WSPMA Annual Conference
April 28-30, 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2017 WSPMA Annual Conference!
We look forward to seeing you all at the 2018 WSPMA Annual Conference on April 13-15, 2018
at the Campbell's Resort in Chelan, WA!

Join your colleagues across Washington state to share best practices, learn from one another, and earn valuable CME credits. Not only will you get a chance to connect with your colleagues and peers in the field of podiatric medicine, but both doctors and assistants will have the chance to attend their annual business meetings to offer valuable input on the future of their organizations. Join us at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, WA from April 28 - 30, 2017!

*WSPMA is a self-accredited organization. Please note that some CME credits may not apply to attendees from out of state. 
Online registration is now closed, but walk-in registrations are welcome!
Early Bird Rate (through March 3, 2017)
Regular Rate (March 4, 2017 - April 20, 2017)
WSPMA Members
WSPMA First-Year Members
WSPMA Residents
WSPMA Assistants
Non-WSPMA Members


7.5 hours CME
7:30  8:00 AM Breakfast  
8:00  8:30 AM Phil Shaw, DPM  Achilles Tendinopathy
This session offers a review of evidence-based treatment and possible treatment algorithms to ensure predictable outcomes.
8:30  9:00 AM Deborah Behre, DPM Falls Prevention
Falls can be life changing (including life ending). Not only the patient but also family members are affected. There is also a high cost to the health care system. The podiatric physician is in a position to help identify risk factors and also to help formulate a plan that may include DME items that could decrease the risk. In addition to helping patient, families and the health care costs, your practice could benefit financially. This lecture is designed to teach you how to start achieving those goals.
9:00 – 10:00 AM Dock Dockery, DPM Interesting Cases in LE Dermatology
A discussion and review of interesting lower extremity skin conditions, making the diagnosis with biopsy techniques and their most current treatment options.
10:00  10:15 AM Break  
10:15  11:15 AM Nancy Fisher, MD  MACRA
Understanding MACRA/QPP’s two participation arms, MIPS and Alternative payment models, learning about eligibility, criteria, reporting mechanisms, the importance of data and QRUR will lead to a practice that prevents unnecessary tests and procedures, and provision of high quality of care.   
11:15 AM  12:15 PM PICA
presented by Matt Wojcik, Esq.

 Mistakes, Complications and Hard News
(Risk Management)
This program will include breaking difficult news to patients, how to document mistakes and oversights, discussing treatment options with patients, dealing with difficult patients and informed consent necessities.

Members who attend this session will receive a 10% discount on PICA.

12:15  1:15 PM Lunch  
1:15  2:15 PM Tony Kim, DPM  Naviculocuneiform Joint Arthrodesis –  Why, When and How
We will review the anatomy and clinical examination of naviculocuneiform(NC) joint.  We will discuss indication and rationale of NC joint arthrodesis.  We will view a video of naviculocuneiform joint arthrodesis performing.  We will discuss post-op care, complication, and pearls of performing NC joint fusion.  
2:15  3:15 PM Thomas Chang, DPM Management of First Ray Surgical Complications
Complications of the first ray are a part of first ray surgery. We will focus on bone healing and alignment complications and offer treatment considerations for these specific areas. Revisional surgery poses another subset of possible complications as well. 
3:15  3:30 PM Break  
3:30  4:15 PM Thomas Chang, DPM

Complications of Flatfoot Surgery
For the surgeon performing flatfoot surgery, there are many procedures to consider and master, involving both the soft tissues and bone. Complications may involve both under-correction and over-correction of the painful flatfoot. We will discuss both of these complication areas and offer practical approaches in Management of these difficult problems.

4:15  5:00 PM Eric Leonheart, DPM Grafix- A viable cryopreseved placental membrane for wound management: scientific and clinical overview

This presentation details the roll stem cells play in wound healing and the clinical science in preserving placental membranes for wound care application. The clinician will have a better understanding of the possible uses for placental membranes in complex wounds.

5:00 - 6:30 PM Social hour in exhibit hall  


6.5 hours CME

7:30  8:00 AM Breakfast  
8:00  10:00 AM Lee C. Rogers, DPM

Consensus Recommendations on Charcot Foot
The Charcot foot is a difficult-to-manage complication diabetes which is commonly encountered by podiatrists. In 2011, 18 world-experts convened in Paris, France at the home of Jean Martin Charcot and produced consensus guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of Charcot foot. Listen to the key findings from the consensus chair and lead author.

Medical Cannabis for Painful Neuropathy
The pain from diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be debilitating and many accepted treatments leave much to be desired with low efficacy and many adverse events. As 75% of the US population now lives in a state where medical or recreational cannabis is legal, podiatrists must know the risks and benefits of such treatments. This lecture reviews the existing evidence for medical cannabis use with painful peripheral neuropathy.

FAQs about DFUs
Hear evidence-based answers to the most frequently asked questions about the diabetic foot. This lecture is designed to present quick pearls that can help you in your everyday practice with diabetic foot patients.

10:00  10:15 AM Break  
10:15 AM  12:45 PM Annual Business Meeting
WSPMA Members Only
12:45  1:15 PM Lunch  
1:15  2:15 PM Larry Huppin, DPM

Foot Orthotic Prescriptions for Specific Sports
This presentation reviews orthotic prescription writing, modifications and troubleshooting when prescribing orthoses for specific sports.  A special focus on orthoses for challenging fit sport specific shoes including soccer cleats.

The Role of the Podiatrist in Treating Foot Pain in Downhill Skiers
Discussion of the role of the podiatrist in treating the downhill skier who experiences foot pain while skiing with a focus on the skier experiencing intractable arch pain related to the pes planus foot. Includes discussions on ski boot orthoses and ski boot fit.  

2:15  3:15 PM Roberta Nole, M.A, P.T, C.Ped. Treating Developmental Flat Feet
This lecture will explain the importance of early intervention, cover common myths, age specific protocols, provide tools for educating parents and practitioners, and ways to grow a Podopediatric program.  
3:15  3:30 PM Break  
3:30  4:15 PM Roberta Nole, M.A, P.T, C.Ped. Biomechanically Evaluate and Treat Adolescents to Adults
This session offers an introduction to functional foot typing and gait analysis utilizing a simple 4-Step method of visual gait assessment.
4:15  5:15 PM Richard Bouche, DPM The ABC's of Lesser Metatarsophalangeal Joint Instability

This lecture specifically defines MTPJ instability and provides basic background information which establishes a solid foundation for further study.  The ABC’s are emphasized first starting w/ a review of pertinent local anatomy then discussion of key biomechanical concepts followed by clinical presentation which encompasses historical & physical exams and provocative testing. These concepts are underscored in the case study which also includes a review of treatment options.

5:15  6:00 PM Richard Bouche, DPM
Hands-on lab

Lesser Metatarsophalangeal Joint Instability: Conservative Options
The first part of this workshop will review specific provocative tests (with demonstration) to help identify lesser MTPJ instability.  The second part will focus on review and demonstration of non-surgical management strategies including use of orthodigital devices, stretching, digital taping, metatarsal binding, specific shoe recommendations & orthotic modifications. Open discussion will follow.

6:00 – 7:00 PM Social hour in exhibit hall  


4 hours CME

7:30 – 8:00 AM Breakfast  
8:00  9:30 AM
Jeff Loveland, DPM

Current trends in Treating Charcot Deformities
Dr. Loveland will discuss different treatment options used for treating patients with Charcot deformities in both the midfoot and hindfoot/ankle. He will also discuss using both internal and external fixation along with the use of biologics to help promote fusion and maintaining alignment.

Case Presentations: the Good, Bad and Ugly
Dr. Loveland will discuss the treatment options for difficult surgical cases from bunions to midfoot injuries to reconstruction of hindfoot and ankle deformities. He will also discuss fixation techniques along with post operative management and what do to do if a nonunion or a deformity develops following the initial surgery.

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Resident Lectures Topics TBD


Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Bellevue Square
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Room rates:
$147 – Single/Double
$172 – Triple
$197 – Quad

The cut-off date for room reservations has passed, however the Hyatt Regency is still taking a limited number of reservations on a space available basis.  Book your reservation online right away. If you are unable to secure a room, please email the WSPMA office at  


Hyatt Regency, Bellevue
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004