About IES

Michael Niss, DPT. Dr. Niss is an accomplished physical therapist, educator, and evidence-based researcher/writer. His clinical background includes more than 35 years experience in acute care, geriatrics, orthopedics, and sports medicine. To date, Dr. Niss has authored more than 71 different asynchronous continuing education courses for healthcare professionals totaling more than 186 instructional hours.  He is also a nationally recognized speaker who has presented more than 125 live continuing education programs totaling more than 1000 CE instructional hours. In addition, Dr. Niss has held a full-time faculty position at Broward College, and has also served as Regional Regulatory Compliance Officer with a Fortune 500 health care company. 

Jodi Gootkin, PT, MEd, CEAS, is an accomplished physical therapist, educator, and evidence-based researcher/writer. She has been a physical therapist for 33 years with experience in acute care, neurologic rehabilitation, geriatrics, orthopedics, pediatrics, and industrial health. Ms. Gootkin holds a Master of Science degree in Education, specializing in the development and delivery of distance learning curriculums. She has 23 years of experience in academia as Program Manager of a CAPTE approved physical therapist assistant program at Florida SouthWestern State College. Ms. Gootkin has been a reviewer of and/or contributor to eleven different physical therapy textbooks. To date, Ms. Gootkin has developed 28 unique rehabilitation-based professional development programs. She has presented more than 390 hours of live evidence-based continuing education on 23 different topics to more than 38,000 rehabilitation professionals.

Sara Ziegele, PT, DPT, OCS is an accomplished physical therapist, educator, and evidence-based researcher/writer. She has 12 years of experience providing hands-on patient care with special emphasis on orthopedics, sports medicine, and women’s’ health. Dr. Ziegele is a Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), and founder and owner of Preempt Physical Therapy, an outpatient rehabilitation center located in Neenah, Wi. Dr. Ziegele’s academic instructional background includes adjunct faculty positions at two accredited university physical therapy doctorate programs. In addition, Dr. Ziegele has had the honor of being a 3-time featured presenter at the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Medicine Symposium.

IES was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing affordable, convenient, and informative continuing education programs to rehabilitation professionals.

All of the courses presented by IES are applicable for introductory learners. Introductory - Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Where applicable, each course has received, prior to the date of presentation, approval for continuing education credits by the state and/or national continuing education governing body.

Course pricing: 
Text-Based: $9.95 per credit hour or less.
On-Demand Videos (3 hr): $34.95
Live, Interactive Webinars (3 hr): $39.95
We believe that by producing great courses and offering them at an affordable price, we can create loyal customers who will enthusiastically tell all of their friends and colleagues about us.

It is the policy of Innovative Educational Services to provide the learner with an unrestricted 100% refund upon request. The request for a refund by the learner shall be honored in full without penalty or other consideration of any kind. The request for a refund may be made by the learner at any time without limitations before, during, or after course participation. Activity cancellation by the provider - The learner will receive a 100% unrestricted refund within 12 hours of cancellation.
Activity cancellation by the learner - The learner will receive a 100% unrestricted refund within 48 hours of cancellation. The request for a refund by a learner may occur either before, during, or after course participation. Complaint resolution - All complaints will be resolved to the learner's satisfaction within 24 hours of the receipt of the complaint by IES.

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Innovative Educational Services requests specific user information on our registration form. The user is asked to provide contact information (e.g. name and address) and financial information (e.g. credit card number, expiration date). This information is used for billing and mandatory record keeping purposes only.
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• When an accrediting agency requires verification that an individual has taken a course
• When an agency requires us to report all persons completing a course (Florida CE Broker)

Personal information collected is never shared, rented, or sold to any third party other than those specifically mentioned above.
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Innovative Educational Services, nor any of its instructors or employees, have any proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material discussed or mentioned in any of our continuing education programs.

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