November Highlight | Partnerships

TRIA Physical and Hand Therapy departments are proud to provide high-quality continuing medical education conferences for rehab professionals pursuing clinical excellence. Our hand therapy team hosted their 5th annual conference earlier this month and our physical therapy team hosted their inaugural conference in October. Both conferences provide content that attracts nationally recognized clinical experts and keynote speakers. Additionally, this year the physical therapy conference showcased the extensive work they are doing in partnership with the TRIA Research Institute conducting studies aimed at improving the outcomes, experience, and total cost of care for our patients. 

It is TRIA’s unique structure that enables us to successfully host these therapy conferences with such extraordinary quality. We are able to work together in our care setting which boasts extensive programming and enjoys high patient volumes, we are uniquely positioned to be leaders in education and research in the therapy world. Thank-you to our therapy researchers, therapy conference committee members, and to the TRIA Institute team who are leading the field in impactful research and education. Well done!
-Christ O’Hotto, PT, DPT
Director of Rehabilitation and Support Services
Inaugural Physical Therapy Conference held October 25-26, 2019

Innovation is something we do every day at TRIA. In the past two months, we brought together some of the brightest minds in physical and hand therapy and a total of over 200 attendees to celebrate both the inaugural TRIA physical therapy conference and the success of the hand therapy 5th annual CME conference! Our inaugural PT conference was held at the end of October with a number of professionals presenting on managing sports injuries in young athletes. The objectives of the conference were to explore the impact of sports specialization on young athletes, explain the prevalence of sports-related injuries in the youth athletic population, detail common overuse injuries of the lumbar spine, upper extremity and lower extremity.

Staff Feature | Gary Webskowski

What was a highlight for you from the recent physical therapy conference?
This was our first attempt at a rehab-focused conference and I couldn’t be more proud of the work the committee did pulling together a great group of presenters who shared great content. But I was most proud to see our TRIA physical therapists presenting the results of their research and ongoing studies and how their work is contributing to the growing body of knowledge on evidence-based care for the treatment of youth athletes.

What is your favorite tradition of the holiday season?
Decorating our home and putting up a tree with my wife and daughter while we watch our favorite holiday movie “White Christmas.”

What are you thankful for this year?
The love and support of my family and the blessing of good health.
5th Annual Hand Therapy Conference held November 8-9, 2019

At the 5th annual hand therapy conference, experts discussed innovation for treatment of common hand injuries and attendees observed a taping technique for thumb pain. Attendees also had additional opportunities to participate in lab exercises to learn more techniques to implement in their own practice. Thank you to our talented faculty experts and planning committees who made these events possible!

Staff Feature | Kim Waterbury

What was a highlight for you from the recent hand therapy conference?
I really enjoy the camaraderie and networking with both local and national therapists. Loved all the new ideas that were presented, many of which I’ve already put into practice. It’s so great to be able to see something new or different and find a way to put that into practice with patients when you get back to the clinic.
What is your favorite tradition of the holiday season?
All of my family lives in other parts of the country, but when we are able to be together my sisters and I have a great time cooking together – which typically ends up with all of us dancing like maniacs in the kitchen.
What are you thankful for this year?
My husband and awesome family, my health, the people I work with, and most importantly my dog :) 

Current Studies
  IRB Approved Projects:  38
  Data Analysis Phase:  15
  Projects in Development: 17

Publications & Presentations

Congratulations to Ashley Haapapuro for her publication in the American Society of Hand Therapists Times!

Opportunity Awaits!

Want to become more involved in research? Join us for an upcoming research meeting located in the TRIA Bloomington Conference Center at PTEC (2nd Floor, Bell Plaza).
  • Sports sub-specialty group/research committee meets the 2nd Monday of every other month at (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec) at 4p.m.
  • Shoulder & Sports combined sub-specialty group/research committee meets the 2nd Monday of every other month (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov) at 5p.m.
  • Hand sub-specialty group/research committee meets the 2nd Monday of every other month (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec) at 5p.m.
Email: | Vocera: Research Coordinator | Phone: (952) 806-5603
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