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Southwest District CE - Stand Taller Move Smarter: Pilates Based Interventions for Clinic + Beyond
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When: Thursday, Aug. 15
7:00 p.m.
Where: Mercy Health - Fairfield HealthPlex
3050 Mack Road
Fairfield, Ohio  45014
United States
Contact: District Chair Tracy Moody Cessna

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Pilates-based rehabilitation is a tool therapists can utilize to optimize movement for patients throughout the lifespan. Patients ranging in age and ability can benefit from Pilates-based interventions during an episode of care and continuing beyond into post rehabilitation programs leading to improved function with valuable social interaction. Benefits supported in current research include improved vitality, balance and motor performance, as well as decreased pain and disability.

By attending "Stand Taller Move Smarter: Pilates Based Interventions for the Clinic and Beyond" in the Southwest District on Thursday, Aug. 15 you will learn more about contemporary theory and application of Pilates-based rehabilitation and post-rehabilitation fitness programs. Current research and practices will be discussed to give participants an up-to-date summary of how Pilates can enhance your practice, and which populations are most likely to benefit.  In the second half of the session, participants will experience a Pilates mat class consisting of exercises and teaching techniques that can be used in the clinic. An overview of indications, contraindications and modifications for specific patient populations will also be discussed.


  • What: Stand Taller Move Smarter: Pilates Based Interventions for the Clinic and Beyond
  • Where: Mercy Fairfield HealthPlex | 3050 Mack Road Fairfield, Ohio 45014
  • When: Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: OPTA Professional Member - $20 | OPTA Student Member - $10 | Non-Member Professional - $30 | Non-Member Student - $15
  • CEUs: 2.0 approved #19S1092
  • Registration Closes: Aug. 15
  • Questions? Email District Chair Tracy Moody Cessna, PT, DPT at


Ashli Gauthier, PT, DPT, Certified Pilates Instructor, is a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor. In her physical therapy practice she uses a Pilates approach in outpatient rehabilitation that combines tradition physical therapy and a holistic perspective to lifelong fitness. She has training and experience with special populations including women’s health, dancers and head neck and TMJ patients. She worked in a small outpatient practice with a focus on patients who suffer from Head, neck and TMJ conditions for years and is currently working as a cash-based therapist in the Cincinnati area. Dr. Gauthier earned a BA from Connecticut College (double major in dance and history) and followed that with a career as a professional dancer, choreographer and Pilates instructor. She then earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University. Dr. Gauthier has presented on Pilates-based rehabilitation to physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, physical therapy students and occupational therapists at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Sternen Physical Therapy and Cleveland State University. She was also an adjunct faculty for the Center 4 Brain Health where she educated the aging community on memory and thinking skills in relation to exercise and the body.


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