Neuro Physio 101 by Jacquie Levy and Wendy Sarsons2019-10-03T15:30:15-04:00

Neuro Physio 101 by Jacquie Levy and Wendy Sarsons


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Course TypeCourse/ Seminar
Date10/19/2019 - 10/20/2019
Instructor NameJacquie Levy, PT and Wendy Sarsons, PT
CostOPA Member: $475+HST; Non-member: $600+HST
AddressHotel Dieu Grace Healthcare - 1453 Prince Road
Tayfour Classroom
Windsor, Ontario N9C 3Z4
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Brief Description

Presented by the Windsor & Eastern Ontario Districts of the OPA

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Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20: 8:30am-4:30pm

Course Description:

This 2-day course will provide an overview of current treatment approaches for several neurological conditions and frequently-seen problems when working in neurological rehabilitation. Based on evidence and experience-informed sources, the emphasis during the course will be on analysis of movement, understanding the concepts of functional rehabilitation and demonstration of practical treatment suggestions. Current information on CIMT, PWR/ LSVT, orthoses and neuro-visual rehab will also be presented. Jacquie and Wendy will draw on their many years of working with clients with neurological impairments to distill into 2 days some basic skills for how to differentially treat commonly seen problems, and how to initiate and progress functional neurological rehabilitation.


By the end of the course the participant will have an understanding of:

  1. Why neuro-rehabilitation is different than orthopedic treatment
  2. The underlying principles behind current approaches to neuro-rehabilitation
  3. The importance of addressing cardiovascular re-conditioning in this population
  4. The impact of sensory and visual-spatial deficits on movement and rehabilitation
  5. The underlying pathology, presenting movement issues and interventions for   common neurological conditions treated by neuro physiotherapists

Topics to be covered:

  • Key differences in working with clients with neurological issues
  • Neuroplasticity and motor learning
  • Managing increased muscle tone / spasticity
  • Visual and Sensory impairments and interventions
  • Cardiovascular fitness and strengthening in neuro rehab
  • Lower Extremity concerns and management
  • Parkinson’s disease overview and treatment approaches
  • Stroke overview and treatment approaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis overview and treatment approaches
  • Ataxia overview and treatment approaches


Jacquie Levy, PT and Wendy Sarsons, PT are co-owners of Action Potential Rehabilitation, a community-based physiotherapy practice that focuses on adult and paediatric neurology, and clients with complex rehabilitation needs.  Their special interests include the transition and reintegration of patients with multiple needs into the community and fitness programming for the disabled. They provide physiotherapy consultation and teaching to community exercise programs for these clients in Ottawa including the Special Needs Branch of the City of Ottawa and the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa, and have been invited to sit on many committees and advisory groups. They have presented workshops on developing community exercise programs for stroke survivors across Ontario. Wendy and Jacquie have many years of experience in the field of neuro physio across the continuum of care from hospital to community. Jacquie has completed her specialty certification in Neuro-sciences and is also a contributing author to the Guidelines for Community Based Exercise Programs for People with Stroke.


Course open to physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants as well as occupational therapists and rehab assistants 

Snacks and lunch will be provided. Lunch will be sponsored by Allergan. 


Olivia Garay  & Julie Shearer:

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Course refunds (fee for course plus HST) are issued for cancellations received no less than two weeks prior to the event, less a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds are issued for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the course unless the course is cancelled by the OPA that includes its Districts. Some exceptions may apply.

Contact NameOlivia Garay  & Julie Shearer
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