September 2020
 September 24, 2020 @ 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM ET

Join your acute care cardiopulmonary colleagues from around the state for a PAC fundraiser event on September 24 at 8:00PM. Virtual tickets for this $20 Zoom-based PAC social event will be a valuable contribution to the PAC, and will provide a great opportunity to network and get to know others who share your same passion acute care cardiopulmonary physical therapy. The starting question for discussion will be “How has your practice changed since the start of COVID-19?” This clinically-oriented social event is a first for APTA Michigan…please help make it a success!  The discussion will be led by Michael Shoemaker.  

To RSVP/Register for the event, go to and make a donation of $20 or more.  In the line with your name include the words Event 9/24

An email with a Zoom link will be sent to all who donate and register. 

 September 28, 2020 @ 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM ET

2 Hour Live Webinar (2CEUs): Boundaries and Self Care in Health Care:  What no one teaches you about preserving yourself while caring for others

To Register Click Here

Cost:  $20/Members and $30 for Non-members

I am sure you have heard that adage about putting on your own oxygen mask before helping someone else with theirs.  It sounds like reasonable advice, but may be difficult to apply in life and especially in work.  Most of us are not TAUGHT the steps to take to have  healthy balance in life, or to care for ourselves in practical ways.  In fact, we are often rewarded for “going above and beyond”, often neglecting our own needs, personal time and energy.   If you find yourself wishing you could leave work on time, have more energy for yourself and your family at the end of the day, be able to prioritize caring for you, or find more joy in your work day please consider attending this 2-hour seminar.  The time spent learning in this online format will be a worthy investment in YOU.

Objectives:  After this presentation participants will

  1. Understand the very real threat of burnout for health care providers
  2. Identify healthy vs unhealthy boundaries and relationship patterns in life and work
  3. Be equipped to have a positive influence on work culture
  4. Implement self-care strategies to improve physical, mental, and spiritual health and resilience

Speaker:   Jennafer Vande Vegte, MSPT, BCB-PMD, PRPC

After graduating from Ithaca College, Jennafer began her career as a physical therapist at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI.  Since 2002 Jen has focused her professional attention on treating women, men and children with pelvic health disorders.  She is energized through education and enjoys her position as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley University, speaking at community events, organizing a regional pelvic floor mentorship and study group, and didn’t necessarily enjoy but survived part time home schooling her two daughters.  She has been faculty for Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute since 2009 and loves to inspire other rehab professionals treating pelvic floor dysfunction.  She is an author of the chapter, “Manual Therapy for the Pelvic Floor” which was published in the book, “Healing in Urology.” Jen was a contributing writer for the Pelvic Floor Capstone curriculum and also co-authored the continuing education course, “Boundaries, Self-Care and Meditation” with Nari Clemons. She is certified in pelvic floor rehabilitation and biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders.  Outside of teaching and treating patients, Jen loves to spend time with family and friends, run, cook, travel, do yoga and snuggle with her doggo. 

 September 30, 2020 @ 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM ET

The Western District is planning to hold a webinar on September 30 called the Basics of Nutrition for Physical Therapy.

Additional information coming soon!

October 2020
 October 6, 2020 @ 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET

 Research Day - Free to members

Click here to register

This event will be held virtually.  The schedule is below:

2pm - 6pm:  Visit the Poster/Platform Presentation Room to view on-demand presentations

6pm - 7pm:  Q&A Sessions with  presenters - participants can visit any presentation and interact directly with the presenters

7pm - 8pm:  Evidence Based Presentations - Live 

 October 9, 2020 @ 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM ET

Celebrate with us as we recognize the many amazing individuals who are contributing to the physical therapy profession!  

This event is free to all members but does require registration for access.  Guests are also invited.  

To register, please click HERE

 October 10, 2020 @ 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM ET

Registration is now open for this virtual event.  We have a commitment to providing quality course content and have identified a wonderful virtual platform for our conference. 

Full information is found on our Fall Conference page

The conference includes:

  • Opening session for all attendees which will involve small table breakouts
  • Concurrent Continuing Education Sessions - you will be asked to pre-select the session you will attend
  • Exhibit Hall - Virtual chats and interaction with our exhibitors

We hope you will join us!

 October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM ET

Our annual meeting will be held virtually.  Please RSVP here to receive login information.  

 October 17, 2020 @ 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET

For complete information and registration go to:

Program Description- Join us for the 2nd Annual Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Symposium on Saturday, October 17, 2020. This one-day continuing education seminar is presented by Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center and the APTA Michigan Northern District.  The courses in this year's symposium will cover some of the latest sports medicine and pain management concepts in physical therapy in both youth and adult athletes.


  • Return to Pitching After Rotator Cuff Repair - Eric Mancini, MD and Jeff Smith, PT, DPT, OCS.
  • Management of Osteoporosis in Active Females Over the Age of 65 - Sarah Wolf, DO, Rachel Burmeister MSN, FNP-C, and Karin Leland, DPT.
  • Return to Sport Considerations Following an Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement - Logan Hanson, DO and Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS
  • Implications of COVID-19 infection in the student-athlete population - Todd Sheperd, MD, CAQSM, and Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS.
  • Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain in Young Weightlifters - Eugene Wang, DO and Jeff Smith, PT, DPT, OCS.
  • New Guidance in Thoracic Kyphoplasty for Active Older Adults and Use of a New Therapeutic Tool (the NewGait) to Manage these Patients - Anthony Bozzio, MD and Kim Spranger, PT.

Registration:  Register Online at:

PT/PTA Members: $90

PT/PTA Non-Members: $130
Student Members: $60
Student Non-members: $90

 October 19, 2020 @ 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM ET

Information about the continuing education course will be added soon.  

Registration for this event is open.  There is no charge to participate. Click here to register. 

 October 29, 2020 @ 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM ET

APTA Michigan’s Clinical Education Consortium (CEC) would like you to save the date for our fall meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 2:30-4:30 PM. In an effort to allow more individuals the opportunity to attend and with considerations for COVID-19, we will be having this meeting in an online format. ALL persons interested in clinical education are welcome to attend! An agenda with details on the business portion, discussion items and educational content, as well as the meeting link, will be sent out at a later date.

Please contact any of the CEC officers with any questions or agenda items you may have.

Thank you!

Ashley Van Dam – CEC Co-President:

Karen Berg – CEC Co-President:

November 2020
 November 7, 2020 @ 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Real World Foot/Ankle - 4 Contact Hours

Speaker:  Sherry McLaughlin MSPT, CSCS

Virtual interactive seminar, demonstration of hands-on manual therapy techniques designed to introduce and expand the concepts behind treating this most often injured part of the body. This seminar is designed to give the participant exposure to:

  • Real World Biomechanics of the Foot/Ankle Spine
    • Pronation v. Supination
    • Biomechanics of Gait
    • Evaluating functional movement of the foot/ankle
  • Virtual Demonstration Hands-On! (Intro to Manual Therapy Techniques to treat foot/ankle conditions)
    • Correcting over pronation
    • Correcting over supination
  • The Missing Links to the Foot/Ankle (When Things Go Wrong)
    • Over pronation problems (tarsal tunnel, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis)
    • Over supination problems (chronic ankle sprain, Morton’s neuroma)
  • Training Movement in the Real World (Exercise ideas for rehab of the functional foot/ankle)

Register Online HERE             

PT/PTA member                              $ 20

Student member                              $ 10

PT/PTA non-member                       $ 40

Student non-member                       $ 20

Learning Outcomes:

By completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

1. Identify over pronation and over supination scenarios and relationship to orthopedic conditions of the foot/ankle

2. Understand functional muscle function of the LE

3. Employ various manual therapy techniques to restore normal foot/ankle mobility

4. Understand, evaluate and treat common foot/ankle orthopedic conditions using a biomechanical treatment model

5. Design exercise programs to treat common foot/ankle orthopedic conditions based on biomechanical and movement deficits

March 2021
 March 26, 2021 @ 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location:  Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel

Registration will open in 2021

 March 27, 2021 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location:  Kalamazoo Radisson Hotel

Registration will open in 2021

October 2021
 October 15, 2021 @ 8:00 AM to October 16, 2021 @ 5:00 PM ET

The 2021 Fall Conference will be held at Motor City Casino in Detroit.  Registration will open in July 2021.  Exhibitors should send inquiries to  

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