Collaborations Between Physical Therapists and Dental Professionals

Dr. Jeffrey Wilkens, PT, DPT, OCS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department and the Clinic Director of the Marquette Physical Therapy Clinic. Jeff is a board certified Orthopedic Clinic Specialist and has been caring for patients for over 19 years. He works with all types of musculoskeletal impairments and has a particular interest in manual therapy.

Dr. Wilkens has no conflict of interest to disclose

Dr. Kenneth Waliszewski graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1971. He proceeded directly into the Graduate Prosthodontic program at Marquette and completed the program with a certificate in prosthodontics and his M.S. degree in 1974. Dr. Waliszewski then joined the U.S. Navy as a prosthodontist at the Balboa Navy Hospital in San Diego, CA and served his country until 1976. He then began a career in private practice that spanned the next 5 decades, while at the same time joined the faculty at Marquette as an adjunct professor where he taught prosthodontics to ­­pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Course Description:

Jaw dysfunction hurts. It diminishes quality of life and prevents comprehensive health care from taking place until the pain can be managed. Patients suffering with jaw based symptoms can benefit from the talents, skills and techniques provided by both physical therapists and dental professionals. This course is intended to share information between both types of providers and encourage each to consider ways to collaborate on care for the benefit of those in pain. For this to occur we all need to know more about each other so the interactions can happen. Dentists and physical therapists are invited to attend and hear a dentist and a physical therapist discuss jaw dysfunction patients.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course the participant should be able to:

  • Increase dentist's knowledge of what physical therapists do to care for skeletal muscle issues.
  • Increase physical therapist's knowledge of what dental professionals do to care for TMD.
  • Explain referral protocol between offices.
  • Encourage interaction/integration between physical therapists and dental professionals.


Date: 10/3/2017
Registration Ends: 10/1/2017 11:59 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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