Continuing Education

The Australian Approach for Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder

Course Description:

This informative weekend course is designed to teach physical therapists the Australian method of evaluating and treating patients with mechanical shoulder pain. This course will cover efficient methods of subjective questioning, objective manual testing and differentiation techniques pertinent to the shoulder evaluation. Additionally, manual treatment techniques, therapeutic exercises, and home programs for the shoulder will be demonstrated and practiced.


Mike Schaack, M.S.P.T. FAAOMPT, DPT, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from U.C. Davis in 1992. Immediately following his undergraduate studies, Mike attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton and received his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1994. In 2009, Mike received his clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Pacific University in Oregon. Currently Dr. Schaack works at both of his Schaack Physical Therapy outpatient clinics located in Lincoln and Roseville, California. 
Over the course of Dr. Schaack’s career, he has taken numerous short and long term spinal courses along with upper and lower extremity courses to hone his manual skills. His ongoing pursuit to improve his expertise included a full year of residency training. In 1999, Dr. Schaack completed the Kaiser Hayward Residency Program in Advanced Physical Therapy and became a Full Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. 
In addition to clinical work, Dr. Schaack started Schaack Physical Therapy Seminars and teaches continuing education classes for fellow physical therapists at his Lincoln clinic and across Northern and Southern California as well as Hawaii.

Course Information:

Location: Action Rehab, 863 Halekauwila Street, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Dates: September 20-21, 2014
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $400
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The Pelvic Girdle Puzzle: Manual Therapy to Address Mechanical, Neuromuscular Function, and Motor Control Impairments

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 am-5:30 pm and Sunday, September 28, 2014 8:00 am-5:30 pm
Where: Kihei Physical Therapy Clinic, 2662 Wai Wai St, Kihei, HI
Instructor: Ryan Johnson, PT, DPT, MSPT, CFMT of the Institute of Physical Art
Cost: $400 HAPTA and APTA members and $500 Non-members
Cap: Course will be capped at 16 participants
Food: Snacks will be provided, lunch on your own on Saturday, lunch provided on Sunday
Registration payment form is located at the bottom of the article.


This lab intensive course will present the interregional impact of pelvic girdle dysfunction.  In the Functional Manual TherapyTM (FMT) treatment approach, management of the pelvic girdle is an essential aspect of patient care for the restoration of efficient mobility, alignment and motor control of the human system.  Participants will be instructed to utilize a clinical reasoning framework for examination, evaluation, and treatment planning for the management of the patient with decreased function secondary to neuro-musculoskeletal impairments of the pelvic girdle. The systematic FMT treatment approach allows for seamless transitions between evaluation and treatment of identified impairments as an ongoing process in a session-to-session (reflection-on-action) and moment-to-moment (reflection-in-action) basis.
The participants will be guided through the utilization of Functional MobilizationTM for treatment of mechanical dysfunctions including joints, soft tissues, visceral and neurovascular structures. Functional MobilizationTM is a dynamic, three-dimensional treatment strategy which utilizes active, resisted and/or passive movements to specifically mobilize mechanical restrictions.  FMT is rooted in the principles of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), which is the  foundation for the manual handling skills which will be instructed for the management of the neuromuscular function impairments (decreased efficiency of muscular initiation, strength and endurance) and motor control deficits. Additionally, participants will be trained to utilize observation of gait as an essential component of examination/evaluation and re-evaluation.

Course Objectives:

1. Attain a clear understanding of the role of the pelvic girdle in functional activities and its effect on the rest of the body.
2. Develop the skills to specifically evaluate the pelvic girdle for mechanical impairments (joints, soft tissues, visceral and neurovascular structures), neuromuscular function deficits and motor control impairments.
3. Develop the manual skills for treatment of the mechanical, neuromuscular function and motor control components of the pelvic girdle to enhance the function of the human system.


Vestibular Rehabilitation:  Basic and Advanced Course

When: Basic Course: Friday, Sept. 26th 6:00-9:30pm and Saturday, Sept. 27th 8:00-5:00pm 
             Advanced Course: Sunday, Sept. 28th 8:00-5:00pm
Where: Being held at the Maui Academy of the Healing Arts Building
               310 Ohukai Rd, Kihei, HI
Instructor: Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd
Cost:                           Member           Non-Member
Basic                            $250                      $300
Advanced                     $250                      $300
Basic + Advanced      $450                      $600
*All monies raised go to support the HAPTA Political Action Committee (PAC)
Course is capped at the first 20 participants of each course secondary to limited lab tables.
Vestibular Rehabilitation
September 26-28, 2014
Janet Crosier, PT, DPT, MEd

Basic Course Description: 

This 1 1/2 day interactive and competency-based course will provide physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with functional knowledge and skills to effectively manage and treat patients/clients with the most common types of vestibular dysfunction. This knowledge component is evidence-based and will also provide participants insight into accessing the literature for future updates. The lab component requires the participant to be checked out by the course instructor on essential skills of vestibular examination and treatment. 

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Describe the anatomy of the vestibular system.
Describe the normal function of the vestibular system. 
Describe common dysfunction related to the vestibular system.
Perform common examinations of the vestibular system.
Perform common intervention for vestibular dysfunction.
Access the literature for additional information and evidence-based interventions.
Advanced Course Description:
The Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation course will immediately follow the Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation course and will provide the  participant with additional information on topics like atypical BPPV, vestibular diseases and abnormalities, and central nervous system disorders that negatively impact the vestibular system. Participants should wear comfortable clothes as this course is interactive and includes actual practice and competency activities as part of the lab component.
Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course Objectives
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
·         Diagnose and treat horizontal canal BPPV
·         Diagnose and treat atypical BPPV
·         Diagnose and determine to treat or refer other vestibular problems
·         Complete a vestibular examination
·         Complete standardized testing and interpretation in vestibular rehabilitation


Friday, September 26th
6:00 – 7:00 pm        Normal anatomy and function of the vestibular system
7:00 – 8:30 pm        Common vestibular dysfunction and clinical presentation
8:30 – 9:30 pm        BPPV – Pathophysiology and cases
Saturday, September 27th
8:00 – 10:00 am    BPPV - Examination and Intervention
10:00 – 10:15 am    Break
10:15 – Noon        Vestibular imbalance – Pathophysiology and cases
Noon – 1:00 pm    Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 pm    Vestibular imbalance – Examination and Intervention
2:30 – 2:45 pm    Break
2:45 – 4:00 pm    Central vestibular dysfunction 
4:00 – 4:30 pm    Documentation, billing and coding for vestibular rehabilitation
4:30 – 5:00 pm    Questions
5:00 pm                Adjourn
Sunday, September 28th
8:00 – 9:00 am                   Horizontal Canal BPPV
9:00 – 10:00 am                 Atypical BPPV
10:00 – 10:15 am               Break
10:15 – Noon                     The 3 M’s and Other Vestibular Problems
Noon – 1:00 pm                Lunch 
1:00 – 2:15 pm                   The Vestibular Exam
2:15 – 2:30 pm                   Break
2:30 – 4:30 pm                   Standardized Testing
4:30 – 5:00 pm                   Questions and Wrap Up

About the Instructor:

Janet Crosier has been providing vestibular rehabilitation for over 20 years. She has completed the Emory University’s Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course (5-day) and the Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course (5-day). She has also attended numerous update courses, the last occurring in the spring 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh. Her mentors include Dr. Susan Whitney at UPMC in Pittsburgh and Dr. Michael Schubert at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. She is employed full-time at the American Physical Therapy Association and is a private contractor for vestibular rehabilitation in Kona, Waikoloa, and Waimea. Janet lives in Kailua Kona and can be reached at


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