GOTA Upcoming Events 



Join us on February 20th, 2019  at 8:30am for OT Day at the Capitol

This events allows members and non-members to come together 
in an effort to bring forward important issues impacting Occupational Therapy. 

The Coverdell Legislative Office Building
18 Capitol Square SW, 
Atlanta, GA 30334

ROOM 406

**Please note this location is different than years past**

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8:30am-9:00am: Meet at the CLOB room 406 for Coffee and Donuts
9:00-9:45am: Meet with legislators in the CLOB
9:45am: Head to the Capitol

Directions to the Georgia State Capitol 

From the South:

Take I-75/85 North to Exit 245 (Capitol Avenue).

At the bottom of the exit ramp, continue straight through the stop sign. 

At the first traffic light, turn left onto Hank Aaron Drive. 

The building will be across the street from the State Capitol

From the North:

Take I-75/85 South to Exit 248A (Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive). 

Bear right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

The building will be across the street from the State Capitol

From the East:

Take I-20 West to Exit 58A (Capitol Avenue). 

Turn right on Capitol Avenue. 

The building will be across the street from the State Capitol

From the West:

Take I-20 East to Exit 56B (Windsor St./Spring St./Stadium). 

At the third light, turn left onto Central Avenue. 

Go to Mitchell Street and turn right. 

The building will be across the street from the State Capitol



Buses and 15-passenger or larger vans are allowed to park on the west side of Washington Street in front of the Capitol on most week days. Capitol events or security threats may make this space unavailable. In those cases, buses will be rerouted by Capitol security.

Public parking is available in several locations surrounding the Capitol. Parking fees vary by lot. Certain lots may be closed due to the legislative session.

The following lots are always open to the public if spaces are available:

  • Steve Polk Plaza Parking is located on M.L. King, Jr., Drive, one block from the Capitol
  • A surface lot is located on Memorial Drive, one block from the Capitol
  • Underground Parking: A parking garage is located on the north side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, two blocks from the Capitol




Parking: Spaces for visitors with disabilities are located on Mitchell Street. Vehicles may stop briefly at the loading zone to drop off passengers.

Entrances: Visitors in wheelchairs may enter the Capitol from the loading zone off of Mitchell Street and from Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive via ramps which provide access to the first (ground) floor.

Elevators: The elevators are located on the east and west sides of the Capitol.

Restrooms: Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the first, third and fourth floors of the Capitol building. Facilities for ladies are located on the first floor, inside the Capitol Avenue entrance and on the third floor in room 342. Mens' facilities can be found on the first floor and on the fourth floor adjacent to the House Gallery.

Water Fountains: Accessible water fountains can be found near the first floor restrooms on the east side of the Capitol and inside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive entrance.

Telephones: Both a TDD and a Volume Control Telephone are located on the first floor of the Capitol in the restroom area.

Galleries: Wheelchair spaces are provided in the Senate and House galleries and most legislative committee meeting rooms are accessible.

Capitol Grounds: The paths leading to points of interest on the Capitol grounds are paved.




In compliance with security regulations, all visitors must enter the Capitol through a metal detector; the X-ray machine must examine hand-carried items. No weapons, including pocketknives, are allowed in the Capitol. These items should be left in a vehicle because security is not able to hold these items. In addition, off-duty law enforcement officers will not be allowed to carry their weapons while they are inside the Capitol

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2019 Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity

Special Interest Group Conference

Savannah, April 26 and April 27, 2019

Georgia Coastal Center, 305 Fahm Street

16 CEUs $375


Friday, 4/26

7 – 8 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 – 9 am “Clinical Decision Making for the Therapeutic Management of Pain”

Jane Fedorcyck, PT, PhD

This evidence informed presentation will focus on the examination of a patient’s perception of pain to determine primary and/or secondary sources of pain mediation. Accurate and thorough assessment of pain will allow the therapists to select the most appropriate options for pain management to restore function and maximizing patient outcomes. The reliance of therapeutic interventions to reduce the use of opioids will be emphasized.

9 – 10:30 am “A Comprehensive Review of Finger Fractures and Dislocations” – Physician/Therapist Presentation Dr. Gregory Kolovich and Bob Phillips, OTR/L CHT

10:30 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 – 12:30 pm “Abysmal Conditions and Treatment Options” Physican/Therapist Presentation Dr. Robert Hoffman, Dr. Ronald Levitt, Alison Walmsley, OTR/L, CHT

This presentation will focus on various difficult diagnoses, surgery and the rehabilitation sequelae of the upper extremity. From clavicle fractures to internal elbow hinges and gunshot wounds, you are certain to take away an educational pearl or two. These abysmal conditions are injuries will provide a dynamic discussion of how to manage these patients to create optimal outcomes

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch provided. Networking time with Exhibitors

1:30 – 4:45 pm Instructional Sessions (each participant will rotate through each workshop as directed)

Workshop A: Orthosis workshop – Gary Solomon, OTR/L, CHT

Workshop B: Cadaver Lab

Workshop C: Joint Mobilization – Alison Taylor, OTR/L CHT

Mobilization to correct joint alignment in the upper extremity can be complicated and daunting. This one-hour session will demonstrate simple mobilization techniques for the shoulder, elbow and wrist and fingers. These applications will result in improved ROM and pain relief- guaranteed!

The concepts joint alignment “setting” with isometrics, taping and dynamic strengthening with be discussed and participants will leave with new skills to use immediately.

3:30 – 3:45pm Break

3:45 – 4:45pm Return to last rotational session

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Social and Networking Time Trolley City Tour ($10 per person, prepaid at Registration) Refreshments provided 15 min CEU provided on bus Hand Jeopardy


Saturday, April 27

7:00 – 7:30 am. Continental Breakfast provided

7:30 – 9:30 am “Expanding Options for Wrist Reconstruction” Dr. Raymond Noellert

“Treatment of Scaphoid Fractures and Acute Wrist Ligamentous Injuries” Dr. David Fiedler

Therapist’s Case Studies by Lisa Reynolds, OTR/L, CHT

9:30 – 9:45am Break

9:45 – 11:15 am. “The Elbow: Managing the Clinical Sequalae of Traumatic Elbow Injuries” Jane Fedorcyck, PT, PhD

For this presentation, traumatic elbow injuries are defined as fractures and /or dislocations affecting the articulations of the elbow complex. The common conditions that may occur as a result of a traumatic elbow will be addressed including joint stiffness, nerve injury and instability. Recommendations for evidence informed therapist’s examination and treatment will be discussed and reinforced through case examples.

11:15 am – 12:15pm “Paige’s Pearls: Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Practice” Paige Kurtz, MS, OTR/L CHT

This fast-paced talk will share dozens of useful clinical tips and tricks sourced from over 20 years of practice. Highlights will include some great clinical applications of research, making it relevant to your practice. You’ll gain many new ideas to apply immediately upon your return to work.

12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch provided Hanger lunch and Learn in Auditorium.

1:30 – 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

Session A: “Testing for Differential Diagnoses” Hands On Instruction Robert Medcalf, PT Dip MDT

Session B: “Upper Extremity Neural Pathway Mobilization” Hands On Instruction Andreas Mueller, PT, CFMT

Patients presenting with UE pain often develop increased sensitivity of the neural system which can be identified using the Upper Limb tension Test (ULTT). In patients with adverse neural tension, myofascial restrictions can be palpated along the nerve pathway. This presentation will demonstrate manual soft tissue mobilization techniques to perform along the upper extremity neural pathways to improve mobility as assessed with the ULTT.

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:45 Concurrent Sessions

Session C: “Hand Anatomy Tutorial” Hands On Instructional Course Sherri Roberts, OTR/L, CHT

Come relax and enjoy drawing the anatomical structures of the hand. This basic to intermediate tutorial provides step by step guidance on how to draw and identify key structures in the hand. Participants will be given real time instruction and are provided a 3 – dimensional hand for practice and to take home. 65 participants only.

Session D: “MEM: A Helping Hand for Swelling Management” Instructional and Hands On Sandy Sublett, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT

Edema management is an everyday occurrence for hand therapists. Understanding the lymphatic system’s role in fluid homeostasis and interstitial protein removal is essential for effective swelling reduction. This class will give an overview of MEM, with a brief look at important lymphatic anatomy and physiology. Participants will be able to try two unique uses of tape for finger swelling and scar mobilization.