Ellen Spake Lecture Series: February Edition

Esteban Azevedo, PT, ScD
Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sedgwick Lobby + Room A/B

The Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Advisory Board invites you to our next Ellen Spake Lecture Series! Thank you to our event sponsor, Modern PT!

6:00 p.m. Join the Rockhurst Physical Therapy Advisory Board for a reception and networking hour prior to the lecture. Light refreshments will be provided.

6:30 p.m. Lecture: "Managing Lumbar Pain with Interventional Pain Management" by Esteban Azevedo, PT, ScD

Event Price: $10/person for healthcare providers, alumni, and friends. All are welcome! Free for students. Please use the RSVP that is appropriate for you.

Healthcare Providers/Alumni/Friends: Register Here!

Students: Register Here! 

Lecture topic: This lecture will cover how to quickly identify pain generators of the lumbar spine and how to pair interventional pain management procedures with each pain generator, when injections are indicated and when they are not. Identification of acute vs. recurrent vs chronic pain and how to categorize dysfunctions and how to choose appropriate treatments.

Esteban Azevedo, PT, ScD

Esteban Azevedo has been a physical therapist for 23 years. He went to PT school at Northern Arizona University and earned a Doctorate of Science (ScD) from Texas Tech University of Health Sciences Center (HSC). He is now adjunct faculty at Texas Tech HSC for online courses and teaches for the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) for CEU courses around the country.

Esteban and his wife, Amy, own Modern Physical Therapy in Kansas City and Parkville. They have worked side-by-side with interventional pain management physicians for 14 years and continue treating patients full time focusing on patients that don’t get better elsewhere.

Thank you to our event sponsor:





History of the Ellen Spake Lecture Series:

Ellen Spake, PT, Ph. D. was one of the co-founders of the Physical Therapy Education Department at Rockhurst in 1983. For 20 years, from 1983 until 2003, she served as the Chair of the Physical Therapy Education Program. Her vision and leadership skills led the department in the curricular evolution from a bachelor’s degree, through a master’s program and to the present Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Subsequently, Dr. Spake served as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and finally as Assistant to the President with the primary responsibility of directing the Office of Mission and Ministry.  She retired from Rockhurst in 2018. 

The first Ellen Spake Lecture Series was launched in 2015 in honor of Dr. Spake's legacy of leadership and excellence at Rockhurst.

The Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Advisory Board has begun fundraising for a new scholarship and looks forward to it supporting one or more DPT students in the future. Once the scholarship is fully endowed at $50,000, it will be awarded annually with the ability of renewal. All sponsorships and donations for this year’s Ellen Spake Lecture Series will benefit the Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Advisory Board Scholarship Fund. 

Questions? Please reach out to Brian McKiernan, Department of Physical Therapy at Rockhurst University.