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You Had Me at OPTIMAL: Introduction to the OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning (GEPD)
UTEP Physical Therapy Department
3333 N. Mesa St.
El Paso, TX 79902
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Category: District Meetings

The OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning represents a valuable contribution to the field of physical therapy, offering profound insights into how individuals learn and re-learn motor skills. Designed specifically for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, this course provides a comprehensive exploration of the OPTIMAL Theory and its practical implications in clinical practice. By the end of this course, participants will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively incorporate the OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning into their clinical practice, facilitating enhanced patient care and rehabilitation outcomes. 1CCU

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
1.Define the OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning;
2. Identify the relevance of the OPTIMAL Theory to motor learning and motor re-learning processes, recognizing its significance in rehabilitation settings;
3. Recognize the important practical implications of the OPTIMAL Theory in physical therapy, including its application in treatment planning and intervention strategies;
4. Identify the three facets of the OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning, gaining a deeper understanding of its multifaceted approach;
5. Apply the OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning to a patient case with a neurological condition, integrating theoretical knowledge with practical skills to optimize patient outcomes.

Lily Jimenez, PT, DPT, NCS is a Neurologic Physical Therapist and lover of everything neurology, based in El Paso, Texas. Her fascination with neurology sparked during her sophomore year in college, leading her to discover her true calling. In 2017, Lily earned her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso. Lily completed her neurologic residency in 2020 at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California and became a neurologic specialist in 2021. With a diverse range of experiences, Lily has honed her skills in various settings including neurosurgical centers, trauma centers, acute care, inpatient rehab, home health, outpatient neuro rehab, telehealth, and virtual wellness programs tailored for individuals with neurologic conditions. Currently, she works in acute care at The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus and at the Texas Tech Multidisciplinary Neurology Clinic for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In addition to her clinical commitments, Lily shares her knowledge and expertise as a leader and educator, guiding students through Neurological Rehabilitation I and II at the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. Lily is also the content creator and founder behind "The Brain PT" - a dynamic online platform revolutionizing neurologic physical therapy education. Through innovative posts, informative videos, and interactive discussions, Lily's fosters a vibrant community of learners, where knowledge is shared, skills are honed, and professional lives are elevated.

7:00-7:40pm: Lecture
7:40-7:55pm: Skills/Group Breakout/Discussion
7:55pm: Questions/Feedback


Cancellation Policy
District members at-large will be emailed if course must be cancelled within 24 hours of district receiving information the course must be cancelled. No refunds provided as there is no cost to the course.

Onsite Only


Contact: Annette Thomas at [email protected]