The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences-Outreach Office Presents the 2021 Wisconsin Hand Experience Fully Online or In-Person.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences-Outreach Office Presents the 2021 Wisconsin Hand Experience Fully Online or In-Person

Wisconsin Hand Experience

Hand Therapy Through the Continuum of Care
Register for Fully OnlineRegister for In-Person
17.5 Contact Hours for All Three Days
Live from Crowne Plaza Milwaukee South Hotel
May 6 - May 8
Updated Billing, Documentation & Compliance Information Topics
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Online Workshop, Exhibitors & Networking
In-Person Workshops Following COVID Guidelines

Join us live May 6-8, 2021
online or in-person for the
2021 Wisconsin Hand Experience

Online attendees will be able to watch all of Thursday & Friday’s presentations live from anywhere. In-Person and Online attendees will have access to the desktop or mobile app that will allow them to network with each other and exhibitors.  In-Person attendees can choose from five different Saturday Workshops (early registration sign ups get priority placement). Online attendees have the option of attending an online Saturday Workshop via Zoom. 

COVID Guidelines Followed for In-Person Event

All State, City, Hotel, & University guidelines will be followed. See more details below. In the event you need to cancel your in-person attendance due to COVID you can transfer to the online event.  Read here for more details. 

Contact Us

Phone: 414-227-3123
Email: chsout@uwm.edu

Online Exhibitors & Networking for All Attendees

Registration comes with access to the WI Hand Event App (for mobile phones or Desktop)  that includes access to Exhibitors information & messaging tool to connect with attendees.

Education Level

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Content Focus:

  • Domain of OT: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery
  • Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention, and Outcomes

Thursday May 6, 12:00pm-5:00pm CT

One Page Agenda PDF

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11:00AM

In-Person Registration Check-In and Exhibits Open
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12:00PM

Welcome & Introduction

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Appleton, WI

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12:15PM

Dry Needling: Mechanisms and Practical Application for the Hand Therapist

Jeffrey Reed, OTR, CHT, Advocate Aurora Health, Franklin, WI

This presentation will provide an overview of utilizing dry needling as an effective tool in managing upper extremity pain and dysfunction. This will include review of pertinent anatomy, a discussion of dry needling’s history, theory and integration into treatment planning, dry needling ethics and procedures. Specific practical application ideas and cases will be presented.
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1:00pm

Therapist Management of Pre-dynamic Wrist Instability

Jamie Bergner, OTR, OTD, CHT, COMT, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Is wrist pain a pain to figure out? Do VISI and DISI make you dizzy? This lecture will unravel the diagnosis of predynamic dorsal and volar intercalated segmental instability of the wrist. Clinical presentations, evaluation findings, and differential diagnosis will be explored and matched with effective therapy treatment plans that will eliminate wrist pain and slow the progression of wrist instability.
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1:45PM

Break
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2:15PM

Progression of Degeneration with SLAC and SNAC Wrists and Surgical Options

Steven Grindel, MD, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

The most common forms of post-traumatic arthritis of the wrist are scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) and scaphoid non-union advanced collapse (SNAC). SLAC and SNAC can lead to painful and debilitating wrists. This presentation will discuss the anatomy and patterns of joint wear attributed to SLAC and SNAC. It will examine different salvage procedures (four-corner fusion, proximal row carpectomy, etc.) to decrease pain and restore stability and strength. A patient, surgeon, and therapist
team approach will be emphasized to ensure optimal functional outcomes.
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3:00PM

Optimal Documentation and Compliance

Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, CHC, Steffes & Associates Consulting Group, New Berlin, WI

This presentation will provide a review and discussion of key elements of documentation that demonstrate value and insure coverage of hand therapy services in all settings and for all payers. Discover key areas of evaluations required to correctly select and code proper evaluation levels. It will also explore functional reporting elements necessary to establish initial and ongoing medical necessity, elements of daily notes to insure coverage and guidelines for top payers.
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3:45PM

Optimal Billing and Compliance

Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, CHC, Steffes & Associates Consulting Group, New Berlin, WI

Optimal billing for services is a key element to any hand therapy provider. Explore billing and coding provisions to better understand optimal billing strategies. This presentation will identify CPT codes utilized for billing and the provisions for selecting and supporting these codes, outlining ways to support splinting and intervention coding.
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4:30PM

Panel Discussion

Steven Grindel, MD, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, CHC, 
Steffes & Associates Consulting Group, New Berlin, WI
Jeffrey Reed, OTR, CHT, Advocate Aurora Health, Franklin, WI
Jamie Bergner, OTR, OTD, CHT, COMT, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

 

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5:00PM

Adjourn
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6:00PM

In-Person Exhibits Close

Thursday Learning Outcomes

  • Identify areas where dry needling may be effective in the upper extremity
  • Identify known risks to dry needling
  • Identify differences between superficial and deep dry needling and indications
  • Explain how dry needling can be integrated into a patient’s plan of care and effective in the management of active or latent trigger points
  • Describe how dry needling can be effective in the management of scars
  • Identify patients who may benefit from dry needling as an intervention
  • Identify the difference between a DISI and a VISI deformity and match with appropriate clinical examination and special tests.
  • Identify both midcarpal supinators and midcarpal pronators to appropriately select exercises that will minimize ligamentous stress and improve neuromuscular control in a DISI or VISI predynamic instability.
  • Identify the progression of OA in the wrist
  • Describe the anatomy and patterns of joint wear in the wrist
  • Summarize different salvage procedures for SLAC and SNAC wrists with their expected outcomes with therapy
  • Outline four key areas of evaluations required to correctly select and code proper evaluation levels
  • Identify functional reporting elements necessary to establish initial and ongoing medical necessity
  • Describe three key roles for a progress report and how to meet standards
  • List five elements of daily notes to insure coverage
  • Explore coverage guidelines for top payers
  • Identify billing and coding provisions in the top three payers
  • List the top 10 CPT codes utilized for billing and understand the concepts of relative value
  • Identify appropriate billing codes and provisions for selecting and supporting those codes
  • Outline three ways to support both orthotics and intervention coding in billing documentation

Friday May 7, 8:00am-5:30pm CT

One Page Agenda PDF

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7:40AM

In-Person Exhibits Open
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8:00AM

Welcome

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Appleton, WI

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8:05AM

Management of Flexor and Extensor Repairs and Cadaveric Dissection

David Meister, MD, Hand to Shoulder Specialists of Wisconsin and Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Flexor and extensor tendon injuries are common problems that almost always require formal therapy. A successful patient outcome often depends more on therapy than any surgical intervention. This presentation will review common and unique flexor and extensor tendon injuries and treatments. Real cases will be presented and discussed along with cadaveric dissection.
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9:45AM

Current Concepts and Considerations in Flexor Tendon Rehabilitation with an Emphasis on Zone II

Jennifer Dodson, OTR/L, CHT, OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the evolution of flexor tendon rehabilitation. Current concepts and essential considerations for treatment of each flexor tendon zone will be presented with an emphasis on zone II. Evidence-based practice, client factors and preferences, surgical findings and the treating therapists’ clinical expertise will be discussed. Factors that influence outcomes and returning patients to their meaningful occupations will be examined.
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10:30AM

Break
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11:00AM

Extensor Tendon Rehabilitation

Bob Phillips, OTR, CHT, COMT, Optim Therapy, Savannah, GA

This presentation will provide a detailed discussion of the current evidence for extensor tendon rehabilitation. This will include a variety of interventions such as therapeutic management of the mallet finger, short arc motion (SAM) for zones 3 and 4, special concerns for boutonniere and swan neck conditions, and managing zone 5 with relative motion.
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11:45AM

Scar Adherence Following Tendon Repair: Techniques to Maximize Gliding and Function

Jennifer Dodson, OTR/L, CHT, OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC 
Bob Phillips, OTR, CHT, COMT, Optim Therapy, Savannah, GA 

A variety of evidenced based interventions will be presented for managing scar adherence including: orthoses, scar massage and other interventions.
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12:30PM

Lunch
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1:30PM

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Diagnostic Criteria and Management

Nalini Sehgal, MD, UW Health, Madison, WI

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a potentially disabling pain condition. It is characterized by regional pain and a cluster of symptoms and signs in affected limbs. This session will discuss the diagnosis of CRPS based on Budapest clinical criteria which provide acceptable sensitivity and specificity. The presentation will include the multiple, complex and poorly understood pathophysiological mechanisms underlying clinical manifestations of CRPS. It will emphasize the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment to reduce pain, restore mobility and function and address psychological distress.
The essential components of patient education and self-management will also be discussed.
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2:15PM

Therapist Management of Total Shoulder Arthroplasty and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Appleton, WI

Shoulder arthroplasty is a diagnosis now commonly seen in the clinic. Become familiarized with the two types of shoulder arthroplasties and how post-operative rehabilitation varies for each. This presentation will provide a summary of rehabilitation progression, goals, common pitfalls and expected clinical outcomes.
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3:00PM

Break
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3:30PM

Surgeon’s Perspective with Both Total (Anatomic) and Reverse Total Shoulders

David R. Ross, MD, Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin, Racine, WI

This presentation will provide an overview of the differences between total (anatomic) and reverse shoulder arthroplasty. It will include patient factors, surgical indications and techniques, rehabilitation and outcomes.
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4:15PM

Rehab Principles for the Overhead Athlete

Andrew Naylor DPT, SCS Bellin Health- Titletown, Green Bay, WI

This presentation will focus on the rehabilitation of overhead athletes with an overview of how the kinetic chain plays a role in shoulder and elbow function. Key areas of rehabilitation will include manual therapy promoting shoulder and elbow range of motion and mobility, rotator cuff strengthening, and both open and closed chain scapular strengthening techniques. Additional emphasis will be placed on the hip and core strengthening exercises for overhead athletes.
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5:00PM

Panel Discussion

David R. Ross, MD, Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin, Racine, WI
Nalini Sehgal, MD, UW Health, Madison, WI
Bob Phillips, OTR, CHT, COMT, Optim Therapy, Savannah, GA
Jennifer Dodson, OTR/L, CHT, OrthoCarolina, Charlotte, NC
David Meister, MD, Hand to Shoulder Specialists of Wisconsin and Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Andrew Naylor, DPT, SCS Bellin Health- Titletown, Green Bay, WI

 

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5:30PM

Adjourn
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6:30PM

In-Person Exhibits Close

Friday Learning Outcomes

  • Describe anatomy including the delicate balance between flexor and extensor tendon mechanisms 
  • Identify mechanisms and zones of injury and how they guide orthotic intervention
  • Identify surgical treatments including primary repairs as well as common tendon transfers to restore function
  • Identify potential complications associated with each flexor tendon zone of injury
  • Compare the differences in flexor tendon early active protocols and the available literature that supports these protocols
  • Summarize the role of client factors, available evidence, surgical findings and your own clinical expertise when considering which flexor tendon protocol to use
  • Identify a specific digit extensor tendon present at each zone (I-V)
  • Select a mallet orthosis that improves patient compliance
  • Explain how the short arc motion (SAM) protocol at zone III and IV can prevent tendon adherence
  • Describe how the relative motion orthosis protects the repaired zone V extensor tendon
  • Identify an orthosis for extrinsic tendon tightness
  • Describe a low-cost intervention to provide a low load prolonged stretch to a scar and tendon
  • Summarize the current evidence on scar massage
  • Identify various therapeutic exercises to incorporate into the treatment plan to address scar adherence between structures
  • Describe Budapest Criteria for diagnosis of CRPS
  • Summarize the heterogeneous clinical presentation of CRPS
  • Articulate rationale for comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment in CRPS
  • Discuss evidence for pharmacotherapy in CRPS
  • Describe evidence for interventional therapies in CRPS
  • Describe the basic principles of somatosensory rehabilitation for neuropathic pain
  • Summarize the evidence supporting somatosensory rehabilitation
  • Name the differences in surgical techniques for a total (or anatomic) shoulder arthoplasty (TSA) and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA)
  • Summarize the different patients that will benefit from TSA and rTSA
  • Identify the key differences in the postoperative therapy and long term outcomes of TSA and rTSA
  • Differentiate between the two types of procedures: total (or anatomic) shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA)
  • Explain the post-operative precautions for TSA and rTSA
  • Summarize rehabilitation progression and goals
  • Clarify expected clinical outcomes
  • Describe common pitfalls and lifetime restrictions
  • Explain the importance of the entire kinetic chain as it relates to the function of the overhead athlete
  • Identify manual therapy techniques useful for restoring elbow and shoulder range of motion in overhead athletes
  • Identify therapeutic exercise techniques to increase rotator cuff and scapular strength in throwing athletes
  • Identify effective hip and core strengthening exercises needed to improve kinetic chain function in overhead athletes

Saturday Workshops Offered

May 8, 8am-1:30pm CT

Comprehensive Treatment of the Overhead Athlete: Integration of Technology with Clinical Evaluation and Rehabilitation

In-Person Only

Andrew Naylor DPT, SCS and Jesse Krzyzanowski DPT, SCS

This workshop will explore evaluation strategies for overhead athletes including proximal screening and motion analysis. It will dive into treatment techniques ranging from manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and biomechanics retraining. Participants will integrate current understanding of evaluation and diagnostic skills with a video-based biomechanical evaluation of the overhead throwing motion. Paired with advanced manual and exercise-based rehabilitation techniques, and an understanding and avoidance of high risk training exercises, this workshop will provide the practitioner with foundational knowledge needed to care for overhead athletes ranging from youth to professional groups.

Outcomes

  • Explain the epidemiology of shoulder and elbow pain and injury in the overhead athlete population
  • Identify activities and training paradigms that are associated with the highest risk of injury in overhead athletes
  • Identify the most effective evaluation techniques for diagnosis of neck, shoulder, and elbow injury in overhead athletes
  • Identify how to integrate biomechanical and technological information into the comprehensive evaluation of overhead athletes
  • Explain how to critically evaluate emerging therapeutic trends and performance aids that are ever present in the sports medicine and performance training worlds affecting throwing athletes
  • Explain how to critically evaluate emerging therapeutic trends and performance aids that are ever present in the sports medicine and performance training worlds affecting throwing athletes
  • Identify injury prevention strategies for overhead athletes including monitoring training loads, pitch counts, biomechanical faults, and avoidance of harmful training aids

Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Lateral Elbow Pain

In-Person Only

Jamie Bergner, OTR, OTD, CHT, COMT

Are you tired of treating patients with lateral elbow pain, only to have them return with incomplete resolution of their symptoms? This manual therapy workshop will explore the differential diagnosis of lateral elbow pain. Participants will identify patients with underlying joint, nerve, ligament, or musculotendinous conditions of the elbow through application of a basic clinical examination. Effective treatment interventions will be practiced, and participants will leave armed with new manual therapy techniques to address recurrent lateral elbow pain. By evaluating and treating underlying conditions, this workshop will make treating lateral epicondylosis fun again!

Outcomes

  • Identify differential diagnosis through the basic clinical examination of the elbow in identifying underlying humeral radial joint dysfunction with the diagnosis of lateral epicondylosis
  • Perform humeroradial joint traction techniques to alleviate lateral elbow pain
  • Perform a radial nerve impingement screen to determine neurological implications for lateral elbow pain and demonstrate appropriate nerve gliding techniques

Joint Mobilization Techniques for the Wrist and Digits

In-Person 

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

Come and discover new ways to facilitate improved mobility using a systematic approach. The course combines lecture and lab to give hand therapists manual therapy techniques to improve motion at the wrist, thumb and fingers that can be used immediately in the clinic. This course is beneficial for both the new graduate and seasoned clinician alike!

Outcomes

  • Explain the anatomy of the wrist, including the arthrokinematic relationship of radiocarpal joint (RCJ) and midcarpal joint (MCJ) motion.
  • Recognize how the radial column of the wrist contributes to motion at the thumb CMC joint.
  • Draw out pertinent surface anatomy to identify landmarks for performing manual techniques.
  • Perform testing to identify a capsular pattern of the wrist, thumb carpometacarpal (CMC), metacarpal (MP) and interphalangeal (IP) joints of the thumb and fingers to determine if joint mobilization in indicated.
  • Demonstrate how to perform joint mobilization techniques to address limitations at the wrist, thumb and fingers to facilitate improved mobility.

Orthotic Fabrication

In-Person Only

Bob Phillips, OTR, CHT, COMT

Buckle up for this hands-on workshop that will allow participants the opportunity to fabricate a variety of orthoses discussed during course content. Orthoses will include the relative motion extension orthosis (RMEO) for extensor tendons zone V-VI, relative motion flexion orthosis (RMFO) for boutonniere deformities, a serial cast for a PIP flexion deformity, and casting the mallet finger. The workshop will include demonstrations of these and other orthoses with ample time for participant fabrication.

Outcomes

  • Select and fabricate a mallet orthosis that improves patient adherence
  • Describe fabrication methods for each finger using a RMEO for zone V-VI
  • Fabricate a low budget dynamic orthosis for zone V-VII extensor tendon repair

Fully Online Workshop

Joint Mobilization Techniques for the Wrist and Digits,  Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT
Online

Come and discover new ways to facilitate improved mobility using a systematic approach. The course combines lecture and lab to give hand therapists manual therapy techniques to improve motion at the wrist, thumb and fingers that can be used immediately in the clinic. This course is beneficial for both the new graduate and seasoned clinician alike!

Outcomes

  • Explain the anatomy of the wrist, including the arthrokinematic relationship of radiocarpal joint (RCJ) and midcarpal joint (MCJ) motion.
  • Recognize how the radial column of the wrist contributes to motion at the thumb CMC joint.
  • Draw out pertinent surface anatomy to identify landmarks for performing manual techniques.
  • Perform testing to identify a capsular pattern of the wrist, thumb carpometacarpal (CMC), metacarpal (MP) and interphalangeal (IP) joints of the thumb and fingers to determine if joint mobilization in indicated.
  • Demonstrate how to perform joint mobilization techniques to address limitations at the wrist, thumb and fingers to facilitate improved mobility.

Presenters 

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Jamie Bergner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, COMT

A fulltime clinician at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a Level I trauma center in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated with her post-professional doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in occupational therapy with an elective track in education in 2016 and with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 2000. Jamie teaches continuing education courses nationally with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US Hand and Upper Extremity Track. She also teaches with MedBridge, and has four courses offered online for continuing education. Passionate about evidence-informed care, Jamie mentors level II fieldwork students, new therapists, and teaches the online curriculum for the Master’s of Occupational Therapy Program at Cox College located in Springfield, Missouri. Jamie is actively involved in conducting research and promoting clinical research pathways for therapists at Vanderbilt. She is a published author through the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, OT Practice, and the Journal of Hand Therapy. She has a husband of 19 years, and two children aged 14 and 9 and their whole family is active in martial arts. She loves spending time with her family outside hiking, biking, and running and likes to travel.side hiking, biking, and running and likes to travel.

Jennifer Dodson, OTR/L, CHT

(Presenting virtually)
Graduated from Florida International University’s Occupational Therapy program in 1998 and has been treating outpatients since then. In 2002 she was honored to be chosen to the Evelyn J. Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2004. She has served on the education council for the American Society of Hand Therapists. She is an active member of AOTA and ASHT. She started her continuing education business, 3 Kings Upper Extremity Specialists, in 2008 and has started hand therapy programs in a variety of outpatient settings. She is currently enrolled in the post-professional OTD program at Thomas Jefferson University with an advanced practice certificate in “Teaching in the Digital Age”. Her passion and interest areas are trauma and sports medicine, which she has the opportunity to pursue working at University of Florida Health Jacksonville, a level one academic trauma hospital. She now works at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, NC​. 

Steven Grindel, MD

A Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division Head of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. His current practice focuses on surgery from the shoulder to finger-tip. He serves as the associate fellowship director for the Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship. Dr. Grindel is an active mentor to students and trainees including medical students, residents, and fellows. He participates in research focusing on traumatic degenerative and acquired conditions affecting the upper extremities. Dr. Grindel has lectured at regional, national and international meetings. He has published original research in various medical journals.

Jesse Krzyzanowski, DPT, SCS

A board-certified sports physical therapist employed with Bellin Health at the Titletown location in Green Bay, WI. He has been practicing in an outpatient setting for nine years. He has a passion for working with the overhead athlete and directs the overhead athlete programming at Bellin’s Movement Performance Lab. He has clinical interests including manual therapy, biomechanics, and the evaluation and treatment of hip, knee, and shoulder disorders. He obtained his sports physical therapy specialty certification in 2016.

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David Meister, MD

A board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hand as well as shoulder and elbow surgery. A Wisconsin native, he completed undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at UW-Madison and medical school at Stanford University. He came home for orthopaedic surgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and then fellowship in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He enjoys taking care of all problems from shoulder to fingertip as well as teaching residents at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is currently a partner at the Hand to Shoulder Specialists of Wisconsin and Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, located in Milwaukee.

Andrew Naylor DPT, SCS

A board-certified sports physical therapist with over 13 years of experience caring for athletes at the high school, collegiate, and professional level. He works at Bellin Health at the Titletown location in Green Bay, WI with clinical interests including upper extremity rehabilitation for the overhead athlete, dry needling, performance enhancement, and manual therapy techniques. He completed his physical therapy degree and his sports physical therapy residency program at Ohio State and had sports medicine experience with the Cincinnati Reds and the United States Olympic Committee.

Bob Phillips, OTR, CHT, COMT

Received his Masters of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 2011. After graduation he joined a dynamic hand therapy team in Savannah, Georgia working closely with two Board Certified Hand Surgeons. In 2016, He received the CHT designation and became the Occupational Therapy Clinical Coordinator for Optim Therapy. Bob is an active member of the Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity Special Interest Group (GHUESIG) where he has had the pleasure of collaborating for CEU opportunities. Bob recently obtained his Certification of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine (IAOM-US) in 2020. His passion is with trauma and custom orthosis fabrication. Bob enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and living life with his wife and two daughters.

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

A skilled clinician with a passion for teaching and clinical treatment of upper extremity disorders. She has been practicing for 25 years and teaching continuing education courses for the past 15. She is the therapy co-manager of a large department at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. 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 received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University and completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation. She is also certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars, as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). Ann previously served as an item writer for the CHT examination and served as the Vice-Chair of the Examination committee for the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). She is a lead instructor who co-developed the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of 6 manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. She co-authored a chapter in Rehabilitation of the Hand & Upper Extremity on nerve compression syndromes of the elbow and forearm, as well as published two peer-reviewed articles entitled “Clinical Manual Assessment of the Wrist” and “Taping Techniques for the Wrist” in the 2016 Journal of Hand Therapy’s special edition of the wrist. Ann serves as the planning committee chair for the Wisconsin Hand Experience conference and has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, Canadian Society of Hand Therapist Annual Conference, Philadelphia meeting, and Teton Hand Conferences. She also teaches online courses for MedBridge education.

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Jeffrey Reed, OTR, CHT

An occupational therapist for Advocate Aurora Health, with an additional certification in hand therapy, Jeff Reed earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Mount Mary University. Prior to that, he received an undergraduate degree in exercise and sport science with an emphasis on coaching and strength/conditioning from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Jeff uses research-based strategies for developing treatment and implementing interventions, including the use of trigger point dry needling, for an outpatient orthopedic patient population. Jeff completed his training in dry needling through the IAOM.

David Ross, MD

An Orthopaedic Surgeon who focuses on Shoulder and Sports Medicine. He has additional board certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Ross received his medical education at Michigan State University, performed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at The University of Toledo in Ohio, then completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder surgery at the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He has presented research locally and nationally and has an active clinical practice in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Nalini Sehgal, MD

Professor, Division Chief Rehabilitation Medicine, and Vice Chair Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at University of Wisconsin, UW Health Madison, WI. She is Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has Subspecialty Board certification in Pain Medicine. She established and has led the Interventional Pain Program at UW Health from 2000. She is the program director of the accredited multidisciplinary UW Pain Medicine Fellowship. She directs the Annual Comprehensive Review of Pain Medicine, in Madison, a nationally recognized multidisciplinary Pain Medicine meeting. Her clinical and research interests include pain assessment, neuropathic pain, spinal pain, interventional approaches, systematic reviews and guideline development for interventional pain treatments and opioid use. She has several publications in peer reviewed journals. She serves on the editorial boards of Pain Medicine and Pain Physician and peer reviews manuscripts for multiple pain journals. She is a founding member of the Neuropathic Pain Consortium. She is the site PI (UW Madison) for recent NIH funded Uni of Pittsburgh, Hub and Spoke, Early Phase Pain Investigation Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net).

Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT , CHC

President/Consultant of Steffes & Associates, a rehabilitation consulting service based in Wisconsin. She provides consulting services to rehab providers nation-wide working with over 50-practices/health care systems per year. She has enabled providers to achieve optimum success in the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care to their patients/clients by offering assistance with:

  • Optimal reimbursement and documentation strategies
  • Lobbying and advocacy for therapy services
  • Negotiating managed care contracts and payer relations
  • Training and staff development in the referral and payer relations process
  • Marketing and program development
  • Customer Service initiatives and patient alumni programs

Dr. Steffes is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University and completed her Transitional DPT in December of 2010.  She served as a Network Administrator for a group of 50+ private practice clinics where her primary responsibilities include marketing, payer and provider relations and contract management.  In addition to her work as a consultant, Ms. Steffes is a frequents speaker at both National & State Meetings.  She works as adjunct faculty member/guest faculty in the physical therapy programs of the University of Wisconsin Madison.  She is also a guest lecturer and recent recipient of PT Alumni of the year award at her alma mater Northwestern University in Chicago.  Her expertise ranges from professional referral relations, marketing & customer service and practice start-ups.  In addition, she has addressed private practices, hospital systems, professional associations and therapy networks in over thirty states. Dr. Steffes is active in her profession as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on Board of Directors for the Private Practice Section of APTA, and the Wisconsin Chapter of APTA, serving as the Chapter’s Reimbursement Specialist.

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6401 South 13th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53221

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The Crowne Plaza Milwaukee South hotel is located off I-94, just under three miles from General Mitchell International Airport and less than 10 miles from downtown. In addition to free Wi-Fi access, the hotel offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle. The hotel has a fitness center (Fitness Center is open with modified COVID-19 protocols) and concierge service. Click here for details about Crowne Plaza & IHG’s “Way of Clean.”

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Lodging rooms can be reserved at a discounted rate for single and double rooms. Participants should identify themselves as attendees with the UW-Milwaukee conference to receive the reduced rate. The Special group block rate is $103 per night. Participants have until 4/5/2021 to book at the special rate.

*CEUs are based on participant’s actual class hours. Agenda is subject to change based on instructor preference and time available. Speakers and programs subject to change. Need a paper registration to mail or fax a check? Download this PDF & Fax or Mail it to us! 

 

All Three Days

1.75/CEUs
(17 hours, 30 mins)

$640 

Friday & Saturday Only

1.25/CEUs
(12 hours, 30 mins)

$465

Thursday & Friday Only

1.2/CEUs
(12 hours)

$455

Thursday Only

.45/CEUs
(4 hours, 30 mins)

$205 

Saturday Only Workshops

.5/CEUs
(5 hours)

$215

Thursday & Saturday Only

.95/CEUs
(9 hours, 30 mins)

$420

Friday Only

.75/CEUs
(7 hours, 30 mins)

$250

Saturday Only Workshops

.5/CEUs
(5 hours)

$215

*CEUs are based on participant’s actual class hours. Agenda is subject to change based on instructor preference and time available. Speakers and programs subject to change. Need a paper registration to mail or fax a check? Download this PDF & Fax or Mail it to us! 

 

Virtual Access for All Attendees

Wisconsin Hand Experience 2021
Event Content

Make your Profile and Access Event Content: 

 

  • View Schedules
  • Workshop Locations and Details
  • Handouts
  • View Speaker Bios
  • Access Exhibitor Information including viewing Exhibitor Feature Sessions. Fill out the Poll in Exhibitor Sessions for a chance to win a free WI Hand Registration next year! 
  • Even More!
Engage

Engage with Attendees, Speakers & Exhibitors

Ask questions in the Panel Discussions & other Sessions with the Session Chat or Activity Stream. Send Direct Messages to other attendees and exhibitors. Communicate with exhibitors and attendees prior and post event. Enter to win a giveaway for a FREE 2022 Wisconsin Hand Registration in the app! Download now so you don’t miss the opportunity to win! Attendees will receive an event code via email a week prior to the event. 

Mobile Device Enter Giveaway in Exhibitor Session Polls - FREE Registration for 2022

Enter in each exhibitor session for an entry! 
Go to Schedule, Exhibitor Feature (purple), Click Poll (green) & Submit! 

Web Browser Enter Giveaway in Exhibitor Session Polls - FREE Registration for 2022

Enter in each exhibitor session for an entry! 
Go to Schedule, Exhibitor Feature (purple), Click Poll (green) & Submit! 

Use Web Browser to View Event Content & Engage

Troubleshoot Web Browser Livestream View Here

The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge & Safari recommended

Have further questions about using the platform? Reach out to Attendify Support at support@attendify.com or chat them on any Attendify web page.

View Schedule, Exhibitors & Watch Live
Watch Live Full Screen on Mobile or Desktop
Download Worksheets
Exhibitor Sessions & Enter to Win Giveaway
Post to Everyone or Ask a Question in Activity Stream
Chat in a Particular Session
Direct Message Attendees

Use Mobile App to View Event Content & Engage

Link to Apple App Store for iPhone
Link to Play Market for Android 

Troubleshoot Mobile App Here

Have further questions about using the mobile app? Reach out to Attendify Support at support@attendify.com or chat with them on any Attendify web page.

View Schedule & Watch Sessions
Enter Giveaway on Exhibitor Feature Session Poll
View Exhibitor Virtual "Booth"
Post to Everyone or Ask a Question in Activity Stream
Chat in a Particular Session
Direct Message Attendees

How To Videos

How to Join in Web Browser

The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge & Safari recommended

Edit Profile in Web Browser
Download Worksheets
Download Free on App Store & Join Mobile App
Download Free on Google Play Store & Join Mobile App
Edit Profile in Mobile App
Mobile Device Enter Giveaway in Exhibitor Session Polls - FREE Registration for 2022
Web Browser Enter Giveaway in Exhibitor Session Polls - FREE Registration for 2022

Livestream FAQ

My Event Code isn't working & I am in Internet Explorer

The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge & Safari is recommended. Internet Explorer is not Supported. 

I cannot bypass the event code screen, the webpage reloads, and asks for the event code again. What should I do?

In that case, your browser, firewall, VPN, or an adblocker prevents you from moving forward. The below troubleshooting tips must help:

  • please make sure you use the latest version of one of the following browsers: Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox

  • please disable any adblockers, firewalls and VPNs. They can be installed as browser extensions or desktop apps. Ad blockers can also be a part of your antivirus software - make sure the program has a web shield disabled.

  • as an extra step, you can switch to the Incognito window and try to connect through another non-corporate network.

I am using Safari and have no audio when watching sessions.

By default, Safari blocks the auto-play for audio content. In order to change the auto-play settings on Safari, please select Allow Auto-Play under Settings for this Website in your browser as shown below:

Every time I am trying to get into the desktop version, I am getting kicked out of the event. Why?

For security reasons, you can’t be logged in on two separate browsers or two different machines at the same time. Please make sure to close the event link on other browsers and/or computers.

Individuals who are registered are watching the Event Together. How do we all gain CEUs?

Please email chsout@uwm.edu and let us know who is in your group. We also encourage each person to join on the mobile app or web browser livestream to participate. By Joining you will be able to ask questions to presenters, interact with exhibitors, converse with other participants and enter the giveaway. If you choose not to access the website/app you will be missing out on the social part of the conference which would be unfortunate. In order to receive your CEU Certificate you must fill out an emailed evaluation form for each day. Your CEUs will be emailed within three weeks of filling out the Evaluations.

How do I "check in" or make sure I gain CEUs?

Joining and viewing the livestream will count as checking in & filling out the emailed evaluations at the end of the day will allow us to follow up with your CEU Certificate by email. 

I missed a Thursday or Friday Session

All the Thursday and Friday sessions will be viewed live on the livestream platform. They will all be recorded & posted the following day. If you miss a session, you can watch it the next day in the platform. These recordings can be viewed for two weeks. Just make sure to watch the session and fill out the proper evaluation form to receive your CEUs. Your CEU certificate will be sent three weeks after viewing the content & submitting your evaluation form.  

I do not know what the event code is.

Search your inbox and SPAM folder for a message from "chs-outreach@uwm.edu" or a subject line "View Wisconsin Hand 2021" If you are still having trouble finding it in your email. Send chsout@uwm.edu an email (with the email you registered with). 

I can't find my Course Evaluation Email

Check your spam folder for an email from chs-outreach@uwm.edu. Course Evaluation emails with links to the forms will be sent at the end of each day. If you don't recieve it please email chsout@uwm.edu with the email you registered with. 

Exhibitors

There is an option for a virtual profile space if you come in-person or choose to participate only online. The In-Person exhibitor display will be held on Thursday, May 6 from 11am-6pm and Friday, May 7 from 7:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lunch is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. with a break in the morning (10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) and a break in the afternoon (3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Exhibitors will be invited to participate in the event app & have multiple opportunities to reach attendees in the livestream and event app. This will provide an opportunity to engage and follow up with all attendees (virtual or in-person) via live chat. This also allows virtual registrants to see and ask questions about your products & allow you to connect with all attendees. For visuals, examples and overall benefits view the Exhibitor PDF Presentation here.   To sign up as an exhibitor fill out this form here and submit it back to our department email.

Exhibitors can set up In-Person Thursday 10am & Friday 6:30 a.m. – 7:40am. Exhibitors can choose to come both or only one day and/or engage virtually.

 

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General Information

UWM has devised a decision-making strategy that considers many factors to protect the health and safety of our participants during the pandemic. Decisions could involve a range of actions, up to and including converting in person programs to virtual instruction. If any university decisions that impact your program occur, you will receive direct communication from the Outreach Office. If the delivery method of a continuing education course is changed and it no longer fits your preference and you would prefer to cancel your enrollment please contact the outreach office to change or cancel your registration at chsout@uwm.edu

Early registration is encouraged to guarantee space. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Enrollment is confirmed upon receipt of registration and payment. Lunch and all breaks are included in course fees. You can choose from a variety of payment methods; a check, company purchase order (P.O.), money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express). Checks should be made payable to “University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.” 

Cancellations by participants must be received no later than April 5, 2021 for a refund less a $25.00 service charge. Registrants who must cancel after April 5, 2021 will be issued a credit certificate for the program fee paid less a $50.00 service fee. The credit certificate will expire on May 23, 2022 and may be applied to any University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences Outreach Program; credit certificates cannot be used for co-sponsored programs. Program agendas, speakers and CEUs are subject to change. If UW-Milwaukee must cancel the course for any reason a 100% refund of the registration fee will be provided. If you have any questions, please call (414) 227-3123.

Please advise us at the time of registration if you have special needs. Requests will be kept confidential. Please submit special needs requests four weeks prior to the program date.

*CEUs are based on participant’s actual class hours. Agenda is subject to change based on instructor preference and time available. Speakers and programs subject to change.

Contact Us: 414-227-3123 | chsout@uwm.edu

F.A.Q.

Is there a Group Discount?

Three or more people (from the same place of employment) will receive 20% off of the total transaction. Registration must be completed in one payment.  You can register & receive the group discount for attending online or in-person

Can I pay by mail, phone or fax?

Courses require full payment at the time of registration. You can choose from a variety of payment methods. Payment can be made with a check, company purchase order (P.O.), money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to “University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.” Cash is accepted through in-person registration only, please email ahead (chsout@uwm.edu) if this is what you plan on doing. Due to COVID we have limited seats, so if you plan on registering in-person with cash we must reserve your seat in advance.  

If you register by mail or fax, all registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. You must rank your choices of Saturday workshops. While we will make every effort to accommodate first choices, please note that workshops have limited capacities.

Download and Print this PDF Registration Form

Mail orders to:  Noncredit Registration – UWM Drawer No 491, Milwaukee, WI 53293-0491

Fax orders to:  414-227-3146

Phone:  414-227-3200  or  1-800-222-3626

If you have not received a confirmation email three days before the program, please call our office at 414-227-3123 or email us at chsout@uwm.edu.

Special Needs Requests

Please advise us at the time of registration if you have special needs. Requests will be kept confidential. If requests are received less than four weeks prior to the program date, we may not be able to accommodate you.

What is your Cancelation and Refund Policy?

CANCELATION POLICY: The College of Health Sciences Outreach Office reserves the right to cancel any offering for which registrations are not sufficient to support budgeted expenses. A full refund is issued to program participants if the program is cancelled by the College of Health Sciences Outreach Office for any reason. For cancellations made by a participant at least 14 days before the start of the program, a refund will be issued minus a $25.00 processing fee. For cancellations made within 14 days of the program, a certificate worth the value of the program (minus a $25.00 processing fee) will be issued and is valid for one year from the date of the original course.

What if I didn't receive a confirmation email?

Check your spam filter. If you have not received a confirmation email three days before the program, please call our office at 414-227-3123 or email us at chsout@uwm.edu.

What are the COVID precautions taken for the in-person event?

Click here for details about Crowne Plaza & IHG’s “Way of Clean.”

For details about how Crowne Plaza Milwaukee South is handling Post-COVID meetings watch this video here. 

In addition to the above the event will  be practicing all guidelines from the Milwaukee health department including:  social distancing and the wearing of masks. We are also creating an app that will include conference information, networking for limited in-person contact. 

UWM has devised a decision-making strategy that considers many factors to protect the health and safety of our participants during the pandemic. Decisions could involve a range of actions, up to and including converting in person programs to virtual instruction. If any university decisions that impact your program occur, you will receive direct communication from the Outreach Office. If the delivery method of a continuing education course is changed and it no longer fits your preference and you would prefer to cancel your enrollment please contact the outreach office to change or cancel your registration.

What if I come into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID, test positive for COVID myself, or feel sick and cannot attend?

You can change your registration from in-person to fully online. Please contact our office as soon as possible at chs-outreach@uwm.edu.

If the delivery method of a continuing education course is changed and it no longer fits your preference and you would prefer to cancel your enrollment please contact the outreach office to change or cancel your registration.

How do I purchase a Hotel room for the event?

Lodging rooms can be reserved at a discounted rate for single and double rooms. Participants should identify themselves as attendees with the UW-Milwaukee conference to receive the reduced rate. 

The Special group block rate is $103 per night. Participants have until 4/5/2021 to book at the special rate.

Click here for details about Crowne Plaza & IHG’s “Way of Clean.”

For details about how Crowne Plaza Milwaukee South is handling Post-COVID meetings watch this video here. 

For those attending fully online, how will we participate?

You will receive access to the same app that in-person attendees have access to. You can use your computer for the desktop version or the mobile app. You will be able to view the lectures from this app via Vimeo or Zoom live. You can participate in the session chat as well. Virtual attendees will also be able to view exhibitor information. Quality internet service is recommended if you are viewing live online. 

Why should I register early?

Early registration is encouraged to guarantee space and prevent course cancellation due to low enrollment. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is confirmed upon receipt of registration and payment or agency guarantee of payment. The College of Health Sciences Outreach Office reserves the right to cancel any offering for which registrations are not sufficient to support budgeted expenses. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented on this website. However, all course information, instructor designations, locations and fees described in this catalog are subject to change without notice. See our website & emails for updates. Lunch is included only where indicated. If you have any questions, please call 414-227-3123 or email chsout@uwm.edu

What if I have more questions?

Contact Us: 414-227-3123  |  chsout@uwm.edu

Register for Wisconsin Hand Today

Workshops are first come first serve, so register today! 

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Therapy Association

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences is an AOTA approved provider of Continuing Education. Provider #: 4001. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. AOTA Course Approval Code #02293

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences-Outreach Office Presents the 2021 Wisconsin Hand Experience Fully Online or In-Person.