Spring Conference 2020

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MAY 2, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Providence Alaska Medical Center
3200 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508

It’s that time again! Please mark your calendar and join us for the 2020 APTA Alaska Spring Conference, May 2, 2020, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.




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Conference Fees

Early-Bird Registration
(On or before April 4, 2020)
Advanced Registration
(April 4-21, 2020)
On-Site Registration
(May 2, 2020)
PT/OT Member $179 $229 $269
PTA/COTA Member $129 $179 $219
Non-Member $309 $359 $399

Course Description

FDM teaches groundbreaking treatments for musculoskeletal injury, trauma, pain, stiffness, and some neurological conditions. FDM teaches the pattern recognition of patients’ subtle, and often subconscious hand gestures when they describe their symptoms. Manual treatment and exercise applied with FDM thinking often leads to faster and sometimes dramatic positive differences in outcome. FDM is a different Perspective to view the patient’s condition as well as another lens to view the provider’s treatments, often filling gaps in theory and application of other models.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  1. Introduce the Fascial Distortion Model as a diagnostic and treatment modality.
  2. Gain basic understanding of the model as an anatomic perspective.
  3. Develop working knowledge of the Six principal types of Fascial Distortions.
  4. Introduce nomenclature and terminology of the FDM.
  5. Appreciate historical and international significance of the FDM.
  6. Provide an amazingly powerful tool that can change the way we practice medicine.
  7. Spark an interest to the point that participants will want to become a part of the spread of the FDM throughout the USA and world.

About the Speaker

Byron Perkins, DODr. Perkins is a graduate of the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO, 1984. He interned at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, and completed a residency in Osteopathic Family Practice at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Board certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine, his current practice focuses on primary care, mental health, wellness, musculoskeletal injuries and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.

Dr. Perkins grew up in Japan, where his parents were missionaries. He moved to Alaska in 1974 after graduating from High School in Tokyo. His lifelong desire has been to facilitate and participate in Medical Missions. He began his medical practice at the Norton Sound Health Corporation in Nome, and practiced at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage before co-founding Cornerstone Clinic Medical and Counseling Center. Alaska Medical Missions has grown out of that endeavor.

His current affiliations include the Alaska Osteopathic Medical Association, the Alaska State Medical Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Fascial Distortion Model Association, and the American Osteopathic Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of Anchorage Project Access, the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation in Portland, OR, and Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. He maintains teaching appointments with several Osteopathic Colleges of Medicine, and precepts medical students in Osteopathic Principles and Practice at Cornerstone Clinic. He also serves as an Elder at Muldoon Community Assembly of God Church.

Dr Perkins is passionate about treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit. He is thankful for the opportunity to practice medicine, and the gift he has received in the osteopathic profession. In his words, “helping others is one of life’s greatest blessings, and most meaningful rewards.”


This will be a general introduction and includes ample time for hands-on learning. FDM training is open to DO, MD, NP, PA-C, PT, PTA, OT, ATC, DC, ND, DDS, DMD, DPM, medical students (DO and MD after their first year) and Certified Structural Integration practitioners. PTAs are advised to only practice FDM under the direction of an FDM-trained PT.


7:30 – 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 am Introduction to the FDM, History, Terminology
8:45 – 9:30 am Introduction to the FDM, Fascia, the Fascial Distortions
9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 10:30 am Diagnosis of Fascial Distortions/Clinical Progression
10:30 – 11:15 am General Treatment of Fascial Distortions – Theory – TB & HTP
11:15 – 11:45 am Hands-on Treatment of TB’s & HTP’s-Practicum
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch on Your Own
12:45 – 1:30 pm General Treatment of Fascial Distortions – Theory – CD & FD
1:30 – 2:00 pm Hands-on Treatment of CD & FD-Practicum
2:00 – 2:45 pm General Treatment of Fascial Distortions – Theory – CyD & TF
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 – 3:30 pm Hands-on Treatment of CyD & TF-Practicum
3:30 – 4:15 pm Live Patients Followed by Discussion of Treatments
4:15 – 5:00 pm Questions, Review, Final Wrap-up

Start Date - End Date

May 02, 2020 - May 02, 2020

Start Time - End Time

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Event Location

3200 Providence Dr Anchorage, AK 99508 United States


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