AAPLCP 9th Annual Assembly




DAY 1 - Thursday, April 4

Sessions location: La Cantera Resort & Spa (Palo Duro & Terrace)

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Registration, Networking, and Welcome

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The Role of Assistive Technology (AT) in Life Care Planning

Olga Volkov, ATP, PhD


  • Identify and understand the role of various assistive technologies in enabling individuals with diverse needs to achieve their highest level of functional capability and ensure an enriched quality of life in accordance with their conditions
  • Introduced different technologies that may improve quality of life and help patients regain the ability to make choices and interact with the environment
  • Further discover the necessary components of successful AT implementation by delving into a case study to understand real-world applications and outcomes of these technologies
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Global Evolution of Alternative Drive Controls for Persons with ALS

Mark Scott, National Sales Manager – Munevo


  • Identify the four clinical classifications of ALS and the physical impairments associated with each
  • Describe three proportional alternative drive controls with clinical considerations for each
  • Discuss two non-proportional alternative drive controls with clinical indicators for each
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Rehabilitation Robotics and Machine Learning for Stroke Residual Severity
Russell Jeter, Director of Analytics and Software Engineering – Motus Nova


  • Train an autonomous classification model that can identify residual stroke severity in stroke patients from self-guided at-home therapy exercises
  • Introduce machine learning models and give an overview of their utility in healthcare
  • Introduce the specifics of the study: data collection, model training, and clinician data labeling
  • Summarize the results of the study and provide insights into paths forward for machine learning for classifying stroke residual severity
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Understanding Pressure Injuries: Traditional and Technological Solutions

Tim Balz, CEO – Kalogon


  • Understand the Pathophysiology of Pressure Injuries
  • Outline Assessment Resources
  • Review Traditional Remediation Strategies
  • Explore Technological Solutions for Pressure Injury Prevention
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Making Power Wheelchairs Smarter

Lindsey L. Sharpe, PT, DPT, ATP – LUCI



  • Define smart technologies in the context of power wheelchairs
  • Describe 3 clinical applications of power wheelchair smart technologies
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome and Networking Reception

 – AT equipment demos

Day 2 - Friday, April 5

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast and Networking 

8:30 am - 9:45 am

The Role of Overground Robotic Exoskeletons after Neurologic Injury

Dannae Arnold, PT, DPT, ATP


  • Discuss the history and evolution of technology involving ORE devices
  • Identify the indications and benefits of ORE use following neurologic injury
  • Describe the clinical and functional outcomes associated with ORE use within the physical therapy plan of care for patients after stroke, SCI, or TBI during rehabilitation
  • Understand current evidence guiding practice and highlight knowledge gaps for ORE use following neurologic injury
9:45 am - 11:00 am

Confronting Forensic Challenges with Strong Foundations

Jamie Holland, Esq.


  • Address the requirements of expert opinions under the Daubert standard as well as the Frye Standard
  • Stress the need to distinguish the opinions of medically trained life care planners from non-medically trained life care planners and the consequences of confusing the two  
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch and Networking (Attendees on their own)

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

AAPLCP Board Announcement

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Power of the Interview and Examination in Life Care Planning

Catherine Wakeham, MD, FAAPMR, CLCPTM

  • Gain understanding of how a thorough interview and examination will strengthen the medical foundation of their plan and markedly enhance their ability to confidently defend their opinions
  • Be able to explain how the interview and examination portion of the life care plan demonstrates the unique value of using a physician as a life care planner
  • Be able to identify frequently missed but important data gleaned in I/E and how to apply it to optimize and defend the medical foundation of their opinions
  • Be able to explain the concept of narrative ethics and how to apply the narrative medicine skills of attention, affiliation and representation as a life care planner to elicit critical information about the illness experience of the subject
  • Gain an understanding of how to apply the methodology of life care planning to organize the information elicited from the subject and integrate these findings with the subject’s medical records to produce well-grounded expert opinions
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Role of the Life Care Planner in Personal Injury Litigation from Inception to Trial:  An Attorney’s Perspective  –  Bhaveen R. Jani, Esq.


  • Discuss the Attorney’s perspective on Life Care Plans and review the pitfalls and things to be weary of when authoring a life care plan and ways to avoid opening yourself up to cross-examination

The presentation will start with a lecture that discusses the role of a life care plan and the reasons why one is required in personal injury litigation. This initial presentation will be followed by a mock deposition with physician life care planners from both the Plaintiff and Defense’s perspective.

2:00 – 2:30 PM | Lecture 
2:30 – 3:30 PM | Mock  Depo  –  Ricky Singh, MD, FAAPMR |  Ameet Deshmukh, MD, CLCPTM, CMCPS
3:30 – 4:00 PM | Attendee Q&A
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Day 3 - Saturday, April 6

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast and Welcome

8:30 am - 9:45 am

Views from the Bench:  A Judge’s Perspective on Expert Witness Testimony

Chief Judge Gary D. Witt, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District


  • Discuss the standards for admission of expert testimony throughout the state and federal courts, with specific emphasis on testimony of Life Care Planners and standards for getting your opinion in front of the jury or fact finder
  • Provide hints on how to be more persuasive to a fact finder as well as traps and pitfalls to avoid
9:45 am - 11:00 am

Spasticity Management for People with Childhood Onset Disability:  Lifespan Perspectives

Heakyung Kim, MD, FAAPMR


To review current research and clinical guidelines for treating adults with spastic cerebral palsy:  

  • Issues facing the aging patient with cerebral palsy
  • Indication for adult spasticity management
  • Selection process and outcomes of spasticity management for adults with cerebral palsy
  • Considerations for dosing and muscle selection for botulinum toxin and alcohol/phenol injections
  • Different surgical interventions for spasticity management
  • Orthopedic management of early onset arthritis and other orthopedic issues that contribute to functional decline
  • Frequencies of injections/treatments
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (Attendees on their own)

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

FMR – Interactive Group Activity 


S Roger Parthasarathy, MD, FAAPMR, CLCPTM, CPLCPTM

12:30  –  12:45 PM | Introduction and instructions

12:45  –   1:35  PM | Activity

  1:35  –   2:00  PM | Table Breakouts/Data Collection

2:00  –   3:00  PM | Discussion

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Closing Remarks