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Occupational Health: Building a Successful Practice the Right Way!

presented by:
Occupational Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG), Orthopaedic Section, APTA
Friday, October 14, 2016

Club Quarters Hotel
75 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Come away with tools to enhance services and outcomes in worker rehabilitation

Starting or developing an occupational health component to your practice can be challenging. Finding clients, finding time, finding the resources to build your knowledge base, and building a network of mentors and peers to exchange ideas with are just some of the barriers you may encounter. No sense going through it alone! Let your fellow physical therapists that are experienced occupational health specialists help guide you to success.

The OHSIG has developed a program designed to help address these concerns. The learning objective is for each participant to leave with an individualized plan to develop the occupational health aspect of their business based on their specific practice environment. Course participants should bring a laptop computer, I-pad, or notebook to set out their plan.

Learning objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, participants will:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the physical therapists role in occupational health
  • Understand the basic tools to build and sustain a successful occupational health practice
  • Have developed a individualized plan to increase/maximize occupational health service referrals and revenues specific to their practice and available resources
  • Be cognizant of how successful occupational health programs serve as a springboard to non-occupational health referrals and revenues

Topics Covered:




  1. Regulatory considerations 
  2. Special considerations in occupational health evaluation and treatment 
  3. Return to work considerations 
  4. Functional testing 
  5. Proactive occupational health services 
  6. Functional job descriptions 
  7. Pre-work screens 
  8. Onsite Physical Therapy services 
  9. Marketing services


Course Description-Outline-Objectives
Course Outline

Recommended Participant Level:
Intermediate to Advanced 

Speakers: John Lowe, MPT
John Lowe has been practicing with a focus on occupational health for more than 20 years. He has served as the national director of workers compensation clinical services for 2 national outpatient physical therapy companies. John has extensive experience working in the areas of injury prevention, functional testing, rehabilitating workplace injuries and illnesses, and practice building. He has taught physical therapy continuing education on multiple occupational-health related subjects and has contributed to a number of national publications. Johns most recent article was Work activity modification: using physical and occupational therapists to accelerate the return to work process, Professional Case Management Vol. 18, No. 4 July-August 2013, pp 208-209. He is a past member of the APTAs Occupational Health Special Interest Group Nominating Committee. John is currently employed by WorkWell Prevention and Care. In this capacity, he partners with employers to develop and implement strategies designed to protect their work forces and minimize time lost secondary to occupational and non-occupational injuries or illnesses.

Herbert Doerr, PT
Herbert Doerr is currently the Owner of HHD-Eagle Physical Therapy Solutions. Providing Industrial Physical Therapy solutions, Workers' Compensation, Disability/Functional assessments, Ergonomic and Biomechanical evaluation services, Aging in Place services/consulting, as well as Sports Therapy for local school districts. Prior to starting his own company he was a Regional Director of Industrial Services and Coordinator of the National Industrial Therapy Clinical Education Team for a large Healthcare Company for over 14 years. He has degrees in Physical Therapy, Biochemistry, Health Sciences, and Biomechanics/PathoKinesiology. He is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. He is an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster, Chief Fire/Rescue, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at NYU. He has worked a variety of inpatient & outpatient settings since 1982. Herbert has focused the last 20+ years in the Orthopedic/Sports and Disability/Industrial Rehabilitation arena. He developed and directed an outpatient Industrial Therapy Clinic in New York State prior to joining a large National Health Care Corporation. Herbert is an experienced Industrial therapist with training in various Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) methods and part of the original team to standardize a National Health Care Corporations FCE. Working with the injured athlete, worker and employers has been challenging yet rewarding. Aggressive case management, positive approach, and good strong communications are the key to successful case management and closure. Herbert believes in the Stay @ Work, Life and Play philosophy and working on the positive function of an individual.

Registration Rates: 


Advanced Price
(Prior to 9/15/2016)
Onsite Price 
(offered 9/15/2016-10/14/2016)
 Orthopaedic Section Mbr $305.00 $400.00
*Orthopaedic Section Mbr
Group Discount
$285.00 (3 or more from same facility; registered together) $380.00
 Non-Orthopaedic Section Mbr $380.00 $475.00

*Only offered to Orthopaedic Section Members

Click here for a registration form.

The Orthopaedic Section, APTA, Inc. will offer 7.5 contact hours for this 1-day course.  Registrants are responsible for applying to their individual State Licensure Boards for approval of continuing education credit.

Contact the Orthopeadic Section office for full details and to register:  lvogt@orthopt.org * 800-444-3982 x2090
HURRY!  Space is LIMITED! 



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