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2017 CPTA Annual Conference

 Export to Your Calendar 9/16/2017 to 9/17/2017
When: September 16-17, 2017
Where: San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA 
United States
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782

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Attend the 2017 CPTA Annual Conference with more than 1,000 fellow Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants who will gather at the San Diego Convention Center to exchange best practices and establish new strategies that will help elevate the profession.

This year's conference features two days of educational programming. Select from more than 25 educational sessions and join the discussion on the latest physical therapy best practices and learn from leading industry experts. All educational sessions will focus on how Physical Therapists Improve the Way You Move. Topics include movement retraining, running dystonia, use of neuroimaging, movement dysfunction during cycling, 3D printing, dosing for children with CP, and use of virtual reality, as well as the annual practice issues forum and payment forum, Looking to network? Mix and mingle in the Exhibit Hall or join the CAL-PT-FUND Barrels & Brew and the CAL-PT-PAC Dinner.

In addition, the Annual Conference Exhibit Hall showcases the latest products, platforms, and services helping to drive healthcare innovation and cost reduction forward.

Registration Fees

(Early Registration Ends TBD)
APTA PT member
APTA PTA member
PT/PTA Student Member
PT/PTA Student Non-member


Single Day Rates

(Advance Registration Ends TBD)
APTA PT member
APTA PTA member
PT/PTA Student Member
PT/PTA Student Non-member

Exhibit Hall Access Only

$50 Day/$100 for Saturday & Sunday (2 days)

Information & Forms

Registration Form  - Download the 2017 registration form!

Promotional Flyer - Post this flyer in your offices and break rooms to help spread the word!
Direct Mail Brochure - Available in June!
Select Handouts - Available September 1, 2017
Mobile App - Download the app to network with other attendees, learn about sessions and more!


Schedule Overview

        2017 Pre-Conference Courses • Friday, September 15

Additional fees apply
7:30 - 8:00 am 
8:00 - 5:30 pm

 Hip Joint Orthopedic Manual Therapy

Yousef Ghandour

Running Analysis

Rich Souza & Chris DaPrato

 Function and Dysfunction of the Cervical Spine

Shirley Sahrmann


        Saturday, September 16

8:00 - 9:00 am  

 Keynote Address

Shirley Sahrmann and Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, FAPTA

9:00 - 9:30 am
 Presidential Address
9:30 - 10:00 am
10:00 - 11:30 am

 Acute Care Clinical Practice Guidelines


 Preoperative Neuroscience Education for Lumbar Radiculopahty

Adriaan Louw

What Therapists Positively Alter Patterns of Brain Activity After Stroke

Lara Boyd

Serving the Underserved

Kathy Sullivan

11:30 - 1:30 pm
 LUNCH / Exhibit Hall Break
1:30 - 3:00 pm
 Awards Celebration
3:00 - 3:30 pm
3:30 - 5:00 pm

 Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (I-CARE)

Carolee Winstein

It's All About that Base: Gluteal Function and Activation After Stroke

Walter Weiss

 Mechanisms of Manual Therapy

Todd Davenport

5:30 - 6:30 pm
 CAL-PT-FUND Barrels & Brews
6:30 - 9:30 pm
 CAL-PT-PAC Dinner


Sunday, September 17

 8:00 - 9:00 am

 Keynote Address

Ola Grimsby

 9:00 - 10:00 am   BREAK
 10:00 - 11:30 am  TBD  TBD


Peter Kovacek

 Payment Forum


Dianne Jewell
 11:30 - 1:00 pm  LUNCH / Exhibit Hall Break
 1:00 - 2:30 pm

 Wearables/FUNctional Fashions: Wearables for Kids

Michele Lobo

The Neglected Midfoot

 Cash Based Physical Therapy

Aaron LeBauer, PT, DPT
  CA PTed Talks/Practice Issues Forum   Research Podium Presentations
 2:30 - 3:00 pm   BREAK
3:00 - 5:00 pm 

 School Based Physical Therapy Services

Susan Effgen


 The Customer Experience in Health Care: The Game Changer

Jerry Durham & John Woolf
 Ethics Forum 

 Advancing Rehabilitation Research in Today's Environment

Carolee Winstein & Sam Ward 


You can earn up to 14 Contact Hours (1.4 CEUs) for attending the CPTA's Annual Conference this year. There are 10 Contact Hours that can be earned by attending educational sessions and 4 Contact Hours that are earned for attending a conference sponsored by the CPTA (1399.94. Authorized Pathways for Obtaining Hours)

Session evaluations must be completed to receive your CEUs. Evaluations will be available online September 16 - December 31, 2017. They can be accessed via the mobile app. There will also be a reminder email sent the week after conference with links to the evaluations. Once you have completed an evaluation, your certificate will be immediately available to download.  For CPTA members, your certificates will uploaded to your profile no later than one week after you complete your evaluation.

Conference Events & Activities

CAL-PT-FUND Barrels & Brews

"Barrels & Brews" - A celebration held at the California Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference following the close of educational sessions on Saturday. This year's event will be in San Diego, CA on September 16th from 5:30-7:00pm. Tickets are available for $40.



A year end celebration held at the California Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference following the Presidential Address and Awards Presentation. This year's event will be in San Diego, CA on September 16th from 7:00 -10:00pm. (Cocktail Hour from 7:00 -7:30pm). Tickets are available for $100.

Professional Head Shots

2017 CPTA Conference Attendees are invited to make an appointment with our professional photographer to have a new professional head shot taken for just $15. There are limited appointments available so reserve your appointment today!

Exhibit Hall

Interested in exhibiting with us this year? Learn more by CLICKING HERE!

2017 Confirmed Exhibitors - Check out who's coming this year!

Exhibit Hall Buyer's Guide - Exclusive discounts, promotions and sales for conference attendees!

Transportation & Lodging

Hilton San Diego

Hotel Accommodations

Conference rate:

Group code:
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Maps and Directions 




Call for Abstracts

The Research Council invites all members to share with us your research projects. The Call for Abstract for Research Poster and Podium Presentations is due May 15, 2017. 


Call for Abstract form (.doc)

Score Sheet


See what we did in 2016!

Access last year's conference information here.

THANK YOU to Our Sponsors

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