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Official Publication of the Texas Physical Therapy Association

2019 Texas Legislature

In Session

Registration is open soon for TPTA's 2019 Legislative Day!

OFFICERS: Michael Connors, PT, DPT, OCS, President Michael Geelhoed, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, Vice-President Gail Zitterkopf, PT, DPT, CLT, CKTP, Speaker of the Assembly Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT, OCS, Secretary Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD, Treasurer



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

Nominating Committee: Bylaws Committee: Ethics Committee: Government Affairs Committee: Membership Committee: Practice Committee: Public Relations Committee: Payment Policy Committee:

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Ronna Keagle, PT, DPT, OCS Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD Aaron Cantu, PT, DPT Polly Bowers-Maness, PTA Herman A Koster, PT (Interim) Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT Regina Hartnett, PT (Co-Chair) Carling Butler, PT, Dpt Spencer Church, PT, DPT (Co-Chair) Misty Miller, PT, DPT (Co-Chair) Mikala Reznik, PT, DPT Brad Allen, PT, ScD, COMT Gail Zitterkopf, PT, DPT, CLT, CKTP

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Lauren Szot, PT, DPT Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD Dana Tew, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS Vacant Jon Anderson, PT Colette Pientok, PT, DPT, OCS William "Bill" Lewis, PT, DPT


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 Executive Director

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From the TPTA President PTA News


TPTA Annual Conference 2018 Photos

District News


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


New Fingerprinting Requirements for Licensees

2019 Texas Legislative session preview

IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Member Updates 5 Executive Director's Report

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MEMBER UPDATES Congratulations to the new TPTA officers!


President - Cord DeMoss, SPT Vice President - Hannah John, SPT Treasurer - Binaifer Alpaiwalla, SPT Secretary - M. Paul Appleman, SPT Core Ambassador - JC Chrisman, SPT SPTA Delegate - Paul Lopez, SPT SPT Delegate - Kelsi Hendrix, SPT

Secretary Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT Speaker of the Assembly Gail Zitterkopf, PT, DPT

Congratulations to Annalisa Na, PT, PhD for winning the Geriatric Research Grant

Nominating Committee Michael Braitsch, PT, DPT Jenise Engelke, PT, DPT Delegates-at-Large Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT Jaime Gonzalez, PT, DPT Myla Claire Quiben, PT, DPT, MS, PhD Allison Smith, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Lois Stickley, PT, PhD Winter 2018

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Annalisa Na, PT, PhD, was awarded the $40,000 Geriatric Research Grant. The goal for her project, titled "Functional Recovery in Patients with Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus following a Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty," is to improve outcomes by establishing effective guidelines. This grant is funded by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy Fund.

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hanks to all of you who joined us in San Antonio for one of the most successful Annual Conferences TPTA has had in years. About 900 of you attended the many wonderful educational classes, explored the sold-out exhibit hall and experienced many great networking opportunities. The rest of you should begin making plans to attend next year. Be watching the website and all TPTA publications in the coming weeks when we will be announcing the dates and location of the 2019 Annual Conference. The focus of the TPTA staff now turns to the upcoming Legislative Session. We have added a new staff member, Georgia Bates, as our Legislative Specialist and have hired the former Commissioner of the Texas Workers’ Comp Commission, Ryan Brannen, as our outside lobbyist. We are off to a great start in preparing for the Session and the Direct Access bill has already been pre-filed. It is HB 29 and you will be hearing from us regularly as we pursue passage. 2018 was a year of transition here at TPTA as we made some operational changes and moved the location of our office. I am proud to say that we start 2019 in a very solid financial position and have a staff that has proven they are up to the challenge of providing the service that the members of TPTA deserve. Our successful

Annual Conference, the renewal of the CCAP contract with the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, the launch of a new website and a new logo and the continued growth in membership have us entering 2019 with an extremely positive attitude. The TPTA PAC contributed significantly to over 30 Members of the Legislature. It is through the continued participation in the political process that we are going to be able to move the profession along. Please keep contributing to the PAC and consider becoming a sustaining member with a regular monthly contribution. You can contribute here. We know that there will continue to be challenges in serving the members of TPTA. The Board of Directors developed a new strategic plan this year that will guide us to make even more improvements in our technology and our ability to communicate with the membership. We are also working to improve our ability to communicate with the public. We are working with APTA and getting some Texas specific information on their website that is for the public seeking information about physical therapy. Thank you for your continued support of TPTA and I hope that we can make 2019 the most successful year in TPTA history.

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from the TPTA PRESIDENT 'm Mike Connors, the current President of the TPTA.

We have not had a President’s message in quite a while but I’m bringing it back as we enter into 2019! Happy Holidays! As 2018 comes to a close, it’s a great time to reflect back on the last year and look forward to the year ahead. As we reflect on the past year, we have a multitude of things to be thankful for as an association. First, our membership base continues to experience year over year growth. We are working diligently to retain our current members while continuing to embrace the growth that arises with new members. The growth of our chapter provides us with the opportunity to continue to enhance the services and benefits we supply to our members. Next, we had a successful chapter office move to a new office space. The new office is located in the same building as the former office but is now located in the basement. This new office space will enhance the ability of our staff to continue to meet the needs of our members. If you are in the Austin area, stop by and check out the new space and say Summer2018 2017 Winter

hello to our phenomenal office staff! Lastly, we will finish 2018 in a very strong position as an association. Due to the efforts of our chapter staff, along with our dedicated volunteers, we had a very successful annual conference in San Antonio. We had a tremendous attendance of over 900 of our colleagues. In addition, we had excellent programming encompassing a variety of topics and content areas and a sold-out exhibit hall. As we look forward to 2019, we have a significant opportunity to move the needle on the legislative front. HB 29, patient access to Physical Therapy, was filed by Rep. Minjarez of San Antonio. This bill would provide patients with the ability to seek out the services of a physical therapist without a referral. We have our 2019 Legislative Day scheduled for February 19, 2019. Please join us in Austin to enhance our patient’s access to our services. I wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season. I wish you all success in 2019!! Michael Connors, PT, DPT, PhD Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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TPTA Tagline Contest

Thank you to everyone who submitted new taglines for TPTA. Now it's time to vote! Below are the six taglines up for voting. If you missed out on submitting, you can still submit a new entry on the voting page (link is below).

Moving Texans forward to a healthier tomorrow! Texas Physical Therapy Association: We Keep EveryBODY Moving Care that moves you forward TPTA moves Texans

The deadline for voting is January 11th on the TPTA website at

Strength in Mobility

For questions, please contact Lindsey Green at or (512) 477-1818.

A state in Motion!

FOCUS on Member Benefits REHABILITATION REFERENCE CENTER Popular with PTs, PTAs, and students, the RRC provides information on diseases and conditions, and numerous point-ofcare resources, including a collection of exercise images that alone could cost an individual $2,000 to purchase. The Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC) provides current information and point-of-care resources in the fields of physical therapy, sports Summer 2017

medicine, occupational, and speech therapy. It is designed to help clinicians provide the best plan of care for their patients, content is updated daily and focuses on systematic identification, evaluation, and consolidation of practice-changing information. Click here for APTA's online Rehabilitation Reference Center. There's also a video tutorial.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 TPTA Annual Conference in San Antonio. The conference was a huge success, and we're looking forward to another amazing event next year!

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The 2019 Texas Legislature

he 2019 Legislative Session begins January 8th and ends on Memorial Day, May 27th. Many things can happen during those 140 days, both good and bad. TPTA will again be seeking to pass Direct Access legislation. We have some early momentum on this legislation. Rep. Ina Minjarez of San Antonio actually sought us our saying that she wanted to be the author of this bill because she thought it was very important. She filed it on the very first day of pre-filing and it is HB 29. The first twenty bills are reserved by the Speaker of the House as priority legislation. That means that Direct Access was the 9th bill filed for this Session. While a low bill number does not guarantee passage is sends a very strong signal that it is extremely important to the Legislator who filed it. We are currently working to line up coauthors and co-sponsors. Please contact your St. Rep. and ask them to sign onto the bill as a co-sponsor to HB 29. The more co-sponsors we can line up the stronger our position will be. We are talking with a couple of different Senators right now and hope to have a companion bill filed on the Senate side before the legislature convenes in January. Winter 2018

We are also visiting with various members about legislation that would allow PTs to make Return-to-Play decisions for athletes in the concussion protocol. We have a number of TPTA members who work for school districts or with other teams and athletes and feel this is an appropriate role for them. An additional piece of legislation we will be promoting is to allow PTs to be included in the list of practitioners who can determine eligibility for disability placards and license plates for their patients. And as always, we will be watching for any attacks to the PT scope of practice and your ability to serve your patients. As the Session gets underway you will be getting more alerts through the GAC Insider and other methods of communications about the progress of the various pieces of legislation. If you know your St. Rep. and/or St. Senator and have not signed up to be a Key Contact, please do so by contacting our Legislative Specialist, Georgia Bates at We will be asking Key Contacts to reach out to their elected officials at strategically important times. SAVE THE DATE FOR TPTA DAY AT THE CAPITOL!! FEBRUARY 19TH. WE NEED YOU THERE!!

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PTA Celebrates 50th Anniversary by SHELBY MELTON, PTA, BS


nniversaries are significant, especially as the length of time to be celebrated increases. In the year 2019, Physical Therapist Assistants across the country will be celebrating the professions’ 50th year. The PTA 50th anniversary is a time to reflect on our past, revel in the present and excitedly anticipate our future.

You can share these acts with us by using #TXPTA50th on social media. We welcome all those that would like to join us at Annual Conference in 2019 to join in the celebration as well. More details to come on this festivity!

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of PTA’s poses even more significance given the Physical Therapy The TPTA Physical Therapist Assistant Special Interest Centennial is to be celebrated in 2021. What a time Group is inviting you to participate with us through to be practicing our art and to welcome our new acts of service and fellowship throughout the year. therapists into the profession!



he annual PTA SIG Meeting at the TPTA Annual Conference in San Antonio was one of the best attended meetings we’ve ever had. We were honored to have the room flied with so many bright and energetic students and professionals. Many thanks to our guest speakers: Craig Tounget, TPTA CEO, Dr. Michael Geelhoed, TPTA Vice President, LaShauna Maxwell, Annual Conference Director and TPTA Staff, Dr. Janet Bezner, TPTA Chief Delegate, and Dr. Lynne Hughes and Dr. Carolyn Utsey, from UTMB’s DPT Bridge Program.

here and pay a $30 donation fee. Complete the miles by running, walking, swimming, doing a e ro b i c s o r Zumba - the choice is yours! It's that simple! You can also choose to make a one-time donation. Donations collected will help support the programs The new elected officers for the PTA-SIG are: of TPTA and the PTA-SIG. The first 100 participants Shelby Jan Melton - Treasurer; Luke Markert - will receive a TPTA 10K tee-shirt! Nominating Committee; Deb Nic Vol (Nicole Volek) – Chair Important Save the Dates for Texas Talks (open to all Texas PTAs) During the conference the PTA-SIG kicked off National Physical Therapy Month with a virtual 10K! The TPTA 1/20/19 10K will run from October 1 until December 31, 2018. 4/14/19 How does it work? You can register for the virtual 10K 8/18/19 page 13 11

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new fingerprinting requirements


t their October 19, 2018 meeting, the PT Board adopted amendments in order to implement Criminal Background Checks (CBC) through fingerprinting as part of the requirement for all new applicants for licensure and current licensees as part of their renewal process if they have not previously submitted fingerprints for initial issuance of licensure or for a prior license renewal or restoration.

licensee. Licensees who are on inactive status will need to comply when reinstating to active status. If you renew your license prior to January 1, 2019 even if the expiration date is afterward, you will need to comply with the requirement prior to your next renewal. What does this mean for a new licensee?

Fingerprinting will be required for any applicant for licensure either by exam These amendments were adopted in order or endorsement whose license is issued to comply with a statutory amendment to on or after January 1, 2019 as part of the PT Practice Act made during the 85th the licensure requirements. Legislative Session regarding criminal background checks. Rollout for the new What if an applicant or licensee has requirement is January 1, 2019. had to be fingerprinted for some other reason? What does this mean for licensees renewing their license? Previously undergoing a CBC through fingerprinting (TSA, employer, etc.) does Current licensees who renew their license not exempt an applicant or a current on or after January 1, 2019 will have licensee from this requirement as other fingerprinting as a renewal requirement entities are not allowed to share criminal if they have not previously submitted history background check results with the fingerprints for initial issuance of PT Board. licensure or for a prior license renewal or restoration. This includes current licensees, For more information about the specific licensees renewing a retired status who procedures to follow, go to the Board’s are performing voluntary charity care, as website at Or click well as individuals who are restoring their here for the direct link. Winter 2018

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TEXAS PHYSICAL THERAPY FOUNDATION NEWS by MICHAEL GEELHOED, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, PRESIDENT, TPTF Texas Physical Therapy Foundation (TPTF) Tof heisoververy pleased to announce the awarding $12,000 to 4 projects for the coming

endowment account that can provide seed money for Texas researchers in perpetuity.

year. This represents the largest amount TPTF In fundraising news, TPTF received the following generous donations in 2018: has funded in the last decade. The recipients: A $2500 donation from the UTEP PT • De Silva et al (TWU): $3343 for “Falls • and Fear of Falling in Adults Who Require program faculty and students from their annual fundraiser. Under the guidance of UTEP Faculty Wheelchairs for Locomotion” and TPTF grant recipients Celia Pechak and • Wingard (TWU/TIRR Memorial Hermann): Loretta Dillon, the UTEP DPT students have $4500 for “The Effects of Plantar Flexion donated over $18,000 from the proceeds of Training on Torque and Step Length Asymmetry their fundraisers to TPTF in the past 8 years. in People with Chronic Stroke” • Annual donations of $5000 from the • Manning and Boyles (UTEP): $3245 for Texas Consortium for PT Clinical Education, and “An Observational Study of Reach Planning and $2500 from Accountable Healthcare Staffing Action in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from proceeds of sales of the PT MACS and PTA Compared to Typical Developing Children” MACS. • Lyon and MacNeill (TWU): $829 for “Therapist Perceptions of the Impact of Standardized Balance Measurement on Therapist Decision-making and Patient Outcomes” Special thanks to our grant review committee: Sharon Wang (chair), Julie Mankinen, Caroline Jansen, Jean-Michel Brismee, Ann Medley, Janna McGaugh, Steve Goffar, and Carol McFarland. The TPTF is your foundation supporting Texas research: 100% of all donations are distributed as grants or put into investment for future grants. Your TPTF functions with zero administrative costs and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Texas researchers. Since 2006 we have built our investment account from $2000 to $130,000, exceeding our goal of a $100,000

• A $1500 donation from the proceeds of 2 CI Certification courses held in San Antonio in April and September. This marks the 7th year in a row that the San Antonio DCE’s have donated 100% of their proceeds to TPTF. Special thanks and remembrance go to Barb Melzer, an original author of the CI Certification course and the inspiration for holding it annually to support the TPTF. Be on the lookout for our request for proposals for 2019 next summer! For information, go to our webpage at: Grants or email our research committee chair, Sharon Wang at Thank you for your interest and support of YOUR Texas PT Foundation!

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news from southea

Looking for information about what's happening in the Southeastern district or want to share your own news? Follow us on our Facebook page "Southeastern District (SED) of the TPTA" and our new Instagram page @SEDofTPTA

SED Kickball Classic

October 6, 2018 was a very hot fall Saturday, with eight teams meeting for the second annual SED Kickball Classic to kickoff Physical Therapy Month. Last year’s inaugural tournament was a great success, and this year was no different. Each year, the SED plans an event to raise money for a local, deserving charity and for the SED. The organization that was chosen, this year, is Operation Snowstorm, a local organization who has made it their mission to bring joy to terminally ill Houston children. The organization organizes snow parties with 10,000 lbs. of snow for each child and their family to play with and documents the event so that the family can cherish these memories, forever. The SED was able to donate $750, this year, to this organization due to the participation of the many teams in the tournament. This year, there were teams representing Memorial Hermann, TIRR, Methodist, OPTIM Fellowship, University of Houston Pre PT/ OT Students, and other teams made of players from other local healthcare organizations. Each team brought good sportsmanship and a competitive spirit to Houston Sportsplex, to raise money for such a wonderful cause. After a hard-fought and exhausting tournament, the Memorial Hermann Ironman team reigned supreme in a one-point victory over the Manipulators team. Everyone involved had a wonderful time, and the SED looks forward to hosting a tournament each year to continue to raise money for worthy organizations in the Houston area. -Caleb Ashmore, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT The SED has been busy advocating for our profession at the city and state levels this fall. In September, the district hosted a panel discussion about what to expect this upcoming legislative session. The panel featured TPTA Executive Director Craig Tounget, TPTA Government Affairs Chair Dana Tew, and TWU professor Rupal Patel. At our monthly meeting in October, the district was honored to have Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis present Mayor Sylvester Turner's proclamation of PT month. He kindly shared his own family's extensive experience working with physical therapists, for which he drew a rousing round of applause. And in November, the entire chapter celebrated a successful election day in which all the candidates that TPTA PAC supports were re-elected! The district is now preparing to participate in a successful legislative day February 19th, 2019. We hope you will join us! -Jessica West, PT, DPT

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astern district Scholarships


his past month, the Southeastern District (SED) of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) was honored and pleased to offer the Kevin McIntire Scholarship to deserving Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant students in the local region. This annual scholarship was founded in memory of Kevin McIntire who spent his career educating and mentoring students in the field of Physical Therapy. His integrity, strong work ethic, and joy of life left a positive and lasting impact on so many students and colleagues is evident across many local programs to this day.

-Chris Cimo, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

the SED Board was pleased to announce this year’s Kevin McIntire Scholarship winners at the monthly November SED Meeting:

Allison Butcher: DPT Student – Texas Woman’s University Allison is a current 3rd year DPT student at TWU and is actively involved in all aspects of student life and research within her program. Pedro Migliano: DPT Student – Texas Woman’s University Pedro is a current 3rd year DPT student and a fast track Ph.D. Student at TWU. Pedro previously served as the The Sc holarship was Treasurer for TPTA Student designed to award students Physical Therapy Association, who embody many of which involved planning and these same characteristics executing fundraisers to within their respective acquire conference funding PT and PTA Programs. for TWU students. Pedro Applicants consisted of currently acts as a grantstudents currently enrolled funded peer mentor where in a PT or PTA academic he can tutor current students program in the Greater with his school’s program. Pedro has presented at Houston-Galveston area (Southeastern District) who ACSM and plans to offer up were in the final year of his research at his school’s their curriculum. While annual Research Day in the innate qualities described above were sought in November. Pedro describes the goal of pursuing postprospective applicants, those involved must also: be active professional residency training upon graduation. members in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA); have a strong academic record; be active within Shazia Panjwani: PTA Student – San Jacinto College their respective curricular and extracurricular activities; Shazia is the current President of her school’s PTA program. have plans for continued participation in the APTA and Shazia describes a love to provide community outreach, TPTA following graduation. and is the current Special Events Coordinator at her community Church. Shazia is excited to expand her roles Historically, the SED Board offered two $500 scholarships as an active member of her post-professional community to the top PT and top PTA program applicants; however, and has aspirations to obtain her Doctor of Physical this year, the Scholarship was expanded to include Therapy degree upon graduation. an additional $500 award, bringing the total sum of Scholarships to $1500. Applicants from across the various Picture: Allison Butcher, TWU DPT Student (LEFT); Chris programs submitted a letter detailing their qualifications Cimo, 1st Vice Chair of SED (MIDDLE); Pedro Migliano, based on the parameters above, and the chosen finalists TWU DPT Student (RIGHT). Not pictured: Shazia Panjwani, completed an in-person interview with various members San Jacinto College PTA Student of the Board. Following a competitive interview process, page 17

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District news

All districts have been assigned new TPTA emails. If you need to contact your district, we suggest you use the following emails. And if you're looking to make a donation to your district, please visit that district's page on the TPTA website. All districts have donation buttons set up. CAD CD CBD ETD GEPD HOTD

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Calendar of events

Pub Night

Thursday, January 10th 6:00pm

Flying Saucer 11255 Huebner Road #212 San Antonio, TX 78230

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Everything You Need to Know for Monday, January 14th the 2019 Texas Legislative Session: 6:30-7:30pm TPTA's Priorities and Issues Impacting Physical Therapy

South University 1220 West Louis Henna Room 226 Round Rock, TX 78681

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Western Bowl 5120 Canyon Drive Amarillo, TX 79109

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Capital Area District

Panhandle District 3rd Annual Super Bowl Tournament Saturday, February 2nd sponsored by the Doctor of Physical 3:00-5:00pm Therapy 2020 Program at Texas Tech University HSC

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TPTA Geriatric SIG


t is estimated that by the year 2030 our nation will have ~ 70 million adults over the age of 65 years. For the first time in American history, our aging adult population will outnumb er children. Hence, it is safe to presume that we will all encounter senior populations within our respective areas of clinical practice in the upcoming years. Currently in the state of Texas, there are 118 board certified geriatric physical therapy specialists (GCS) to serve a population projected at ~5.9 million of baby boomers.

larger organization (APTA) with a shared interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning, or practice. Members cooperate to affect or produce solutions that with positively impact their particular fields of practice.

With the development of a Texas geriatric special interest group (GeriSIG), we can begin the process of training and empowering our members to engaging in general How do we meet the pressing and increasing needs of wellness, safety initiatives and involvement within our our geriatric community? Are we properly trained for communities and state at large. Please help or state the medical and functional challenges within this diverse by being part of a community of individuals eager to group of individuals? Can we keep our TX seniors safe change the landscape of geriatric physical therapy. I am confident that the development of a TX GeriSIG is and active in our communities? only the beginning of what is to come for healthcare As our TX geriatric state Advocate, I have pondered improvement in our state. these questions and possible solutions for meeting our states public health needs. Texas is among a growing few If you are interested in learning more about geriatric states that have realized these challenges and is working SIG involvement, mentor/mentee program or board to correct provider/patient disparities within this cohort. specialization study groups, please contact Crystalyn A special interest group (SIG) is a community within a Richard at or 832-858-3980. All

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