Oakland Physical Therapy News


Upcoming Education Courses


 An Update of Exercises of Osteoarthritis of the Knee course Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. This course will identify the physiological benefits of exercise for osteoarthritis and also explain the advantages and importance of flexibility, aerobic conditioning and strengthening exercises. 

Comprehensive Care of Back Pain course Tuesday December 6, 2016 at 6 p.m. This class will identify some of the more common causes of back pain and describe the management and treatment of back pain patients at Oakland Physical Therapy, P.C.

Please contact our office at (248) 380-3550 or email mail@oaklandphysicaltherapy.com to reserve a spot!


 Oakland Physical Therapy, P.C. would like to welcome our new Physical Therapist Adam McClafferty, DPT to our staff. Adam graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint. He has orthopedic clinical experience in areas including manual therapy, post operative rehab, and sports medicine. He is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Welcome Dr. McClafferty, DPT!


 Dr. Kristie Kava recently presented at Team Fox in the D's inaugural fundraising Gala that benefit's Michael J. Fox Foundation. At the fundraiser Dr. Kava and other guest speakers discussed the most current research and treatment of Parkinson's Disease.


Dr. Kristie Kava recently presented at the 2016 International Performing Arts Medical Association Symposium in New York City. This event combined the fields of performing arts medicine, sports medicine, and medical education to address artists and performers with injuries. Dr. Kava's presentations included the topic of therapeutic exercise for musicians injuries and a case study presentation of an injured violinist. 


Dr. Kristen Decker recently completed a 2 year graduate certificate program in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) at Oakland University. This program offers advanced courses in theoretical and clinical training, emphasizing manual therapy techniches. By completing this program, Kristen has advanced her manual therapy skills, which will allow her to provide Oakland Physical Therapy patients with greater care. Physical Therapists on staff have advanced traning and are certified in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, a process that requires years of experience and academic and clinical education beyond the doctorate degree level. 


Dr. Kristie Kava is one of the authors of the article "Comparative Effectiveness of Pilates and Yoga Group Exercise Interventions for Chronic Mechanical Neck Pain" published in 2015 in the journal Physiotherapy. Dr. Kava conducted a portion of the research for this study at Oakland Physical Therapy in conjuction with the Wayne State University Physical Therapy faculty.




 Dr. Kristie S. Kava recently completed the requirement to become a certified Gyrokinesis instructor. She has been a certified Gyrtonic instructor for several years and applies this movement method in the therapeutic exercise treatments of patients. 


During the month of May 2015 Linda Erickson attended 2 continuing education programs. The first was held at Oakland University and was sponsored jointly by the Physical Theray Programs of the University of Michigan-Flint and Oakland University, It was called Teaching and Learning in the Workplace: Strategies for Reflective Practice. The program delved deeply into how professional skills are developed through thinking, learning, and reflecting in critical ways. It was designed to be useful material for clinicals who are mentoring student-therapists and also for supervisors who want to help their staff therapists. 

The second program was sponsored by Medsport-University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. it was called Medsport Update and consisted of a series of 30 minutes presentations given by physical therapists and physicians. Doctors discussed topics ranging from shoulder injuries and surgical considerations in adults to pediatric sports injuries in several major joints. 



Linda Erickson, PT, MS, OMPT attended a continuing education program sponsored by MedSport at The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in April 2014. The course was entitled "Evaluation and Treatment of the Athletic Hip". The presenter was Michael Reiman, PT, DPT, an assistant professor of physical therapy at Duke University. The course objectives included understanding functional anatomy of the hip, screening for hip dysfunction, performing mobilization and other manual treatments, utilizing medical literature to discover the latest research about the hip, and learning specific treatments including strengthening and self-stretching exercises for hip patents.



Dr. Kristie Kava recently completed the training course or Gyrokinesis®. The Gyrokinesis® movement method gently works for the entire body, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. The Gyrokinesis® method is practical in group or private classes under the instruction of a Gyrokinesis® trainer. 


Dr. Kristen Decker and Dr. Nicole Widak attended an orthopedic manual physical therapy course over 2 weekends in September and October. The course title was "OMPT Examination and Intervention for the Muscles of the Trunk, Neck, and Head". This course provided a detailed and systematic manual therapy approach to examination and treatment including palpation, functional massage, muscle play, muscle stretching, and patient self-stretching. 


Kristie Kava, PT, MS, DScPT, OMPT and Linda Erickson, PT, MS, OMPT attended a Performing Arts Athlete Symposium sponsored jointly by the Physical Medicine and Rehab department at The University of Michigan and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at The University of Michigan on September 21, 2013. The objective of the course was to address the challenges that arise when diagnosing and treating performing artists including dancers, skaters, instrumentalists, and gymnasts.


Linda Erickson, PT, MS, OMPT attended a 1 day workshop sponsored by Wayne State University Physical Therapy Program called "Teaching on the Fly: An Innovative Workshop Model to Engage Clinical Educators in Developing Effective Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Learning While Maintaining Productivity in the Current Healthcare Environment".


Dr. Kristie Kava has recently become a member of the Board of Visitors for the Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Services. The BOV functions include the development of relationships between the college and external constituents, fundraising, and strengtheing alumni involvement. 


On April 20, 2013, Linda Erickson, PT, MS, OMPT attended a 1 day course hosted by Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. The course was entitled "Current Surgical Rehabilitation Trends in the Advances o Joint Arthroplasty for the Hip, Knee and Shoulder". The course was given by John O'Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS, cert MDT, a well known clinician, lecturer, and educator from North Carolina. Dr. O'Halloran discussed all the latest types of surgical implants for the total joint replacements, surgical approaches, and trends in rehabilitation.


Oakland Physical Therapy welcomed Kornelia Kulig, PhD, PT, FAPTA from The University of Southern California. Dr. Kulig is a respected professor from the Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy Department at the university and is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers published in a broad range of respected professional journals. Dr. Kulig gave an in-service presentation of her research exploring tissue morphology, biomechanics, and physiology in relation to exercise, inactivity, aging, and degenerative processes in connective tissues and accompanying muscle activation and movement strategies.


Dr. Kristie Kava attended 3 workshops for the application of the of the Gyrotonic® Exercise System to the shoulder girdle, neck and upper back, the pelvic girdle and low back, and scoliosis (curvature of the spine) problems.


Dr. Kristie Kava presented a 1 day workshop entitled "From Classrom to the Stage" regarding injury prevention and treatment for dancers and instrumentalists. The workshop was part of the Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference in Snowmass, CO. 


Dr. Kristie Kava became a certified Gyrotonic® instructor after a year long process of training. Approximately 20 individuals from all areas of the country traveled to Florida for the 3-day certification workshop.


Frank Kava, PT and Kristie Kava, DScPT attended the Combined Section Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association in San Diego, CA. While in attendance, Frank and Kristie attended seminars on Orthopedic Care of Shoulder Injuries and Women's Health.




Linda Erickson, PT, MS, OMPT attended "Management of the Injured Runner and Cyclist" presented by Brian Heiderscheit, PT, PhD and Jay Dichary, MPT, SCS on June 8 and 9, 2012. The program was held at MedSport in Ann Arbor, MI which is part of The University of Michigan Hospital System.


Kristie Kava, DScPT presented at The Performing Arts Medical Association conference July 26-29, 2012 in Snowmass, CO. The title of the presentation was "Physical Therapy Treatment of Musician and Dance Injuries: a Comparison of Two Case Studies".


Linda Erickson, PT, MS, OMPT attended the Third Annual Oncology Rehabilitation Symposium at Oakland University on August 24 and 25, 2012. The focus of the program this year was functional massage, nutrition, and emotional support during all stages of survivorship.


Cathy Jamrog, PT attended a course to learn the Stott Pilates mat and reformer exercises and how to use them in a rehabilitation setting. The course covered the 5 basic principles of the exercises, how to insure proper form and execution of the exercises, as well as how to integrate the exercises into a clinical setting.


Frank Kava, PT attended the Combined Section Meeting for the American Physical Therapy Association in February 2012 in Chicago, IL. A variety of topics were presented on orthopedic and sports physical therapy, including a presentation on Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the Individual with Movement Impairments Resulting from Radiation Therapy.

Kristie Kava, DScPT was also in attendance at the Combined Section Meeting, attending presentations entitled "A Multi-Systems Approach to the Treatment of Performing Artists" and "Scoliosis Intensive Rehabilitation: The 3-D Schroth-Based Method to Arresst the Progression of Scoliosis".


Frank Kava, PT attended a course at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City about the conservative management of knee osteoarthritis. The course covered various techniques in osteoarthritis management as well as different therapies and equipment that can be used for treatment.


Linda Erickson, PT attended The Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine Updates on April 27, 2012 sponsored by the Michigan State University Office of Continuing Education in East Lansing, MI.


Elizabeth Burkel, DPT attended The Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program created by the American Physical Therapy Association, sponsored by Wayne State University. This program provides further training for therapists participating with universities in clinical training for physical therapy students.




In October 2011, Dr. Kristie Kava co-presented a workshop for The Boston Symphony Orchestra regarding the importance of effective body posture and body awareness in reducing muscle strain, pain, and overuse injury in the instrumental musician. The workshop took place at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA. 


In December 2011, Frank Kava, PT attended the 23rd annual total knee course hosted by The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. The course looked at benefits for both surgical and non-surgical treatments of knee arthritis.


Kristie Kava, DScPT co-presented at The Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists in Snowmass, CO with Dagmar Wolff from The University of Music Karlsruhe in Freiburg Germany. They presented a workshop for musicians consisting of exercises that musicians who play all instruments can use to more effectively prepare mentally and physically for insrumental practice and performance.



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