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Patient Engagement: We Can Do Better (SED)
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Southeast District Course - Approved for 1 CCU

When: October 18, 2017
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, Texas  77007
United States
Contact: Amy Gremillion

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Physical therapists often struggle to engage patients in home exercise programs and/or physical activity. Studies indicate stroke survivors are more sedentary than age-matched counterparts and are at risk for a secondary stroke. It is hypothesized activity trackers may be a tool for improving physical activity. This course will identify strategies for increasing patient engagement and describe the use of activity trackers among individuals post-stroke.


At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:

1. Summarize the current evidence related to physical activity adherence post-stroke.

2. Identify strategies for increasing patient engagement

3. Describe the benefits of wearable technology as a possible intervention for increasing patient engagement in physical activity post-stroke.

4. Discuss opportunities for application of patient engagement strategies in your practice


Speaker Bios

Lauren Szot, PT, DPT, NCS graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2007 and transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. She is a graduate of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2011 and received her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2011. Lauren has worked in a variety of clinical settings with focus on neurologic rehabilitation. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Education at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She also participates in clinical practice in neurologic inpatient rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she has served as residency mentor and faculty for the TIRR Memorial Hermann Residency Program. Lauren also enjoys professional service through her involvement as prior Chair of the Nominating Committee and 2nd Vice Co-Chair of Southeastern District of the TPTA.


Michelle Sauer, PT, DPT is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and currently practices in inpatient rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann and Shriners Hospital for Children. She graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2015 and Bachelors of Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2010. She completed the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2016. Previously, she worked in several clinical gait and motion analysis laboratories and presented research at the local and national level.


Margaret McKinney, PT, DPT graduated with Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Medical University of South Carolina in 2016. She completed the TIRR Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2017 where she served as a guest lecturer and lab instructor for physical therapy students and physical therapy assistant students. She is currently working at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation and she treats a wide range of neurologic diagnoses.


Lauren Norris, PT, DPT, is a full-time neurologic physical therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas, since 2016. Lauren specializes in outpatient neurologic rehabilitation. In addition to her responsibilities as a clinician, Lauren has participated as a guest lecturer for the Texas Woman’s University and University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs. Lauren graduated from Texas Woman’s University-Houston School of Physical Therapy in 2016 and completed the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2017. Lauren has particular interests in treating patients with neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injuries.



Registration Fees

PT/PTA Member: $0.00 
PT/PTA non-member: $10.00 
PT/PTA Student: $0.00


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