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2018 CPTA Annual Conference

 Export to Your Calendar 9/22/2018 to 9/23/2018
When: September 22-23, 2018
Where: Map this event »
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great American Parkway
Santa Clara, CA  95054
United States
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 ext 105

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Attend the 2018 CPTA Annual Conference with more than 1,100 fellow Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants who will gather at the Santa Clara 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 25 educational sessions and join the discussion on the latest physical therapy best practices and learn from leading industry experts. Looking to network? Mix and mingle at the CAL-PT-FUND Barrels & Brews 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

Registration Type Early Registration Rate
(Ends July 15, 2018) 
Advanced Registration Rate
(Ends September 4, 2018) 
On-Site Registration Rate
(After September 4, 2018) 
   Full Conference  Full Conference Saturday Only  Sunday Only   Full Conference Saturday Only  Sunday Only 

APTA PT Member

 $260 $360 $205  $205 $460 $255  $255 
APTA PTA Member   $175  $275  $160  $160  $375  $210  $210 
Non-Member   $405  $505  $275  $275  $605  $325  $325 
PT/PTA Student Member   $149 $249  $145  $145  $349  $195  $195 
PT/PTA Student Non-Member  $205 $305  $175  $175  $405  $225  $225 
Exhibit Hall Only   $100 $100  $50  $50  $100  $50 $50


Information & Forms

Registration Form  - Download the 2018 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 online September 1, 2018
Mobile App - Download the app to network with other attendees, learn about sessions and more!


Schedule Overview

                              2018 Pre-Conference Courses • Friday, September 21

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

Diagnostics: Choose the Right Test

Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT 

Topic and Speaker TBD


                          Saturday, September 22

8:00 - 9:00 am  

 Keynote Address

9:00 - 9:30 am
 Presidential Address
9:30 - 9:45 am
9:45 - 11:15 am

Monitoring Health & Wellness

Sally Edwards, Founder/CEO, Heart Zones, Inc 

Topic and Speaker TBD 

Tests and Measures for Meaningful Outcomes

Chad Cook, PT, PhD, MBA, FAAOMPT

Medical Marijuana – Dazed and Confused

Brad Stockert, PT, PhD  

11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Exhibit Hall with lunch served from 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Awards Celebration by RSVP only (11:30 am - 12:30 pm)
1:15 - 2:45 pm
CA PTEd Talks

Living with MS - Elizabeth Jaimeson

Becoming a Care Provider - Rick Ritter, PT, DPT

Happiness – Stacey Yates Seller  
2:45 - 3:00 pm
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Topic and Speaker TBD 

Topic and Speaker TBD

Topic and Speaker TBD 

What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?

Annie Burke-Doe, PT, PhD

5:30 - 9:00 pm
CAL-PT-FUND Barrels & Brews 5:30 - 7:00 pm
CAL-PT-PAC Dinner 7:00 - 9:00 pm


                         Sunday, September 23

 8:00 - 9:00 am

Keynote Address: PT during my watch:  Problems, Failures, Successes
Joe Godges, PT, DPT, OCS

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


Anne Mejia-Downs, PT, PhD, MPH

Managing Chronic Pain in Pediatrics

William Bernal, MD &

Neha Seth, PT  

Ghost in Your Genes

Alan Venook (UCSF)

Payment Forum 

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

 Topic and Speaker TBD


Myofascial Decompression

Chris DaPrato, PT, DPT, SCS 

Research Podium Presentations

Practice Issues Forum

The Effects of Payment for Physical Therapists Services on Quality of Care

Rick Katz, Dave Powers, Judy Sebring, Leslie Torburn

 2:30 - 3:00 pm   BREAK
3:00 - 5:00 pm 


Christopher Powers, PT, PhD & Skulpan Asavasopon, PT, PhD

Private Practice SIG

Sandra Norby, PT, DPT 

Pelvic Floor: Men Have One Too

Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Laws, Ethics, & Regs Forum 


You can earn up to 13.5 Contact Hours (1.35 CEUs) for attending the CPTA's Annual Conference this year. There are 9.5 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)


Add a Friday Pre-conference course* and you will earn an additional 7.5 Contact Hours (0.75 CEUs).
*Additional fees apply

Session evaluations must be completed to receive your CEUs.
Evaluations will be available online September 23 - December 31, 2018. They can be accessed online. There will be an email sent immediately following the close of 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

NEW This Year! 

The CAL-PT-FUND and CAL-PT-PAC are coming together for a once-in-a-lifetime Annual Conference "End Zone" event. While the FUND’s annual Barrels & Brews celebration and the PAC Dinner are typically held separately, this year, the two groups are hosting a joint event in Santa Clara on Saturday, September 22 at the home of the San Francisco 49ers, LEVI STADIUM! The event will run from 5:30-9:00 pm and tickets for the entire evening are just $180. Come celebrate your profession at this unique and unbelievable event!


If you are unable to join us for the entire evening, tickets for each event can be purchased separately. Barrels & Brews will be from 5:30-7:00 pm and tickets are $50 and the PAC Dinner will be from 7:00-9:00 pm and tickets are $150.


Professional Head Shots

2018 CPTA Conference Attendees are invited to make an appointment with our professional photographer to have a new professional head shot taken at a highly discounted of just $25. There are limited appointments available so reserve your appointment today!


Exhibit Hall

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


2018 Confirmed Exhibitors

- Check out who's coming this year!

Exhibit Hall Buyer's Guide

- Exclusive discounts, promotions and sales for conference attendees!

Transportation & Lodging

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 200-1234

(888) 421-1442


Group Code: CA Physical Therapy Assn.
Rate: $185 Single/Double
Reservation Deadline: August 30, 2018

Reserve your room today!


Complimentary self parking
$20 per car for valet parking



From Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport SJC (5 miles): Turn left onto Airport Boulevard, then turn left onto Guadalupe Parkway. Follow the signs to Highway 101 North. Guadalupe Parkway will put you onto Highway 101 North. Take Great America Parkway and turn right.
From San Francisco International Airport SFO (approximately 30 miles):
Take Highway 101 South to Great America Parkway and turn left. Hyatt Regency Santa Clara is located on the right at the corner of Tasman and Great America Parkway.

From North:
Take I-880 South and exit to Highway 237 West toward Mountain View. Turn left onto Great America Parkway. Hyatt and Convention Center are at the corner of Tasman and Great America Parkway.

From South:
Take I-880 North to Highway 101 North and exit at Great America Parkway. Turn right onto Great America Parkway. Hyatt and Convention Center are at the corner of Tasman and Great America Parkway.

From East:
Take I-5 South toward San Francisco / Los Angeles. Merge onto I-205 West toward I-580 / San Francisco; I-205 becomes I-580 West. Take the I-680 North exit toward Sacramento / San Jose, then merge onto I-680 South via the exit on the left toward San Jose. Take the Mission Boulevard West exit toward I-880 / Warm Springs District / UC Extension. Merge onto Mission Boulevard / CA-262 West, then merge onto I-880 South toward San Jose. Merge onto CA-237 West / Aliviso-Milipitas Road toward Mountain View. Take the Great America Parkway exit toward Lafayette Street, turn left onto Great America Parkway.


Maps and Directions 


Call for Research Abstracts

Research Abstracts for Poster & Podium Presentations must be submitted to the CPTA office no later than May 15, 2018. Download the submission form below.

Research Abstract Submission Form (word)

Research Abstract Submission Form (PDF)


See what we did in 2017!

Access last year's conference information here.

THANK YOU to Our Sponsors

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