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UPTA Spring Conference

March 2-3, 2018 St. George, Utah



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When: March 2-3, 2018

Friday, March 2nd - 5-9 PM

Saturday, March 3rd - 8 AM - 1 PM


9 CEUs (there will be several ethics hours)

Where: Dixie State University, St. George, Utah.

Room Block

$119/night plus tax:

Ramada St. George

1440 E Saint George Blvd.

Saint George, UT 84790

Book by calling 435-628-2828 and reference CGUP18 or Utah Physical Therapy Association. The rate will no longer be available after 2/10/2017

Golf Event


$50/player includes range balls and cart fees.

Forward Shotgun Start

Tee Time: 2:00 on March 3rd

Topics & Presenters:

"The Benefits of Early Intensive Physical Therapy for the Pediatric Neurological Population"

Now I Can Foundation

Mark Barney, DPT

Nacole Jackson, PTA

Brittany Walker, PTA

More information to come.

 "Advances in PT: Dry Needling in the Clinical Setting"

Todd Schwartz PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN

Todd works as an orthopedic physical therapist with Hand and Orthopedic Physical Therapy in Murray, UT. He is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy, certified in dry needling through the Spinal Manipulation Institute, Graston certified, and certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. He received his clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2007 and his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in 1999.  He moved to Utah in 2001 from his hometown of Quincy, IL and taught skiing for 15 years. He has worked with Worker’s Compensation Fund of Utah to introduce dry needling to their case managers and staff.

Presentation Objectives:

Define dry needling

Describe historical background

Identify indications for dry needling treatment 
Describe mechanisms involved in dry needling

Describe barriers to implementation and practical application of the treatment.

Kinesiology Taping 

Christopher Harper, PT, DPT, OCS

Christopher Harper, PT, DPT, OCS serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for KT Tape, instructing clinical staff of multiple national governing bodies including US Women’s Soccer and US Speed Skating. World renown for applications of kinesiology taping after being featured in KT Tape’s online instructional videos dubbed in 26 languages, Chris also teaches evidence-based kinesiology taping for DPT, PTA and AT-C programs including the University of Utah and Provo College. Chris currently is an owner and practicing physical therapist with Active Lifestyles Physical Therapy in Draper, Utah.

Presentation Description:

eduKT®’s instructional platforms were first developed in 2010 with the mission of educating medical professionals in the practical application of light elastic/kinesiology tape through the best available evidence and clinical expertise. This abbreviated 2-hour tutorial reviews the foundational principles of kinesiology taping for immediate use in your practice. The effect of kinesiology tape is largely dependent on how the tape is applied, with application techniques targeting desired outcomes.  Kinesiology taping is traditionally used to modify muscle function, lymphatic uptake, pain, proprioception and mechanics. This condensed approach allows the provider to learn application of kinesiology tape in clinical practice without memorization of specific application recipes.

Scott Ward, PhD, PT, FAPTA

University of Utah

"Physical Therapy Leadership in the Healthcare World."

  • Chair, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
  • Adjunct Professor, Occupational & Recreational Therapies
  • Professor, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training



  • Bachelor of Science, BPHTH, University of Utah
  • Doctor of Philosophy, DPHYSL, University Of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Catherine Worthingham Fellow. American Physical Therapy Association, 06/2014
  • Leadership in Physical Therapy Lectureship. The Ohio State University, 05/01/2013
  • The Gold Badge. The Polish Society of Physiotherapy, 03/30/2012
  • President's Award. Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, 10/16/2010
  • G. Maureen Rodgers Lectureship. Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, 04/09/2010
  • Lifetime Achievement Award. Utah Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association, 10/10/2009
  • Eleanor Branch Lecturer. Duke University Program in Physical Therapy, 05/07/2009
  • Curtis P. Artz Award. American Burn Association, 03/25/2009
  • Barbara Knothe Burn Therapist Award. American Burn Association, 04/02/2003
  • Lucy Blair Service Award. American Physical Therapy Association, 06/07/1999
  • Outstanding Physical Therapist. National Hemophilia Foundation, 04/21/1998


Enjoys his family, fly-fishing, Utah's variety, and talking politics and sports. Really.

Amy Smith, PTA

"Leadership Roles in Physical Therapy."

Amy Smith has a PTA degree from Wallace State Community college and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in Heath Science.  She has been practicing in the field of Physical Therapy since 1995.  She is currently Regional Director with Restore Therapy where she oversees the Rehab operations of 12 Skilled Nursing facilities and 2 Out-Patient Clinics in North Alabama.  Amy received her APTA Geriatric Advanced Proficiency, and served as a member of the APTA PTA Educational Pathways Task Force and the PTA Board Work Group.  Amy has served the Alabama Chapter in a variety of roles which includes Nominating Committee, Membership Committee Chair, PTA Rep at Large, PR committee member, Chapter Council member.  Amy is currently Chief Delegate of the PTA Caucus and has served within the APTA at a national level since 2001.  



APTA Member  Before February 3/After  Non-Member  Before February 3/After 
PT $199/$249 PT $299/$349
PTA $149/$199 PTA $249/$299
All Student & Senior $50/$100 All Office Staff $199/$249
Single Day PT - $199 PTA - $149 Single Day PT - $249 PTA - $199



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