Eastern District Spring Symposium 2019
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

When: Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Where: Sage Colleges--Gurley Building
39 Congress Street
Troy, New York  12180
United States
Presenter: Various Presenters
Contact: Sarah Gardner

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  



Location: Russell Sage College -- Gurley Building

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

(Participants should park in the lot on the corner of 1st & Division Street, called "Commuter Student Parking & Employee Parking." There will also be on-street parking available nearby. - Parking passes will be emailed prior to the event)


Check out our Annual Spring Symposium Flyer HERE!


Morning Course Sessions: 8:00am-12:00pm

Course Title: Pregnancy and the Changing Body

CEHs: 4.5

course description:

Pregnancy and the Changing Body will explore the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy as well as the indications and contraindications that physical therapists need to understand when working with this special population. During the seminar, we will review the anatomy and physiology important in understanding the prenatal physical transformations. The major musculoskeletal changes that occur in this group will be discussed, and participants will learn how these affect posture, strength, joint health, and typical pregnancy pain issues. Key therapeutic exercises will be highlighted to address the major orthopedic issues typical of the pregnant patient. Basic Course.

Course Reminders: Wear comfortable clothing


Presenter: Debra Goodman, MSPT

Debra Goodman, MSPT is a licensed manual physical therapist with specialties in women’s health, orthopedics, dance medicine, and sports medicine. She has been a physical therapist for Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York City, New York City Ballet, and School of American Ballet. Debra went on to develop a private women’s health/orthopedic practice in New York City in 2002, and after moving to the Albany area in 2004, developed a private practice in the Capital District. Debra’s professional focus is treatment of orthopedic and women’s health issues. Debra has extensive training in manual therapy techniques including Myofascial Release (John Barnes method), cranial-sacral therapy, muscle-energy, joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, mobilization with movement, and energy medicine. Debra is a training pelvic floor physical therapist and has expertise with internal evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor muscles, and she is highly skilled in treatment of pregnancy and postpartum issues. Debra is a certified Pilates instructor and part of the continuing education faculty for Kinected Center and The Kane School of Core Integration in New York City. She teaches multiple continuing education workshops for Pilates instructors, physical therapists, and fitness trainers focusing on educating professionals on how to teach exercise during pregnancy and postpartum. Debra is also the creator of her signature exercise classes, the Pregnancy Workout and the Ab Rehab.  These Pilates-based programs teach participants how to exercise safely and effectively with emphasis on core stabilization and proper alignment.  Debra’s goal is to empower her clients with education and training so they can heal injuries and keep their bodies healthy.


Course Title: The Movement System - Basics and Beyond

CEHs: 3.8


This course will define the human movement system as described by the APTA, and review movement in the areas of postural control, mobility and upper extremity use using a case-based task analysis framework. In addition, integration of motor learning theory (promotion of neuroplasticity and use of augmented feedback) into clinical practice will be examined using cases. Although strongly neuromuscular-based, this course is designed to incorporate and apply to any health condition with movement dysfunction across the lifespan and give the participants skills to use immediately in clinical practice.


Presenter: Carrie Minahan, PT, DPT, MS, Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Dr Minahan is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Sage Colleges in the DPT Program and teaches foundational lecture and lab courses such as clinical neuroscience, neuropathology, and motor control/motor learning. She is a board certified clinical specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy, as well as having certifications in vestibular rehabilitation and hippotherapy. She has been a clinician for 24+ years with a focus on vestibular rehabilitation and adult and pediatric movement disorders. 


Afternoon Course Sessions: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Course Title: Effective use of palpation & functional anatomy to treat shoulder, cervical & thoracic disorders

CEHs: 4.4


This course will review anatomy of the cervical, thoracic and shoulder complex both functionally and through hands on approach. It will progress to application of the findings to treatment techniques that are based the anatomical findings. The course will use models, power points and hands on techniques to delve into the structures under the skin. Students will work with partners to enhance their understanding of the human anatomy. Basic to Intermediate.

Course Reminders: Wear loose clothing


Presenter: Sharon Marion PT, DPT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Sharon Marion has 33 years of clinical experience in acute care, sports medicine, cardiopulmonary rehab and orthopedic rehab. She is a site supervisor for outpatient satellite offices. Sharon is an adjunct faculty member at Sage Colleges since 2005 teaching Surface Anatomy, Gross Anatomy lab, Musculoskeletal labs (upper and lower quarter) and Exercise Physiology lab. She has taught anatomy review classes using the cadavers on 3 occasions and a surface anatomy course for the Eastern District Spring Symposium 2018.


Course Title: Empowering Patients with Chronic Pain

CEHs: 4.5



This will be a combination of lecture and breakouts (lab attire not needed). This course will focus on working with patients who experience chronic pain. It is the hope that after taking this course you will be able to realize that everything you say, every experience you make, and every expectation you set for your patients effects their outcome. The science behind chronic pain will be covered, as well as strategies to utilize to get the best outcomes for your patients who experience chronic pain. Basic/ Intermediate.


Presenter: Alison Synakowski PT, DPT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Dr. Alison Synakowski, PT, DPT, OCS has been practicing for nearly 10 years in the Saratoga Springs region. She received her OCS in 2012 and specializing in treating patients with Orthopedic and Sports Injuries. Alison has been intrigued by treating chronic pain and follows the works of David Butler and Adriaan Louw closely, having attended a course with David Butler in previous years. Alison works with her patients and other PTs to recognize the power or word choice, education and expectations and how finding hope and control are key elements for patient success.


Courses are open to PTs, PTAs, PT Students and PTA Students


Registration Fees:

PT/PTA Member: $100

PT/PTA Non-Member: $150

Student Member: $75

Student Non-Member: $85

Life Members: $50


Register HERE


more Calendar

10/16/2019 » 10/17/2019
NYPTA EC/BOD Fall Meeting

Featured Members

Online Surveys
Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal