Faculty Spotlight

Steve Tepper

Steve Tepper, PT, PhD

Clinical Decision Making: Guide to Physical Therapist Practice
Management of Patients with Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders
Professionalism: The Doctoring Profession
Wellness and Health Promotion

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Course Spotlight

Screening Medical Disorders

Instructor
William Boissonnault

This course will explore the therapist’s role as an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model.  Inherent in the responsibilities associated with this role is the ability to recognize clinical manifestations that suggest that physician contact is warranted regarding a client’s health status.  Equally important is knowing what one ... Read more »


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Physical Therapists Know Rehab Essentials

Rehab Essentials delivers the highest quality, nationally recognized experts in the physical therapy field to you or your students.

Our faculty is comprised of content-area experts who have either written the book on the topic — literally — or were instrumental in conveying the importance of this subject matter and incorporating it into physical therapy practice.

Our DVD-based and streamed courses include slides, voice-over from the instructors, handouts, spreadsheets, lab forms, videos, and links to online resources and exams. It’s just like sitting in a lecture hall, but delivered at your pace, in your home or office.

We are pleased to offer this outstanding, current physical therapy information to:


To get started, browse our list of available courses, or contact us with your questions or comments.

Our Distinguished Faculty

Every Rehab Essentials faculty member is a nationally recognized expert in her or his content area. Most have literally written the book or are the internationally recognized authority in their subject area.

The twenty-five members of our “All Star” faculty include multiple APTA fellows, Lucy Blair Service Award recipients, Maley Award recipients, Golden Pen Writers Award recipients, and a Mary McMillan recipient.


Joseph PH Black, PhD

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William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

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Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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Jonathan Cooperman, PT, DPT, MS, JD

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Carl DeRosa, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

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Helene Fearon, PT, FAPTA

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Tim Fearon, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

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Jody Shapiro Frost, PT, DPT, PhD

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Jennifer Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS

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Andrew Guccione, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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Katherine Harris, PT, PhD

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Donald J Hobart, PhD

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Reed Humphrey, PT, PhD

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Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, FAPTA

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Greg Marchetti, PT, PhD

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Lynn McKinnis, PT

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Karen Mueller, PT, PhD, DPT

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Julie Ries, PT, PhD

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Ron William Scott, PT, EdD, MS, JD, LLM, MSBA, OCS

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Steve Tepper, PT, PhD

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Rita Wong, PT, EdD

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tDPT On Your Terms

Rehab Essentials brings the content experts to your home, on your time with the tDPT program. We currently offer the curriculum at these universities.

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Invest in Yourself Learn from the Best

Rehab Essentials offers online streaming based courses on a wide range of subjects. All courses are based on the latest in evidence-based practice (when applicable). The courses are taught by the nationally recognized experts in their content area.

Courses include:

  • On-line course materials (slides/voiceover) can be viewed as many times as needed to insure understanding
    • Didactic materials taught by content experts that are self-paced
    • Video content of specific materials (e.g., abdominal aortic aneurysm examination, deep venous thrombosis risk assessment, likelihood of fracture, etc.)
    • Course handouts, relevant spreadsheet, lab forms & online hyperlink to resources included
    • Relevant case studies allowing for correct clinical decision making
  • Required/recommended reading lists
  • Examination to show competence in understanding of materials

Taking a Rehab Essentials CEU course is similar to sitting in a lecture hall hearing the presenter go through the material, but at your own pace, in the comfort of your home or office.

Within allotted time (3 months) course material can be viewed once, twice, or as many times as you need to fully understand the material and incorporate it into your practice.

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Business and Marketing - 7.00 credits - $105.00

Carl DeRosa, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

Dr DeRosa is a Professor of the Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University and co-owner of DeRosa Physical Therapy in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was the Chair of the Program for 17 years, and one of the three founders of the physical therapy program at that institution. He has received several awards from the university in recognition of his outstanding teaching.

 

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This 7 hour course is $105 ($15 per credit hour).  Dr DeRosa's Business and Marketing course is a comprehensive analysis at those factors influencing physical therapy economics and those organizational and management principles, which impact the ethical and legal aspects of health care delivery. The course objectives are designed to allow the learner to recognize their roles and responsibilities in regards to cost effective delivery of physical therapy services and the business principles, economics, and culture that influence success.  

This course is co-sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.  APTA has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners as meeting continuing competency requirements for PTs and PTAs for 7 CCUs. Approval #56507TX. The Oklahoma Physical Therapy Continuing Education Committee has approved this course for category B continuing education.  Approval code: OSBMLS 201502556. The American Physical Therapy Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy has recognized APTA as an approved provider of continuing education for this course.  

  • Understand the tools used for business analysis, including Profit/Loss statements, Balance Sheets, and Value Propositions
  • Develop a Value Proposition relevant to his/her particular area of physical therapy practice
  • Understand the purpose of a Core Value system within business and how they are used to direct it
  • Understand the relationship between autonomy, professional ownership and the concept of reinvestment of surplus value
  • Describe the different ways in which equity is determined for business value and the methodology used to use equity determination for business purchases or partnerships and list the elements necessary for an Operating Agreement
  • Describe Porter’s Five Force Model
  • Develop a logical and structured Strategic Plan for a unique business venture
  • Describe the differences between advertising and marketing and relate this to push and pull technologies as they are used to improve a business.
  • List and describe economic indicators of practice
  • List and describe indicators of a business that is a learning organization and that has the mechanisms in place for a perpetually successful business model

Coding and Reimbursement - 20.00 credits - $300.00

Helene Fearon, PT, FAPTA

Partner in Fearon & Levine, a national consulting firm focusing on practice management and payment with expertise in the areas of documentation, coding, billing, and compliance.

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Steve Levine, PT, DPT, MSHA, FAPTA

Partner in Fearon & Levine, a national consulting firm focusing on practice management and payment with expertise in the areas of documentation, coding, billing, and compliance.

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This 20 hours of recorded lectures is $300 ($15 per credit hour).  Coding and Reimbursement will present to the physical therapy clinical doctoral learner methods to remain current in issues related to the documentation, coding, billing, and payment, for physical therapy services in all outpatient settings. Compliance issues are also covered throughout the course materials either specifically or in context with the topic being covered during each module. This information is critical to being successful in the administrative aspect of providing physical therapy as well as the delivery of clinical services. Understanding and being able to apply this information is vital in order to thrive in today’s healthcare environment due to the transition in payment methodologies and the focus moving away from a procedure based reporting and payment mechanism to payment and service delivery models that are emphasizing not only the reporting of services reflecting the severity of the patient’s condition(s) but also the outcomes of your clinical decision making. The content covered in this course includes information that will assist the physical therapist in their day to day practice operations, from an administrative perspective and provide resources for them as informed physical therapy professionals. 

This is the most up-to-date information to improve your clinic and allow you the abilty to maximize your reimbursement while maintaining complete compliance with all current laws and regulations. 

This course is co-sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.  APTA has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners as meeting continuing competency requirements for PTs and PTAs for 20 CCUs. Approval #56508TX. The Oklahoma Physical Therapy Continuing Education Committee has approved this course for category B continuing education.  Approval code: OSBMLS 201502557. The American Physical Therapy Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy has recognized APTA as an approved provider of continuing education for this course.  

  • Explain the process involved in the development and maintenance of AMA’s CPT codes, including the use of modifiers, as applied to physical medicine and rehabilitation services.
  • Describe the appropriate application of current CPT code to clinical services, coding challenges, and possible reimbursement implications.
  • Critically assess the developmental process of the Resource Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) and its impact on payers outside of the Medicare program.
  • Understand the components of RBRVS and how they impact the payment for services.
  • Understand the methodology and calculation of the Medicare Fee schedule and its impact on fee schedules developed by private payers.
  • Understand the current use of diagnosis codes both current (ICD-9) and future (ICD-10) and their impact on the reimbursement process and ability to support medical necessity.
  • Understand the various aspects of payment policy that apply to the Medicare program and how they influence policies of private payers, including mechanics and importance of reporting on quality measures and functional limitations.
  • Understand the current legislative initiatives and regulatory environment and the impact on payment for outpatient rehab services both now and in the future.
  • Recognize the concepts of fraud and abuse and understand health care environmental factors that influence the occurrence of fraudulent and abusive.
  • Understand the federal False Claims Act and its importance determining what constitutes fraud and abuse violations in health care practices.
  • Apply clinical reasoning and quality assurance strategies to documentation supporting medical necessity of physical therapy and avoid potential fraud and abuse situations.
  • Be able to use an understanding of the health care environment from the perspective of the provider and the third-party payer to effectively manage in the outpatient rehab setting in the areas of coding, billing, documentation for medical necessity and compliance.
  • Understand the importance of physical therapist involvement in peer review and utilization management strategies.
  • Understand audit review flags and assess how these flags alert reviewers to potential problems with the provision or billing of physical therapy services.
  • Describe the proposed structure and underlying premise of the alternative payment methodology being considered for physical therapy services in the future.

Pelvic Health Level 3 - 23.00 credits -

This evidence-based course is in new formatting to condense the “LIVE” onsite portions of lecture and lab into one full day and two half days (two days total).  This online portion of a CAPP Pelvic level 3 course is intended to give participants the groundwork that they will then use in the live portion of the class.  The participants will be able to go through the lectures at their own pace in order to best learn the material prior coming to the live portion of the class.  At the live portion of the class, participants will be able to ask questions about these online modules.  The modules covered online are male anatomy, erectile dysfunction, principles of biofeedback, and documentation and outcome measures.

  • Course participants will learn the anatomy of the male pelvic floor and male lower urinary tract system.
  • Course participants will learn the causes and treatments for erectile dysfunction
  • Course participants will learn the principles of sEMG biofeedback and it’s uses for pelvic floor and physiological down training.
  • Course participants will learn about documentation and outcome measures for pediatrics, male incontinence, male pelvic pain, and neurological pelvic floor patients

Pharmacology in Rehabilitation - 17.00 credits -

Charles Ciccone, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Wrote the book entitled: Pharmacology in Rehabilitation

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We are currently working towards approval for CEU.  Please do not purchase the course at the current price, as this is just a marker to note is coming availability.  It will be approximately $255 once CEU is granted.  

This course in 16.5 hours of recorded lectures will present the primary drug classes and the physiologic basis of their action. Drugs will be grouped according to their general effects and the type of disorders they are routinely used to treat. Special emphasis will be placed on drugs that are commonly used to treat people receiving physical therapy. This course will likewise address how drug therapy interacts with physical therapy, and how drugs can exert beneficial effects as well as adverse side effects that impact on rehabilitation.

  • 1. Integrate pharmacokinetic principles with pharmacodynamics, and judge how drug effects are influenced by their administration, absorption, distribution, storage, and metabolism in the human body.
  • 2. Compare and contrast general categories of drugs that are used therapeutically to treat specific problems in the body.
  • 3. Compare and contrast the physiological mechanisms by which individual drugs affect the different organ systems in the body.
  • 4. Evaluate drug side effects, and differentiate these side effects from the symptoms of the patient’s disease(s).
  • 5. Assess situations where drug levels are too high versus too low (i.e., increased drug toxicity versus decreased efficacy).
  • 6. Judge the potential for harmful interactions between specific drugs and various physical therapy interventions.
  • 7. Choose physical therapy interventions in accordance with the patient’s drug regimen.

Screening Medical Disorders - 8.00 credits - $120.00

William Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

Wrote the books entitled: Primary Care for the Physical Therapist: Examination and Triage, & Examination in Physical Therapy Practice: Screening for Medical Disease.

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This course is $120.  Dr Boissonnault will explore the therapist’s role as an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model.  Inherent in the responsibilities associated with this role is the ability to recognize clinical manifestations that suggest that physician contact is warranted regarding a client’s health status.  Equally important is knowing what one can omit from the examination scheme on a given day, while placing the client at minimal risk. 

A proposed examination scheme will provide the structure for our discussion. Presenting the clinical tools and decision-making processes necessary to more efficiently and effectively collect and evaluate the examination data, will be the focus of this seminar.  Professional communication with the client and other health care professionals will also be a central theme.    Patient cases are presented as the final part of this course as a means of applying differential diagnostic principles and promoting clinical decision-making. 

This course is co-sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314.  APTA has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners as meeting continuing competency requirements for PTs and PTAs for 8 CCUs. Approval #56511TX. The Oklahoma Physical Therapy Continuing Education Committee has approved this course for category B continuing education.  Approval code: OSBMLS 201502560. The American Physical Therapy Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy has recognized APTA as an approved provider of continuing education for this course.  

  • Describe the physical therapist’s role and responsibilities associated with the medical screening process-compare and contrast with the physician’s role.
  • Integrate the medical screening principles in order to formulate an efficient and effective patient examination scheme.
  • Evaluate history and physical examination findings and decide whether communication with a physician is warranted regarding a patient’s health status.
  • Identify symptoms and signs, which warrant immediate communication with a physician.
  • Employ strategies to facilitate professional communication between therapist and physician and therapist and patient/client, including when, how and what to communicate regarding medical screening issues.
  • Describe the risk factors, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of selected medical conditions representing the various body systems.
  • Effectively pursue additional information associated with differential diagnosis by the physical therapist.

Enhance Your PT Curriculum

Join a growing list of academic institutions that use our courses to enhance their entry-level, transitional doctorate in physical therapy (tDPT), residency or fellowship programs.

Our DVD-based courses include slides, voice-over from the instructors, handouts, spreadsheets, lab forms, videos, and links to online resources and exams. All courses are based on the latest in evidence based practice (when applicable).

Our faculty includes multiple APTA fellows, Lucy Blair Service Award recipients, Maley Award recipients

Our faculty includes multiple APTA fellows, Lucy Blair Service Award recipients, Maley Award recipients, Golden Pen Writers Award recipients, and now a Mary McMillan recipient. Many of our expert instructors have literally written the book on their topic as it applies to physical therapy practice.


To get started, browse our list of available courses, or contact us with your questions or comments.

Hospitals and Clinics

Rehab Essentials can offer clinics and hospitals didactic materials to supplement your organization's competency and training program at a fraction of the cost. Costs savings occur through 1) allowing clinicians to complete the competencies during non-clinic hours, 2) free senior staff from performing these competencies, and 3) having content experts without the cost of travel/honorarium expenses. Utilizing these content experts in their field, Rehab Essentials can customize competencies based on your needs.

Competencies include:

  • On-line course materials can be viewed as many times as needed to insure understanding
    • Didactic materials taught by content experts that are self-paced, can be viewed outside work hours and thus do not have to interfere with clinic times
    • Video content of specific materials (e.g., abdominal aortic aneurysm examination, deep venous thrombosis risk assessment, likelihood of fracture, etc.)
    • Relevant case studies allowing for correct clinical decision making
  • Required/recommended reading lists
  • Written examination
  • Grading rubrics can be provided to allow your senior therapists to administer practical examinations

Featured competences:

Contact us to design a customized solution that meets your needs. Additionally we can provide consulting services tailored to your organization.

Residencies and Fellowship

Rehab Essentials offers didactic materials that meet the requirements for Description of Specialty Practice (DSP) for a number of residency programs in certain content areas. This content allows residency or fellowship faculty to have their students review or learn foundational materials while faculty create more advanced case studies to allow students to focus on clinical application.

Courses include:

  • On-line course materials can be viewed as many times as needed to insure understanding
    • Didactic materials taught by content experts that are self-paced, can be viewed outside work hours and thus do not have to interfere with clinic times
    • Video content of specific materials (e.g., abdominal aortic aneurysm examination, deep venous thrombosis risk assessment, likelihood of fracture, etc.)
    • Relevant case studies allowing for correct clinical decision making
  • Required/recommended reading lists
  • Written examination can be provided
  • Grading rubrics are provided to allow the faculty to administer practical examinations

Featured packages include:

Contact us to customize a solution that meets your needs.

Contact Information

For information about the courses:

Contact: Steve Tepper, PT, PhD
Phone: 443-421-7992
Email: stepper@rehabessentials.com


To order courses:

Contact: Jonathan Scheeler PT, DPT, MBA
Phone: 804-836-9730
Email: jscheeler@rehabessentials.com

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