Physio Night Out – 2018 Speaker Series – Event #7

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Physio Night Out proudly presents the 2018 Speaker Series

We have been hosting some of the most prominent Physiotherapists around the GTA to present on various topics at clinics across the GTA. This time we’re bringing two amazing speakers all the way from Boston to do two epic talks for us! There will be a Q&A following each presentation. After the presentations we’ll all head out to a nearby pub for a post-talk social event, cause why not right?

Best part of all…it’s all FREE

Friday September 28, 2018

Propel Physiotherapy
1 Eva Rd. #107,
Etobicoke, ON M9C 4Z5


Steph Allen PT, DPT, OCS, CFSC
(Boston Physical Therapy and Wellness / The Level Up Initiative)

Presentation Title: “The ACL Epidemic: Where do we go from here?”

Steph graduated from the Ithaca College DPT program in 2013, then decided to stay in the Ithaca and complete an orthopedic manual therapy residency at Cayuga Medical Center. At the end of 2014, she embarked on the adventure that is travel PT and worked in NY, CA, NM and CO. Hungry to learn more about strength and conditioning and sports physical therapy, she sought out an amazing opportunity in Boston and is now a senior physical therapist at Boston Physical Therapy and Wellness.

Here, she is spearheading community outreach and education in youth sports, specifically in the area of ACL injury risk reduction. She is also the cofounder of The Level Up Initiative, which aims to create a culture shift and positive change in healthcare through mentorship of new graduates and students.
Steph is passionate about establishing a higher standard in youth training and movement development so as to shift to a more proactive model vs. reactive. She is determined to see injury rates decline, and to see the profession of physical therapy evolve to where the standard of care is reflective of the best available evidence.

Steph loves: cooking, lifting and running, FaceTime with her niece and nephew, reading, black coffee, red wine and dark chocolate

Zak Gabor PT, DPT, CSCS
(Boston Physical Therapy and Wellness / The Level Up Initiative)

Presentation: “Applying BPS as a New Grad”: Crossing the chasm and critical thinking.

Zak is a senior Physical Therapist and the Director of Culture at Boston PT & Wellness, as well as founder of The Level Up Initiative, an online educational mentorship platform dedicated to creating a positive culture shift in Physical Therapy.

Zak received his DPT from Ithaca College in 2015 and has been practicing in the outpatient sports setting since. During school, Zak served as a Teaching Assistant for various courses, and was also a personal trainer which led to him getting his CSCS.

Once deeply entrenched into a purely biomedical practice as a new grad, Zak was challenged by one of his mentors which sparked a difficult, but meaningful transformation from a biomedical to biopsychosocial practitioner. He was starting to see first hand the negative consequences of his words and actions and knew he had to do better.

“You do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, you do better.” This is a quote Zak is on a mission to spread. He is passionate about integrating an evidence informed approach that takes from all of the best of the Bio, the Psycho, and the Social. Apart from working clinically, Zak travels the country and teaches a workshop on his approach for low back pain focused around education and movement. Zak also serves as an adjunct professor at MGH’s DPT program in Boston.

Zak’s biggest clinical interests are: pain neuroscience, “soft skills,” strength and conditioning, and behavior change..

After the presentations, come hang out with a bunch of awesome physios at the post-talk social event.

Post-Talk Social:
Bier Markt Queensway
197 N Queen St,
Etobicoke, ON M9C 1A7

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