Evaluation and Treatment of TMD

October 14-15, 2017 Portland-Area (Hillsboro), OR

TMD-Course Description

Evaluation and Treatment of the TMD Patient Utilizing a Physical Therapy/Dental Coordinated Approach: A Clinical and Evidence-Based Program

Course Description

Evaluation and Treatment of the TMD Patient Utilizing a Physical Therapy/Dental Coordinated Approach" is a 2-day lecture and lab-based course developed by Mr. Esser. This course presents the fundamental principles underlying the most common temporomandibular joint dysfunctions and the relationships between occlusion, the TMJ, the cranium, and the upper cervical spine. The course provides an algorithmic approach (LPTMJ format) for evaluation of the TMJ and upper cervical area. Accurate evaluation is key to appropriate treatment planning for this complex patient population, incorporating both physical therapy and dentistry. Treatment techniques presented will include manual therapy for the TMJ and upper cervical area, TMJ splinting, and therapeutic exercise for the TMJ and upper cervical area. ​

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic anatomy and function of the temporomandibular joint and upper cervical area and their role in temporomandibular symptomatology.
  • Properly evaluate the head and neck for primary TMD causative factors and determinants for using a team approach to care.
  • Be able to classify TMJ dysfunction into the appropriate classification system to assist in treatment planning.
  • Appreciate the role dentistry and physical therapy play in the care of patients with TMD.
  • Implement a coordinated treatment plan incorporating dental and physical therapy concepts to achieve optimal outcome for the TMD patient.

Who can attend this course? Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Chiropractors.

Approval: PTNW is an approved CE provider in the states of WA and OR. Contact us for information on other state approval.

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Instructor: Bill Esser, PT, MS, CCTT

Bill Esser, PT, MS, CCTT

Bill graduated in 1979 with a master's degree from Purdue University and in 1981 from the University of Iowa Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Since 1981, Bill has worked in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy settings, including being an owner/partner in private practices in Southern Oregon from 1986 until 2013. In 2013 he retired from partnership/ownership to concentrate on clinical treatment of complex facial pain, temporomandibular dysfunction, and teaching.

Bill's clinical specialization for over 35 years has been in the management of TMD, cranial, and cervical spine dysfunction, evaluating thousands of patients with TMD over his career. Bill is a diplomate of the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial Therapeutics, established by an international group of physical therapists and holds the title Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). There are fewer than 100 diplomates worldwide. ​

Bill has presented as an instructor for Empiridence and Myopain Seminars and as an adjunct instructor on TMD for the Schools of Physical Therapy at Pacific University and George Fox University. Bill has also taught for the Oregon Physical Therapy Association and Oregon Dental Association on TMD. In 2011 and 2015 Bill was asked to speak at the OBI Foundation for Bioesthetics Dentistry National Conferences on "The Interrelationship of the Cranium, Cervical Spine and Occlusion – A Team Approach for an Optimal Outcome."

In 2016, Bill joined the staff of Therapy Plus in Roseburg, Oregon.


"Bill has helped many of my patients experience significant relief and enjoy long-term improvement to their debilitating TMD conditions. He possesses an uncommon enthusiasm and drive to educate people of all ages in managing their jaw difficulties."

Jake Layer, DMD, Past President,

Jackson County Dental Society

"Bill has given numerous courses to our local dental society. He is not only thorough, but an entertaining and excellent speaker."

Tamara Abbett, DDS

"Taking classes from Bill has allowed me to effectively treat patients that I was previously unable to help."

Justin Carson, DPT, CSCS

"This is one of the most information-rich courses I have taken in years."

Mike Doden, PT

Courtyard Marriott Portland Hillsboro

Saturday, Oct. 14th, 8am to Sunday, Oct. 15th, 5pm

3050 Northwest Stucki Place

Hillsboro, OR

Lodging Options:

Courtyard by Marriott Portland Hillsboro,

Northwest Stucki Place,

Hillsboro, OR

TMD at a Glance

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017

Location: Courtyard Marriott Portland Hillsboro

Registration Fee: $475 prior to Sept 25 2017; $550 on or after Sept 26, 2017

?'s Contact: course@professionaltherapiesnw.com

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Professional Therapies Northwest

Professional Therapies NW is delighted to partner with Bill Esser to prevent his superb TMD course! Join us for two fantastic days full of learning and fun!

Please visit our website www.professionaltherapiesnw.com for more information about us and to register for this course.

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