Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Elections

 

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Elections for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) are held each fall for those whose 3-year terms are coming to an end. Board members may be elected to one or two 3-year terms. PT and PTA members of APPT (who are members as of the date that materials are submitted for the election) may vote; members without e-mail addresses on file with APTA will be mailed a paper ballot. Online voting will close November 15, 2018. Ensue that your voice is heard by voting for the candidate of your choice!



Online voting will be available from September 20, 2018 @ 12:00 AM until November 15, 2018 @ 11:59 PM.

 
 
2018 Elections - Candidates for Office
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Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Treasurer (2016-present)
  • Region VII Director (2012-2015)
  • OK State Rep (2006-2012)
  • Liaison to the Council for Exceptional Children (2007-2012)

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Director of the Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism
  • Director of the Doctor of Science (DSc) Program in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • PI/Project Coordinator and Co-PI on several internal, state, and federal research and service grants (2002-present)
  • Academic and Advanced Practice Project Advisor for students in post-professional DSc program (2011-present)
  • Related Services and Higher Education Representative, Oklahoma City Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee (2007-present)
  • Secretary and Grants/Scholarship Chair, Oklahoma Physical Therapy Foundation (2006-12)
  • Editorial Board member, Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics (2001-present)
  • Director of Occupational and Physical Therapy Services, Special Education Services, Oklahoma State Department of Education, OK (1992-2004)
  • Contact Director for several state service grants (1992-2013)
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) (2011-present)

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 25%
  • Educator 55%
  • Researcher 20%

Candidate Statement:
I believe the future of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT) must be related to its mission: to advance pediatric physical therapy through excellence in education, advocacy, and research. Our mission can be achieved through first, increasing our membership and providing members (and children/families) with current, affordable, and obtainable evidence-based practice (education); second, by engaging members, and potential members, at all levels of experience and practice settings to contribute to the growth and mission of our Academy (Advocacy); and third, by supporting member and collaborator research. I believe the APPT leadership should continue to encourage membership participation and fiscally manage and discern the finances of APPT. As Treasurer, I will continue to bring my skills of organization, attention to detail, financial record keeping, ethics, leadership, and teamwork to the Academy to assure that the financial systems and procedures of APPT are consistently followed and are in line with best practice and legal requirements.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Region VI Director (2016-2019)
  • TN State Representative (2009-2016)
  • NNSIG vice-chair (2013-present)
  • APPTAC State task force (2018)
  • APPTAC Site Planning (2017-2018)

Other Leadership Positions:

  • TN Chapter Memphis District Chair (2009-2015)
  • TN Delegate (2015 & 2017)
  • TN Chapter Secretary (2017-2020)
  • Chair GoBabyGo Program: UTHSC and U of Memphis Engineering Dept (2015-2016)
  • President BoD Special KIDS & Families (non-profit EI program in TN) (2007-2010)

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 70%
  • Educator 15%
  • Researcher 5%
  • Service 10%

Candidate Statement:
As a 30-year member of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT), I am honored to be considered for the position of Treasurer. The past 8 years have been instrumental for our Academy. With much forethought, dedication, and frugality, we accomplished our goal of purchasing our Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy, while remaining committed to providing funding for research and programming. As we move into our next budgeting phase, it is imperative that the Academy's Executive Committee and Board of Directors provide economical insight for the best use of resources. APPT will need to ensure that all aspects of financial management and the best safeguards are employed to meet our organizational goals. Utilizing these financial tools will help our Academy continue to exhibit an energized commitment to children and their families through the promotion of evidence, advocacy, and programming.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • EI SIG website update group (2018)

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Member, USF Bridge Clinic Task Force (2018)
  • Member, Event Planning Committee, Girls on the Run Tampa (2018)
  • Head Coach, Girls on the Run Birmingham (2016-2017)
  • Therapy Manager, Special Kids and Families (2013)

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 65%
  • Educator 15%
  • Researcher 20%

Candidate Statement:
Meeting the needs of young children with disabilities and their families is challenging and requires leaders who can respond quickly. In order to achieve our mission, "to advance pediatric physical therapy through excellence in education, advocacy, and research," the Academy needs adaptive leaders that are responsive to the ever-changing healthcare environment. Consideration of innovative methods to involve members as well as creation of leadership initiatives to develop adaptive leadership skills in future generations of leaders is vital to achieving our mission. Additionally, the Academy should prioritize collaboration efforts with other professional associations. Collaboration across disciplines is a vital component to finding creative solutions to current challenges in preservice and post-professional education, healthcare advocacy, and rehabilitation research.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Transition from EI to School Workgroup (2018-present)
  • EI SIG Contributor for APPT Special Interest Article Spotlight newsletter (2016-present)
  • APPT National Journal Club article selection, question development and review (Spring 2018 & Fall 2017) and for School-based SIG (Spring 2016)

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Social Media Subcommittee Chairperson - APTA's The Catalyst (formerly the Section on Health Policy and Administration) (2018-present)
  • President and founder (2016-2018), Secretary (2018-present) – Greater Portland Area AMBUCS
  • Education Committee Co-Chair - Oregon Pediatrics Special Interest Group (2016-present)
  • Founder and Facilitator - Pediatric Physical Therapy Residents' Collaboration Project (2015-2016)
  • Secretary & Fundraising Committee chair - Junior Advisory Board for the School of Health Professions at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (2012-2014)

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 90%
  • Educator 5%
  • Researcher 5%

Candidate Statement:
It's an exciting time to be part of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Engaging our new professionals is important in building the next generation of leaders in pediatrics and in making the Academy a more inclusive and diverse place. Growing membership also provides more opportunities to extend research into clinical practice through knowledge translation. Across healthcare, interprofessional teaming is gaining momentum and pediatric PTs have the skills to be on the forefront of this. Technological advances help connect us to other professionals and to patients, providing chances for broader collaboration and enabling more family-centered care. Society is increasingly aware the effects inactivity and obesity have on youth. As pediatric
PTs we should lead the charge for more active lifestyles for all children. Striving for these advances and more will elevate our profession and ultimately lead to better patient care. I look forward to helping support and grow the APPT.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Region I Director (2016-present)
  • OR State Rep (2010-2015)
  • Member, PR committee (2009-2013)
  • Member, Membership committee (2013-2015)
  • Secretary Knowledge Translation Committee (2017-present)
  • Facilitator KBnet 2018 (knowledge translation) (2018-present)

Other Leadership Positions:

  • OPTA – Education Committee, Member

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 70%
  • Educator 15%
  • Researcher 15%

Candidate Statement:
Serving as the Region I Director over the past 3 years, I have worked on improving the connection to the members and have gained a better sense of the needs of the membership within the region. I have learned that there is a need to continue to work on improved communication pathways between APPT leadership and members. We need to ensure that we concretely address member needs and close the communication loop back to members. I have also learned that many members have difficulty understanding the structure of the Academy and the various leadership roles; we should continue to work on making this clearer and easier to understand. Finally, I have learned that many members need support for issues that require local resources. The RDs have been working on improving connections with the state chapters. APPT should work to provide education on ways to promote successful local advocacy.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Alaska State Representative (2016-present)

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Clinic Supervisor of PT/OT Services (2016-present)
  • Center Coordinator of PT/OT Clinical Education (2016-present)

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 100%
  • Research project completed at current clinic

Candidate Statement:
I believe the current culture of the Academy is one of progression and improvement. I would want this culture to continue and be the driving force for the Academy to be the leader in communication, advocacy, and practice for PTs, PTAs, and students across the globe. I see an opportunity for expansion where it becomes the norm for PTs, PTAs, and students in the US to join and experience the benefits (CEUs, journal, networking) but also to see the Academy as the hub for advocacy, CPGs, EBP, and promoting the profession across the globe. I see the Academy as the organization that sets the standards for pediatric PT practice and connects all parties that are involved. In order to do the above, I believe the Academy needs to take a progressive and assertive approach to get new members, support PTs/PTAs in research, and increase communication.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Secretary: Academic and Clinical Educators Special Interest Group (2016-2018)
  • APPTAC Local Task Force Committee Member (2018)
  • Invited item writer: Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy's Neonatology Special Interest Group to join the Item Writer Panel for the APTA Neonatal Physical Therapy Certification Program (2017-2019)
  • Scientific Review Committee: Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) pediatric section for APTA 2017 and Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference for the APTA (2017, 2018)

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Vice President: Early Career Researchers Special Interest Group, Section on Research, American Physical Therapy Association (2018-2020)
  • Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) item writer for the cardiovascular and pulmonary specialty area (writing pediatric content) (2011-present)
  • Faculty on Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program (2016-present)
  • Founding Partner of GoBabyGo Appalachia (2017-present)
  • Co-Chair University Committee: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Research working group (NASWG) (2016-present)

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 50%
  • Educator 20%
  • Researcher 20%
  • Service to APTA, University, and the pediatric community 10%

Candidate Statement:
Regional Directors (RDs) play a critical role in communication between the Academy and the State Representatives, and their respective state chapters and pediatric members (and non-members). With initiation of the new strategic plan, it's vital for RDs to support and communicate the vision, mission and goals with pediatric members and return the voices and concerns back to the Academy. Advocacy for our pediatric patients, as well as advocacy for our State Representatives, state chapters and all pediatric therapist working in the field is essential. Educational pathways to support pediatric therapists' and programming of pediatric education along growing the pediatric academy by engaging members through the state representative and local chapters is key. Last, to encourage evidence with knowledge translation for best practice for our patients and communicate roadblocks reported by members to the Academy that prevent these goals. It would be an honor to assist and serve in a leadership role.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Kentucky State Representative (2013-present)
  • Local task force leader for APPTAC (2017)

Other Leadership Positions:

  • PT II at Cincinnati Children's Hospital - serve as Cerebral Palsy mentor and clinical leader within the department

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 100%
  • Served as a Program Evaluator for the Pediatric PT Residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Candidate Statement:
I have been proud to serve as the Kentucky State Representative for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and look forward to the possibility of serving as Region VI Director. I see the direction of the Academy and its members as continuing to be the primary advocates for PT services for children and adolescents, a role which is ever more important with changes to our healthcare and school systems and funding structures. I was inspired by the talk that Shirley Sahrmann gave at APPTAC 2017, where she advocated for everyone having a yearly PT "checkup" to identify preventative care for the musculoskeletal system. It highlights the need for pediatric Physical Therapists to educate the public on the role that we can play in promoting healthy lifestyles, as well as to educate and support therapists in their ability to provide the best possible quality of services for all children and adolescents.

 
 

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