Nationally recognized Vestibular specialist comes to the Northeast District this Saturday!

What’s New in Vestibular Rehabilitation? Update on new clinical practice guidelines

Brought to you by CPTA and the Northeast District

Coming on October 20th, this course is designed to help clinicians who receive referrals for individuals with “dizziness” or BPPV and want to feel comfortable performing a comprehensive evaluation that leads to an appropriate plan of care with interventions including a home exercise program for simple and complex patient presentations. Material will provide clinicians with the tools to differentiate BPPV from other disorders including vestibular hypofunction, vestibular migraines, and concussions. In addition to these diagnoses, we will discuss how simple vestibular disorders can develop into more complex presentations due to comorbidities including anxiety and depression, migraines, motion sensitivity and persistent postural perceptual dizziness (3PD). Through case studies, participants will be able to incorporate the new clinical practice guidelines for vestibular hypofunction and BPPV.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe normal anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central vestibular systems

  • Describe common pathologies of the vestibular system

  • Differentiate signs and symptoms of BPPV from other diagnoses which cause dizziness and describe common pitfalls

  • Discuss the new clinical practice guidelines for BPPV and peripheral vestibular hypofunction

  • Perform a comprehensive evaluation for patients with BPPV that leads to effective treatment on BPPV in all canals

  • Perform a comprehensive evaluation for patients with vestibular hypofunction that leads to effective treatments

  • Describe complex patient presentations of peripheral vestibular disorders with co-morbidities including anxiety/depression, migraines and persistent postural perceptual dizziness (3PD)



Lisa Heusel-Gillig, PT, DPT, NCS graduated from Emory University Physical Therapy Masters program in 1985. She worked in neuro-rehabilitation, both inpatient and outpatient from 1988-2001 at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. She started at the Emory Dizziness and Balance Center from 2001-present focusing on patients with vestibular hypofunction, BPPV, cerebellar disorders, older adults with fear of fall, stroke and head injury patients, and migraine patients with motion sensitivity. She received her DPT degree in 2007 from Emory, became a board certified neurology clinical specialist (NCS) in 2011. She is certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and is on the faculty for annual Emory Vestibular competency course, as well as the advanced vestibular course and vestibular testing course. She has also has taught similar courses in Australia and New Zealand. She has published articles including “Efficacy of gaze stability exercises in older adults with dizziness” and “Balance rehabilitation and dual-task ability in older adults”. She presented a poster at the 2013 APTA combined section meeting on “Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Intervention in Patients with Degenerative Cerebellar Ataxia.”


8.0 contact hours or 0.8 CEUs, approved by CPTA


Registration received by October 6, 2018; For full details and to register:


$300 APTA members

$480 Non-members


CSU Sacramento, Folsom Hall

7667 Folsom Boulevard

Sacramento, CA 95826


$6 per day Permits can be purchased at the ticket machine outside the West Entrance of the building