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2024 Spring Conference 1 of 2: Neuropracticity: A novel and practical clinical application to induce functional improvement

  • 18-May-2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • 19-May-2024
  • 3:45 PM
  • Bozeman, Montana


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Neuropracticity: A novel and practical clinical application to induce functional improvement

Presented by Mike Studer, PT, DPT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, FAPTA

12 Contact Hours, MT category A 
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Provisions include coffee/tea in the morning and lunch at the business meeting. Snacks are not served at breaks. 

Accommodations and Meeting Sites:

Meeting Site: Courtyard by Marriott, Bozeman. If we have more people than anticipated, we will move the program to a nearby PT Clinic

Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott, Bozeman. Room block rate is $209+taxes. To book your room online, please use this link: APTA Reservation Link. If you would rather call, please call (406) 577-1155 and request the Physical Therapy Association block (APTA). Book by 5/1 for group rate.

Committees and Board Meeting

May 17, 2024:

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm Board Meeting,  Site Courtyard by Marriott.

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, May 18 2024 at the CE site. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online for this without paying). Please send agenda items to the office or President Emily Herndon by April 30, 2024. Final agenda will be posted in the members only section at www.aptamt.com by May 8, 2024.

Cancellation Policy

APTA MT reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If ATPA MT refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

Cancellations will be accepted in writing via email or mail. A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.


Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

Student Discounts:

Students may take this course at a rate discounted by 50% of the member and non-member rate, if there is space available prior to the start of the course. This course is a laboratory class with limited space, and therefore we must limit the spaces available at the student rate. If you are a student and would like to attend if we do have extra room for this course, please register for the student waitlist. APTA MT will notify you one week prior to start of the course to offer you a space in the course, if available.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members may take any non-limited seating, APTA MT sponsored CE at 50% discount. Combining discounts (ie Lifetime AND Group) is not applicable. If you need to take advantage of this, call us for a group code to pay online, or mail in your check with participant names.

About the course:

Course Description:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will reveal a novel and intense clinical approach built specifically for persons that are 6 months or more in recovery post cerebrovascular accident (CVA); with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) after brain injury or surgery (from concussion, to TBI, to tumor).This approach includes Interventions that are designed and built directly from evidence and are adapted with consideration for the unique attributes of changes in the body and brain months and years after CVA/brain injury and with disease-onset for years. Additionally, this application will reveal incorporation of recent advances in motivation, motor learning, and practice - displaying all through videotape case study demonstration. Attendees will be engaged in a thought-provoking presentation that challenges previous misconceptions about the timeline of recovery and potential for improvement years after CVA and the potential to recover with MS, PD, concussion in the elderly, etc. This presentation builds on recent evidence of high-intensity interval training, procedural memory training, circuit training, task specific overtraining, motor learning, OPTIMAL, behavioral economics in rehabilitation, forced-use and many more – across mobility, communication, cognition and ADL applications. This course provides the learner from all practice points with tools to rehabilitate clients regardless of equipment and technological availability.

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Identify physiologic changes that occur in many individuals months and years post CVA, brain injury, and with PD.

  2. Apply recent evidence in motor learning and motivation to maximize the recovery for clients in chronic stroke rehabilitation.
  3. Apply recent evidence in practice structure and feedback to maximize the recovery for clients after brain lesion/injury.
  4. Debunk rehabilitation myths about recovery dependence on timing and technology in effective rehabilitative outcomes in those with brain injury, degenerative disease, or stroke.

Course Agenda:

Tentative agenda

Day 1: 

  • 8-8:15 I “Prep your brain”
  • 8:15- 9:30 Expanding on neuroplasticity (advanced voyage into motor control; advanced sensory reweighting AND sensory neuroplasticity through constraints 
  • 9:30-45 Break
  • 9:45-10:30 Cognition in rehabilitation of brain injury, stroke, and advanced PD
  • 10:30-11:30 Cognition in rehabilitation, compensation and prevention in MCI + Dementias.
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Applications by video. Recreating automaticity through dual task and pressure training 
  • 12:00- 2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 – 2:30 Applications by video. Recreating automaticity through dual task and pressure training 
  • 2:30 – 3:45 Automaticity and explorations in DT
  • 3:45-4:00 Break
  • 4:00-5:00 Applications by video. Dual Task.
  • 5:00 - 5:30 Summary and discussion of readings

Day 2: 

  • 7:30-7:45 Discussion, warm up and review
  • 8:00-9:30 Quality of movement retraining in PT. Using and expanding-beyond the OPTIMAL motor learning theory
  • 9:30-9:45 Break
  • 9:45-10:30 Explorations in error enhancement, the Method of Amplification of Error across stroke, PD, ataxia, movement disorders 
  • 10:30-11:30 Applications by video. Error enhancement.
  • 11:30-12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00- 1:30 TBA
  • 1:30-2:00 Summary and Discussion

About the Speaker

Mike Studer,PT, DPT, MHS,NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST, CBFP, CSRP, FAPTA has been a PT since 1991, a board certified in neurologic PT in 1995, and a private practice owner since 2005. Dr. Studer has been an invited speaker covering 50 states, 10 countries, and 4 continents speaking on topics ranging from cognition and psychology in rehabilitation, aging, stroke, motor learning, motivation in rehabilitation, balance, dizziness, neuropathy and Parkinson Disease. Dr. Studer is a co-founder and co-owner of Spark Rehabilitation and Wellness in Bend, OR. He is an adjunct professor at adjunct professor at Touro University in Las Vegas as well as a part-time instructor at UNLV. Mike has led classes in the DPT program at Oregon State University (motor control) and frequently serves in a guest-lecture capacity at several other DPT and residency programs. In 2011, Mike was recognized as Clinician of the Year in the Neurologic and (in 2014) the Geriatric Academies of the APTA. He received the highest honor available in PT in 2020, being distinguished as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA in 2020, joining a group of under 300 persons at the time for the history of the profession. Mike’s professional honors additionally reflect his service at the state and national level including service as the Vice President of the Academy of Neurologic PT and also the Mercedes Weiss award for service to the Oregon chapter of APTA. He holds a trademark in dual task rehabilitation and has a patent pending on the same. Over his career, Mike has presented courses in in all 50 states, 4 continents and 10 countries. He has authored over 35 articles, 6 book chapters, and routinely has clinical research projects in affiliation with one of many universities. He is a consultant to Major League Baseball on the motor control of pitching and hitting. As a very fun and lighthearted note, Mike is the four time and current WR holder for the fastest underwater treadmill marathon, a mark that was set most recently in January 2022. 

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