2022 TMD Course, Conference, and Event Recaps

2022

Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: September 10-11, 2022

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: August 6-7, 2022

Location: Nashua, NH

I had the great pleasure of teaching my course in Nashua, NH at St. Joseph Hospital Outpatient Center on the weekend of August 6th and 7th, 2022. It was a truly great class, with really, kind, and gifted clinicians from all around the US. We had 2 Dentists attend and 1 Speech Therapist who is also trained in Myofunctional Therapy. Having some professional diversity during a class always adds to the learning environment and continues to foster the need for a multidisciplinary approach to treating patients suffering from Temporomandibular Disorders, Orofacial Pain, Airway issues, Swallowing Issues, etc. I want to give a HUGE shout-out to Melissa Simonis. She is a long-term Physical Therapist and employee of St. Joseph’s. She was just an amazing host and thanks to her we were able to put this fantastic weekend together. Thanks to St. Joseph Hospital for a great facility to allow me to share my passion!

class photo of Nashua Course
st joseph hospital for Nashua NH logo

Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: July 17-18, 2022

Location: Brooklyn, NY

On the weekend of July 17th and 18th, 2022 had the pleasure of teaching my 2-day Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain course to the therapists at Evolve Physical Therapy located in Brooklyn, NY. I applaud the owner Louis Ezrick and his team. It is no easy task in this current health care environment to run and own truly independent physical therapy-owned private practices. Evolve now has 4 clinics, and we were able to kick off my course at their new clinic in Gravesend, before their opening day, so I felt very honored! The entire staff of therapists was fantastic with expert manual skills. I think the addition and further growth in the knowledge and treatment in TMD will continue to provide them an edge over their competition. A big thanks to Lou and his team for the invite and keep up the great work EVOLVE PT! Continue to promote the value of Physical Therapy and niche practices like managing patients suffering from TMJ-related pain.

MIke Karegeannes gentle TMJ Mobilization
Mike Karegeannes and Louis Ezrick Founder and CEO of Evolve PT
Course Participant TMJ Mobilization

2022 Bioresearch Annual Conference June 16th -18th, 2022

Dr. Ben Sutter, Dr. Mike Smith, Dr. Steven Olmos, Dr. Bahar Esmaili, Dr. Robert Kerstein, Dr. Marcelo Freire Matos, Dr. Ray Becker, Dr. Kelly Wells, Dr. Charles Ferzli, Dr. Ryan Robinson, Dr. Steve Carstensen, Dr. Maryam Motlaugh, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, Dr. Eric Phelps and Myself, Mike Karegeannes had the opportunity to present at the 2022 Bioresearch Annual Conference June 16th -18th, 2022 at the beautiful St. Kate Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee. For those that do not know Bioresearch is right here in good old Brown Deer, WI. Bioresearch Associates is well known amongst the detail community for providing equipment to help with the assessment of temporomandibular disorders, airway, sleep medicine, etc. To name a few of their products, The BioPAK, JVA, EMGIII, and the JT-3D are incredible tools that provide nothing more than extremely accurate data. They are also incredibly easy to use. Many of the top-rated speakers, teachers, and specialists use measuring equipment to help assess patients dealing with TMD, Sleep, and Airway issues. Thank you to Greg Kamyszek, President of Bioresearch Associates, and Nate Krey for this incredible opportunity for me to present my topics of Cervicogenic Headaches and how we can Bridge the Gap between Physical Therapy and Dentistry. That when we collaborate between professions and disciplines, we can provide some of the best outcomes for our patients suffering from Temporomandibular Disorders, Airway Issues, Headaches, Migraines, Sleep, etc.

Concordia University Mini TMD Residency Training 

 

I had the pleasure of putting on a Mini 4-hour TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) and Craniofacial Pain advanced residency training session on the evening of June 13, 2022. It was a mutually collaborative learning experience, and Concordia is doing a great job providing advanced orthopedic training to these Doctors of Physical Therapy. Best of Luck to these residents Arik Tavs DPT, Sam Zehnder DPT, and Carolyn Goesch DPT! I also greatly appreciate the work of Dr. Dale Gerke PT. MPT, ScD, OCS, COMT is doing at Concordia University to shape the minds, skills, and experiences of these Residents and for the Profession of Physical Therapy! Dale Gerke is an Associate Professor at Concordia University Wisconsin and serves as the director of the Orthopedic Residency Program. He teaches in the Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Residency programs.

46th Annual American Academy of Orofacial Pain Conference

Date: April 28-May 1

Location: Boston, MA

I am not sure where the past 5 plus weeks have gone, but time is going by too fast! April 28th through May 1st marked the 46th Annual American Academy of Orofacial Pain conference entitled: New Frontiers in Orofacial Pain, Headache and Sleep: From The Bench to Clinical Care in Boston, MA. It was the first time in over 2 years we were all able to be together live. I had the opportunity to present on Cervicogenic Headache: Examination, Diagnosis, and Management. In addition, several of my colleagues Michele Finnegan was able to present on Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making in The Management of Patients with Myofascial Pain and Better together: Dry needling and Pain Neuroscience Education In Orofacial Pain, Our International Colleague Corrine Visscher presented on How Strong is the Evidence You Use in Clinical Practice? and, Critical Appraisal of Literature; our other international colleague Hedwig van der Meer presented on Evidence-Based PT Strategies for Headache and TMD, Garrett Naze presented on Measuring Physical and Emotional Health: The Missing Pieces for Comprehensive Pain Management; Jeff Mannheimer and Shaun O’Connor headed up TMD Cases: Expert Panel Discussion. It was an amazing 5 days, great collaboration between Dentistry and Physical Therapy!

 

Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: April 22-23, 2022

Location: TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre, Granger, IN

The weekend of April 22 and 23, 2022 lent itself to a memorable TMD course with Dr. Klauer, at his beautiful new TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre in Granger, Indiana. His beautifully built clinic is state of the art, and provided an amazing learning environment for one of the most electric group of practitioners I have had the pleasure to lecture to with PTs, OTs, Chiropractors, Myofunctional Therapists, Dental Hygienists, and Nurse Practitioners. Mike Verplancke from Freedom Physical Therapy Services did a wonderful job assisting as always! Dr. Klauer provided a roughly 2-hour presentation as well entitled:

Complicated Cases and Appliance Design: Working as a Team, allowed him to provide education on various oral appliance designs, the importance of assessing for Obstructive Sleep Disorders, and some of the other State of Art dental approaches to treat TMD issues including Prolotherapy and PRF, Platelet Rich Fibrin. All in all, a fantastic opportunity to collaborate, share and learn across so many health care disciplines. I look forward to doing more of these in the future. Thanks to Dr. Klauer and his Team for being a wonderful Host and for the awesome participants!

Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: February 24, 2022, and March 2, 2022

Location: Marquette University, Milwaukee WI

On Thursday, February 24th and March 2nd Freedom’s own Michael Verplancke DPT, CFC, CMTPT, CSCS, and myself, had the wonderful opportunity to provide a 2-hour lecture and then lab time to the Marquette University PT students on the Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain. During Lab, Erin Bafunno DPT, CMTPT, from Freedom was there as she is an educator and lab instructor for the Marquette University for PT Student Program. It is always fun to provide some insight and awareness of TMJ-related issues to these upcoming new graduates, that will soon be full-fledged Physical Therapists. Best of luck to them all and thank you to Marquette University for the opportunity to share our passion!

Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: February 26-27, 2022

Location: Fort Wayne, IN

On the weekend of February 26th and 27th, 2022 Freedom’s own Michael Verplancke DPT, CFC, CMTPT, CSCS, and I, had the pleasure of teaching our 2-day Temporomandibular and Orofacial Pain course to the therapists at Indiana Physical Therapy. I really applaud the owners of IPT Andy Vogel, Dave Kuhn, and Troy Smith. It is no easy task in this current health care environment to run and own truly independent physical therapy-owned private practices. IPT now has 21 clinics, representing 14 cities in Indiana, and has been in business for 34 years! Their entire staff of therapists was fantastic with expert manual skills. I think the addition and further growth in the knowledge and treatment in TMD will continue to provide them an edge over their competition. A big thanks to Ben Swinehart DPT at Indiana Physical Therapy for the invite and Courtney Lichti HR assistant at IPT for managing all the communications! Keep up the great work IPT! Continue to promote the value of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy!

IMPROVING CLINICAL REASONING SKILLS IN THE EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF LOW BACK AND LEG PAIN

Date: February 18-20, 2022

Location: Fox Point, WI

Freedom Physical Therapy Services was proud to host yet another Mark Bookhout Seminars Course IMPROVING CLINICAL REASONING SKILLS IN THE EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF LOW BACK AND LEG PAIN. Our Instructor, Kyle Cook, MPT, OCS, was amazing and did an awesome job instructing our Freedom Staff of therapists and some outside participants. This two and ½ day course focused on the evaluation and treatment of low back and leg pain from a neurological and biomechanical perspective. Correlations between the pathophysiology of this area and a patient’s clinical presentation were discussed in detail. This course included the clinical presentation and treatment of a herniated lumbar disc, facet joint dysfunction, stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and lumbar and sacroiliac dysfunctions. Evaluation of the thoracolumbar junction, lumbar spine, pelvis, and hips were presented in such a way that the participants were able to decide which treatment approach has the best chance of success. Treatment techniques were eclectic in nature and included neural mobilization, muscle energy, articulatory techniques, mobilization with movement, directional specific repeated movements, and home exercises.

 

Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorder and Craniofacial Pain (TMD)

Date: February 5-6, 2022

Location: Kalispell, MT

I had the pleasure of teaching my TMD and Orofacial Pain course the weekend of February 6 and 7, 2022 at Advanced Rehabilitation Services in Kalispell, Montana. What a great Private Practice owned by my good friend Tim Gibbs, his wife Jolene, and Brian Miller, comprised of very skilled physical therapists with credentials and expertise in Vestibular Rehab, along with Women’s Health, and great spinal expertise. It was my first time in Montana, Kalispell and Whitefish are just a beautiful part of America. It was a wonderful time!