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 Export to Your Calendar 10/11/2019 to 10/13/2019
When: October 11-13, 2019
Friday, 5:30 pm - Sunday, 5:00 pm
Where: South Point Hotel and Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV  89183
United States
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

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Attend the 2019 CPTA Annual Conference with more than 1,500 fellow Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants who will gather at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV 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; then support your chapter PAC with an elegant dinner with colleagues.

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 August 5, 2019) 
Advanced Registration Rate
(Ends September 23, 2019) 
On-Site Registration Rate
(After September 23, 2019) 
 Full Conference (Friday-Sunday)
 Full Conference (Friday-Sunday)
Saturday Only  Sunday Only   Full Conference (Friday-Sunday)
Saturday Only  Sunday Only 

APTA PT Member

APTA PTA Member   $200 $300
 $185 $400
Non-Member  $460
PT/PTA Student Member  $175
PT/PTA Student Non-Member $235
 $335 $200
Exhibit Hall Only  $150
 $75  $180 $95


Full Conference Registration Includes…Friday Evening Kick-Off Party, Conference Programming, Exhibits, Poster Presentations, Conference T-shirt and Lunch Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday Registration Includes…………… Conference Programming, Exhibits, Poster Presentations, Conference T-shirt and Lunch on Saturday.
Sunday Registration Includes…………Conference Programming, Exhibits, Poster Presentations, Conference T-shirt and Lunch on Sunday.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Full refund less 20% administration fee if cancellation is received by September 23, 2019. 50% refund if received by October 4, 2019. No refunds after October 4, 2019. Send all cancellations to


Information & Forms

Registration Form  - Download the 2019 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, 2019
Mobile App - Download the app to network with other attendees, learn about sessions and more!



Pre-Conference Course(s)

                              2019 Pre-Conference Courses • Friday, October 11

                                    • Additional fees apply for pre-conference courses
7:30 - 8:00 am 
8:00 - 5:30 pm

Aquatics for the Adult Population with an Ortho or Neuromuscular Disorders

Kathleen Dickinson, PT

Segmental Lumbar Stabilization Progression into Functional Mobility

Yousef Ghandour, PT

Advanced manual and movement interventions in the overhead athlete
Drew Morcos, PT, DPT and Manny Yung, PT, DPT

Full Conference Schedule

                              Friday, October 11

5:30 - 7:30 pm 
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tri-State PT Pub Night  / Opening of Exhibit Hall


                          Saturday, October 12

8:00 - 9:30 am  

 Keynote State of the Association: Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, APTA President

Panel Discussion with 3 Chapter Presidents:

John Heick, PT, DPT, PhD  (AZ); Christopher Powers. PT, PhD (CA); Tricia Catalino, PT, DSc (NV)
Facilitated and recorded discussion by Jimmy McKay, PT Pint Cast

9:30 - 10:30 am
10:30 - 12:00 pm

Lessons Learned - Integration of Simulation in PT Education Curriculum

Natalie Weeks, PT, DPT; Dawn James, PT, DPT, Mario Moncada, PT, DPT

Aging in Place: Steps to Success

Mindy Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT

Functional Rehabilitation for the Performer/Artist

Steve Liaos, PT, DPT, DSc

Using Mindfulness as a foundation to implement a holistic approach to managing musculoskeletal pain

Dan Rhon, PT, DPT

12:00 - 2:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Break
Lunch served from 12:30 - 1:45 pm
2:00 - 3:30 pm

PTEd Talks

My journey from Care Provider to Care Taker - Rick Ritter, PT, DPT

Bridging Bionics Foundation to PTEd Talks - Amanda Boxtel

3:30 - 3:45 pm
3:45 - 5:15 pm

Telehealth in the Tri-State - Preseason and Postseason PT Perspectives

Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD
Merrill Landers, PT, DPT, PhD
Robert Nitham, PT, DPT  

Anang Chokshi, PT, DPT

Built Environments

Kris Mun

Medical Marijuana and Pain Management

Michael Laymon, PT, DSc

Health Behaviour Coaching Skills - Motivational Interviewing

MarySue Ingman, PT, DSc

5:30 - 7:00 pm
 CAL-PT-FUND Barrels & Brews
7:30 - 10:00 pm
NV PAC Event
 CAL-PT-PAC Dinner
AZ PAC Event


                         Sunday, October 13

 8:00 - 9:00 am

Keynote Address: Chronic Pain in America - Enough is Enough
Tim Flynn, PT, PhD

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

Chronic Pain - Physical Therapy Solutions

Tim Flynn, PT, PhD

 Animal Physical Rehabilitation: 20 years of pioneering the profession. What is the future?

Ria Acciani, PT, MPT; Karen Atlas, PT, MPT


*CEUs not applicable for CA licenciates

Research Podium Presentations

Payment Forum: Deciphering MIPS and QPP for 2020: What PTs need to know

Heather Smith, PT, MPH

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

Redefining Neuromuscular Treatment: How Dry Needling has Changed the Game

Paul Killoren, PT, DPT


*CEUs not applicable for CA licenciates

Students, what's next?

Chukwuemeka Nwigwe, PT, DPT; Lara Allen; PTA;  Jason Tonley, PT, DPT; Susan Priestman, PT, DPT

Research Podium Presentations

Emerging PracticeTrends

Erica Pitsch, PT
Alan Lee, PT, DPT, PhD
Merrill Landers, PT, DPT, PhD

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

Congenital Muscular Torticollis Guidelines

Erin Bompiani, PT, DPT (invited)

A Pain Neuroscience Approach to Manual Therapy

Emilio Puentedura, PT, DPT, PhD

The 2 Things: How to Increase Your Profit and Keep It There

Sturdy McKee, PT

The Dialogic Engagement Model of Interprofessional Ethics: In Search of the Moral Commons

Mary Ann Wharton, PT, MS; Laura Swisher, PT, MDiv, PhD; Bruce Greenfield, PT, PhD, MA


You can earn up to 14.5 Contact Hours (1.45 CEUs) for attending the TRI-STATE PT Conference this year. There are 10.5 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). CA licentiates cannot earn CEUs for attending the Dry Needling or Animal Rehabilitation session.


Add a Friday Pre-conference course* and you will earn an additional 8 Contact Hours (0.8 CEUs).
*Additional fees apply


Session evaluations must be completed to receive your CEUs.
Evaluations will be available online October 13 - December 31, 2019. 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


Kick-Off Party

Join us on Friday evening as we kick off our conference from 5:30 - 7:00 pm


Barrels & Brews


"Barrels & Brews" - A reception, hosted by the CAL-PT-FUND, held at the Tri-State PT Conference immediately following the close of educational sessions on Saturday. This year's event will be poolside at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on October 12th from 5:30 - 7:00pm. Tickets are available for $50.


Attend both evening events and save $10 by purchasing a joint "High Roller" ticket for the entire evening for just $165! The evening will run from 5:30-10:00 pm.


PAC Dinner

A year end celebration held at the Tri-State PT Conference following the CAL-PT-FUND "Barrels & Brews" reception. This year's event will be a nautical theme at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on October 12th from 7:30 - 10:00pm. Tickets are available for $125.


Attend both evening events and save $10 by purchasing a joint "High Roller" ticket for the entire evening for just $165! The evening will run from 5:30-10:00 pm.


Professional Head Shots

In the market for a new professional head shot? Purchase a time slot with our on-site photographer for just $25. There are limited appointments available so reserve your appointment today!


 In the mood for something a little more casual? Check out our Fun Photo Booth. The photo booth is located inside the Exhibit Hall and is the perfect place to capture the spirit of conference with your friends! No appointment required.


#TriStatePTConference Challenge
Play the #TriStatePTConference Challenge via the Mobile App to earn points and prizes! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! Simply click on a challenge, enter the code, and earn points. The top three point earners will win prizes. The challenge will be cutoff at 12:00 noon on Sunday, and the winners will be announced in the exhibit hall at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday.


Exhibit Hall

Interested in exhibiting with us this year? Learn more!


2019 Confirmed Exhibitors

Check out who's coming this year!

Exhibit Hall Buyer's Guide

Exclusive discounts, promotions and sales for conference attendees!

Transportation & Lodging

South Point Hotel & Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89183


Parking: Complimentary


Group Code: CAP1010 (1st three are letters, last four are numbers)
Rates: Sunday-Thursday $75; Friday-Saturday $130 plus tax and resort fee
Dates: October 10 - 14, 2019
Reservation Deadline: September 19, 2019

Reserve your room today!





THANK YOU to Our Sponsors               


Don't forget to follow us @CPTATweets and use the official hashtag #TRIStatePTConference!


See what we did in 2018!

Access last year's conference information here.

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