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Dry Needling: A Discussion on Current Practice and Legislative Issues
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When: February 9, 2016
6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Where: United Way of Greater Houston
50 Waugh Dr
Houston, Texas  77007
United States
Contact: Christina Gomez

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In recent months, dry needling has been under scrutiny in the Texas Legislature. If physical therapists wish to continue to have this intervention within their scope of practice, then a basic understanding of the principles of dry needling is needed. This course will discuss the science behind dry needling and the differences to traditional Chinese acupuncture. There will also be an overview of the Texas scope of practice for dry needling and challenges that clinicians face in other states regarding this practice.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Verbalize an understanding of dry needling and its foundation.

2. Explain the difference between acupuncture and dry needling.

3. Verbalize understanding of the current legislative issues regarding dry needling for the PT scope of practice in Texas.


Speaker Bio:

Laurence Truett is a Houston native and graduate of Texas A&M University. Laurence received his physical therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, Laurence is working on his Doctor of Science (ScD) in Physical Therapy through Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Laurence is the owner of Fairfield Physical Therapy and has worked with athletes of all levels and sports including weekend warriors. Clients have included first round draft picks in the MLB draft to World Series champions. Laurence has also worked with athletes from other sports such as soccer, softball, volleyball, swimming, and football. Laurence is FMS certified, has his COMT through the IAOM-US, is Rock Tape certified, and has completed the EXOS XPS Performance Specialist Certification. Laurence was certified through Dr. Ma's Systemic Dry Needling course with Sue Falsone.

Chris Goerlich attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2000. He then completed his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 2004. Upon graduating, Chris began his professional career at the Texas Sports Medicine Center in Tomball, Texas where he worked for nearly 10 years before opening Propel Physical Therapy. He is now currently enrolled in the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy, ScD, offered through Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and has completed all six extremity courses offered by the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine and achieved the credentials of Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (COMT). He was certified in Dry Needling through Dr. Ma's Systemic Dry Needling course with Sue Falsone. When not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Mari, and his 7-year old quadruplets, Cohen, Noah, Finn & Sophia. He enjoys playing soccer and skateboarding and pretending he is still good at both.

Registration Fees:

PT/PTA Members: Complimentary

PT/PTA NonMembers: $10.00

Students:  Complimentary


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