Manual Edema Mobilization: Comprehensive Swelling Management for the Upper Extremity

Hosted by Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity Special Interest Group

Presented by Sandy Sublett, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT

 Dates are November 11 – 12, 2022: Friday 1:00PM -6:30PM and Saturday 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Location is The Palisades at West Paces Building, 3200 Downwood Circle, Atlanta, Ga 30327

Continuing Education Hours are 13 CEUS

We are capping the class at 21 people!

Registration is $225, Members ONLY (join today!)

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to teach health care providers the lymphatic decongestion method of Manual Edema Mobilization (MEM), a specific technique with biologic rationale designed to reduce sub-acute and chronic edema. Lecture and hands-on labs will be used to instruct all the components of the method. Case studies will be used to problem-solve management of sub-acute and chronic edema as seen in participant’s specific patient populations. This method is not applicable for primary lymphedema or post cancer lymphedema treatment.

About the Presenter:

Sandy has practiced PT in a variety of settings in 3 states since 1986 and is a senior clinician. She received her BS in PT from The University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center, and transitional DPT from St. Ambrose University (Iowa) in 2008. In addition to her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in Physical Therapy certification (2009) and being a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (2005), she has passed competencies in vestibular rehabilitation, and held NDT certification. Past teaching experience includes Adjunct Faculty at Clarke University (Dubuque, IA), teaching continuing education courses through the Iowa Physical Therapy Association, APTA CSM , and community lectures. She is a member of the APTA Orthopedic, Geriatric, and Neurology Sections. Sandy’s special interests range from lower extremity biomechanics to balance and vestibular rehabilitation but intertwined with these and everything between is a strong reliance on edema management to optimize outcomes.

2022 GHUESIG Annual Conference

2022 GHUESIG Annual Conference, Unicoi State Park April 22 and 23

17.25 CEU’s   $385

April 22, 2022 (Friday)

7:20 – 7:30 am    Opening Remarks – Welcome.

7:30 – 9:00 am   Jim Wagner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS “Instrument -Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization for the Stiff Hand Following Trauma” (Lecture and Lab).

9:00 – 10:00 am   Dr. Glenn Gaston (Virtual talk) “Targeted Muscle Re-innervation – “The Starfish Procedure: Muscle Transfers to Allow for Independent Control of a Myoelectric Prosthesis”.

10:00 – 10:20 am   AM Break – visit with exhibitors.

10:20 – 12:10 pm   Alison Taylor, OTR/L, CHT, CKTI  “Elbow Fractures: -30 to 130 Is Not Good Enough!”.

12:10 – 1:20 pm Lunch Provided.

1:20 – 4:30 pm   Concurrent Sessions.  (break from 3:00 – 3:15)

Room A:  Virginia O’Brien, OTD, OTR/L, CHT “Caring for the Painful Thumb – More than Only Arthritis”.  Lecture and Lab

Room B:  Alethea Temple, Jamie Barbour, Deborah Nelson, RN, CWOCN from Molyncke  “Advances in Wound Care”

Room C:  Jim Wagner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT “Maximizing Core and Scapular Stability in your Patient with Upper Extremity Pathology”.

4:30 –   6 pm “Together We Can Do This!” – Team building activities held on the Unicoi  State Lodge grounds – wear something comfortable!!!

Cadaver Lab available for your viewing during conference hours on Friday and Saturday–         1 CEU provided – 

April 23, 2022 (Saturday)

7:30 –   7:40 am   Opening Remarks.

7:40 –   9:00 am    Physician Panel: “Updates of Surgical Techniques-Discussion and Case Studies”.

9:00 –   10:30 am   Mike Cricchio, MBA, OTR/L, CHT “Prioritizing Shoulder Treatment in the Clinic and at Home”.

10:30 – 10:45 am   Break.

10:45 – 12:00 pm   Jen Dodson, OTD, OTR/L, CHT “Complex Traumatic Hand Injuries”.

12:00 – 12:30 pm – Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick, State Senator for Georgia “Legislative Update” 

12:30 – 1:45 pm   Lunch Provided.

1:45 –   5:00 pm   Concurrent Sessions:  (break from 3:15 – 3:30)

Room A:   Alison Taylor, OTR/L, CHT, CKTI and Mike Cricchio, MBA, OTR/L, CHT “Upper Extremity Case Studies with Different Treatment Approaches”.

Room B:   Rachel Piggott, MPH, OTR/L, CHT “When a Simple Orthotic Becomes Complex” limited to 25 people per session.  (Two 1.5-hour splinting labs) Sign up at registration desk.    

Room C:  Rosie Finigan, OTR/L, CHT, COMT-UL, CLT-ALM “Edema Management Techniques for the Orthopedic Patient” Lecture with Lymphatic Drainage Lab ”

Lodging at the Unicoi State Lodge in Unicoi State Park has been reserved

 1788 GA-356, Helen, GA 30545     706-878-2201

$139 per night plus fees per availability. Two queens or one king room. Contact the Lodge at 706 878-2201 to make your reservations. Ask for the Georgia Hand and UE Conference rate 

We have rooms reserved at Unicoi State Lodge and have negotiated excellent rates for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.   Please consider these rooms first when booking rooms in the area.   Spring is a very popular time in the North Georgia Mountains so please book your rooms soon.   The conference venue is very close to Helen with a short drive to dinner locations, shopping, and fun nightlife.   Unicoi State Park has camping, canoeing, zip-lining, ax throwing, water sports, evening fires, and an exceptional conference setup.

TO REGISTER FOR ROOMS at our special rate:

ONLINE RESERVATIONS:  Attendees may begin to make their room reservations online as follows:

Go to website:
Upper right-hand corner Click on Blue box: Lowest Rate Guaranteed BOOK HERE!
Select Arrival/Departure Dates and number of guests per room

Click in box “Promotional/Group Code” and Enter Promotional Code: 09893
Click CHECK AVAILABILITY again, then Select Room Type

Select BOOK IT and Complete required information to make reservation

INDIVIDUAL CALL IN: Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with

Lodge reservations prior to the Cut-off Date.  All guests should identify themselves as a member of Organization’s group in order to obtain the Organization’s rate.  Lodge will accept reservations from attendees after Friday, March 25, 2022  only on a space and rate available basis.  The Reservations Department phone number is 1-800-573-9659.

Contact Missy Thurlow  (770)617-9678 with questions

UE Ballistic Fracture Treatment

November 16, Dr. Diane Payne (M.D., MPT) of Atlanta Orthopedic Institute will be presenting on the top 10 rules for treating upper extremity ballistic fractures.

Please join us at 3200 Downwood Cir for our return to an in-person meeting. Conference Room Level C.

Register now and join us on the 16th for 1.5 hours of CEU credit

GHUESIG Holiday Party

Come join the Georgia Hand and UE Special Interest Group as we celebrate the holidays.

Dec. 4, 2021     6:30 – 9 pm
Kettlerock Brewing (microbrewery and taproom)

6025 Peachtree Parkway Suite #1

Peachtree Corners, GA   30092

Register now at:

Let’s look forward to celebrating 2021 and the incoming 2022 with fellow therapists and friends.

Cadaveric Review

Presented by Dr. Neil Tarabadkar

Sat. October 16   8:30 – 11:00 am

 Livestream only

2.5 hours CEU (live)

Must be a GHUESIG member   – 2021 Student memberships available

Kinesio Tape part 3 and 4 with Alison Taylor

2021 Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity Conference

Savannah, GA   Embassy Suites

605 West Oglethorpe Avenue

June 4 and June 5, 2021   16 CEU’s for $375

Masks are required!

While not required, it is highly encouraged that you get your COVID vaccination prior to attending for your safety and that of other participants. Thank you!

Friday June 4, 2021

7:45 – 7:55 am Welcome and Announcements

7:55 – 8:55 am    Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT “Communication is Key:  When Things Go Wrong Between Provider and Patient”

8:55 – 10:15 am Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT “Precision Rehabilitation for Upper Extremity Injuries in Musicians:  Individualized Assessment, Prevention and Treatment”

10:15 – 10:30 am   Break  

10:30am – 12:00pm    Jamie Bergner, OT, CHT “Is it Really Lateral Epicondylitis?  Manual Therapy Considerations for the Successful Treatment of Lateral Elbow Pain”

12:00 – 1:00 pm    Lunch provided (Please network with the exhibitors)

1:00 – 2:00 pm     Brent Proulx, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP “The Causes of and Solutions to Stress, Disengagement, Fatigue and Burnout”

2:00 – 2:15    Break

2:00 – 5:15 pm (Choose two of three) Each session is 1.5 hours, then switch to another session.      Orthotics labs are limited to 25 people – sign up!

Room 1:   Laura Conway, MS, OTR/L, CHT, COMT UE “Incorporating Proprioceptive Rehabilitation into Your Clinical Practice”

Room 2:  Bob Phillips, OTR/L, CHT, COMT “Orthotics Workshop”

Room 3: Alison Taylor, OTR/L, CHT, CKTI “The Mysterious Medial Elbow!”

Saturday, June 5, 2021

7:55- 8:00 am   Welcome, Announcements

8 00 – 9:55 am 

Charles Andrew Daly, MD “Identification and Treatment of Nerve Injuries”

Michael Gottschalk, MD “Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques for Elbow     Contractures”

Eric Richard Wagner, MD “Neurogenic TOS and Brachial Plexus Syndromes: How Arthroscopy Is Redefining the Treatment Algorithms”

9:55 – 10:10 am      Break

10:10 – 11:45 am    Cadaver Dissection and Surgical Interventions – Gregory Kolovich, MD

11:45 am – 12:10 pm   Cadaver Review:  Kendyl Brock Hunter, OTR/L, CHT – Extensors and Marta Brinkley, OTR/L, CHT – Ulnar Nerve and Median Nerve

12:10 – 1:20 pm       Lunch and Networking with Exhibitors

1:20 – 4:30 pm   Afternoon Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Breakout Room 1:   Becki Neduski, PhD, OTR/L, CHT “Building a Flexor Tendon Protocol:  Movement, Measurement and Outcomes”

Breakout Room 2:  Jim Wagner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSC “IASTM Blood Flow Restriction Training:  Novel Treatment Approaches to Soft Tissue Dysfunction and Strength Gains in the Clinic”

Breakout Room 3:  Jennifer Allen, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CHT “Introduction to Dry Needling & Cupping for the Upper Extremity Specialist”

16 CEU’s for $375


Host Hotel   Embassy Suites   $189 Thursday, $239 Friday and Sat, $28 self-parking

Breakfast included in Embassy rates (2 rooms suites)

Hampton Inn, 603 West Oglethorpe $169 Thursday, $199 Friday and Sat, self-parking $23 (Breakfast included) 

Residence Inn, $169     Parking $20 valet    500 West Charlton Street

Everyday Ethical Considerations in Rehabilitation

This membership only, two-hour course will offer practical information about professional ethics that guide occupational therapists working in hand and upper extremity therapy.  

Core ethical principles and values will be discussed, including recommendations from the American Society of Hand Therapists. Therapists’ commitment to excellence, accountability, integrity and collaboration in professional interactions with patients, students, healthcare professionals, payers and regulatory agencies will be discussed in the context of everyday practice. Additionally, many ethical issues can be anticipated, prevented and managed proactively. Thus, how to systems and cultures that support prevention will be discussed along with highlighting ethical decision-making models and resources.  

A discussion of scenarios and question and answer session will follow the presentation and handouts will be provided.  

Dr. Patricia Cornille, OTD, OTR/L, CCECL, has over 30 years of practice and worked in a variety of settings as a clinical specialist, program director and as an educator.  She established numerous therapy programs in hospitals, community settings and in long-term care facilities. Additionally, she participated in hospital and facility ethics committees and served on a variety of organizational boards. Patricia is the founder and clinical director of Vita Cura Services and is a Certified Caring Economics Conversation Leader.   

GHUESIG virtual event with Naked Prosthetics: January 19, 2021

Despite the reality that 94% of upper-limb amputations occur at the digit and metacarpal levels, little technological development has occurred, leaving working-age people with only cosmetic options after finger loss.

This session will give a deep dive into the partial hand and finger amputee population, Naked Prosthetics’ engineered solutions, and the critical role therapy practitioners can play in positive patient outcomes.

By the end of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Compare the percentage of finger amputations to that of other upper extremity amputations.
  • Understand the impact finger amputations have on heavy manual laborers.
  • Identify the current prosthetic interventions available for partial hand amputations.
  • Recognize the important steps to create successful patient outcomes with body-driven prostheses.
  • Determine how therapists can help improve prosthetic function and contribute throughout the prosthetic evaluation and delivery process.
WhenTue Jan 19, 2021 7pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time
Registration link

Orthotic Fabrication Workshop

An Orthosis  workshop with our member Bob Phillips will be live-streamed from 9 till 12  providing 3 CEU.   Some of the splints that give us fits will be fabricated, such as an elbow orthosis, Muenster orthosis and static progressive PIP flexion splin will be discussed and fabricated.   Bring some splint material home or gather at your clinic and watch!

December 5, 2020

$25 for members, $15 for students.