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2021 AOPT SIG Election

2021 AOPT SIG Election

2021 SIG Slate of Candidates (scroll down to view each candidate's profiles, statements, and introductory videos) 

Occupational Health SIG (OHSIG)

  • President: Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME
  • Nominating Committee Member: Bill Beck II, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRet

Foot & Ankle SIG (FASIG)

  • President: Frank DiLiberto, PT, PhD
  • Nominating Committee Member:
    • Jennifer Bent, MPT, OCS, CMTPT, FAAOMPT
    • Jaime L. Caillet, PT, DPT, OCS
    • Marcey Keefer Hutchison, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CMP

Pain SIG (P-SIG)

  • Nominating Committee Member:
    • Michael R. Brown, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT
    • Carey E. Rothschild, PT, DPT

Performing Arts SIG (PASIG)

  • Vice President/Education Chair: Melissa Strzelinski, PT, PhD
  • Nominating Committee Member:
    • Taylor Augustine, PT, DPT
    • Patti Cavaleri, PT, DPT, OCS
    • Tessa Kasmar, PT, DPT, OCS

Animal Physical Therapy SIG (APT-SIG)

  • President: Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT

Imaging SIG (I-SIG)

  • President
    • Nathan J. Savage, PhD, DPT
    • Bruno Steiner, PT, DPT, LMT, RMSK
  • Nominating Committee Member
    • Kai-Yu Ho, PT, MSPT, PhD
    • Colin Rigney, PT, DPT, OCS, RMSK

Orthopaedic Residency/Fellowship SIG (ORF-SIG)

  • President: Molly Malloy, PT, DPT
  • Nominating Committee Member
    • Alex Bonhomme, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
    • Stephen Kareha, DPT, ATC, PhD

Occupational Health SIG
President:

Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME
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Candidate Profile: Dr. Rick Wickstrom is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Professional Ergonomist, and Certified Medical Examiner. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Ohio State University, completed graduate coursework in occupational ergonomics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Alabama State University. He is President and Owner of WorkAbility Systems, Inc., which is a private practice in West Chester, OH specializing in occupational health and ergonomics. Rick has dedicated his career to prepare employers and occupational health professionals with skills and tools needed to assess job demands, evaluate worker fitness-for-duty, resolve worker performance barriers, and promote movement performance of workers from hire to retire. He is actively engaged in clinical research and currently serves as President of the Occupational Health SIG and as Secretary for the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP).

Candidate Statement: Thank you for the opportunity to run for a second term as President of the OHSIG. I began my first term of service as OHSIG President with a major goal of launching an advanced practice credential program to position our members as experts in occupational health. Since then, our OHSIG has been on turbo charge to make great progress on this and other initiatives such as:

  • Updating our OHSIG Strategic Plan to align with AOPT strategic initiatives.
  • Mobilizing six teams of authors to develop two independent study courses to launch in 2022 as required steps for designation as an Occupational Health Advanced Practitioner (OHAP).
  • Landing the first AOPT Innovation Grant to support the third phase of our OHAP educational credential program.
  • Launching a Membership initiative to establish State Resource Liaisons in all states to coordinate payment, service, and educational opportunities for members,
  • Implementing an expanded member profile to promote networking among members.
  • Publishing three current concepts for Regulatory Compliance, Managing an Acute Injury the Limits Work Participation, and the Role of the Physical Therapist in Occupational Health.
  • Crossing the finish line with our Practice Committee to publish our first Clinical Practice Guideline for Clinical Guidance to Optimize Work Participation After Injury or Illness.
The “state of the union” is bright for our Occupational Health SIG. It has been exciting to contribute to these accomplishments that are fruits of outstanding service by our entire leadership team. I would appreciate your vote for a second term as OHSIG President.

 

Occupational Health SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Bill Beck II, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRet
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Candidate Profile: I graduated as a PT from St. Louis University in 1991, and moved quickly into an orthopedic private practice in Kentucky with clinic management responsibility as well as being involved in Occupational Health. There I gained valuable management experience, Occupational Health training for work conditioning programs and FCE as well as earning my OCS and ATC. Moving to Indiana, I had the opportunity to continue honing management and Occupational Health skills being introduced to the INAPTA. I served first as a program chair, then the Central District Chair and am an active member of the Central District today. I have been with Select Medical first as a market manager and now as a Regional Manager for WorkStrategies, in which I am responsible for 8 markets in 4 states, and work to develop relationships with stakeholders throughout the Occupational Health world. I have the pleasure of training clinicians on all aspects of our WorkStrategies continuum and interacting with Occupational Health stakeholders in multiple states.

Candidate Statement: I have been a member of the Occupational Health SIG for four years, and have been a member of the Orthopedic Section and have held a Board Certification in Orthopedics since 1997. Based on the management and clinical experience I have enjoyed over the years, I feel prepared at this time to serve this SIG and the Section as a whole. There have been vast progressions of science in regards to Orthopedic PT practice in the past 10 - 15 years and I am sure more exciting revelations will continue to spring forth from the brilliant minds in our profession that are dedicated to do so. Occupational Health has not been a stranger to the influence of scientific inquiry, but has not seen quite the advancements as the general Section has. I believe there is a great body of knowledge currently that will have a profound impact on how we approach and treat the injured worker. I have had the opportunity and great pleasure of working alongside great minds such as David Hoyle and Katie McBee, to help incorporate these approaches into practice. As a Nominating Committee Member I feel I can impact the OHSIG positively with my own experience and by helping identify candidates for higher office that can continue to drive our SIG and the Orthopedic Section to continual improvement on rehabilitation of injured workers, not only benefiting them and our profession, but the population at large.

Foot & Ankle SIG
President:

Frank E. DiLiberto, PT, PhD
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Candidate Profile: I have over 15 years of clinical experience and am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. My responsibilities include directing the movement analysis laboratory, teaching orthopaedics, biomechanics, and research, as well as mentoring students in clinical practice. This blend of responsibility allows me to maintain a balanced and contemporary perspective on foot and ankle physical therapy. I am active in foot and ankle research as evidenced by my publications, as well as by my professional presentations which were sponsored by the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and FASIG. Current research projects include the examination of biomechanics, muscle function, and outcomes to guide rehabilitation in people following total ankle arthroplasty, and the validation of a new clinical measure of ankle proprioception. I serve as a FASIG nominating committee member, and formerly as an Illinois Physical Therapy Association assembly representative.

Candidate Statement:It has been a privilege to serve as a FASIG nominating committee member, learn more about FASIG operations, and assist in our initiatives over the past three years. This experience, combined with my long-standing roles as a clinician, researcher, and educator, has prepared me to take on a greater level of responsibility in the promotion of excellence in foot and ankle orthopaedic physical therapy as FASIG President. If elected, I look forward to working with FASIG leadership and membership to grow and deliver excellent continuing education programming in coordination with AOPT. I will also support the creation of a foot and ankle fellowship, continuation of the author spotlight series, and student involvement with the quarterly FASIG newsletter. In line with our goal to promote optimal utilization of foot and ankle content in practice, I will further develop patient and provider clinical infographics. As co-investigator on a recently completed study of the current use of the 2015 FASIG entry level curricular guidelines, I will engage member input on the possible needs for review of these guidelines. Finally, I will work to advance the evolving relationship with the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and explore other potential collaborations as relationships are a critical aspect of realizing our vision as a world leader in advancing foot and ankle physical therapy. I am grateful for this nomination and enthusiastic at the possibility of leading FASIG toward achieving our goals as President of the Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group.

Foot & Ankle SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Jennifer Bent, MPT, OCS, CMTPT, FAAOMPT
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Candidate Profile: Jennifer Bent, MPT, OCS, CMTPT, FAAOMPT is a physical therapist based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Jennifer who provides a contemporary and customized approach to management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions due to her post-graduate training. (Board Certified in Orthopedics, Graduate of Myopains Seminar Series, Orthopedic Residency Trained, Fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists). She has previous involvement with committee work across her career, more recently with the NCPTA with Scholarship and Loan. Jennifer has presented at state and national conferences and has received awards for leadership, service and character. Additionally, she has previous experience with team & event management and programming for groups, teams and individuals.

Candidate Statement:“Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve” was the motto for my Physical Therapy Program. I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from many individuals throughout my career. Part of my responsibility is to continue the tradition of service and professional involvement. Foot and Ankle has a unique place in my heart, as I have seen how commonly lower extremity injuries can manifest and create lifelong impairments in the kinetic chain from improper management. As a nominating committee member, I will be looking to create a more inclusive environment for others to become involved our section and push our profession forward. The ultimate goal would be to create a culture of collaboration and respect that prevails over conformity and domination. By doing so, it would make recruitment much easier in order to find talented individuals who can “add” onto the culture versus just “fitting in”. We are beginning to learning how to recognize micro-aggressions, hidden bias and prejudice in ourselves. This is an important first step in eliminating discrimination. However, knowledge and awareness is not enough in our current times. The next step is to consciously interrupt our normal patterns and find new ways of performing tasks. I feel that being part of a committee is a unique opportunity for finding practical solutions to address inequities in our health-care systems.

Foot & Ankle SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Jaime L. Caillet, PT, DPT, OCS
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Candidate Profile: Hello, my name is Jaime Caillet. I have been a Physical Therapist for 20 years and an APTA member for 22 years. During that time I have been both an Orthopedic and Sports Academy member and I am currently an Orthopedic and Education Academy member. Much of my career has been in clinical practice (18 years) in the Outpatient Orthopedic setting. I became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2012 as well as obtaining my transitional DPT in 2010 from Regis University. Approximately 2 years ago, I made the exciting move into academia at a newly established program in Louisiana. I am currently an Assistant Professor at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University and teach in Orthopedics, Foundational Sciences, Wellness as well as advise students in scholarly research projects. I also serve on the Curriculum and Clinical Education Committee in the DPT program.

Candidate Statement:As my career has progressed, I understand the benefits of being a part of a greater community, which for me includes the APTA, Orthopedic section and a special interest group related to an area that I am most passionate. Strength in message comes when a group of people can come together and promote a vision. I hope to enhance my role in my national organization and promote the need for membership and service to our profession. I consistently support and encourage that our membership is from diverse backgrounds, so the voice is representative of professionals in PT practice. I believe my experience as a clinician, knowledge of foot and ankle clinical practice and now role in educating student physical therapists makes me uniquely qualified to assist the FASIG meet their 2018 strategic plan of promotion of excellence in orthopedic foot and ankle physical therapy. I could not agree more wholeheartedly with that plan and that is a strong reason why I am in the academic setting today. I am especially passionate about the FASIG goal related to development and distribution of foot and ankle content in PT practice. I believe that other skills that I possess including my organizational abilities, reliability, dedication towards a set goal and my passion for physical therapy will allow me to perform the role as a Nominating Committee Member. I appreciate the opportunity and your consideration for this position.

Foot & Ankle SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Marcey Keefer Hutchison, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CMP
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Candidate Profile: I am an Associate Professor and founding faculty member in the School of Physical Therapy at Oregon State University. My area of research focuses on foot and ankle morphology utilizing diagnostic ultrasound and motion capture to assess variables. I serve on the Admissions and Curriculum Development Committees. I have served for three years as the co-chair on FASIG’s committee pursuing a description of practice for the foot and ankle to be utilized in developing fellowship level education. My prior work experiences include founding the School of Physical Therapy at George Fox University where I served as a tenured, Associate Professor. I served for ten years as the co-chair for the department’s Admissions Committee. Prior to working in academia, I owned and operated a private, outpatient orthopedic and sports clinic. I also contracted to provide athletic training services to the six high-schools in the Salem-Keizer school district.

Candidate Statement:I have served as the co-lead investigator for FASIG’s development of a Description of Fellowship Practice (DFP) initiative for foot and ankle specialty education for the last three years. This experience has allowed me to gain insight into the nature of a SIG, meet SIG members and practitioners from across the United States, and to appreciate the role SIGs play in developing educational opportunities for members and the healthcare community at large. The level of excellence that exists in FASIG leadership and members is remarkable. I view creating educational opportunities through the DFP along with knowledge translation to other healthcare professionals and the public of key importance. FASIG has the talent in both its membership and in research acumen to significantly impact population health. The position of Nominating Committee member facilitates the process of moving initiatives forward by bringing people together. The Nominating Committee has the opportunity to increase inclusion and diversity as it has the ability to seek out a variety of individuals to serve in leadership roles. I view this as a foundational principle, that the committee purposefully seek to connect with candidates from all over the nation, from varying practice patterns, and from varying areas of employment. There is talent, innovation, and voices that need to be heard in every walk of life. Creating a Nominating Committee that looks for candidates who reflect the spectrum of the human experience should be a top priority. I would do my best to assure potential candidates represent this spectrum.

Pain SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Michael R. Brown PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, Cert. MDT, FAAOMPT
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Candidate Profile: I graduated with my Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University at Buffalo in 2005. I spent six years practicing clinically before becoming a full-time faculty member in an entry-level DPT program. For the past 10 years, I have worked full time in academia and part-time in the clinic. I am currently a Clinical Assistant professor and the Assistant Director of the DPT program at the University at Buffalo. I have been a recognized Orthopaedic Certified Specialist and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy for the past 10 years. In 2019, I completed my Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science at the University at Buffalo. Over the past several years I have served on a variety of departmental committees. Recently, I accepted a volunteer position with the Academy of Education’s Social Media Committee, which is my first volunteer experience with an Academy.

Candidate Statement:I have been a member of the Pain SIG for three years. I have attended the Pain SIG’s annual business meetings the last couple of years and I like the direction it is moving in. I especially like the fact the Pain SIG has been actively pursuing a specialist certification in pain and in the future exploring the possibility of creating a Fellowship in pain management. I believe serving as a Nominating Committee member is very important to supporting such an endeavor and projects that the Pain SIG might pursue in the future. Nominating Committee members are responsible for identifying, recruiting, and reviewing potential candidates for positions within the SIG. In essence, members of this committee have a great responsibility to identify people who are going to shape the future of the SIG and potentially other positions within the APTA. Over the past several years, I have had the opportunity to participate on several different search committees. I believe my past experiences and my clinical research interests will allow me to contribute to the Nominating Committee in a positive way. I would greatly appreciate being a part of the Pain SIG’s future by helping the committee identify individuals with the appropriate skills to carry out the Pain SIG’s vision.

Pain SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Carey E. Rothschild, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
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Candidate Profile: Carey E. Rothschild, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Dr. Rothschild earned a Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy in 1999 from the University of Florida and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2005. She became Board-certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in 2006 (recertified 2016) and in Sports Physical Therapy in 2012. She earned a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy in 2020. Her 20+ years of clinical practice has been in the areas of orthopedics and sports medicine. Her research interests include running injuries, conditions of the female athlete, and pain education. She currently serves as the Chair of the Sports Specialty Council through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She is the Membership Lead for the Academy of Sports Physical Therapy’s Running SIG.

Candidate Statement:I am honored to be slated as a candidate for the Pain SIG’s Nominating Committee. I found a passion for pain science in 2016 after listening to Dr. Steven George’s John H.P. Maley lecture “Pain Management: Roadmap to Revolution. Since then, I have immersed myself in learning all I can about pain to share with colleagues, students, and patients. I teach a 12-week stand-alone course for my institution’s DPT program in 2019 as well as an interprofessional event on pain education with other healthcare programs at my institution. I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge and experiences to assist AOPT and its membership to enhance the biopsychosocial management of pain.

Living and working in the diverse Central Florida community at an institution that upholds the promise to “attract and cultivate exceptional and diverse faculty, students and staff whose collective contributions strengthen us” has prepared me to recognize the importance of inclusion and diversity of both students of physical therapy and the patients in the community. I have a strong commitment to do my part to contribute to the AOPT’s Pain SIG comprised of clinicians that come from different backgrounds and experiences. The experiences and skills I have align with the duties of the Pain SIG Nominating Committee and the Academy’s goal to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of our membership. I would be honored to earn your support in my candidacy for this position.

Performing Arts SIG
Vice President/Education Chair:

Melissa Strzelinski, PT, PhD
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Candidate Profile: Melissa Strzelinski, PT, PhD has been a practicing physical therapist specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine and dance medicine since 2009; she completed her PhD in Orthopedic and Sport Science in 2018. Working as a clinician, researcher and educator has given Dr. Strzelinski robust experience in the performing arts world. She has worked with numerous professional dance and theater companies, mentored novice clinicians, investigated hip issues in dancers, and instructed first year DPT students. She has presented internationally and nationally through her associations with the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Performing Arts Medical Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a peer reviewer to the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and Medical Problems of the Performing Artists. Dr. Strzelinski currently serves as the Lead Physical Therapist at the Lutheran Spine Center and as a part time Staff Physical Therapist to the Colorado Ballet in Denver, CO.

Candidate Statement:I am seeking the role of Vice President/Education Chair for the opportunity to foster and develop high quality educational programming and outreach of the PASIG. In the nearly 15 years I have been a member of the PASIG, I recognize the value, support and opportunities for professional development the PASIG has provided. I have been an active contributor to the fields of dance medicine and the performing arts in presenting, educating, mentoring and networking to assist in the progression of this unique field of physical therapy within and external to the APTA. The professional networking and collaborative efforts within this group have significantly impacted my own ability to conduct original research, participate in collaborative research, and publish findings to build the body of literation in a specialty underrepresented in the literature. I believe my experiences and background provide a strong foundation for serving in this role, and it would be an honor to give back to the PASIG.

Performing Arts SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Taylor Augustine, PT, DPT
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Candidate Profile: Dr. Augustine graduated with her DPT in December 2020, though she has over a decade of experience in the physical therapy field and performing arts. Before PT school, Dr. Augustine worked for a multi-clinic practice, where she held positions as lead aide, patient care coordinator, and health administrator. She also danced professionally, with an equally long history in dance pedagogy. She held titles as soloist, choreographer, assistant artistic director, stage manager, and consultant for a collegiate program. Over the last three years, Dr. Augustine received 7 awards for academic and teaching excellence, professional commitment, and community service. She presented research internationally with IADMS, taught a Dance USA master class, reviewed papers for the Task Force on Dancer Health, completed certificates in Level II pelvic floor and essentials of performing arts medicine, initiated a pro bono dancer screening clinic, was elected ACAPT’s student liaison, and advocated with APTA on Capitol Hill.

Candidate Statement:For the past several years, a central focus of the APTA has been the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, this doctrine has become a foundational focus within the association’s chapters and special interest groups. The responsibilities of the nominating committee are specifically equipped to turn this tenet into fruition. As an active member of APTA’s Student Assembly (even participating on the slate of Presidential Nominees in 2019), I have been advocating and contributing to efforts that maximize the awareness, dissemination, and implementation of DEI practices into the physical therapy profession, as well as the performing arts. If elected, I vow to continue prioritizing these efforts. I also wish for the participation and representation of all fields under the performing arts umbrella to increase within the PASIG membership. My work on the Young Professionals Committee of the Performing Arts Medical Association has revealed the eclectic variety of performing artists, including vocalists, magicians, and theatre performers/actors—voices that are currently missing from the PASIG. I am also an active member of Dance USA and IADMS, which exposes me to a great deal of content, professional relationships, networking, and resources across a diverse array of performing arts and medical practices. I believe my position within these other performing arts associations, as well as my experience in advocating within the APTA, makes me uniquely qualified to assist the PASIG in fulfilling their goals for diverse, egalitarian representation across the performing arts in the physical therapy profession.

Performing Arts SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Patricia Cavaleri, PT, DPT, OCS
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Candidate Profile: Following completion of my Doctor of Physical Therapy at Columbia University, I’ve been working in outpatient orthopedic clinics and an active member of the PASIG. I’ve obtained my board specialist certification in orthopedic physical therapy. In 2020, I was the first fellow to complete the Performing Arts Physical Therapy Fellowship at NYU-Langone Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. In my current position as a staff physical therapist at Harkness, my duties involve rehabilitation of performing artists, facilitating student clinical learning, maintenance care onsite for theatrical and dance productions, and educational outreach to performing artists, dance educators, and healthcare providers.

Candidate Statement:Being a part of the Nominating Committee would be an honor that would allow me to be more involved with the leaders and the members of PASIG. Through being involved in leadership meetings as a committee member, I’ll have a better understanding of what the different leadership roles require of those who serve in those positions. I’ll take this knowledge and use it to help encourage PASIG members to run for office and step into leadership roles that will highlight their skills. With the PASIG being one of the largest SIGs in AOPT, there are many potential members with diverse backgrounds and experiences that would make great leaders. I look forward to meeting more of the PASIG members, learning about them, and seeing this group continue to grow.

Performing Arts SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Tessa Kasmar, PT, DPT, OCS
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Candidate Profile: I am a Physical Therapist at Ohio State University Sports Medicine. I graduated from PT school at Marquette University and continued my training as an Orthopaedic Resident at OSU due to my passion for working with the orthopaedic populations and gaining mentored experience. I transitioned to become the country’s first Performing Arts Fellow-in-Training at OSU and completed the program in 2018. I continue to work as a faculty member on both Orthopaedic Residency and Performing Arts Fellowship programs at OSU, feeding my interest for the education of others and with a special focus on the foot/ankle complex. My clinical area, based on my own personal background, is focused on treating dancers. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with many other performing artists throughout my practice. I continue to maintain my credential as a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Specialist.

Candidate Statement:I am excited to run for the role of Nominating Committee Member for the PASIG because I am passionate about the performing arts community and want to contribute to its growth. To me, being a member of PASIG leadership is a way of giving back to the group which has helped me to grow into the sub-specialized clinician and educator that I am today. I want to contribute my own unique perspective, aligned with the needs and values of the PASIG, to assist with SIG decision-making. Over recent years, I have dedicated myself to the performing arts, becoming a Fellowship-trained Performing Arts PT and assisting with the accreditation of the country’s first Performing Arts Fellowship. I have continued to immerse myself in this sub-specialty area via presentations and education to fellows-in-training, dancers and other performing artists, students, and clinicians. My participation with and passion for this community demonstrates my ability to bring insight drawn from my own experiences. As a member of the team that assists in choosing those qualified for leadership roles within the PASIG, my goal would be to select those who bring diversity of thought and perspective to the team. I believe this diversity is fostered by one’s culture, education, upbringing and life experiences, spirit, and inherent values. Having a team with a variety of perspectives is essential to ensure that we are giving our utmost effort to consider and serve equally all members of the society and performing arts community.

Animal PT SIG
President:

Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT
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Candidate Profile: Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT is the owner of TheK9PT, a canine rehabilitation business in Chicago. He graduated with his DPT from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 and finished his certification as a canine rehabilitation therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2015. He has been a member of the APTA since 2009, was elected as the APTSIG Vice-President in 2019, and became the APTSIG President in 2020. He also serves as an Assembly Representative for the Illinois Physical Therapy Association and has been working closely with them to advance legislation regarding animal rehabilitation in Illinois.

Candidate Statement: Upon getting certified in canine rehabilitation Francisco started working at a veterinary clinic. However, he experienced the same issues most physical therapists who make such transition go through: a lack of understanding on what we have to offer as a member of a veterinary team, along with a significant pay cut compared to human healthcare. After a couple of years that position was no longer sustainable for his long-term goals and health, leading to the decision to of opening his own business. However, the main issue was that he knew nothing about business up until that point. He started to learn as much as he could on that topic, and now runs a canine rehabilitation clinic with 6 staff members, including 3 other physical therapists. He also coaches and mentors other animal PTs on how to succeed, both financially and professionally, in the field of canine rehabilitation and has made one of lifegoals to increase the number of physical therapists who work with animals. If re-elected as president he will continue to focus on advancing the field of animal rehabilitation for physical therapists while focusing on legislative issues that prevent them from doing so, as well as creating a pathway for them to follow his footsteps and have a joyful and sustainable career in this field.

Imaging SIG
President:

Nathan J. Savage, DPT, PhD, OCS, ECS, RMSK
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Candidate Profile: Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem State University teaching and researching in musculoskeletal and orthopedic content areas, including advanced neuromuscular assessment techniques. Diplomat of ABPTS recognized as a board-certified specialist in Orthopaedics and Clinical Electrophysiology. Registered in Musculoskeletal® sonography by the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement. Faculty, Electroneuromyography Training Program, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Utah. Clinician and clinic manager in outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine centers from 2000-2021 in Knoxville Tennessee and most recently northern Utah with advanced training and certification in orthopedic manual therapy (Maitland) and trigger point dry needling. Team physiotherapist for the Winter Olympic Institute of Australia from 2008-2015 covering a variety of athletes and teams competing in the United States and Canada. Memberships in the APTA (AOPT and Imaging SIG) and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Candidate Statement: Physical Therapy is an emerging profession. While the traditional model of evaluating patients by referral persists, increasingly our profession serves a primary care role resulting from expanded direct access opportunities. While many of our examination and evaluation skills have evolved through education and training to meet the demands of primary care practice, an area that remains largely underdeveloped and underutilized within our profession is the performance and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound imaging. As the lone imaging modality that physical therapists perform, interpret, and receive reimbursement, developing this skill should be a priority. What better fit for physical therapists than a dynamic, real-time, point-of-care diagnostic? I speak from experience when I say that this patient-therapist interaction is value-added and elevates our profession in the eyes of our patients and our colleagues. Of course, the issues related to imaging within our profession extend beyond ultrasound, including the ordering of imaging by physical therapists (a practice I utilized while in Utah). However, in my opinion, these issues overlap and are fundamentally related to perceived competence of our profession. Elevating our profession with regard to imaging begins with expanded use of diagnostic ultrasound in clinical practice, providing context to effectively argue for additional competencies (like ordering imaging) from a position of strength as professionals that perform imaging. As President, I would embark on this vision by promoting educational and training opportunities directed at significantly increasing the number of physical therapists performing ultrasound imaging in routine clinical practice, including within existing entry-level DPT curricula.

Imaging SIG
President:

Bruno U.K. Steiner, PT, DPT, LMT, RMSK
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Candidate Profile: I am the Physical Therapy and MSKUS Program Manager with the Washington Center for Bleeding Disorders. I perform MSKUS to assess the complex musculoskeletal concerns endemic to the hemophilia population of Washington state. I have lectured regularly about MSKUS with the National Hemophilia Foundation, AIUM, Sanofi/Genzyme, Roche and ISTH. I teach MSKUS at UCSD’s School of Medicine to both physicians and allied health. I am a clinical instructor with University of Washington’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. At the WACBD, I have chaired/moderated the bimonthly international MSKUS rounds, attended by physical therapists and physicians, for the past 5 years. I conduct and publish research and received funding from Roche, Genentech, Takeda, Sanofi, and Uniqure. I am currently at the end of my term as At-Large member of the NHF PT Working Group, which crafted the MASAC guidelines, recognizing PT expertise in MSKUS. I review for the journals Haemophilia and Physiotherapy Canada.

Candidate Statement:I will continue to carry out and build on the excellent work that the I-SIG has spearheaded and to advance the current Imaging SIG’s Strategic Planning framework for PT imaging referral privileges. I am passionate about promoting MSKUS imaging by our profession. MSKUS is perfectly-suited to the PT skillset and it will reinforce our collective professional relevance as musculoskeletal experts among health care professionals and consumers. I will further our national strategy to promote imaging referral privileges and oppose potential challenges from stakeholders who may wish to restrict our imaging practices. In this spirit, we must continue to leverage the talents and experiences of Physical Therapists in the clinical and legislative trenches, as well as those who further our academic interests. In this initiative, we must include the passions of our next generation of physical therapists who will become our future standard bearers/ambassadors for the ongoing campaign for referral privileges.

To this end, I wish to create forums for the continued education and mastery of imaging interpretation, which I have fostered in the realm of MSKUS for hemophilia and orthopedics. I have chaired our international bimonthly MSKUS rounds for 5 years going strong and will promote/expand a similar forum in the I-SIG. We must also continue to forge interstate relationships with our PT Imaging referral advocates to share our legislative experiences and develop/sharpen our strategies in regularly scheduled forums. My ultimate goal is to establish Physical Therapists as the recognized experts of MSKUS and further PT imaging referral privileges.

Imaging SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Kai-Yu Ho, PT, MSPT, PhD
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Candidate Profile: My name is Kai-Yu Ho, currently an Associate Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I am a licensed physical therapist in the state of Nevada. I have experience in diagnostic imaging and skills in research-based quantitative musculoskeletal imaging. Specifically, I have had 17 top-tier journal publications in the field of musculoskeletal imaging covering topics from computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound imaging. I have had 5 years of experience in teaching Diagnostic Imaging at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2017-2021). I am an active reviewer for JOSPT and regularly review the Musculoskeletal Imaging reports. I have also served as a reviewer for Magnetic Resonance in Imaging (MRM) since 2014 and received a Distinguished Reviewer Award in 2015 and 2016. With respect to service to professional organizations, I have served in the Subcommittee on Trainee Stipends, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) since 2018.

Candidate Statement:The Nominating Committee plays an important role in the administration of AOPT SIG offices (e.g., SIG Chair and committee member selections). Serving in the Nominating Committee can have a significant impact on the leadership that guides the future direction of imaging SIG. Specifically the Imaging SIG is the key leader for guiding evidence-based practice in imaging and providing opportunities for professional development/education and practice competence. I believe that this position requires good communication skills and administrative experience, as well as knowledge and expertise in the field of musculoskeletal imaging and orthopaedic physical therapy. With years of experience in working in academic and professional institution/organization (e.g., University of Nevada, Las Vegas and International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)), I have developed good communication and administrative skills and am confident that I can properly serve in the Nominating Committee of the Imaging SIG. In addition, my experience with imaging research and teaching will provide a strong foundation for me to serve as a Nominating Committee member of Imaging SIG. With the enthusiasm and passion in serving in the Imaging SIG committee, I wish to be considered for this position to contribute my knowledge and expertise to the PT communities.

Imaging SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Colin Rigney PT, DPT, OCS, RMSK
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Candidate Profile: I am a husband and a father of 2; not a day goes by I am not thankful for the teachings and blessings this role has given me because without it, all my professional achievements would not be possible. I currently function as a managing partner and chief operations officer for Modern Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we have 5 clinics in the Greater Phoenix Area and growing. I have designed, implemented, and enacted the radiology/imaging curriculum for Physical Therapy Students at AT Still University in Mesa, AZ. I provide independent consultation to professional sports organizations’ medical and training staff, including but not limited to, the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Bucks. I have been the part of developing a successful online learning platform focused on the skill of musculoskeletal ultrasound (amsku.com) as well as actively lecture in multiple CME settings such as AIUM, SDMS, and The Las Vegas Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Biologics Course.

Candidate Statement:I will be a rare asset to the Imaging-SIG because there are very few who have functioned in the physician extender role like I have to the extent that I have, blending the barrier between PT and Orthopedics/Sports Medicine. I am in favor of PT’s being viewed as primary care providers for MSK conditions, With that primary care designation comes responsibility, with that responsibility comes privilege and a big part of that privilege includes knowing when and which mode of imaging to order/perform. The reason why I do what I do is because medicine has become too compartmentalized, and the patients suffer. I am in favor of promoting and empowering physical therapists to practice to the full extent of the practice act as set forth by the APTA. Furthermore, there is no one more qualified than me to support the “education, performance, certification and accreditation of physical therapists and their practices in the field of MSK ultrasound.” AIUM/Inteleos, APTA/AOPT/Imaging SIG’s quest of expanding MSK Ultrasound Education and Credentialing for physical therapists is in complete alignment with what I have been practicing for years since 2009, passed the RMSK exam in 2014 (RMSK first offered in 2012) and have been fully utilizing it ever since, performing over 10k studies in that time frame. Should I earn the AOPT-Imaging SIG nomination, I pledge to use the position to help deliver conflict-free education and information to all PT’s willing to further their career using MSK ultrasound.

Orthopaedic Residency/Fellowship SIG
President:

Molly Malloy, PT, DPT, OCS
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Candidate Profile: I am an orthopaedic residency director and an assistant professor for the DPT program at Arcadia University. Prior to starting at Arcadia University in 2019 I was the orthopaedic and pediatric residency director at the University of Chicago. I was the director for the initial ABPTRFE credentialing and re-credentialing of both programs. I have also been an APTA orthopaedic section practice committee member since 2016 and represent residency and fellowship programs within this committee. I have been an active member of the ORF-SIG and I have contributed to the curriculum committee. In 2018, I had the opportunity to collaborate with the education section in a “Think Tank” which reviewed residency/fellowship curriculums from across the country and found areas of universal content and facilitated content sharing between residency and fellowship programs within all specialty sections of the APTA.

Candidate Statement: As a residency director, educator and orthopaedic clinician I believe very strongly in the mission of the ORF-SIG to serve and support the orthopaedic residency and fellowship community. When I developed my first residency in 2007 I had few peers, mentors and resources to help me maneuver the extensive application process, develop a curriculum and learn how to best educate mentors. In my experience the ORF-SIG provides a critical role in establishing and building relationships between residency/fellowship directors, with the ABPTRFE, within the AOPT, with DPT educators, and with potential residents/fellows. Building solid relationships with these key players establishes resources for developing programs, maintains consistency to provide excellent education between programs, and allows the ORF-SIG to have a voice with ABPTRFE policies. Also of great importance, the ORF-SIG provides program directors a forum and community to discuss how to best educate post-graduate therapists in an ever changing health care environment. I have a unique background in that I have been a residency director in three sections (sports, pediatrics and orthopaedics) and in both residential and hybrid educational models. One of my strengths is my ability to collaborate across sections and across specialty areas to share knowledge of ways that we can all be more efficient in providing exceptional post graduate educations. Areas in which I would like to assist the ORF-SIG in the future are through the collaboration of curriculums, expanding the mentoring resources and developing research projects to assess the benefits of residency/fellowship training in clinical practice.

Orthopaedic Residency/Fellowship SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Alex Bonhomme, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
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Candidate Profile: Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Alex Bonhomme and I am practicing at Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I am a senior level physical therapist and orthopedic residency director at a hospital-based, outpatient orthopedic clinical setting. During my 11 years of practice, I have had the valuable opportunities to complete an orthopedic residency, complete an orthopedic and manual therapy fellowship, act as residency coordinator to help develop a residency at University of Miami, act as residency and fellowship faculty, in addition to developing and leading the orthopedic residency at Holy Cross Health. I have been actively involved in research with physicians at Holy Cross Health and it is my desire to increase my professional contribution in the form of service to the profession.

Candidate Statement: I am excited by the opportunity to serve as nominating committee member for the ORF-SIG to help identify and slate a qualified, inclusive group of leaders. Throughout my experiences as both residency and fellowship graduate as well as residency development, a few of the important ORF-SIG functions include providing adequate resources for effective mentorship and curriculum development, supporting program development using effective assessment tools, and to promote more research in residency and fellowship education. I have been able to develop several contacts through my experiences with residency and fellowship education which can be useful in helping to increase student and AOPT member engagement. Member engagement is extremely important to help increase awareness of important issues. Increasing inclusion and diversity also remain important to the future direction of the ORF-SIG. Another important issue to help program sustainability during the pandemic is to potentially allow more programs to switch to an online/hybrid model of teaching. Being able to identify and nominate qualified members who would help achieve the functions and future direction of the organization.

Orthopaedic Residency/Fellowship SIG
Nominating Committee Member:

Stephen M. Kareha, PT, DPT, ATC, PhD
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Candidate Profile: I earned a DPT from Arcadia University, completed a post-graduate mentorship program in spine pain & vestibular dysfunction at Allied Services in Scranton Pennsylvania, and PhD at Nova Southeastern University. Over my career, I have worked in both private practice and for 2 hospital networks. I currently practice orthopaedic PT in eastern Pennsylvania in a large health network where I also developed, recruited faculty, and run an orthopaedic residency and spine fellowship. I also am currently working with ABPTRFE as chair of the Spine DFP development committee. Since joining the ORF-SIG shortly after it began, I’ve served on multiple subcommittees resulting in the creation of the Applicant & Residency/Fellowship Interest Registries and facilitating improvements and better understanding of how to use RF-PTCAS to our advantage. In addition, I’ve served in the Imaging SIG on multiple committees including the development of infographics for the ordering of imaging.

Candidate Statement: I see residency & fellowship education as the future of post-professional education and one mechanism to achieve national recognition of the level of expertise in physical therapy. My vision is that all PTs are considered full peers with physicians and other health care providers in all aspects including in the public’s perspective. I believe this is imperative to develop the leverage to effectively optimize movement and musculoskeletal health throughout this nation. To achieve that vision, it is imperative that the ORF-SIG’s continues our aims of enhancing and promoting residency & fellowship education throughout the country and the profession. And, we can only achieve that vision by recruiting for and engaging leaders in the ORF-SIG. Therefore, I want to serve on the nominating committee to help the ORF-SIG attain our aims and objectives by recruiting, reviewing, and selecting AOPT members to run for SIG leadership positions.

Election results will be announced in mid-December, 2021