APTA Pennsylvania 2021 Centennial Speaker Webinar Series

APTA Pennsylvania is proud to announce our 2021 Centennial Speaker Webinar Series that will bring you engaging educational topics from nationally renowned speakers. There is no cost for registrants to attend the series, however APTA Pennsylvania is asking registrants to consider a $5 minimum donation to one of the three following campaigns:

  • Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
  • APTA's Campaign for Future Generations (DEI Fund)
  • PPTA Advocacy Fund

Once you register for an individual webinar, you will receive the link to register through the GoToWebinar platform in your confirmation email. You must register through the GoToWebinar link to receive the webinar link and audio information to join the when it is time. A reminder email will be sent out prior to the event as well.

Review the webinar details and register below.

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 Personalized Rehabilitation: A Reality - A Look-See Through the Eyes of a Stroke PT


Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, FAHA, FASNR


Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Approved for 1 Direct Access contact hour.


  1. To explore the variability in responses that have always existed to treatment outcomes among individuals with stroke.
  2. To determine the extent to which this variability offers and opportunity to redefine treatment in terms of specifying what intervention might work “best” for a given patient and hence engage in the process of “personalization."
  3. To address the question of whether the concepts of personalized and precision rehabilitation are identical.
  4. To assess the extent to which these concerns should influence our interpretation of information and our dissemination of knowledge to students and colleagues.
More About the Speaker

Steven L. Wolf, Ph.D., PT, FATA, FAHA, FASNR, has been a physical therapist for over 50 years. While his primary contributions have been in the specialties of neurorehabilitation and geriatrics, he has recently evaluated and treated primarily patients with stroke. He is a Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy Education, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine and Senior Researcher and Associate Director for Training at the Atlanta VA Center for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation.

The recipient of many awards from the APTA including the Marian Williams, Research Award, the Lucy Blair Service, the Mary McMillan Lectureship, and several section honors, he is probably best known for his contributions to the development of EMG biofeedback, constraint induced movement therapy and tai chi as clinical interventions. He was on the Steering Committee for the Physical Therapy and Society Summit, which subsequently was responsible for the creation of the interdisciplinary Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science and Technology (FiRST) committee and along with co-chair Colleen Kigin, the emergence of the FiRST Council of the APTA. He has led or contributed to over 270 publications and 700 national and international presentations and has received or assisted in securing over $30M in grant funding.

Register for the "Personalized Rehabilitation: A Reality - A Look-See Through the Eyes of a Stroke PT" webinar.

 Pediatric Annual Physical Therapy Checkup: The Time Is Now!


Cindy Miles, PT, PhD, PCS, CNDT
Kellie S. Gossman, PT, DPT, PCS
Katherine Smith, PT, DPT, PCS


Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Approved for 1 General contact hour.

Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

  1. Recognize the need for the Annual Pediatric PT Checkup and the Academy’s role to promote the mission of health promotion and advocacy.
  2. Discuss the decision framework that is used when providing PT annual checkups.
  3. Apply the aspects of evidence-based practice to the Annual Pediatric PT checkup process.
  4. Examine considerations for successful implementation of the Annual Pediatric PT Check-up.
  5. Utilize APTA and Academy resources to provide Annual PT Checkups in their clinics.
More About the Speakers

Cindy Miles, PT, PhD. PCS, CNDT, established her pediatric private practice in 1981 after serving the pediatric population since 1977. Dr. Miles is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Health Related Professionals, East Stroudsburg University with a Master of Education in exercise physiology and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a PhD in Pediatric Science. Presently, she serves as President of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) and as Chair and Meeting Planner of the APPT Annual Conference.

Dr. Miles presents nationally on pediatric private practice and reimbursement as well as nationally and internationally on Torticollis and Plagiocephaly, and Fitness for All Abilities. She has published in peer review journals and books on topics related to pediatric physical therapy and is a board-certified pediatric specialist.

Kellie S. Gossman, PT, DPT, PCS, is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Physical Therapy Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Kearney, NE. Gossman received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2012 from UNMC and became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2018. Her clinical specialties include pediatrics, chronic health conditions, seating and mobility, lymphedema, women’s health and cancer rehabilitation.

Katherine Smith, PT, DPT, PCS, is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology in the School of Health Science at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. Smith earned her Master of Physical Therapy in 2002 from American International College in Springfield, MA and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017 from the University of St. Augustine. Smith became a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2014. Her clinical specialties include pediatrics and orthopedic physical therapy.

Register for the "Pediatric Annual Physical Therapy Checkup: The Time Is Now!" webinar.

 Regenerative Rehabilitation: Physical Therapeutics Meet Stem Cell Technologies


Fabrisia Ambrosio, PT, PhD


Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

  1. To provide a mechanistic rationale for the integration of rehabilitation approaches in the development of regenerative medicine technologies.
  2. Upon completion of the seminar, learners will be able to define Regenerative Rehabilitation and describe common approaches used in the regenerative medicine pipeline. 
  3. To expand the knowledge base surrounding the development of novel therapeutics for musculoskeletal applications. Specifically, this seminar will provide pre-clinical examples of the Regenerative Rehabilitation paradigm for the treatment of skeletal muscle injuries.
  4. Upon completion of the seminar, learners will have refreshed their understanding of the regenerative cascade following a skeletal muscle injury and increased their exposure to cellular therapeutics and tissue engineering approaches that are being investigated to promote functional recovery after muscle injury.
More About the Speaker

Dr. Fabrisia Ambrosio, PT, PhD, is an associate professor of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Environmental Health & Occupational Safety, and Physical Therapy. She is the Director of Rehabilitation for UPMC International, and she serves on the executive committee for the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Ambrosio’s research has the long-term goal of developing innovative approaches to improve skeletal muscle healing and functional recovery. Specifically, her translationally oriented laboratory investigates the underlying mechanisms by which mechanotransductive signals can be used to enhance endogenous and/or donor stem cell function after injury or with disease.

Dr. Ambrosio has published and recorded several educational modules on the topic of Regenerative Rehabilitation and has assumed international leadership roles in several work group efforts to promote the integration of regenerative medicine technologies with rehabilitation approaches. She is co-director of the Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research & Training (AR3T), an NIH-funded center that supports the expansion of scientific knowledge, expertise and methodologies across the domains of rehabilitation science and regenerative medicine. Dr. Ambrosio is also the Founding Course Director of the Annual International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation and the Founding Director of the International Consortium for Regenerative Rehabilitation, which includes 16 partnering institutions representing North America, Europe, and Asia.

Register for the "Regenerative Rehabilitation: Physical Therapeutics Meet Stem Cell Technologies" webinar.

 An Update on BPPV: What is the Recent Evidence?


Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA


Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

  1. Be provided with the most recent evidence related to the pathophysiology of BPPV and how to educate persons about their BPPV.
  2. Be exposed to the newest interventions for persons with BPPV.
More About the Speaker

Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA, received her PhD in motor development/motor learning from the University of Pittsburgh and her professional physical therapy education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, she is a professor in physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Whitney is supported by the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health to develop technology for persons with vestibular disorders and to study exercise dosage. Dr. Whitney has authored or coauthored over 155 articles on Medline and is currently engaged in research related to concussion and persons with balance and vestibular disorders.

Register for the "An Update on BPPV: What is the Recent Evidence?" webinar.

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