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Re-igniting Your Passion - Fanning the Flame of Movement Experts in the Community (NTD)
Therapy 2000
2535 Lone Star Drive
Dallas, TX 75212
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Category: District Meetings

Opportunities to use the skill set of a physical therapist in non-traditional settings abound! As direct access laws in Texas change, and we gain access to more potential patients, this is the time for therapists to build upon the success of traditional physical therapy models, taking our skills out into the community. Identifying new ways to engage and serve the community around us is critical to furthering our profession, engaging the public in improving healthy movement, improving access to patients, and educating the masses on the benefits of skilled physical therapy. In an environment where clinics seek new ways to generate referrals, clinicians seek more opportunities to engage their patients, and patients seek meaningful ways to interact with healthcare professionals, we must find new ways to reach possible patients and to remind the community of the tremendous value we offer. This course is intended to help clinicians reconnect with their passion, consider their “why” behind working in physical therapy, and identify ways in which each clinician can use their passion to better engage and educate the public on healthy living, better movement, and “why” we chose to become physical therapists. 2CCUs

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Define “non-traditional” physical therapist roles
2. Identify at least 3 ways to apply their own “movement expertise” as a physical therapist to activities or topics related to their own personal passions
3. Consider a target population that will benefit from engaging with a physical therapist
4. Discuss health benefits of these possible encounters
5. Identify 3 possible resources in the community to enable this work to begin and at least 1 potential “road-block” to overcome
6. Examine how these encounters can create new possible revenue streams for clinics, areas of possible research, and opportunities to educate the public on the value of skilled therapy

Dr. Michael Braitsch, PT, DPT is a private practice owner, a former kinesiology professor, a former amateur fighter, and an internationally-certified fight referee. At Tribe Wellness, he treats patients and runs group exercise programs, steeped in leading evidence from physical therapy and exercise science, to help people with chronic and progressive conditions move and feel better. He currently researches the effects of non-contact boxing training on impairments associated with Parkinson's disease and provides programs including SOUTH PAWS Parkinson boxing and Tai Chi for balance. As an advisory board member of the Adaptive Martial Arts Association, and through work on the board of the UT Southwestern Adaptive Sports Coalition, he wants to change the way physical therapy is structured for people with chronic and progressive conditions, empowering people to better participate in community wellness.

6:00-6:45pm - Dinner and networking
6:45-7:00pm - Business meeting and announcements
7:00-9:00pm - CCU presentation

PT/PTA Members: $20

PT/PTA Non Members: $30

Students: $15

Additional Locations
A live stream of the meeting is available at our satellite location at United Regional, 1600 11th Street, Wichita Falls, Texas, 76301. We are currently not charging for CCUs at this location. Meals are NOT provided. 

Please contact Joel Blanco for more information, [email protected]

Cancellation Policy 
No Refunds

Additional Information
You must register prior to 5PM on Friday, September 13th in order to be guaranteed a meal at the meeting, as we must provide our food vendor with final numbers in advance. It is helpful to save your registration confirmation e-mail if any issues arise at the door.Thank you to our September meeting sponsor, ATI Physical Therapy! For more information about ATI career opportunities, visit:

If you are interested in regularly hosting a satellite location broadcast, please e-mail the NTD Executive Committee at [email protected]


Register here.

Contact: Carling Butler at [email protected]