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UPTA Fall Conference

UPTA 42nd Annual Fall Conference

October 6-7, 2017 

Sheraton Hotel

Salt Lake City, Utah




12 CEU Hours + 1 Ethics


 Dates: October 6-7, 2017
Times: Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm & Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Ethics Presentation will be Saturday 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

Location: Sheraton Hotel -150 W 500 S SLC, UT 84101





Irene Davis, PhD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB


"An Innovative Approach to the Injured Runner."

Dr. Davis received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida.  She earned her Masters degree in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University.  She is a Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware where she studied the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury in runners for the past 20 yrs.  Dr. Davis is the Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School.  Her current areas of study include mechanical factors in tibial stress fractures and patellofemoral disorders along with the effect of physical therapy interventions such as gait retraining. She is interested in the mechanics of barefoot running and its effect on injury rates, and is a barefoot runner herself.  She has received funding from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office and National Institutes of Health to support her research related to stress fractures.  She serves as a consultant for patients with lower extremity problems related to overuse.  Dr. Davis has given nearly 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during running. She has been active professionally in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Society of Biomechanics, and International Society of Biomechanics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Biomechanics, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association.  She is a past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. She has organized and coordinated national research retreats on topics of the foot and ankle, anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellofemoral pain syndrome. She has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Discovery, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parade and Time Magazine.  

Darcy Umphred, PhD, PT, FAPTA


Jan Black, PT, MSPT

"Linking Knowledge from the Past & Today's Evidence in Order to Establish Tomorrow's Clinical Practice."


Darcy Umphred, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Darcy Umphred, PhD, PT, FAPTA received her bachelor of science in physical therapy at University of Washington, her master of science at Boston University and her doctor of philosophy at Syracuse University. She joined Pacific in 1987 and has been retired since 2004.

Dr. Umphred's favorite thing about teaching at Pacific was the focus on the students as human beings with unique characteristics that will help all other students in the class grow. She enjoyed the classes being small enough that those unique differences could be nurtured while still meeting accreditation criteria. "The faculty have an opportunity to know each student and hopefully, impact their lives as budding professionals and soon to be colleagues."

When asked her teaching philosophy, Dr. Umphred answered, "My primary teaching philosophy is that my role as a teacher is not to teach what I think but to help students identify, analyze and synthesize what they think and justify their analysis using critical thinking. I love students to be creative and think outside the box because they help me to learn and stretch. As I've always taught basic neuroscience, movement analysis across the life span and an integrated approach to examining and treating individuals with movement problems resulting from central nervous system dysfunction, I tell students that they can never use me (or "I said so") as a rationale for why they select an examination or treatment regimen. They need to justify what they do by using all the tools available to them such as their neuroscience background, the ability to analyze movement both normal and abnormal and their ability to interact and appreciate those individuals to whom they provide treatment. I've never asked students to just memorize material. Usually, I teach students in the latter part of their education because once they begin to think independently, they no long want to give back to a faculty member exactly what they were told."

Dr. Umphred was born in Oakland, California. She loves life and she loves to learn and grow. She enjoys writing poetry, mentoring younger colleagues, playing with her grandchildren and being an integral part of her and her husband's adult children's lives. She takes pleasure in hiking in the mountains with her husband. She also likes to cook, knit and read.


Jan Black, PT, MSPT

Jan graduated from Utah State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. She received her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 1991.  Following graduation, she returned to Utah and began a career as a practicing clinical physical therapist. The majority of her practice has been focused on individuals with spinal cord injuries and similar neurological conditions. She has worked in the acute care in-patient rehabilitation setting, home health care, and in outpatient facilities.

Her postgraduate training has included courses in spinal cord injury, brain injury and locomotor training.  She is a Certified Clinical Instructor Affiliate (CCCE/CI) through the American Physical Therapy Association.  She is an educator for the University of Utah and Rocky Mountain University Physical Therapy Doctoral Programs. 

In addition to traditional land based therapy, aquatic therapy has been an important part of patient care throughout her career. In 2002, she began a more advanced form of aquatic therapy using highly specialized pools. Applying her clinical experience with this novel equipment has allowed her to provide innovative and very effective care for individuals with paralysis. She has presented aquatic seminars with a neurological focus to various clinics throughout the country.

In June 2004, she co-founded Neuroworx, a non-profit, state-of-the-art outpatient physical therapy clinic specializing in the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and stroke. She serves as the Clinic Director to the staff of fifteen PTs, OTs, aides and clerical staff. She also has the primary educational responsibility for the clinic’s teaching duties. She is Vice President of the Neuroworx 501 (c) 3 organization and a member of its Board of Directors.

In 2010, Neuroworx was designated as a Community Fitness and Wellness Facility under the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network (NRN). This program focuses on treatment interventions to promote and maintain health and fitness for the SCI population.  This collaborate research effort collects data to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. Jan is the director of this process for Neuroworx.  Currently, Neuroworx is an affiliate partner with the NRN.

Jan’s research activities include a collaborative project with the University of Utah Department of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science using a virtual reality, mechanically augmented treadmill. She coauthored “Investigation of the Treadport for Gait Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury” published in 2012.  She was also the co-investigator with the University of Utah Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in a pilot study that evaluated the safety and efficacy of aquatic treadmill therapy for improving the economy of gait, gait speed, balance, cardiovascular fitness, and quality of life in ambulatory adult stroke patients. She is active in helping physical therapy students with developing and carrying out doctoral research projects and case studies.

Jan assisted with the creation, drafting and eventual passage of Utah House Bill 400 during the 2012 Legislative session.  This bill created a spinal cord and brain injury fund to provide rehabilitative services to affected individuals in the state of Utah.

Jan is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the Neurological and Education Sections.  Her hobbies include running and, most importantly, being a mom.  Jan and her husband have 5 children.


Other options available at this years conference

Saturday only- Pediatric Track is combined with the Neurological Course this year.

Local experts will present.

 PTA Forum



Tuition Rates 2017:

UPTA Members 

Before September 1st

After September 1st

Non Members

Before September 1st 

After September 1st

 PT  $350 $400
PT $450 $500
 PTA $300 $350 PTA $400 $450
 One Day
 $175 $225 One Day Only $225 $275
 Student $50 $75 Student $100 $125
 (over 65)
$50 $75 Senior
 (over 65)
 $100 $125


42nd Annual Fall Conference Highlights

 • Local and National Exhibitors • Utah Chapter/APTA Business Meeting Luncheon Friday • Research Presentations on Saturday • Discounted Hotel Rooms Available at The Sheraton Hotel in

Salt Lake City, UT.


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