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REVITALIZE returned for a second year, this time at the Q Center in St. Charles. REVITALIZE was a blow-out event that brought together professionals, students and educators from across Illinois. Over 350 people took part in this year’s conference and expo that included two power-packed days of CE courses, networking and governance events. Let’s RE-WIND and take a look at some of the conference highlights.

Getting Schooled

This year’s CE course lineup included educational presentations from a variety of practice settings –attracting PT professionals who specialize in pediatrics to geriatrics; from mentoring those in the clinic to those treating patients who play out on the field!

Some course highlights:

One of the many sold out REVITALIZE courses included the NFL Team Physician Discusses Sports Related Injuries, Latest Treatment in Hip Labral Tear & Impingement. Sports Medicine Specialist, Dr. Patrick Birmingham, shared his unique perspective on how best to deliver medical care to every athlete from the high school football start to the weekend warrior.

Those who attended Christina Christie, PT, CCE, FAFS, FMR course on The Female Athlete were introduced to the unique female biomechanics and the Pelvic Corse Neuromuscular System that should be considered when working with female patients.

The members of IPTA’s Ethics Committee presented their course on Integrity in Practice – Our Profession’s Campaign to Prevent Fraud and Abuse which allowed many PTs and PTAs to take advantage of learning more about fraud and abuse laws, the many ethics resources available to the physical therapy professional– and fulfill their new continuing education in ethics requirement.

Anne Bierman made a return to REVITALIZE after presenting on lower extremities during last year’s conference. This year she was joined with Robert Griffin and Alissa Matzinger who shared numerous sport-specific return to play protocols for upper extremity injuries.

Friday’s courses featured two courses designed for treating the child patient. In the morning, Dr. Colleen Payton shared research and treatment strategies for Neuroplasticity in the Infant Brain. In the afternoon, Dr. Mary Rahlin shared the Perception-Action theory approach that helped guide attendees through the design of intervention for children with movement disorders.

Denise Schneider shared her expertise and experiences in clinical diagnostics and orthopedic manual therapy to provide PTs with the perfect tools to diagnose and treat a patient’s common complaint – headaches!

Megan Teele and Sarah Deangelo addressed the continuum of care for PT patients after soft tissue reconstruction.

Attendees interested in Understanding the Biomechanics of Various Sports and How that Relates to Injury and Rehabilitation listened to Dr. Melody Hrubes.

Sally Taylor presented on Performance Management, which educated PTs and PTAs on how they can use their annual performance reviews to facilitate their professional advancement.

In their Developing Clinical Competence course, Michaela Hull and Caroline Bailey discussed with attendees the differences between a trainer and mentor.

April Oury and Robert Lebeau of Body Gears Physical Therapy, presented live patient evaluations to illustrate the differing approaches to Management of Chronic Lumbar- Hip Pain.

Attendees were tested on their knowledge of clinical ECG interpretation and clinical decision making in a lab setting filled with simulations and practices lead by Christian Evans, Debra Barrett, and Prem Batchu-Green.

Tim Hanke, discussed in great depth the management of falls in community-dwelling older adults – including evidence-based recommendations for fall screening, the role of the physical therapist in fall screening, and using functional outcome measures to assess and predict risk for future falls.

Researchers sharing Research!

IPTA’s Poster Hall was open both Friday and Saturday. Attendees were able to earn CE credits for visiting any of the 16 informative and educational poster presentations which ringed the hall.

The poster’s authors were available to discuss their research and answer any questions attendees may have of their findings.

Recognizing our AWESOME Members!

After a full day of classes, attendees were welcomed with cocktails and appetizers on Friday during the IPTA Awards Ceremony. IPTA President Mike Riley, PT presented Dawn Stackowicz, PT, DPT, MS, CCS, with the 2016 Clinical Educator of the Year Award. Dawn is a full-time clinician at Stroger Hospital of Cook County where she has worked for over 20 years. Dr. Stackowicz continues to serve as a clinical instructor despite the fact that she has been assuming increasing administrative responsibilities. Dawn’s nominators cite her commitment to lifelong learning, her enthusiastic sharing of her passion for physical therapy with her students and her ability to provide a quality learning experience in a challenging clinical environment.

Kathy Hall, PT EdD was named the 2016 Physical Therapist of the Year. Kathy is an associate professor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University and a part-time orthopedic clinician at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers and is recognized for her expertise in osteoarthritis and health and wellness. Dr. Hall’s nominators were anxious for her to receive this award in part because her personal humility has contributed to her long-term contribution being under-recognized. They cite her insightful mentoring, her strategic thinking and her willingness to devote her energy to the development of others as being very worthy of this award.

Meghan Simonetti, PT, DPT, MSHA was the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Leader Award. Meghan is a full-time clinician at Body Gears Physical Therapy. Meg’s nominators identify Meg as an idea person with the energy and organization skills to take an idea and turn it into a reality. They say that among her many leadership skills are her ability to act as a role model for action and to use her passion for the profession to engage others.

Lauren Toner, SPT, took home the award for Outstanding Physical Therapist Student of the Year. Lauren is in the final year of the DPT program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Her nominators recognize her for some critical characteristics that are essential to professional success including intellectual curiosity, respect for others and the willingness to work hard to achieve her goals.

Congratulations to these awesome winners who are doing their part to REVITALIZE the practice of physical therapy. You may read more about this year’s award winners by clicking here.

Also being recognized at REVITALIZE: our wonderful volunteers for taking on leadership roles and dedicating their time and service, and recognition of IPTA/APTA members for their years of membership ranging from five up to 65 years! These members received pins upon checking in which were proudly worn during the REVITALIZE weekend. Click here to see who is celebrating a membership anniversary!

Students had a ShamROCKIN’ Good Time

The Cue Pub was the spot to be Friday night, as ATI physical therapy hosted a student late night social.
Students and practicing PTs from across the state were able to unwind and laugh over a few games of pool, tasty appetizers – and even a few “mystery shots.”

Special thank you to ATI Physical Therapy for hosting this event for the students.

IPT-PAC Appreciation Dinner

The first annual IPT-PAC Appreciation Dinner was held in celebration of its most dedicated benefactors. It was a special evening of honoring individuals and businesses for their generosity and support of IPT-PAC. Honored guests were invited in gratitude for their annual gift of $250 or more or for their continual monthly donations.

The intimate, semi-formal evening began with guests being chauffeured to Riverside Receptions to enjoy an evening of tasty food, entertainment, good drinks, and great company. Representative Daniel Burke joined in the fun while Chairman of IPT-PAC, Jim Milder, shared the history and the importance of political relationships for advancements in physical therapy. It was a charming evening and we truly hope that as PAC efforts continue to grow so does this annual tradition!

IPT-PAC District Challenge

IPT-PAC remains ever important as we continue to make strides in the profession of physical therapy. Thank you to all those that gave to IPT-PAC during REVITALIZE. Over $5,000 was raised! Every gift makes a difference.

A large portion of funds received was in response to The District Challenge – the district with the highest percentage of representatives to donate at least $20 to IPT-PAC before the end of the Assembly meeting.

Congratulations to both Southern and North Central Districts in getting 100% of their reps to participate! As the winners, they will receive their next district meeting catered in addition to having ultimate bragging rights until next year’s challenge. Extra kudos to the Northern District, you folks brought in the most money with over $1,000 donated.

Overall, 83 members of the Assembly participated in the District Challenge, and approximately $4,000 was raised towards IPT-PAC!! Thanks again to all contributors for your generosity. Special thanks to the District Chairs for helping lead these efforts by rallying your troops and helping make it a success.

SSIG Business Meeting

Student members and guests who attended the Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) Annual Business Meeting were brought up to speed on all of the exciting initiatives the SSIG has taken on over the past 12 months – and given a look at what is planned for the future.

Current President of the SSIG, Liz Smith, SPT took the lead and moderated the meeting with reports from the other student leaders regarding – opportunities for students to attend national conferences, the SSIG’s upcoming Marquette Challenge Banquet, and a look at the growing involvement of SPTA membership in the IPTA.

Your student leaders were also excited to announce the slate of candidates for their upcoming elections – and as the meeting went on, more nominations were taken from the floor from even more students wanting to get more involved!

The meeting ended with some open discussions – focusing on some of the future planning for the SSIG and ideas for how the SSIG can better reach/gain participation from schools located further south in Illinois.

Thank you to all of the current SSIG Executive Committee & Leadership members for planning this meeting – Liz Smith, SPT; Mariya Denisenko, SPT; Karyn Kolner, SPT; Ashley Steward, SPT; Kathryn Joy Caneda, SPTA; Joe Klis, SPT; Steven Tijerina, SPT; and Katie Nielsen, SPT.


Saturday’s lunch was all about networking – whether attendees used this time to catch up with an old friend over lunch, make new connections with IPTA leaders at the REVITALIZE Central booths, or visit with the returning and new exhibitors inside the EXPO Hall.

The EXPO seemed jam-packed with attendees visiting any- and all- of the 28 partners and exhibitors who showcased their latest offerings. Exhibitors even teamed up with our REVITALIZE leprechaun by encouraging attendees to collect coins to be entered in the REVITALIZE raffle for a hance to win great prizes!

A special shout-out to all our partners and exhibitors at REVITALIZE 2016, we’d love to have you back in 2017: Athletico, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, ATI Physical Therapy, Relax the Back, Tartan Group, DuPage Medical Group, Body Gears Physical Therapy, Professional Therapy Services (PTS), Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics, Shriners Hospital for Children, LHC Group, Legacy Healthcare Services, Aegis Therapies, APDM Inc, Carle Foundation Hospital, Clarke Health Care Products Inc, Hammortree Financial Services, MyoBuddy Massager, Northwestern Medicine- Central DuPage & Delnore Hospital, NuStep Inc, Palos Community Hospital, Patterson Medical, PT Solutions Physical Therapy, TheraOffice, Alzheimer’s Association –Greater Illinois Chapter, American Cancer Society, Illinois Community Health & Aging Collaborative (ICHAC), Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois, and Susan G. Komen Chicago.

Annual Governance Meeting

Representatives from across the state convened to take care of business during the Annual Assembly of Representatives meeting. Assembly members voted on several items impacting not only the future of the IPTA but also the PT profession.

From the meeting, came the adoption of a new Mission and Vision statement of the IPTA. Also, representatives charged the IPTA Board of Directors with looking into the role that PTs play as qualified administrators in health care systems and creating a task force to investigate diversity issues among PTs and PTAs including, but not limited to, recruiting and retaining minority PT and PTA students, faculty, and employees within the universities/colleges and workforce.

Special thanks to all of the Assembly Representatives and guests who attended.