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 elections open online) may vote; members without e-mail addresses on file with APTA will be mailed a paper ballot. Online voting will close November 15, 2017. Let your voice be heard by voting for the candidate of your choice!



Online voting will be available from October 12, 2017 @ 12:00 AM until November 15, 2017 @ 11:59 PM.

 
 
2017 Elections - Candidates for Office
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Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Region VII  Director, 1995-1999
  • Practice Committee Chair, 2010-2016
  • Practice Committee member, 2007-current
  • Early Intervention Special Interest Group Vice Chair, 2006-2011

Other Leadership Positions:  

  • APTA Oklahoma Chapter Chief Delegate, 2013-present
  • APTA Oklahoma Chapter President, 2004-2008
  • APTA Oklahoma Chapter Delegate, 2009-2012
  • APTA Oklahoma Chapter Secretary, 2002-2004
  • APTA Oklahoma Chapter Bylaws Chair, 2000-2004 and 2014-present

Professional Experience:  

  • Clinical Practice 40%
  • Educator 40%
  • Researcher 20%

Candidate Statement: The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy is a dynamic organization that represents members with a variety of needs and priorities. Leadership must strive to balance those needs while envisioning the progression of the profession. I believe we have three primary focus areas for the next several years. First, using the Academy special interest group structure, we can provide resources to members through documents, presentations, or other innovative methods of dissemination to build supportive networks. Second, while continuing to focus on the advancement of pediatric research, we can strive to involve members in community-based research and knowledge translation activities to facilitate practice development and exceptional services. Third, the Academy must be nimble and timely in advocating for pediatric PT to ensure supportive legislation and continued funding so appropriate therapy services remain available. I hope to participate in these and other Academy endeavors and look forward to serving the members.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Region III Director, 2006-2012
  • Chair, Education Committee, 2014-current
  • Chair, Planning Committee of Education Summit II, 2015-2016
  • Co-Chair, IV STEP Dissemination Committee, 2016-2017
  • Fischer Mentorship Award Committee, 2014-2016 (Chair 2016)
  • Chair, Diagnosis Task Force, 2009-2013
  • Advanced Clinical Practice Course Planning Committee, 2007-current

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Program Director, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, 2007-2015
  • UIndy Honors College Assistant Director, 2013-2015

Professional Experience: 

  • Clinical Practice 33%
  • Educator 67% (research has been a part of being an educator)

Candidate Statement: I have been in Academy leadership in various roles for about 10 years—long enough to learn the culture, but new enough to be open to new ideas. The APTA movement system diagnosis initiative will help our profession identify its unique place in the health care industry. I have worked with the Diagnosis Dialogue group in the past and can help the Academy advocate for appropriate pediatric representation in this effort. As Chair of the Education Committee the past 3 years, I have heard what the membership's needs and wants are in the area of professional development. With dwindling employer support for continuing education, the Academy needs to serve members by providing resources in readily accessible ways. I also believe in the importance of mentoring our younger members and helping them to find a place and opportunity to become involved in the Academy.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Secretary, 2015-2018
  • Region IV Director, 2008-2014
  • Pennsylvania State Representative, 2004-2008
  • School-based SIG Task Force on Physical Therapist State Practice Acts and Regulations member, 2013-2014
  • School-based SIG Subcommittee on Intervention for Children with Autism Chair, 2012-2017
  • APPT Annual Conference (APPTAC) Exhibitor Liaison, 2011-current
  • Mentor for new professionals, 2014-2015

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) Pediatric SIG Vice-Chair, 2008-2012
  • PPTA task force co-chair to develop "PPTA Guidelines for the Practice of Physical Therapy in Educational Settings," 2006-2009
  • Center Coordinator of Clinical Education, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, 2010-2017
  • BrainSTEPS School Re-entry Program, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, 2009-2012
  • Clinical Instructor (APTA credentialed), 1997-2017
  • Physical Therapist volunteer in more than 15 medical mission trips to less resourced countries

Professional Experience: 

  • Clinical Practice: 87%
  • Educator: 10%   
  • Researcher: 3%

Candidate Statement:
I am excited to participate in the Strategic Planning meeting this fall to help to develop the plan forward for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. My priorities for the direction of the Academy are the following:

  • Promote increased membership and engagement by new professionals—you are the future of our profession!
  • Provide resources for our membership to advocate for the needs of our pediatric clients and their families (eg, access to and payment for adaptive equipment and therapy; participation in community programs for recreation, fitness, education, and employment).
  • Support therapists in accessing continuing education in a variety of electronic and in-person formats.
  • Develop new strategies for disseminating articles in Pediatric Physical Therapy.
  • Support clinical and educational research along with translating knowledge into practice and developing Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Promote effective communication with members and responsiveness to members' needs.

 
 

Other Leadership Positions:

  • APTA Hawaii Chapter Secretary, 2016-2017
  • Yokota Officers' Spouses' Club, Yokota Air Base, Japan, 2011-2013
    • Parliamentarian: 2012-2013
    • Asian Bazaar Chairperson: 2011-2012
    • Asian Bazaar Advisor: 2012-2013
  • APTA New Mexico Chapter Pediatrics Liaison (southern region), 1996-1998

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 85-90%
  • Educator 10-15%

Candidate Statement:
The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy's upcoming review of the strategic plan is an excellent way to adjust our specialty in response to the many changes within our profession. This past fall I had the amazing opportunity to be included in the Hawaii Chapter of APTA's (HAPTA) revision of their strategic plan and am excited to hear our specialty group is next. APPT will benefit from focusing our energy and resources around a set of priorities that will shape and guide our organization. During my tenure with HAPTA, I assisted in growing the chapter's professionalism by redesigning the way the meetings are held in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order. Due to moving back to Virginia, I will not renew my Secretary position for HAPTA in January 2018. I would love to bring my enthusiasm to the secretary position of the APPT! Thank you for this opportunity!

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Memorial Scholarship Committee, 2012-2014
  • Membership Committee, 2008-2010
  • Communications Committee, 2009-2011

Other Leadership Positions:  

  • Clinical Director of a Nonprofit, 2000-2003
  • Department Director of Rehabilitation Services, 2015-current

Professional Experience:  

  • Clinical Practice 70%
  • Educator 5%
  • Management/Administration 25%

Candidate Statement:
With pediatric physical therapy experience as a clinician, educator, director, former nonprofit board of directors' member, and hospital administrator, I bring a broad experience base to the role of Secretary in the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. By serving in this role, I would love to participate in advancing awareness of our profession of pediatric physical therapy and promoting opportunities for therapists to develop post-professionally.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Mentor program, 2016-current

Other Leadership Positions:

  • APTA South Carolina Chapter Delegate, 2017-2019

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 100%

Candidate Statement: APPT has shown a lot of growth and change in the last 4 years that I have been a member. I have enjoyed the evolution with our name change and the Academy's involvement with healthcare changes and helping therapists navigate them. I think it's an exciting time to be a therapist, specifically in the pediatric realm. Currently there are a lot of changes in healthcare, including more accessible research than ever before, availability to get information to parents and therapists via social media, new treatment techniques available at our fingertips, and changes at a state/federal level related to more autonomy with direct access in certain states. I would love to be a part of these changes within APPT and to increase my participation with APPT by serving on the Nominating Committee to help identify our best leaders to guide us and hopefully serve in a leadership role in the future.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Kansas State Representative, 2011-2017

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Wichita State Advisory Committee Member, 2012-current

Professional Experience:  

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

Candidate Statement:
I have been a member of APTA and APPT since 2005, and the Academy has played a valuable role in my practice though all that it offers - from research, clinical guidelines for practice, and opportunities for involvement. APPT assists clinicians by addressing issues with reimbursement through support of research and has done an excellent job providing grants necessary to continue the growth of our profession. With new research came the drive to develop clinical practice guidelines, which allow therapists to apply a cohesive approach for evaluation, treatment, and discharge planning. The guidelines play a critical role in our practice and their development should be continued across all areas of practice. Lastly, the utilization of social media is critical to increasing our membership and encouraging involvement in APPT especially with our younger clinicians. Social media is a quick, efficient, and inexpensive way to provide dialogue and stay informed.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Research Committee Grant Subcommittee, 2017
  • Research Committee Registry & Database Watch Group, 2017
  • Research Committee Pediatric PT Researcher Database and Development Subcommittee Chair, 2016-2017
  • APPTAC Poster Subcommittee, Research, 2014-2017
  • Compendium for Teaching Professional-level Physical Therapy Pediatric Content Task Force, 2004-2005
  • Website Task Force, 2004

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Neurology Section Membership & PR Chair

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 50%
  • Educator 40%
  • Researcher 10%

Candidate Statement:
The clinical landscape for pediatric physical therapists is rapidly changing. Pediatric physical therapy professionals are now at the forefront for providing evidence through research, providing policy statements and input that shape reimbursement, and in many states providers of evaluations and treatment without physician oversight. These advances in professionalism call for increased and improved collaboration with direct service community, healthcare, and education (school) teams. We also need to continue to produce rigorous research that leads advances and efficiencies in service delivery. APPT should be entrenched in supporting the advances and influencing policies that affect the delivery of pediatric physical therapy and should be a leader in providing guidance and support to academic programs to ensure that comprehensive pediatric content is delivered in all PT and PTA curriculums and in fellowship and residency programs.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Assistant to Texas State Representative, 2017

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Faculty Advisor for the Student Organization Event Planning Committee at University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, 2016-current
  • Center Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE) for Riverkids Pediatric Home Health, 2014-current
  • Organizer for interprofessional continuing education course "Go Baby Ride-on Car Workshop, 2017

Professional Experience: the

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

Candidate Statement: The Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy has been an invaluable resource to me. I used APPT's fact sheets when I transitioned into full-time pediatric physical therapy practice. Additionally, I often turn to the website and to the journal to help me teach my students the latest in pediatric clinical research and practice. I would like to see APPT continue to bridge the gap from research to clinical application of evidence-based interventions. The clinical practice guidelines that APPT is producing are very useful, and I would like to see more of these in the future. I also think expanding educational resources for those outside the profession of physical therapy (such as caregivers, teachers, or physicians) will help pediatric physical therapists become the practitioners of choice for any child with or at risk for movement dysfunction.

 
 

Service to the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy:

  • Checked APPT online courses through the APTA Learning Center for relevance, 2015

Other Leadership Positions:

  • Item Writer for the PCS Exam, ABPTS, 2016-2018
  • APTA Arizona Chapter Scholarship Committee Chair, 2017-current
  • FUEGO Foundation Scholarship Committee
  • Assistant Director, Pediatrics Department, West Texas Rehab, 2007-2011

Professional Experience:

  • Clinical Practice 65%
  • Educator 30%
  • Researcher 5%

Candidate Statement: APPT should continue its efforts to promote evidence-based practice for pediatric physical therapy. Doing so goes a long way to validate our profession, ensure a measure of consistency among practitioners, and most of all, enable our members to serve our patients and families to the best of their abilities. I also believe it is important to continue to support, promote, and mentor clinicians who want to transition (or are in the midst of transitioning) to academia. I believe it is vital to the future of our profession that we create a cycle of skilled pediatric therapy clinicians who become skilled educators helping to create the skilled clinicians. I do not believe this can be done effectively without the support of organizations such as the APPT.

 
 

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