Hands on Labs

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Winter In Jackson

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Mike Cricchio,

5728 NW 80th Ave.
Gainesville, Florida 32653
Phone: (307) 413-8704
Fax: (352) 273-7327

Course Description: (21 continuing education credits)

Participants will actively learn and participate in the study of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand via combined lectures, small group labs and discussion gatherings in a comfortable, relaxed, breath taking setting! This will be an unparalleled event that is open to the new graduate, CHT candidate, or seasoned occupational or physical therapist who is serious about their lifelong study of the Hand and Upper Extremity.

All topics presented by: Ann Porretto-Loehrke PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT and Mike Cricchio MBA, OT/L, CHT

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify understanding of upper extremity anatomy, joint mobilization, kinesiological principles and case study evaluation through group discussion, presentation and individual as well as group lab work.

  2. Recognize the value of personal and clinical collaborative work through multiple small group discussions and labs centered on upper extremity rehabilitation and joint mobilization.

  3. Differentiate between initial and concluding knowledge of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand joint mobilization, biomechanics, anatomy and associated pathologies.

  4. Identify a network of therapist colleagues in which to exchange ideas and contact information.

  5. Differentiate the difference and value of studying the segments of the upper extremity via various educational modes and media.

  6. Recognize and understand the importance of health and balance in rehabilitation.


About the Presenters:

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, is a skilled clinician and dynamic instructor. She is the therapy manager of a large department at the Hand to Shoulder Center. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). She has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of the upper quadrant. Ann completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation. Most recently, Ann has become certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars, as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT).

Ann previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Examination committee for the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). Ann also previously served as the Northeast District chair for the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association from 2004 to 2008. She is a lead instructor who developed the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of six manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. Ann has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, Canadian Hand Conferences, Philadelphia meeting, and Teton Hand Conference.

Mike Cricchio, MBA, OT/L, CHT, is a graduate of the Loma Linda University Occupational Therapy Program. He completed a Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at Stanford University Hospital in 1996 and went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration. He is a Certified Hand Therapist and active clinical educator. He co-founded and chairs the Teton Hand and Upper Extremity Conference Series. He has taught as a guest lecturer at University of Florida Occupational and Physical Therapy programs. He has been an item writer for HTCC and participated as a member of the CHT exam review committee.

Mike has provided instructional education on business and practice management concepts for several annual ASHT and ASHT/ASSH conferences. He has been the Vice Chair and/or Chair of ASHT national conferences in Phoenix, Boston, San Diego and Chicago. Mike has published in the Journal of Hand Therapy and presently works as the Manager of UFHealth Hand and Upper Extremity Center and Educational Conference Coordinator of UFHealth Rehab. Mike also developed the clinical documentation system employed by UFHealth Hand and Upper Extremity Center for the last eight years and dabbles in the development of a variety clinical software solutions.