3208 – Treatment for the Complex Patient

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Morgantown, WV / Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 8:00 am-3:30 pm – 7.0 credit hours

Classroom: 8:00-9:45 am

Indoor Pool: 9:45-11:30 am

Lunch on own: 11:30 am-12:00 pm

Classroom: 12:00-1:45 pm

Indoor Pool: 1:45-3:30 pm


Faculty: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide case studies and evidence-based research for evaluation and treatment of the medically complex patient throughout an episode of care. Medical conditions to be discussed include: diabetes, cancer, peripheral neuropathy and pulmonary conditions (COPD, etc.).



1)  Evaluate medical conditions that affect physical activity and physical rehabilitation.

2)  Identify methods for screening and evaluation of complex medical conditions during initial evaluation.

3)  Explore evidence-based research evaluating effectiveness of exercise for common co-morbidities.

4)  Provide case studies as examples of how to initiate/modify aquatic exercise programs for medically complex patients.


FACULTY: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC, is a full-time physical therapist, specializing in aquatic-based rehab at YMCA Healthy Living Center in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. She works with a variety of patient populations including cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, neurological, general debility, sports medicine and chronic pain diagnoses. Mary is also a certified clinical instructor and has participated in Diabetes Education programming. She has completed the ATRI Lumbar Stabilization and AquaStretch Specialty Certificate Programs.