Every month matters!

As I am looking ahead to the summer and fall, I have been contacted by several people who want to promote awareness of specific conditions by planning something during their awareness months. I thought it would be helpful to compile a list, to help promote collaboration for those who are planning activities and to honor those who have been affected. My list is focused on neurologic conditions and rehabilitation professionals.

*Please email me with anything you want added to this list!

January - "Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month"

February - "American Heart Month" and "AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month"

March - "Multiple Sclerosis Education Month"

April - "Occupational Therapy Month" and "Parkinson Awareness Month"

May - "Better Hearing and Speech" and "American Stroke Month" and "ALS Awareness Month" and "Guillain-Barre-CIDP Awareness Month"

June - "National Aphasia Awareness Month" and "Alzheimers and Brain Awareness Month"

July - 

August - 

September - "National TBI Awareness Month" and "Dystonia Awareness Month" and "National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month"

October - "National Physical Therapy Month" and "Spina Bifida Awareness Month"

November - 

December - 

Physical Therapy Educational Conference, CSM!

What will you see when 12,000 physical therapists descend onto one city for an educational conference?

1) crowds of people walking around and sitting at restaurants, talking about "neuroplasticity", "brain-derived neurotrophic factor" and "dosing" 

2) people jumping and running with air-filled balls strapped to the bottom of their shoes

3) groups jogging around tourist areas that weren't meant to double as a running path

4) people in business slacks, lying on the ground to test out the newest foam roller

The conference was awesome. I am so impressed with the caliber of clinicians, educators and researchers that we have representing our profession. I love coming to these conferences because of the education and insight, but also because it is amazing to see how many people are working hard to bring improved function and movement to their patients at home.

San Antonio is beautiful, and we had perfect weather! The Riverwalk is a long path that runs several miles up and down the river. There are restaurants, shops, wall murals, waterfalls and rock gardens. Riverboats ferry people along the river, and you can enjoy a dinner cruise on the water, or a riverside view from a restaurant.

I am tired, but inspired. And very proud of my profession!


APTA Grant Award Announcement!

APTA Awards the 2016 Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health Promotion Grant to the Oregon Physical Therapy Association

APTA’s Clinical Practice Department has awarded the 2016 Physical Activity, Exercise, and Health Promotion grant for $10,000 to the Oregon Physical Therapy Association in support of project SOAR.  SOAR will give individuals with chronic medical or neurologic conditions an opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of physical and community activities. Destination Rehab will be coordinating the event, located in Bend, Oregon.

SOAR, a large-scale, one-day event to promote fitness, wellness and community involvement, is affiliated with the 2017 Global PT Day of Service. Adults with a chronic medical condition, neurologic diagnosis, or other disability will be able to choose from a range of activity options to cover all interests, abilities, and fitness levels.  Activities include adapted cycling, adapted Pilates, hiking, adapted kayaking, High Desert Museum tour, Painting class and more. There is something for everyone!  Each participant will be able to choose a morning and afternoon activity.

Physical Therapists and other volunteers are invited to join the volunteer team!  Volunteers will gain visibility in the community, network with other PTs and medical professionals, learn about community-based programming, and contribute their unique skills and training to promoting healthy lifestyles.

SOAR was developed by OPTA member and Destination Rehab Executive Director Carol-Ann Nelson, PT, DPT.  It will be hosted in Bend and is open to individuals and their families who have been affected by a chronic medical or neurologic condition. Anyone throughout Oregon is invited to attend! 

For more information, visit http://www.destinationrehab.org/.


Welcome to our Advisory Council members!

Sukhee So, PT, DPT

Sukhee brings six years of neurologic experience as a physical therapist. She is passionate about serving and gifted in leadership, as demonstrated by her positions with the Oregon PT Association and the Global PT Day of Service Team. Sukhee leads monthly hikes in the Portland area for people with Parkinson’s Disease, maintains a Vestibular competency certification through the APTA, and has represented the OPTA as a Delegate for 3 years. Sukhee is a great addition to our advisory council and we are excited about the experience and enthusiasm that she brings to the organization.




Laura Thayer

Laura is the Associate Director of Service Operations for Optum, a Division of UnitedHealthcare. She has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years, and has consistently demonstrated integrity, compassion and relationship-building with people at all levels of service. She is passionate about improving quality of life for individuals with chronic conditions through communication and connecting them to resources and their community. Laura's wealth of expertise and deep perspective into current healthcare issues makes her a valuable member of our team.

Seated Pilates Class

A huge thank-you to Amy Hull for teaching and hosting our Seated Pilates class! We had a great time and participants worked on posture, range of motion, strength and core stability. Carol-Ann was able to give specific muscle cueing, improve flexibility and assist with positioning throughout the class. It was a great time!

Grant Award Announcement!

We are proud to announce that Destination Rehab is the recipient of a $2500 grant from the Cornelius and Mildred Dixon Memorial Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation for general operating support. The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. The Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds.

This grant provides critical funding for overhead costs such as liability insurance, consultant fees, website costs, etc. If you would like to contribute to support our work, click HERE and please spread the word about our organization! All contributions are tax deductible. Thank you!


Kayak event success!

Our first kayak outing was a huge success! We met at Riverbend park in Bend and started with warm up exercised to improve posture, trunk rotation, reach, balance and core activation. We then enjoyed a paddle up the Deschutes river before floating back down in the beautiful sunshine. One participant who had never been in a kayak before was paddling circles around us by the end of the trip! Thank you to the wonderful volunteers and participants who made this a great event!