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Revolutionizing Patient Outcomes: Wellness Education and Injury Prevention
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When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Building
16811 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas  77479
United States
Contact: Christina Gomez

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With the identification of the obesity and sedentary lifestyle epidemics, the APTA recognizes that it is imperative for PTs and PTAs to provide quality patient and community education on physical fitness and wellness. Where do we currently stand with our organization’s specific objective? How do we maximize the well-being of our adolescent and adult clients? Poor health places individuals at a disadvantage in achieving wellness goals for the rest of their lives. Topics that will be addressed include understanding APTA’s Strategic Plan for the Future, reducing injury risk in the adult patient, and injury prevention in the youth athlete. This course will also provide strategies to maximize patient interest and motivation to achieve national guidelines on a healthy lifestyle.




By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1.Define the terms ‘wellness’ and ‘injury prevention’
2. State the current status of the profession of physical therapy and understand the goals of the APTA’s Strategic Plan for the Future
3. Evaluate the wellness needs of an adult and youth patient
4. Educate the adult and youth patient on their wellness needs
5. Understand strategies to assist adult and youth patients meet healthy goals
6. Understand the injury risks involved in the youth athlete
7. Be able to identify strategies to reduce injury risk in the youth athlete


Speaker Bios:

Christina Gomez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS
Christina Gomez is the Coordinator for the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She is also a clinical faculty mentor for the Institute for Athlete Regeneration Sports and Orthopedic Manual Fellowship program. She is Fellowship and Residency-Trained in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and Board-Certified in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Christina is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New Mexico in 2010. Christina has held the position of Second Vice Co-Chair in the Southeastern District of the TPTA since November, 2014, and also holds a position on the Orthopedic Section’s Independent Study Course Advisory Panel. Christina is a member of the APTA Orthopedic and Sports sections, TPTA, and AAOMPT.

Courtney Bohne, PT, DPT, SCS
Courtney received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in 2013. In order to advance her skills and specialize in the field of sports physical therapy, Courtney completed the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Sports Physical Therapy residency in 2013-2014 and became a Board Certified Sports Specialist in 2015. She is currently completing a fellowship in sports and orthopedic manual therapy through the Institute for Athlete Regeneration. Courtney is passionate about serving the athletic population and has a special interest in preventative care education and treatment of athletic injuries. In August 2015, Courtney was published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy for her research entitled, “Knowledge of Injury Prevention and Prevalence of Risk Factors for Throwing Injuries in a Sample of Youth Baseball Players”. Prior to this, Courtney presented this research as a poster presentation at the 2014 APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The growing field of sports medicine excites Courtney and she enjoys collaborating with other PTs and health disciplines to promote unified, multi-disciplinary care for athletes. Furthermore, Courtney loves advocating for physical therapy within the community and is a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Sports Medicine Committee, American Physical Therapy Association, Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and Texas Physical Therapy Association. Courtney works at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital in outpatient sports medicine and serves as a faculty mentor for the orthopedic and sports clinical residency programs.

Caitlyn Beltrani, PT, DPT
Caitlyn Beltrani graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2014. While at Northeastern, Caitlyn worked closely with the Varsity Men’s Ice Hockey Team, assisting in the player’s rehabilitation and safe return-to-play. Further specializing in sports and orthopedics, Caitlyn is completing the Sports Residency program through Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and fellowship training with a focus in manual therapy through the Institute for Athlete Regeneration. During residency training, Caitlyn shadowed a doctor at a concussion center sparking her interest in concussion rehabilitation and prevention. Caitlyn collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team to standardize care in athletes post-concussion. Caitlyn works closely with athletes with post-concussion syndrome to optimize recovery and ensure safe return to sport. Upon completion of the residency program, Caitlyn plans to continue furthering the research for concussion rehabilitation in physical therapy.

Sean Harris, PT, DPT
Sean Harris attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where he worked as a personal trainer and club sports supervisor. He was the president of the UTD rugby club, leading them to a state championship in 2011. He graduated with his DPT from TWU in Houston, and served as the class president. He is currently in an orthopedic residency program with Memorial Hermann, and will graduate in Sept. 2016. With his prior experience as a personal trainer, he hopes to bridge the gap between prevention and injury in the Physical Therapy profession.


Registration Fees:

$125.00 - PT/PTA Members

$150.00 - PT/PTA Non-Members

$75.00 - Students

**Onsite registration will be an additional $25.00



This course is approved for 7.5 CCUs. 



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