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Parkinson's Disease: Predictably Unpredictable
Parkinson's Disease: Predictably Unpredictable


When:  Friday, July 13, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Current Treatment Strategies for Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a very complex and unpredictable neurological disorder. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease — second only to Alzheimer's disease. Approximately 2 million people in the United States (6 million people worldwide) suffer from this debilitating disease. While PD itself is not fatal, the Center for Disease Control rated complications from the disease as the 14th top cause of death in the United States.
The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown, and currently there is no cure for it. Individual presentation and symptoms vary from person to person. Treatment of PD is directed at treating the symptoms that are most bothersome to an individual with Parkinson's disease through a combination of medications, surgery, and therapy. This interactive seminar is designed to educate clinicians working with PD clients about current treatment strategies. This includes examining what medications are commonly used and potential side effects, evidence-based tests, and measurements applicable to setting function-related goals and therapeutic strategies to improve function among PD patients.

  • Examine etiology, pathophysiology, and diagnostic criteria for Parkinson's disease

  • Recognize motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease

  • Discover evaluation tools that successfully affect treatment plans

  • Gain therapeutic strategies for gait, balance, and posture to enhance functional movement with patients

  • Examine vision and oculomotor changes within PD patients

  • Differentiate between Parkinson's disease and Parkinson plus syndromes

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapists Assistants

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Rehab Nurses

  • Long-Term Care Administrators

  • Nurse Practitioners

  • Skilled Nursing Clinical Staff

  • Assisted Living Clinical Staff

  • Social Workers


ANN ZYLSTRA, PT, is a licensed physical therapist with over 26 years of clinical practice, primarily in the evaluation and treatment of neurologic disorders. She is the manager of rehabilitation services and the lead physical therapist for the treatment of movement disorders at the Evergreen Neuroscience Institute in Kirkland, Washington. Ms. Zylstra manages the multi-disciplinary therapy team for both the hospital's MS Center and its Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center. Her team of neurologists, physiatrists, neuropsychologists, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists provide award-winning acute and outpatient services.

Ms. Zylstra is also a certified vestibular therapist. She has participated in several PD studies and has published numerous abstracts, including "oculomotor impairment associated with PD" and "physical therapy outcomes for PD." Ms. Zylstra is currently a board member and past co-president of the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson's Disease Association, where she has volunteered for more than eight years to help develop resources and supports for patients. As a seasoned presenter and educator, she has developed and presented numerous continuing education trainings on neurological rehabilitation in both her home state and Montana. Ms. Zylstra is known for presenting lively, interactive courses that engage participants through the examination of current, evidence-based research and case study examples.
Vyne Education, LLC. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This course is offered for 6 contact hours.

Nurses: California
Vyne Education, LLC. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 16668, for 7.2 contact hours. Full attendance is required to receive credit, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.

Nurses: Florida
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.

Nursing Home Administrators
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This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 6 total clock hours and 6 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS – approval # Towson, MD on 7/12/2018, #20190329-6-A44257-IN, Frederick, MD on 7/13/2018, #20190329-6-A44258-IN, Fairfax, VA on 7/14/2018, #20190329-6-A44829-IN, Silver Spring, MD on 7/16/2018, #20190329-6-A44259-IN, Richmond, VA on 7/17/2018, #20190329-6-A44261-IN, Norfolk, VA on 7/18/2018, #20190329-6-A44262-IN. This program is approved by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. For additional information, contact NAB at 1444 I St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-2210, (202)712-9040, or

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants
Vyne Education, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 1: Domain of OT, 2: Occupational Therapy Process.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: Maryland: This program has been submitted to the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for pre-approval of 0.6 continuing education hours.

Social Workers
Vyne Education, LLC. provider #1005, "formerly Cross Country Education" is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider since 1999, approved period 1/27/2018-1/27/2021). Vyne Education, LLC. maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at for more information. This educational offering is at the Intermediate level for social workers.

Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

All Professionals: In order to process continuing education, please bring the appropriate license/certification number to the seminar.

Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form.

Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne Education.

ADA: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Vyne Education at least two weeks before the seminar date or prior to purchasing any online or distance learning products so that arrangements can be made.

"Ms. Zylstra is an expert in her field; it is obvious by her wealth of knowledge and passion for her work. She really knows how to engage a crowd by presenting relevant case studies and current evidence that stimulates group discussion. I learned many strategies and treatment options that I use daily in my own practice."
Alicia Nowak, DPT

"Ms. Zylstra presented the material in way that was lively, interactive, and clearly showed her passion for treating patients. I came away with very valuable information and tools for treating patients and their families."
Lisa Schneider, PT

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