Participants in the TRIA Hand Therapy Conference will have the opportunity to hear expert physician and therapist speakers discuss the upper extremity biomechanics of motion. Didactic education, hands-on, and interactive learning opportunities are included with valuable tools for your hand therapy practice.



This conference is intended for hand therapists (occupational and/or physical therapists) with intermediate to advanced experience in treating hand and upper extremity conditions.



  1. Summarize the diagnosis and current management principles for the upper extremity biomechanics of motion.
  2. Identify the role of conservative and operative management for upper extremity biomechanics.
  3. Assess the role of evidence based rehabilitation in hand therapy.


Deb Bohn, MD

Nancy Callinan, MA, OTR/L, CHT

Shrikant Chinchalkar, MThO, BScOT, OTR, CHT

Amanda Higgins, BSC.OT, OT Reg(NB)

Ryan Kendrick, BPhty, MPhtySt, MDTI

Tricia Kloeckl, OTR/L, CHT

Julie Liebelt, PT, CHT

Amy Nelson, OTR/L, CHT

Kim Waterbury, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Terri Weaver, OTR/L

Mark Wilczynski, MD

Jennifer Wozniczka, MD



Friday, November 10th, 2017

07:00 - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Vendors

07:30 - Welcome

07:45 - Keynote

Topic: Biomechanical Failures of the Forearm... And How to Fix Them

Speaker: Deb Bohn, MD

08:30 - Session 1: Finger Flexion

Topic: Flexor Tendon Biomechanics

Speaker: Shrikant Chinchalkar, MThO, BScOT, OTR, CHT

09:45 - Break & Vendors

10:00 - Session 1 Continued

Topics: Flexor Tendon Repair; True Active Motion After Flexor Tendon Repair

Speakers: Mark Wilczynski, MD; Amanda Higgins, BSC.OT, OT Reg(NB)

11:45 - Vendors

12:15 - Lunch

12:45 - Session 2: Finger Extension

Topics: Extensor Tendon Biomechanics; Extensor Tendon Injuries

Speaker: Shrikant Chinchalkar, MThO, BScOT, OTR, CHT; Jennifer Wozniczka, MD

14:30 - Session 3: Biomechanical Deformity of the Hand

Topics: Secondary Deformities of the Hand; Relative Motion Orthoses for Tendon Injuries and Deformities of the Hand

Speaker: Shrikant Chinchalkar, MThO, BScOT, OTR, CHT; Tricia Kloeckl, OTR/L, CHT

16:15 - Break & Vendors

16:30 - Session 4: Relative Motion Orthoses Lab

Topic: Relative Motion Orthoses Lab

Speakers: Nancy Callinan, MA, OTR/L, CHT; Tricia Kloeckl, OTR/L, CHT

17:45 - Conclusion & Social Reception with Vendors and Faculty


Saturday, November 11th, 2017

07:15 - Registration and Continental Breakfast

07:30 - Welcome

07:45 - Session 5: Panel of Pearls

peakers: Julie Liebelt, PT, CHT; Terri Weaver, OTR/L, CHT; Amy Nelson, OTR/L, CHT

08:45 - Session 6: Interactive Lab Experiences (Dynamic Taping Lab, The Manchester orthosis, & Upper Extremity Dissection/Surgical Demonstrations)

Speakers: Shrikant Chinchalkar, MThO, BScOT, OTR, CHT; Amanda Higgins, BSC.OT, OT Reg(NB); Ryan Kendrick, BPhy, MPhtySt, MDTI; Kim Waterbury, MS, OTR/L; Mark Wilczynski, MD; Jennifer Wozniczka, MD

13:00 - Evaluations, Certificates, Adjourn


Register today, space is limited!


Registration is $450 ($525 after 9/30/17)

Your registration fee includes the course syllabus, all lab fees, refreshment breaks, breakfast and lunch on Friday, and breakfast on Saturday. The social reception on Friday evening is also included with pre-registration.

Continuing Education


This course has been approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association for 12.5 Contact Hours/1.25 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for 12.5 Category 1 continuing education credits.


Friday, November 10th

Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

3900 American Blvd W

Bloomington, MN 55437



Saturday, November 11th

TRIA Orthopaedic Center

8100 Northland Dr.

Bloomington, MN 55431





A block of rooms have been reserved for November 9-12. The special room rate of $105 per night will be available until October 10th, 2017 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. To reserve a room, please click here.

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