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Opening Remarks

8:10 AM - 8:30 AM

Opening Remarks with Senator Michelle Benson

Michelle BensonMichelle Benson

Senator Michelle Benson is serving her fourth term in the Minnesota Senate. Senator Benson is the chair of the Health and Human Service Financial and Policy Committee and vice chair of the Human Service Reform Finance committee for the state.

She will be speaking on what is happening in Minnesota regarding Health and Human Services.

Breakout Session 1

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Gut Health – The Key to All Health

Sarah Johnson, MS, RDSarah Johnson, MS, RD

In this presentation, we will discuss the relationship between gut health and both mental and physical health. We will be talking about what causes poor gut health, and what easy steps people can take to improve their gut-health balance.


  • Explain causes and symptoms of gut health imbalances
  • Identify ways proper gut health improves your immune system
  • Gain an understanding on how gut health affects mental health (mood, anxiety, depression and attention)
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Live Your Life Physical Therapy
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Peristomal Medical Adhesive-related Skin Injury: A Perspective in Understanding PMARSI

Crystal Luna-Anderson, RN, BSN, CWON, CFCNCrystal Luna-Anderson, RN, BSN, CWON, CFCN

The presentation will highlight the impact of ostomy surgery, specifically peristomal medical adhesive-related skin injury (PMARSI). In addition, the discussion will emphasize specific characteristics of PMARSI and considerations for minimizing the risk of PMARSI.


  • The leaner will understand the impact of ostomy surgery and how it can place the patient at risk for peristomal skin complications
  • The learner will identify two assessment characteristics of PMARSI
  • The learner will discuss at least one potential solution that can minimize the risk of PMARSI
Sponsor: Coloplast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMHandouts

Seating & Positioning Strategies for Long Term Care and Memory Care

Liz Scherer, PTLiz Scherer, PT

Wheelchair Positioning in Long Term Care is a multi-variable balancing act. It encompasses attention to cognitive, psychosocial as well as physical components. It involves the resident, their families and multiple staff entrusted in their care. Seating systems in long term care settings where memory impairment is prevalent need to be global, wholistic and flexible in an interdependent and ever-changing environment. This course is designed to give clinicians tools and strategies for effective evaluations and seating system implementation for the continuum of memory care. It will compare components of common styles of wheelchairs available and how they be most effectively used in a memory care setting.


  • Identify 2 specific seating components for fall from wheelchair reduction with varying wheelchair designs and positioning
  • Identify seating and mobility implications to address dementia related mobility limitations
  • Identify relevant payment and coverage criteria for mobility equipment in the long term-care setting
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: SitFit, LLC
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Walk and Grow Up! The Influence of Gait on Cognitive Development

Martino Avellis, PTMartino Avellis, PT

When we think of an activity like walking, we think of something dynamic and our attention focuses on biomechanical issues. The keyword in a gait trainer is effectiveness on the posture; if it can stabilize the users’ walking posture (using supports and/or adjustable frame), it makes it easier for them to explore the environment, stimulating and improving their cognitive skills.


  • Describe the biomechanical approach to walking
  • Compare and contrast internal and external compensations
  • Describe the relation between walking and cognitive development
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Ormesa srl
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

The Who, What and Why of Compression Therapy

 Katie Meyer, Certified Wound Care Market Specialist Katie Meyer, Certified Wound Care Market Specialist

This presentation will take a comprehensive look at compression garments. Discussion will include: compression vs containment, textile differences and the advantages to certain textiles, when to use adjustable compression, and the role texture and refill play in choosing garments.


  • Understand gradient compression and containment
  • Know when to use a wrap, circular knit or flat knit
  • Understand textile differences and how fabric content is important
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Essity

Breakout Session 2

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

A Case for Excellence: Power

Tricia Garven, PT, MPT, ATPTricia Garven, PT, MPT, ATP

This 60-minute interactive live course will utilize clinical case discussions to drive clinical decision making for power wheelchair (PWC) prescription. By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Determine 2 aspects of how a seating system can help reduce secondary complications of chronic sitting.
  • Discover 2 ways that power wheelchair input device influences functional outcomes
  • Develop 2 measurable goals for a power mobility intervention.
  • Create 1 plan of care for a power wheelchair prescription based on an individual’s medical diagnosis.
CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for ATPs, PTs and OTs. Certificate of Attendance for all other participants Sponsor: Permobil
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Atypical Power Positioning

Steffen TiskusSteffen Tiskus

This course focuses on the clinical benefits of the less commonly prescribed power seating functions including anterior, laterally tilted positions and pre-cline to accommodate a variety of more complex patient populations including higher level spinal cord injuries, Muscular Dystrophies and Cerebral Palsy. This course also provides an overview of connectivity for greater access to the clients environment.

CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for ATPs, PTs and OTs. Certificate of Attendance for all other participants Sponsor: Invacare/Motion Concepts
9:45 AM - 10:45 AMHandouts

Pelvic Floor Pain, Burning and Relief

Pamela Cole, PT, CWSPamela Cole, PT, CWS

Having pain/burning/itch in the pelvic floor is concerning, consuming and embarrassing. Learn why it can happen, who you should see, treatments you can start at home, and why cooling/icing can help.


  • Identify causes of pelvic floor burning, itching, swelling and pain/inflammation
  • Identify who are the professionals from whom you can get help
  • Understand how icing/cooling is a safe at home, non-pharmaceutical option
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Femicorp, LLC
9:45 AM - 10:45 AMHandouts

Fatal Five in Non-Verbal Patients

Heather Pett Taylor, MDHeather Pett Taylor, MD

Will discuss a fairly well known list of 5 top conditions that lead to preventable death in patients with developmental disabilities, with specific acknowledgment of challenges in folks who are non-verbal.


  • Identify and discuss the top 5 conditions leading to preventable death in patients with developmental disabilities
  • Tips, tricks and queues to monitor for in our vulnerable populations with preventable disease
  • Compare and contrast how the “top 5” list lines up with other vulnerable folks
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Bluestone Physician Services
9:45 AM - 10:45 AMHandouts

Support Surfaces & Specialty Beds - Under the Covers

Sue Norman, COTASue Norman, COTA
Robbi Haase, ATP, CRTSRobbi Haase, ATP, CRTS

This presentation will review the differences between Group I and Group II support surfaces as well as the qualifications and documentation requirements. We will also discuss specialty beds and proper bed positioning.


  • Learn the difference between Group I and Group II
  • Learn the qualification guidelines
  • Learn the difference between low air loss therapy, lateral rotation, and alternating pressure
  • Understand the difference between an enclosed bed system and a standard specialty bed system
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Handi Medical Supply

Lunch & Exhibits in Vendor Hall

Breakout Session 3

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Driver Assessment and Training From 15-102

Shayne E Hopkins, OTR/L, CDRS, LDIShayne E Hopkins, OTR/L, CDRS, LDI


  • Understand the role of the Driving Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Gain an understanding of the driving assessment including possible outcomes
  • Have a basic knowledge of the types of adaptive equipment that is available and the process to become independent using it
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation, Allina Health
12:00 PM - 1:00 PMHandouts

Beyond Compliance – This is Your Moment

Melanie ProctorMelanie Proctor

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that retrospective infection analysis is no longer effective or efficient. Through thoughtful discussion and interactive learning led by a Board Certified Geriatric Consultant Pharmacist this education will provide insight into an Infection Control & Antibiotic Stewardship program that improves the standard of care. Learned through experiences of failed and successful programs, discussion will inspire actionable changes to meet regulatory compliance and achieve the highest quality. Through discussion, learn strategies for saving time and resources to reduce future infection outbreaks, including COVID-19. You will return to your community with knowledge to make meaningful and impactful improvements to your Infection Control & Antibiotic Stewardship Program.


  • Operate with best practice methods and evidenced-based data to advocate for best patient outcomes from a well-rounded compliant Antibiotic Stewardship Program
  • Interpret and issue interdisciplinary reports to effectively communicate with providers and advocate for best patient outcomes
  • Understand antibiotic resistance patterns through analysis of antibiograms and sensitivity reports to reduce antibiotic adverse events through ensuring appropriate antibiotic usage
CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for all disciplines Sponsor: abxtracker, an Ecumen Technology Solution
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Mouth Piece Ventilation & Non-invasive Ventilation with Neuromuscular Patients

Scott Barth, RRT, RPSGTScott Barth, RRT, RPSGT

Discuss the benefits of MPV and Non-invasive ventilation in neuromuscular patients. Understand the common modes for non-invasive ventilation. See and identify disease progression to know when invasive ventilation may be necessary.


  • Common ventilation modes for neuromuscular
  • The benefits of Mouth Piece Ventilation
  • Recognizing ventilation changes
CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for Respiratory Therapists. Certificate of Attendance for all other participants. Sponsor: Breas Medical
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Wheelchair Configuration: The Importance of an Optimized Ride

Tricia Garven, PT, MPT, ATPTricia Garven, PT, MPT, ATP

Address the recommendations set forth by the Consortium of Spinal Cord Medicine and RESNA to stress the importance of an optimally configured manual wheelchair (MWC) to improve long-term functional mobility.


  • Discuss 2 ways in which manual wheelchair configuration affects propulsion
  • Discover 3 research articles that examine the implications of a properly configured manual wheelchair
  • Identify 2 “non-traditional” measurements that play a key role in optimally fitting a manual wheelchair
  • Explain how a manual wheelchair that is durable, lightweight, and custom configured improves overall function of MWC user
CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for ATPs, PTs and OTs. Certificate of Attendance for all other participants. Sponsor: Permobil
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

An Introduction to Trans Anal Irrigation (TAI) with Peristeen Plus

Glenn Sulley, BS, RN, CURN, FAUNAGlenn Sulley, BS, RN, CURN, FAUNA

This presentation will highlight TAI with Peristeen Plus for patients that suffer from neurogenic bowel dysfunction. In addition, the discussion will include when to consider TAI and which patient groups it is indicated for.


  • The learner will understand what bowel dysfunction is and how this condition negatively impacts quality of life
  • The learner will understand what Peristeen Plus Treatment is, and for what patient group it could benefit
  • The learner will discuss treatment contraindications, precautions and visualize a demo of the product
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Coloplast

Breakout Session 4

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Brain Injury Support System

Lisabeth MackallLisabeth Mackall

The process of unwrapping the real-life daily struggles of caregivers and creating a system of successful steps to engage the brain injury survivor to lead a happy and meaningful life.


  • Attendees will understand the definition of caregiver, the breakdown of why caregivers fail and the trajectory of decompensation.
  • Attendees will engage in conversation of what impact a brain injury can have on a patient, spouse, family and life.
  • Attendees will understand how a systematic approach to the caregiver of a brain injury survivor can increase the changes of successful ongoing partnership, while encouraging useful and engaging dialogue between caregiver and survivor.
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants.
1:15 PM - 2:15 PMHandouts

Documentation Requirements as it Pertains to Wound Care

Ronda Buhrmester, CRTRonda Buhrmester, CRT

Reimbursement rates are challenging for DME supplies which means because of the increased risk with gathering complete documentation, there is not any wiggle room for error or delays. This session will review the coverage criteria necessary in addition to understanding where supporting documentation is just as important.


  • Identify documentation requirements to meet coverage for wound dressings and negative pressure wound therapy
  • Describe best practices for obtaining valid and complete documentation
  • Discuss options for the patient when coverage is not met
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: VGM & Associates
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Matching Clinical Findings to Determine the Optimal Mobile Shower Commode Chairs

Jessica Presperin Pedersen, OTD, MBA, OT/L, ATP/SMS, FAOTAJessica Presperin Pedersen, OTD, MBA, OT/L, ATP/SMS, FAOTA

The evaluation process including function, posture, pain, skin integrity, sitting tolerance, measurements, and the environment the MSCC is used will be discussed. Pressure mapping identifying how changes on the MSCC affect pressure distribution will be demonstrated. The medical justification for various componentry needed will be identified.


  • Participants will identify at least three key measurements important for MSCC recommendation
  • Participants will identify two ways that pressure distribution changes when adjustments are made to the MSCC
  • Participants will identify three functional activities performed when using the MSCC
CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for ATPs, PTs and OTs. Certificate of Attendance for all other participants. Sponsor: Rehab Concepts
1:15 PM - 2:15 PMHandouts

The Role of Yoga in Rehabilitation

Danielle Berres, DPT, e-RYTDanielle Berres, DPT, e-RYT

This course includes a presentation of current literature regarding yoga as a therapeutic intervention in the inpatient, outpatient, and wellness settings as well as examples of how to incorporate yoga into PT and OT sessions. Class will include mindful movement and yoga poses, along with resources to provide to patients and a handout of supported restorative poses for both clinician and patient use.


  • To understand what the current research says about yoga as a therapeutic intervention
  • To be able to reach yogic breathing exercises and poses in an inpatient or outpatient PT or OT setting
  • To have resources to provide for patients seeking yoga in the community
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Regions Hospital Rehabilitation
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

The Big Picture – Seating the Bariatric Client

Stephanie Tanguay, OT/L, ATP, Clinical Education SpecialistStephanie Tanguay, OT/L, ATP, Clinical Education Specialist

The focus of this course is to examine the measurement and accommodation of excessive tissue as it relates to the prescription of seat and back support surfaces and mobility devices for the bariatric client. Emphasis will be on the challenges of evaluation, measurement and product interface with the bariatric population. Basic principles for accommodation of excessive tissue will be presented.

CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for ATPs, PTs and OTs. Certificate of Attendance for all other participants. Sponsor: Invacare/Motion Concepts

Breakout Session 5

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19 – Enhancing Your Services and Advocating for Care

Valerie Richards, MBA, BA Psychology, Dementia Training, ACP Facilitator, Therapy Dog HandlerValerie Richards, MBA, BA Psychology, Dementia Training, ACP Facilitator, Therapy Dog Handler

The pandemic has created special challenges and had big impacts on people with chronic conditions and their caregivers, especially older adults and those facing dementia. Learn about caregiving in the time of COVID-19 and how you can enhance your products/services, improve quality of life for the individual, and support the caregiver. This unprecedented time can teach us much about how to more effectively deliver our products to improve lives.


  • Overview of caregiving during the pandemic and the many impacts COVID-19 has had on individuals and their caregivers, particularly older adults and those with cognitive impairment
  • Discuss ways to enhance and differentiate your products through better relationship with clients coping with chronic conditions including dementia and cognitive impairment
  • Discuss going beyond product and policies to train staff to improve the lives of clients through observation, understanding better and helpful referrals
CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for all disciplines Sponsor: Families with Dementia
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMHandouts

Say NO to Sitting: Save Healthcare Costs and Prevent Comorbidities in our Clients!

Nicole B LaBerge, PT, ATPNicole B LaBerge, PT, ATP

The able-bodied population has been extensively researched, demonstrating that those who spend >8 hours/day sitting are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers and even death. The typical user of CRT (Complex Rehab Technology) is likely to sit for >8 hours/day as well. We often assume that when a person is seated in a mobility device, they will have medical complexities and co-morbidities related to their diagnosis. But are our assumptions correct? The presenter recently completed a retrospective research study, reviewing data from the past 11 years and 330 individuals. The specific medical complexities that occurred in this diverse population who use mobility devices and CRT will be analyzed and discussed. An attainable solution to promote healthier functioning and prevent these complexities from becoming potential hospitalizations and extensive healthcare costs, will also be proposed.


  • Discuss how medical complications in general affect overall healthcare costs
  • Identify the (5) most common medical complexities and co-morbidities that occur in mobility device users
  • Describe a functional activity that promotes medical well-being and can prevent complications caused by prolonged sit
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Hennepin Healthcare
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Ethics of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

Caitlin Beranek, RD, LDN, CNSCCaitlin Beranek, RD, LDN, CNSC

This course is designed to education HCPs (nurses, case managers, social workers) regarding the medical ethics, legal precedent and case law regarding withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life. It will also define medical ethics, discuss precedent and case law regarding withdrawing or withholding artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH), discuss and review the physiology of starvation and dehydration at the end of life, and cite examples of specific cultural and religious considerations.


  • Define medical ethics/bioethics
  • Discuss legal precedent and case law regarding withdrawing or withholding artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH)
  • Review the physiology of starvation and dehydration at end of life
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: Option Care Health
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Change with Age: Giving You the Justification for Custom Manual Wheelchairs for the Geriatric Client

Erin Maniaci, PT, DPT, Clinical Education SpecialistErin Maniaci, PT, DPT, Clinical Education Specialist

A geriatric client can be easily overlooked as someone who could benefit from a custom fitting, ultralightweight, adjustable manual wheelchair. They are too often provided the “basic” wheelchair without much thought on the part of the clinician because it requires little to no work to justify. This presentation will review how the normal aging process causes losses in strength and muscle mass, decreased range of motion, and postural changes. Discussions will revolve around how these normal aging decreases can be intensified by disease processes that necessitate wheelchair utilization.

This session will review normal physiological changes that come with aging and how proper wheelchair seating, base selection, fitting, and set up can be justified for a geriatric client. A “one size fits all” approach should not be used for a geriatric client who utilizes a wheelchair for greater than six months. Participants who attend this presentation will understand how providing the geriatric client an optimally configured ultralightweight manual wheelchair versus a basic non-adjustable manual wheelchair leads to a better quantity and quality of life.


  • Discuss two musculoskeletal changes associated with the normal aging process
  • Describe two distinct adjustments to a manual wheelchair to counteract changes seen in a geriatric client
  • Explain two justification rationales where a geriatric client would benefit from an ultralightweight wheelchair
CEU: This course offers 0.1 CEU for ATPs, PTs and OTs. Certificate of Attendance for all other participants.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PMHandouts

Positioning During Sleep: Gathering the Resources You Need to Start or Deliver Postural Care Services

Jennifer Hutson, PhD, OTR/L, ATPJennifer Hutson, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

We will describe nighttime postural care, provide information about sleep positioning systems, provide a sample care pathway that outlines the steps of service delivery process form referral to follow-up (includes both virtual and in-person methods), share a bibliography with hyperlinks containing all known information related to postural care for lying/sleep (assessments, outcome measures, supported standing, service delivery, potential risks of failing to intervene, training tutorials), and discuss intervention supports and barriers.


  • Know where/how to access freely available information about positioning/postural care during sleep
  • Recognize essential virtual and in-person aspects of a nighttime postural care service delivery process/care pathway
  • Identify supports and barriers related to initiating your own postural care intervention program
CEU: This course offers a Certificate of Attendance for all participants Sponsor: St Catherine University

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