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Biomechanics and Equinus Master Class 2020, April 17-18, Bradley AIrport CT

Notice: We have postponed our Master Class until SPRING 2021. We hope everyone stays healthy and safe in this time of national crisis.

Pre-approved by ABC for 9 Scientific and 4.5 business contact hours • Pre-approved by CTAPTA for 14 CEH • DPM: NON-CME EVENT

Louis DeCaro, DPM, Patrick DeHeer, DPM, and Roberta Nole, MA, PT, C.Ped are proud to offer an ALL NEW 2-day course on both the science and practice management of surgery, plantar fasciitis, biomechanics, orthotics, and equinus of all ages. Dr. DeHeer brings his expertise on the latest surgical procedures, equinus, and the application of the Equinus Brace for successful patient outcomes.

The seminar will be held at the Sheraton Bradley Airport, April 17-18, 2020, Windsor Locks, CT. The Hotel is right in the airport, so no shuttles or taxis just get off the plane and walk right in!

Whether you are already one of the many successful users of the QUADRASTEP SYSTEM® or littleSTEPS® foot orthotics for kids, or the Equinus Brace; or you dispense custom foot orthotics and want to prescribe better devices, then this seminar is for you! The class will cover all ages and aspects of orthotics , equinus, and biomechanics: assessment, fitting, dispensing and marketing.

The content of this seminar will include both lecture and hands on workshops that will cover the A-to-Z's of running a successful foot orthotic and bracing program, including, but not limited to:

  • How to easily assess foot types
  • How to prescribe and troubleshoot foot orthotics (both prefabs and custom)
  • How to properly examine and treat equinus both conservatively and surgically
  • How to properly document, educate, and bill for equinus bracing
  • The latest research in bunion procedures including minimal invasive & emerging HAV concepts
  • Why to NOT cut the plantar fascia
  • How to implement our proven practice management techniques to market and expand your orthotic program


12:00 pm–1:00 pm: Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery & Emerging HAV Concepts – Patrick Deheer, DPM

1:00 pm–2:15 pm: The Full Biomechanical H&P of the Pediatric Patient – Louis DeCaro, DPM

1:30 pm-2:45 pm: Please Stop Cutting the Plantar Fascia – Patrick Deheer, DPM

2:45 pm-3:15 pm: Break

3:15 pm-4:30 pm: Advanced Biomechanical Understanding of the Adult Foot – Roberta Nole, MA, PT, CPed

4:30 pm-5:30 pm: Pathology Driven Biomechanical Protocols & Post Op Orthotic Considerations - Roberta Nole, PT

5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Dinner

6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Hand on Foot Typing Lab – Louis J. DeCaro, DPM & Roberta Nole, MA, PT, CPed



8:00 am–9:00 am: Equinus Management for Improved Patient Outcomes – Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM

9:00 am-10:00 am: Mastering the Marketing of your Orthotic Practice - Louis DeCaro, DPM & Bert Parsloe

10:00 am-10:30 am: Break

10:30 am-12:00 pm: Navigating Between 24 Congenital Foot Types - How to Quickly and Accurately Interpret Foot Types and Prescribe Optimal Feature Specific Foot Orthoses. Advancing PAST just regular foot typing! - Roberta Nole, MA, PT, CPed & Louis DeCaro, DPM

12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm-1:45 pm: Practical Application of it All! Integrating Orthotics & Bracing Into your Office DNA - Louis J. DeCaro, DPM & Patrick Deheer, DPM

1:45 pm-3:00 pm: In Office QUADRASTEP Orthotic Adjustment Tips & Tricks & Ordering Customized littleSTEPS & QUADRASTEPS – Roberta Nole, PT

3:00 pm–3:30 pm: Break

3:30 pm–5:00 pm: Full Group Roundtable Discussion: Tying it all together: Billing, Coding & Application of QUADRASTEPS, littleSTEPS & The Equinus Brace to make your practice ultra successful – Pat Deheer, DPM, Louis DeCaro, DPM, Roberta Nole, PT, Casey Hoffman


Louis J. DeCaro, DPM

Louis J. DeCaro. DPM is a Podiatric Physician who specializes in pediatrics with a special interest in sports medicine and biomechanics for both adults and pediatrics. Dr. DeCaro is President and fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics (ACFAP). Dr. DeCaro is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry. He also shares a patent on foot types.

Dr. DeCaro is in private practice in West Hatfield and a member of the surgical & medical staff at Franklin Medical Center as well as Holyoke Medical Center.

Dr. DeCaro is the Director and originator of the Adult & Pediatric Gait Labs Biomechanics Clinic, which takes place biweekly at his West Hatfield office. It is a multidisciplinary clinic, which evaluates the most challenging of biomechanics patients, and helps to find them answers through orthoses and therapy.

Dr. DeCaro is an international lecturer on the topics of podopediatrics and biomechanics.

Roberta Nole, MA, PT, C.Ped

Roberta owns and operates an Accredited Pedorthic facility, Stride, Inc. Custom Foot Orthotics, and Stride Physical Therapy and Pedorthic Center in Middlebury, CT. She is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry; and a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. She received her certification in Pedorthics in 1992 at Northwestern University.

Roberta has developed a clinical specialty in biomechanical foot and ankle examination and orthotic treatment, and has been practicing in this area for 20 years. She is a published author on this subject in Orthotics & Prosthetics in Rehabilitation, Butterworth and Heinmann, Boston, 2000, and has lectured internationally on foot biomechanics.

She has written and instructs a continuing education lecture series based on basic and advanced level biomechanical foot and ankle concepts and evaluation methods. Her advanced level programs are original in content and are based on her novel patented methods of foot assessment, identifying a methodology for classification of 24 adult foot types (U.S. Patent 7,789,840 B2). She is a member in good standing of the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Pedorthic Footwear Association.

Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM

Dr. Patrick A. DeHeer, DPM is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), and a fellow of American Society of Podiatric Surgeons (ASPS), American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics, and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), Diplomat of American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery certified in foot surgery and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, he is in private practice in Central Indiana, he is the team podiatrist for the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever, he is on the Editorial Board of Podiatry Today and a regular blogger for Podiatry Today, Guest Editor for Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Pediatric Edition 2013, Guest Editor for Foot and Ankle Quarterly Clubfoot Edition 2014.

Dr. DeHeer has had several published articles and is an international and national lecturer. He is the inventor of The Equinus Brace™. He is the President and Founder of Step-By-Step Haiti and Foot Aid, and a medical missionary with over 25 trips worldwide. Dr. DeHeer won the 2014 International Federation of Podiatrist Humanitarian Award and the 2011 APMA Humanitarian of the Year Award. Dr. DeHeer serves as a Trustee on the APMA Board of Trustees and is currently serving as Legislative Committee Chair for APMA. Dr. DeHeer is past President of the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association and serves as continuing education chairperson. Dr. DeHeer has served on several committees for the APMA and as a delegate to the APMA House of Delegates. Dr. DeHeer has served on the APMA PAC Board of Directors, the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons Board of Directors and the American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics Board of Directors.

Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport

1 Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Connecticut 06096 USA • Phone: 860-627-5311

Enjoy Comfort and Convenience at our Hartford Airport Hotel

The Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport is committed to making your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. Whether you are looking to catch up on some work or spend some quality time with your family, you will feel right at home when you stay with us. Our location inside the Bradley International Airport is ideal for those flying in and out of New England. We’re highly ranked on TripAdvisor and located near top attractions including the Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags New England, and the New England Air Museum. Our pet-friendly hotel features 237 spacious guest rooms, Starbucks® Coffee, and complimentary high-speed internet access. Relax with a splash in our indoor pool or enjoy our fitness center. Dine at Concorde’s, our signature restaurant. Our hotel offers business amenities and is located near UTC Aerospace, American Honda, Amazon, Westinghouse, and other leading Connecticut businesses.



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Biomechanics & Equinus Master Class 2020

SPRING 2021 • Sheraton Bradley Airport, CT

Practitioners: $149 ea.Additional Practitioners same office: $100 ea. • Medical Assistants: $75 ea.


Praises for the Master Class

"This course is a must for every Pedorthist. It gives you the tools to easily evaluate, educate, and provide care to your patients. The Quadrastep System is the perfect way to dispense corrective orthotics on the spot. They are also easy to modify and customize. I have been using this foot typing method and Quadrastep system for six years. The success I have had with this system is remarkable. Patients love learning about their Foot Type and the orthotics provide exceptional comfort and function. Don’t miss this opportunity!!" - Ellie Penner, C.Ped

"Whether you've heard Louis and/or Roberta speak or not, this is one of the best and practical programs regarding biomechanics and orthotics you'll hear anywhere, any time. Easy to understand, easy to translate to your patients, easy to implement in your practice. Guaranteed you won't/can't sleep through the lectures. They're entertaining and informative, not dry biomechanics, they're paced well, and Louis might call you out if he catches you sleeping or checking your smartphone. If you have the time, don't miss it! If you don't have the time, make the time--you won't regret it!" - Brandon Macy, DPM

"Great conference. Worth your time. Reignited my passion for biomechanics. Hit the ground running right after the conference!" - Nick Pagano, DPM


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