Official Publication of the Texas Physical Therapy Association
Equine-Assisted Physical Therapy
OFFICERS: Michael Connors, PT, DPT, OCS, President Michael Geelhoed, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, Vice-President Lois Stickley, PT, PhD, Speaker of the Assembly Jennifer Frerich, PT, DPT, OCS, Secretary Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD, Treasurer
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: AC Committee: Bylaws Committee: Ethics Committee: Government Affairs Committee: Membership Committee: Practice Committee: Professional Dev. Co-Chairs: Public Relations Committee: Payment Policy Committee:
Ronna Keagle, PT, DPT, OCS (Interim Chair) Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD Aaron Cantu, PT, DPT Polly Bowers-Maness, PTA Kirby Smith, PT, DPT Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT Regina Hartnett, PT (Co-Chair) Seth Watson, PT, DPT, Cert. DN, CSCS 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
Venita Lovelace-Chandler, PT, PhD, PCS Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT Martha Sneary, PT, DPT, MSCPM Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD Cynthia Fisher, PT, DPT, MS, PCS Marcos Lopez, PT, DPT, OCS Jon Anderson, PT Kristi Trammell, PT, DPT Michele Voight, PTA, MPA Katherine Reyes-Brooks, PT, DPT William "Bill" Lewis, PT, DPT
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PT Synergy is published for Texas Physical Therapy Association 900 Congress Avenue, Suite 410 Austin, TX 78701 512.477.1818 www.tpta.org EDITOR IN CHIEF Craig Tounget, CAE Executive Director email@example.com MANAGING EDITOR Lindsey Green Communications Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
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TPTA Strategic Planning Session Practice Tidbits
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Texas Physical Therapy Foundation News
PT SYNERGY is published quarterly by the Texas Physical Therapy Association.
Are Concussions also a Cardiovascular Concern?
Equine-Assisted Physical Therapy
IN EVERY ISSUE 4 Member Updates 5 Executive Director's Report 9PoP Quiz page 3
MEMBER UPDATES Congratulations Yasser Salem, PT, PhD, NCS, PCS
Denise Gobert, PT, PhD, NCS, CEEAA receives Research Grant Award
Congrats to Dr. Yasser Salem on receiving the 2018 “Leadership in Education” Award! Yasser Salem, PT, PhD, NCS, PCS received the “Leadership in Education” Award at the APTA CSM Education Section Business Meeting on February 23. The award is given to prominent physical therapy educators who have exhibited outstanding leadership throughout their career, as shown by contributions to physical therapy education in the areas of scholarship, teaching, administration, and service. Dr. Salem has taught in the Physical Therapy Department at UNT Health Science Center since 2011 and was awarded the “Exemplary Teaching Award” at UNT in 2016.
Myles Quiben, PT, PhD, DPT, MS, GCS, NCS was awarded an APTA – Geriatric Section award at CSM 2018. Congratulations Dr. Quiben! Spring 2018
The Home Health Section Research Grant Award recipient for 2018 is Denise Gobert, PT, PhD, NCS, CEEAA of the Department of Physical Therapy at Texas State UniversitySan Marcos for her application titled Predictors of Hospital Readmissions as Related to Home Health Physical Therapy Service Trends for the Diabetic Patient. Dr. Gobert teaches in the Neuro/Research track in the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Texas State University and has been a practicing physical therapist for over 20 years. Her clinical practice and research specializes in the care of persons with chronic disability due to neurological movement disorders such as CVA, vestibular-related pathologies and traumatic brain injury. She received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, and her Masters in Exercise Science and Doctorate in Kinesiology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. In addition, she is a well-published researcher and has held several leadership positions in the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Her research team’s interests include public health trends associated with clinical management issues common to patients who suffer from chronic disabilities. Her work, which includes faculty and graduate student research, has been well supported by several university and community sponsors. The Home Health Section funds pilot research in the home care clinical setting. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage the process of data collection and care practice investigation, thereby enhancing opportunities for evidence-based practice by Section members. Moreover, the program is intended to develop viable pilot studies, ultimately serving as the foundation for larger investigations with industry-wide implication. The 2018 grant award is $10,000.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT CRAIG TOUNGET, CAE
n January the TPTA Board of Directors met and developed a new Strategic Plan for the association to follow over the coming years. As with any plan, there may need to be some tweaks and corrections as time passes, but we have an excellent starting point. The three primary objectives are to continue to pursue an active legislative agenda, engage in an active and effective marketing and public relations campaign and to significantly upgrade our technology capabilities. We will continue to represent the best interest of the profession in the Texas Legislature and with the various regulatory agencies. We are looking at making changes to our website and our social media efforts, so we are better able to get relevant information out to both our members and to the public. Finally, we are looking at investing in technology that will enable us to better bring programming, from continuing competency courses to district meetings to annual conference, to all our members. None of this will happen overnight, but these should prove to be meaningful changes that will help TPTA provide even more benefit to the membership. Many of you were in New Orleans for the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in late February. Hope you found it to be beneficial and energizing with over 17,000 other APTA members in attendance. Next yearâ€™s CSM will be in Washington, DC and you should start thinking about attending. The next APTA meeting is NEXT to be held in Orlando in June. Go to http://www.apta.org/NEXT/ for more
information. We have been hearing from some members about issues that are affecting the practice of physical therapy in the state or about some payment issues that individuals are having. It is extremely important that you reach out to us and let us know anytime there is something going on that is having an impact on your ability to practice. Please always feel free to contact us here at the TPTA office if you have issues that you feel may also be affecting others. We may not have an immediate answer to your questions, but we have members serving on our Practice Committee and our Payment Policy Committee who have many years of combined experience and we can usually find someone for you to speak with about issues as they arise. We are also willing and able to contact Legislators, the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, insurance companies and others. It is the mission of TPTA to advance the practice of physical therapy. We are here to serve the membership and we are dedicated to doing so, but we do not know everything that is going on out there in the real world where you are working caring for patients every day and dealing with the regulatory process, payment issues and the countless other items that crop up in your day. Please reach out to us anytime you think there is an issue that should be brought to the attention of TPTA, our committees, our Board or the membership at large. Thank you for your membership, your continued support and for the work you do. Please let us know what we can do for you.
TPTA Strategic Planning Session O
n January 19, members of the Board of Directors PTs and PTAs to run for public office. met to review and update the strategic plan. TPTA will engage in an active and effective marketing Prior to the strategic planning session, the Board solicited and public relations campaign. feedback from members, which was discussed by Board members at the beginning of the session. TPTA Executive • A new website, tagline, logo, and membership sticker Director Craig Tounget also led the group through a SWOT will be created. (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analysis to • The success of TPTA and our members will be promoted. help guide the goal discussion. • APTA resources will be identified and used. • TPTA’s presence in social media will be increased and The Board approved the TPTA 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. made more robust. Highlights of the strategic plan include: TPTA will significantly upgrade our technology TPTA will continue to pursue an active legislative capabilities. agenda. • A new platform for hosting virtual meetings and • Legislative efforts will include direct access, administrative presentations, including Annual Conference and districts simplification, co-pay and co-insurance relief, payment and SIG meetings, will be researched and proposed. for telehealth, inclusion of PT in concussion care, protect • A hybrid physical and virtual Annual Conference will scope of practice, and adding a PTA licensee to the Texas be piloted in October 2018 providing members who are Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. unable to attend access to educational opportunities. • Other efforts will include identifying and encouraging
FOCUS on Member Benefits APTA FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS CENTER APTA offers a variety of financial resources and services to members that could help you save money. Student Loan Refinancing The APTA Student Loan Refinancing Program is provided by Laurel Road, a division of Darien Rowayton Bank. The program offers a 0.25% discount for eligible APTA members off the competitive interest rate. An additional 0.25% discount is offered to all electronic funds transfer participants. Financial Education Resources The online Financial Education Program, administered by Enrich, offers videos, chats, webinars, quizzes, articles, and more to give you a custom experience in financial and debt education. This program is free to APTA members, who can
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access the program through the APTA website. Certified Financial Planning Locate a Certified Financial Planner professional through the “Find a CFP Professional®” database of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Go to www.apta.org/financialsolutions/ to learn more and access these resources. The general educational information provided by the APTA Financial Education Program powered by Enrich and the APTA Student Loan Refinancing Program provided by DRB, which contains information regarding a method of student loan refinancing, does not constitute and shall not be construed as professional financial advice.
PRACTICE TIBITS Physical Therapy Licensure Compact
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APTA COUNCIL UPDATES
Individuals will apply for compact privileges at http:// www.ptcompact.org Systems are on track for full implementation in the first half of 2018 The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact now has 14 states that have adopted the compact. The Physical Therapy Compact Commission is the entity that will administer the compact. Compact privileges will be made available sometime in the first half of 2018 in states that have adopted it. The Commission will charge $45 per compact privilege, states may also charge their own additional fees. For more information on the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, please visit: APTA's website at http://www.apta.org/ StateIssues/InterstateLicensureCompact/ PT Compact at http://www.ptcompacy.org, or FSBPT at http://www.fsbpt.org/FreeResources/ PhysicalTherapyLicensureCompact.aspx
Demonstration of Value and Importance to the PTA Profession U.S. health care is in the midst of a paradigm shift - away from the fee-for-service payment structure, in which providers are rewarded solely by the volume of services provided, and toward a structure that holds providers accountable for patient outcomes and costs. This move to value-based care is intended to advance the goals of health care's "triple aim" - improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), bettering the health of populations, and reducing the per-capita cost of health care. Physical therapists (PTs) must quickly identify opportunities to become engaged in value-based payment models. Otherwise, they will be left behind, with lasting ill effects on their practices. The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (Registry) uses data from the profession, for the profession, to help you elevate your patient care, visualize your value, and define your future. The Registry collects and aggregates electronic health record (EHC) data from participating practices to help physical therapists make well-informed clinical decisions and track and benchmark clinical outcomes against nationwide data. By joining the Registry, you will gain a critical tool to demonstrate the value of physical therapist services. For more information about the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, please visit: http://www.ptoutcomes.com
APTA's Board of Directors has established councils to advance the strategic priorities of the association and profession. The councils serve as a community for interested stakeholders. Ideas generated by the council may be implemented by participants' stakeholder groups (sections, academies, external groups, APTA, etc.) at the discretion of each entity's governing body. The councils related to Physical Therapy Practice are below. Frontiers in Research, Science, and Technology (FiRST) Council FiRST grew out of identification of high priority areas to advance science and innovation that our profession needs to understand and incorporate into our practice, education, and research. FiRST represents the following areas of interest: Genetics in Physical Therapy, Imaging, Regenerative Rehabilitation, Sensors and Robotics, Telehealth Council of Health Systems Physical Therapy (CHSPT) The CHSPT was established for those APTA members that practice in major health systems, which typically are organizations that consist of an acute care hospital and a combination of other post-acute care facilities. The organizations may offer care in a variety of integrated clinical settings, such as acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics. Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness The council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness is a community for physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students who are interested in incorporating prevention, health promotion, and wellness as an integral aspect of physical therapist practice, as well as in promoting and advocating for healthy lifestyles to reduce the burden of disease and disability on individuals and society. PTs and PTAs have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to guide people toward optimal health and well-being by supporting and facilitating behavior change for enhanced quality of life. In collaboration with interprofessional teams, they contribute to improved health outcomes by focusing on the values of individuals and populations.
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EQUINE-ASSISTED P E quine-assisted therapy, also known as hippotherapy, has been utilized since the 1970s. According to the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA): “The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the accordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated plan of care.” iv
plan of care utilizes the equine movement as part of an integrated program to achieve outcomes such as improved balance, strength, and flexibility.” iii APTA states that the “services rendered by that physical therapist, in such a context, should be recognized as physical therapy interventions and not the specific treatment strategy, device, equipment or adjunct used to deliver these interventions.” iv
The AHA states that equine-assisted therapy differs from adaptive riding, which it defines as a recreationallybased riding lesson, adapted for individuals with special needs and taught by specially-trained instructors. Adaptive riding goals typically address riding skills and quality of life areas like education, fitness, socialization, or leisure, and do not typically focus on rehabilitation. i
TPTA members Nancy O’Meara Krenek, PT, DPT and Jennifer Howicz, PTA are a part of a team of therapy providers at the Ride On Center for Kids (ROCK) in Georgetown, Texas. At ROCK, more than 300 children, adults, and veterans participate in a variety of equineassisted activities and therapies.
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Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of equine-assisted therapy, and there has been a significant increase in the number of clinics and therapists specializing in this area.
Dr. Krenek founded ROCK in October 1998 with one horse, treating four children. As a pediatric physical therapist, she wanted to help engage her young patients while improving their mobility, muscle tone, strength, and flexibility. Over the past 20 years,
PHYSICAL THERAPY she has seen significantly complex patients overcome those limitations and advance far beyond what most therapists would expect. “Often patients get put into boxes, defined by what they can eventually do or what they will never be able to do. Equine-assisted therapy is a tool to help them break out of that box.”
Ms. Howicz became passionate about equine-assisted therapy when her daughter first encountered the program. “[My daughter] blossomed and I found my calling.” She initially became a volunteer at ROCK and, after graduating from a PTA program, joined the ROCK team. Together, the ROCK therapy team has published three research articles in peer-reviewed journals and completed over 20 research projects. “More therapists are discovering the benefits of equine-assisted therapy. It is a great tool in the therapist’s toolbox and should be considered when establishing the plan of care,”
Dr. Krenek added.
The TPTA staff would like to thank ROCK staff for their time and the opportunity to tour their facility. For more information about ROCK’s programs, please visit their website at www.ROCKride.org. __________________________________________ i, ii “Use of Hippotherapy in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy.” American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., 8 Mar. 2017, http:// www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org/wpcontent/uploads/2015/02/Final_Present-Use-ofHPOT-3-8-2017.pdf. iii, iv Ward, R. Scott. “To Debbie Silkwood-Sherer.” 5 May 2012, http://www.americanhippotherapyassociation. org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/APTALetter-2012.pdf.
PoP Quiz - Questions The current legislation fix regarding the Medicare Cap will be retroactively applied to all therapy expenses incurred starting January 1, 2018. True or False?
Beginning January 1, 2022, payment for services provided by a PTA, as well as services provided by an occupational therapy assistant (OTA), would be paid at 85% of the Medicare fee schedule for Part B Services. True or False? page 9
The new therapy policy applies to which of the following Medicare Part B services? a. Outpatient clinics b. Hospital outpatient clinics c. Skilled nursing facilities d. Home health Part B e. All of the above *Answers are on page 14
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Is Concussion also a Cardiovascular Function Concern? by DENISE GOBERT, PT, PhD, NCS, CEEAA Is Concussion also a cardiovascular function concern? The answer is a resounding “Yes”. In fact, sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury or concussion might be viewed as both a brain and heart physiological injury. Recent evidence suggests that a concussion may affect the autonomic nervous system, which controls cerebral blood flow and may lead to changes in cardiac and vascular function. Therapeutic exercise, which includes aerobic exercise, therefore is being suggested as the “gold standard of care” to improve autonomic nervous system balance, cerebral blood flow, along with cardiac and vascular function during recovery from a concussive head injury. Why is this so important? Post-concussion injury may produce autonomic nervous system dysfunction leading to increased sensitivity to CO2 and decreases in cerebral blow flow. These two impairments can dramatically interfere with other cardiovascular systems during recovery. Recent work by Esterov (2017) reports altered sympathetic and parasympathetic cardiac responses are evident within 1 week of injury and can become long term. Evidence presented by Clausen (2016) should also be noted because he found that cerebral blood flow was reduced even in athletic participants in response to submaximal exercise compared to age matched controls. Results also indicated increased heart rate variability and perceived rate of exertion were significantly impaired during the first seven days post injury however returned Spring 2018
to baseline at 14 days post injury. Impairments in cardiovascular function have been an important concern leading to the 2017 Concussion in Sport Group (CISG) consensus statement that recommends: A brief period of rest for 24 – 48 hours post injury and then progressive activity staying below cognitive and physical symptom-exacerbation threshold. Symptoms persisting longer than 10 – 14 days require an individualized rehabilitation program (McCrory 2017). Therapeutic protocols, which allow testing of symptomlimited threshold responses, have also been suggested to address exercise intolerance such as the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill or Bike Test (Leddy 2016). This protocol suggests that once an individual is able to perform at ≥ 85% of age-predicted maximum heart rate for 20 minutes without symptoms, has reached “physiological recovery”. Evidence suggests that such protocols have been 77% more effective for “return to play” and work than those using standard of care or rest (Baker 2012; Kurowski 2016). Clinical relevance? Recent evidence suggests that we as physical therapists should include measurements to document exercise tolerance in terms of cardiovascular response to treatment. Therefore, take out that stethoscope and check your patient’s heart post-concussion to optimize rehab outcomes. Your patient will thank you for this.
2018 House of Delegates Update
by JANET BEZNER, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, HOD CHIEF DELEGATE
he Texas Delegation is continuing its preparations for the 2018 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. In November, I reported on three concepts that we were considering as motions. Below is an update on each of these concepts.
• A charge to the APTA to take action to prevent interventions for which there is no evidence from appearing on the licensing examination. The determination of what topics are on the licensing examination occurs based on a practice survey performed every 5 years by the Federation of Boards of Physical Therapy sent to recent graduates asking them to indicate what interventions they perform and the associated risk to the patient. This concept is still under consideration by the delegation. • A request of APTA to define the role of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in disaster management (during and after a disaster). This topic continues to be
developed and the delegates are meeting with the Reference Committee at CSM to discuss the topic further. • After considerable investigation, including a review of activities being undertaken by and at APTA, we are not going to pursue a position related to telehealth. The delegation is satisfied that APTA is pursuing multiple strategies related to telehealth. The deadline to submit main motions is at the end of March, so these motions will take shape over the next month and will be formally submitted for consideration by the 2018 House of Delegates by the deadline. Stay tuned for more information on the motions that will be considered in the 2018 HOD – and please contact a delegate if you have information to share with us or questions.
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by JAN SPIGNER, PT and PO
he PT/PTA team model is truly a team effort. The relationship between the PT and the PTA is like a competitive sports team. The PT is the team captain and the PTA is the leader is assists. It is imperative that the team work in tandem and towards a unified, streamlined effort. As in sports, one must keep their eye on the ball (client) and listen for the captain to call the play. Be the teammate that you would want as the captain. Be so in tune with each other that you know what your teammate will do instinctively. Recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses and work toward complementing each other. It is a relationship that benefits our clients and adds enjoyment to the work place. Ultimately, our patients are the beneficiaries of this model. Our professional scope of practice is not just about a PT evaluating, developing goals and designing a plan of care, and the PTA implementing and modifying treatments as indicated in the plan of care. Scope of practice involves a PT/PTA team where experience is one of the best teachers. While the ultimate decision-making authority is the PT, the team’s ability to problem-solve together on the best movement system interventions ensures optimal functionality for the patient. We believe that the PT/PTA model can make a significant difference in patient outcomes. Two heads are better than one; two degrees Winter 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2017
are better than one; two different sets of backgrounds, experiences, and training are better than one. PTAs are an extra set of trained eyes that observe our clients. We share a responsibility to serve our community by being highly educated in all areas of need. Our scope of practice is outlined in the PT Practice Act (Texas Occupations Code) and the PT Rules (Texas Administrative Code), but our service to the community is decided by our willingness to be co-educated. Sharing CCU educational opportunities educates the team in treatment options in addition to building camaraderie. A PTA does not require constant supervision, but nor should they be assigned to a patient with the expectation to work independently with no interaction or consultation with the PT from evaluation until discharge. The captain not only has to call the play, but oversee the execution of the play. The PT is the ‘go to’ reference source for any questions regarding the client’s status. If the team model is being followed, then good communication between team members is imperative. A great team communicates at least on a weekly basis regarding the patient and to bounce ideas off each other, utilizing the strengths of each teammate to reach optimal patient outcomes. We believe
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The PT/PTA Team Model
OLLY BOWERS-MANESS, PTA that a PTA should work in an environment with frequent consultations by the supervising PT. The frequency should be determined by the complexity of the patient, the skills and knowledge of the PTA, and the need for modification of the treatment or goals based on re-evaluation. As the CMS model changes, these optimal outcomes will become more and more important. The communication skills will reflect the effectiveness of the team. Communication is KEY to PT/PTA camaraderie! The PT should clearly communicate the expectations for patient care and how the PT plans to utilize the PTA. The PTA should clearly communicate his/her ability to implement and modify interventions as indicated in the plan of care. It is important to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team just as it is in the client. We believe it is the responsibility of the PTA to communicate any areas of need, and to ask for further guidance and/ or training from the PT. The PT should seek out and identify the PTA’s skills, knowledge, training, and experiences, to best determine how to utilize the PTA in patient care. It is nice to have personalities that match and enjoy working with each other, but it is not necessary. Good communication skills will produce a good working relationship. It is the dedication to one’s professionalism that can make the team model work. GO TEAM!
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson
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TEXAS PHYSICAL THERAPY FOUNDATION NEWS by MICHAEL GEELHOED, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, PRESIDENT, TPTF The Texas Physical Therapy Foundation (TPTF) is very pleased to announce the awarding of $10,000 to our 2018 grant recipients: • Alshehre & Alkhathami et al (TWU): $4820 for “Effects of Spinal Stabilization Exercises on Dynamic Balance and Functional Performance in Adults with Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial” • Pechak & Dillon (UTEP): $4912 for “Examining the Validity of the Physical Therapy Spanish Proficiency Measure for Use Across a DPT Curriculum” Special thanks to our grant review committee: Sharon Wang (chair), Rita Patterson, Caroline Jansen, Jean-Michel Brismee, Ann Medley, Janna McGaugh, Steve Goffar, Carol McFarland, and Kurt Mossberg. 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 $120,000, exceeding our goal of a $100,000 endowment account that can provide seed money for Texas researchers in perpetuity. In fundraising news, TPTF received the following generous donations in 2017: •
A $2500 donation from the UTEP PT
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program faculty and students from their annual fundraiser. Under the guidance of UTEP Faculty and TPTF grant recipients Celia Pechak and Loretta Dillon, the UTEP DPT students have donated over $15,000 from the proceeds of their fundraisers to TPTF in the past 7 years. • Annual donations of $5000 from the Texas Consortium for PT Clinical Education, and $2500 from Accountable Healthcare Staffing from proceeds of sales of the PT MACS and PTA MACS. • A $1800 donation from the proceeds of a CI Certification course held in San Antonio in April 2017. The presenters of this course are the Directors of Clinical Education (DCE) of their PT programs and members of the Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Clinical Education: Chad Jackson from Incarnate Word, and Mike Geelhoed from UTHSCSA. This marks the 6th year in a row that the DCE’s have worked together to put on a CI course in the San Antonio-Austin corridor and donated 100% of the 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 2018 next summer! For information, go to our webpage at: www.tpta.org/?page=TPTF_Grants or email our research committee chair, Sharon Wang at email@example.com. Thank you= for your interest and support of YOUR Texas PT
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Research posters presented at the 2017 Annual Conference by TPTF grant recipients in prior years
PoP Quiz - Answers
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