Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation (CCVR) Course
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CCVR 2021 Upgrade | Your Path to a Unique Set of Skills to Advanced Training in Vestibular Rehab
Fall Enrollment is now open for the Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation (CCVR) Course 2021! Click here to enroll: https://vestibular.training/
We’ve upgraded our digital learning experience to maximize your training potential and meet all of your on-demand needs.
We’ve added weekly Case Studies that will guide your journey through the course material. These case studies are specific to each lesson plan from week 1 to the final lesson. Plus, we restructured the weekly coaching calls to focus on the case studies as a component of the online lectures.
Course Description & Objectives
The Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation (CCVR) Course, in partnership with Texas State University and the University of Wisconsin, provides you with a unique set of skills via a convenient and flexible path to advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation.
Pick your pathway and secure your spot today. Choose between (1) the Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation Track, which includes hands-on labs and a written exam or (2) the non-competency based track.
The vestibular rehabilitation course includes online coursework as well as hands-on labs. The online education provides clinicians a convenient and flexible path to advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation. Upon completion of the online coursework, participants will have the opportunity to attend 2 full days of virtual labs.
Upon successful demonstration of the clinical training, participants are also required to successfully complete a written examination to receive their competency-based certificate in vestibular rehabilitation.
Click here for CCVR Course objectives.
The coursework will provide weekly educational modules on a variety of evidence-supported vestibular related topics. Participants will have access to live online weekly coaching calls, preparatory quizzes, and a classroom discussion forum. Faculty of the program includes a variety of expert medical professionals covering topics in the areas of: neuro-otology, neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, psychiatry, primary care, physical/occupational therapy, audiology, neuro-optometry, and psychology. The primary focus is assessment and treatment of peripheral and central vestibular disorders, understanding the importance of medical management, and recognizing the role of vestibular diagnostics and comprehensive audiograms.
The course is designed for clinicians who have experience working with patients with vestibular dysfunction and/or who have completed coursework in vestibular rehabilitation.
Continuing Education Credits
This educational offering is eligible for the following hours: Certificate of Competency in VR Track - 39.25 continuing education hours (competency-based track that includes online course and hands-on labs)
- Certificate of Competency in VR Track - 39.25 continuing education hours (competency-based track that includes online course and hands-on labs)
- Online Only Track - 26.75 continuing education hours (certificate of completion only - excludes hands-on labs)
Certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form. Click here for more details.
The CCVR Course starts on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
- Part 1: January 26th - March 5, 2021
- Mid-Course Break: March 8 - 12, 2021
- Part 2: March 15 - April 23, 2021
- Bonus: Virtual Vestibular Health Summit: May 11 - 13, 2021 (ticket included with enrollment)
The majority of 2021 labs will be virtual, however we will add in-person labs if applicable. Participants enrolled in the Certificate of Competency in VR Track must attend one lab:
- 1st Lab: April 24 & 25, 2021
- 2nd Lab: June 24 & 25, 2021
- 3rd Lab: August 28 & 29, 2021
- Kamran Barin, PhD
- Shin Beh, MD
- Jamie Bogle, AuD, PhD, CCC-A
- Derrick Chan, PT, DPT, ATC
- Dana Day, AuD, CCC-A, MBA
- Laura Dean, PT, DPT
- Steven Erickson, MD, FACP
- DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD
- Sally Fryer Dietz, PT, DPT, CST-D
- Gerard Gianoli, MD
- Denise Gobert, PT, PhD, NCS
- Natalie Hiddemen, PT, DPT, NCS
- Natasha Johnson, PT, MSPT
- Craig Kemper, MD, FACS
- James Kemper, MD
- Shelly Massingale, PT, MSPT
- Brad Melancon, MS, FAAA
- Jamie Pardini, Ph.D.
- Michele Petrak, PhD
- Angela Rich, OCS, PT, ScD
- Emily Schottman, OD, LPC
- Rudie Spigarelli, PT, DPT
- Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT, ITPT - Course Director
See faculty bios below
"This course elevated my entire knowledge base on the wide scope of vestibular therapy & how it can be used to assist the vestibular population and beyond. I was able to take my chronic concussion patient from not being able to tolerate crowds to grocery shopping independently, my vestibular migraine patient can now watch her daughter's volleyball games, and a stroke patient can do 'tree pose' in yoga with her eyes closed. My largest 'win' is that my clinic now understands how important vestibular rehab is."
- CCVR Graduate
"The online format is fantastic! I can't imagine absorbing a week's worth of material at another course! Then not being able to view the material again. The CCVR course allowed me to review selected lectures multiple times. I would highly recommend the CCVR course to any therapist interested in developing their expertise regarding vestibular rehab."
- Bob S., PT, DPT, Oklahoma
"Definitely challenged my knowledge of central disorders and now feel much more comfortable with these diagnoses. Thanks for being such a great course! The on-sites were well hosted. All faculty were amazing! Best "bang for buck" course ever!
- Joel J., PT, DPT, OCS, Texas
"I now have more tools to screen all the possible causes of dizziness as well as the ability and exercises to treat related impairments. This course helped me see the bigger picture to treat my patient in all aspects."
- Stacy S., PT, Texas
"I attended a small one day vestibular rehab course in Iowa provided by a PT with her Emory certification. This course came highly recommended. I previously worked with a vestibular rehab physical therapist who relocated & I wanted to continue serving this population. This course format allowed me to continue working full-time, implementing the info, while also receiving my certificate."
- CCVR Graduate
"I loved the atmosphere - it was very non threatening, which is such an amazing way to learn - learning from each other - great balance of all activities. I never felt like I couldn't ask questions or were rushed. Thank you so much for everything. Having been through vestibular problems myself - advancing this in our profession means the world to me. Everything about this class just helped to further drive and hold dear that passion. Thank you!"
- Jenna B., PT, DPT, Iowa
Frequently Asked Questions
Kamran Barin, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor Emeritus, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The Ohio State University. Dr. Barine served as the Director of Balance Disorders Clinic at the Ohio State University Medical Center for over 25 years until his retirement in June 2011. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University. He has taught national and international courses and seminars in different areas of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. Some of his contributions can found on www.audiologyonline.com, www.asha.org, www.audiology.org, and www.otometrics.com.
Dr. Sally Fryer Dietz is the Founder and Director of Integrative Pediatric Therapy and Integrative Concussion Therapy. Both are unique clinics designed to provide a broad spectrum of individualized physical & occupational therapy services for children & adults. Integrative Concussion Therapy focuses on individuals of all ages, who have sustained concussive injuries and continue to suffer from persistent symptoms. Integrative Pediatric Therapy focuses on children with learning differences and other developmental disabilities. Sally became widely recognized throughout the world for her unique treatment plan as lead physical therapist for conjoined Egyptian twins, Ahmed and Mohammed Ibrahim. She was spotlighted on Oprah, Dateline NBC, and Discovery Health for her unique contribution to their treatment. Since 2014 she has been involved in the Dr. John E. Upledger & Ricky Williams Foundation Concussion Pilot Program, demonstrating the advantages of CranioSacral Therapy in alleviating symptoms of post concussive syndrome.
Dr. Fitzgerald has been in the eye care profession for over 30 years. A graduate of the College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon, she got into the profession because of her passion for helping people. "The eyes are the windows to the body," she says. "So many things can be seen and diagnosed with a thorough eye exam." Dr. Fitzgerald has been providing eye care to the Corridor community since she moved to Cedar Rapids in 1984. When asked about her future goals, Dr. Fitzgerald replies that they are, "To continue to grow and contribute through my passion for my career." She currently offers patients examinations, diagnoses and treatments for the management of vision diseases and disorders. Dr. Fitzgerald is always investigating and investing in the latest eye care technology to provide the best state-of-the-art patient care possible.
Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D., graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Engineering and subsequently matriculated from Tulane University's Medical School in 1986. He did an internship in General Surgery and an internship in Pediatrics. Following a residency in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, he completed a fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the Michigan Ear Institute. He was a full-time Associate Professor at Tulane Medical School until July 2000 when he joined Ear and Balance Institute. He still maintains a Clinical Associate Professor appointment at Tulane in both the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics. He has published and lectured extensively in the field of Neurotology and serves on multiple Editorial Review Boards for the fields of Neurotology and Otolaryngology.
Dr. Gobert is a board-certified neurologic specialist who has been practicing for over 22 years. She currently teaches in the Neuro/ Research tracks in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at the Texas State University-Round Rock, Texas. She also treats patients with neurological disorders in the outpatient-teaching clinic at Texas State and works PRN at the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Her clinical practice and research specializes in the care of persons with neurological movement disorders resulting from CVA, vestibular-related pathologies and traumatic brain injury. She received her BS in Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, and her Masters in Exercise Science and Doctorate in Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Certified Expert in Exercise for Aging Adults. Dr. Gobert has directed several specialty programs including the Balance and Gait Program for persons with movement disorders at Texas State University. In addition, she has taught clinical workshops, authored several peer-reviewed book chapters, research papers and presentations for national and international organizations.
Natalie Hiddemen has a doctorate in physical therapy holds a board certification in neurologic physical therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association. She also has a certificate of competency in the evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders. She is a PWR!Moves-certified therapist, which is a specialty in treating individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Hiddemen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Vestibular Disorders Association. She serves as the Director of Clinical Education for 360 Balance & Hearing. Prior to joining the 360 Balance & Hearing team in 2016, Dr. Hiddemen became an experienced therapist working at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Austin. During this time, Dr. Hiddemen specialized in the rehabilitation of individuals suffering from a brain injury or stroke. Dr. Hiddemen is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received her physical therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. She was born and raised in Arlington, Texas.
Dr. Craig Kemper is a board-certified neurological surgeon and has broad interests in general neurosurgery. Dr. Kemper is the region's most accomplished Acoustic Tumor surgeon and serves as medical directory of Neuro-Oncology at St. David’s Medical Center. After earning his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Dr. Kemper interned at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. He performed his Neurosurgery residency at Vanderbilt as well. He has been in private practice since 1994. Dr. Kemper is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Meacham Society and the Southern Neurological Society.
Dr. James Kemper subspecializes in Otology and Neurotology. After more than ten years of solo practice, Dr. Kemper joined Austin ENT Clinic in April of 2011. As a college undergraduate, Dr. Kemper attended Davidson College, in North Carolina for one year. In 1985, he graduated with Honors from the University of Texas with a degree in Biology. He completed his medical school and his Otolaryngology residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Kemper completed his Board Certification in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, in 1995. After practicing for two years in general otolaryngology, his interest in ear surgery led him to pursue a fellowship in Otology and Neurotology. He left Austin for one year to study at the Otology Group under the guidance of Michael E. Glasscock, III, MD and Wes Kreuger, MD. Since 1998, Dr. Kemper has concentrated exclusively on diseases of the ear and skull base, in patients from infancy through adulthood. His broad experience in managing hearing and balance disorders includes chronic ear disease/infection, management of vertigo and Meniere’s syndrome, tumors of the ear and brainstem as well as cochlear implantation and other hearing implants.
Shelly Massingale is the Senior Clinical Manager of the Banner Concussion Center. She is a Physical Therapist and is a specialist in vestibular and balance therapy. Shelly has been practicing physical therapy in the Outpatient Neurological setting for the past 22 years. She became certified in vestibular therapy from Emory University in March 2003 and was Advanced Certified at Emory University in August 2007. Over the years, she has developed skills in both vestibular therapy and in neurological rehabilitation. Shelly has been the Senior Clinical Manager with the Banner Concussion Center since its opening in April 2013. Since this time, she has been treating mild traumatic brain injury and post concussive syndrome from sports related injuries, motor vehicle accidents and all other types of injuries that cause mTBI. She has lectured and trained therapy students as well as therapists on current treatments for concussion/mTBI. She is also involved in research regarding balance testing for athletes who suffer from mTBI. Shelly is the author of three separate articles focusing on therapy for vestibular disorders. These articles have been published in medical journals such as Laryngoscope and in the journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Her research background is now extending out in the area of concussion/mTBI and balance testing and treatment.
Michelle Petrak is the Director of Clinical Audiology at Interacoustics DK where her primary role is new product development and is also a practicing audiologist in the Chicago area. She has a doctorate in Electrophysiology and Biomolecular Electronics. Her areas of expertise include videonystagmography, electrophysiological techniques (ABR, ASSR, VEMP, and ECoG), and pediatric audiology. She lectures extensively on these topics, nationally and internationally, and has published articles in hearing industry journals.
Angela Rich earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University in 1984 and Physical Therapy from Texas State University in 1994. She completed her Doctor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2011. She was awarded her Manual Therapy Certification from the International Academy of Orthopaedic Medicine in 2010 and Board Certification in Orthopaedics from ABPTS in 2015. Angela was a private practice owner for 16 years, specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine. In 2015, she turned her focus to teaching as an Assistant Professor in Texas State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program with responsibilities in Orthopaedics and Therapeutic Interventions. In 2017, Dr. Rich was recognized with the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching for the Department of Physical Therapy and the College of Health Professions. Her research agenda focuses on the identification of movement system dysfunction and impairment-based intervention.
Dr. Schottman holds both a doctorate in Optometry (1996, Southern California) and a Masters in Counseling (2014, St Edward’s University). She is an Optometrist turned Counselor who specializes in visual, brain-based techniques to quickly and efficiently improve difficult feelings, thoughts and physical symptoms. Dr. Schottman specializes in sleep, menopause, anxiety and depression relief. She is also a cancer survivor and specializes in post traumatic stress and its impact on relationships, as well as post-traumatic growth and identity/career change. Dr. Schottman is the owner of Stars In Your Eyes Optometry, and limits her clinical work to counseling only.
Rudie Spigarelli has a doctorate in physical therapy and holds a certificate of competency in manual therapy and concussion management. Dr. Spigarelli is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Vestibular Disorders Association. She serves as Director of Physical Therapy for 360 Balance & Hearing. Prior to joining the 360 Balance & Hearing team in 2015, Dr. Spigarelli gained experience working with orthopedic issues Texas PT Specialists in Austin and her love for vestibular disorders began as a physical therapy student while completing an internship at 360 Balance & Hearing. Dr. Spigarelli is the proud graduate of from Texas Woman’s University in Houston. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Texas State University in San Marcos.
Bridgett Wallace, PT, DPT, has a doctorate of physical therapy and holds competency-based certifications in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management. Dr. Wallace has been treating patients with dizziness and balance disorders for more than 20 years and is the founder and President of 360 Balance & Hearing – a specialty clinic for the evaluation and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders that includes both audiology and therapy services. She is also the co-founder and Director of Clinical Education for 360 Neuro Health Institute, which provides online, mobile and live educational offerings for health care providers. Dr. Wallace is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Vestibular Disorders Association. Dr. Wallace consults and lectures both nationwide and internationally in concussion management and on vestibular disorders. She has provided consulting services to The University of Texas Athletics since 1998 and MLB Umpire Medical Services since 2011. Dr. Wallace co-authored two patents for vestibular disorders and developed an iPhone app, PLAY IT SAFE®, which was designed for sideline-concussion assessment. She has been published in the Eye & Brain Journal and has contributed to chapters in Therapeutic Exercise and Lifespan Neurorehabilitation - both textbooks used in therapy schools. Dr. Wallace was awarded the Health Care Heroes Award by the Austin Business Journal in 2011 and Distinguished Alumni Award by Texas State University Physical Therapy Department in 2013.