Discover Your Possible

This exciting day of empowerment is fully replicable and can be put on by anyone, anywhere. Our goal is to have interested people put on their own Discover Your Possible event in their own communities, anywhere in the world. If you want to host your own event, please reach out to us and we’ll provide you with the template, ideas, tips, (everything you need to know) at no cost. MGF provides this resource as a service to the rehabilitation community in an effort to spread empowerment.

Discover Your Possible!

Why Should You Attend?
This one-day event is an opportunity for lower limb amputees, caregivers, and rehabilitation professionals to come together to explore skills and activities that are available and accessible. This is an event designed as an opportunity for everyone to improve their capabilities and confidence. Experts will guide you through the basics of mobility up to high level activity. Breakout sessions will allow you to explore available recreational activities.

Breakout Sessions
The afternoon will consist of multiple breakout sessions that will allow you to learn about and try recreational opportunities. There will be a multitude of sessions that you can join, including: running, wheelchair sports, golf, pickleball, hand-cycling, circuit training, outdoor recreation, and more! There will also be a breakout session specifically for caregivers. Whether you have had a long time interest, or if this is your first time hearing about these activities, this is a great opportunity to try them out all in one place!

2023 Guest Speaker – Cosi Belloso, MPT
Cosi Belloso’s dedication to working with amputees started during her formative years working as a newly-graduated PT under the mentorship of Curtis Clark at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH). Within the setting of JMH’s world-class facilities, she became familiar with the special challenges facing people with limb loss/deficiencies, from Symmes patients to bilateral above knee amputees. She found her passion in helping these individuals from the immediate pre and post-op care period all the way to full independence with their prosthetic legs.

Cosi is the owner of Palanca Physical Therapy, a prosthetic training specialty clinic near Tampa, Florida. She is also the host of the Facebook page, Cosi Talks, teaching individuals with amputations, clinicians, and supporters about topics that impact amputees and their return to daily life and beyond. Away from the professional arena, Cosi is also a proud wife and mother to four children. In her spare time she enjoys performing the violin, running races for doughnuts, and cooking for her family and friends.

* Caregivers
Family and friends are the essential support system for individuals with lower limb amputations. Recognizing this, we invite all caregivers and supporters to register at a reduced rate! The topics covered during this event are important for caregivers to know, and we will also be including a breakout session specifically for you!

Did you miss the 2020 livestream? View the event right now!

Here is a look at the 2020 Virtual Event Schedule

Morning Session (10 AM – 12 PM, EST)

Welcome and Introduction

Keynote: Challenge Yourself

How do you challenge yourself during this time of social distancing? There are activities and exercises that can be done at home that are important to our physical and mental health.

Challenge: Let’s Dance

Dance can be good for so many reasons such as heart fitness, strengthening the muscles, increasing circulation, decreasing blood pressure, reducing stress, and many other positive benefits.

Skills Highlight: Getting up off the floor

Falls are common among amputees. So practice is essential. Learn step by step techniques for getting up off the floor for unilateral and bilateral amputees and for those who want to help them.

Break (12 – 1 PM, EST)

Peer to Peer Communities (1 – 3 PM, EST)

Zoom A: ABOVE KNEE AMPUTEE

HOSTED BY COSI BELLOSO AKA COSI TALKS

Zoom B: BELOW KNEE AMPUTEE
HOSTED BY TRACY RAUK

Zoom C: CLINICIANS & STUDENTS
HOSTED BY DAVID LAWRENCE

Speakers for 2020 Virtual Event

Robin Yoder, MSW

FOUNDER OF DISCOVER YOUR POSSIBLE

Robin, an amputee herself, and the co-founder of the Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center. Robin is the the outpatient oncology social worker, providing supportive and educational counseling to individuals or through cancer support groups to help one cope with the impact of living with cancer. She received her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from East Carolina University.

Cosi Belloso, MPT – Keynote Speaker
OWNER OF PALACA PHYSICAL THERAPY AND HOST OF FACEBOOK PAGE, COSI TALKS

Cosi’s finds passion in helping these individuals from the immediate pre-op and post-op care period all the way to full independence with their prosthetic legs. She is also the host of the Facebook page, Cosi Talks, teaching individuals with amputation, clinicians, and supporters about topics that impact amputees and their return to daily life and beyond.

David Lawrence, MSPT, ATC-Ret
FOUNDER AND CEO OF MISSION GAIT FOUNDATION

David is an internationally renowned rehabilitation professional and educator. In addition to being the owner of and treating patients at the Gait Center in Richmond, VA, he delivers courses in the USA and abroad on knee, hip and foot pathologies. Rehabilitation following limb amputation, and disabled sports and recreation. He received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, and his Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Tracy Rauk, PT, DPT
DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR MISSION GAIT FOUNDATION

Tracy specializes in gait mechanics and amputee rehabilitation. She has developed and managed two amputee and gait rehabilitation programs, guest lectured at National Prosthetic and Physical Therapy Conferences, and is a practicing clinician at the Gait Center in Richmond, VA. After achieving her Bachelors of Science in kinesiology from Pacific Lutheran University, she went on to pursue her doctorate at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Will Riddick, PT, DPT
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR MISSION GAIT FOUNDATION

Will’s clinical internship led him to pursue a primary interest of serving those with gait and balance impairments. In this interest, he currently works as a physical therapist at the Gait Center in Richmond, VA. Improving the mobility of patients with lower limb amputations, neurological diagnoses, and complex walking disabilities. Will completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sponsors and Partners for 2020 Virtual Event

Sponsors for 2020 Virtual Event
Partners for 2020 Virtual Event
    

2020 Resources

Floor to Stand Exercise Handout

Download the PDF

Sportable Session – Links

Sportable – www.sportable.org
Challenged Athletes Foundation – www.challengedathletes.org
Move United – https://www.moveunitedsport.org
National Wheelchair Basketball Association – https://www.nwba.org
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee – https://www.teamusa.org/about-the-usopc
U.S. Quad Rugby Association – https://www.usqra.org