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Valerie Carter

PT, DPT, NCS, GCS

Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS, is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and a board-certified neurological and geriatric specialist. She was awarded the Excellence in Neurologic Education Award by the APTA and is a full clinical professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She graduated from NAU with her bachelor's degree in physical therapy in 1989, her master's degree in 1996, and her doctorate degree in 2002. She has been teaching at Northern Arizona University for 20 years and has been a clinical instructor for more than 30 years. Presently, she instructs DPT students in neuroscience, neuroanatomy pediatrics, neuro therapeutic techniques, and geriatrics, and she coordinates the neuro clinic and interprofessional practice pediatric and adult clinics at Northern Arizona University Department of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Carter maintains contemporary expertise in her areas of teaching through a combination of continuing education, clinical care, scholarship, and personal study. She regularly attends the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA, where she presents her latest research results on novel outcome tools to detect potential falls in the elderly, Parkinson's treatment effectiveness, CVA intervention effectiveness, telemedicine in Parkinson's, and dual-task practice in persons with neurological deficits. She also attends education sessions related to neuromuscular and musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment in adults and pediatrics.

Dr. Carter is an effective teacher, as demonstrated by student and peer evaluations. She is a leader in the field of treatment interventions in Parkinson's disease and stroke. She and her husband own and operate Carter Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Flagstaff that has a large neurological client focus. She thinks her marriage of academics and clinical practice is a match made in heaven.

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Treatment Insights for Persons Aging With Multiple Sclerosis

Presented by Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS and Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

Treatment Insights for Persons Aging With Multiple Sclerosis

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Video Runtime: 87 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 38 Minutes

Disease-modifying treatment interventions enable patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live longer. Although this disease cannot be cured, it can be managed more effectively. Using lecture, demonstration, and patient video examples, this course provides innovative interventions for patients with MS to offer them improved functionality. This course gives the therapist up-to-date evidence for differential diagnosis and medications for disease management. It also presents tests and measurements to effectively track response to therapy. This course is part 4 in a five-part series encompassing the anatomy and treatment for patients with neurodegenerative diseases, including MS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.

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Treatment Concepts for Persons Aging With Parkinson’s Disease

Presented by Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS and Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

Treatment Concepts for Persons Aging With Parkinson’s Disease

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Video Runtime: 69 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 33 Minutes

The effective treatment of persons with Parkinson's disease (PD) requires appropriate assessment and the ability to modify interventions. An understanding of the neurodegenerative process and its effect on anatomy and pathophysiology is necessary. Differential diagnosis is essential in working with patients with PD and will guide the intervention process through the invaluable progression of motor and nonmotor symptoms. Therapists are critical in providing the right dosage and application of aerobic and skilled exercise, optimal medication levels, and timing and need for alternative interventions, such as deep brain stimulation. This course will help the rehabilitation specialist to manage persons with Parkinson's across disease severity and will begin to translate the explosion of research into real-world clinical practice. This course is part 5 in a five-part series encompassing the anatomy and treatment for patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

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The Anatomy of Rehabilitation in the Face of Neurodegeneration

Presented by Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS and Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

The Anatomy of Rehabilitation in the Face of Neurodegeneration

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Video Runtime: 60 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 26 Minutes

Specific neuronal connections are responsible for the endless varieties of human movement. In the face of neurodegeneration, patients will have specific functional deficits depending on the anatomy that is damaged. The ability to understand the functional anatomy of the central nervous system (CNS) is necessary to understand how a person will learn and move with these deficits. This understanding will also help with differential diagnosis of CNS impairments as well as creating and modifying treatment interventions that are specific to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson's disease (PD). This course utilizes lecture, demonstration, and multiple patient video examples to enhance learning. This course is Part 1 of a five-part series in which a comprehensive review of the central nervous system is applied with the focus of functional anatomy while aging with degeneration.

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Treating Patients With Neurodegenerative Conditions

Presented by Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS and Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

Treating Patients With Neurodegenerative Conditions

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Video Runtime: 55 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 27 Minutes

There are many different motor learning strategies a therapist can use to enhance patients' ability to learn new skills. This course will explore four motor learning strategies, the most effective teaching methods targeted to the specific neural structure involved, and eight additional effective ways to enhance motor learning and improve patient outcomes. When these strategies are used in combination, treatment sessions as well as long-term results will be improved. Compensation strategies for cognitive impairment will be presented. This course utilizes lecture, demonstration, and multiple patient video examples to enhance learning. This course is Part 2 in a five-part series encompassing the anatomy and treatment for patients with neurodegenerative diseases, including multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.

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Treatment Concepts for Persons With ALS

Presented by Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS and Kay Wing, PT, DPT, NCS

Treatment Concepts for Persons With ALS

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Video Runtime: 72 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 35 Minutes

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal disease that is often misdiagnosed until later stages. Because of this, therapists treating these patients for orthopedic and neurological issues need to recognize the signs and symptoms for differential diagnosis. This course will guide the therapist in advanced knowledge of diagnosis and intervention with the appropriate equipment and therapies during all stages of the disease, including referral to and communication with other health care professionals to manage the multisystem needs of these patients as they decline in function. It will also guide the therapist in the types of equipment needed during each stage. On completion of this course, the therapist will be able to apply proper tests and measures to guide treatment. This course utilizes case study, lecture, demonstration, and patient video examples to enhance learning.

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