Spring Conference 2018

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Shoulder & Upper Quarter Exam & Treatment

May 5, 2018
8 AM – 5 PM
Speaker: Alec Kay, PT, DMT, OCS & Leah Ruggirello, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS

Providence Alaska Medical Center
East and West Auditorium (Basement Level, Near the Cafeteria)
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508

Each participant will receive a certificate for .8 CEUS (8 Contact Hours)

Course Description

This course is designed for PTs and PTAs working in a variety of practice settings. There will be lecture regarding anatomy, biomechaincs, neurology, histology and exercise physiology, but ample time will be spent on practical aspects of care. Specific orthopedic tests will be described along with evidence for their use including specificity and sensitivity. Tissue diagnosis will be the focus of the examination component. Instruction will include manual procedures addressing common findings in the shoulder girdle, cervical spine, and thoracic spine. Exercise concepts regarding specific dosage that is tissue specific will be part of the treatment instruction as well.

Who Should Attend

PTs, PTAs, OTs, and COTAs

Course Objectives

After completing this program, the health-care professional should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic anatomy, biomechanics and pathology of the shoulder, cervical spine and thorax.
  2. Evaluate the shoulder complex for tissue specific diagnosis, TMJ and upper extremities with an introduction to soft tissue treatments, joint mobilization/manipulation treatments, and dosed exercise progressions.
  3. Understand the dysfunctions related to regional inter-dependence of these areas.
  4. Understand how the anatomy, biomechanics and arthro-kinematics of a joint contribute to its function or dysfunction.
  5. Relate the neurology, pathophysiology and pain to the dysfunction and to the appropriate treatment.
  6. Evaluate dysfunction of the different tissues in all extremity joints and identify the signs and symptoms of joint pathology.
  7. Select and apply an appropriate treatment program utilizing the optimal stimuli for histological regeneration of all extremity tissues.
  8. Apply various techniques for articulation and mobilization as well as other current PT modalities with skill and accuracy.
  9. Recognize the indications and contraindications for the use of articulation and mobilization procedures.

About the Speakers


Dr. Alec Kay has been practicing physical therapy for over 25 years and currently works full timein a clinical practice at United Physical Therapy in Anchorage, Alaska. Drawing on his work as an athletic trainer prior to PT school, he continues to enjoy working with athletes as his interest in sports rehabilitation continues to evolve. His post-graduate studies included completion of a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 1997 and a Doctor of Manual Therapy degree in 2000, with a dissertation on the lumbar multifidus, leading to multiple publications. After completion of his DMT, Alec was appointed to the faculty of the Ola Grimsby Institute Post-Professional Consortium and is currently teaching advanced techniques in manual orthopedic physical therapy locally and in other states, as well as presenting as an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. In addition to teaching, Alec shares his expertise working as a clinical mentor for residency, fellowship students in both manual therapy and Family Practice Medicine.



Dr. Leah Ruggirello graduated with degrees in Exercise Science and Psychology from NorthCentral College in Naperville, Illinois in 2007 and then went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 2010. Since that time, she has been involved in mentoring of manual orthopedic Fellow in Training and achieved her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification through the American Physical Therapy Association and has completed a Fellowship of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Additionally, she has taken an interest in Vestibular and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. She received specialized training and certification in Vestibular Rehab from Dr. Susan Herdman at Emory University in 2013. Dr. Ruggirello has recently relocated to Alaska and works for United Physical Therapy in downtown and south Anchorage.


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Mail registration to: Alaska Physical Therapy Association, 1055 N Fairfax Street, Suite 205, Alexandria, VA 22314 

Start Date - End Date

May 05, 2018 - May 05, 2018

Start Time - End Time

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Location

3200 Providence Dr Anchorage, AK 99508 United States



Alaska Physical Therapy Association


800-765-7848 ext. 7112

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