Hours have been applied for thru WPTA.

·         This course does meet the Wisconsin requirement for ETHICS AND JURISPRUDENCE.

Please send registration and checks to:   WCD of WPTA, PO Box 263, Dakota, MN  55925  (Deadline Fri 10/10/14)

Questions?  Please call/text Linda Shepardson at  #608-397-7233 


October 21, 2014 @ 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Details TBA


October 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM to October 24, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Save the Date - 2014 WPTA Fall Conference

  • Madison Marriott - West Middleton

To download the registration form click here.




October 23, 2014 @ 8:00 AM to October 25, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Attend the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference October 23-25 in St. Louis, MO for a chance to network with your colleagues from across the country and around the world. SoPAC will feature more than 50 educational tracks in 8 pediatric specialty areas. Consider attending stimulating preconference courses, alone or as an add-on:
• Pediatric Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Incontinence
Speaker: Robin Lund, PT, DPT
• Essentials to Starting a Private Practice
Speakers: Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, Peter McMenamin, PT, MS, OCS,
Cindy Miles, PT, PhD, PCS
• APTA CI Credentialing
Speaker: Lisa Kenyon, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS
• The Harris Infant Neuromotor Test (HINT):
From Research to Practice
Speaker: Susan R. Harris, PhD, FCAHS, FAPTA
• Life Span Development of Individuals With CP
Speaker: Pamela A. Mullens, PT, PhD
SoPAC will also feature an Exhibit Hall, practice fair, poster presentations, a health fair, and more!
To see the full array of offerings and to register, visit www.sopac.us


October 23, 2014 @ 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For Details, contact the CESIG Chair.


October 24, 2014 @ 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Held at the Madison Marriott West in conjunction with Fall Conference


October 30, 2014 @ 8:00 AM to November 2, 2014 @ 6:00 PM


  • The Basics



November 11, 2014 @ 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Southeast District is seeking nominations for the Mary Pat Murray Award, to be presented at the District Meeting which will be held on Tuesday November 11, 2014.

Nomination criteria and forms are listed here. Please carefully consider your colleagues who are deserving of this recognition. Please submit nomination forms by September 26, 2014. 



November 18, 2014 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Health Science Center, UW-La Crosse        6:30-8:30 pm


February 17, 2015 @ 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For Details, contact the CESIG Chair.


April 15, 2015 @ 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For Details, contact the CESIG Chair.


April 16, 2015 @ 6:00 AM to April 17, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

Spring 2015 - April 16-17 - Olympia Resort/Oconomowoc


October 1, 2015 to October 2, 2015

Fall 2015 - October 1-2 - Kalahari


April 14, 2016 to April 15, 2016

Spring 2016 - April 14-15 - Madison Marriott West