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PNF Rehab Conference

  • Next Date & Time

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    Friday, Sep 11, 2020 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Venue & Location

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    (St. Luke's Boise Medical Center
    Anderson Center, 5th Floor)
    100 E. Idaho St.
    Boise, ID 83712
  • Fee & Registration

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    Varies, Registration Required


Presented by Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc and Faculty

If all you remember about proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is random “diagonal patterns,” then this course is for you. PNF can be a powerful approach when the techniques are creatively applied to clinical problems.

Dr. Massery’s extensive background in PNF, along with 40 years of clinical refinements, makes her uniquely qualified to teach PNF in today’s evidence-based practice environment.

The purpose of this course is to apply current PNF research, philosophy and treatment concepts to pediatric and adult patients with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and/or cardiopulmonary conditions. The extensive use of hands-on labs; dissection of functional tasks to facilitate goal-directed movements; use of techniques with specific clinical cases; and a live patient demonstration, will “refresh” PNF for today’s practitioner.

Participants will leave with sharpened skills and an abundance of new ideas on the immediate application of PNF to their practice.

Target Audience

This course is intended for occupational therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapy assistants and physical therapy assistants.


At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the philosophy and historical development of PNF.
  • Demonstrate refinement in their PNF therapeutic handling skills.
  • Expand their treatment planning ideas for patients with neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and/or cardiopulmonary impairments via multiple clinical cases, and the inclusion of a live patient demonstration when possible.
  • Design a PNF-based intervention strategy in small groups for improved trunk function for a specific patient using the concepts presented throughout the course and present the case back to the class.


Registration Instructions

Registration is required.

Please note that attendance for this course is limited to 36 participants. Those that are paid through Eventbrite will be confirmed to attend.


  • Early bird pricing: $700, starts January 27, 2020 - June 11, 2020
  • Late pricing: $750, starts June 12, 2020

Register Online

Cancellation Information

No refund will be given if cancellation is within 60 days of event. Cancellations received prior to 60 days will receive a 90% refund.

Special Instructions

If you have any questions about registration or details related to this course, please email Jill Steinmetz, MPT or call (307) 272-7901.

Please sign in for each day that you are present. Attendance certifications will be handed out at the completion of the course. Organizer will be applying for continuing education credit for OT and PT through the state of Idaho.


This course is lab-based. Please wear comfortable clothing with layers to allow for access to the trunk and spine.


Springhill Suites Marriott Parkcenter
424 East Parkcenter Blvd
Boise, Idaho 83706
(208) 342-1044

When you call for a reservation, please tell them that you are a part of this conference room block.

Conference Agenda

Friday, September 11

  • 8 - 8:30 Check-in
  • 8:30 – 9 Overview of course topics
  • 9 - 9:30 Lecture: Introduction of PNF philosophy and historical development
  • 9:30 - 10:15 Lecture/Demonstration: Activities, Techniques & Elements (ATE)
  • 10:15 - 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 - 11:15 Continued: Activities, Techniques, & Elements (ATEs)
  • 11:15 - 12:15 Lab 1: UE patterns and selected ATEs
  • 12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
  • 1:15 - 2:45 Lab 1: Continued
  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 5:30 Lab 2: LE patterns and selected ATEs

Saturday, September 12

  • 8 - 8:30 Check-in
  • 8:30 – 9 Review, synthesis and Q&A
  • 9 - 10 Lab 3: UE and LE Patterns: More techniques and elements
  • 10 - 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 - 12:15 Lab 4: Trunk facilitation through bilateral limb patterns
  • 12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
  • 1:15 - 2:30 Lab 5: Developmental Activities: supine
  • 2:30 - 2:45 Break
  • 2:45 - 4:30 Lab 6: Developmental Activities: prone
  • 4:30 - 5:30 Patient Demonstration (if possible)

Sunday, September 13

  • 8 - 8:30 Check-in
  • 8:30 – 9 Review, synthesis and Q&A
  • 9 - 10:15 Review, refine and combine handling skills
  • 10:15 - 10:30 Break
  • 10:30 - 12:15 Lab 7: Developmental Activities: upright
  • 12:15 - 1 Lunch
  • 1 - 2 Problem solving small group session: Designing PNF strategies for real patient cases
  • 2 - 3 Presentation of cases

About Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc

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. Mary’s extensive proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) training at Northwestern University as both a student and faculty member forms the basis of her therapeutic approach to patients with neuromuscular and pulmonary impairments.

Her PNF courses focus on improving functional outcomes by recognizing and utilizing the link between motor behaviors and breathing/postural mechanics. Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 900 professional presentations in 50 US states and 16 countries worldwide on related topics, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

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.