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3208 – Complex and Neuro Patient Application

Advanced / Pool Workshop

Chicago, IL / Friday, April 24, 2020 – 8:00-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 8:00-9:30 am / Indoor Pool: 9:30-11:00 am)

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: neuro (Parkinson’s / Stroke) diabetes, and cancer.


1)  Identify 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.