2018 Conference Agenda 

Eliminating Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction:

Hands on treatment Strategies for Positive Clinical Outcomes 

Daily Agenda


                         Thursday November 1ST                              

Pre-conference Class

10am-   6pm

 Integrative Techniques for Myofascial Mastery 

Shannon Goossen

Thursday November 1st 2018 9 AM to 3:30PM

Registration Fee: $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 class. 

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

This 6 hour course 
will be 80% 


                       Official NAMTPT conference starts at 4pm Today                                                                                                                                                                                                   



 3:30 pm - 6pm

Official NAMTPT Conference Registration Open, 

Networking, Meet and Greet  Fellow Practitioners and Excellent Vendors. Learn about new products and equipment.

 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

 8:30am -


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.

1.0 CE
10:30A -

Smart Phone, Dumb Biomechanics

KEYNOTE Speaker:  David Lesondak
Author of the book, "Fascia: What It Is and Why It Matters" 

This “hands on” workshop will enable participants to effectively identify and treat common musculoskeletal/myofascial pain associated with postural deviations involving habitual cell phone and computer usage. Participants will learn about the fascia’s role as a tissue and sensory system. Both postural identifiers and palpation-based assessments will be taught, as well as well as 5 fascia-based approaches that directly and comfortably target specific structures to enable participants to provide and experience immediate relief.


120 mins Lecture: Fascial as a Tissue and System

3 CEs

12:30- 1:30P


1:30P -

Smart Phone, Dumb Biomechanics

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

Hands-on segment

  • postural evaluation for the typical standing cell phone posture.
  •  Treatment areas will include the lower leg, sacrotuberous ligament, quadratus lumborum, pectoralis minor, scalenes and sub-occipitals.
  • Also included will be the common flexor/extensor groups of the forearm.

 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 in our hotel provided 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  

Treating Severe Low Back Pain Using Neuromuscular Therapy

Research Update, Assessment, Lumbo-Pelvic Mobilization, and Homecare for the Elimination Severe Low Back Pain

 Presenter: Stew Wild; 

To begin this potpourri of applied pain science, Stew Wild will compare and combine conventional and myofascial paradigms for the post-opioid world. Recent allopathic publications on low back pain will be compared with Jan Dommerholt’s Trigger Point neurophysiology from the 2018 text Travell & Simons 3rd Edition of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction.

You will get hands-on training for a quick lumbo-pelvic assessment using devices like a cell-phone, a plumb-line and a builder’s level to quickly rule out postural considerations like leg length inequalities and hemipelvis!

The movement techniques taught in this workshop will help to relieve severe low back pain and dysfunction without using deep pressure. Stew will explain the rationale for treatment, teach the method, and relate the clinical outcomes of specific cases.

Prescribed gentle, rhythmic home care activities (baby steps that won’t interfere with a PT program) will reduce patient anxiety and promote return to safe, pain-free movement.

Lumbo-pelvic Stabilization (LPS)

Workshop Objectives

To understand the nociceptive input to acute, sub-acute and chronic lumbopelvic pain, including the contributions of myofascial trigger points.

To understand the three benefits of safe touch, while at the same time developing a language that reassures the pain sufferer.

To conduct a brief, but informative postural assessment of the lumbopelvic region.

To understand the value of distractive manual therapy in the first instance

To then learn a pain diffusing protocol called ‘Lumbo-Pelvic Stabilization’.

To enable pain relieving reinforcement by teaching the pain sufferer a series of gentle, rhythmic, safe homecare activities.

 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 to Honor Current and New Members

and 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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