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Building Up or Burning Out: Your Path Forward

Pre-Conference Workshop

Instructors: Dr. Sandy Hilton and Dr. Mark Milligan


Available: 24/30

February 22, 2022 & February 23, 2022

Paradise Point Resort, 1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

Physical therapy CEU pending

Sandy Hilton Mark Milligan

About this workshop 

Theme: Understanding Me

Mission: To create and hold a safe space for all participants to be able to openly share and be vulnerable so that we can deeply learn about ourselves. 

Goal: Participants will leave with a better understanding of themselves with relationship to burnout, actionable items that will help them create outward focused skills that do not allow for burnout

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify the differences between individual and organizational factors associated with burnout.
  2. Participants will be able to demonstrate communication skills inspired by medical improvisational techniques.
  3. Participants will demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge about organizational barriers to enthusiasm/joy in the workplace and recommend changes to prevent burnout. 
  4. Participants will develop a plan for organizational and personal growth to foster thriving in your profession.
  5. Participants will learn skills for creating plausible deniability (a renewable plan) for after they burn down (establish options to) the organizational barriers to health and wellness.


Feb. 22

8:00 am: Check in (registration must be made in advance, not accepted at door)

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Mindful Movement Practice

9:00 am - 9:30 am:  Welcome and Introduction Exercises

9:30 am- 12:00 pm: History and Epidemiology of Burnout as it relates to Healthcare

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Interactive Lab Session on Self-Discovery

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Integration, Preparation for Day 2, Assignments


Feb. 23

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Mindful Movement Practice

9:00 am - 10:00 am:  Assignment Review and Debrief

10:00 am - 12:00 am: Identifiable and Modifiable Burnout Contributors

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Collaborative Lab Session on External Burnout Contributors 

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Integration, Preparation for Return to Life, Assignments

About the Instructors

Sandy Hilton, DPT graduated from Pacific University (Oregon) in 1988 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University in December 2013. She has worked in multiple settings across the US with a neurologic and orthopaedic emphasis and has been combining these into a focus in pelvic rehabilitation for pain and dysfunction since 1995. Sandy is an invited speaker for international and national conferences on treating pain, and teaches a specialized pelvic pain course on the science of pain, manual therapy, neurodynamics, and applied graded imagery.  Sandy also co-teaches Male Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Treatment. She is the co-host of the podcast "Pain Science and Sensibility".  

Sandy’s clinical interest is chronic pain with a particular interest in complex pelvic pain disorders for all genders and ages. She is involved with the development of a clinical practice guideline for pelvic pain, and has published multiple papers and book chapters. She is the co-author of "Why Pelvic Pain Hurts" and has an upcoming manual for the treatment of pelvic pain.  Sandy is the Secretary of the Abdominal and Pelvic Special Interest Group of the International Association for the Study of Pain.  

In her spare time, Sandy can be found onstage in Chicago at Story Telling venues and at the odd open mic practicing stand-up.


Mark Milligan, DPT, Cert TPS, OCS, FAAOMPT is an orthopedic manual therapist that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal spinal conditions and is Board Certified in Orthopaedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He is also certified in dry needling and in Therapeutic Pain Science. 

He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of the Colorado, School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado.  He went on to complete an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship with Evidence in Motion (EIM). He is a full-time clinician and owner of Revolution Human Physical Therapy and Education, a private, cash-based, concierge physical therapy and wellness practice in Austin, Texas. 

Mark is also the founder of Anywhere Healthcare, a telehealth solution for all providers. Dr. Milligan serves as adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs at South College and The University of St. Augustine.  Dr. Milligan is also primary faculty for musculoskeletal and clinical reasoning courses across the country.

Mark has presented at numerous state and national conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals. He is an active member of the TPTA, APTA, and AAOMPT and is the immediate past Capital Area District Chair for the Texas Physical Therapy Association and has great interest in governmental affairs.