Are We Driving the Model of Employee Health without a Locomotor? It’s Time to Take Musculoskeletal Health Mainstream

Musculoskeletal conditions are a major factor in health care costs—an estimated $332 billion between 2012 and 2014, according to the US Bone and Joint Initiative's 4th edition of "The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the US". A large share of those costs fall on employers and workers’ compensation insurers. It’s time to put the spotlight on prevention and health maintenance, and for people everywhere to learn and implement through regular exercises and stretches a model of musculoskeletal health. Attendees will learn more about developing a proactive self-care model for preventing musculoskeletal concerns, and understand the value of occupational athletic training for advancing preventive musculoskeletal health for employees.

Chris Studebaker, PT, DPT, OCS
National Director of Onsite Therapy and Athletic Trainers, Concentra
Chris is the national director of onsite therapy and athletic trainers for Concentra. He has worked for more than 15 years as a physical therapist and an ergonomics consultant in heavy industry. He is board-certified in orthopedics and also has certifications in manual therapy and health coaching. He earned his doctorate degree in physical therapy from Arcadia University.
Shelby Mendez, DPT, PT, FAAOMPT, CSCS
Director of Therapy Operations, East Florida, Concentra
Shelby was a collegiate gymnast until injury ended her aspirations to participate professionally. Today, Shelby is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Occupational Health Special Interest Group to help promote a healthy and productive workforce. In that role, she has conducted research on early intervention physical therapy and the cost savings it can produce for employers.
Jason Gambill
Manager of Electric Safety and Training, Dominion Energy
Jason is the manager pf electric safety and training at Dominion Energy. He has managed communication, safety data analysis, technical training and development for the distribution and transmission organization for Dominion Energy Virginia for 10 years. Jason subsequently held positions in customer service and in electric transmission.