Posts by Jennifer Platt

Jennifer Bullock, PT, OCS, PRC was the first speaker Ron invited to speak at this year’s symposium, after he learned of her personal and clinical experience with sensory and auditory processing disorders. As Jennifer will discuss in her presentation, she personally has been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder, and she has also two children that are affected by auditory processing disorder and sensory processing disorder.  Her presentation title is “Do You Hear What I Hear? A Personal Experience with Sensory and Auditory Processing Disorder.”  

Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1992. She is currently enrolled at Texas Women’s University completing the transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy program. Jennifer is employed at Texas Health in Allen, TX in the outpatient PT department, where she works with a variety of neurological, orthopedic, and lymphatic diagnoses. Jennifer is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS), Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) and Lymphatic Certified. She is also a trained provider for The Listening Program® (TLP), a music listening method, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age or level of ability.

Jennifer’s presentation will focus on how Sensory Processing Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder effect the ability for the human body to organize stimulus. When organization of incoming stimulus is decreased, then resulting limitations occur in the body such as decreased ROM and neuromuscular strength. Strategies to help the body organize incoming stimulus will be presented by the use of hearing and music and therefore promote improved organization and neuromuscular control. 

This year's Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium will be held at our new PRI Headquarters (as we are nearing completion of construction of our brand new 5500 sq ft space and scheduled to move in on April 1st)! To receive the early tuition rate of $465.00 you must register by March 18th. CLICK HERE for more information and to register online!

Posted March 11, 2016 at 4:52PM
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We are excited to have Rachel Loveless, Au.D., CCC-A at our 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium speaking on Auditory Processing Disorders. Her presentation title is “A Cognitive Framework for Auditory Processing Disorders”.

Rachel is a clinical audiologist at Boystown National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE. She completed her Doctor of Audiology at the University of South Dakota in 2010 and completed her externship year at the Ear, Head, and Neck Institute in Minneapolis, MN. She was one of five national winners of the Research Forum Award through the American Academy of Audiology for her research in professional knowledge of pediatric genetics. She began working at Boystown National Research Hospital in the summer of 2010, where she continues to specialize in central auditory processing disorders, pediatric and adult diagnostics, pediatric and adult hearing aid fitting, and vestibular testing and treatments.

Rachel’s presentation will explore the cognitive framework of Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). It will cover the basics of central auditory processing disorders, including defining characteristics, types of CAPD, assessment, and treatment. This will be covered by relating back to basic neuroscience of auditory processing and information processing in the brain.  Application will not only apply to those working in a clinical setting, but also those in non-clinical settings to recognize signs of CAPD with clients or athletes.

This year's Interdisciplinary Integration Symposium will be held at our new PRI Headquarters (as we are nearing completion of construction of our brand new 5500 sq ft space and scheduled to move in on April 1st)! To receive the early tuition rate of $465.00 you must register by March 18th. CLICK HERE for more information and to register online!

Posted March 8, 2016 at 7:27PM
Categories: Courses

There are two beautiful PRI Aquatic pools laying in the Essex Physical Therapy building in Essex Junction, Vermont. I am so grateful for Estelle LeClair opening her Aquatic Center up for us on Saturday and Sunday last week and for hosting the first PRI Aquatics course. A number of Hruska Clinic and PRI Vision co-workers joined me and other course attendees interested in PRI Aquatic theory, science and application. The first day was entirely devoted to the hydrodynamic influences on motor attention, sensory-motor planning and upright performance as provided by the PRIORI pool stations. Applying PRI Aquatic concepts and PRI Non-Manual techniques to conventional pool designs and programs was so enjoyable and very helpful to those who attended and filled out an evaluation on the course. Overview of the PRISM pool science as related to patterned forward locomotion took place on the second day.  All course attendees had an opportunity to experience sequential, segmental flow and sensorial based outcomes from each pool and station, or chamber. It was so rewarding to get back into these pools and experience something that is not felt without this type of flow and directed water to integrate and redirect and readapt. On a personal note, my son, RJ felt his left abdominal obliques for the first time, while experiencing directed water flow to references that were programmed in the Hip Lounge station. He works out on dry land on a regular basis and has difficulty sensing and experiencing specific ab wall contraction. So cool.....Hopefully, in 2017 we will do this again at the IMPACT Physical Medicine and Prism Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, MN!

Posted February 4, 2016 at 10:21PM
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We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) Class of 2016!  PRT is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. Ten individuals earned the designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Michael Mullin and Jennifer Platt.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this credentialing process in 2011 as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute®.  The PRT credential is available to Certified Athletic Trainers, Certified Athletic Therapists and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who have completed the course requirements, application and testing process. With the addition of this class, there are now 33 PRT professionals throughout the U.S.

PRT credentialed athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists offer a unique approach to physical medicine and fitness called Postural Restoration. This approach addresses underlying biomechanics which can often lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. All mechanical influences on the body that restrict movement and contribute to improper joint and muscle position are considered, examined, and assessed. Techniques are utilized to restore proper alignment of the body while proper respiratory dynamics are considered. Management encompasses prevention and lifetime integration for long-term successful outcomes.

Congratulations!

Pictured from left to right: (Back Row) Betsy Feutz, Michael Mullin, Tim Dempsey, Ryan DiPanfilo, Nate Shaw, Takashi Onuki and Ron Hruska; (Front Row) Jessica Kisiel, Masayuki Fujihashi, Josh Owen, Tadayoshi Takahashi and Jennifer Platt.

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Posted January 15, 2016 at 9:00PM

Happy New Year from all of us at the Postural Restoration Institute! We couldn't be more excited for 2016, and the move across the parking lot to our new PRI Headquarters. March cannot come soon enough! Here are some progress photos of the building process.

Posted December 31, 2015 at 9:58PM

We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) Class of 2015! PRC credentialing is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. Twenty Physical Therapists and one Chiropractor earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, James Anderson, Mike Cantrell, and Jennifer Platt earlier this week.

The Postural Restoration Institute established a certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify those individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. The PRC credentialing program is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and chiropractors who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing. To date, 159 professionals have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC).

To view the photo album click HERE.

Pictured from left to right (back row): Mike Cantrell, Chad Moreau, James Anderson, Martin Higgins, Joe Cicinelli, Trevor Rappa, Connor Ryan, Lori Hefta; (second row) Jennifer Platt, Carolyn Weber, Joy Backstrum, Cathleen deSmet, Frank Mallon, Kari Koos, Christopher Roosa, Greg Spatz, Matthew Varca, Karen Hoyt, Ron Hruska; (front row) Nancy Hammon, Stephanie Irizarry, Carol Keren Cahn, Heather Carr, Jennifer Smart, and Manny Kim.

Posted December 10, 2015 at 9:30PM

At our annual Advanced Integration course this weekend, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to another very deserving colleague, Michal Niedzielski. This award was established in 2012 to recognize an individual’s ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI. 
Michal attended his first course (Protonics) in 1998 in upstate New York, and since that time he has attended a total of 22 courses! He earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) in 2007. In 2009, Michal taught one of the first international PRI courses, Myokinematic Restoration in his home country, Poland. Since then he has continued to teach courses in Poland nearly every year, and in the past two years, he has translated and taught the Postural Respiration and Pelvis Restoration courses as well! Thank you Michal for your ongoing dedication to the Postural Restoration Institute®, and congratulations on receiving the PRI Director’s Dedication Award!


 

Posted December 6, 2015 at 7:53PM

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at PRI!

We will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th to celebrate the holiday with our families. We will return on Monday, November 30th.
 

Posted November 25, 2015 at 10:37PM

It's already mid-September, which means that the Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) application deadline is quickly approaching. We are excited to welcome Certified Athletic Therapists (through the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association) to apply for PRT this year!

If you are interested in applying, applications must be received by October 15th. International applications can be submitted electronically (as one PDF file), however all other applications should be mailed (2 copies).  CLICK HERE to find out more information about the PRT credentialing program. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Here are a few testimonials from some of those who have completed the PRT credentialing program:

"It was one of the most meaningful two days that I have ever had! Thank you guys so much for providing us this opportunity."
- Akihito Tajima, ATC, PEC, PRT

"Everything was great! Really good stimulated critical thinking and application of the information. The two days flowed really well and built off of everything before it. The application process was a great learning experience in itself."
- Andrew Hauser, ATC, CSCS, PRT

"While the application process was quite rigorous, it sets a high standard and I feel confident with my colleagues' passion, intellect and knowledge regarding PRI. The credentialing process was a complete joy and an additional learning process!"
- Lilla Marhefka, PhD, HFS, CES, CSCS, PRT

Posted September 10, 2015 at 3:43PM

We are excited to announce yet another PRI primary course has been approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) for Evidence Based Practice (EBP). Postural Respiration – An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Thoraco-Abdominal Pathomechanics (Live and Home Study) has been approved for EBP CEUs beginning August 20, 2015.

Postural Respiration (LIVE): 

BOC Approved EBP Provider #P2376-2031

This program has been approved for a maximum 15.0 hours of EBP Category continuing education.

Postural Respiration (HOME STUDY): 

BOC Approved EBP Provider #P2376-6

This program has been approved for a maximum 13.5 hours of EBP Category continuing education.

Posted August 20, 2015 at 9:41PM
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