JOIN US LIVE APRIL 13 AT 2:30PM MDST / 4:30PM EDST

STRAIGHT TALK:

DOES ALIGNMENT MATTER IN PEDIATRIC THERAPY?

Field Leaders Gather to Spark a Conversation

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WHAT IS STRAIGHT TALK?

Happy you asked!

(No, this is not a course ...)

It’s an hour-long, live panel discussion where four pediatric therapy leaders will come together to discuss the question,

“DOES ALIGNMENT MATTER IN PEDIATRIC THERAPY?

These therapists have collectively accumulated OVER 100 YEARS of clinical experience, teaching, researching, and scouring the literature to continually push the boundaries of what it means to provide the best possible care for their clients. 

  • We’re sure you will learn and grow during this live, hour-long conversation, and perhaps decide for yourself to investigate this topic further. 
  • We anticipate a lively and informed conversation with questions and comments from you as time permits.
  • We encourage you to continue the discussion with your own colleagues.

Special Announcement:

Due to demand, the panelists are going to hang out for an extra 30 minutes post Straight Talk for an extended question and answer session. If you've already blocked the hour on your calendar for Straight Talk, perhaps you'll want to extend that another 30 minutes. 😊


The Panelists

MEET THE EXPERTS

We've assembled a panel of highly regarded and experienced leaders in the pediatric development field who will discuss the merits of alignment and participation. 

These thought leaders include Beverly (Billi) Cusick, Dr. Mary Massery, Dr. Susan Hastings, and Mindy Silva, with Vincent Leddy moderating. 

Beverly Cusick Profile Photo

Billi (Beverly) Cusick

PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC

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Dr. Mary Massery

PT, DPT, DSc

Susan Hastings Profile Photo

Dr. Susan Hastings

PT, DPT, PCS

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Mindy Silva

PT, MSc

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MODERATOR

Vincent Leddy

PT, DPT, PCS

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I'M NOT MISSING THIS 

COMMON QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Is Straight Talk a training course?


No, it's not a training course. It's a discussion — a conversation — among four pediatric therapy leaders. And you get a front row Zoom seat to that discussion and the opportunity to ask questions.

Will there be a replay?

We cannot guarantee that the technology gods will favor us on April 13, so we cannot say for certain that a replay recording will be available. If the recording is successful, however, the replay will be available until midnight April 18. You'll receive an email with the replay link and password so make sure you register even if you can't attend live! 

Will there be a translation of the event into other languages?

The Straight Talk event is designed as a conversation amongst our esteemed panelists and moderators, intended to spark your own thinking and conversations about the topic – and not a training event with presentations or handouts. As such, it will not be transcribed or translated.

Are there any CEUs attached to the event?

There are no CEU credit arrangements planned for the one-hour Straight Talk conversation on April 13. The event is an open conversation amongst the panelists and moderators, so we can’t really anticipate what’s going to be said or what specific topics are going to be touched upon. This precludes us from the normal CEU application process.

Can you tell me more about these thought leaders?

Sure thing. Here's a quick rundown.

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Billi (Beverly) Cusick

PT, MS, NDT, COF/BOC

Founder & Owner of Progressive GaitWays, LLC & TheraTogs

Billi Cusick graduated with high honors from Bouve College at Northeastern University in 1972 and received a Master of Science in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in 1988.

She has been invited to teach courses in 19 countries including the USA and to present to our colleagues at numerous major conferences since 1979.

Her flagship courses pertain to developmental orthopedics and pediatric equinus deformity management. Billi’s pursuit of excellence as a clinician and an instructor is life-long and continuing.

She maintains a private practice in Telluride, Colorado.

Dr. Mary Massery

PT, DPT, DSc

Founder & Owner of MasseryPT, LLC

Dr. Mary Massery received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 2004, and her Doctor of Science from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. 

She has been invited to give over 1,000 professional presentations in all 50 US states and in 18 countries worldwide on topics linking motor behaviors to breathing and postural mechanics.  Mary’s research pioneered the concept of managing trunk pressures as a new way to visualize core stabilization.


Dr. Massery received the American Physical Therapy Association’s highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, for "outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy.”

She has been named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her three universities, and she received Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award. 

Mary maintains a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

Dr. Susan Hastings

PT, DPT, PCS

Founder & Owner of Susan Hastings Pediatric Physical Therapy

Dr. Susan Hastings is a Board-Certified Pediatric Certified Specialist, who graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a DPT specializing in Pediatrics in 2010. She has used Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for over 20 years in children with cerebral palsy (CP), and teaches courses which emphasize motor-learning in this population. 

In 2017, she found a new application of FES using transcutaneous Spinal Cord Neuromodulation for children with neurological impairments, including CP. This led to a collaboration with Drs. V R Edgerton and P Gad from the Edgerton Research Lab at UCLA, experts in the use of Spinal Cord Neuromodulation. 

Together, they are actively researching applications of this method for children with neurological involvement, which has resulted in two published studies in using Spinal Cord Neuromodulation in CP in 2021, with a third just accepted pending revisions in 2022. 

Susan continues to teach her methods to physical and occupational therapists in continuing education courses, both nationally and internationally, and has presented at APTA Combined Sections Meeting, American Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapists, and state conferences.   

Mindy Silva

PT, MSc

Founder of wiredOn Development and The Wired Collective

Mindy Silva is a paediatric physiotherapist with a masters degree in child health and neurodevelopment.

She is completing her PhD through the University of Otago with a focus on using available technology to support parents in managing home therapy programmes — the central theme being the integration of behaviour change science into clinical practice.

Mindy maintains a part time clinical caseload and also serves on the Guidelines and Consensus Committee of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Paediatric Special Interest Group and The Clinical Reference Group for Cerebral Palsy in the New Zealand Child and Youth Clinical Network.

Her passion, besides the children and families she works with, is using technology to share the experience and voice of expert clinicians with other therapists and building international clinical networks through wiredOn Development and The Wired Collective.  

Vincent Leddy

PT, DPT, PCS

California Children Services San Francisco

Vincent Leddy is a pediatric physical therapist working in San Francisco with children and young adults.

He teaches continuing education courses related to pediatric physical therapy and is a  life-long learner.

He enjoys working with his pediatric clients whose movement skills span the spectrum from rolling over to triple pirouettes.

His professional goal is to master the clinical skills needed to overcome neurological injuries through innovative practices.

SO, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME

STRAIGHT TALK?

We really hope you'll join us for this first-time gathering of world-renowned physical therapists

as they discuss this important topic that matters to them, and we're guessing, to you, too.

Here are those details one more time.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13

2:30 - 3:30PM MDST / 4:30 - 5:30PM EDST