2021 APTA Alaska Fall Conference
2021 APTA ALASKA FALL CONFERENCE
October 2-3, 2021
The Hotel Alyeska - Girdwood, AK
(The 2021 Fall Conference is Being Offered In-Person and Virtually)
The What, When, How and Why of Oncology Rehabilitation
for Rehabilitation Professionals
including: PTs, PTAs, OTs, COTAs
This course will provide the attendee with fundamental information that will allow him or her to provide better care and outcomes to their patients with a cancer diagnosis.
AMY J LITTERINI, PT, DPT
G STEPHEN MORRIS, PT, PHD, FACSM
Amy Litterini, PT, DPT, earned her MPT from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1994, and her DPT from Simmons College in Boston, MA, in 2004. She worked for the Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH, from 1999-2012. She was full-time faculty in the DPT Program at the University of New England from 2013-2021, and continues to teach there. She is the Survivorship Program Manager at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME, and for the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network of 11 cancer programs across the state of Maine. She received a patient navigation certification from the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in Harlem, NY, and is a certified hospice volunteer for Compassus Hospice.
Her experiences in adult rehabilitation have included acute care, hospital-based out-patient care, private practice, long term care and home care in areas including orthopedics, balance and vestibular rehab, and women’s health. Her career has focused on oncology rehabilitation since 1996 including lymphedema management, fitness programming, wellness initiatives, clinical patient navigation for breast and prostate cancer survivors, research, administration, education, and program development. Amy’s research interests and publications have focused on cancer survivorship issues; the benefits of physical activity in cancer survivorship; the effect of gym and home-based exercise on functional mobility in advanced cancer; the application of Yoga in pediatric oncology; and rehabilitation in life-threatening illnesses. She has served the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association as the Section Program Chair, Regional Course Chair, Vice President, and the Oncology Section Delegate in APTA’s House of Delegates. She is the immediate past chair of the initial Oncologic Specialty Council of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), charged with developing the first oncologic certification exam. She also serves on the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society's Nursing & Allied Health Professional committee, and with the Maine Cancer Foundation on the Rehab and Survivorship Task Force.
G Stephen Morris, PT, PhD, FACSM, received his PhD from the University of Texas and completed a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at UC Irvine. Seeking credentials to do human research, he later earned a MS degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas and a license in Physical Therapy. After teaching stints in physical therapy programs at Texas Woman’s University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, he joined the Dept. of Rehabilitation Services at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. There he both treated patients and pursued research focused on identifying treatment outcome measures that are most appropriate for use in the oncology rehabilitation setting and the integration of the principles of exercise physiology into oncology rehabilitation. He served briefly as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital and conducted research in the area of cancer survivorship. He recently retired from the Physical Therapy Program at Wingate University, Wingate, NC and was named the University’s first Distinguish Professor. He served as the President of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Morris has published over 60 manuscripts and 3 book chapters and has spoken nationally and internationally on the utility and implementation of exercise training principals in the context of oncology rehabilitation.