2017 Fall Conference

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM



APTA Vermont Chapter Fall Conference

Saturday, October 21, 2017 (9:00 am – 2:30 pm)

4 contact hours

Course Presented at: Doubletree by Hilton, 1117 Williston Road, Burlington, Vermont, 05403



9:00 – 9:30 am

Registration, Coffee & Networking

9:30 – 11:00 am

Essentials of Vestibular Rehabilitation

11:00 am –   12:30 pm

Motor Learning in Ortho and Beyond

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch & Chapter Business Meeting

1:30 – 2:30 pm

The   Future of PT in VT


Essentials of Vestibular Rehabilitation (speakers: Emily Lourie, PT, DPT; Hannah Zajac, PT, DPT, NCS)


Description: This seminar will help participants to better understand the vestibular system. This includes peripheral and central components, and how they work together to maintain postural and perceptual stability. We will discuss how to characterize vertigo, dizziness and imbalance, complete a comprehensive examination of the vestibular impaired patient, determine differential diagnoses, and treat common diagnoses. We will discuss treatments for BPPV including alternative maneuvers for anterior, posterior and horizontal canals in BPPV as well as diagnosis and treatment of cupulolithiasis. The workshop may be used as a refresher or a springboard to introduce you to the world of vestibular rehab.


Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy of the inner ear and components of the vestibular system
  • Understand differential diagnosis of peripheral vs. central vestibular dysfunction and prognoses of each
  • Recognize and differentiate common symptoms of vestibular dysfunction
  • Understand the principles used in decision making for vestibular function testing and referral to ENT or Neurology
  • Be able to describe common assessment tools
  • Determine correct technique for vestibular system examination including oculomotor testing
  • Describe signs and symptoms of common vestibular diagnoses
  • Choose appropriate examination and treatment methods for BPPV
  • Be able to apply current evidence based medicine to the treatment of vestibular disorders


Speaker Biographies:

Emily Lourie PT, DPT, is a current Physical Therapist at Central Vermont Medical Center. She graduated from the University of New England with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2008 and has been in clinical practice since then with an interest in neurological rehabilitation. She completed the APTA course created by noted vestibular rehabilitation researcher Susan Herdman “Vestibular Rehabilitation: A competency- based course” in 2015 and has been treating clients with vestibular dysfunction including concussions since that time.


Hannah Zajac PT, DPT, and Neurologic Certified Specialist is a current Physical Therapist and neurologic rehab staff supervisor at Central Vermont Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Montana with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. She then pursued a neurologic residency at the Ohio State University and achieved Neurologic Specialist Certification from the ASBPT in 2011. She moved to VT in 2011 and has been practicing a wide variety of neurological rehabilitation at CVMC since then.

Motor Learning in Ortho and Beyond (speaker: Jon Robinson, PT, DPT, NCS)


Description: Present theoretical perspectives and current principles associated with the control and learning of movement skills and apply them to orthopedic, neurologic and general populations.


Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the general classification of motor skills.
  • Understand the theories that attempt to explain how movement skills are controlled.
  • Distinguish temporary changes in performance from the relatively permanent changes that accompany learning.
  • Understand the variables that influence the learning of movement skills.
  • Identify and evaluate techniques and strategies PTs can employ to enhance learning of motor skills in orthopedic, neurologic and general populations.
  • To effectively target interventions toward key aspects of movement systems dysfunction


Speaker Biography:

Jon Robinson, PT, DPT, NCS, received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont. He then completed a post-graduate residency in neurologic rehabilitation at Boston University in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Massachusetts. He is a board certified specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and has worked clinically with people with a variety of neurologic conditions, including those with stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson disease in all care settings. He currently serves as clinical lead physical therapist at the University of Vermont Medical Center in the inpatient rehabilitation setting. Additionally he has been adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont and taught course work in motor control and learning and is employed by the Neurologic Physical Therapy Professional Education Consortium serving 33 residency programs as a facilitator of online case studies and journal article reviews to promote application of evidence-based practice.


The Future of PT in VT (Roundtable Discussion)


Description: Discussion of #ChoosePT campaign and how VT PTs and PTAs can impact the opioid epidemic in VT and identify areas that VTAPTA can increase involvement to benefit PTs, PTAs and patients.


Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  • Identify APTA resources to use to promote Physical Therapy impact on opioid epidemic
  • Identify resources to provide patients to improve understanding of current pain science
  • Understand various programs and models used throughout the state for patients with chronic pain.
  • Understand areas of advocacy to improve patient access to physical therapy services