NAMTPT 34th Annual Conference

DoubleTree by Hilton at the Pittsburgh International Airport

Thursday Nov 1st  - Sunday Nov 4th 2018

Presenter Info

Learn from knowledgeable presenters from a variety of disciplines

Keynote Speaker

David Lesondak; BCSI, KMI, FFT, LMT

 is a member of the Allied Health Professional Staff in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UPMC, a board certified Structural Integrator, visceral manipulator and fascial fitness trainer.

David’s Structural Integration (SI) method capitalizes on a vast and eclectic background of education and training in myofascial specialties. His studies include advanced SI training, joint replacement rehab, visceral manipulation, scoliosis care, pediatrics and yoga. He specializes in treating people with chronic pain, pre- and post-surgical issues, physical performance enhancement goals and those managing cancer.

His private practice working with individuals is the heart of his work and the reason for his search for new knowledge and techniques.

Author of the 2017 Published book;
Fascia; What it is and Why it Matters

Full-day presentation
Friday November  2nd

Smart Phone, Dumb Biomechanics

Click here for information on how to buy the book: Fascia; What It is and Why it Matters  

Presenters & Session Topics

Mary Biancalana, MA , CMTPT, LMT, ACE Certified Personal Trainer

11-Time NAMTPT Conference Chairperson
16 years in service to the Board of NAMTPT including 7 years total as Vice-President, and President, Currently Serving as Board Member Immediate Past-President
Owner, Chicago Center for Myofascial Pain Relief, Advanced Trigger Point Seminars and Trigger Point Sports Performance Personal Training
Editor & Contributing Trigger Point Therapy Chapter Author  to the book; "The Complete Guide To Massage" Adams Media, 2016.
  Featured authority on trigger point therapy in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine article, April 2017, page 158
Chicago, IL

Presentation: Updates on Our Field: Research and Current Developments

Richard Finn, CMTPT, LMT


Richard is a graduate of the Academy of Myotherapy and Physical Fitness and the Academy of Health Sciences (Fort Sam Houston USAR – Physical Therapy Specialist, He is not a PT). He earned his CMT through the Life Credit Program at the Colorado School of Healing Arts. He is a Board Certified member of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists, and served as president from 1992-94. He was the Director and a core instructor at Pittsburgh School of Pain Management for 18 years.  

Presentation Sunday Nov 4th :Trigger Point Skeptics: – Understanding the Debate

Shannon Goossen, AP, LMT
Acupuncture Physician, FSM Practitioner, Myofascial Pain Specialist
Owner: Comprehensive Myofascial Therapy Associates
Jacksonville, FL

Presentation: Pre-Conference
Microcurrent, Photons and PEMF (Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field Therapy) for The Reduction of Chronic or Acute Pain; 
Healing Options In the 21st Century

Presentation; In-Conference; Thursday Nov 1st, 7pm:

Neurotransmitters; The Key To Understanding the Neurochemistry of Behavior.

Friday Nov 2nd: Mitochondria and the Cell Danger Response: Your Patients and Trauma

Vanessa Sifontes

Vanessa is a speech language pathologist that began her career in oncology after completing specialized training in cases involving voice restoration and rehabilitation after total laryngectomy in 2009. Most of her one-on-one contact with patients was alongside Dr. Ron J. Karni, MD, who serves as Chief of the Division of Head and Neck, Surgical Oncology, in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at UT Physicians in Houston, TX. There, Vanessa led the organization and facilitation of program growth within the Outpatient Speech Language Pathology team across eight outpatient sites and teams. In addition, she worked in program development to craft measurable key performance indicators that, at the time, not only benefited the patient, but the program as a whole. In summer of 2017, she moved to Denver, Colorado and began working with Oncology Rehab as the Clinical Coordinator of Head and Neck Cancer Program. Since, she has joined PORi (Physiological Oncology Rehabilitation Institute) in an effort to provide state of the art continuing education that focuses on patient based learning lead by research, as well as evidence based practice. As a PORi Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Specialist, Vanessa is dedicated to serving her community and expanding knowledge across the US.

Presentation: Oncology Rehabilitation:* When Comprehensive Means Multidisciplinary-Why My Patients Need You.

Tasso Spanos, CMTPT, LMT; NAMTPT Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Presentation Sunday Nov 4th:
How to Relieve Most Headaches : Simplify and Refresh, 122 pages of Travell and Simons on One Page! 

 Ross Turchaninov, MD (Ukrane), Phd, LMT
Founder of SOMI, Science of Massage Institute
Author; Medical Massage, 
Owner, SOMI Medical Massage Training Seminars
Phoenix, AZ

Dr  Turchininov also known as “Dr Ross”,  graduated from Odessa Medical Institute, named N.I. Pirogov, in 1983. After graduation from medical school he was accepted in the special residency program in the Kiev Institute of Orthopedics which allowed him to start their PhD work at the same time while finishing his residency.  Kiev Institute of Orthopedics is the largest orthopedic and rehabilitation hospital in the Ukraine, and a world known research facility. The most difficult clinical cases from the entire country are sent there and Dr Ross completed the program in 1985.

Dr Ross has published more than 50 articles in medical journals, and has written three books which were very well received by  the massage, physical therapy, chiropractic and medical communities. Dr Ross presented at the Annual Meeting of American Academy of Pain Management in 2007.

Round-Robin Presentation: Sat Nov. 3rd
Application sequence based on an ariel view of clinical massage reasoning.

  Stew Wild, LMT, CNMT, CMTPT

Owner of  Myopain Solutions in Deedham, MA

Instructor for Myopain Seminars

Round-Robin Presentation Saturday Nov 3rd :
Treating Severe Low Back Pain Using Neuromuscular Therapy

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


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