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Michigan Physical Therapy

A Publication of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association

Volume 40, No. 3

Fall 2013


Submitted by Sue Talley, PT, DPT, C/NDT – MPTA President

“Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience” Sue Talley PT, DPT, C/NDT

This is the new vision statement of the APTA. It was approved by the APTA House of Delegates (HOD) after much deliberation and passion – both prior to the HOD meeting and over 2 days in Salt Lake City in June (RC 14a-13 if you want to look it up). This vision statement replaces the Vision 2020 statement which focused on PT as a doctoring profession. What is a vision statement? A vision is about how we see ourselves, our potential and where we want to be. It’s our reason for being, what we envision for our future as a professional, a profession and as a professional society. “Transforming society…”

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“optimizing movement…” “improve the human experience” This is a huge vision, meant to challenge us, make us reflect on what we do and why we do it. To make us think about where we want to be and what our impact will be. To drive our passion… not just for our individual practices but for our profession. Sometimes this vision seems too large, unachievable – do you really ever achieve a vision? Transform society? the Human Experience – wow! Sometimes it seems too small – don’t we do more than just movement? Don’t some of our colleagues provide physical therapy for animals? The words of a vision are meant to inspire us, to provide us direction. continued on page 3

INSIDE THIS ISSUE… Legislative News_____________ 2 2013 Fall Conference___________7-8 Call for Candidates_____________ 12 School News__________________ 24 Calendar of Events_____________ 27 • Fall 2013 n 1

Submitted by Craig Miller, PT – MPTA Director #1, Federal Affairs Liaison

Momentum! It seems to be a simple enough word. The definition is “strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events.” All of us know how we can use momentum to help give a patient an advantage during an activity, and how momentum can influence a patient to perform an activity incorrectly. We are Craig Miller, PT also familiar with all of the sports clichés that exist on the importance of momentum. There is a lot of “momentum” for health care reform across the nation that many of us hear about, and have been directly affected by. A great deal of this force is to ensure that health care meets three tenets; quality, accessibility, and lower cost. The result of all of this is a flurry of activity on the Federal and State level. We’ve seen sweeping changes in Medicare that likely affect many of you reading this article; whether in the form of reimbursement or regulatory changes such as MPPR or Functional Limitations Reporting, just to name a few. Michigan is not immune to this. This year, we have seen legislation proposed to reform auto no-fault. MPTA has gone on record as opposed to this legislation, and applauds the efforts of the Coalition Protecting Auto Nofault (CPAN) [] and the Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) [] to demonstrate the shortcomings of the proposal. MPTA and its members highlighted a grossly misleading advertisement by a chiropractor in the state, which ultimately resulted in the Michigan Association of Chiropractors informing their membership of the proper title protection afforded to physical therapy in Michigan. MPTA felt we had a great deal of momentum at the end of the last legislative session that would help to bring forward a quick re-introduction of a Direct Consumer Access bill in the House. Although we do not, as of yet, have a bill introduced in either chamber of the state legislature, we still have momentum! We have re-vamped our strategy and now have the support of Senator John Moolenaar (Midland) who has agreed to sponsor the bill in the Senate. We also continue to have a tremendous champion in the Michigan House in Representative Margaret O’Brien (Portage).

MPTA continues to work to garner support for Direct Consumer Access, having met with key congressional members, their staff, and provider groups. Many of the MPTA membership have been involved in successful interactions and education of your elected officials. We thank those members for their ongoing efforts! Each of us tends to have a priority focus in our area of physical therapy practice. How can we access, understand, and implement the change that is occurring so rapidly all around us? I can guarantee you that there is no one person who can comprehend and convey it all, however I can guarantee you that your Association on a state and national level truly “has your back!” Your membership affords you the opportunity to have a dedicated group of individuals who work on behalf of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy to ensure information is disseminated in a way that is understood and meaningful to you. APTA and MPTA is YOUR association, comprised of staff members and volunteers who work to demonstrate the value of our profession! We are a provider organization, which only succeeds by having an active membership. I thank you for your membership in APTA and MPTA! Should you happen to know a colleague who does not belong, I encourage you to demonstrate the value our organizations bring to you as an individual. Encourage them to go to the websites at and in order to view some of the publicly available information, and more importantly to see how there is a tremendous amount of information that is only accessible by being a member. We must grow our organization in order to allow our voices to be heard; otherwise we will succumb to the opinions and will of other organizations. Our membership is very passionate about the benefits physical therapy brings to the people of Michigan! Continue to monitor the MPTA website, your mail, and your e-mail for information, and do not hesitate to contact the MPTA, or any of the Board of Directors to share your thoughts and ideas. Thank you!

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To help us sort this out the APTA HOD also passed RC 15-13: Guiding Principles to Achieve the Vision. Thank goodness! While the document isn’t finalized at press time the opening paragraph of this document states: “Movement is a key to optimal living and quality of life for all people that extends beyond health to every person’s ability to participate in and contribute to society. The complex needs of society, such as those resulting from a sedentary lifestyle, beckon for the physical therapy profession to engage with consumers to reduce preventable health care costs and overcome barriers to participation in society to ensure the successful existence of society far into the future.” The guiding principles are: Identity, Quality, Collaboration, Value, Innovation, Consumer-centricity, Access/Equity, and Advocacy. You will be hearing more about this in the upcoming months. As MPTA members we need to think about how this vision impacts us and our profession. Where are we going, how will we, as individuals and as the MPTA, transform society? How will we, as individuals and as the MPTA, improve the human experience? Join in the conversation … attend your district meetings and let your voice be heard. Attend the state conferences and be a part of how the MPTA implements this vision. How does this vision impact… • how we implement evidence-based practice and continued professional development? • our relationship with Physical Therapists Assistants? • our Districts? Should we have Districts? How many Districts should we have? • our pursuit of direct consumer access? Do we need full un-restricted direct access or can we improve the human experience by a variation of direct access as many states have? • our work in reimbursement, health disparities and the affordable care act? TO BE CONTINUED…at the MPTA Fall Conference and Membership meeting, Oct. 11-12th in Southfield. Be a part of the vision… and bring a friend.

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WHO’S WHO AT MPTA 2013 LIST OF BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMITTEE LEADERS President Sue Talley, PT, DPT, C/NDT Vice President Mike Shoemaker, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS Past President Kathleen “Jake” Jakubiak Kovacek, PT Secretary Holly Lookabaugh-Deur, PT, DSc, GCS Treasurer Edward Mathis, PT, DPT Director #1 Craig Miller, PT Director #2 Corey Sobeck, PT, DScPT, OCS, OM Director #3 Karin Crute, PT Director #4 Martin Sytsema, PT Director #5 J. Tim Zipple, DScPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Director #6 Suzanne Perkins, PT, DPT

DISTRICT CHAIRS: Eastern District Chair: Michael Nanzer, DPT, MBA, CSCS Western District Chair: Ed Orloff, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT Northern District Chair: Suzanne Perkins, PT, DPT Upper Peninsula District Chair Edward Mathis, PT, DPT

KEY CONTACTS: Executive Director Marcy L. Dwyer, CMP, MBA, CAE Membership/Project Manager Ashley Jester MPTA Editor: Karen E. H. Grossnickle, PT, MS MPTA Assistant Editor: Ann Fox, PT, CT-LANA MPTA Lobbyists: Evelyn Sweeney & Bret Marr MI Representative to the PTA Caucas Debbie Ludwiczak, PTA, BBA Chief Delegate Chris Wilson, PT, DPT, GCS Speaker of the Membership Meeting Ann Fox, PT, CT-LANA Federal Affairs Liaison Craig Miller, PT


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Submitted by Karen E.H. Grossnickle, MS, PT – MPTA Shorelines Editor

As Michiganders we are familiar with seasonal weather changes. The landscape colors and views slowly move through a kaleidoscope and suddenly we are in a new season. As a student doing an internship in the state of Washington during the fall, I remember “smelling” the season change, but not being able to “see” the usual visual change as I had grown up with in Michigan. It took me a few weeks to realize what I was missing about the usual fall images – it was the changes in color! I was in the midst of evergreen trees and so naturally fall occurred, but without my usual visual “trigger” to go along with the smells and the calendar changes. Why do I mention this? As you will see in President Sue Talley’s article, and as you will see in the upcoming months, changes are occurring in the APTA which will impact all of us. A new vision statement has been unveiled...the revelation of a change in the former Annual APTA Conference for next initiatives...and many other exciting things. As members, you will have “visual” cues to these changes – you will receive communication about these changes via emails, journals, webpages, etc. You may have “auditory” triggers from speakers who present information about these changes. As active members you will have the opportunity to “hear” and “see” these changes and participate in the unfolding of the upcoming seasons of our profession and its national presence. Unfortunately those who are not

Submitted by Edward Mathis, PT, DPT – MPT PAC Chair and UP District Chair

2013 continues to be a busy year with $11,825 spent on fundraisers as we target past supporters of Consumer Direct Access in the House and leadership in both the House and Senate. The grassroots work continues as we educate our legislators on the importance of consumer direct access to physical therapy. As we continue to wait for the introduction of our legislation, we will need to increase our efforts in both the Senate and the House as we target members of the committees that our bill is assigned to. Your contribution to MPT-PAC is needed today to allow us to continue attending these important fundraisers.

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engaged in the APTA or the MPTA may not. I encourage each of you to intentionally identify one non-member Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant and, for the next year, develop a strategy to slowly show them what they are missing and how their membership can make a difference to their clients/patients, residents of their community, and to their own professional development. Launch that strategical plan and measure the outcomes by a successful addition to our membership! Use the next four seasons to help that non-member open their “eyes” and “ears” to the changes so that he or she can be ready to move forward with the next cycle of seasons.

SHORELINES CORRECTION Please note that in the “Kudos Korner” on page 27 of the Spring Issue of Shorelines an error was printed. The article should have stated: “The MPTA is proud to recognize member Karen Halley, PTA in honor of her receiving the APTA’s Physical Therapist Assistant Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in the Musculoskeletal Category.” This is an important distinction and was erroneously overlooked in the editing and proofing process. The Editorial Staff wishes to express sincere apologies for the misprint.

The average House event costs $150, while the Senate typically runs $250 an event. We currently sit at an approximate $11,827.85 of total assets and have received $6,678 in contributions. This puts us at a deficit of $5,149.85 for the year. I once again need to put the call out for your contribution. If consumer direct access is important to you, now is the time to make your contribution. We have three “Club” levels for contributors: Lake Superior Club ($500+), Lake Michigan Club ($250-$499), and Lake Huron Club ($100-$249). Club level contributors are recognized in Shorelines and the MPT-PAC page each year, and receive a pin. The MPT-PAC can accept credit card donation via a secure payment link on the MPTA webpage or fill out an envelope available from your District Chair where check or credit card is accepted. We also have a payment plan available to spread out your donation to any amount that fits into your budget. Join the club today

DIRECTOR NEWS DIRECTOR #2 Submitted by Corey Sobeck, PT, DScPT, OCS, OMPT MPTA Director #2 - Professional Development and Membership

It is my pleasure to serve on the MPTA Board of Directors as Director #2 - Professional Development and Membership. I look forward to hearing from MPTA members related to these areas. Please contact me with any questions, comments and ideas pertaining to professional development or membership issues. MANDATORY CONTINUING COMPETENCE PUBLIC ACT 55-2009

There are two parts to Public Act 55-2009 (PA 55-09). The first part provided for physical therapist assistant (PTA) licensure. Achieving licensure for PTAs ensures that only qualified individuals may practice using the title PTA which protects both the public and the profession. The second part of PA 55-09 mandates that PTs and PTAs will be required to demonstrate continuing competence for license renewal. The MPTA is awaiting news from the PT Licensing Board as to what the standards for professional development will entail for PTs and PTAs in the state of Michigan. Unfortunately, the 7/9/13 board meeting was cancelled because there were not enough PT Board members present for a quorum. Although it may be disappointing to not know what the standards will be for licensure as a PT or PTA in the state of Michigan, be assured that the Board wants to develop a standard that is fair and equitable and the process takes time. The next PT Board meeting is scheduled for 10/15/13. No implementation date for mandatory continued competence for re-licensure of PTs and PTAs has been established by the State of Michigan. MEMBERSHIP

Membership numbers as of July 25, 2013 are as follows: • PT Members: 1,893 • PTA Members: 260 • Student Members: 560 • Total Members: 2,713 Membership numbers remain steady but please encourage non-members to join the MPTA and receive all the benefits of membership, including great conferences, networking, legislative and reimbursement advocacy and more.


• MPTA continues to follow the PT Administrative Rules process closely to keep members informed on timelines when mandatory Professional Development Requirements will be required for re-licensure. • MPTA will keep members informed when the PT Administrative Rules are open for public comment. • Both PTs and PTAs will be required to demonstrate continued competence when the PT Administrative Rules are finalized. Again - No target date is currently set for implementation. • MPTA will continue to sponsor excellent educational seminars at a discounted rate for our members.

DIRECTOR #3 Submitted by Karin Crute PT – MPTA Director #3, Conference Committee Chair

The Annual Fall Michigan Physical Therapy Association Fall Meeting will be in Southfield, MI at the Westin Hotel Southfield on October 11 and 12, 2013. We are excited to offer you a wide array of programming and events with something for everyone. Friday boasts an afternoon full of events with an emphasis on research and evidenced based practice sessions on vestibular rehabilitation, pediatric orthopedics and knee arthritis. Saturday’s venue includes our Inez Peacock Keynote entitled, “PRISM: Prevention, Intervention and Sustainable Wellness;” our membership meeting with important information from our leadership; and educational breakout sessions including updates in low back pain management, surgical orthopedics, new technology, and pulmonary rehabilitation. We are also excited to have Gillian Russell from APTA in to present on Medicare updates and on Healthcare Reform. We are excited for you to join us in “The Center of It All.” continued on page 6 • Fall 2013 n 5


(continued) Submitted by Karin Crute PT – MPTA Director #3, Conference Committee Chair

Get Involved! Your conference committee is working hard to bring you great events each year. I want to thank the conference committee members for their steadfast work – especially Melanie Wells, Shannon Kleinert and Becky Rodda. We are always looking for new members to our committee. This is one avenue for influencing our profession and physical therapy’s future. If you are interested, contact the MPTA office. We’d love for you to join us!

31 if no action is taken by Congress. Also, CMS is estimating the physician fee schedule for 2014 will be a decrease in payment of 24.4%. In prior years, Congress has stepped in to avert these cuts and they will need to do so again before the end of the year. CMS has also ruled that to successfully meet the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reporting requirement for 2014, 50% of all appropriate Medicare patients need to be reported on over the course of the year. We will continue to try to keep you all up to date during this period of extensive change.

DIRECTOR #5 DIRECTOR #4 Submitted by Marty Sytsema PT, MSPT, OMPT, FAAOMPT, CIMT - Reimbursement DIrector

July 1 was a big day for reimbursement events. Medicare Functional Limitation Reporting became mandatory to receive payment. We have tried to provide MPTA members with the latest information for meeting these new requirements. Thanks to everyone who contacted MPTA offices with questions about unique reporting scenarios, as your questions helped all of us learn more about what is expected. As always, the APTA webpage under the payment heading is the best source for the most current information. July 1 also brought a new payment system from Priority Health for many private practices throughout Michigan. Payment by Priority Health is now per visit instead of being based on what units have been billed. Check with those in your practice who post payments to ensure that the new payment system has been correctly applied ($90 for initial evaluation, $75 for daily visits, and $45 for re-evaluations). Some clinics are reporting some problems with this. The Reimbursement Committee is scheduling meetings with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Priority Health later this fall, as keeping an open dialogue helps all sides. We should be able to report on these meetings at our MPTA fall gathering. Other upcoming issues to pay attention to are described in a release from the Centers from Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) July 8, 2013. Highlights include the exceptions process for patients who have met the Medicare cap expiring December

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Submitted by J. Tim Zipple, DScPT, OCS, FAAOMPT – MPTA Director #5 - Student Relations Committee

There has been little activity over the summer for the DPT Program Directors Committee (PT-AAAC), but the PTA Program Directors Committee (PTAAAAC) had a phone conference on June 7th, where the process for nominations and selection of the Outstanding PTA Student Award was discussed, as well as electronic medical records integration into PTA programs. I was unable to attend the phone conference, but gathered from the emailed notes that Patricia Hill (Director of Washtenaw Community College PTA Program and PTA-AAAC Chair) would be in charge of taking submissions for the Oustanding PTA Student Award from the Michigan PTA Programs. The other activity that occurred, related to my liaison status with the Student Relations Committee (SRC), was a meeting held on June 22nd in Lansing at McLaren Ingham Medical Center, in preparation for the Fall Meet and Greet Social and attempting to formulate a theme for the next Spring Student Conclave in 2014. Plans are underway for the Meet and Greet and the students plan to make personal appearances at the 6 Michigan DPT Programs to solicit participation in the event. They also came up with some interesting theme ideas but could use some input from students who will be attending the Meet and Greet, scheduled for August 18th from 1-3pm. The current executive officers of the SRC pledge to get all DPT and PTA Programs involved in the committee so as to have equal say in the development of the Student Conclaves and for equal representation in student input to the MPTA.



Friday & Saturday, October 11-12, 2013 The Westin-Southfield, 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075 Objective: As our healthcare system moves forward, re-creating itself, Physical Therapy is well positioned to be a key player in the way in which our community will care for themselves. In this endeavor,  many challenges have already come to the forefront, and our profession has faced them head-on.  But more challenges will come forward and at the end of the day, our goal at MPTA is to prepare our members and our profession for Physical Therapy to be “In the Center of It All!”

Hotel Information: Call for reservations at 888-627-8558 and mention the Michigan Physical Therapy Association to receive a reduced rate of $129.00 on overnight accommodations.

Early Registration Deadline is August 31, 2013 Friday, October 11, 2013 9:00am – 6:00pm 11:30am – 5:00pm 12:30pm – 1:30pm 1:30pm – 3:00pm 3:00pm – 5:00pm 5:00pm – 6:00pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Registration Open Exhibit Hall Open Platform Presentations Poster Viewing and Judging-Grab a Snack and Visit the Exhibit Hall Evidence Based Clinical Practice Sessions Reception MPTA Awards Dinner

Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:30am – 5:00pm 7:30am – 12:30pm 7:30am – 9:00am 7:45am – 8:50am 9:00am – 9:50am 9:50am – 10:20am 10:20am – 11:20am 11:20am – 12:30pm 12:30pm – 1:00pm 1:00pm – 2:30pm 2:30pm – 3:40pm 3:50pm – 5:00pm

Registration Open Exhibit Hall Open Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall Committee Round Tables Keynote Presentation Visit the Exhibit Hall Education Sessions Visit the Exhibit Hall Lunch Membership Meeting-Hear the latest from your MPTA leadership: Updates on legislative and reimbursement efforts, APTA news, Federal Affairs news.  Your opportunity to bring forward your ideas and concerns to your association. Education Sessions Education Sessions

Keynote Presentation: Saturday, October 12, 2013 PRISM : Prevention, Intervention and Sustainable Wellness, Reyna Colombo, PT, MA This lecture will explore how a structural model of care with leadership support has served Physical Therapy in a Hospital System in the development of Oncology Rehabilitation. Moreover, the speaker will demonstrate how it can be exported into other chronic disease management. She will challenge current thoughts and hopes to inspire a change in our paradigm, bringing about a new opportunity for Physical Therapy in today’s health care environment. Reyna Colombo, PT, MA is the Director of the Rehabilitation Department at Beaumont Health System in Troy, Michigan. Her leadership and management expertise has led to the development of multiple rehabilitation clinics and a variety of specialty programs designed to improve the health and wellness of her patients. Ms. Colombo is actively engaged in collaborative research projects with major universities, including Oakland University. She directs the development of multidisciplinary clinical programs at the Beaumont to enhance patient care. She spearheaded the development of the first Comprehensive Cancer Wellness and Resource Center in the state of Michigan. Her efforts and passion helped develop and implement Beaumont’s Cancer Survivorship and Rehabilitation Program – a program designed to provide comprehensive wellness education to patients diagnosed with cancer at the earliest point in their care to preserve functionality and quality of life.

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You may register 3 easy ways! BY MAIL: Return this form to the MPTA Office, 1390 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. BY FAX: Fax this form to 734-677-2407. ON-LINE: Secure on-line registration is available at

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(Includes Friday Awards Dinner) Before After 8/31/13 9/1/13 PT Members....................................................... $140 $225 PTA Members.................................................... $ 95 $145 Student Members............................................... $ 60 $100 Non-Member (students and professionals)......... $295 $355 Friday Awards Dinner Guest............................ $ 30 $ 30

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Before After 8/31/13 9/1/13 PTA and PT Members........................................ $15 $25 Student Members............................................... $10 $15 Non-Member (student and professionals).......... $45 $75 Friday Awards Dinner...................................... $30 $30

Note: All confirmations will be sent by email unless special request for paper confirmation. Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be allowed until 8/31/2013. Cancellations after that date will be charged the higher amount of 50% of registration fee or $20.00. ** Please inform the MPTA office if you have any special dietary or physical handicap requirements. PHOTO DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that this registration form also serves as an agreement to appear in photographs taken at the 2013 MPTA Fall Conference. And that these photos may be used for publicity or general information purposes and may be seen by the general public. Questions? Call the MPTA office at 1-800-242-8131.

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Saturday Pricing: Before After 8/31/13 9/1/13 PT Members....................................................... $120 $195 PTA Members.................................................... $ 75 $115 Student Members............................................... $ 45 $ 75 Non-Member (students and professionals)......... $245 $275

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Submitted by Craig Miller, PT – MPTA Director #1, Federal Affairs Liaison

We need you! APTA continues to work to serve the membership by tackling a variety of federal issues that continue to evolve in this era of health care reform. However, the political power and notoriety of a provider organization only goes so far when trying to demonstrate the significance of an issue to congressional members and their staff. We need your help to demonstrate the importance of critical issues to all of our Michigan congressional members! APTA and MPTA have the resources available for you to develop a meaningful relationship with your member of congress. I urge you to strongly consider volunteering as a key contact. You will learn about issues that impact physical therapy, and how to inform your member of congress in order to help shape the decisions impacting future legislation. APTA is working to help shape responses

to deal with payment reform structures including the areas of acute care and post-acute care, in addition to unfavorable recommendations from MedPAC in the areas of outpatient physical therapy. Many of you are familiar with other critical issues such as the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, and Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) that have tremendous negative impact on the delivery of physical therapy. Without your active membership the voice of physical therapy is not as strong, and we are left to accept the decisions made by others affecting all of us! Please look at your individual strengths, and if you have an interest in helping to shape the future of physical therapy, please contact the MPTA to see how we can help direct your talents! You can contact the MPTA via e-mail at


In late June 2013, The Michigan Physical Therapy Association sent 13 physical therapist delegates and one physical therapist assistant representative to Salt Lake City, Utah to discuss and vote on motions that are important to the future of the physical therapy profession. At this year’s House of Delegates, we elected or reelected new national leadership including a vice speaker (Stuart Platt, PT, MSPT), a secretary (Laurie Hack, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA), three directors (Roger Herr, PT, MPA, COS-C; Carolyn Oddo, PT, MS, FACHE; and Susan Whitney, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA), and two nominating committee members (Cecilia Graham, PT, PhD and Peggy DeCelle Newman, PT, MHR). In addition, the House of Delegates adopted a new Vision for the Association and the profession. This new vision is “Transforming Society by Optimizing Movement to Improve the Human Experience.” This bold new vision encourages physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students to think beyond ourselves and our profession to the influence we can have on the greater community and society.

notable motions that passed included the adoption of a new student corresponding member category, which will allow students to be a member of multiple state chapters at the same time with access to all of the communications in local newsletters. Finally, a proposal to establish Section delegates to be able to vote in the APTA House of Delegates was narrowly not successful this year; however, there is a possibility of it being reintroduced in 2014 or 2015. For more information on the 2013 House of Delegates, you can visit

In addition, the House of Delegates adopted a position that will phase out the word “Discharge” from our physical therapy lexicon. The new terminology would be “completion of an episode of care”. Although cosmetic in its appearance, this change in terminology indicates a philosophical shift for the association where patients should have lifelong access to a physical therapist, similar to the dentist or general practitioner. Other

This is the first year that the APTA House of Delegates was live-streamed via the web and is archived on http:// If you have any other questions or input regarding the 2013 House of Delegates, you can contact Chris Wilson at Special thanks to the 2013 delegates and PTA caucus Rep for their years of dedication and excellent representation for the Michigan Physical Therapy Association.

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MPTA WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK CONNECTION Checked out the MPTA online recently? There is a fresh new look at this year! Our older website was in need of some key updates and a little TLC. You spoke, we answered! Our new facelift to the website allows for simpler navigation and direct content information to be easily found. We have refreshed our resources and information and made interactivity a breeze! See for yourself what the MPTA has in store for you today! The MPTA Membership login remains the same as before. There continue to be two separate logins for APTA resources and for transactions. To access member resources, login at the top-right of the screen using your APTA ID number. For our secure transaction area (registering for an event or making a donation), please use your MPTA primary email address and personal password. Note: If your email address has changed, please contact APTA and MPTA to have it updated. Also available from the MPTA website is an improved Facebook connection to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events. Updates will be posted on current news, highlights in reimbursement and legislative topics, as well as event coverage and information. Stay tuned here when news breaks and be among the first to know! • Fall 2013 n 11

H H H MPTA 2013 Elections H H H Be a Voice in your Association...Vote Between September 1 - 30th.

Vote Online! The MPTA Voting Ballot is available online at the MPTA website Voting is done via a secure voting process. All votes will remain confidential. MPTA voting is open to PTA and PT members. Visit the MPTA website for bylaws. Students are not eligible to vote in MPTA elections.

Steps to vote:

1. Log on to the MPTA website and follow the link for MPTA Elections. 2. Log-on to the MPTA Member web page to view the current ballot and follow the prompts given for voting. 3. You will see a “Thank You for Voting” message when you are done.

members for the open leadership positions. Vote today and help select the leaders of MPTA! 2013 Open Positions: • Secretary (2 years) • Treasurer (2 year) • Director #1: State and Federal Legislative Committee; Bylaws and Procedure Committee (2 years) • Director #3: Spring and Fall Conference Committee (2 years) • Director #5: Student Relations Committee; PT/PTA Academic Administrators Advisory Committee (2 years) • Chief Delegate (2 years) • Delegate (2 years)

Please take the time to vote today! There is a process to vote for those who do not have Internet access. Please contact the MPTA office at 734-929-6075 or 800-2428131 or email and a ballot will be sent to you directly. All voting must be completed by September 30, 2013.

• Representative to PTA Caucus (2 years)

The Nominating Committee has worked very hard compiling a slate of active and dedicated MPTA

• Nominating Committee: Member at Large (2 years

• Nominating Committee: Eastern District (2 years) • Nominating Committee: Northeastern District (1 year) • Nominating Committee: Upper Peninsula District (2 years)

MPTA 2013 Candidates


This listing is brief information submitted by each candidate. The ballot will have a space in each position for a write-in candidate.

Edward Mathis, PT, DPT

Secretary Karin Crute, PT Professional Title: Physical Therapist Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University, graduated with honors in 1992 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1991 District Activities: Eastern District Member Chapter Activities: Currently serves as Director #3 and Conference Committee Chair. Member of MAN-SIG. MPTA Board of Directors January 2010 – December 2013. APTA and Other Activities: Member of the Orthopedic and Geriatric Sections. Work experience includes education and conference planning for Physical Therapy Education.

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Professional Title: PT, DPT Educational Background: December 2011 DPT, The University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences, Saint Augustine, Florida. September 2000 MPT, The University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences, Saint Augustine, Florida. APTA Membership Began in Year: 1998 District Activities: Upper Peninsula District Chair 2009 – Present; UP District Golf Social Coordinator/MPT-PAC Fundraiser 2009 – Present. Chapter Activities: Treasurer 2012 – Present; MPT-PAC Chair 2011 – Present; Upper Peninsula District Chair 2009 – Present, MPT-PAC Chair 2009 – Present, MPTA Legislative Breakfast Attendee 2010 – 2013; MPT-PAC Fundraising Coordinator 2012 – Present; MPT-PAC Secretary 2009-201 APTA and Other Activities: APTA Brand Champion 2009 – Present, Michigan Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates 2009 – Present. Member of Acute Care, Health Policy and Administration, Orthopedic Sections; PT Day on Capital Hill Attendee 2011; APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor 2010.

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Craig Miller, PT

Debra Ludwiczak, LPTA, BBA

Professional Title: Physical Therapist

Professional Title: Physical Therapist Assistant

Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University 1994 APTA Membership Began in Year: 2000

Educational Background: AAS, BBA APTA Membership Began in Year: 1999

District Activities: Eastern District Member

Chapter Activities: Current PTA Caucus Representative; Past President of PTA-SIG

Chapter Activities: Federal Affairs Liaison 2012-2013; Director of Federal & State Legislative Affairs 2013

Chief Delegate

APTA and Other Activities: Workgroup member for various APTA groups related to post-acute care. Areas including skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehabilitation facility, and Medicare meaningful use projects, to provide support to APTA on response to federal regulatory updates/issues. Participated in multiple Federal Advocacy Forums in Washington DC to educate/lobby with legislators on PT issues at a federal level. Presenter at APTA national conference in 2013 on innovative models of post-acute care.

Director #3 Chris Wilson, PT, DPT, GCS Professional Title: Coordinator of Clinical Education, Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Troy. Clinical Assistant Professor, Oakland University 2001 Educational Background: DPT with a focus in Primary Care, University of Saint Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida 2005; Master in Physical Therapy, Oakland University 2001; Bachelor in Health Science, Oakland University 1999 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1993 District Activities: Eastern District Chair 2006 – 2011; Eastern District Vice-Chair 2003-2006; Eastern District Student Affairs Director 2001-2003. Chapter Activities: Chief Delegate 2009 – Present; Board of Directors Member 2006 – Present; Delegate 2005 – Present. APTA and Other Activities: APTA Midwest Caucus Co-Chair 2011; APTA Hospice and Palliative Care Vice-Chair 2011Present; MPT-PAC Treasurer 2009 – Present; ABPTS Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist 2008; FSBPT PT Licensure Exam Item Writer; APTA Emerging Leader Award 2009.

Cameron Williams, PT, DPT, MS Professional Title: Associate Dean College of Health Sciences, Professor, PTA Program Chair at Finlandia University. Educational Background: Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Simmons College 2005; MS in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion, California College for Health Sciences 2002; Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Northern Illinois University 1990. APTA Membership Began in Year: 1989 District Activities: UP District Nominating Committee 2006 – 2008; Upper Peninsula District Chair 1995 – 2001; UP District Vice-Chair 1993 – 1995; Former MPT-PAC Trustee; Presenter at District Meetings Chapter Activities: MPTA Delegate 1996 – Present; MPTA Director #2 2010 – 2012; MPTA Nominating Committee 2006 – 2008; MPT-PAC Trustee; Presenter at MPTA Conference APTA and Other Activities: Chapter Delegate or Alternate Delegate to APTA House of Delegates 1996 – Present; “March on Washington” 2004, 2007, and 2011; Key contact to Federal Legislators; APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor; Orthopedic Section Member 1993 – Present; Education Section Member 1996 – Present; Geriatric Section Member 2001 – Present. continued on page 14

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Chapter Activities: Legislative Committee member 1998 – Present

Janet Downey, PT, MPT, PCS

APTA and Other Activities: Alternate Delegate to APTA House of Delegates 2011, 2013; Delegate to APTA House of Delegates 2000 – 2001 and 2005 – 2010; APTA Direct Access Education Committee member 2000 – Present, provided testimony to Michigan Senate and House Policy Committee; Alternate Delegate to House of Delegates 2011; Alternate Delegate 2006; Appointed APTA Federal Liaison for Michigan 2004; Served as Legislative Key Contact.

Professional Title: Physical Therapist Educational Background: Pediatric Clinical Specialist 1998 and 2008; Advanced Masters in Physical Therapy with Pediatric Concentration, University of Michigan-Flint 1998; Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Missouri-Columbia 1972 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1972 District Activities: Northeastern District Chair 1985 – 1987; Northeastern District Vice-Chair 1985; Western District Secretary 1978 – 1982 Chapter Activities: Chief Delegate to APTA House of Delegates 2005 – 2008; Speaker of the Membership 2001 – 2005; Delegate to APTA House of Delegates 1985 – 1987, 1989, and 1991 – 2004; MPTA President 1997 – 2000; MPTA Marjorie Stamm Outstanding Physical Therapist Award; MPTA Vice-President 1991 – 1996; MPTA Secretary 1988 – 1991; Task Force member on District Organization 1985 – 1986

Britney Rauch, PT Professional Title: Doctor of Physical Therapy Educational Background: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University 2011; Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry, Grand Valley State University 2007 APTA Membership Began in Year: 2008 District Activities: Attends District meetings Chapter Activities: Attends Chapter activities

APTA and Other Activities: APTA Lucy Blair Service Award 2013; Bylaws Committee Chair of the Pediatric Section 2004 – Present; Pediatrics Section Member 1975 – Present; Administration Section member 1988 – Present; Nominating Committee 2008 – 2011; Nominating Committee Chair 2008 – 2009; Aquatics Section member 1992 – 1999; Committee Teller on Section Elections for Administration Section 1989; Committee on Chapters 2000 – 2002; Committee on Chapters Chair 2001; APTA House of Delegates, Committee to Approve Minutes 1992 and 2005

APTA and Other Activities: Neurology Section member; Elected and Presented at CSM 2011


District Activities: Western District attendee 2008 – Present

You may vote up to four Delegates. The four candidates who receive the most votes will be named delegates, and the candidate who receives the fourth highest number of votes will be named the alternate. Please note that individuals may also hold an office while serving as a Delegate.

Chapter Activities: Nominating Committee member 2012 – Present; MPTA Platform Presenter at Fall Conference 2011

Teresa Stayer, PT

David Perry, PT

Professional Title: Director of Physical Therapy

Professional Title: Physical Therapist

Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Oakland University 1984; Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Macomb Community College 1981 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1982 District Activities: Eastern District Chair 1999 – 2000; Former Eastern District Nominating Committee Chair; Former member of Eastern District Board of Directors; Expert Witness in Oakland, Wayne, and Ingham Counties 1987 – Present

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Elizabeth Ramey, PT Professional Title: Physical Therapist Educational Background: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University 2011; Bachelor of Exercise Science, University of Toledo 2008 APTA Membership Began in Year: 2008

APTA and Other Activities: Poster Presenter at APTA Annual Conference 2012; Attended APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2011, 2012

Educational Background: Masters in Physical Therapy, Duke University 1975; Bachelor of Science in Biology, Towson State College1973 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1974 District Activities: Eastern District Chair 1981 – 1985; Eastern District Nominating Committee 1979 – 1980; Pubic Relations Committee; Teller’s Committee Chapter Activities: MPT-PAC Trustee 2008 – Present; Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates 1980 – 1983, 1987, 2002 – 2006, 2008 – 2013; Alternative Delegate 1979, 1986,

H H H MPTA 2013 Elections H H H Be a Voice in your Association...Vote Between September 1 - 30th. 1989 – 1990; MPTA Secretary 1991 – 1993; MPTA Institute for Education and Research Treasurer 1988 – 1991; Chief Delegate 1984 – 1985; Quality Assurance Committee 1978 – 1981; Public Relations Committee 1980. Marge Stamm Outstanding Service Award APTA and Other Activities: Legislative Key Contact 2004 – 2012; Governance Review Board 2010 – 2012; Federal Affairs Committee 2001 – 2004; Foundation Treasurer 1993 – 1999; APTA Finance Committee 1990 – 1996; Section on Administration 1983 – 1993; World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress Planning Committee 1993 – 1995; Section Delegate; Administration Section Outstanding Service Award; Lucy Blair Service Award

Gina Otterbein, PT Professional Title: Physical Therapist Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Grand Valley State University 1990 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1988 District Activities: Former Western District Chair Chapter Activities: Reimbursement Director #4 2010 – 2012 APTA and Other Activities: Delegate to APTA House of Delegates 2005 – Present; Reimbursement Committee member 2007 – Present

Chris Wilson, PT, DPT, GCS Professional Title: Coordinator of Clinical Education, Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Troy. Clinical Assistant Professor, Oakland University 2001 Educational Background: DPT with a focus in Primary Care, University of Saint Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida 2005; Master in Physical Therapy, Oakland University 2001; Bachelor in Health Science, Oakland University 1999 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1993 District Activities: Eastern District Chair 2006 – 2011; Eastern District Vice-Chair 2003-2006; Eastern District Student Affairs Director 2001-2003. Chapter Activities: Chief Delegate 2009 – Present; Board of Directors Member 2006 – Present; Delegate 2005 – Present.

Nominating Committee: Member at Large Geri Connor, PT, MS Professional Title: Physical Therapist Educational Background: Masters in Physical Therapy, Temple University 1991; Bachelor in Science, Temple University 1984 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1982 District Activities: Michigan Delegate; Member of the Upper Peninsula District since 1990 serving as Chair and Co-Chair; Former Nominating Committee member, Delegate Chapter Activities: Current Member at Large Nominating Committee; Former Delegate; MPTA Board of Directors as UP District Chair APTA and Other Activities: Neurology Section Treasurer 1995 – 1999; Neurology Section Public Relations Committee Chair 1993 – 1995; Neurology Section member; Former Neurology Section Delegate

Nominating Committee: Upper Peninsula District Geri Hawley, PTA Professional Title: Physical Therapist Assistant Educational Background: Associate Degree in Applied Science – Physical Therapist Assistant, Suomi College 1997 – 1998; Michigan Secondary Provisional Teaching Certificate, Michigan Technological University 1988 – 1989; Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Michigan Technical University 1975 – 1979 APTA Membership Began in Year: 1998

Nominating Committee: Eastern District Annemarie Kammann, PT, M.Ed, PCS Professional Title: Associate Director for Clinical Education

APTA and Other Activities: APTA Midwest Caucus Co-Chair 2011; APTA Hospice and Palliative Care Vice-Chair 2011Present; MPT-PAC Treasurer 2009 – Present; ABPTS Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist 2008; FSBPT PT Licensure Exam Item Writer; APTA Emerging Leader Award 2009.

Educational Background: Masters in Health Education, Wayne State University; Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Michigan; ABPTS Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist; APTA Basic and Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor

PTA Caucus Representative

APTA Membership Began in Year: 1974

There are currently no nominees for the PTA Caucus Representative

Chapter Activities: Current MPTA Research Institute Trustee; MPTA Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award APTA and Other Activities: APTA Trainer for Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program

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APTA Membership Began in Year: 1998

Jennifer Blackwood, PT, PhD, GCS

Chapter Activities: Appointed Northeastern Nominating Committee 2013; Attended Spring and Fall Conferences; Attended Legislative Breakfast, multiple years

Professional Title: Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Post Professional Geriatric Certificate and Residency Program of the University of Michigan-Flint Educational Background: PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University; Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan-Flint; Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University; Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Michigan-Flint

District Activities: Multiple presentations for the Northeastern District 2010 – 2012

APTA and Other Activities: Member of the Clinical Practice Committee of the Section on Geriatrics; Adopt-a-Doc award winner 2013; Presented multiple courses at the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA; Previous member of the Ohio Chapter; Member of the Public Relations Committee of the OPTA.

SMALL RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM The MPTA Institute for Education and Research is pleased to support and encourage clinical research on behalf of the physical therapy profession through our Small Research Grant Program. Through this program, $75 awards are granted to help cover out-of-pocket expenses for research projects and to encourage the development of new projects. Both PT/PTA students and working professionals who are MPTA members are eligible. Grant recipients often share their research outcomes with the MPTA members at an annual MPTA Fall Conference. Multiple awards are available each year. To apply, please send a cover letter and an abstract to the MPTA Institute. The abstract should be a brief description (less than 500 words) of the proposed project including the purpose, methods, expected results and potential relevance of the project to physical therapy. A cover letter should contain the following: 1. Applicant’s full name, home address, email address and telephone number. 2. For employed PT/PTAs include employer’s name, address and phone number. For students include school name, address and phone number. 3. A statement of the request for funds and what the money will be used for within the project 4. Where the research will take place. 5. A statement certifying research will comply with all appropriate human and animal use procedures and approvals. 6. Endorsement of the investigator’s supervisor (for students, the research advisor) stating that the project is feasible and in keeping with the institutional policies and procedures. Applicants will be notified upon receipt of their submission. The review process takes approximately 2 – 4 weeks. Send application to: Small Research Grant Program, MPTA Institute for Education and Research, 1390 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, or , subject line: Small Research Grant Program.

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VOTE Elections are open online September 1st – 30th, 2013. Access is through Your APTA ID number is needed to log in to the secure voting system. Paper ballots are available by calling the MPTA office (734) 929-6075. PT and PTA members in good standing are eligible to vote.

Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters. ­— Abraham Lincoln

APTA HONORS MPTA LEADERSHIP JANET DOWNEY, PT, MPT, PCS Received the Lucy Blair Award for her years of service to her patients, the profession and the association. This is a national award selected by the APTA Board of Directors. The ceremony took place in Salt Lake City, Oregon on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at APTA’s Annual Conference. Once more, we would like to recognize Janet for her dedication of service to MPTA and advancing our vision for the future!

KATHLEEN “JAKE” JAKUBIAK KOVACEK, PT Received APTA’s 2013 Recognition of Legislative Commitment Award. This award honors those who demonstrate substantial commitment to protecting and advancing physical therapy through state legislative efforts. Jake was recognized for her more than 30 years of service and commitment to members and non-members working to expand the Michigan Chapter’s influence in the state legislature. Jake will be honored at the State Policy and Payment Forum in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Take the time and thank Jake for being one of Michigan’s biggest advocates for physical therapy in Michigan today!

ANN FOX, PT, CLT-LANA MPTA’s Speaker of the Membership and Assistant Editor was awarded Michigan’s next Emerging Leader. Ann has made much contribution to the APTA, the component, and the physical therapy profession itself. She has demonstrated early on in her career exceptional service and has held various positions within MPTA (District Officer, MPTA Committee member, and Legislative key contact). Ann will be honored and featured in the October issue of PT in Motion Magazine. Join us in congratulating Ann on her well-deserved recognition! • Fall 2013 n 17


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APTA SPEAKER GILLIAN RUSSELL AT FALL CONFERENCE Gillian Russell, JD is Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist at APTA in the Public Policy, Practice, and Professional Affairs Unit. Gillian comes from a law firm in Washington, DC where she practiced regulatory health care law primarily for community health centers and other nonprofit entities. At the firm, Gillian was responsible for issues such as those within proposed health care regulations, Stark law, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, and federal grantee rights. Gillian will be presenting at our Fall Conference on “Emerging Issues in Medicare” and “Health Care Reform Implementation and Its Impact on Physical Therapy.” Attend this session to learn the five main aspects of the Affordable Care Act and the impact on your service to patients. This will be a session you don’t want to miss! • Fall 2013 n 19

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Alger – Iron Submitted by Michael Nanzer DPT, MBA, CSCS Schoolcraft Eastern District Chair Dickinson

Delta Hello from the Eastern District! On September 7th we will be hosting a course at Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Science Building, from 9am to 12:30 pm. Raghu Chovvath, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT will be presenting on the topic: “Hip – Review of Recent Advances and Menominee Literature That Can Enhance Exercise Prescription.” It should be an excellent course and I hope to see many of you there. We are also planning another education opportunity in November. More information will follow as the event finalizes..

keeps track of the money. If you are interested in Chippewa running, or if you know of a qualified colleague, please nominate them.. All nominations can be sent to mpta@ Mackinac Finally, this fall the Western District will be looking for another site to host a meeting. We typically have our meeting in September. We look for a site that can accommodate up to 25 people, provide refreshments and a topic for professional development. I would like to thank our last presenter Bryan Parshall, PT, DPT who Emmet presented on “HowCheboygan Body Language Impacts Physical Therapy Patient Care” at Dynamic Physical Therapy in Presque Isle Buckley, MI.


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We also have upcoming elections in the Eastern Leelanau Edward Mathis, PT, DPT – MPTA Treasurer, MPTA Upper Peninsula District Chair, MPT-PAC Chair District. Now is a great time to help the Association and volunteer your time. It is a great networking opportunity Grand Kalkaska Crawford Oscoda Alconaon July The UP District held its annual UP Golf Social as well as a chance to make a real impact on the Benzie future Traverse 26th on The Heritage course at Marquette Golf Club. of physical therapy practice in the state of Michigan. We originally had four teams to golf, but a hefty dose of Current openings in the Eastern District include Vice rain caused a delayRosin the event. After a Iosco pre-event social, Chairperson, Treasurer, 2 Director openings, and 1 Manistee Wexford Missaukee Ogemaw common 10 intrepid golfers decided to challenge the weather and nominating committee opening. All interested members complete the event. should email Michael Nanzer at Arenac for more details and to be included on the ballot. Team Moore (consisting of Chris and Ginger Moore, Jeff Mason Lake Moore, Osceolaand Tim Clare Gladwin and Kaye McGuire) battled the elements Huron to shoot a 4 under, a new UPGS record, to beat the even par round of Team Mathis (Edward BayMathis, Kip Hartman, WESTERN DISTRICT Andy Mendina, Ryan Peroceschi, and Molly Raab). Oceana Mecosta Isabella Midland Submitted by Ed Orloff, PT, DPT, CSCS, Cert. MDT Newaygo Highlights of the MPTA Western District Chair Tuscola event included sideways rain, bitter The Western District has been hot all summer. We Montcalm Saginaw Sanilac cold, Molly golfingGratiot recently had the 2nd Annual MPTA Western District in flats without Muskegon PAC Summer Fundraiser held at the beautiful home of Lapeer socks, and the UP Meri Goehring. As always she put on a great spread, we Genesee St. Clair District Chair out Shiaraised money and everyone left PAC’d with BBQ. Ionia Kent Ottawa driving 2012 UPGSClinton wassee It is time once again for the Western District elections. champion Mendina Oakland Macomb All positions are up for re-election this fall. The current on at least one officers are Ed Orloff as Chair, Meri Goehring, vice occasion. It may Eaton Ingham Livingston chair, and Susan Roemer, secretary. Our treasurer Allegan haveBarry snowed too. position is currently open. The primary responsibilities Team Mathis also Edward Mathis with 2013 UPGS for the district chair are running district meetings, tried to lap Team Champion Chris Moore serving as a delegate to the APTA and serving on Van the Moore at one point, Jackson Washtenaw Wayne Kalamazoo Calhoun MPTA Board of Directors. The vice chair organizes and skipping ahead two holes, but the Chair was overruled Burenof plans all district meetings. The secretary keeps track by his team. Chris Moore claimed this year’s “Crimson correspondences relevant to the district and the treasurer Jacket” as the 2013 UPGS Champion.

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Afterwards, we were joined by MPTA President Sue Talley for the MPT-PAC fundraiser Algerfor a lively and Iron passionate discussion on current state and national issues Schoolcraft Mackinac while raising over $1400 for Dickinson MPT-PAC. Please check out Delta and like our Facebook pages to see pictures from the event. This year, we followed the golf social with a continuing education course taught by Jeff Menominee and Chris Moore the following day. The “Subgrouping Treatments for Low Back Pain: A Paradigm Shift” was an excellent and very well presented course. Thanks for everyone that attended the weekend events and we look forward to having a warmer UPGS in 2014. In other news, I am happy to announce that Mark Kargela, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS has been appointed to the Secretary/ Treasurer position. Welcome to the team Mark! I would also like to report that I have informed the board and our nominating committee that I will not be seeking a third term as your District Chair. The time has come for me to step down as I take on a new challenge. If you have interest in becoming our new Chair, please contact the UP District nominating committee:



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Andrews University

Sumitted by Kim Coleman-Ferreira, PT, MSPT, DCE Momentary silence is what we experience for a few days in the summer as the first and second year students leave campus for clinicals and the third year students finish their final internship before they return for graduation. We are very proud of the Class of 2013 and congratulate them on their successful completion of the AU DPT program. Thirty three new grads are ready to go out and change the world. We wish them the very best as they begin their career in this incredible profession. This summer has been an atypical one for our department as we are saying goodbye to two of our faculty members who have been cornerstones for our program. Dr. Wayne Perry and Dr. John Carlos Jr. are retiring each after nearly 20 years in our programs. Their contribution of time, service, research, leadership and mentorship has been a tremendous blessing to our department, students and to the profession. They truly leave a legacy; we are deeply indebted to them. They have both become Professor Emeritus so we look forward to their continued connection to Andrews University; we are also fortunate to have Dr. John Carlos Jr remain as a lab assistant and a guest lecturer for different courses this coming school year. Seven years ago I found myself writing about being the new DCE and it always feels a bit strange to write about myself, but here I go again. I, Kim (Coleman) Ferreira, PT, MSPT, PhD(c), am the new Department Chair. It has been a privilege to be the DCE and Assistant Director of the Entry-level program for our program. I will miss working directly with students and CIs as DCE. I look forward to the new opportunities and challenges that will come my way as the Chair. Wayne Perry has been an excellent mentor and I know I have big shoes to fill by accepting this position. It is an honor to be in this position with the exceptional team of faculty and staff we have here at AUPT. I am pleased to announce Bill Scott, PT, MSPT as our new Director of Clinical Education. Bill obtained his M.S. in Physical Therapy in 1996 from Andrews University. He has been in practice since 1996, primarily in orthopedic practice. He has been a Clinical Instructor for many students during this time. Professor Scott has worked as a lab assistant and given guest lectures for numerous years in our program. Professor Scott also has experience in management, which is essential as a DCE. His experience as a clinician, CI and manager will make

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a significant contribution to our faculty, students and program. Equally good news, Caryn Pierce, PT, MSPT is our new Behavioral Sciences Coordinator and Post-professional Assistant Director. Caryn obtained her M.S. in Physical Therapy in 1995 from Andrews University. Since then she has practiced physical therapy in a number of settings including inpatient rehab and home health care though her primary focus has been outpatient orthopedics and specifically manual therapy. Her manual therapy certifications include Strain/Counterstrain, Structural Integration, and Manual Therapy. She is currently qualified as a clinic mentor for the Jones Institute of Strain/ Counterstrain and owns her own mobile physical therapy practice. We are happy to have her join our team.

Grand Valley State University

Submitted by Bonni Kinne, PT, MSPT, MA In July, the 46 members of the Class of 2013 completed their final clinical experiences and presented their final research projects. On “Research Day,” Bryan Alonzo, Dayna Briggs, and Leonard VanGelder (under the guidance of Professor Barbara Hoogenboom) won the “best platform award” for their presentation titled: ”EMG Analysis and Sagittal Plane Kinematics of the Two Handed and One Handed Kettlebell.” In addition, Katherine Farrimond, Amber Lenhart, and Meredith Wall (under the guidance of Professor Daniel Vaughn) won the “best poster award” for their presentation entitled “The Immediate Effects of a Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment Approach on Patients with Shoulder Pain.” In August, we’ll be saying goodbye to Professor John Ritch, who is retiring after Charity Golf Tournament Participants From 47 years of The Class Of 2014 physical therapy service. We’re going to miss you! At the same time, we’ll be saying hello to two new faculty members. Professor Mary Lomonaco-Harig comes to us from Shoreline Sport

& Spine in Spring Lake, Michigan and Professor Jon Rose comes to us from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Welcome to both of you! In other news, Claire Dulin (2013 graduate) received the “Gary L. Soderberg Doctor of Physical Therapy Visionary Foundation Award.” Professor Meri Goehring (along with 2013 graduate Kayla Wilson) published an article in “Gerinotes,” Professor Bonni Kinne published articles in “Physical Therapy Reviews” and “On the Level: Quarterly Newsletter of the Vestibular Disorders Association,” and Professor Michael Shoemaker (along with 2013 graduates Brian Keenoy, Patrick Slotman, and Bradley Smith) published an article in the “World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases.” Professor Cathy Harro presented research at the “7th World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine” in Beijing, China. She also began working as an APTA Parkinson EDGE task force member for the neurology section as well as working with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Neurology Specialty Practice Revalidation Work Group. Professor Meri Goehring became a member of the APTA Committee for Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines, Professor Bonni Kinne was named secretary of the MPTA Institute for Education and Research, and Professor Laurie Stickler became a member of the MPTA research committee. Finally, the Class of 2014 recently hosted a charity golf tournament. Half of the proceeds from this event went to the Vestibular Disorders Association, a non-profit organization that provides support to individuals living with vestibular disorders.

Mid Michigan Community College

consultant. The program intends to be fully prepared for the CAPTE visit in order to have an efficient and fluid review for the accreditation renewal. As mentioned in our last article, we are requesting all of our Center Coordinators of Clinical Education to review and update their Clinical Site Information Forms (CSIF) so the information is accurate and current when the onsite reviewers arrive. We also will be soliciting our clinical education staff to participate in an interview session when the team visits. Another development this summer has been the transition of the PTA 101 Orientation to Physical Therapy course to an online course beginning this fall. This course has only one section per fall and winter semester, but the course will alternate between online and on-campus settings in order to better serve our students as a whole. Students must take this pre-requisite course prior to admission to the PTA Program. An orientation meeting was held for the new PTA cohort in late July. The orientation meeting introduces the students to the faculty, the PTA lab, and the student manual. The review of the student manual is balanced with some fun ice-breaker games that help the students begin to build trust and relationships with each other. We have now exhausted our original waiting list of students. Approximately three quarters of the admitted cohort was through the use of our new selective admissions process. The faculty in the PTA Program at MMCC are looking forward to this next cohort and implementing new teaching techniques acquired at faculty development courses. It is our hope to enhance each student’s learning experience both in the classroom and in the clinic through quality content and instruction. Find us at the MPTA Fall Conference! We look forward to seeing you.

Submitted by Crystal Parker, PTA, BS

The PTA Program of MMCC would like to encourage all PTAs and PTs to attend the 2013 MPTA Fall Conference being held October 11th and 12th at the Westin Southfield. The Spring and Fall Conference is a time of refreshing, networking, and learning for physical therapy professionals. Please visit for more information. This summer the core faculty has been working on preparing for the CAPTE on-site review that is scheduled for the first week of June in 2014. Many of the program documents have been updated and reviewed by a CAPTE

University of Michigan – Flint Submitted by Jennifer Blackwood, PT, MPT, GCS

Summer has quickly turned into fall and the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Michigan Flint Physical Therapy Program continue to have much to report with regards to growth of the various professional and post professional educational programs. continued on page 26 • Fall 2013 n 25

A doctoral hooding and residency ceremony was held in August for the class of 2013 and post professional students who completed residencies in Orthopedic or Geriatric Physical Therapy. We wish them well throughout their careers and the continuation of their professional development. At the beginning of this month, we welcome the new students of the class of 2016 as they begin their formal didactic education into becoming a physical therapist. Students are actively fundraising and making plans to attend the National Student Conclave in Louisville, KY in October. Students and faculty are also making plans to attend the MPTA Fall Conference in October as well as Combined Sections in February, as many of them are involved in research presentations or educational sessions. Students in the Class of 2014 are currently out on a four week clinical, but will return in early October to finish the last couple of months of their didactic education before heading out for their full time clinical affiliations. They will be busy finishing their service learning projects and presenting their case reports, in addition to their other classes. Congratulations to alumnus and faculty member Dr. Amy Yorke PT, PhD, NCS who successfully defended her dissertation at WMU this past summer!

The post professional program continues to offer a transitional DPT as well as five certificate programs. We welcomed the third cohort of internationally educated physical therapists from Nigeria this fall into the transitional DPT program. Multiple students are involved in post professional residencies in Geriatrics, Orthopedics, Pediatrics and Neurologic PT. Other opportunities for lifelong learning and continuing education teleconferences will continue to be offered through the post professional program throughout the academic year and those interested may contact the department. Lastly, after nearly three decades of service to this program, the University, and the profession, Dr. Cindy Pfalzer PT, PhD, FAPTA recently announced her retirement. She will retire on December 31 after completing her sabbatical. While Cindy is “retiring,” those of you who know her well know that she still has a lot of energy and remains as an inspired researcher. If you see her, ask her about the exciting and impactful research she is planning to do! Thank you Cindy for your endless dedication to physical therapy. Here’s to a productive fall. Go Blue!

HEALTH PROFESSIONAL RECOVERY PROGRAM By Beth Black, Physical Therapy Representative, HPRC

The Health Professional Recovery Program was established by legislation in 1994. This confidential program is designed to encourage health professionals to seek treatment for substance abuse, chemical dependency, or mental illness before their impairment harms a patient or damages their careers. The health professions covered by the HPRP, which has expanded since 1994, include: Audiologists; Chiropractors, Professional Counselors, Dentists, Registered Dental Hygienists, Registered Dental Assistants, Marriage and Family Therapists, Allopathic (M.D.) Physicians, Osteopathic (D.O.) Physicians, Podiatric Physicians, Physicians’ Assistants, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators; Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Respiratory Therapists; Sanitarians, Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and

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Social Workers. The Health Professional Recovery Committee, comprised of members of each health profession, oversees the Health Professional Recovery Program. There are many potential signs of impairment which include: changes in work habits; failure to keep scheduled appointments; late or missing reports or assignments; unacceptable error rates; physical changes; and emotional or behavior changes. Protecting someone who may be impaired is a disservice to the public we all serve. Intervention can be uncomfortable but is a necessary first step if you care about a person’s health and career. Call the HPRP toll free at: 1-800-453-3784 if you are a health professional licensee with a substance use and/or mental and emotional disorder, or know a health professional that needs help. All reports to the HPRP are held in strict confidence, with protection from civil and criminal liability as long as the report or information is given in good faith. Additional information regarding the HPRP can be viewed at

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The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education has credentialed the VA Ann Arbor Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Residency Program in Ann Arbor, MI as a cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy residency program. This is a great accomplishment for Alexandra Sciaky, PT, DPT, MS, CCS and staff in all their work on achieving this credentialing. The credential for this program is effective July 31, 2013 through July 31, 2018. Completion of the credentialing process is an affirmation to the public at large of the Program’s commitment to the protection of the consumer of physical therapy. Recognition of this program will take place during the Residency/Fellowship Career Development Reception at the 2014 Combined Sections Meeting on February 3-6, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. All chapter members are encouraged to join Sciaky and team in this achievement.

SEPTEMBER September 7, 2013 Eastern District Meeting Wayne State University 9:00 am - 12:30 pm September, 2013 Western District Event Buckley, MI Details to Come

OCTOBER October 11-12, 2013 MPTA Fall Conference, 7:30am – 5:00 each day, The Westin, Southfield, MI (Detroit Suburbs). Registration is now open for MPTA Fall Conference visit Register early to take advantage of early registration savings. October 11, 2013 BOD Meeting 8:00pm -10:00pm

NOVEMBER November, 2013 Eastern District Event Details to Come

DECEMBER December 12, 2013 BOD Meeting 8:00pm -10:00pm

For the most up-to-date listing visit: > PT News > Calendar of Events For a national listing of upcoming events visit the APTA website:

Interested in networking with PT, PTA, and students? Consider exhibiting or sponsoring with us at our 2013 Fall Conference by going to or contacting the MPTA Office at (734) 929-6075 or Reserve your space today! • Fall 2013 n 27

Michigan Physical Therapy Association 1390 Eisenhower Place Ann Arbor, MI 48108 You will start seeing QR (Quick Response) Codes on MPTA materials. Use your smart phone and scan the QR Code, and then add it to your bookmarked pages for quick access on your phone. You will need an App for your Smart Phone to be able to scan the QR Code, these can be found generally in the App Store for your phone.

This QR Code will take you to the MPTA homepage,

Social Event ¦ Friday, October 11, 2013 8pm – 10pm ¦ Westin Southfield Hotel Professionals: $30 and MPTA Student Members: $15 Attend the MPT PAC Social event for Music, Fun, Drink and Good-times! Visit for more information and to register. Tickets will include a donations to the MPT-PAC, drink, food, and event admission. Ad paid by the MPT-PAC.

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