TPTA Synergy Winter 2021

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Official Publication of the Texas Physical Therapy Association

Members Giving Back

2021 TPTA Annual Conference Date & Location Kalahari Resort and Conventions Round Rock October 29-31 OFFICERS: Michael Geelhoed, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, President Dana Tew, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS, Vice-President Gail Zitterkopf, PT, DPT, CLT, CKTP, Speaker of the Assembly Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT, OCS, Secretary Barbara Gresham, PT, PhD, Treasurer Ronna Keagle, PT, DPT, OCS , District Executive Committee Representative



Capitol Area: Central: Coastal Bend: East Texas: Greater El Paso: Heart of Texas: Midwest: North Texas: Panhandle: Permian Basin: South Plains: Southeastern:

Nominating Committee: Erica Parazo, PT Bylaws Committee: Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Ethics Committee: Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD Government Affairs Committee: Dana Tew, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS Membership & Public Relations Committee: Erica Parazo, PT (Co-Chair) Nick Purcell, PT, DPT (Co-Chair) Practice & Professional Development Committee: Kai Williams, PT, DPT Payment Policy Committee: William "Bill" Lewis, PT, DPT Tom Waugh Leadership Development Program: Denise Gobert, PT, PhD

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Ronna Keagle, PT, DPT, OCS Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD John Fisher, PT, DPT Polly Bowers-Maness, PTA Lucinda Vizcaino, PTA Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT Justin Tammany, PT, DPT, MBA, ScD Carling Butler, PT, DPT Spencer Church, PT, DPT Mikala Reznik, PT, DPT William "Bill" Lewis, PT, DPT Gail Zitterkopf, PT, DPT, CLT, CKTP

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PT Synergy is published for Texas Physical Therapy Association 900 Congress Avenue, Suite L110 Austin, TX 78701 512.477.1818 EDITOR IN CHIEF Craig Tounget, CAE


Members Giving Back

News from the Texas Board of PT Examiners

Executive Director MANAGING EDITOR Lindsey Green Communications Manager PT SYNERGY is published quarterly by the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Member Updates 5 Executive Director's Report 6 From the TPTA President 13 Calendar of Events

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Thank you to TPTA's Long Term Members

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MEMBER UPDATES Thank you to Mary Daulong for her longterm service to TPTA and the Payment/Policy Committee

TPTA wants to thank long- time APTA/ TPTA member and TPTA Payment/Policy Committee member Mary Daulong for her service to the association and PTs and PTAs in Texas. Mary has been an active APTA/TPTA member for --- years, and has served on the Payment/Policy Committee for 16 years. Her expertise and guidance have been invaluable to the TPTA. We appreciate her efforts on behalf of the association, especially the teaching and mentoring she has done for our members and future leaders. Winter 2021

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Congratulations to the newest TPTA leadership VICE PRESIDENT Dana Tew, PT, DPT, MBA


DELEGATES-AT-LARGE Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Allison Smith, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Jennifer Hale, PT, DPT Myles Quiben, PT, DPT, MS, PhD





e were all anxious for 2020 to be over. We expected better things in 2021, and hopefully those things are yet to come. But it has been a difficult start. The chaos at our nation’s capitol, the far slower rollout of the vaccine than we expected, the consideration of increased restrictions on business and the ban on elective surgeries in many locations, 2021 is not off to a great start. Here at TPTA we are looking forward to a good year. Our office staff is still working remotely, but we have adjusted to these circumstances and are able to continue to provide excellent service to our membership. We have an agreement with our landlord to hold our office space for us until May 1st, at a greatly reduced rate, and we will plan how we move forward as that date approaches. In the meantime, our phone number and our email addresses remain the same and we as a staff are here (in our individual homes) to help. Many things are still yet to be decided about APTA and TPTA events in the coming year. Most of those decisions are out of our hands and will be determined by the status of the virus control and the comfort level of our membership to attend large meetings. Obviously, APTA has moved the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) to a virtual format. Sessions will be available throughout the month of February and members are encouraged to take advantage of these educational opportunities. The TPTA Annual Conference is scheduled for the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock for October 29-31, 2021. We certainly hope that we are able to be together by that time. While the virtual conference in 2020 was successful, it is not the same as having over

900 PTs, PTAs and students in the same place with an opportunity to learn, interact and make lasting friendships. The TPTA Board will be monitoring the safety concerns and other factors as the year progresses and will be making the decision about in-person or virtual that is best for the safety of our members and the good of the association. The 87th Texas Legislature kicked off on January 12th. Like everything else the Session will be different than it has been in the past. There are still ongoing questions about the amount of access to the Capitol and to the Members of the Legislature we will have. We will not be able to hold our traditional “Day at the Capitol” this year. The Capitol will not allow large groups in, the City of Austin will not allow us to have meeting with 500 people as we did in 2019, and most of our members would likely not be comfortable doing so even if it were allowed. But that does not mean that we will not be active in the Session. It just means we will be doing so differently. More information will follow as key legislation is filed in the coming days, but know that we will be asking you to contact you legislators as the Session gears up. It appears that it will be a slow start as the House has indicated they will vote on the rules on the 13th or 14th and then adjourn until January 26th. We will be working to keep you informed and will be asking you to make phone calls, send emails and make virtual visits, when possible. The success that TPTA has had in the past couple of Sessions has been due to the hundreds of contacts our members have made with their legislators. We will be successful this Session as well with your help. Please stay safe and well. Take care of yourselves, your family and your patients.

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ew Year’s Eve is always a time to look back and reminisce fondly on the events of the past year, and look forward to the next. This year is an exception: most of us are saying good riddance to 2020 after a worldwide pandemic, economic shutdowns, unrest over systematic inequality, and extreme political division. But I want to take the opposite approach. I know this year was incredibly difficult for all of us in the PT community for all of the reasons I just listed. And yet I witnessed countless acts of perseverance, ingenuity, and grit from our members which gives us all hope for the future. Just a few examples of this include: rapid adoption of telehealth, furloughed PTs and PTAs advancing their clinical skills and education and innovating new business models to continue to treat our patients, PT and PTA students and faculty switching to virtual learning without any time to prepare, and our members looking for any opportunity to help their communities with donations of time, blood, money, and other resources. We all exemplified the advice of our APTA President Sharon Dunn, who quipped “never waste a good crisis” back in late March 2020. I have one ask for you in 2021. I beg you to get your immediate friends, family, and surrounding communities to increase the frequency and/ or intensity of their physical activity. We need to share the benefits of physical therapy to more than just our patients—we need to tell everyone in our state and country. Our expertise, movement and exercise, is truly Summer 2017 Winter 2021

the magic bullet in healthcare. All of the top 10 most expensive health conditions in our broken healthcare system can be prevented and/or treated with our expertise: movement and exercise. Exercise is proven to boost immunity and accelerate recovery from COVID and other communicable diseases. We need to stop relying on the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare providers to bail us out with more medication and other suboptimal solutions, and instead get our communities moving and healthier. COVID exposed the truth that diseases like it are Darwinist, and prey on the sickest and weakest in our society, and sadly expose the glaring health inequities in our state and country that we have failed to address. The answer to a vast majority of our healthcare system’s problems is relatively simple: get a healthy night’s sleep, exercise regularly, and eat a sensible, balanced diet. We must educate and encourage our patients to increase their physical activity on every PT visit, flood our social media feeds with the benefits of movement and exercise, and create positive change in our communities by getting them more active. As those of you who I’ve spoken to this past year can attest, I still believe our best days are ahead of us in PT. This is because of what I just emphasized in the paragraph above: our expertise (movement and exercise) aligns so well with the optimal solution for physical and mental health and wellness. Please help me spread this message, and have a safe and happy new year.

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Human Trafficking Prevention Training

New Renewal Requirement Effective September 1, 2020 reprinted with the permission of the TEXAS BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY EXAMINERS


uring the 86th Legislature in 2019, House Bill (HB) 2059, which requires human trafficking prevention training as a condition for license renewal for certain health care practitioners, passed and was signed into law. The training is designed to equip health care practitioners with the training needed to help detect potential victims of human trafficking and to provide them with adequate care and information regarding additional support services. To meet the requirement, certain health care practitioners, which includes PTs and PTAs, will be required to complete a training course on human trafficking approved by the Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in order to renew their license. Information on approved courses is available at: For PTs and PTAs, a minimum of 1 CCU of approved Human Trafficking Prevention Training is now part of the continuing competence renewal requirement. This requirement pertains to active licensees

who are renewing their license either timely or late, individuals who are restoring their license, licensees on inactive status who are returning to active status, and licensees who are performing voluntary charity care on retired status who are renewing their license. Only courses approved by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) qualify for meeting the Human Trafficking Prevention Training requirement. However, CCUs for courses on human trafficking that are approved through the Continuing Competence Approval Program (CCAP) or are provided by a TX Accredited Provider can apply toward the total CCU renewal requirement but will not meet the Human Trafficking Prevention Training requirement. Courses approved through HHSC may or may not reflect physical therapy CCU credit. Equivalency is determined by 1 contact hour equals 1 CCU. The credit can be applied toward the total number of required CCUs for renewal. Instructions for entering the course on the Continuing Competence Activity Summary is available during the online license renewal process.

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Members G Students Step Up to a Challenge Like no Other


This is a time truly unlike any other. The COVID-19 crisis has created extreme challenges for all of us in the physical therapy community, both personally and professionally.

the Foundation has funded 28 researchers from the state of Texas. FPTR remains appreciative of the commitment of PT and PTA students from Texas in supporting physical therapy research.

Over the past 30 years, more than 300 schools and thousands of PT and PTA students have participated in the Marquette Challenge – an annual student-led fundraiser that benefits the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR). Over the years, the Marquette Challenge has raised more than $4.3 million for research. FPTR depends on these funds to award grants, scholarships, and fellowships.

Please join me and other students in supporting the 2020-2021 VCU-Marquette Challenge “A Challenge Like No Other”

Like many nonprofits, FPTR has been affected by the health crisis and economic disruptions. These disruptions also impacted the 2019-2020 VCUMarquette Challenge, which was suspended when campuses moved to distance learning. The Challenge is FPTR’s largest annual fundraising effort representing 30% of the overall fundraising budget. Due to the suspension of this year’s Challenge, FPTR faces a budget shortfall. Today, student fundraisers are more important to FPTR’s mission than ever. Though this year will be different, we are asking students to rise to "A Challenge Like No Other” in our times. I hope you will connect with physical therapy research in a meaningful way by fundraising for the 2020-2021 VCU- Marquette Challenge. PT/PTA students and faculty have been staunch supporters of FPTR, and every donation is critical to the success of the Challenge. Over the years, Summer 2017 Winter 2021

Faculty and students in the state of Texas are encouraged to visit the Marquette Challenge website at to learn how they can support FPTR and physical therapy research through the 2020-2021 VCU-Marquette Challenge. Or, they can go directly to FPTR’s giving tool and create an online fundraising page at About the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research was established in 1979 as the only national, independent nonprofit organization solely dedicated to funding physical therapy research. Since its inception, FPTR has awarded more than $19 million in research grants, fellowships, and scholarships to more than 640 promising researchers. Many of today’s leading physical therapy researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their careers with this support. Foundationfunded researchers have gone on to secure more than $845 million in follow-on funding. www.

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Giving Back Hardin-Simmons Physical Therapy Department Builds Wheelchair Ramps for Local Disabled Community During National Physical Therapy days of service 2020, Hardin-Simmons University’s PT department began their third year of building wheelchair ramps for the Abilene community. Date: Saturday, October 24th at 8:00am Location: 641 Mesquite Abilene,Tx. This service project is helping to provide much needed assistance to the disabled members of our community. This project not only benefits the community, but it also helps to educate physical therapy students about ADA regulations which are part of the National Licensure Exam. We are fortunate enough to have Dr. Joe McCormick, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, helping lead this project. He first became involved with the project through Boots on the Ground, a ministry of Beltway

Park Church, a hands-on ministry providing developmental relief to children, the elderly, and disabled with essential needs. Dr. McCormick recognized the unique opportunity that this would give to our PT students through a hands-on connection with their field and quickly mobilized a team of volunteers to participate.

“The Hardin-Simmons Physical Therapy program emphasizes servantleadership as an integral core value of a student’s education. Teaming with Boots on the Ground to build wheelchair ramps provides valuable handson skills & knowledge for PT students while making accessibility a reality for the homeowner. Both parties benefit immensely from this service project which is totally guided by the Lord.” Janelle O’Connell, Dean of the College of Health Professions

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THANK YOU TPTA Thanks Long-time Members o

TPTA has a long list of PTs and PTAs who have been members of the associatio and thank them for their membership and continued support of the assocatio


Nancy Brady, PT Regina Spangler, PT Carolyn Mason, PT, PhD Martha Hinman, PT, DPT, EdD Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD Mitzi Wiggin, PT, MPT Gatha Wilson, PT Mark Pape, PT Larry Feeler, PT Terry Bunker, PT Marsha Rutland, PT, MEd, ScD Barbara Gresham, PT, PhD Robert Kunkel, PT Ann Katz, PT Alice Bayne, PT Phyllis Allison, PTA Carolyn Oddo, PT, MS Edward Mulligan, PT, DPT, ATC M. Platt, PT David Wendeborn, PT Melanie Hitz, PT Myra Banke, PT Fatima Hakeem, PT Michelle Hileman, PT Angela Phillips, PT Mary Thompson, PT, PhD Mary Kratz, PT Kathy Mitchell, PT Janet Bezner, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA Carolyn Lidiak, PT Thomas Reid, PT Summer 2017 Winter 2021

Martha Ulcak, PT Patti Schwartz, PT Gloria Smith-Dodgen, PT Thomas Nemky, PT Ernie Liddle, PT, MS Karen Gordon, PT Christine Baker, PT, EdD FAPTA Julie DeVahl, PT, DPT Elaine Trudelle-Jackson, PT, PhD Mary Garrett, PT, DPT Anne Campbell, PT Debra Brock, PT, DPT, MS Sheryl Fairchild, PT Christiana Robichaud, PT Peter Bentz, PT Nancy Hogg, PT Kay Youens, PT Sharon Olson, PT, PhD Ann Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD Martina Jackson, PT Kathleen Manella, PT, PhD Lucy Brandon, PT William Breland, PT Diane Funk, PT Susan Pressler, PT Viola Shaffer, PT Catherine Kuehn, PT Havala Johanson, PT Jiten Shah, PT Carol McFarland, PT, PhD Janet Scheetz, PT Barbara Ekiert-Platter, PT page10 6 page

Karen Kirkham, PT Candace Brandau, PT Tom McKelvey, PT Manuel Domenech, PT, EdD Virginia Smith, PT Norelle Lundy, PT Donna White, PT Erika Weber, PT Carol Chambers, PT, MS Stephen Leonard, PT Joni Cabaniss, PT Suzanne Copeland, PT Stan Hartgraves, PT, PhD Barbara Carroll, PT Jerald Hurt, PT Eugenia Cox, PT Champe Philips, PT Jean Coe, PT, DPT, PhD Charles Costello, PT, PhD Rebecca Hooper, PT, PhD Catherine Currier-Buckingham, PT Michael Cunningham, PT Cathy Thut, PT, DPT, MBA Mary Daulong, PT Linda Longoria, PT, MA Kathleen Fincher, PT, MS Cynthia Manes, PT Carolyn Buckley, PT, MSHP Victor Kennel, PT Margaret Godbey, PT John House, PT

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on for 40 or more years. We are proud to celebrate these amazing members on for many years to come.

Patricia Deligans, PT Suzanne Buck, PT Rubye Kendrick, PT, MS Judith Hembree, PT, PhD Barbara Hooten, PT Louise Rice, PT Linda Whitworth, PT Robert Wood, PT Bonnie Dockan, PT Joan Rubin, PT Elizabeth Carmichael, PT Suzanne Needham, PT


Barbara Sanders, PT, PhD, FAPTA Betty MacNeill, PT, DPT Cynthia Fisher, PT, DPT, MS Benjamin Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD Gladys Wright, PT James Crawford, PT Deborah Dorcus, PT Betty Salas, PT Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, MA, PhD Claire Peel, PT, PhD, FAPTA

James Dalton, PT Barbara Nash, PT Jeanne Walker, PT Floyd Courtney, PT Mary Bowers, PT Lynn Grantham, PT Janet Seward, PT Margaret Davis, PT Patricia Evans, PT Myron Thompson, PT Donna Stadler, PT Philip Canton, PT Ann Mueller, PT Alam Trammell, PT Julia Mikals, PT Nora Prestinari, PT Virginia Phillips, PT Jeanette Munroe, PT David Greathouse, PT, PhD, Elizabeth Protas, PT, PhD, FAPTA FAPTA Eileen Donovan, PT, MEd Mary Carlson, PT, PhD Ronald Peyton, PT, MS, FAPTA Nancy Malpass, PT Joseph Kleinkort, PT, MA, PhD Barbara Greene, PT Susan Clarke, PT

Cynthia Thomas, PT Asa Ellis, PT Davis Gordon, PT Rasheed Quadri, PT David McCool, PT David Davidson, PT Pamela Jones, PT, MPT, LMT Harriet Lewis, PT, MS Arthur Norton, PT Patricia Blau, PT, PhD

Georgianna Wilson, PT Jacqueline Montgomery, PT, MA Elizabeth Stockmoe, PT Esther Snell, PT Ruthanne Wise, PT Marianna Alfaro, PT Mary Milligan, PT Billie George, PT Eugene Hull, PT Judy McInnis, PT F. Mutzner, PT Margaret Smith, PT Laverne Mendel, PT David Drost, PT continued on page 12

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60+ Patricia DeCoste, PT Florence Elliott, PT Loraine Millican, PT Hilda Cooper, PT Garland Picou, PT J. Wendeborn, PT Sylvia Crisp, PT Glen Funkey, PT Royce Meyers, PT

Jacqueline King, PT Miles Reich, PT Glenn Turner, PT Charles Opersteny, PT Barbara Kelly, PT Jane Hamlyn, PT M. Rosenstein, PT Raymond Hogue, PT, PhD Michael Beirponch, PT

Miriam Partridge, PT Patricia Childs, PT Patricia Shields, PT Nancy Talley, PT Billie Davis, PT Joan Firra, PT, PhD Rex Nutt, PT Fern Dabill, PT

Joyce Kirkpatrick, PT Madell Frazier, PT

Frank Jarnevic, PT Doris Porter, PT

Betty Clay, PT Pearl Struthers, PT


TPTA Audit Reports TPTA is making available audit reports from the prior four years. Any questions about the audits or reports can be directed to TPTA's Executive Director, Craig Tounget, CAE at Please click below to be directed to the reports on the TPTA website.

TPTA Audit Reports 2016-2019 2017 Winter 2021 Summer 2017

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Calendar of events

Southeastern District

Tuesday, February 16, Between the Seams: Rehabilitaiton Considerations for 2021 6:00-8:00pm the Throwing Athlete

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East Texas District A Clinical Instructors Guide to an Updated PTA MACS

Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:00-7:30pm

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