Iowa Ortho Annual Workers’ Compensation Conference

Altoona, IA US
March 21, 2024


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This annual conference is designed to bring industry partners together to share expertise and provide continuing education for efficiently and effectively navigating the health care of injured workers. This forum provides access to updates and clarification of the state of Iowa's work comp laws and key processes for employers. It also focuses on the role of work comp medical care providers.

Target Audience

Insurance representatives, attorneys, registered nurses, case managers, physicians, employers, physical therapists, and labor representatives.


 8:30 am


Amy Sorenson
Iowa Ortho

8:40 am

Work Comp 101

John S. Cutler, JD
Cutler Law Firm

Robert C. Gainer, JD
Cutler Law Firm

  1. Review recent developments in work comp law.
  2. Discuss what makes a "good" (and "bad") independent medical examination.
  3. Explore the work comp system in the state of Iowa.
9:20 am

Successful Return to Work Strategies

Tamera Phillips, DPT
Select Physical Therapy

  1. Review the impact of work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employers.
  2. Explore the importance of having and communicating a functionally based job description.
  3. Identify the multiple factors that affect recovery velocity and outcomes, including return to work.
  4. Assist stakeholders in developing a customized return-to-work program to minimize the impact of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and their impact on employee disability and employer business goals.
10:00 amBreak
10:20 am

Working Effectively with Medical Interpreters

John Bryant
International Translation Services

  1. Review the importance of utilizing professional medical interpreters in encounters with limited English patients.
  2. Provide a brief overview of "best practices," do's and don'ts, and things to consider when working with medical interpreters.
  3. Identify various interpretation modalities, including in-person service, video, and over-the-phone interpretation, and when each is most appropriate.
  4. Discuss options for accessing qualified interpreters, including local agencies, freelancers, national providers, etc.
11:00 am

The 4 E's of Personal Growth (Non-CME)

Kenyon Murray
Murray Legacy Management

  1. Establish habits that will help you maximize every part of life.
  2. Identify ways to evaluate and track personal growth.
  3. Identify ways to become more aware of your thoughts, actions, and relationships.
11:45 am


12:40 pm

Indications for Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Justin Khoriaty, MD
Iowa Ortho

  1. Review shoulder anatomy.
  2. Discuss the technology advances in the field of shoulder replacement.
  3. Identify types of injuries and conditions indicating the need for a reverse total shoulder replacement.
1:20 pm

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Benjamin Paulson, MD
Iowa Ortho

  1. Recognize the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  2. Discuss the various treatment courses for a diagnosis of carpal tunnel.
  3. Assess the causation of carpal tunnel syndrome in workers' compensation claims.
2:00 pmBreak
2:30 pm

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: Enhancing the Body's Ability to Heal Itself

Christopher Vincent, MD
Iowa Ortho

  1. Discuss the evidence-based research and data behind Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) therapy.
  2. Recognize the types of injuries that may benefit from using PRP therapy.
  3. Explain the clinical process of administering PRP therapy.
3:10 pm

Understanding Ankle Sprains

Joseph Galles, MD
Iowa Ortho

  1. Explain the diagnosis and various treatment options for ankle sprains.
  2. Review expected patient outcomes following an ankle sprain.
  3. Identify cases where an ankle sprain should be referred to an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon.
3:50 pm

Exploring Spinal Injuries and Conditions

Trevor Schmitz, MD
Iowa Ortho

  1. Review common diagnosis and treatment techniques for various spinal conditions and injuries.
  2. Distinguish the difference between temporary aggravation and material aggravation.
  3. Explore the relationship between degenerative disease and worker's compensation care.
4:30 pmAdjourn
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 6.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 6.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 6.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/21/2024 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
03/21/2024 - 4:30pm CDT
Prairie Meadows Events & Conference Center
1 Prairie Meadows Dr.
Altoona, IA 50009
United States

Emily Bibler

Ms. Bibler is a Spanish medical interpreter and company trainer at International Translation Services. She provides face-to-face, telephonic, and virtual Spanish interpretation in various settings. 

John S. Cutler, JD

Mr. Cutler enjoys representing individuals and businesses in all types of lawsuits, including business disputes, workers' compensation, personal injury, and construction.  John handles matters for both the Plaintiffs and the Defendants. Before joining Cutler Law Firm, he practiced at a large law firm and has significant experience handling complex high-dollar litigation.  He also greatly enjoys the opportunity to help individuals and small businesses at Cutler Law Firm. Mr. Cutler prides himself on being a trusted resource to his clients, who can give people a straightforward and understandable evaluation of their situation and aggressively advocate on their behalf.  He prides himself on the personal relationships he builds with his clients. He is actively involved in the Iowa legal community, including the Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Iowa Workers Compensation Advisory Committee, Polk County Bar Association, Iowa Association of Justice, and Iowa Bar Association.

Robert C. Gainer, JD

Mr. Gainer is a general litigation practice, focusing on Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law, Business law, Financial Insolvency issues (including foreclosure, bank note defense and defense against actions by the IRS and Iowa Agencies), corporate governance and construction payment enforcement. He has significant experience in Bankruptcy reorganizations, having represented Debtors and Creditors in Chapter 11, Chapter 12 (farm bankruptcy), Chapter 13, and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Mr. Gainer serves as a Chapter 7 panel trustee for cases in the Southern District of Iowa and a Subchapter V trustee for small business cases throughout Iowa and Minnesota. 

Mr. Gainer routinely serves as general counsel to businesses and individuals throughout the Midwest, advising on daily business practices, acquisitions, and intra-business disputes. In his litigation practice, he represents individuals and businesses with contract disputes, issues with banks and lending institutions (including foreclosure and banknote defense), construction payment (including public and private actions through mechanics liens and public improvement bonds), fraud defenses, and collections work.

Before joining the Cutler Law Firm, Mr. Gainer clerked for the Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Then, he worked for the United States Department of Justice as a Special Assistant, United States Attorney, and with the United States Trustee Program in Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan.

Joseph Galles, MD

Dr. Joseph Galles is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, specializing in the surgical treatment of foot and ankle disorders. He is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has been practicing since 1999.  Dr. Galles has conducted multiple research studies and has presented at several local and statewide medical events. He was previously been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in orthopedic surgery, an honor bestowed by peer nomination, extensive research, and screening from Castle Connolly’s doctor-directed research team.

Justin Khoriaty, MD

Dr. Justin Khoriaty is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder surgery. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Michigan and his Doctorate of Medicine from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  He completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Spectrum Health/Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Following residency, he completed a prestigious shoulder and elbow reconstruction fellowship in Houston, Texas, under the instruction of T. Bradley Edwards. 

Dr. Khoriaty focuses on shoulder injuries.  He sees patients of all ages, treating conditions such as total shoulder replacement, rotator cuff injuries, arthritis of the shoulder, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, shoulder instability, labral tears, biceps tendonitis, as well as fractures of the shoulder and upper arm.

Benjamin Paulson, MD

Dr. Benjamin Paulson is a board-certified hand surgeon specializing in treating hand and upper extremity disorders. He is originally from Ogden, Iowa, and has been practicing since 2010. Dr. Paulson was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a physics major. His fascination and enjoyment of attention to detail, mechanics, skin, tendons, and tumors motivated him to enter orthopedic surgery.

Tamera Phillips, DPT

Ms. Phillips was born in Ogden, Utah. She spent most of her childhood moving around because of her family’s involvement in the Air Force. She attended Alamogordo High School, where she participated in cross country and track. After high school, she got her Bachelor's Degree in Sports Administration. She received her Master's and Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Des Moines University. Ms. Phillips then furthered her education at North Central University and got her master's in health care administration. She is a member of APTA and NPTA. 

Trevor Schmitz, MD

Dr. Schmitz is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, specializing in treating neck and spine disorders. He is originally from Ankeny, Iowa, and has been practicing since 2016. Dr. Schmitz’s scope of practice includes treating sciatica, herniated and bulging discs, spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis, spinal instability, and degenerative disc disease. Whenever possible, he utilizes minimally invasive techniques and disc replacement surgeries instead of open surgery and fusions. Dr. Schmitz has written several research papers and co-authored a book chapter on various topics in spine surgery.

Christopher Vincent, MD

Dr. Vincent is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, specializing in sports medicine. He is originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, and has been practicing since 2012. Dr. Vincent’s practice focuses on the non-operative and surgical treatment of professional, amateur, and recreational athletes of all ages, sports, and activities. Dr. Vincent provided orthopedic coverage for the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL Combine, Indiana State University Sycamores, and several state and local athletic events throughout his medical training. Dr. Vincent is the head team physician for Central College Athletics, William Penn University Athletics, and Pella High School Athletics.


  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Iowa Ortho. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 6.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 6.0 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.
  • Other Health Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • John Bryant - Speaker
  • John S. Cutler, JD - Speaker
  • Jaren Dudley - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member
  • Robert C. Gainer, JD - Speaker
  • Joseph Galles, MD - Planning Committee Member and Speaker
  • Justin Khoriaty, MD - Speaker
  • Kenyon Murray - Speaker
  • Benjamin Paulson, MD - Planning Committee Member and Speaker
  • Tamera Phillips, DPT - Speaker
  • Maddie Scott - Planning Committee Member
  • Amy Sorenson - Planning Committee Member
  • Meagan Thompson - Planning Committee Member
  • Christopher Vincent, MD - Planning Committee Member and Speaker

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

  • Trevor Schmitz, MD - Planning Committee Member and Speaker
    • Consultant: Medtronic


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not a substitute for a healthcare provider's independent medical judgment regarding diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition. The content of this educational offering does not reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 6.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 6.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 6.00 IBON


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