Courses & Conferences


2017 PTWA Conference

October 5-7, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
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Early Bird Rates continue through Thursday, Sept. 14.

DoubleTree hotel room discount extended to Thursday, Sept. 14. Reserve your room at this link.



Physical Therapy in the Time of Health Care Reform
Katherine J. Sullivan, PT, PhD

If you've not planning to attend the continuing education portion of our conference, you may RSVP to attend this Opening Keynote event by emailing by Monday, September 18. (You may purchase a breakfast onsite.)


  • Not the Last Century’s Physical Therapy Diagnosis: Rapid Changes Afoot and Ahead - Murray E. Maitland

  • Rancho Observational Gait Analysis for Targeted Treatment and Maximal Recovery for Individuals with Neurologic Impairment - Walter B. Weiss and Kelley L. Kubota

  • Teaching Patients About Pain – Pain Neuroscience Education - Stephen Schmidt from the International Spine and Pain Institute
  • Chronic Whiplash Associated DisordersStephen Schmidt from the International Spine and Pain Institute
  • Defining Value: What is Primary Care, Life Course Physical Therapy? - Katherine J. Sullivan
  • Delivering Value: How Does Physical Therapy Transition to Value-Based Health Care Delivery and Payment? - Katherine J. Sullivan
  • Washington State PT Managers Association Course: Revenue Cycle Management: Understanding and Implementing Best Practices for Efficient and Accurate Reimbursement - Scott Spradling
  • Washington State PT Managers Association Course: Practice Management: Understanding the Health and Wellness of Your Practice - Scott Spradling
  • Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children and Teens - Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT

  • Optimizing Hip Movement for the Athlete from Rehabilitation to Performance - Robbie Ohashi
  • PTWA Private Practice Special Interest Group Course - Connecting the Dots… Compliance… Regulations… Ethics… Practice - Nancy J. Beckley
  • Using Outcome Measures to Show Value and Progress in the Acute Care Setting - Sharon L. Gorman
  • Complex Patient Rehabilitation Challenges: Using Evidence to Improve Acute Care PracticeSharon L. Gorman
  • Three Modules: Changing Times, Changing Terms, Changing Treatments for Childhood Arthritis - Helen Emery and Susan Shenoi
  • Functional VisionAnita Maher

      Friday Evening:
  • Student Meet and Greet during the WPT-PAC Party in Maxi's Lounge
  • The Importance of Advocacy - PTWA Chief Delegate and APTA PPAC member Jennifer Lesko, PT, DPT; PTWA Lobbyist Melissa Johnson and a state senator (invited)
  • Mentorship and How to Negotiate Your First Job - Doug Free, PT, DPT, RET Physical Therapy; Vince Nguyenpham, PTA, Northwest Hospital; Amanda Scharen, PT, DPT, Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist, Therapeutic Associates; Patrick Toy, PT, DPT, RET Physical Therapy
  • The PT/PTA Team - Christine Eardley PT, Board Certified Geriatric Specialist, Board Certified in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback, Core Physio; Sonja Hinz, PTA, Core Physio; Ryan Larson, PT, DPT, Pacific Physical Therapy
  • Student SIG Annual Meeting
  • Residencies and Fellowships - Speakers TBA 
  • Graded Motor Imagery/Handling the Patient Who is “Too Hot to Handle” - Brett Neilson, PT, DPT, Fellow of the Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Outpatient Physical Therapy

For more information about these courses, please see the Conference Brochure.

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Please feel free to contact if you have any questions regarding the conference. Email or call (800) 554-5569.

2018 PTWA Conference

October 4-6, 2018
Courtyard Tacoma Downtown and Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center