National Conference & Provider Meeting 2018

Combining Efforts to Reduce Work Injury & Disability

September 14th -15th, 2018

Minneapolis, MN


  • A conference that blends the perspective of employers and providers
  • Effective work injury prevention and management methods and that meet the needs of all stakeholders
  • Interactive sessions allowing participants to exchange information and ideas with all of the speakers
  • Digital copies of presentation materials


Crowne Plaza AIRE MSP Airport - Mall of America
Bloomington, MN 55425



Brandy Howard 
DSI Work Solutions 

Shannon Moman
DSI Work Solutions 


Please join us to share strategies that result in healthy and productive workers and reduce cost related to work injuries and disabilities! This course is designed for rehabilitation professionals, physicians, nurses, risk managers, human resource and safety professionals, case managers, insurance professionals and any who have a vested interest in eliminating work injuries and maintaining a healthier, productive workforce.



  • 10.75 contact hours


  • Registration fee is $545 until June 15th, $599 after June 15th. Breakfast is included both days, lunch is included on Friday.
  • Recieve a 10% discount when registering 3 or more from the same organization. Please email your list of attendees to after registering to receive the discount. 
  • Cancellations before September 1 will receive a refund minus a $95 admin fee.
  • Cancellations after Sept 1 are not refundable. Registrant will receive all conference materials.


Crowne Plaza AiRE MSP Airport - Mall of America 
3 Appletree Square 
Bloomington, MN 55425 
952-854-9000  877-227-6963 

The hotel is newly renovated, close to the airport and the Mall of America. It is across from the Hiawatha Light Rail Station, making it easy to get to Downtown Minneapolis and Target Field. The hotel has free wireless internet access, a 24-hour free shuttle service to the MSP Airport and a 24-hr Business Center. There is also a free shuttle to Mall of America and full-service dining.

The conference rate is $105 per night. Be sure to make your reservations early!

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Video tour of Hotel


Conference Schedule (check back for more details)

Friday: Sept 14th 

7:00- 8:00 am: Registration, Breakfast with the vendors

Early Morning Session:  Attracting & Serving Customers; the Ergonomics of Education

8:00 - 8:10 am Welcome and Opening Remarks: Ginnie Halling, CEO  &  Nicholas Saller, COO

8:10 - 8:40 am Beyond Marketing; EDUCATING: Attract & Serve Customers: Nicholas Saller MPT 

8:40 - 9:15 am Ergonomics and Education: Brian Langenhorst OTR, CEA

9:15 - 9:50 am Ergonomics and Job Coaching: Andrew Wood PT, MS, CBES, CWWPM 

 9:50 - 10:00 am  Panel Questions

10:00 - 10:20 am: Break, network, visit the vendors

Late Morning Session: Serving Industry: Early Intervention Strategies that Get Results 

10:20 - 10:55 am Early Intervention: Vince Cooke, Director of Safety, PSP, SGE, National Office Furniture

10:55 - 11:50 am Applied Education: Derrick Fore, Training & Development Coordinator, Expera Specialty Solutions; Carina Hafner, MS OTR/L, Sharon Jones, MS OTR/L,  Matthew Moore, DPT; Ascension Health/Employer Solutions

11:50 - 12:00 pm: Panel Questions

Lunch 12:00- 1:00 PM: Vendor Welcome in Lunch Room

Early Afternoon Session: Early Intervention (cont.);  Serving the Healthcare Industry: Successes and Challenges in Injury Prevention & Injury Management

 1:05 - 1:35 pm: Function Based Testing: TBA

1:35 - 2:05 pm: Healthcare Strategies- Just underway: Jeanne Nelson PT, Piedmont Medical Center

2:05 - 2:35 pmHealthcare Strategies-6 years and Running:Sandi Sorum OTR/L, CEES, Sanford Health Sioux Falls

2:35 - 3:05 pm:  Healthcare Strategies- 10 years and running: Suzanne Goldberg PT, San Ramon Hospital

 3:05 - 3:15 pm: Panel Questions

3:15 - 3:35 pm- Break, network, visit the vendors

Late Afternoon Session: High Performance Teams & Breakout sessions

3:35 - 4:10 pmGina Scheuer OTR: Leading a High Performance Work Injury Management Team

 4:15 - 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions (select one)

a. Working with Industry: Challenges,  Issues and Successes: Nancy Bellendorf, OTR

b. Working with the Healthcare System: Challenges, Issues and Successes: Sandi Sorum, OTR/L, CEES 

c. Obtaining and Managing Corporate and/or Large Employer Contracts: Jennifer Kraemer, MPT


Saturday: Sept 15th

 7:00 - 8:00 am: Registration, Breakfast with the vendors


 Early Morning Session: The State of Work Injury Management & Prevention: Medical Perspectives

 8:00 - 8:05 am:  Welcome Back: Ginnie Halling PT &  Nicholas Saller MPT

8:05 - 8:40 am: Keynote: A conversation with Susan Isernhagen PT, Dennis Isernhagen PT

 8:40 - 9:15 am:  A Physician's Perspective: TBA

 9:15 - 9:30 am: Panel Questions

 9:30 - 9:50 am: Break, network, visit the vendors 

 Late Morning Session: The Legal Perspective

 9:50 - 10:20 am: Updates: ADA, EEOC, Drugs: Kathy Bray, Esq, Sr. Defense Counsel

 10:20 - 11:40 am:  On Testifying: a Legal Primer: Kathy Bray, Esq, Sr. Defense Counsel

 11:40 - 11:55 am: Questions

11:55 - 12:00pm: Wrap-up National Conference: Ginnie Halling & Nick Saller