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1/30/2018 to 2/13/2018
When: Jan 30, Feb 6, and Feb 13, 2018
6:30pm-8:30pm nightly
Where: Bethesda Hospital, Indehar Conference Room (7th floor)
559 Capital Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55103
United States
Contact: Paul Johnson

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Get up to date on the evolving world of concussion management, including return to sport, vestibular management and care for patients with persistent concussions. This 3-part course series will explore the most recent evaluation and treatment techniques to help you maximize patient outcomes.


Contact Hours: 2.0 contact hours (MN BPT Cat. 1) for each night (6.0 hours for the series)

Location: Bethesda Hospital, Indehar Conference Room (7th floor), 559 Capital Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55103. Additional directions will be sent to registrants prior to the course.
Dates: Tuesdays, January 30, February 6 and 13

#1: Return to Sport after a Concussion

Date: January 30, 2018
Speaker: Carly Mattson, PT, DPT, OCS

Course Description

Physical Therapists can play a large role in facilitating return to sport for their patients. This course will discuss the pathophysiology of concussion, along with the common impairments that can result in a protracted recovery that will limit symptom free sport participation. An overview on the treatment areas to facilitate return to play, as well as a special focus on exertion therapy will be provided. Current research surrounding an active recovery approach from post-concussion syndrome will be addressed. Exertion assessment and treatment will be discussed as well as the 5-step return to play protocol.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand what impairments can result after a concussion and how they can affect eventual return to play
  • Be comfortable with the concept of exertion therapy, to facilitate return to sport
  • Be familiar with the 5 or 6 step return to play protocol

Speaker Biography

Carly Mattson, PT, DPT, OCS, is an orthopedic and vestibular certified specialist, who helped to start one of the first multi-disciplinary concussion programs in the Twin Cities. She has trained numerous colleagues in concussion management to help grow the program, and has seen thousands of concussion patients over the past few years. She lectures for DPT programs on the topic of concussion, and is involved in research to help broaden the knowledge within the medical community.

#2: Advanced Vestibular Management in Concussion Rehabilitation

Date: February 6, 2018
Speakers: Brittany Dressler, PT, DPT, CBIS, NCS and Brandon Rheude, PT, DPT

Course Description 

Vestibular disorders are common with concussions, and can vary in source. They can increase nervous system fatigue and amplify concussion symptoms. Through effective pacing and training, the body has a remarkable ability to improve so individuals can return to living fulfilling lives. With physical therapy having a largely encompassing skillset to manage concussions, we are in a unique position to positively influence our community's healthcare management of concussions. Through effective treatment, collaboration and patient education for advocacy, concussions should no longer be underdiagnosed, undertreated nor untimely returned to activities.

We will explore advanced vestibular rehabilitation in concussions. Topics will include in-depth vestibular diagnostics and treatment progressions that are objectified for reimbursement. Training on comprehensive and practical vestibular treatment will include evidence-based guidelines, how to progress the various vestibular dimensions, paced reintegration strategies, as well as multidisciplinary leadership to optimize case management.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will learn: 
  • relevant structures and systems for normal vestibular functioning.
  • how to assess for vestibular differential diagnoses, as well as diagnoses impacted by vestibular disorders.
  • vestibular management within the concussion population.
  • how to guide patient pacing and reintegration in the concussion population.
  • multidisciplinary collaboration strategies for optimal concussion case management.

Speaker Biographies

Brittany Dressler, PT, DPT, CBIS, NCS, works in outpatient neurorehabilitation with experience across the continuum of care. She serves patients with various neurological conditions including complex concussions & vestibular disorders, with a functional care approach.



Brandon Rheude, PT, DPT, works in outpatient neurorehabilitation and serves with various neurologic conditions including chronic pain and concussions. He has a strong interest in manual therapy and has pursued advanced training with Bookhout Seminars, Barral Institute, and the Jones Institute.


Developing and expanding physical therapy concussion services at United Hospital, the care philosophy is a multidisciplinary, evidence-based and comprehensive approach. Our patients have gone on to resume fulfilling lives, receive CKRI's Inspiration Award, provide fellow patients peer support, and collaborate with MN representatives to ensure medically necessary care coverage.

#3: Persistent Postconcussive Syndrome

Date: February 13, 2018
Speakers: Leah Gause, PsyD, LP and Roxanne Julius, DPT, MTC, NCS

Course Description

Research suggests that between 1.6 and 3.8 million recreational and sports-related concussions are sustained each year within the United States. Most people recover within 7-10 days; however, others may take weeks or months to see symptom relief. This course will discuss the psychosocial factors impacting persistent postconcussive symptoms, appropriate treatment course, and relevant literature.


Course highlights will include a review of the definition of and physiological effects of concussion, summary of the history and evolution of concussion treatment, review of relevant concussion literature, description of common comorbid psychological concerns, and discussion of appropriate treatment or referrals including interdisciplinary team approach. The course will emphasize the physical therapist’s role on the interdisciplinary team as well as their role in identifying psychosocial factors impacting concussion recovery. The course will also underscore additional interdisciplinary team member roles and treatment approaches.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:


1) Describe the physiological effects of concussion

2) Recognize common comorbid psychological concerns

3) Identify appropriate treatment of concussion including interdisciplinary care and team member roles


Speaker Biography

Dr. Leah Gause is a clinical psychologist at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. She completed her graduate school training at the University of St. Thomas, earning her doctor of psychology (PsyD) degree in 2015. She completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center with an emphasis is TBI/polytrauma rehabilitation. She then worked at Bethesda Hospital (HealthEast Care System) in the outpatient brain injury and concussion clinics as well as the long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) with medically complex patients. Dr. Gause primarily practices from a theoretical framework involving cognitive-behavioral and humanistic psychotherapies as well as “third-wave” psychotherapies including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness practices. She thoroughly enjoys the interdisciplinary nature of working within a rehabilitation team and believes that this serves as a crucial and invaluable element of an individual’s recovery from an injury or illness such as concussion.


Roxanne Julius, DPT, PT, MTC, NCS received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine (USA), Florida. Roxanne has received additional certifications in Manual Therapy from USA and as a Neurology Certified Specialist from the APTA. She provides physical therapy primarily in the outpatient setting at the Concussion Clinic and Capistrant Center for Movement Disorders as well as for complex neuro and respiratory inpatients at Bethesda Hospital. With the Concussion Clinic she treats dizziness, headaches, spinal dysfunction and other symptoms related to the physical trauma associated with concussions. With the Capistrant Center, Roxanne treats primarily Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and applies evidence based treatment approaches to address balance, gait abnormality, bradykinesia, hypokinesia, rigidity as well as other symptoms related to PD. In addition to being passionate about her work, Roxanne also enjoys running, playing soccer, hiking and spending time with her family: her husband, 4 year old and 20 month boy/girl twins.



Who should attend this series: PTs, PTAs, SPTs, SPTAs, ATCs, OTs, PAs, and MDs

Registration prices:

PT Member PTA Member SPT(A) Member PT Nonmember and Other Health Professional PTA Nonmember SPT Nonmember
Per Course $40 $35 $30 $45 $40 $35
All Three $100 $88 $75 $115 $102 $89

Cancellations: Except for medical emergencies, cancellations two weeks before the course will be completely refunded, cancellations one to two weeks before the course will be refunded at the rate of 50%, and cancellations less than a week before the course will not be refunded.

Questions: Please contact the MNPTA office with any questions at:

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