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AOPT SIG 2022 Election - Meet the Candidates

Election results will be announced soon! 

Meet the individuals running for AOPT Special Interest Group offices below: 


Occupational Heath SIG (OHSIG)

OHSIG Vice President/Education Chair:

  • Steven Allison, PT, DPT, CME
  • Joshua Prall, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS

OHSIG Nominating Committee Member:

  • Katie Habeger, PT, DPT, CEAS, CHPSE
  • Tyrees Marcy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, LJLCP

Foot and Ankle SIG (FASIG):

FASIG Vice President/Education Chair:

  • Stephanie Albin, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD
  • Abbis Jaffri PT, MS, PhD
  • Ed Mulligan, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

FASIG Nominating Committee Member

  • Jaime L. Caillet, PT, DPT, OCS
  • Carolyn Galleher PT, DHSc

Pain SIG (P-SIG):

P-SIG President

  • Nancy R. Durban, PT, DPT, MS

P-SIG Nominating Committee Member:

  • Rebecca Greenwood, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, ATC, TPS
  • Joseph Leech PT, DPT, DSc

Performing Arts SIG (PASIG):

PASIG President

  • Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD, FNAP

PASIG Nominating Committee Member:

  • Sammi Harmon, PT, DPT, OCS
  • Amanda Yamaguchi, PT, DPT, OCS

Animal Physical Therapy SIG (APT-SIG):

APTSIG Nominating Committee Member (2 positions will be elected):

  • Sonia Lucas, PT, DPT, CCRT, C-PS
  • Mary Beth Nunes, PT, CCRP, CERP

Imaging SIG (I-SIG):

I-SIG Nominating Committee Member:

  • Abbis Jaffri PT, MS, PhD
  • Toran D. MacLeod, PT, MPT, PhD

Orthopaedic Residency/Fellowship SIG (ORF-SIG):

ORF-SIG Nominating Committee Member:

  • Renee Riffle McGinnis, PT, DPT, COMT
  • Grace Mollohan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
  • Adam Walsh PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT

Learn more about the candidates below:

Occupational Health SIG (OHSIG)

OHSIG Vice President/Education Chair candidate:

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Steven Allison, PT, DPT, CME
Candidate Profile: 
Dr. Allison has served as the Vice President/Education Chair for the OHSIG since 2020. He is in private practice and he currently serves as CEO of Functional Capacity Experts, LLC located in Bossier City, Louisiana. He has been licensed to practice physical therapy by the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board since 1993. He has focused his practice on providing a variety of occupational health services over the last 22 years. He is one of a few physical therapists in the U.S. recognized as a certified medical examiner for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to perform DOT physical examinations. He served as the lead author of the 2018 Current Concepts in Functional Capacity Evaluation document for the OHSIG. He has been accepted as an expert witness in the areas of functional capacity testing and orthopaedic physical therapy by the Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation Court, Louisiana District Court, and Federal District Court. He has also served as a job analyst expert for the EEOC.

Statement: I continue to believe a critical role of the OHSIG is to promote best practices and qualification standards for physical therapists and physical therapists assistants practicing in occupational health physical therapy. The development and use of best practices and qualification standards adds credibility and consistency to this specialized area of practice, and it creates professional accountability required for long-term success in this field. Over the past 3 years, I have been fortunate to be part of a group of subject matter experts within the OHSIG who have worked to develop a certificate program as an occupational health practitioner. We have plans to create an advanced occupational health practitioner certificate program in the near future as well. I have been blessed to be part of an “A-team” who spent many volunteer hours working on a position statement (APTA HOD RC 11-22) that positions physical therapists as entry-point practitioners and provides clarifying language regarding scope of practice related to diagnosis, causation, diagnostic testing, and prescription authority. I look forward to continuing to serve OHSIG membership by striving to achieve integrity, excellence, and commitment in the practice of occupational health physical therapy.

OHSIG Vice President/Education Chair candidate:

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Joshua Prall, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS
Candidate Profile: 
Joshua Prall is a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Lebanon Valley College teaching in the orthopedic curriculum, an occupational health business owner, author, national presenter, international lecturer, and the Vice Research Chair for the Occupational Health Special Interest Group. He received his clinical doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Scranton, and his academic doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His business targets large manufacturers to reduce musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace through ergonomics, job site assessments, pre-shift stretching routines, return-t0-work programs, and on-site injury triage. His publications involve various orthopedic topics, but a significant portion have been on the effects of physical therapy delivered injury prevention techniques to reduce injuries in the industrial workplace. His national speaking presence has also been on a multitude of orthopedic topics, with a significant portion involving occupational health and the importance of physical therapy delivered injury prevention programs on cost reduction and the overall reduction in recordable musculoskeletal injuries in the industrial setting.

Statement: I've been working in the occupational health special interest area for the past 7 years as a business owner, national presenter, international guest lecturer, and author. I consider myself an effective teammate, avid learner and a trailblazer for the presence of physical therapists in the workplace to reduce injuries and costs for employers. I believe that by being the Vice President/Education Chair, I would play a crucial role in bringing attention and awareness to the overwhelmingly positive impact that physical therapists can have in the workplace to reduce injuries and the subsequent costs associated with injuries in the workplace. If given an opportunity to be elected Vice President/Education Chair, I will unwaveringly contribute my time and efforts to build and grow the OHSIG and continue to bring awareness of occupational health to physical therapists and students currently enrolled in accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. My experience as a business owner in the occupational health space as well as in the academic arena, makes me an ideal candidate to be an asset to the Occupational Health Special Interest Group as Vice President/Education Chair. Currently, I am continuing to grow my business and I have expanded nationally, working with two fortune 500 companies as their ergonomics and injury prevention specialist nationwide. Academically, I recently developed a survey amongst occupational health experts to identify core competencies for physical therapists who are interested in occupational health. The next survey will get sent to the academic Chairs of all US accredited physical therapy programs in order to grow and instill those competencies within the curriculums. I believe that my vast practical experience as an occupational health business owner combined with my academic experience make me an ideal candidate for the Vice President/Education Chair position within the OHSIG.

OHSIG Nominating Committee Member candidate:

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Katie Habeger, PT, DPT, CEAS, CHPSE
Candidate Profile:
I graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology and business from the University of Illinois and went on to graduate with my DPT from the University of Iowa in 2008. After 5 years in the clinical world, I moved into the ergonomics and injury prevention realm with Atlas Injury Prevention Solution, where I currently serve as an Account and Compliance Manager. I have been an active member of the APTA and my state associations since 2005. As a student APTA member, I co-founded and served as the Vice-President of the IPTA Student Special Interest Group, then served as a R. Charles Harker Intern and on the Task Force to Revise the Code of Ethics with the APTA in 2007. After graduating I served as a district and then IPTA Treasure between 2010-2014. In the past 10 years with Atlas, I have gained valuable experience in working with client stakeholders to develop and oversee ongoing office ergonomics programs, managing and training our network of clinical providers, as well as working with our team to develop new programs and service lines to support occupational health and injury prevention needs.

Statement: From a young age the concept of professionalism and service to one’s profession has surrounded me, from my grandfather, a prominent pharmacist served as the president and executive director of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, to my father who has served on many Physical Therapy Boards, both at the state and national level throughout his career. Service to our profession has never been a job but an opportunity to give back to the profession which has taught me so much and I am honored to be considered for this role. For the past 9 years my work has been focused on industrial and occupational health, from prework screens to office ergonomic programming and early intervention. I have partnered with physical therapists, physical therapy companies, and clients to identify program needs and design solutions which has provided a unique perspective both up and down-stream in the field of occupational health. Clinically, we have a great opportunity in the occupational/industrial settings to reach individuals and populations that may not have exposure to physical therapy, and we must continue to build those relationships that allow us to demonstrate how and who we can serve outside of the traditional therapy setting. Throughout my time in the occupational/industrial health settings I have enjoyed working with peers in the field, as well as leading dialog with those therapists in more traditional fields and settings to think outside of those models. As part of our associations, specifically the OHSIG, I hope to continue building those relationships in an effort to increase diversity that will sustain our profession as the world around us and the companies we work with continue to evolve. If selected for the Nominating Committee Member position I will focus on looking for leadership candidates who push boundaries, are open to listening, and who not only speak to diversity but demonstrate their commitments to diversity and inclusivity. Thank you and I look forward to serving you.

 

OHSIG Nominating Committee Member candidate:

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Tyrees Marcy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, LJLCP
Candidate Profile: 
Tyrees Marcy, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, LJLCP graduated from California State University Sacramento in 1998 with a BSPT, from Curtin University in Perth Australia in 2004 with a postgraduate degree in manual therapy, from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ in 2013 with a transitional doctorate, and is currently a PhD student at the University Concordia Chicago in Health and Human Performance. Her certifications include WorkWell and WebFCE Provider, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist, and Certified Practitioner of the Connect Therapy Thoracic Ring Approach. She is a graduate of NAIOMT’s Fellowship Program and serves as a Clinical Fellowship Instructor. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Tyrees is faculty in the OSS Therapy Orthopaedic and Sports Residency programs as well as the Orthopaedic Fellowship program and teaches annually in the Mentoring Program for OSS Therapy. She has served as a board member for Washington State Healthy Worker 2020 Physical Medicine Best Practice Stakeholder Group since 2017 developing policies and procedures for the injured worker to better improve access to resources for the Attending Physician, Claims Manager, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Occupational and Physical Therapy Rehabilitation team, as well as the injured worker themselves.

Statement: Occupational Health and Industrial Rehabilitation are at the cornerstone of clinical care with physical, cognitive, and biopsychosocial considerations in physical therapy for the injured worker. Given these features, the future of occupational health is multi-faceted and includes a multi-disciplinary approach for physical therapists involved in all levels of care – acute, work conditioning, and work hardening. For example, evidence of best practices is key and a call for research to support occupational health is paramount as well as continuing education opportunities at national conferences that are both virtual and on-site in nature with practical and didactic learning to appeal to all learners. As a Nominating Committee Member, I will work to explore and grow this aspect of OH SIG for all stakeholders- especially new Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant graduates at a grassroots level. Another facet of occupational health is public awareness of our services to posture the importance of the injured worker’s healthcare needs, placing it at the forefront of state and national physical therapist organizations. I have been a board member of the Washington State Healthy Worker 2020 Physical Medicine Best Practice Stakeholder Group since 2017 working on policies regarding the injured worker – including the Physical Medicine Progress Report that improved communication and management of the injured worker – helping them become a direct-acting member aligning with stakeholders such as the Attending Provider, Claims Manager, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and Rehabilitation Team. By positioning occupational health and improving public awareness, our occupational health providers can better manage clinical cases successfully across multiple avenues. Finally, the future of Occupational Health lies in becoming recognized for its specialty given its impact on pain neuroscience, biopsychosocial care, and musculoskeletal facets of clinical care. As a Nominating Committee member, I will work to diversify and expand the OH SIG to grow leadership for our future and help the team address all attributes of occupational health.

Foot & Ankle SIG (FASIG)

FASIG Vice President/Education Chair candidate:

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Stephanie Albin, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, PhD
Candidate Profile: 
I am currently an associate professor at Regis University. In 2003, I completed my DPT from the University of Utah. In 2009, I completed a fellowship in orthopaedic manual therapy at Regis University along with becoming board certified as an Orthopaedic Specialist. In 2018, I completed my PhD in Rehabilitative Science from the University of Utah. I have been a member of APTA and AOPT for the past 22 years. I have clinical practice, research and teaching experience in the management of individuals with foot and ankle conditions. Previously, I have served as a member and Chair of the FASIG nominating committee. I have participated in creating and supporting the FASIG’s strategic plan. My scholarly activities focus on the management of individuals with foot and ankle conditions. I have published and disseminated research at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) and at CSM and have written multiple monographs for the APTA. In the area of teaching, I have mentored residents and entry level students in the development and distribution of practitioner and patient-centered resources. Promoting DPT student engagement in the FASIG has led to multiple student publications in the FASIG newsletters. Through a leadership role as the Vice President/Education Chair of FASIG, I would use my past experience to enable others to contribute to a common interest in foot and ankle management to enhance education, clinical practice and research.

Statement: Through my active engagement in the AOPT Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group (FASIG) over the past 17 years, I have recognized the commitment of the FASIG leadership to establish multidisciplinary partnerships that optimize outcomes for individuals with foot and ankle conditions. I have established good working relationships with diverse members of the FASIG, including the opportunity to identify, mentor and develop individuals to assume leadership roles through my membership in and subsequent Chair role for the FASIG nominating committee. As a scholar, my primary research interest has focused on the management of individuals with foot and ankle conditions, working interprofessionally with several fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeons. I have collaborated in the dissemination of this research through publications and presentations with multiple FASIG members. As the Vice President of FASIG, I believe I could foster leadership within our profession that encourages multidisciplinary collaboration. To accomplish this goal and to meet the mission of FASIG it is important to encourage members of FASIG to become actively involved to continue to advance the care of individuals with foot and ankle conditions.

FASIG Vice President/Education Chair candidate:

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Abbis Jaffri PT, MS, PhD
Candidate Profile: 
Dr. Jaffri completed his physical therapy degree from King Edward Medical University, Pakistan. He practiced for two years as a full-time physical therapist. He was then selected as a Fulbright Scholar and went on to get his MS in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University and subsequently his PhD in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. Dr. Jaffri has published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed high impact journals. He also has given presentations in national and international conferences related to foot and ankle dysfunction. His funded research (National Institute of Health, Internal Funding, and Foundations) in foot and ankle injuries. His focus on foot and ankle biomechanics, clinical care and functional outcomes. His current research focuses foot and ankle care, lower extremity functional outcomes, and the psychological impact of foot and ankle injuries. His long-term goal is optimization of the diagnostic techniques and improving impairment-based rehabilitation and foot and ankle dysfunctions.

Statement: It has been my privilege to work with physical therapist passionate about making a difference in patients with foot and ankle problems the last 2 years as research chair of Foot and Ankle Special Interest Group (FASIG). The energy, commitment, and innovation that this group is producing has led me to applying to for vice president for the next term. I am excited to expand collaborations with other foot and ankle societies, continue to bring the experts in foot and ankle research and education through author spotlight and journal clubs, and continue to expand the role of physical therapy students in FASIG. After author spotlights, I plan to start panel discussions from FASIG`s platform to invite a mix of foot and ankle researchers, and expert clinicians to have conversations about contemporary clinical practice and new evidence emanating out of foot and ankle research labs. This initiative will lead to new innovative models of foot and care clinical care. I plan build new and expand previous collaborations with other foot and ankle societies such as American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), and International Ankle Symposium (IAS). I plan to increase our visibility at AOFAS and IAS. These FASIG initiatives are geared to improving overall foot and ankle patient outcomes and bringing innovative ideas to our members. We will all work together to have a positive impact on our patients.

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Ed Mulligan, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC
Candidate Profile: 
I have been involved in orthopedic-sports physical therapy and clinical education for 42 years. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Nebraska, and I received my physical therapy training at UTMB – Galveston. I completed a post-professional master’s degree program at Texas Woman’s University-Dallas and a transitional DPT at Regis University. I was recognized as a clinical specialist in sports physical therapy in 1988 and served as the ABPTS Chair on the Sports Physical Therapy Council from 2010-11, where I authored the current description of specialty practice for sports physical therapy. From 2014-18 I served on the APTA's Board of Residency and Fellowship Education and continue to serve as a site reviewer for residency programs. I’m also certified as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and just completed my service on AOPT’s Research Committee. I’m currently serving as the practice validation consultant for accrediting foot-ankle fellowships. In 2017, I was honored by the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy for lifetime achievements in education and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2020. I was a Professor at UT Southwestern-Dallas for over 20 years with joint appointments in the Departments of Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Surgery and have published nearly 40 studies in peer-reviewed journals. Upon retirement in 2021, I accepted a new faculty position at Tufts University-Phoenix as the director of their musculoskeletal curriculum. My son is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve FASIG as the Vice President and Education Chair.

Statement: I greatly appreciate the nomination for the position of Vice President and Education Chair for the AOPT’s Foot and Ankle Special Group. I’ve gained tremendous insight into the workings of the SIG and my admiration for the enthusiasm and expertise of the membership has grown through my recent role as the practice consultant to validate residency training as a post-professional track to demonstrate our unique expertise in the management of this body region. Through this process, we’ve identified many key areas of practice that would benefit from post-professional education.

I envision and would promote more than just traditional, in-person learning opportunities by taking advantage of virtual resources for grand rounds, journal clubs, and collegial debates specific to our collective interests. I also see the need to extend our expertise beyond the orthopedic silo. Musculoskeletal pathology does not define foot and ankle practice and our expertise needs to span the life continuum and touch on all physiological systems and be present and recognized in a variety of practice settings.

My goals would be to promote student membership and interest and review and update our current physical therapy school curricular expectations regarding foot and ankle education and training. Ensuring consistent and early introduction to lower quarter management will purpurate a lifelong interest and enhance our reputation with similar healthcare providers with a focus on foot and ankle care. I would also like to see regular updates and revision to our clinical practice guidelines and promote the addition of new guidelines for other common foot and ankle pathologies. I also support further developing our relationships with like-minded health care providers such as the AOFAS, APMA, AOPA, and NATA.

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Jaime Caillet, PT, DPT, OCS
Candidate Profile:
My name is Jaime Caillet and I have been a Physical Therapist for 21 years and an APTA member for 23 years. I have been both an Orthopedic and Sports section member and I am currently an Orthopedic and Education section member. The majority 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 obtained my transitional DPT in 2010 from Regis University. Due to lack of quality foot and ankle continuing education in my area, I became involved with continuing education for practicing physical therapist and developed a course for the foot and ankle related to evidence informed clinical practice. I presented this course regionally and this confirmed my desire to teach. While I remain active in practice about 4 years ago, I had the opportunity to move into the academic arena at a newly established DPT program in Louisiana. I am currently an Assistant Professor at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University and coordinate coursework in Orthopedics, Physical Therapy Interventions, Advanced Interventions and Wellness. My research interests include technology in education including the integration of musculoskeletal ultrasound into DPT education and practice and also behaviors of doctoral physical therapy students including empathy and how this relates to burnout. I have significant experience in both treating and educating physical therapists in foot and ankle rehabilitation and feel strongly about evidence informed practice and knowledge translation as it relates to the foot and ankle.

Statement: I am honored to have the opportunity to run for a position in the Foot and Ankle SIG. Over the span of a 21-year career I have spent the majority of my time and energy treating the orthopedic patient and developed a special interest in the foot and ankle. A major goal that I possess is educating clinicians on the best practice for the foot and ankle. Currently as a member of a small faculty of a new DPT program, I understand having a shared mission and what is required to achieve our set forth goals as a department. I feel I have been successful due to the tools that I possess in helping achieve our mission and have learned a great deal about collaborating with various professionals. I would like to bring that experience and passion for physical therapy to a larger scale and organization such as the Foot and Ankle SIG. In reviewing the strategic plan for the FASIG in 2018, the goals set forth are congruent with my own passions. I support research by educating my students on the best clinical practice and promote research through student research and my own personal interests. Knowledge translation related to clinical practice is challenging and promoting excellence including materials like patient and clinical handouts are vital to that goal and I feel like I have a skill set that can assist in those efforts. Lastly, I also support working with various stakeholders from members to other sections ensuring that the collective goals are reached as most goals lead back to improving the clinical practice of physical therapy. As nominating committee member, I can assist in encouraging membership from a diverse background and recruiting for open positions in leadership. 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 appreciate the opportunity and your consideration for this position. 

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Carolyn Galleher PT, DHSc
Candidate Profile: 
Currently, I am the Interim Program Chair of Gannon University’s DPT program. Prior to this appointment, I have been the Associate Program Director and Coordinator for the Undergraduate Pre-Physical Therapy program. I have extensive experience in managing both faculty and students in these roles. Along with these roles, I have chaired various committees within the University with most noteworthy as the Chair of the University Academic Affairs committee. As a chair of the committee, my role is to organize agendas, lead discussions, and assist the committee to come to agreements on academic issues. My leadership approach is to listen to all members, summarize the opinions of those members, and assist the members to work towards coming to a mutual decision. I have concentrated over the last several years in professional development in teaching, with my expertise in the musculoskeletal system, involvement in community service, and service to the University. My current ambition is to become more actively involved in service to the profession. I believe this position will assist in my journey to becoming a more active participant in service to our profession. I previously have volunteered with short term positions for both our district chapter and the APTA including abstract reviewer for poster presentations at conferences and grant reviewer for the Minority Affairs Committee as examples of most recent volunteer experiences.

Statement: My goal as indicated above is to become a more active member in our profession. I find FASIG is an excellent resource to stay connected with individuals with the same interests as myself. Resources including the newsletters, infographics and curricular guidelines are beneficial both for clinical practice and in my role as an educator teaching this particular content. It is important to recruit individuals in all the SIGS to continue the growth of these organizations. My prior experience in leadership roles allows me to be an excellent candidate to work on recruiting, reviewing and selecting competent leaders. I have participated in multiple faculty searches and as a chair have developed very good management skills and organization skills in order to make it as seamless as possible.

 

Pain SIG (P-SIG)

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Nancy R. Durban, PT, DPT, MS
Candidate Profile: 
I am an incumbent candidate running for President of the Pain Special Interest Group of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. I have had the honor of serving the Pain SIG for the past three years as president and as the Vice President of Education from 2015-2017. I am passionate about the growth and advancement of our SIG. Therefore, I am running for a second term because I feel there is more work to be done. Professionally, I work at Cincinnati Children's Hospital as a member of the ortho/sports medicine team treating adolescents with orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and chronic pain conditions. I am the clinical coordinator and primary physical therapist responsible for PT care and care coordination locally/nationally in the Interdisciplinary Pediatric Chronic Pain Program. I am an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati teaching pain science and treatment. I have served as an Ohio Delegate to the House of Delegates and as a member of the APTA Media Corps. I am a member of the AOPT work group establishing a clinical specialization and residency/fellowship track in pain. I actively participate at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association state conferences annually and support state and federal advocacy issues.

Statement: Thank you for the opportunity to run for a second term for the office of President of the Pain Special Interest Group of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. As an incumbent candidate for President and having served as the SIG Vice President of Education, I have experience to lead our SIG for the next three years. I completely understand the responsibilities and obligations essential for the President position. The current state of our SIG is strong. This is a pivotal time to continue our momentum. The established bylaws reflect our accomplishments and future direction. They are impressive and encompass all domains of our SIG as well as support the Academy’s goals. If elected, I will continue to support and grow our current efforts such as “PainCasts”, Research Blasts, Clinical Pearls, the Pain Education Manual, clinical specialization and the “asks” of our members and outside organizations. I will continue to strengthen our relationships with the APTA, academies and other national and international pain organizations. I look forward to building our student membership, diversity and inclusion and mentorship programs. I am passionate about the growth of our SIG. I feel there is more work to be done. I can’t wait! Thank you for your consideration.

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Rebecca Greenwood, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, ATC, TPS
Candidate Profile: 
After graduating from San Diego State University as an Athletic Trainer, Dr. Greenwood attended the Army-Baylor DPT program graduating in 2010. She went on to practice as an active duty PT in the US Army for 4 years. She began her PhD at Texas Woman’s University in 2016 and graduated in 2020 after completing her dissertation titled “Lower Body Positive Pressure Treadmill for Individuals with Knee OA: Reliability, Pain Responses, and Comparison of Reweighting Protocols”. Although she always had an interest in pain related topics, it was throughout my PhD literature review that really dove into the literature and found a deep passion for pain science. In 2022, I completed the Therapeutic Pain Specialist Certification through Evidence in Motion. She is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Bowling Green State University where she teaches the pain science and mindful patient management content to DPT students. Her ongoing research agenda includes central sensitization in individuals with knee OA as well as knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of faculty and clinical instructors related to pain science. She recently developed a continuing education course that was approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association about teaching Clinical Reasoning in Pain Science to DPT students. She is a Certified Health Coach and approaches patient care from a holistic perspective in a small private practice. She has taught community mindful classes and is interested in using mindfulness-based stress reduction for individual with chronic pain.

Statement: When I started my career as an active duty PT in the US Army, I didn’t understand the importance and the impact of chronic pain. At that time, education was centered around the biomedical model related to injury and pain. In my role as a direct access physical therapy, I managed many aspects of my patient’s treatment including imaging, medication, and their ability to continue as a soldier. Chronic and persistent pain were common and could lead to the end of a military career. My biggest challenge was understanding the complexities of pain. I knew that it was complicated and there was a psychosocial component, but I often didn’t know how to help my patients. I listened, I empathized, and I treated them to the best of my abilities but often felt hopeless when they didn’t get better. These early experiences with my patients drove a deep passion for understanding and treating individuals with chronic pain. I’ve spent the last 5 years learning about pain through my PhD work, continuing education courses, and obtaining a therapeutic pain specialist certification. To me, the next step is to serve as a nominating committee member in the pain SIG because I believe I can help our profession move forward into new territory. My underlying “why” is that I want physical therapists to be able to better help individuals with chronic or persistent pain. As an individual provider, I have worked very hard to improve my clinical skills and understanding but I want to be part of the change within our profession. One of the most important things I learned during the Therapeutic Pain Specialist certification was that individuals’ lived experiences and perception are a key part of the pain experience. I believe that same concept applies to moving forward in our profession through valuing the lived clinical experiences of our members to best serve our patients and take our profession to the next level as we face a worldwide chronic pain epidemic.

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Joseph Leech, PT, DPT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT
Candidate Profile:
Dr. Joseph Leech earned his Bachelor of Science degree in human performance and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi in the 2007. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2010 and Manual Therapy Certification in 2013 from the University of St. Augustine and became a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2014. He completed a fellowship in orthopaedic manual physical therapy with Evidence in Motion to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2016. Dr. Leech recently completed his Doctor of Science degree at Bellin College with a research emphasis in pain-associated psychological distress and its relationship to pain intensity, patient expectations, and functional outcome scores in patients presenting with neuromusculoskeletal pain. Dr. Leech is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX. He is a lead instructor in the musculoskeletal track including the evaluation and treatment of the spine. He has been a long-standing member of the APTA, AOPT, AAOMPT and IASP and a mentor for his local AAOMPT student SIG for the past 3 years.

Statement: I would like to be a part of the nominating committee to assist in building a leadership team to support the growth, development, and diversity of the Pain SIG. I look forward to playing a more active role in the academy and the Pain SIG by improving awareness of the work that’s being done to improve the physical therapy management of various pain conditions. By doing so, I hope to expand membership by demonstrating the value of participating in this interest group. Over the last 8 years, I have worked in academia in various leadership roles and collaborated within several committees and task forces. Through this work I have learned project management, organizational skills, and conflict management. These skills will be invaluable in assisting the Pain SIG to broaden its reach and impact on the physical therapy profession and patients we treat. As a member of the nominating committee, I will seek out diverse individuals to educate on the value and benefits of membership. I will also increase awareness of available leadership opportunities within the Orthopaedic Academy and Pain SIG. I will ensure that when choosing candidates to slate, that decisions are inclusive, equitable, and unbiased to those who are nominated.


Performing Arts SIG (PASIG)

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Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD, FNAP
Candidate Profile: 
Dr. Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese (she/her) currently serves as the Director of the Performing Arts Fellowship Program and is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine in the Programs in Physical Therapy at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S), Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Abbruzzese has over twenty-five years of clinical experience in physical therapy and over 15 years as an educator. She is a current fellow in the APTA Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership and recently joined the Board of the Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI). Dr. Abbruzzese is a fierce advocate for social justice and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. She is recognized nationally as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice, which advocates for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, and chairs the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce. She is a member of the Performing Arts Medical Association and International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Dr. Abbruzzese serves as the President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) of the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Orthopedics and is conducting research on adolescent dancer screens and the reliability of various functional performance screening methods. She previously served as Fellowship Taskforce Chair of the PASIG and co-authored the Performing Arts Description of Fellowship Practice published by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) in 2016.

Statement: It has been a privilege to serve as president of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group within the Academy of Orthopedics for the past 2 and a half years. I am excited about the various ways our SIG has come together to advance the strategic initiatives of the Academy, and none of this would be possible without a strong leadership team and the volunteer efforts from our members.

As president, I will continue a commitment to diversity & inclusion. We want to continue to include a multitude of perspectives in our educational programming and leadership team. To improve representation, we had a logo contest in my first year and have been branding our PASIG materials, citation blasts, and website with images that represent diversity in art form, gender, race and age.

In the area of positioning & public awareness, we have developed a quarterly podcast series to “position members as experts in managing movement and functional performance impairments in performing artists.” We are bringing evidence to best practice with the development of a new independent study course focused on physical therapy management of the circus artist, which should be available next summer.

On the fun side, we have also created PASIG apparel (1/4 zips, shirts, and tumblers) so that our members can show their PASIG pride. Revenue from these sales supports our strategic initiatives. We also joined together for a PASIG Flash Mob at CSM. :)

Over the next 3 years, I hope to lead the PASIG in efforts to create more performing arts educational resources, more marketing to position performing arts PTs as experts, collaborate on ways to support the new performing arts fellowship programs and performing arts research, and identify ways that we might enhance payment for services by demonstrating the value of physical therapy for performing artists.

I thank you in advance for your support and hope that you will join me in these exciting initiatives.

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Samantha Harmon, PT, DPT, OCS
Candidate Profile: 
I have been a physical therapist for four and a half years, working with a variety of patient conditions and populations, including professional and pre-professional dancers and musicians. I was a therapist for Colorado Ballet from 2018-2020, treating the professional company in both their rehearsal studios and performance venues. In 2020, I started my own cash-pay mobile practice, The Dancing Doctor, LLC, to serve dancers within their homes. In May of this year, I became the physical therapist for the North American Tour of Disney Frozen The Musical, responsible for the care of the cast, crew, and orchestra musicians. Additionally, I worked and volunteered in the Dance for Health arena as a dancer, choreographer and rehearsal director for Spoke N Motion Dance, an integrated dance company in Denver, Colorado for people with and without disabilities, and as an instructor for Dance for PD. I have been an active member of the APTA and the PASIG since 2015 when I was a student physical therapist, and a member of The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) since 2017. In 2019, I co-presented a poster at the IADMS annual conference entitled, “Why Do We Dance? Stories of Dance and Healing.” I received my OCS designation in June 2022. My experience as a dance student and professional is what led me to my physical therapy career and I am humbled to already have been able to work with such a variety of high-caliber artists.

Statement: I am thankful for the work the PASIG does to expand the reach of physical therapy practice for performing artists. Since working for The Frozen Broadway touring company, I learned that many performing artists had never had physical therapy included in their contract, and how thankful they were to have our services. This tells me that we have both come a long way, and yet have a lot of work to do in conducting research and providing evidence-based treatment specific to the physical demands of performing artists. The PASIG needs to provide more education to performers, students, and instructors on the benefits of physical therapy and work to provide our services to a more diverse population. Just as the performing arts field is working to prioritize DEI for both artists and audiences, the PASIG must do the same for physical therapy providers and the population they serve. As a nominating committee member, I would seek members that represent diverse perspectives in terms of practice area, geographic location, interest within performing arts, gender, race, cultural identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status and physical ability. If I am elected as a nominating committee member, I will commit to providing outreach to traditionally underrepresented groups as a first step in encouraging more diversity in both PASIG membership and elections to leadership roles.

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Amanda C. Yamaguchi, PT, DPT, OCS
Candidate Profile:
My name is Amanda C. Yamaguchi, PT, DPT, OCS and I am a physical therapist practicing in an outpatient setting as a board certified orthopedic specialist in Glendale, California. I am a proud graduate of the University of Southern California Doctor of Physical Therapy class of 2019 and the Adventist Health Glendale Orthopedic Residency 2020 cohort. I have been participating in dance research at the University of Southern California since 2016 and been a contributing member of the PASIG since 2017.

Statement: Ever since my career ending dance injury, I have had a passion for bridging the gap between health care professionals and performing artists. Physical therapy for the performing artist is still in its infancy stages and, as movement and musculoskeletal specialists, orthopedic physical therapists should be leaders in development of interventions for performing artists through both research and outreach. My goal as a member of the nominating committee is to advocate for the selection of leaders who will further improve the connection between PASIG members and the performing arts community. With this role in the PASIG, I desire to advance the practice of orthopedic physical therapy by educating clinicians and performing artists about performing arts specific rehabilitation.


Animal Physical Therapy SIG (APT-SIG)

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Sonia Lucas, PT, DPT, CCRT, C-PS
Candidate Profile: 
My name is Sonia Lucas, PT, DPT. I have been a member of the APTA and my state physical therapy association since I was a first year SPT in 2017. I joined the APTSIG a couple of years later. I graduated from Langston University with my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in May 2020 and opened my own mobile cash pay practice in Aug 2020 treating hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. In 2021, I became a certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and opened my own mobile canine rehab practice in Dec 2021. I am the Texas state liaison co-chair and enjoy educating other practitioners and those interested in the legislation surrounding canine rehab in Texas. 

Statement: I feel strongly about the role that the APTSIG and APTA play in the world of physical therapy. These bodies support and drive the change that we wish to see, especially in the animal rehab industry. I reflect the underrepresented group of new PT professionals looking to help influence the direction and focus of the APTSIG and physical therapy profession. From the position of Nominating Committee Member, I will have the opportunity to nominate new leadership in future years for the ATPSIG. I have had the pleasure of getting to know PT professionals from all walks of life and various work environments through my animal PT networking groups both online and in-person and would be able to help recruit persons from all facets of life and diversity within our animal rehab community. It’s important to see both the experienced and newer practitioners reflected in the APTSIG.

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Mary Beth Nunes, PT, CCRP, CERP
Candidate Profile:
Mary Beth Nunes is a physical therapist and animal rehabilitation practitioner currently practicing in North Carolina. She has recently completed her post-professional doctorate degree and will officially be a DPT in November 2022. She is also a certified canine and equine rehabilitation practitioner and has studied various modalities focused on animal wellness. After several years working with humans, she is looking forward to focusing on her passion and helping both large and small animals. Her passion began in childhood with a love for both horses and dogs and currently, she shares her time with her rescue dogs, four horses, a bearded dragon, and parakeets.

Statement: I am honored to have the opportunity to become more involved in the APTSIG and serve in a role where our profession can be uplifted and strengthened through new members and recruitment efforts. Being an advocate for animal rehabilitation is very important to me as is being able to help connect, inspire, and encourage other members to become more involved. As animal rehabilitation therapists we are already involved in supporting a diverse population and working closely with other professions to foster the sustainability of our profession. Many of us are deeply aware of the need for inclusivity and uplifting voices to support both the profession and our patient population. I plan to do my part in helping promote our practice, support the diversity of our patients, and advocate for both fellow therapists and our patients. The field is only growing and we need as much support as possible to help elevate the profession's values, standing, and acceptance.

Imaging SIG (I-SIG)

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Abbis Jaffri PT, MS, PhD
Candidate Profile: 
Dr. Jaffri completed his physical therapy degree from King Edward Medical University, Pakistan. He practiced for two years as a full-time physical therapist. He was then selected as a Fulbright Scholar and went on to get his MS in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University and subsequently his PhD in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. Dr. Jaffri has published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed high impact journals. He also has given presentations in national and international conferences related to research using imaging modalities especially ultrasound imaging. His focus is on understanding the changes in muscles using imaging especially ultrasound imaging. In addition, Dr. Jaffri also teaches Imaging courses in the Department of Physical Therapy at Creighton University.

Statement: I believe it will be a privilege to work with physical therapists passionate to make a difference in the understanding and advancement of imaging in physical therapy through Imaging SIG. The energy, commitment, and innovation that this group is producing has motivated me to be part of this group. I will bring my unique expertise in this group. I am doing research using ultraosound imaging studying muscles for last 7 years. I have published several peer-reviewed manuscripts in which I have used imaging modalities. Moreover, I am teaching imaging courses in physical therapy curriculum at Creighton University. As the physical therapy practice evolves more and gains more autonomy, the importance of imaging-SIG increases further from point-of-care application to legislation in state acts and regulations on imaging referrals in physical therapy practice. I would love to be part of this great group of individuals working together in imaging-SIG during this exciting time.

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Toran D. MacLeod, PT, MPT, PhD
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Dr. Toran MacLeod, PT, MPT, PhD is an Associate Professor at California State University, Sacramento within the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. MacLeod earned a PhD from University of Delaware in Applied Anatomy and Biomechanics, within the Biomechanics of Movements Science Department, under the mentorship of Drs. Lynn Snyder-Mackler and Thomas S. Buchanan. His doctoral work included quantitative imaging work of the muscles pre- and post-operation in a population of ACL injured and reconstructed athletes. Dr. MacLeod then went on to a Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco in quantitative MRI with Dr. Rich Souza and an NIH F32 grant on meniscus kinematics in individuals with osteoarthritis. Dr. MacLeod now teaches diagnostic imaging at Sac State, and continues to publish and review national grant submissions in the area of imaging. He has recently completed the APTA Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership, and looks forward to supporting the Imaging SIG as best he is able.

Statement: Dr. MacLeod has served in various leadership roles across the APTA, within SIGs, and even formed new groups. He has served on several nominating groups in the past at local, state, and national levels. The role of the nominating committee member is to generate a list of ideal candidates for leadership roles, and then communicate with that list of people to support them in to the new position. Future directions of the SIG could include continuing to support clinician referral rights, PT guide to practice clarification, updates to the curricular guidelines, and continuing education at CSM, the state level, and in regular member reviews. Future endeavors, in support of the strategic plan, and mission/vision of the SIG, could include developing new partner members, increasing the number of PTA and student members, and of course increasing the number of PT members beyond the approximately 500 members. The unique requirements of the nominating committee member include knowing the diverse membership and potential leadership, as well and the skillset to reach out to those candidates and support them in to the new role. Having been a member of the APTA Academy of Orthopaedics for 15 years, and is active within the Imaging SIG.


Residency/Fellowship SIG (ORF-SIG)

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Renee McGinnis, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Candidate Profile: 
Renee Riffle McGinnis currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor and is the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program Director at West Virginia University. She graduated with a master’s degree in physical therapy from WVU in 2002 and with a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2007. She was recognized as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2007 and has maintained her certification since that time. In 2016 she joined the Faculty of Pierpont Community and Technical College Physical Therapist Assistant program as an Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and she joined the Division of Physical Therapy as a full-time faculty member in July of 2017. Dr. McGinnis has served three years on the Nomination Committee, the last year as chair of the committee for the West Virginia State Chapter. In April of 2021, she was elected as Chapter Secretary. Dr. McGinnis is working towards a PhD in Public Health with a Social and Behavioral Science emphasis. Her research focuses on increasing awareness, access, and utilization of non-pharmacologic pain management with emphasis on examining the relationship of sleep and chronic pain. She has presented locally and nationally on the innovative use of gaming during teaching and was part of the faculty team that won the WVU Faculty Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education.

Statement: Renee Riffle McGinnis desires to serve as a nominating committee member to advocate for post-professional residency education and to network with other clinicians serving in residency education roles. She brings twenty years of practice experience, six years of academic experience, and three years administrative residency experience. Dr McGinnis was born, raised, and practices in North Central West Virginia. She has twenty years of clinical practice experience serving rural and underserved populations with limited access to healthcare. Her roles as an Assistance Professor and Residency Director within the physical therapy program of our state institution, provides her with unique insights to the struggles many students and residents face in rural areas. With her work in the AOPT RF-SIG, Dr. McGinnis could bring the voice of those patients, students, and residents to a national level and further advocate for their increased access to healthcare, resources, and educational opportunities. It is her mission to serve her profession, residents, students, and patient population as an advocate for the underserved.

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Grace Mollohan, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Candidate Profile:
Dr. Grace Mollohan is the Director of Orthopedic Residency for Upstream Rehab Institute (URI) as well as a course instructor for their partner organization, Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments (IAMT). She has been a practicing physical therapist in Atlanta, GA since 2011 since obtaining her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University. Dr. Mollohan completed Orthopedic Residency with Evidence in Motion in 2013 and completed OMPT Fellowship training with BenchMark Rehab Institute in 2018. She has achieved board certification in orthopedics (OCS), and is recognized as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Mollohan serves as a mentor to new graduate physical therapists, orthopedic residents and fellows-in-training. She is also adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Emory University. Dr. Mollohan remains active in ongoing research and continues to present at both state and national level conferences.

Statement: I am nominating myself for this position on the Nominating Committee of the Orthopaedic Residency & Fellowship SIG because I am eager to get involved in a capacity that will allow me to continue to grow as a leader in my own residency program as well as the Physical Therapy community at large. Since becoming the Orthopedic Residency Director for Upstream Rehab Institute in 2020, I have learned a great deal about managing and adapting our large, blended-format program to meet the changing needs of participants and the world in which we practice. As an ORF-SIG Nominating Committee Member, I would work with the team to recruit members of the residency and fellowship community and engage them in ways that would better serve their individual programs as well as this SIG as a whole. I hope to be a part of growing participation in the ORF-SIG to all program directors as well as expand my network beyond my organization.

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Adam Walsh PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT
Candidate Profile:
My name is Adam Walsh and I am an Assistant Professor in the DPT Program at the University of New Mexico and Program Director of both the UNM Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency Program. I graduated from Saint Louis University in 2012 with my DPT and have been involved with residency and fellowship since, first as a resident, then fellow-in-training, residency mentor, fellowship mentor, and now as a residency program director. I am a board-certified specialist in both orthopaedic and sports physical therapy, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. I currently serve on the Nominating Committee for the APTA New Mexico and on the Education Committee for the AASPT Concussion SIG.

Statement: The ORF-SIG and its leadership is integral to the continued growth and development of residency and fellowship education, something that has recently taken on an even greater importance in the ever-evolving world of physical therapy. In light of the current economic hardships and burn-out that students, new professionals, and seasoned clinicians are experiencing, it is increasingly important that the benefits of orthopaedic residency and fellowship education are highlighted and made more well-known to our students and colleagues. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with and discuss this with the ORF-SIG recently and know that the leadership has a plan in place to help with SIG successfully more forward. As a Nominating Committee member, I will be able to continue the work that the ORF-SIG is doing on highlighting benefits of residency and fellowship education and increasing annual applications to residency and fellowship programs. By serving the ORF-SIG on the Nominating Committee, I will also be able to play a role in the continued growth and development of orthopaedic residency and fellowship education, ensuring that establish formalized continuing education pathways are maintained and continuously improved for the future leaders of our profession.