PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP:   The Important  Collaborative Role of PT and Airway Health
 Thursday, October 17: 8:30am-12:00pm
   Workshop Description  
  Posture, Gait, Neck and Other structures influence and are influenced by airway. This workshop is for PT therapists, dentists and other practitioners interested in an expanded approach to optimal airway health outcomes.
 Workshop Moderator  
Dr. Brad Gilden has been practicing orthopedic and sports physical therapy since graduating from New York Medical College in 2000. He has worked in a variety of settings treating patients with various neurological, orthopedic, airway, TMJD and sports injuries. In 2004, he completed a clinical doctorate in upper quarter & hand therapy from Drexel University. He joined Elite Health Services as a managing partner and rehabilitation coordinator in 2005 and co-founded IPA MANHATTAN Physical Therapy in 2011.
Dr. Gilden follows the approach of a Functional Manual Physical Therapist treating movement dysfunction and postural awareness. His focus is on restoring normal mobility and strength while integrating patients back to their highest level of function. He enjoys working with all diagnoses and has extensive experience treating patients with neck pain, headaches, airway/breathing difficulties, tinnitus and other related issues. In 2010, he completed an intensive certification in functional manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Art passing with honors. In 2014 he completed a three year long fellowship in functional manual therapy through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.
Dr. Gilden utilizes the latest technology along with 16 years of experience in being able to identify breathing pattern disorders and malocclusions related to poor posture, injury, and faulty behavioral patterns. He has developed a physiology laboratory to measure how stress impacts the autonomic nervous system amplifying pain and inflammation.
Dr. Gilden has worked with many professional athletes as well as collegiate and recreational. He has also helped thousands of patients suffering from symptoms related to poor posture, stress and various breathing pattern disorders. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry. He lectures at various medical conferences and throughout the community and on the adverse affects of breathing pattern disorders and chronic sympathetic load on the human body. He enjoys a multitude of sports and completed his first NYC Marathon in 2008 and Olympic triathlon in 2013. 
Dr. Gilden works collaboratively with local physicans, dentists, and other sleep specialists to assist his patients in receiving the best medical care possible to allow them to return to a life free of pain and restful rejuvenating sleep.
   Workshop Speakers  
Ron Hruska, MPA, PT
Ron graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and matriculated to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, completing a degree in Physical Therapy. Following graduation from Physical Therapy school in 1980, Ron accepted a position as a staff PT at the Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Center. In 1983, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and Clinical Educator. During this time, he also earned a Masters of Public Administration through the University of Nebraska, Omaha. In 1984, Ron accepted a position as Director of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at St. Elizabeth Community Health Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he served in this role until 1997. In 1997, he began working with Inverse Technology Corporation as Director of Clinical Services. During this time, Ron was teaching courses across the country on “Patella-Femoral Dysfunction and Protonics”, as well as the first Postural Restoration® courses. In 1999, Ron opened a private practice physical therapy clinic, Hruska Clinic Restorative Physical Therapy Services, in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2000, as a result of his extensive clinical and professional experience, he established the Postural Restoration Institute®, to explore and explain the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles. In 2011, Ron co-founded PRI Vision, LLC in Lincoln, NE with Dr. Heidi Wise. Ron has developed a strong interest in myokinematic, biomechanical, occlusal and visual influences on postural and peripheral adaptation patterns. Over 35 years of clinical experience assists him with direct patient interventions based on specific examination and evaluation data that best reflects neuromechanical stability, trunk symmetry and respiratory balance. In his earliest clinical practice at the Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Center, he recognized asymmetrical patterns that were influencing posture and movement, which led to the beginning of the science which is now Postural Restoration®. He lectures extensively and consults regularly with physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, optometrists, dentists, and other health care and fitness professionals across the United States and internationally on patterned postural position and pathology and his approach of restoring symmetrical balance using Postural Restoration® principles. As a result of his clinical experience and interdisciplinary evidence based integration, patients and healthcare professionals travel from across the country and internationally to the Hruska Clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska for consultation and treatment. These patients are usually experiencing symptoms of movement dysfunction associated with neuro-muscular, respiratory and sensorial asymmetry. Throughout his entire career as a physical therapist, he has remained a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, where he has served on the Judicial Committee, Reference Committee, and House of Delegates. Ron has served as President of the Nebraska Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has also served on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, where he was one of five individuals to be selected on the Model Practice Act Task Force. Ron has also served on the Nebraska Department of Health Physical Therapy Board, where he was appointed by the governor to Chairman of the Board of Examiners in Physical Therapy. Ron is co-inventor of the Protonics Neuromuscular Training System. Ron has also invented and patented the Prism and Priori PRI Aquatic systems. Over his career, Ron has presented at several national and state American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) conferences, as well as National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) and National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) national and local conferences. Ron has authored articles published in journals including; Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America, Dental Clinics of North America, The Journal of the American Dental Association, and EXPLORE. Ron is the Executive Director of the Postural Restoration Institute®, where he continues to teach nearly 20 courses each year across the country and internationally. He also continues to consult and practice at the Hruska Clinic, Restorative Physical Therapy Services, PRI Vision Clinic, and Hohl Orthodontics in Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition, Ron serves as a Biomechanical Consultant to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln through the Division of Athletic Medicine.
Gregg Johnson, PT
He is 1971 graduate from the University of Southern California and completed a one year residency at Kaiser Vallejo under Maggie Knott. He remained as senior faculty for six years. Mr. Johnson developed the first Soft Tissue Mobilization course for P.T.’s in 1980. He has also developed courses in Functional Mobilization and Resistance Enhanced Manipulation™. He is the co-founder of the Institute of Physical Art and the Functional Manual Therapy approach. He is Director of an credentialed AAOMPT Fellowship program and has published multiple chapters and articles on STM, PNF, and Functional Manual Therapy (FTM). He is currently involved in several research projects on FMT. 

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