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Oncology of the Pelvic Floor Level 1 - Remote Course - August 15-16, 2021 8:00am-5:00pm Pacific Time

Urogynecologic Topics for the Pelvic Rehab Therapist
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Price: $550.00
Experience Level: Beginner
Format: Remote Course
Contact Hours: 17.5 hours

There are over 15 million cancer survivors in the United States. As advancements in care and early diagnosis improves this is expected to increase to over 20 million survivors in the next 10 years. The continuum of care for patients with cancer ideally begins at diagnosis. The rehabilitation professional is an integral part of the oncology team that will work with the patient throughout treatment and into survivorship. In this remote continuing education course, participants will learn topics that will prepare them to be part if the interdisciplinary oncology team. Topics will include the basics of cancer: terminology, staging, medical treatment, and the sequelae of these medical treatments. Coursework includes prerecorded content, as well as video demonstrations of lab techniques, followed by live remote meetings via Zoom, which is free to download here.

The course will address issues that are commonly seen in a patient who has been diagnosed with cancer such as cardiotoxicity, peripheral neuropathy, and radiation fibrosis.  Some holistic medicine topics, including yoga and mindfulness, will be discussed in order to fully prepare the participant to be able to competently work with cancer survivors.

Basics of the lymphatic system will be covered, as well as when to refer the patient to a lymphatic specialist for further treatment. Certified Lympathic Therpaists may skip this course and move on to the level Oncolgoy Level 2A and Level 2B courses. Red flags and warning symptoms will be discussed so the participant feels comfortable with knowing when to refer the patient back to their medical provider for further assessment.

This course is the first in a series. The two follow-on courses will address in-depth pelvic cancers. This introductory course is aimed to get the participant comfortable with working with oncology patients and as part of an interdisciplinary oncology team.


This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.




This course will include a live lab demonstration which can be followed along during the meeting. If participants are able, a live model will allow participants to practice the lab techniques on a human body. If this is not possible, participants may smiply observe. Please have a roll of Kinesotape available for the lab demos. 


Following the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Describe components of the Commission on Cancer’s guidelines for rehabilitation programs.
2. Correctly articulate common terminology used in oncology medical care such as biopsy, margins, tumor markers, metastatic, in-situ, benign, and remission among others.
3. Describe oncological staging systems used medicine.
4. Describe medical treatment options for cancer patients.
5. Describe common sequelae patients can suffer from due to medical treatment for cancer.
6. Demonstrate manual techniques for fibrotic and adhered tissues in a safe and gentle manner.
7. Appraise symptoms and recognize red flags for cancer patients, and be aware of when to immediately refer the patient back to medical provider.
8. Analyze a case study and develop plan of care for rehabilitation including treatment techniques and home program recommendations.
9. Develop appropriate exercise progressions for patients suffering from sequelae of cancer treatment such as cardiotoxicity, and peripheral neuropathy.

Recorded video lectures to be viewed in-full prior to the start of the course:

  1. Introduction 
  2. Language of Cancer 
  3. Treatment of Cancer 
  4. Lymphatic anatomy and physiology 
  5. Outcome measures
  6. Stressors of cancer
  7. Cancer connections

Total video lecture time: (4 hours 30 min)



 Hourly schedule of live Zoom meetings:

Day One: 

15 mins before the course Log on, Zoom basics, roll call
0:00 Welcome and questions
0:30 Short term side effects of cancer treatment
1:45 Break
2:00 Specific side effects of cancer treatment
3:30 Lab 4- Balance lab
4:15 lunch
Afternoon labs- if possible, a body to practice on is ideal, grab a family member
5:00 Lab 1
6:00 Mini- Break
6:05 Lab 2
6:50 Break
7:00 Lab 4
8:15 Final Questions
8:30 Wrap up and adjourn

Day Two:

0:00 Lab video demo:
0:15 Lymphedema
1:15 Lymphedema lab
2:15 Break
2:30 Medium to long term sequalae of cancer
4:00 Lunch
4:45 Nutrition for cancer
5:45 Meditation and mindfulness
6:45 Break
7:00 Yoga for cancer
8:45 Wrap up lecture and final summary lecture
9:00 Adjourn

Notice this schedule starts each day at 0:00. The course does not start at mid-night! This schedule is meant to show the duration of each component of the course, not the actual start-time of each lecture. The actual start time of this a given day's Zoom meeting of this course will appear in the title of the remote course page on our website, as well as in the Teachable sections of the course in which you are registered.

Attending a remote course is easy and safe, and you can do it entirely from the security and comfort of your own home or clinic without having to find a lab partner.


Important thing to note:

- Our policy for applying for continuing education credit for remote courses differs from that of our in-person and satellite lab courses. Read the specific language of the policy here. Depending on the state in which you practice, you may need to submit your own application to your state board or approving body should you wish that it be approved for continuing education credit in your state.

- To attend a remote Herman & Wallace course, registrants will need Zoom video conferencing software. This is a requirement. One can create an account and download the software to their computer at https://zoom.us/

- We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our remote course start and end times (this is not the case for in-person and satellite lab locations). Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.

- A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.

- Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses

Allison Ariail, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, BCB-PMD, PRPC

Allison Ariail

Allison Ariail, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA, BCB-PMD, PRPC has been a physical therapist since 1999. She graduated with a BS in physical therapy from the University of Florida and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2007. Also in 2007, Dr. Ariail qualified as a Certified Lymphatic Therapist. She became board certified by the Lymphology Association of North America in 2011 and board-certified in Biofeedback Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in 2012. In 2014, Allison earned her board certification as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner. Allison specializes in the treatment of the pelvic ring and back using manual therapy and ultrasound imaging for instruction in a stabilization program. She also specializes in women’s and men’s health including conditions of chronic pelvic pain, bowel and bladder disorders, and coccyx pain. Lastly, Allison has a passion to help oncology patients, particularly gynecological, urological, and head and neck cancer patients.

In 2009, Allison collaborated with the Primal Pictures team for the release of the Pelvic Floor Disorders program. Allison's publications include: “The Use of Transabdominal Ultrasound Imaging in Retraining the Pelvic-Floor Muscles of a Woman Postpartum.” Physical Therapy. Vol. 88, No. 10, October 2008, pp 1208-1217. (PMID: 18772276), “Beyond the Abstract” for Urotoday.com in October 2008, “Posters to Go” from APTA combined section meeting poster presentation in February 2009 and 2013. In 2016, Allison co-authored a chapter in “Healing in Urology: Clinical Guidebook to Herbal and Alternative Therapies.”

Allison works in the Denver metro area in her practice, Inspire Physical Therapy and Wellness, where she works in a more holistic setting than traditional therapy clinics. In addition to instructing Herman and Wallace on pelvic floor-related topics, Allison lectures nationally on lymphedema, cancer-related changes to the pelvic floor, and the sacroiliac joint. Allison serves as a consultant to medical companies, and physicians.

Outside of work, Allison enjoys spending time with her family, caring for her animals, reading, traveling, and most importantly of all, being a mom! She lives in the Denver metro area with her family.

Tina Allen, PT, PRPC, BCB-PMD

Tina Allen, PT, BCB-PMD, PRPC

Tina Allen, PT, PRPC, BCB-PMD has been a physical therapist since 1993. She received her PT degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her initial five years in practice focused on acute care, trauma, and outpatient orthopedic physical therapy at Loyola Medical Center in Illinois. Tina moved to Seattle in 1997 and focused her practice in Pelvic Health. Since then she has focused her treatment on the care of all genders throughout their life spans with bladder/bowel dysfunction, pelvic pain syndromes, pregnancy/ postpartum, lymphedema, and cancer recovery.

Tina’s practice is at the University of Washington Medical Center in the Urology/Urogynecology Clinic where she treats along side physicians and educates medical residents in how pelvic rehab interventions will assist clients. She presents at medical and patient conferences on topics such as pelvic pain, continence, and lymphedema. Tina has been faculty at Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute since 2006. She was the physical therapist provider for the University of Washington on a LURN Multi-Center study for Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome treatment with physical therapy techniques. Tina was also a co-investigator for a content package on pain education for the NIDA/NIH on treatment of pelvic pain.

Outside work Tina enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, traveling, reading and meditation.