The Power of You. Amputee Coalition 2020 National Conference

2020 National Conference Program

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

12 – 1 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Time

1 – 1:45 p.m.
General Session
How The Federal Government Works With the Limb Loss and Limb Difference Community
Mary Richards, President & CEO – Moderator
Theresa Hayes Cruz, Ph.D., Director, NCMRR
Billie J. Randolph, PT, PhD, Deputy Director, Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence
Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary, Aging Administration for Community Living
Hear from a panel of speakers from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Administration (VA) about the Federal government’s role in supporting the limb loss and limb difference community. Listen and ask questions about how AC partners with Federal agencies to provide services and supports, research, and access to care.

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

2:15-3 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Phantom Limb Pain Management: Important Considerations for Persons with Amputation and  Conservative Treatment Strategies
Emma Beisheim, DPT , PT & Researcher, University of Delaware
Joseph B. Webster, M.D., Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
The session will review theories on why phantom limb pain occurs and how commonly this condition occurs.  In addition, existing treatment strategies used to address phantom limb pain, such as graded motor imagery and progressive muscle relaxation will be discussed and an opportunity will be provided to practice some of these skills.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Returning to Work
Lorraine Riche, Board Chair-Elect – Introduction
Rosie Alvarez, Director of Talent Acquisition, Hanger Clinic
Kathleen West-Evans, MPA, CRC Director of Business Relations, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)
This session is intended for anyone returning to work or starting a new job search after limb loss. Please join us to learn about:
Resume Writing:

  • Think about your transferable skills that can open the door to new careers
  • Receive resume writing tips
  • Answer key questions like: Should I disclose a disability on my resume?

Work accommodations:

  • How to request accommodation and seek technical assistance to look at options

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Community Living
Certified Peer Visitor (CPV) Program and Improved Patient Outcomes
Nicole Gross, Peer Support Manager
Farhad Ostovari, PT, DPT, CBIS, , Director, Amputee Care and Prosthetic Services at Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation
Andrew Lerman
Alison Clark
Eileen Shieh, MD
Learn about the Amputee Coalition’s Hospital Partnership Program and the benefits of embedding the Coalition’s nationally recognized Certified Peer Visitor Program into hospitals and rehabilitation facilities for improved patient outcomes and medical care team coordination. Current Amputee Coalition hospital partners will share how partnering improves patient and family experience, and will engage in a panel discussion to provide unique perspectives and answer questions.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Community Living
Your Voice Matters!
Jeff Cain, MD, Board Chair
Mike Zwolinski, Director of Government Relations, Amputee Coalition
Dan Ignaszewski, Chief Policy and Programs Officer, Amputee Coalition
Dustin Perchal, Chief Policy and Programs Officer, Amputee Coalition
Your Voice Matters: Advocacy is driven by the power of you.  This session will cover the Amputee Coalition’s advocacy successes so far this year, where we stand now, and how you can lead change this Fall.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Health and Wellness
What are the Functional Differences Between Myoelectric Hands and Hooks
Bambi Lombardi, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Hanger Clinic
Brian Monroe, CPO, Clinical Specialist
Mike Benning
There are several different types of myoelectric hands and hooks that have become commercially available over the last five years. This session will identify and demonstrate the functional benefits of each terminal device to assist with decision making.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Youth and Family
Supporting Life with Limb Loss for Children
Anna Vergun MD, Pediatric Orthopedist, University of North Carolina at  Chapel Hill
Colleen Patricia Coulter PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, Pediatric Clinical Specialist, Orthotics and Prosthetics Department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Rebecca Hernandez CPO, Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Jennifer Latham Robinson, Founder, Functional Restorations
In this session, participants will discuss clothing options and adaptations for children with limb loss as well as kid-friendly books, toys, videos, and movies with characters who have amputations.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Community Living
Survey Study: Amputees’ Attitudes Toward Participation in Amputee Support Groups and the Role of Virtual Technology in Supporting Amputees
Ed Nathan, PhD, CPV, Adjunct Faculty, Ithaca College
All support groups are not created equal. This workshop shares the results of a 2018 study that looked at why amputees join support groups, why they leave, why they might return, and whether technology like virtual reality can enhance the experience. Support group members and leaders can learn strategies to help improve the amputee support group experience.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Going Out on A Limb: An In-Home Exercise Program to Improve Walking
Carol Miller, PT, PhD, GCS, Clinical Specialist & Professor, Georgia PCOM
This presentation will focus on the importance of staying physically active to help you keep walking well! During the session, videos will be used to illustrate some of the common difficulties in walking for individuals with lower limb amputation. You will also be encouraged to try a few basic daily exercises while at home that focus on aerobic conditioning, balance and strength, and standing/walking activities so you can keep your heart, joints, and muscles healthy.

2:15 – 3 p.m.
Health and Wellness
The Real Science Behind Muscle
Cosi Belloso, MSPT, Physical Therapist & Amputee Specialist, Palanca Inc.
Cosi Belloso brings her unique manner of presenting with her popular live Facebook show “Cosi Talks” to show you the simple truth behind muscle strengthening after limb loss. She will cover the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology as well as debunk the myths behind getting stronger!

3 – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Activities of Daily Living with Upper-Limb Difference
Steve Martin, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Össur
This is an interactive session for individuals with upper-limb difference to learn techniques for completing toileting activities with or without a prosthesis, and to explore adaptive equipment. This session is led by Össur’s clinical specialist focused on upper-limb technology as well as an individual demonstrating different functional activities with and without their prosthetic devices.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Keeping the Core Strong During COVID: Exercises to Keep You Active While at Home
Carol A. Miller, PT, PhD, GCS, Clinical Specialist & Professor, Georgia PCOM
Dr. Daniel J. Lee, PT, DPT, GCS, COMT, Physical Therapist
Living with limb loss is no easy task. The stronger you can be the less likely you will develop unwanted complications like low back pain, arthritis, or fall. While exercise is the best medicine, not all exercises are created equal. During this guided session you will learn how to engage your core in a series of exercises designed to keep you active, strong, and safe. Considering the limits the current COVID-19 pandemic has placed on many individuals, these exercises are designed to be performed safely at home. This class is most appropriate for beginner exercises or those who want an introduction to simple, safe exercises that can be performed in the home.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Osseointegration in the U.S.
Jeff Cain, MD, Board Chair
Dan Ignaszewski, Chief Policy and Programs Officer
Joseph B. Webster, MD, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jonathan Forsberg, DOD
Osseointegration is a procedure that has shown promise for people who have experienced amputation.  This session will focus on what you need to know about the status of Osseointegration in the United States, the regulatory pathways for approval, the exemptions available to patients, information about if the procedure may be an option for you, and what options and risks you may have as a patient.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Coming Back to Life
Dr. Chantrise Holliman, Inspirational Speaker
In 2018, as a result of complications from a massive heart attack, Dr. Chantrise became a partial paraplegic and bilateral lower-limb amputee. The urge to let life pass her by was strong, until she made a conscious decision to come back to life. Join “Dr. C” as she shares her journey back to herself and shows how you can get back to yourself, too.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Returning to Work after Limb Loss: A New Promoting Amputee Life Skills (PALS) Resource
Stephen T. Wegener, PhD, ABPP, Rehabilitation Psychologist
Mary Keszler, MD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Tricia Kirkhart
Learn and experience a new PALS resource that helps people with limb loss 1) determine whether returning to work is right for them; 2) decide whether returning to a previous job or looking in a new direction is best for them; and 3) find information and resources to help in this journey.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Navigating Healthcare Policy for Individuals with Prostheses
Ashlie White, Director of Strategic Alliances, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association
Justin Beland, Director of Government Affairs, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association
Maggie Baumer, Clinic Manager, Hanger Clinic
Mike Zwolinski, Director of Government Relations, Amputee Coalition
This session will explore steps you can take to become more informed about your healthcare experience as an individual living with limb loss or limb difference using a prosthesis, the policies and restrictions impacting your healthcare experience, and ways you can partner with your prosthetist to advocate for a better health-care experience.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Youth and Family
Support for Pediatric-CPV, Pediatric Research, ACPOC
Tonya Osborne-Simpson, Director of Support and Outreach, Amputee Coalition
Anna Vergun MD, President of ACPOC
Join us for an inclusive session focused on support for the pediatric community facilitated by Tonya Osborne-Simpson, Director of Support & Outreach for the Amputee Coalition and Anna Vergun, MD, President of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC). This session will highlight the Amputee Coalition’s Youth and Family Certified Peer Visitor Program, pediatric research collaboration for parents, and how to locate a provider utilizing ACPOC.

3:15 – 4 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Sock It to Me! Managing Daily Limb Changes
Samantha Stauffer, MSOP, CO, Researcher, University of Delaware Limb Loss Studies Lab
Sock-ply management is important to improve prosthesis fit and reduce skin problems in individuals with above- and below-knee limb loss. This presentation covers the science of why the residual limb changes throughout the day, sock characteristics, troubleshooting socket fit, and when you should see your prosthetist.

4:15 – 5 p.m.
Youth and Family
Pediatric Health and Wellness
Jill Cannoy PT, DPT
Phoebe Scott-Wyard, D.O., Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist, Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego
Anna Vergun MD, Pediatric Orthopedist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Marsha Danzig, MEd, RYT 500
This session will discuss the importance of movement for children, as well as preventing obesity in children with limb loss.  Discover the health benefits of meditation, stretching, and yoga for children.

Hear directly from sponsors about specific products and services.

4:15 – 5 p.m.
REBUILT: Stronger Every Day – Sponsored by College Park
Michael Amrich CPO, FAAOP, Clinical Education Specialist, College Park Industries
Reggie Showers, Inspirational Speaker
Zach Gowen, Inspirational Speaker
You deserve to find your perfect fit. College Park Industries creates custom-built prosthetic solutions for people of all activity levels. With headquarters in Warren, MI, all products are thoughtfully designed and manufactured in the United States. Highlighting clinical and user insight, this workshop provides an overview of K2/K3 feet, Integrated Spring Technology (iST®), multi-axial movement, prosthetic knee innovation, and College Park’s REBUILT campaign. Get a sneak peek at the new Capital hydraulic knee too! Like the Amputee Coalition, College Park’s REBUILT movement serves to educate, inspire, and provide resources for the limb loss community. Clinical Education Specialist, Michael Amrich CPO, FAAOP is joined by amputee guests, Reggie Showers and Zach Gowen in this workshop. Tune in to learn about the technology that moves you, ask questions, and hear inspiring stories.

4:15 – 5 p.m.
A Smart Liner…How Cool Is That? – Sponsored by WillowWood
Anthony Rystad
Ray Speelman
WillowWood first introduced the concept of phase changing material integrated into our liners back in 2014 with the launch of Alpha SmartTemp Silicone Liner. Now 6 years later, we bring you the Alpha SmartTemp Gel Liner, shown to reduce sweat when compared with other TPE liners up to 48%. Learn about what makes the Alpha SmartTemp family such “cool” liners and hear from actual users on how it’s changed their lives.

4:15 – 5 p.m.
A Foot That’s Right For You – Sponsored by Össur
Wayne Fichtel, CP, ABC Certified in Prosthetics
Join Össur for an interactive discussion to learn more about the technology and biomechanical advantages between various prosthetic feet. We will discuss the foot selection process through the mind of a practitioner and highlight the specific considerations that guide our selection. Every amputee has different needs and this presentation will give amputees insight on how their practitioner selects the Foot That’s Right For You!

4:15 – 5 p.m.
Bionic Solutions– Sponsored by Össur
Tyler Hocz, CPO, Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist
Join Össur for an interactive discussion on the various, innovative technologies within the microprocessor-controlled RHEO KNEE® and the auto-adaptive ankle of the PROPRIO FOOT®. Learn how magnetorheologic technology in the RHEO KNEE can increase stability and dynamic performance in real-world settings, as well as, how the microprocessor, self-adjusting ankle of the PROPRIO FOOT can allow amputees to better navigate various real-world terrains with confidence.

4:15 – 5 p.m.
Osseointegration, approaching 1,000 cases: What we have learned so far – Sponsored by Osseointegration Group of Australia
Professor Munjed Al Muderis, MB ChB FRACS FAOrthA, Orthopedic Surgeon
Osseointegration has emerged over the past two decades as a dramatically different approach for the treatment of lower limb amputations, which involves direct attachment of the prosthesis to the skeletal residuum. This approach can address many of the socket-interface issues associated with socket prostheses which represent the current standard of care for amputees. Join Professor Al Muderis for an in-depth discussion on what he has learned in the first 1,000 cases.

4:15 – 5 p.m.
Find Your Freedom: A Product Overview– Sponsored by Freedom Innovations
Matthew Nelson, CPO, FAAOP
Educate yourself on the latest technology Freedom Innovations has to offer in the lower limb prosthetic space.  Make informed prosthetic device selection by exploring the cutting edge in technology, including our industry leading microprocessor knees and ankles.  Discover the benefits of carbon fiber and fiberglass feet.  Get your questions answered during our live Q & A session. You will not want to miss this introduction to everything Freedom Innovations has to offer.  Join us and let us help you on the road to Find Your Freedom!

5 – 7 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

5 – 7 p.m.
Networking Lounge
Let’s hang out, but virtually! Join a table or work the room and get a chance to connect with other participants, meet up with old friends or get to know new ones.  Networking tip: If you connect with someone here at the National Conference, ask to follow one another on social media to stay in touch!


Get Fit with Yoga: A Body, Mind and Spirit Workout
Marsha Danzig, MEd, RYT 500
Enjoy yoga any time during the conference with one of the three recorded yoga sessions by Marsha Danzig.  Find the follow-along session that is right for you. This is yoga for all bodies! Danzig is a certified instructor who will demonstrate sequences with modifications to accommodate skill level and level of limb loss. Bring your breath and smile.

Exhibit Hall
You will be able to access the exhibit hall at any time during the conference.  However, to ensure you don’t have to choose between a session and chatting with exhibitors, we have established unobstructed exhibit hall hours.  Make sure to visit exhibitors during those times to chat with the team at the booth and ask questions about products and services. You will also be able to set up appointments with exhibitors and incorporate those appointments in your daily schedule!

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