2018 Spring Conference
Improving Early Access to PT

May 4 – 6, 2018

University of Arizona, College of Medicine
1501 N. Campbell  Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85724









Why You Should Attend the 2018 Spring Conference: Improving Early Access to PT …

  • Two days of dynamic programming up to 13 contact hours
  • Opportunities to network with exhibitors and your PT and PTA colleagues
  • Membership Meeting and Town Hall
  • New Discussion and Debate session on Friday evening
  • Social Event on Saturday evening

Conference Schedule

 Friday May 4, 2018


7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clinical Practice Guidelines Discussion and Debate - Aloft Hotel

Saturday May 5, 2018

Sunday May 6, 2018


7:00am – 7:45am


7:45am – 8:00am

Welcome from AzPTA President
  • John D. Heick, DPT, PhD, OCS, NCS, SCS

8:00am - 10:00am

Primary Care for Musculoskeletal Pathology: The Role of Physical Therapists
  • Dr. Dan Rhon, PT, DScc
    ORISE Research Fellow, Office of the Army Surgeon General

8:00am - 10:00am

Disruptive View on Gait Safety and the True Value of Physical Therapy
  • Tiffany Piquilloud, PT, MSPT, NCS
    Executive Director, Challenge Center, La Mesa, CA

10:00am - 10:15am

Break and Visit with Exhibitors

10:15am - 12:15pm

Administrators Panel Discussion on Issues Related to PTs in Emergency Care
  • James Tompkins, PT, DPT
    Session Facilitator,Director of Rehab, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Lisa TenBarge, PT, DPT
    Northern Arizona Healthcare, Emergency Department, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Melinda Richardson, PT, MA
    Director, Rehab, HonorHealth, Tucson, AZ; Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy, President (outgoing)
  • Trish Lough, PT
    Northern Arizona Healthcare, Clinical Manager, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Annie Diedrich PT, DPT, NCS, OCS,

    Carondelet St. Josephs Hospital, Tucson, AZ


10:15am - 12:15pm

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: An important referral option for the primary care physical therapist assessments, interventions, and when to refer out.
  • Diana Fassett, PT
    Success Physical Therapy, LLC, Tucson, AZ

12:15pm - 1:00pm

Lunch and Exhibitor Visit / APTA National Update
Special Guest:

Carolyn Oddo, PT, MS

APTA Board of Directors and Arizona Chapter Board Liaison


1:00pm - 3:00pm

Goal-directed interventions in Critical Care
  • Dan Saftoiu, PT, DPT, CCS
    Northern Arizona Healthcare, Critical Care/ICU Flagstaff, AZ
  • Rebecca Ashcraft, PT, DPT
    Northern Arizona Healthcare, Critical Care/ICU Flagstaff, AZ
  • Shannon Estes, DPT, PhD
    Northern Arizona Healthcare, Critical Care/ICU Flagstaff, AZ

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cash-Based Practice Model Panel Discussion
  • Brian Schmitz, PT, DPT,OCS, FAAOMPT
    Session Moderator
  • Tiffany Piquilloud, PT, MSPT, NCS
    Executive Director, Challenge Center, La Mesa, CA
  • Gina Rooney, PT, MPT, LMT
    Owner, Set Your Fascia Free, Tucson, AZ
  • Karen Litzy, PT, DPT, OCS
    (Attending via live video cast)
    Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, PLLC; Podcast Host, Healthy Wealthy and Smart, New York
  • Craig Smith, PT, DPT
    Smith Performance Center, Tucson, AZ

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Exhibitor Break

3:15pm - 5:15pm

Current Issues in Orthopaedic Practice
  • Robert Klingman, PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, ITPT
  • Clinical Director, Athlon Physical Therapy, Oro Valley, AZ

3:15pm - 5:15pm

It’s Only a Flesh Wound: Integrating Wound Care in Your Practice
  • Beth Heick, PT, DPT, CWS
    Flagstaff, AZ

6:00pm - 9:00pm

PT PubNight, Aloft Hotel Outdoor Patio

7:00am - 8:00am

Registration/Committee Breakfasts

8:00am - 10:00am

How to Integrate Pain Education into Current Practice
  • Mark Kargela, PT, DPT, OCS, cert-MDT, MTC, FAAOMPT
    Owner, Modern Pain Care; Clinical Assistant Professor, Midwestern University, Phoenix, AZ

10:00am - 10:15am

Visit with Exhibitors and Refreshment Break

10:15am - 12:15pm

Healthcare Journalism Behind the Scenes: Communicating with the public and the media to convey the right message
  • Kimberly Romo, B.A. Communications
    Director of Marketing Operations and Business Development, HealthSouth, Tucson, AZ
  • Ronda Bodfield, B.A. Journalism
    Director, Communications and Government Relations at Tucson Medical Center, Tucson; Freelance Writer, BizTucson Magazine

12:15pm - 2:00pm

Lunch provided, Membership Meeting and Town Hall

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Visit with Exhibitors

2:15pm - 3:30pm

Patient Access to the Physical Therapist: Legislative Issues and Perspectives
  • Rep. Randall (Randy) Friese, MD, FACS, FCCM
    State of Arizona, House of Representatives District 9, Ranking Dem Health Committee, Judiciary Committee; Trauma Surgeon. University of Arizona, Associate Professor, Surgery;



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Early Bird registration closes April 20!

Get the 2018 Conference Schedule.

Featured 2018 Conference Speakers

Click each speaker image to view Bios or CVs

Rebecca Ashcraft

Northern Arizona Healthcare

Rhonda Bodfield

Tucson Medical Center

Shannon Estes

Flagstaff Medical Center

Diana Fassett

Owner: Success Physical Therapy

Randy Friese

Arizona House of Representatives

Beth Heick

Northern Arizona University

Mark Kargela

Clinical Assistant Professor

Robert Klingman

Athlon Physical Therapy

Karen Litzy

Karen Litzy Physical Therapy

Trish Lough

Trish Lough

Northern Arizona Healthcare

Carolyn Oddo


Tiffany Piquilloud

Exec. Director at Challenge Center

Daniel Rhon

Duke University Medical Center

Melinda Richardson


Kimberly Romo

HealthSouth Rehab. Inst. of Tucson

Gina Rooney

Arizona School of Integrative Studies

Dan Saftoiu

Flagstaff Medical Center Trauma I

Craig Allen Smith

Smith Performance Center

Nancy Taxeras

St. Joseph’s Hospital

Lisa TenBarge

Northern Arizona Healthcare

Interested in being a 2018 Exhibitor or Sponsor?

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Hotel Information

Rooms still available, though our group discounted rates have expired. A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved at discounted rates at the Aloft Tucson University Hotel located at 1900 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719.

Please be sure to make your hotel room reservation no later than April 11, 2018 to take advantage of the AzPTA negotiated rates of $139 per night single/double occupancy, $149 triple, $159 quad rate.

Make your hotel reservation online!
or call 520-908-6800.

Contact Us

University of Arizona, College of Medicine
1501 N. Campbell  Avenue,
Tucson, AZ 85724

May 4-6, 2018