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Apr 26, 2024
Timing is Everything: Continuum of CP Care Through Adulthood Virtual Conference

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Nationally Recognized Keynote Speaker: Heidi Haapala, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan and Attending Physician, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the VA Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

Conference Topics:

• Lifelong health and wellness for adults with cerebral palsy
• Therapists’ approaches to complex client issues
• Identifying and supporting behavior challenges
• Interprofessional solutions promoting function
• Funding supports and services
• Personal stories and advocacy

Sponsored by: UNM HSC Continuum of Care, NM LEND at the UNM Center for Development and Disability,
The NM Cerebral Palsy Task Force and UNM HSC Transdisciplinary Evaluation & Support Clinic (TEASC)

Register now at:

After registering in advance, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual conference.

Up to 4 CEU Contact Hours for Nursing, SLP, PT, OT and Social Work (pending board approvals). CEUs provided at no cost.

Questions? Email [email protected]

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Jun 13, 2024
SAFE (Sustained Athlete Fitness Exam)


SAFE, previously known as Senior Athlete Fitness Exam, has been used to screen general health and physical fitness in athletes participating in the past 6 National Senior Games and two New Mexico Senior Games, successfully identifying those with risk factors in the areas of Cardiovascular Fitness, Muscular Fitness, Flexibility Fitness and Balance Fitness.

When: Thursday, June 13, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM with AM and PM Shifts available
Where: New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

How You Will Help: Athletes will be going through different stations including basic past medical & sport history, and fitness testing of cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, balance & mobility. They will get a scorecard on their performance.

Sign up HERE to Volunteer

Why: There are many benefits to participating in this event.

• Educate this inspiring population of senior athletes about the benefits of physical therapy.

• Prevent future health issues in these motivated seniors by identifying areas of concern, ways they can stay on top of their game.

• Network with PT/PTAs/students, and other healthcare professionals.

• Understand athletically active seniors and learn what is possible with active aging.

• Inspire your own physical activity. You will meet some excellent role models for aging!

Training: Videos on conducting the screens will be provided to volunteers in advance, however, the tests and measures utilized are commonplace to most physical therapists working with older adults. The screen is divided into stations, each conducting different tests, so that each volunteer may only be responsible for learning one aspect of the screen well.

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Sep 14, 2024 – Sep 15, 2024
2024 APTA New Mexico Fall Conference

Save the date!

University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Details to follow.

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Apr 18, 2024
APTA NM Happy Hour in Las Cruces

6 - 8 PM

Come learn more about how to volunteer for SAFE at the senior games.

Bosque Brewery
2102 Telshor Ct
Las Cruces, NM 88011

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Apr 11, 2024
APTA NM Happy Hour in Albuquerque

Thursday, April 11

6 - 8 PM

Bow & Arrow
608 McKnight Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM

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Mar 01, 2024
Call for Proposals

APTA New Mexico is seeking proposal submissions for the 2024 APTA New Mexico Fall Conference, scheduled for September 14-15, 2024 at UNM in Albuquerque, NM. 

Proposals for 3 to 6-hour educational sessions are now being accepted. Sessions over 3 hours should include a lab. Proposals can be a combination of asynchronous and in-person content. 

A Benefit for Presenters in NM – Presenters can earn three times the number of contact hours of their presentation. Click HERE for more information on the NM Board of Physical Therapy’s website. 

We are looking for content in the following areas, but will consider other topic areas as well:

 Lab sessions are encouraged.

  • Orthopaedic/Sports Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
  • Leadership/Management
  • PTA Focused
  • Differential Diagnosis of Dizziness
  • Stroke

Proposal Submission Deadline – March 1, 2024

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Nov 09, 2023
Farmington Happy Hour

Join us 6 - 8 PM at:

Three Rivers Eatery and Brewhouse
101 E Main St
Farmington, NM

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Oct 14, 2023
PT Day of Service - Farmington

Volunteering at 2K Fun Run-Walk-Roll

All Abilities Park Site: 304 E Apache St

Email Jen Kiger, APTA NM Membership Chair, at [email protected], for more information

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Oct 06, 2023
PT Day of Service - Santa Fe

Donation Event for Girls on the Run—New girls athletic shoes, sizes 2-6 are preferred.

Drop off during the APTA NM Happy Hour on October 6 at Santa Fe Brewery Company (Beer Hall at HQ) 35 Fire Pl, 5-7 PM


Email Betsy Ross, APTA NM Vice President, at [email protected] for pick up donations, throughout the month of October

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Oct 06, 2023
Santa Fe Happy Hour

Join us 5 - 7 PM at:

Santa Fe Brewing Company
Beer Hall at HQ
35 Fire Pl
Santa Fe, NM

Plus optional donation drop off event for PT Day of Service benefiting Girls on the Run. New Girl's athletic shoes sized 2-6 requested.

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Sep 27, 2023
Clovis Happy Hour

Join us 6 - 8 PM at 

Bandolero Brewery
421 N Main St
Clovis, NM

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May 12, 2023
PT Pub Night Santa Fe

Your Profession on tap

Santa F Brewing Company (Beer Hall @ HQ)

On the lawn. Bring a lawn chair if you'd like.

35 Fire Pl
Santa Fe, NM
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Contact Jen Kiger [email protected] for more information.

PT Pub Night is a monthly meet-up for PTs, PTAs, and students around the world.

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Apr 26, 2023
PT Pub Night Albuquerque

Your Profession on tap.

Bow & Arrow (on the patio)
608 McKnight Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Contact Jen Kiger ([email protected]) for more information

PT Pub Night is a monthly meet-up for PTs, PTAs, and students around the world.

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Oct 07, 2022 – Oct 08, 2022
Breathing & Postural Control - Part 1

(Part-1 of Mary Massery’s 3-day “LINKED” COURSE)

Instructor: Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc
Co-Sponsors: MasseryPT, LLC & APTA New Mexico
Date: October 7 - 8, 2022 / Friday-Saturday
Time Zone: Mountain Time Zone Schedule
Contact Hours: 8
Format: Live interactive Online Course (via Zoom)
Tuition: $230 PT/PTA $25 Students


Friday, October 7, 2022 - 8:30 am - 1:20 pm MT: 4.5 Contact Hours
Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 8:30 am - 12:15 pm MT: 3.5 Contact Hours


This course, developed by Mary Massery, proposes a new definition of “core stability;” redefining it as the dynamic control of trunk pressures to optimize postural stability (balance). Dr. Massery’s novel “soda pop can model” links breathing mechanics (including the vocal folds), to postural control using multi-system interactions. Part-1 lays foundational information and presents numerous quick interventions utilizing positioning and ventilatory strategies. Clinical cases will be used throughout the day to illustrate concepts. The course is applicable and for any pediatric or adult patient (or therapist) who breathes! 

Participants are encouraged to follow up later with “LINKED Part-2,” a two-day in-person lab course, assessing “normal” breathing patterns, and learning neuromotor breathing retraining techniques, and manual assistive cough techniques.  


  1. Describe how trunk pressures link breathing and postural control using the Soda Pop Can Model.
  2. Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, and venous return.
  3. Demonstrate the role of the vocal folds in normal postural stability responses (balance) and make the case for using speaking valves for patients with tracheostomies.
  4. Position patients for optimal physiological and biomechanical support of breathing with simple equipment (towels, pillows, etc.).
  5. Use a ventilatory strategy algorithm presented in class to optimally match breathing with movements from bed mobility to athletic endeavors.
  6. Apply concepts to a wide variety of patient populations from infancy to geriatrics.


Dr. Massery received her BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT from the University of the Pacific in 2004 and her DSc from Rocky Mountain University in 2011. Her publications and interests focus on linking motor behaviors to breathing and/or postural mechanics in both pediatric and adult patient populations. Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 1,000 professional presentations in all 50 US states and in 18 countries worldwide, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association. Mary’s research pioneered the concept of managing trunk pressures as a new way to visualize core stabilization. She has delivered keynote and major addresses on topics such as cystic fibrosis and posture, pectus excavatum (chest deformities), connections between posture & breathing, and PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation).

Mary has received national awards from the APTA, including its highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoring “one’s outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy." She has been honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her 3 universities. She was also awarded Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award. Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

This is an APTA New Mexico Course approved for 8 contact hours.

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Sep 22, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021
100 Days of Service

The 100 Days of Service initiative offers APTA national, components, and members access to service opportunities during the last 100 days of 2021 (beginning Sept. 22). These activities are meant to spark member engagement in local communities, promote collaboration with other members or components, and raise awareness about the profession.

In support of both 100 Days of Service for the APTA Centennial as well as the annual Global PT Day of Service, please consider participating with APTA New Mexico in a Toiletries Drive with 4 different organizations across the state for the month of October. The Toiletries Drive will benefit the following organizations: Interfaith Shelter in Santa Fe, Barrett House in Albuquerque, Lighthouse Mission in Clovis and Gospel Rescue in Las Cruces.

All items are helpful but the following are extremely appreciated: soap or body wash, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, disposable wipes, face masks, hand sanitizer. Donations also accepted.

For more information or to arrange a drop off/pick up please contact Jen Kiger at [email protected].