I can’t believe it’s already July. Seriously, as fast as this year’s moving, it won’t be long before I don a pair of cozy candy-cane socks and start bustin’ out my best cookie recipes. And what’s more exciting than the thought of eating holiday cookies? Nothing, really. But, a close second is the thought of attending some of the physical therapy industry’s best conferences. Now, several of our favorite events are already behind us (CSM and APTA NEXT, among others). But, if you haven’t had a chance to attend a conference in 2016, check out our list of upcoming can’t-miss events:

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September 9-10
Fort Worth, TX

Ascend is a two-day conference dedicated to helping PTs and OTs become better in business. At this event, you’ll earn up to nine CEUs, network with industry professionals, and learn how to take your business to the next level with guidance from the rehab therapy industry’s best and brightest leaders. More specifically, you’ll learn about digital marketing, company culture, regulatory changes, billing best practices, and other topics from speakers like:

  • Ben Fung, DPT, MBA
  • Bridgit Finley, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Daphne Scott, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS
  • Gene Shirokobrod, DPT
  • Dr. Larry Benz, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP
  • Justin Moore, PT, DPT

To learn more and see the full agenda, visit AscendEvent.com.


October 8
Santa Clara, CA

Every year, more than 1,000 PTs and PTAs gather at the California Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference to exchange business best practices and establish new strategies for elevating the entire profession. This conference also offers networking opportunities and special events. Speaker topics include:

  • movement retraining,
  • running dystonia,
  • use of neuroimaging,
  • movement dysfunction during cycling,
  • 3D printing, dosing for children with CP,
  • use of virtual reality, and
  • payment reform.

Learn more and register here.


October 19-22
Las Vegas, NV

PPS is an annual conference for private practice business owners. This year, attendees can earn up to 1.45 CEUs and learn about topics like physical therapy payment updates, human resources, business operations, and compliance. Keynote speakers include:

  • Paul Begala, CNN
  • Mike Murphy, NBC
  • Ann Rhoades, Corporate executive

See the full agenda and register here.


October 27-29
Miami, FL

Are you a DPT student looking for a conference made specifically for you? Well, you’re in luck: the APTA’s National Student Conclave offers students the opportunity to network with their peers and mentors while attending educational sessions designed to prepare them for a career in physical therapy. The full agenda isn’t out yet, but you can view last year’s highlights and learn more here.


December 1-3
Las Vegas, NV

The SPTS Team Concept Conference (TCC) is all about sports therapy. And this year, the Sports Physical Therapy Section is partnering with the the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT) to produce an even bigger event. This three-day conference will kick off with a golf medicine symposium. Then, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on labs and other themed sessions. For more information, visit the SPTS website.

So, what cookies do you plan to make? I mean, uh, which events will you attend? We hope to see you there. Oh, and when you’re making the rounds at one of these awesome physical therapy conferences, don’t forget to come say “hey” and give us a high-five or two.

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