Official Publication of the Texas Physical Therapy Association
TPTA Leadership Elections are Open Through October 16th
Dear fellow TPTA Member,
While Covid-19 has altered virtually everything in our personal and professional lives, politics, campaigns and politiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; constant need for money are unchanged. We are less than 50 days away from the November elections. Here in Texas, we will have a new Legislative Session in January. Several Texas State House races are competitive. There is a real question as to which party will be in control of the House. There will be a new Speaker of the House, as the current Speaker is not seeking re-election. It is important that TPTA, and the TPTA PAC, will be there to represent our profession. Please click here to make a donation to the TPTA PAC right now. Thank you for your donation and for your consistent efforts to support our profession and our ability to serve our patients. Sincerely, Jerre Van Den Bent, PT President of the TPTA PAC Board
DONATE HERE 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 Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD, Treasurer Barbara Gresham, PT, PhD, Treasurer-Elect
TPTA DISTRICT CHAIRS:
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: Tom Waugh Leadership Development Program:
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
Jenise Engelke, PT, DPT Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD Dana Tew, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS Erica Parazo, PT (Co-Chair) Nick Purcell, PT, DPT (Co-Chair) Kai Williams, PT, DPT Colette Pientok, PT, DPT, OCS William "Bill" Lewis, PT, DPT Denise Gobert, PT, PhD
CONTENTS FALL 2020
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New Human Trafficking CCU Requirement
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IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Member Updates 5 Executive Director's Report 6 From the TPTA President 25 Calendar of Events
2020 House of Delegates Update
Annual Conference Goes Virtual
MEMBER UPDATES TPTA President Michael Geelhoed receives the 2020 Humanitarian Award from APTA Congratulations to TPTA President Michael Geelhoed for receiving the 2020 Humanitarian Award from APTA. The award honors individuals who exemplify the compassionate nature of the physical therapy Michael Geelhoed, PT, DPT profession by actively expressing a commitment to humanity and exhibiting admirable degrees of selflessness in addressing key health concerns. The inspirational endeavors completed by recipients will establish a sustainable foundation to provide ongoing value and benefit to their patients and clients, the physical therapy profession, and the public at large.
2020 Leadership Candidate Slate Voting is now open to all PT & PTA members. See page 8 for full candidate statements VICE PRESIDENT Dana Tew, PT, DPT
NOMINATING COMMITTEE Daniel Millar, PT, DPT Pradeep Rapalli, PT, MBA William Richardson, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
DELEGATES-AT-LARGE Katherine Franklin, PT, DPT Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Jennifer Hale, PT, DPT Matt Huey, PT, MPT Amanda Kayser, PT, DPT, NCS Daniel Millar, PT, DPT Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Myla "Myles" Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS, GCS, NCS Adam Roggia, PT, DPT, MS Yasser Salem, PT, MS, PhD Allison Smith, PT, DPT Sean Suttles, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, LTHET Dana Tew, PT, DPT Burke Wilson, PT, DPT, MBA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT by CRAIG TOUNGET, CAE
omeone told me last week that the phrase “When things get back to normal” has started to sound a lot like “When I win the lottery.” Sadly, the odds of either of those things happening seem to be about the same. Among the most obvious of things that are not back to normal are the events that TPTA and APTA conduct in the course of a normal year. The TPTA Annual Conference will still go on, but it, like most other things, will be virtual. You will have many learning opportunities and we are doing everything we can to make it a valuable experience for everyone. One advantage is that everyone will have the opportunity to participate. The cost will be significantly lower, and with no travel or hotel expense, it will open our course offerings to people who might not have been able to travel to Irving due to time or expense. District meeting are continuing in their virtual formats as are the Board and Committees of the TPTA.
January 12, 2021 and preparations are already underway. Currently the Capitol is closed, and they are renovating the hearing rooms to provide for safe social distancing protocols. They are also weighing their options about how to conduct business in the House and Senate Chambers. There are discussions ongoing about how they will hold public hearings, in-person, virtual from another room in the Capitol, virtual from outside the Capitol, etc. Another consideration is whether there will be limited, or no, visitors to the individual offices of the Legislators. Will we be able to stop in offices to visit with staff and Members about our legislation and to seek information on timing of hearings, etc? Will the “Day at the Capitol,” which most associations host, be allowed? Nobody knows the answer now and everyone is just trying to figure it out as we go.
Additionally, APTA has announced their upcoming events are also going to be virtual. They announced some time ago that all events in 2020 would be virtual. They had intended to be in Austin for the National Student Conclave, but had to pivot. The big event at APTA, the Combined Sections Meeting, was scheduled for February 2021 in Orlando, FL, but has now been moved to virtual. This was a big, difficult decision as APTA was expecting 20,000 attendees.
The staff of TPTA has been working remotely most of the time since March 15th. We have come to the office when needed, but largely have remained in our home offices. The revenue from membership dues have dropped significantly over the past several months, and we anticipate that decrease to remain with us for some time. At the end of October our lease for our office space will end. We have worked out a deal with our landlord to pause our use of the office, but leave our furniture and files in hopes of returning “when things get back to normal.” This will save us a significant amount of money and help us to keep TPTA finances in good shape.
After conference, the next big thing in the life of TPTA that is not going to be normal is the next Session of the Texas Legislature. The Session starts
Stay safe. Keep your families and your patients safe. We will “see you” at the Virtual TPTA Annual Conference on October 30th and 31st.
from theTPTA PRESIDENT by MICHAEL GEELHOED, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS Hello Texas PT’s, PTA’s, and Students! One of the nicest things I can say about the last 6 months is that it really highlights the old saying “May you live in interesting times”. From the onset of COVID-related shutdowns of our economy in mid-March, drastic changes in our healthcare and education systems, and political unrest sweeping the country, it seems the only constant is change and uncertainty. However, I have also seen our profession and association rise up to this challenge in ways that would be unimaginable in February 2020. Hospitals and clinics drastically changing their business models and protocols for patient treatment. PT and PTA educational programs and curricula transitioning to primarily online in less than 2 weeks. The rapid adoption of Telehealth. And Texas PTs, PTAs and students rising to the challenges placed in front of us to care for our patients, communities, and families. All the while struggling with the realities of PT and PTA furloughs, a dip in the job market for new graduates, and those who are working on the front lines managing the stress of caring for patients while protecting their own health and wellbeing. As APTA President Sharon Dunn said at the outset of this new reality, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. I encourage you to use this time to reflect on your personal and professional life and prioritize that which is most important to you. TPTA is doing the same—streamlining our operations and budgets to reflect the initiatives that are most important to us: providing value Summer 2017 Fall 2020
to our members, recruiting and engaging new members, pursuing an active legislative agenda, and marketing ourselves as an optimal solution to the health and wellness of Texans. I firmly believe that a large part of the solution for this pandemic is to utilize our expertise— movement and exercise—to optimize the health of our communities. The evidence shows that exercise and movement play a key role in both the prevention and treatment of COVID as well as the chronic conditions that worsen the prognosis for the disease. We have been playing defense against COVID (distancing, masks, handwashing, etc.) for 6 months, and should continue to do so. But I am tired of the message from our public officials and even those in the healthcare system that all we can do is play defense and wait for the pharmaceutical companies to ride in and rescue us with promised vaccines and drugs. It is time to play offense with our expertise—movement and exercise. I challenge you to personally increase the frequency and intensity of your physical activity and motivate those around you to do the same. If we take this responsibility, it will have a huge impact on the health and wellness of all Texans, and position us where we need to be in the eyes of the public and the healthcare system. We need to act right now to be recognized as the expert in the prevention and treatment of movement disorders, and an ideal solution to the triple aim of healthcare: improving population health, improving the patient experience of care, and decreasing cost.
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 course(s) is available at: https://hhs.texas.gov/services/safety/texashuman-trafficking-resource-center/health-carepractitionerhuman-trafficking-training For PTs and PTAs who renew their license on or after 9/01/2020, a minimum of 1 CCU of approved Human Trafficking Prevention Training will be required regardless of their license expiration date. 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. If a license is renewed online or by mail prior to 9/01/2020 even though the license expiration date is after 9/01/2020, the Human Trafficking Prevention Training will not be required for the renewal period. 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 will be available during the online renewal process starting September 1, 2020.
2020 TPTA Lead Online voting is open for this year's leadership elections. This year's positions are Vice President, Nominating Committee, and Delegates-at-Large. With the announcement that TPTA's 2020 Annual Conference will be virtual, all voting for this year's elections will be online. To be eligible to vote you must be a current professional TPTA member (PT or PTA) and you will have to be logged in to the TPTA website. Click here to vote! Please use our online Contact Form if you are having any trouble logging in or voting at tpta.org. All slated candidates have provided the following statements.
Vice President (Select 1) Dana Tew, PT, DPT Present Employment: OPTIM Physical Therapists City: Houston APTA Member: 12 years TPTA Member: 14 years Summer 2017 Fall 2020
It is my honor to be slated for the position of TPTA Delegate-At-Large representative for the APTA House of Delegates as well as the opportunity to continue to serve as TPTA Vice President. Throughout my career as a physical therapist I have devoted my professional and personal time to engagement with and service to a profession that I love. I am the owner of OPTIM Physical Therapist, an outpatient private practice in Houston, and the Program Director and owner of OPTIM Manual Therapy, a continuing education program. As a small business owner, we have grown OPTIM Manual Therapy from a single location with 6 participants, to 6 locations serving over 400 PT’s and PTA’s. I take great pride in the growth of the program and know first-hand how important communication, leadership development, organization, planning, and prudent financial management is to the success of any business enterprise. My past service to the profession includes: Southeastern district Treasurer, 8 consecutive years as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates (including 2 years as Assistant Chief Delegate), APTA Residency and Fellowship Credential Council, as well as AAOMPT external reviewer. I currently serve as TPTA Vice President, TPTA Governmental Affairs Chair, and TPTA-PAC Board member, APTA- Private Practice Section- Key Contact, and AAOMPT Council Advisory Committee. I serve as an active advocacy voice for the profession and have spoken at the state capital, multiple district meetings, universities, federal advocacy dinners, and started a Facebook group to help other PT’s engage with the organization. In 2018 I assisted the TPTA-PAC increase fundraising
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dership Election from an all-time high of 39,000 to over 120,000. In 2019, I was honored to assist the TPTA staff, TPTA lobbyist, and the governmental affairs team to bring direct access to Texas. The diversity of my professional roles and experience has provided me with knowledge and awareness of the work required keeping our professional organization strong, efficient, forward thinking, and secure. I would consider it an honor and privilege to continue my service as a delegate. I humbly request your support in my bid to continue to serve you.
new grads/professionals trying to find their voice in our profession. As a new professional from a BIPOC background, who got his DPT education in the West Texas town of El Paso, and with experience representing Texas students at the state and national levels, I have a growing interest in the future of our profession. And I believe that by serving as a Nominating Committee member, I can use my experiences and perspective to help shape our leadership into a more inclusive and equitable space. Pradeep Rapalli, PT, MBA Present Employment: Downtown Health and Rehabilitation Center Position: Physical Therapist City: Fort Worth APTA Member: 10 years TPTA Member: 9 years
Nominating Committee (Select 1) Daniel Millar, PT, DPT Present Employment: CRIT Position: Staff Physical Therapist City: San Antonio APTA Member: 4 years TPTA Member: 4 years With diversity, equity, and inclusion becoming a more and more relevant conversation recently, I believe that the Nominating Committee has a unique influence in the future of the TPTA and our profession at-large. If leveraged intentionally, having diverse representation in our leadership can amplify our individual voices while also providing a platform for people of different backgrounds and experiences to be heard. This is particularly important when considering representing black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). But this also has implications for representing perspectives from communities outside the major cities of Texas, as well as for the
I am honored to be slated to serve on the TPTA's Nominating Committee. I have played different roles as a clinician, educator, volunteer, and mentor in physical therapy in the past 14 years of my career. As a clinician and an administrator, I have always been a patient advocate and encouraged innovation in our field. I have been honored with the award for "Clinical Excellence" in geriatrics from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. I have also received the "IAP Oration Award" from the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (India). I strongly believe that the success of an organization depends on its ability to achieve its vision through its outreach to the stakeholders. I have been serving as a liaison for the APTA's consumer website choosept.
2020 TPTA Lead com. I have successfully recruited the subject matter experts/reviewers and also performed reviews on different consumer guides on that website to help our patient population. I have also volunteered as a reviewer of the poster presentations and education sessions for different sections of the APTA at the national level. I have been recently appointed for the APTA National Awards Committee-Practice and Service Subcommittee this year. I am an active member of the Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness in Physical Therapy; and Frontiers in Rehabilitation Science and Technology (FiRST) council of APTA. I am a team player and looking forward to being on the TPTA's governance by serving on its nominating committee. I am committed to working diligently towards attracting and retaining the best talent for various leadership roles at the TPTA and reviewing their succession plans. One of my agendas is diversity and equity inclusion in our association, in addition to working towards the betterment of our profession as a whole. I am very confident that my qualifications and past experiences will help me to be successful in playing this important role in our organization's success. William Richardson, PT, DPT, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Present Employment: Nova Medical Centers Position: Supervising Physical Therapist Summer 2017 Fall 2020
City: San Antonio APTA Member: 8 years TPTA Member: 8 years I’m an enthusiastic physical therapist, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and life-long learner seeking to advance my current volunteer role within the Central District of TPTA. I’ve been actively involved in our professional bodies (APTA and TPTA) since beginning PT school in 2012, and I currently serve on the local Central District Board as the Social Chair. I have a tremendous interest in furthering my professional career through working in various PT environments, collaborating with more experienced/knowledgeable therapists, and engaging in continuing education. While working full-time, I recently started my own concierge cash-pay company. It has been a wonderful experience to learn more about the legal aspects of our field, provide higher quality care to patients, and establish an innovative model that I believe works towards our goals as a profession. Outside of PT, I’ve been a leader within a local nonprofit called Work Out Help Out for 5 years now. This nonprofit is dedicated toward improving the health of the community while simultaneously promoting volunteerism. This is one way I try to serve the community and share my passion for health, movement, and charity. Lastly, I truly enjoy learning. In 2019 I learned Spanish and can now speak at an intermediate level, and this year (2020) I’ve begun learning French
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dership Election and can speak at a basic level. I also read a wide variety of books and physical therapy articles in order to continue expanding my knowledge base and better understand the world, myself, and my patients. I am highly motivated to succeed, and always look forward to a brighter future by putting forth my best effort. I enjoy working on teams and developing new/different ways to solve problems that help make every one’s life easier. I would be humbled to earn your vote to serve our inspiring profession through TPTA.
Delegate At Large (Select 5) Katherine Franklin, PT, DPT Present Employment: Baptist Health System, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Position: Physical Therapist City: San Antonio APTA Member: 6 years TPTA Member: 6 years It is an honor to be considered for the position of Texas Physical Therapy Association Delegate-atLarge. In my work and in my life, my personal mission is simple: to leave this world better than I found it. I am running for delegate-at-large because I believe this to be a perfect opportunity to expand that mission into advocacy and action. My primary clinical practice area is the neonatal intensive care unit. I also work in adult acute and
critical care, and co-own an accessible design consulting company. Earlier this year, I joined the adjunct faculty team at Baylor University’s DPT Program. In a few short weeks, I will begin work on my PhD in physical therapy at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. I have served in various departmental and hospital leadership roles while in clinical practice, and am actively advocating for disability rights and improved accessibility at the state and national levels. I believe that my background and experience offer a unique view of the broad scope and resulting diverse needs of the physical therapy profession (as well as the populations we serve). I am excited for the opportunity to further amplify the individual and collective voices of physical therapists practicing in this great state of Texas. I have a deep passion for the field of physical therapy, and I feel ready to take the next step in giving back to the profession I am so grateful for. I am humbly asking for your support as a potential candidate. Thank you so much for your consideration. Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT, Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, FAAOMPT Present Employment: Results Physiotherapy Position: Clinic Director City: Houston APTA Member: 11 years TPTA Member: 11 years I am honored to be nominated for the TPTA Delegate at Large position in the House of Delegates. I have been a practicing physical therapist for eight years
2020 TPTA Lead in outpatient orthopedics. I have earned my certified specialization in orthopedics and my Fellowship in Manual Therapy through OPTIM Manual Therapy. I am presently serving as Secretary of the TPTA and have truly enjoyed my past terms as a delegate for the state of Texas. In the past two years as a delegate I have learned so much about how the governance process at the APTA level works. I believe that it takes a few years to really understand the workings of the house and the meaning of all the terms and types of documents. After a very unique experience with the virtual House of Delegates in 2020 I feel we as an association can overcome any obstacle that comes our way. As a young professional I am committed to keeping the physical therapy profession strong during this critical time of healthcare reform. My experience in a community-based outpatient orthopedic setting for the first 6 years of my career and my more recent 2 years of experience in private practice has influenced and heavily shaped my drive and passion on topics such as direct access, clinical education, advanced education, professional development, and payment/ reimbursement. As a full time practicing clinician, I have a pulse on issues that clinicians face in the clinic daily. As past adjunct faculty for a residency program and in a DPT program and as faculty and mentor for a Manual Therapy Fellowship program I have unique perspective and strong interest on entry level and advanced professional education. I value the opportunity to serve on the national level to represent the whole Texas Delegation. My willingness to get involved and youthful mind-set will enable me to be a valuable asset to the House Summer 2017 Fall 2020
of Delegates. I have the ability to see the big and focused picture of a situation. I value honesty and integrity and am an eternally optimistic leader who would be honored to serve. Jennifer Hale, PT, DPT Present Employment: Tufts University School of Medicine Position: Clinical Associate Professor City: Austin APTA Member: 15 years TPTA Member: 12 years I am honored to be slated for TPTA Delegate-atLarge and hope to continue serving the association I have been a member of for the last 13 years. I had the opportunity to serve as an Alternate Delegate-at-Large for TPTA during the 2020 House of Delegates, which was a virtual experience for the first time ever. I learned a great deal, not just about policy-making, but about the commitment and resilience of our profession. 2020 has proven to be an unprecedented year that is forcing our profession to grow and adapt at a rapid pace. These times of uncertainty will require bold leadership from a diverse group of people who are flexible, creative, and compassionate. I am eager to contribute. My strengths are in my ability to step back and see the big picture, communicate effectively, listen to a variety of opinions and find common ground, have hard conversations, think on my feet, and above all, find the joy and humor in everything I do. The Texas delegation is full of experienced leaders whom I would feel honored to learn from and serve with. Thank you for considering me to serve as Delegateat-Large.
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dership Election Amanda Kayser, PT, DPT, NCS Present Employment: Kayser Physical Therapy & Fitness Position: Physical Therapist/Owner City: Irving APTA Member: 8 years TPTA Member: 3 years
Matt Huey, PT, MPT Present Employment: Premise Health Position: Physical Therapist City: Coppell APTA Member: 7 years TPTA Member: 2 years I am honored to have served as a Delegate at Large for the TPTA. Since moving to the great state of Texas, I want to continue to support the physical therapy profession. Prior to moving to Texas, I lived in Mississippi where I served as the Legislative Chair for the MPTA for three years. I had the opportunity to help pass House Bill 309, which gave the state the licensure compact. I want to continue working in Texas to further our direct access abilities to put physical therapy at the forefront of healthcare. I also want to continue being a voice for all therapists on both the state and national levels. Allow me to take your concerns to the leaders at the APTA. Let me tell them what you are dealing with on the frontline of healthcare. From rising student loan debt to lowering reimbursement rates to unattainable productively standards, these are some of the issues I want to address. I ask for your vote to help push physical therapy forward.
I am honored to be considered for the office of Delegate at Large for the state of Texas. I have served in the APTA House of Delegates in Texas for 2 years and previously in California the 2 years prior, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to having the opportunity again. I am well-versed in-house proceedings and have developed many effective relationships with many other delegates spanning many states over the past years within my APTA involvement. Since graduating in 2014, I have lived and worked in California, Texas, Pennsylvania (where I completed my post graduate neurologic residency), Washington state, and now have settled in Texas. These moves have allowed me to see and understand the different state-wide variations in physical therapy relative to different practice acts and state legislature. In addition, this has allowed me to network with many different therapists within APTA and understand how each state manages their individual physical therapy associations. About 2 years ago, I opened my own practice in Texas where my focus is on injury prevention and health, providing 1:1 care to demographics including the neurologic population, concussion, vestibular, orthopedic injuries, chronic pain and volleyball specific athletes. This has allowed me to grow not only as a physical therapist but as a business owner, understanding the behind the
2020 TPTA Lead scenes hurdles that physical therapists are tackling, specifically in the state of Texas. I have been an active part of the APTA since beginning graduate school in 2014. Of all the opportunities I have been able to participate in, including CSM, HOD, state meetings, and neurologic section committees, the HOD is where I felt I had the most impact. Since the time I completed my schooling and post graduate residency, there has been significant transformation in physical therapy practice. Between direct access, Vision 2020, federal political changes, and progression of our practice to different settings, I have been able to observe and be an active part of many changes affecting the APTA and our profession. Specifically, within the past 2 years of the House of Delegates, many important social topics have been brought forward. I feel as though the opportunity to bring a different generational viewpoint has been of significant value and will continue to be important to diversifying the great minds of the house. I would be thrilled and honored to continue my journey within TPTA as a Delegate at Large and as a proud resident of the great state of Texas. Daniel Millar, PT, DPT Present Employment: CRIT Position: Staff Physical Therapist City: San Antonio APTA Member: 4 years TPTA Member: 4 years After graduating with my DPT, I took my first job at a non-profit outpatient pediatric clinic in San Antonio. Our clinic serves a diverse patient population, with Summer 2017 Fall 2020
many families from low income backgrounds. Though many are under insured, our clinic provides services on a sliding scale based on their ability to pay. This provides them with an opportunity to receive rehab services that they otherwise may not have been able to pay for. After about a year of working, the COVID-19 pandemic began, I saw first-hand how quickly our leadership responded in researching about, then eventually offering Telemedicine services. It showed me how vital of a role policy plays in defining the scope of our profession. From my own personal anecdotes and experiences professionally, to my growing knowledge in policy and public health promotion through my Masters of Public Health program, and my experience attending the APTA’s Federal Advocacy Forum and serving as the Texas Core Ambassador as a student, I have grown a passion for the intersection of advocacy and our profession. I would be honored to serve as delegateat-large to further pursue this passion. Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Present Employment: Texas Woman’s University, School of Physical Therapy Position: Associate Professor City: Missouri City APTA Member: 32 years TPTA Member: 32 years It has been an honor to serve as your TPTA Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates (House) for the past 10 years. The House sets policy and elects the APTA Board of Directors (BOD) and members of the APTA Nominating Committee (NC). This responsibility that is entrusted to me by you – the membership--is one that I consider a privilege and one that I take to
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dership Election heart as we look to find innovative ways to realize our professional vision of transforming society. I am passionate about shared governance, and how the APTA Board and Delegates work together to achieve our strategic plan. I am honored and proud to represent the PT/PTAs in Texas in the APTA House. Through my service, I have gained a depth of understanding about policy efforts within APTA to keep moving our profession forward. As a delegate I am active and engaged during HUB (online House Community) and during in-person discussions about motions that come before the House. I have been the lead delegate from Texas for 2 motions in the past 2 years about PTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in disaster management and a APTA position statement on health literacy. The House passed both these motions. I worked with other delegations and the House Reference Committee to draft motion language, communicate with other delegations about change in language and/or amendments. I have been a buddy/mentor to new Texas delegates, as I love sharing my passion for the House with newbies. I have also served as the Texas Assistant Chief Delegate, assisting with the Texas Caucus meetings during the House. I have been an active member of APTA/TPTA for 32 years serving in various capacities at the district, state and national level. Nationally, at the 2017 APTA House, I was elected to the APTA Nominating Committee for a 3 year term, and served as chair in my final year on the committee. I am also the chair of the Advocacy and Consumer Affairs Committee
for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and recently was appointed as the key contact for HPA The Catalyst Sectionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest Social Justice in Health: DEI Catalyst Group. At the state level, I serve as chair of the TPTA Bylaws committee, am a mentor for the Tom Waugh Leadership Development Program, and was recently appointed to the newly created TPTA DEI Task Force. In the past I have served as the SED Public Relations (PR) Committee Chair, TPTA Annual Conference Planning Committee, TPTA Nominating Committee, TPTA CE Reviewer, and APTA Neurology Section PR Committee Chair. This service experience has given me a depth of understanding about our association and the policies needed to advance our vision and mission. In addition to my APTA/TPTA service, I am a member of the Academy of Prevention Heath Promotion Therapies. I am passionate about health promotion and wellness and how our profession can embrace this shift in paradigm as our health care system evolves to meet population needs. I am also a mentor for the Pro Bono Incubator Grant program for Move Together, Inc. I believe if we are to transform society we have to address the health disparities in our country and abroad. I had the privilege of going on an international service trip to Guatemala in May 2019 with fellow PTs and my TWU DPT students. We provided physical therapy in under served and under resourced areas. I am also a board member for the Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI), a PT Think Tank that works to influence innovation in practice, education, and research. I teach in the DPT program at TWU in Houston. As an educator, I strive to stay current in physical
2020 TPTA Lead therapy professional and practice issues so that the new generation of clinicians are informed about future trends that may impact our profession. I love mentoring students, especially in advocacy and community health promotion. Clinically, I have practiced mainly in inpatient and outpatient neurological rehabilitation settings and also in acute care, skilled nursing, home care and long term care settings. Currently I also am involved in community based health promotion providing lifestyle modification programs to people at risk for diabetes and heart disease. I am committed, enthusiastic, vocal, and passionate about our profession and would love to continue to bring this energy along with my experience and knowledge of the House to the Texas delegation. I would be honored and humbled to have your vote! Thank You! Myla â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mylesâ&#x20AC;? Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric and Neurologic Physical Therapy (GCS, NCS) Present Employment: University of North Texas Health Science Center Position: Chair & Professor City: Fort Worth APTA Member: 18 years TPTA Member: 10 years It is an honor to be slated as a candidate and continue to represent the Texas Chapter in shaping the future of the profession. I have a passion for service and for the profession. As your Delegate, I will Summer 2017 Fall 2020
bring unique insights to current professional issues as a clinician, academic, and researcher. As a clinician with experience in diverse settings, I am acutely aware of the needs of our patients and therapists, and the many challenges in clinical practice. As an academic and researcher, I am keenly aware of the critical issues in higher education and the challenges our DPT students face. I will bring the voice of these individuals to the Delegation and serve as the bridge to bring the information to clinicians, to students, and to the academic institution and its partners. I bring to the Texas Delegation prior service to the TPTA Nominating Committee, Delegation, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, Arkansas Chapter Delegation, and the Boards of the APTA Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Texas Geriatric Society, National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC), and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). As a Texas Delegate, I was engaged and vocal in discussions on motions that came before the House. A strong team player, my colleagues describe me as an efficient and quality-driven individual who values excellence and professionalism in all my endeavors. As a lifelong learner, I bring skills and knowledge as a Fellow of the APTA Education Leadership Institute and the TPTA Tom Waugh Leadership Program. With engagement at the national levels, I am well informed of the issues that are most likely to influence practice and therapists in Texas. As your Delegate, I will actively engage in discussion to move the profession forward and be the voice that will ensure our membership is well represented. I am excited with opportunity to serve and humbly ask for your
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dership Election vote to represent you as a Delegate. Adam Roggia, PT, DPT, MS Present Employment: Texas Physical Therapy Specialists Position: Clinic Director City: San Antonio APTA Member: 11 years TPTA Member: 3 years Thank you for your consideration for delegate at large. I believe this role to be vital part of keeping our profession's voice alive. I have been an active APTA member for 11 years. During that time, I served in APTA state positions as HOD delegate (Texas 2019-2020); Alternate HOD Delegate (WA state 2016-2017), and district co-chair (WA state 20162018). I have had previous roles in managing and directing private practices including Vice President of Operations, multi-site clinic director, and clinic manager. I currently serve as a clinic director for Texas Physical Therapy Specialists in San Antonio. I earned my DPT from Marymount University, have a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Sports Conditioning and Performance from Southern Utah University, and a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University. I look forward to serving our state again in a delegate capacity.
Yasser Salem, PT, MS, PhD Present Employment: University of North Texas Health Science Center Position: Professor City: Fort Worth APTA Member: 20 years TPTA Member: 9 years I am a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. I have been actively engaged in service and leadership in several national and international organizations. I am currently serving as a board of director for the National Interprofessional Education Consortium (NIPEC). I have served as a member, director, and/or chair of programs, committees, and task forces for numerous national and international organizations including the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, the APTA, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education, CAPTE, American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, the International Myositis Assessment and Clinical Studies group and Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy. I have been serving as an editor, associate editor, editorial board member, and manuscript reviewer of numerous journals, and an abstract reviewer, and conference organizer for prestigious regional, national and international scientific meetings. I am the recipient of the 2018 Academy of Physical Therapy Education of the APTA. I have received additional teaching and research awards including a national research award and two state awards including the 2016 Outstanding Physical Therapy Researcher Award from the Texas
2020 TPTA Lead Physical Therapy Association. My career at this point has focused on more broader roles including administration, leadership, professional roles, accreditation and curriculum development and evaluation. I have several leadership roles and positions in several areas of practice including education, clinical, education, research, professional policy development and advocacy. My involvements in those leadership roles and positions serve as evidence of my sensitivity to/recognition of differences in education, practice, professional needs and culture. I am excited about our profession’s future and this opportunity to serve my colleagues. We are a state with great APTA members and physical therapy professionals, and I want our voice to continue to count. I have seen a greater commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a spirit of working together to unite the association. I would like to help with that process as well as help make Texas a better place to practice physical therapy. My engagement in APTA, ACAPT, CAPTE, NIPEC, ABPTRFE and WCPT helped me to learn more about the policies and issues facing the profession at the state and national levels. Through serving those institutions, I have gained valuable insights into this policy-making body and other professional areas in our profession.
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Allison Smith, PT, DPT Present Employment: Harris Health System Position: Senior Physical Therapist City: Houston APTA Member: 9 years TPTA Member: 6 years Hello! My name is Allie and I live in Houston, Texas. I work for Harris Health System in outpatient orthopedics as a senior physical therapist. I also work part time for Texas Woman’s University as adjunct faculty. I am a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. In my spare time I am working on finishing my PhD at TWU with a focus on burnout and well-being in physical therapist students. Advocacy is very important to me, and I’ve attended Legislative Day events in Texas, attended the Federal Advocacy Forum at the national level, contributed to the state and national level PT-PAC, and have previously served as the Southeastern District’s Governmental Affairs Committee Chair. The House of Delegates is another area to advocate for our profession and create positive change in the APTA. I have served on the House of Delegates over the past three years and have learned a lot about how the House works. I am interested in running for the position of Delegate at Large because I feel like I am finally getting the hang of things and would like to take a more active role to represent Texas physical therapists in the House. Current Texas delegates have some great ideas for future motions, and I would love to assist in creating these motions to have our
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dership Election voices heard. To transform society and improve the human experience, we need policies in place that allow us to best serve our patients. The APTA can help us address these issues by adopting policies and language that align with our vision. I love being an advocate for our profession and would love the opportunity to be of service in the House of Delegates! Sean Suttles, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, US Army Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) Sports Medicine Concussion Management Fellowship in the National Football League (NFL) MAJ, US Army (ret.) Present Employment: The Geneva Foundation; University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Position: DoD Research Physical Therapist; Adjunct Professor City: Salado APTA Member: 15 years TPTA Member: 15 years I am honored to have been nominated for a TPTA House of Delegates (HOD) Delegate at Large position. I have been an active APTA/TPTA member for many years since my time as a DPT student. I am eager to serve, and I am an ardent supporter and advocate for our patients and our profession. As the House sets policy and elects the APTA Board of Directors (BOD) and members of the APTA Nominating Committee (NC), it is a responsibility that I welcome and will take very seriously if chosen. I have aspired to serve our profession at the
state and national level for a long time, and as of this year have become an active TPTA Practice Committee member. During the last legislative session, I volunteered to escort and mentor UMHB DPT students during our Legislative Day in Austin, and really enjoyed the interface with our state legislators as well as guiding the students in doing so. I have completed 14 hours of training in Municipal Government Structure and Operations through the Texas Municipal League whose principal purpose is to advance and represent the interests of Texas cities at the state and federal levels. Throughout my 30 years of service in the United States Army I not only had the honor of serving my country during a period of near constant conflict, but I had the distinct blessing of being able to serve my fellow Soldiers in direct access settings in expanded and autonomous roles for the bulk of my career in just about any climate, clinical setting, or austere foreign situation imaginable. It is this experience and independent mindset that I believe provides me a unique perspective on how to collaborate with the APTA BOD on achieving our professionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic plans and goals for direct access and ultimatelyâ&#x20AC;Ś complete autonomous practice. As an educator having been full-time faculty with the Army-Baylor DPT program as the Internship Director of a 12-month long internship at Fort Hood, TX and as adjunct faculty with the Army-Baylor Musculoskeletal Residency I focused on mentoring students and residents on critical thinking skills as they relate to clinical reasoning in direct access settings. As a leader I have performed as the Deputy Director
2020 TPTA Lead of Physical Therapy Services at a 100-bed Army Medical Center. Supervising a staff of 38 Physical Therapy professionals including Physical Therapy supervisors, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Athletic Trainers, and office staff at Fort Hood, TX. I was the director of a human performance program providing physical therapy, strength and conditioning, and sports nutrition care in support of 2,500 Green Berets, Soldiers, and contractors within 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, KY. I supervised a staff of 15 rehabilitation and performance professionals to include Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Technician, Strength and Conditioning Specialists, Sports Psychologist, Sports Dietician, and Data Analyst. I am passionate about providing community health, wellness, injury prevention, and rehabilitative services to under served populations and communities both in the US and abroad. My heart lies with those populations suffering the aftereffects of conflict in war-torn nations. I have been involved in medical civic action programs in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, and Iraq. The bulk of my clinical experience has been outpatient orthopedic and sports with tactical athlete populations in the military, but have also worked in inpatient & critical care, acute care, amputee center, and inpatient burn center settings. I would be honored, humbled, and appreciative to have your vote! Thank you!
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Dana Tew, PT, DPT Present Employment: OPTIM Physical Therapists City: Houston APTA Member: 12 years TPTA Member: 14 years It is my honor to be slated for the position of TPTA Delegate-At-Large representative for the APTA House of Delegates as well as the opportunity to continue to serve as TPTA Vice President. Throughout my career as a physical therapist I have devoted my professional and personal time to engagement with and service to a profession that I love. I am the owner of OPTIM Physical Therapist, an outpatient private practice in Houston, and the Program Director and owner of OPTIM Manual Therapy, a continuing education program. As a small business owner, we have grown OPTIM Manual Therapy from a single location with 6 participants, to 6 locations serving over 400 PTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and PTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I take great pride in the growth of the program and know first-hand how important communication, leadership development, organization, planning, and prudent financial management is to the success of any business enterprise. My past service to the profession includes: Southeastern district Treasurer, 8 consecutive years as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates (including 2 years as Assistant Chief Delegate), APTA Residency and Fellowship Credential Council, as well as AAOMPT external reviewer. I currently serve as TPTA- Vice President, TPTA Governmental Affairs Chair, and TPTA-PAC Board member, APTA- Private
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dership Election Practice Section- Key Contact, and AAOMPT Council Advisory Committee. I serve as an active advocacy voice for the profession and have spoken at the state capital, multiple district meetings, universities, federal advocacy dinners, and started a Facebook group to help other PT’s engage with the organization. In 2018 I assisted the TPTA-PAC increase fundraising from an all-time high of 39,000 to over 120,000. In 2019, I was honored to assist the TPTA staff, TPTA lobbyist, and the governmental affairs team to bring direct access to Texas. The diversity of my professional roles and experience has provided me with knowledge and awareness of the work required keeping our professional organization strong, efficient, forward thinking, and secure. I would consider it an honor and privilege to continue my service as a delegate. I humbly request your support in my bid to continue to serve you. Burke Wilson, PT, DPT, MBA Present Employment: Texas Children’s Hospital Position: Asst. Director, Value Based Care City: Houston APTA Member: 10 years TPTA Member: 10 years
as the chief delegate for the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy (AASPT). During that time, I formulated an understanding of year-round governance and how the House operates and the key issues it tackles. The House of Delegates holds the responsibility to set the policy and positions and elect the leadership of our Association. The Texas delegation is an integral part of that process and serves as the representatives of PTs and PTAs across our great state. It is the responsibility of every member of the delegation to prepare well by familiarizing themselves with the issues, listen to feedback from our constituency, and be an active member of delegation deliberation as we shape key policy issues. The 2021 House of Delegates will be no different. The upcoming House of Delegates will be pivotal in shaping the start our next 100 years as a profession. We will be electing a new Board president and vice-president and hearing bylaw amendments from the Special Committee on Bylaws that will have implications on the direction, governance, and leadership as we head into our second centennial. I would be honored to have your vote in this year’s election and look forward to the opportunity to serve PTs and PTAs across our great state of Texas.
I’m honored to be selected by the Nominating Committee for the 2020 slate of candidates for Delegate-at-Large. I previously served as a member of the Texas delegation for four years as a delegate at large including one year as assistant chief delegate for the 2017 House of Delegates in Boston. Most recently, I served for three years page 21
2020 HOD Update by LOIS STICKLEY, PT, PhD, TPTA CHIEF DELEGATE
he House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the APTA, meets annually to conduct the business of the Association and to elect Officers, Directors, and members of the Nominating Committee. Over 400 delegates participated in the APTA’s 76th Session and first-ever virtual House of Delegates June 1-3. Texas was well represented by our 25 Delegates who worked hard before and during the House to be informed and active participants. Thank you to all our delegates for their dedication and willingness to serve. The House elections went smoothly, and it was difficult to choose from an excellent slate of candidates presented by the Nominating Committee, chaired by our own Rupal Patel, PT, PhD (SED). Elected to the Board of Directors were Jeanine Gunn, PT, DPT (Treasurer), William (Bill) McGehee, PT, PhD (Speaker), and three Directors Sky Donovan, PT, PhD, Victoria Tilley, PT, and Dan Mills PT, MPT. Leiselle Pilgrim, PT, DPT, MPH and John DeWitt, PT, DPT, ATC were elected to the Nominating Committee. An important behind-the-scenes role is played by the Reference Committee which reviews and helps perfect wording of every motion and to make sure the motion is aligned with the current Bylaws. Thank you to Janet Bezner, PT, PhD, FAPTA (CAD) for serving on the Reference Committee. This year a second Texan was appointed to serve on the Reference Committee, congratulations to Venita LovelaceChandler, PT, PhD, PCS (NTD). Over the three days of the meeting, the House discussed 42 motions and passed 33, referred two, defeated one, and an additional six motions were not considered. A summary of the motions and their disposition is below. The six Bylaw Amendments which were passed are listed here. For those that want to know more about any motion, refer to The House of Delegates Minutes Summer 2017 Fall 2020
Six Bylaw Amendments were considered and passed. • RC 1-20 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association to Grant Life Members the Privilege of Serving as Delegates to the House of Delegates (PASSED, CONSENT CALENDAR) • RC 2-20 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association, Article XI. Finance, Section 3: Dues (PASSED) • Dues shall be established by the Board of Directors. • RC 3-20 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association and Standing Rules of the American Physical Therapy Association to Change the Date That National Elected Leaders Assume Office (PASSED, CONSENT CALENDAR) • Members of the Board of Directors shall assume office at the beginning of the next calendar year following the close of the annual session of the House of Delegates at which they were elected. • C. The term of office of each member of the Board of Directors shall be 3 years or until their successors assume office. • RC 4-20 Amend Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association and Standing Rules of the American Physical Therapy Association to Allow a Public Member to Serve of the APTA Board of Directors (PASSED) • Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association The 6 officers of the Association together with 10 directors, 1 of which is the public member, shall constitute the Board of Directors. • B. Executive Committee The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 1 of the 10 directors,
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except the public member. This fifth member shall be elected to the Executive Committee annually by members of the Board of Directors who are not members of the Executive Committee.
• RC 5-20 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association, Article XIV. Amendments (PASSED, CONSENT CALENDAR) • Allows Bylaws motions to be heard
in 2021 to complete the work of the Special Committee. 2021 is not ordinarily a Bylaws year.
• RC 6-20 Amend: Bylaws of the American Physical Therapy Association to Allow Sections to Vote in the House of Delegates (PASSED) On behalf of the Texas Delegation, thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Thank you to the 2020 delegates Lois Stickley, PT, PhD Michael Geelhoed, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS Martha Sneary, PT, DPT, MS Craig Bowen, PT, DPT Peggy Gleeson, PT, PhD Laurie Hurst, PT, DPT Herman Koster, PT Megan Ware, PT, DPT Matt Huey, PT, MPT David Norris, PT, MS Amanda Kayser, PT, DPT Scott Shaffer, PT, MPT, PhD Adam Roggia, PT, DPT, MS Dana Tew, PT, DPT Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD Denise Gobert, PT, PhD, CEEAA, NCS Rupal Patel, PT, PhD Colette Pientok, PT, DPT, OCS Erica Parazo, PT Kendall Ford, PT, PhD Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Jenise Engelke, PT, DPT Allison Smith, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Jaime Gonzalez, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS Myla Claire Quiben, PT, DPT, MS, PhD Nicole Volek, PTA Amanda Morris Christina Martinez Karli Gerwig Nicholas Purcell Sarah Worth Justin Burke Jennifer Hale page 23
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Annual Conference 2020 Annual Conference from the comfort of your own home or office? No problem! TPTA is making every effort to ensure the health and wellness of our members, staff and their families, so this year's conference will be 100% virtual. Join us on October 30th-31st for TPTA's first virtual Annual Conference. Registration will open on October 1st on the TPTA website. Visit the Annual Conference webpage for updated information about the conference and programming.
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