Join us this fall for Contact Hours of Type 1 & Type 2 Credits, a fun trivia night sponsored by the APTA VA PAC, an engaging members meeting, and exclusive programming curated by students, for students! 

Friday, October 6, 2023

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Classroom C


The EQ Advantage: Building Stronger Physical Therapy Leaders with Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Jamey Schrier, PT

Best-Selling Author, Speaker, and CEO of Practice Freedom U


Viktor Frankl said, “Everything can be taken from a person but one thing: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” We enter the professional workforce armed with the know-how to provide care for individuals.


But all too often, we lack the skills to manage our emotions in the heat of the challenging problems we face every single day. We get hijacked by our emotions, lose our center, and end up compromising opportunities to do our very best work. As healthcare professionals, our ability to handle our emotions and the emotions of others helps us develop more fulfilling relationships with our patients, coworkers, and families.

Becoming an exceptional physical therapist requires far more than factual knowledge. It requires self-knowledge and emotional mastery.


During this course training, you will learn how to recognize and manage emotions within yourself and others. You will learn simple strategies to handle your emotions even in highly charged situations and emotional confrontations.


October 6-7, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Classroom B & Instructional Lab 1


Functional Evaluation and Applied Treatments of Complex Foot and Ankle Dysfunctions

Dr. Joshua Bailey, PT

President and CEO of Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia

Have you ever had difficulty treating a patient with Plantar Fasciitis? Is there a possibility that the patient did not have plantar fasciitis at all? Have you ever wondered if your patients' poor foot alignment could be contributing to their back pain, knee pain, or hip pain? Unsure of when a patient should have custom orthotics?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, you owe it to yourself and your patients to attend this course. Learn how to perform an effective differential diagnosis process for foot and ankle problems, find out what your textbook may have missed, and discover how foot biomechanics can cause symptoms from the foot to the lumbar spine.


During this 2-day course, attendees will receive a detailed course manual with written descriptions, illustrations, and selected post/preoperative protocols. An emphasis will be placed on understanding biomechanical alignment and treating isolated weakness and range of motion deficits related to various foot and ankle diagnoses. Additionally, the course manual will also provide useful evaluation forms and suggested treatment options.



8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Make Money Complement Your Life, Not Dictate It

Classroom 156-157 

Joseph Reinke 

Joseph Reinke, Founder and CEO of FitBUX, has helped over 14,000 young professionals on their journey to financial freedom. He is passionate about all things money. More importantly, he views it as his mission in life to help everyone make better financial decisions. Join Joseph to learn about financial freedom, developing and implementing a financial plan pre- and post-graduation, student loan updates, budgeting vs financial planning, and more!


What you’ll learn: How to make money compliment your life not dictate it; How to save money in the long-run; How to choose a student loan repayment plan that is right for you; and Student Loan Refinancing.


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Be Curious

Classroom 156-157

Dr. Secili DeStefano

Dr. Secili DeStefano, Owner & Physical Therapist at Optimal Motion, wants to have an authentic and genuine conversation with you. The conversation will include energetic pieces of her journey in education, clinical practice, research, and association (VPTA, Pelvic Health, and APTA) service.


The discussion will embody how together we can provide unique perspectives, develop new innovative strategies, and traverse paths to success whether we are on the field, in the field, or at the table by valuing the people in front of us and transforming society with passion, enthusiasm and commitment together.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Travel Therapy: How to Get Started & Become Financially Successful

Classroom 156-157

Drs. Jared & Whitney Casazza

Travel Therapy Mentor's Co-Founders, Jared Casazza, PT, DPT and Whitney Casazza, PT, DPT, ATC are on a mission to help physical therapy professionals achieve financial stability, embark on amazing adventures, and manage burnout and dissatisfaction through travel therapy.


Join Jared and Whitney to jumpstart your travel therapy journey and get started on the road to success after graduation.


Topics include: The basics of travel therapy; How it works; Travel therapy pay rates vs. annual salary or hourly rate at a permanent, full-time job; How to get started; and Traveling as a new grad and how to be financially successful as a traveler.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Physical Therapy Beyond the Clinic

Classroom 156-157

Michael Lau

Michael Lau, PT, DPT, CSCS is the co-founder of the [P]rehab Guys, an educational platform that teaches people how to manage their own health through online physical therapy. With a strong background in strength and conditioning, Michael likes to blend the realms of strength training and rehabilitation to provide prehab, or preventative rehabilitation, to his patients. 


Join Michael Lau as he talks about not letting the status quo define your career path, making a difference with your knowledge and skill set, and his journey as Co-Founder of the [P]rehab Guys.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

APTA and You

Classroom 156-157

Lisa McLaughlin  

There are many benefits to belonging to an organization—both tangible and intangible. But more than anything APTA is where members go to find their people. Through the association, you can find the people who share your professional passions and interests and make lasting connections with people who share your dreams, have done what you want to do, and can show you the way.


Topics include: Encouragement and empowerment in personal development; Identifying and achieving career goals; Developing and maintaining a broader perspective on career options and opportunities; and Connection to thought leaders and peers who share your professional interests. 

Friday, October 6


7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Check in for Functional Evaluation & Applied Treatments of Complex Foot & Ankle Dysfunctions



8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Functional Evaluation & Applied Treatments of Complex Foot & Ankle Dysfunctions LAB + Lecture

(Includes (2) 15-minute breaks + 30 minute lunch)

(Classroom B & Instructional Lab 1)


12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Check in for The EQ Advantage: Building Stronger Physical Therapy Leaders with Emotional Intelligence



1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The EQ Advantage: Building Stronger Physical Therapy Leaders with Emotional Intelligence

(Includes (1) 15-minute break)

(Classroom C)


5:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Annual Members Meeting

(Drysdale Student Center, The West Room)


7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Trivia Night/PAC Fundraiser

(Drysdale Student Center, The West Room)



Saturday, October 7


8:00 a.m.

Check in for all Saturday programming


8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Student Programing

(Classroom 156-157)


8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Functional Evaluation & Applied Treatments of Complex Foot & Ankle Dysfunctions (Day 2)

(Classroom B & Instructional Lab 1)


10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Platform Presentations

(Instructional Lab 2)


11:05 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Morning Speakers Available for Additional Q&A


11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch/Posters/Exhibit Hall



2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Platform Presentations

(Instructional Lab 2)


3:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Student Social

(Dell - Lynchburg's grass community area on main campus)

The APTA Virginia Annual Dinner & Members Meeting will be held in-person Friday, October 6, at 5:15 p.m. EDT. We invite you to join your fellow PTs, PTAs, students, and retirees to catch up on the latest in your industry and association.


The Annual Members Meeting is part of our ongoing focus to connect members and provide an avenue for input on strategic direction and topics of interest. As part of this interactive and engaging event, you will receive information and first-hand updates from APTA Virginia leaders, along with the opportunity to engage in real-time with leadership. Additionally, we will recognize this year's award winners and celebrate our most recent legislative milestones and achievements. Students are highly encouraged to participate in the fun!


Dinner tickets are $30 each and the menu includes:


Water, Sweet Tea, or Coffee

Main Course:
Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast

Side Dishes:
Sauteed Medley of Vegetables
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Tossed House Salad w/ house made dressings, Dinner rolls


Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the cash bar.

*The purchase price of dinner tickets includes gratuity for waitstaff.*


Attendance is limited to members-only.

Pre-event registration is required to ensure ample seating, food, and beverages.

Please note that purchasing a meal is NOT required to attend the member’s meeting; however, being a member is. If you’d like to attend without having a meal, please contact to register.


Immediately after the meeting portion, we’ll roll right into Trivia Night. Be sure to register for BOTH events to partake in this fun filled night!

Because of donations and participation from wonderful folks like you, the PAC Trivia Night Fundraiser continues to be a great way to raise funds that go directly into helping educate and support candidates who are committed to a successful economic and regulatory environment for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, and the communities they serve across Virginia.


What: Trivia Night presented by APTA Virginia PAC

When: Friday, October 6, 2023 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Where: University of Lynchburg

Tickets: $25