2018 Conference Agenda 

Eliminating Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction:

Hands on treatment Strategies for Positive Clinical Outcomes 

Daily Agenda


                         WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST                              

Pre-conference Class

10am-   6pm

Pre-Conference Class

 Integrative Techniques for Myofascial Mastery 

Shannon Goossen

Wednesday October 31st 2018  10 AM to 6PM

Registration: $199

Incorporating neurological evaluation, the walking release and energy medicine into your  
myofascial trigger point practice.

Practitioners that register for Shannon's Master class will be given access to her online courses:
- The Neurological Evaluation Course
- Introduction to Microcurrent
- Introduction to Active Myofascial Treatment Techniques: 
A Functional Approach
This is a $600 value that will only be offered to NAMTPT 
Conference Attendees.

If you haven't taken any of these courses live, you will be able to complete the Pre-course  online material before the Oct 31st class. 

The link to register for the this class is: https://frequenciesthatmend.com/event-directory/

This 7 hour course 
will be 80% 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1ST     Pre-conference class      

                       Official NAMTPT conference starts at 4pm Today                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Before 9am  Breakfast on your own 

 9am -

Pre-Conference workshop;

Introduction to Medical Massage from Theory to Application

 Presenter: Dr. Ross Turchaninov, MD, PhD, LMT

Thursday November 1st 9 am to 3 pm

Registration  $185

This day of lecture takes you on an exhilarating ride through Massage Science.  
It stimulates and challenges your mind as well as offering you therapeutic options.  
Using the latest scientific and clinical data, we will answer the questions you’ve wanted answers to throughout your professional career.  This information will correlate data with the clinical aspects of massage therapy from the various medical sciences. We will combine embryology, histology, anatomy, physiology, neurology, etc., to give you profound understanding of the clinical outcomes of MT and to sharpen your clinical skills in evaluation and treatment. Toward the end of the class, we will cover a step by step evaluation of the patient with the somatic abnormality -starting from visual observation, moving to the clinical interview, and then palpatory techniques. Together we will build a mental vision of the Medical Massage "Concept", eventually transforming you into a Medical Massage Clinician.

If you decide to join Science Of Massage Institute Medical Massage Certification (CMMP) this 5 hour day will be counted as 8 hours towards Dr Ross's  96 hour program.

Time:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Registration:  The cost for this 5 CE class is $185.  You can register by contacting the 

office at (602) 953-2945 or email  maryp.science@cox.net

5 CEs approved by NCBTMB 

1 hour for 
a lunch 

(lunch on 
your own)


 4pm - 6pm

Official NAMTPT Conference Registration Open, 

Networking, Meet and Greet 

 5p - 6p  Buffet Supper for Registrants

6pm - 7pm

Updates on Our Field: Research and Current Developments; 

Presenter: Mary Biancalana

 1 CE
7pm - 9pm

Neurotransmitters; The Key To Understanding the 

Neurochemistry of Behavior.

Presenter: Shannon Goossen  

Having our neurotransmitters in balance is critical for all of us. They serve many roles, not limited to:  ensuring we have restorative sleep, mental focus, relaxation and motivation. This class offers an overview of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin and gaba. We will take a journey in this entertaining class, as we  highlight the key features of each one of the neurotransmitters and what happens when they are out of balance. Registrants will each take the Braverman questionnaire to discover our own neurotransmitter dominance and style based on  personality traits and behaviors. The conference organizer will send out a link in advance, so each person will come prepared with their own score. Shannon will provide a worksheet page with descriptors of each dominant characteristics of each for notes and reference.    

 2 CE
 9p until midnight Treatment trade  and social 
All conference participants are welcome to join in the sharing and networking with others
in an informal gathering in a designated classroom.

Total CEU for Thursday: 3 NCBTMB approved continuing education credits

Friday November 2                                                                  

 Breakfast on your own before 8am

 8am -


Mitochondria and the Cell Danger Response: Your Patients and Trauma

Presenter:  Shannon Goossen 

In this course, Shannon Goossen will take you on a ride through your body’s cells, the mitochondria, microtubules and the cell danger response. This information will demystify why applied manual therapy releases your patient’s emotions, old trauma, and automatic behaviors. Once the body is trained to exhibit certain behaviors, our body goes on “auto pilot” and repeats them over and over.  Treating the myofascial  system is one of the most powerful ways to release trauma, and to help release PTSD and other seemingly-triggered habit behaviors.

1.5 CE
9:30A -

Fascia:  What it Is and Why It Matters 

Fascial Foundations; Introduction to the Low Back

KEYNOTE Speaker, full day presentation:  David Lesondak 

 Author of, "Fascia: What It Is and Why It Matters"  (https://books.google.com/books/about/Fascia.html?id=x-f0jgEACAAJ&source=kp_cover)

9:30- 10:30am

:30 mins Lecture: Fascial as a Tissue and System

:30 mins Lecture; Fascia and Why it Matters

10:50 – 12noon: 1 hour Hands-on;  Pathological-Anatomical Assessment, 
Treatment for Superficial Back Line and Strategies for Dealing With Disc Issues  

(20 minute break)

12noon – 12:30: Case examples and /or registrant participation in Superficial Back Line assessment

3 CEs

12:30- 1:30P


1:30P -  4:30P

1:30pm–4:30pm: Continued training with David Lesondak

1:30-2:30:  Hands-On: Iliac Crest and Pelvic  Girdle

2:30-3:30:  Hands-On: Compartments of the Thigh in Relation to Pelvic Orientation

3:30–4pm: Fascial Fitness:

 Let's Get On the Floor, and Move and Groove Your Fascial System! 

Presenter: Mary Biancalana, facilitator; based on  “Fascial Fitness” by Robert Schliep

4-4:30 Questions for David Lesondak, Case Studies, Strategies, and Concluding Remarks

 3 CEU
4:45pm - 5:30pm

NAMTPT Business Meeting 

Only Current NAMTPT members may attend this meeting per our bylaws

For all other attendees:
  • network
  • Meet with vendors

Your choice for dinner, (suggestions coming)

Fun entertainment by local musicians and artists.

choice of
8pm - ?
Treatment trade  and social 
All conference participants are welcome to join in the sharing and networking with others
in an informal gathering in a designated classroom.

  Total CEU for Friday: 7 NCBTMB approved continuing education credits

                                                    SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD                                                                  

Breakfast On Your Own


Round-Robin Programming: 

 Registrants are divided into two groups and will rotate to each of the speakers 8:30 am – 12:30pm

4 CEs

 8:30a -  12:30

Session #1 

Hands-on Training for Anterior Scalene Muscle Syndrome With Medical Massage

Presenter: Dr. Ross Turchaninov, MD, PhD, LMT    

Unmasking The “Silent Killer”: Clinical Value of Treating Anterior Scalene Muscle Syndrome

Hands-on training in Medical Massage Protocol for Anterior Scalene Muscle Syndrome/Thoracic Outlet.
Step-by-step evaluation and hands-on therapy using Medical Massage protocol for one of the most frequently occurring and most often-missed triggers of abnormalities in the upper extremities, neck and shoulder. We will take the mask off and expose the so called “silent killer.”

Session #2   

‘Myofascial Potpourri’ Research Update, Case Studies, Hands-on self-treatment, and Clinical Reasoning for the Elimination of Tinnitus and Dizziness

Presenter: Stew Wild; 

In this potpourri of applied myofascial science, Stew Wild will give us a re-think on low back pain and pain in general supported by an update on the latest research on myofascial pain. THEN, using case studies from his own clinical practice, we will get hands-on training on manual applied techniques to relieve tinnitus and dizziness.  By looking at it from a case-study perspective, Stew will explain the rationale for treatment, the method by which he applied treatment, and the outcome in specific cases.  Participants will be gloved-up for self-treatment of the palatini muscle work to clear Eustachian tube obstruction for tinnitus. Hold on to your seats folks, this will be a fast and furious look at myofascial therapy for the muscles in the face, jaw, mouth and head!

 12:30 -
Buffet Lunch break, visit the vendors, network

1:30p -
Oncology Rehabilitation:
When Comprehensive Means Multidisciplinary
- Why my Patients Need You (Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists) 

Presenter: Vanessa Sifontes M.S., CCC-SLP, CMLDT

Clinical Coordinator of Head & Neck Cancer,PORi Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist, Speech Language Pathology

Oncology Rehab Center, Centennial, Colorado

There is no greater service we can provide than that which is made valuable by the multi-faceted, multidisciplinary collaborative approach between practitioners dedicated to rehabilitation. Accommodating different talents is the true reason behind areas of specialty, and it is time to bridge the gap.  Working together, we can maximize outcomes; and most importantly, we can make a significant impact in our patients’/clients’ quality of life. Vanessa utilizes an integrated treatment model including but not limited to myofascial trigger point release, lymphatic drainage and pain mitigation in order to functionally restore and work towards improved quality of life for patients recovering from various cancer interventions. These techniques take into account the understanding of anatomical effects of cancer treatments, which Vanessa will help facilitate comprehension by incorporating case studies and pictures to discuss treatment approach, results, and spark innovative ideas in manually applied therapy for this patient population. 

 3 CEs
4:30pm - 6pm Evening break, relax, get dressed for dinner
6pm -

Annual Dinner and Dr. Janet G.Travell and 

Dr. David G. Simons Awards Ceremony

6:00p: Cocktails; Cash Bar
6:45p: Program starts
7:30p: Dinner served

8:30 Fun and Dancing for All!
Honoring our
current and
new members.

A wonderful
plated dinner
and fun

Total CEU for SATURDAY: 7 NCBTMB approved continuing education credits

                                                       SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4TH                                                                                         


Breakfast on your own

 9am -

Trigger Point Skeptics: – Understanding the Debate

 Presenter: Richard Finn

Trigger Points take a beating on social media – maybe  your arguments have as well!  This presentation will deal with some of the most common arguments advanced against the very existence of the TrP.  These arguments are based on science, logic, and critical thinking - our responses need to be as well. 

 1.5 CEs
10:30am -

How to Relieve Most Headaches : Simplify and Refresh, 

122 pages of Travell and Simons on One Page! 

Presenter: Tasso Spanos

 1.5 CEs

Total CEU for SUNDAY: 3 NCBTMB approved continuing education credits

Conference ends  at 12 noon   
Please be sure to check out of your room before coming to class.
Bring your luggage to the classroom.


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