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AOPT 2021 Election

AOPT 2021 Election

Voting is open from August 1 - 31, 2021. All eligible voters would have received an email containing a unique voting token to access the voting area. If you did not receive your voting token, click here and your token will be emailed to you.

2021 Slate of Candidates:

  • President:
    • Bob Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT, MHS, FAAOMPT
       
  • Director:
    • Annette Karim, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
    • Jake Magel, PT, PhD, DSc, FAAOMPT
    • Kathy Swanick, PT, DPT, OCS
       
  • Nominating Committee Member:
    • Caroline Brunst, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, ATC
    • Matthew Downey, PT, DPT, OCS
    • Roody Joseph, PT, DPT, OCS
    • Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Meet the 2021 Candidates Below:

President:
Bob Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT, MHS, FAAOMPT
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Candidate Profile
Dr. Bob Rowe is the Executive Director of Brooks Institute of Higher Learning located in Jacksonville, FL. Bob received his PT degree at LSUHSC in 1985 and completed his Master of Health Science in PT in 1994 at LSUHSC. He completed an Orthopaedic Manual PT Fellowship through the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI) in 1999 and in 2001 completed his Doctor of Manual Therapy degree through the OGI. In May 2007, Bob completed his t-DPT through MGH IHP. Previously, Bob served as the Chair of the Orthopaedic Section’s Practice Committee from 2004 - 2010. He has served for 21 consecutive years as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates including six years for the Orthopaedic Section from 2004-2010. Bob served as the President of AAOMPT from 2009 - 2014 and has served on the APTA Board of Directors since 2015. Bob is a recipient of the APTA Lucy Blair Distinguished Service Award.

Candidate Statement
I am honored to have been slated for the position of President for the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT). Our current Board and staff team has done a tremendous job of increasing the credibility of the organization, developing the membership to record numbers, and creating financial security for the AOPT. As we continue to move forward as advocates for the physical therapist profession, we should continue the synergistic relationship we have developed with internal stakeholders such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as with external stakeholders such as the NATA and AAOS. There are some issues that we will take the lead by ourselves and then some issues where we will work synergistically with other organizations such as the APTA and/or the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). I am confident that my previous leadership activities and relationships within these other organizations will assist us in continuing to develop and promote our collaborative efforts on issues of similar interest. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to positively influence healthcare for individuals seeking care from orthopaedic physical therapists as well as positively influence the musculoskeletal health of society. If elected, I look forward to working with the AOPT Board, staff, the standing Committee Chairs, the SIG Leaders, and each of you to assist us in attaining our organizational and personal professional goals. I thank you in advance for your consideration to elect me as the next President of the AOPT.  

Director:
Annette Karim, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT
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Candidate Profile
Annette Karim, PT, DPT, PhD is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and the Director of the PhD in Rehabilitation and Movement Science and post-professional programs at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. A board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, residency graduate, and fellow of the Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, she serves as a Manual Therapy Institute Fellowship mentor, an ACOMPTE reviewer, and as Azusa Pacific Movement and Performance Fellowship faculty. While in Texas, she served the TPTA-Southeastern District as 2nd Vice Co-Chair. She has served the AOPT for 10 years in the following roles: Performing Arts SIG research chair, PASIG President, AOPT Mentor, AOPT Nominating Committee Member, and DEI Taskforce member. A co-author of the Performing Arts Description of Fellowship Practice, she maintains a dance medicine clinical practice and research focus. She currently serves the AOPT as a Board-appointed Interim Director and Liaison to the PASIG and Animal Rehabilitation SIG.

Candidate Statement
A key component to the AOPT Director position is to serve as a Board Liaison to the SIGs. I have maintained an active, supportive, and collaborative role among the SIGs, first as PASIG President, then as an AOPT Nominating Committee Member and AOPT DEI Taskforce Member. I understand what the SIGs need from their Liaisons and have learned from first-hand experience of how good Directors work with SIG leadership. As an AOPT Director, I would continue to support the APTA’s Strategic Plan toward inclusivity and diversity bidirectionally. The AOPT’s Goal on Diversity and Inclusion: “Increase the diversity of members and leaders and engage in efforts to make AOPT a more inclusive organization” falls under the APTA’s Strategic plan. As an AOPT Director, I can help by supporting member-driven SIG initiatives centered on diversity and inclusion in outreach, membership retention, and leadership development. This goal is here to stay. I do not believe diversity and inclusion is a “one and done,” but instead is something we will need to intentionally invite into our other goals: enhance payment for value, positioning and public awareness of members as experts in movement and functional performance, promote development and implementation of evidence to best practice. We need to attract diverse members. This happens through diverse leadership. I understand how hard it is to jump in…it comes by invitation and mentoring. My hope is to encourage highly-capable APTA members of a diverse background to become active members and leaders in the AOPT.  

Director:
Jake Magel, PT, PhD, DSc, FAAOMPT
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Candidate Profile
I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah (UoU) in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training and a 20-year member of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. I completed a post-professional Doctoral Program in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2001, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from UoU in 2015. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. My research focuses on the management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, with original research presented nationally and internationally. I have practiced for 25 years and mentored students and colleagues for 20 years. I am Chair of the AAOMPT Practice Affairs Committee and a 2018 recipient of the AAOMPT Mennell Service Award. Evidence-based practice (EBP) has always informed my clinical decisions and I will always advocate for reimbursement models that take into consideration the clinician’s performance as it relates to EBP and value.

Candidate Statement
The AOPT strives to be a world leader in providing resources to optimize movement and musculoskeletal health and aligns with my professional values, passion, and dedication. I am deeply committed to assist AOPT governance with dedicated leadership and service. We are challenged to continually demonstrate value in physical therapy (PT). Facilitating the translation of clinical practice guidelines into routine physical therapist practice is a priority and is essential to bolster physical therapists’ value to the public and payers. I am eager to share in leadership that will springboard AOPT’s goal of enhancing payment for services by demonstrating the value of physical therapy. A lack of public awareness of the benefits of PT for orthopaedic conditions is a historical challenge. While research demonstrates the beneficial effects of early PT for conditions such as low back pain, patients consistently consult other provider types when accessing healthcare. I will champion AOPT’s goal to position members as experts in managing movement and functional performance. I will work to place physical therapists squarely in the clinical pathways of patients who need our expertise. Our educational programming must promote evidence-based guidelines to reduce unwarranted variation and inappropriate care and improve outcomes as well as how to implement guideline-concordant care into practice. From my experience in leadership and teaching practicing physical therapists, entry-level DPT and PhD students, I will strive to enhance our programming and ensure its alignment with clinical practice guidelines. I look forward to contributing my passion, leadership expertise and vision to AOPT’s Board.

Director:
Kathy Swanick, PT, DPT, OCS
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Candidate Profile
Kathy Swanick, PT, DPT, is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist on Faculty with Florida Gulf Coast University DPT Program and Physical Therapist with the Lee Health System in Fort Myers Florida. She has been an AOPT Member for over 20 years and has been actively engaged at the chapter level having served as a District Officer, Assembly Representative, Regional Director, Chapter Secretary, and 2 terms as Florida Chapter President. She is currently serving as Director of Advocacy and as an appointed member to APTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. Kathy has also been a Delegate to the APTA HOD since 2008. She has been recognized for her service in Advocacy with the APTA State legislative award in 2016, Lucy Blair Service award in 2017 and APTA Outstanding PT/PTA team award in 2019. She has also served on many committees and task forces for the Florida Chapter and the Academy of Acute Care.

Candidate Statement
I am honored to be slated as a candidate for Director with the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy: I have been a member of the Orthopedic Section / Academy for over 20 years. I have been a very active in my State Chapter (Florida) having served on the Board in a number of positions including 2 terms as Chapter President. I have helped lead several legislative initiatives updating the PT Practice act in Florida which have resulted in increasing direct access to 30 days, term protection for DPT and updating definitions to include manual therapy and provide the ability to perform dry needling. I have a passion for Advocacy and am now serving as the FPTA Director of Advocacy.

As AOPT celebrates 30 years many of the strategic initiatives are areas that I feel are important to continue to move the PT profession forward specifically being recognized as primary care providers for musculoskeletal conditions. Reducing burden to access of PT services related to high specialty co-pays. Educating policy makers and the public of the advantages of seeing a physical therapist during the acute phase of injury to prevent long term disability, chronic pain and excessive use of prescribed pain medications. As a profession we need to continue to strive for true evidence-based practice and eliminate the variant in practice that often lead to poor outcomes. Lastly, promoting diversity and inclusion is an initiative that will speak strongly toward building an association that makes all members feel welcome.

Nominating Committee Member:
Caroline L. Brunst, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, ATC
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Candidate Profile
I have been a clinician researcher with The Ohio State University since 2013. Through annual presentations at CSM, I was a finalist for the Excellence in Research Award in 2019 and 2021. As a dual Board Certified Specialist in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy, I serve as an item writer for the ABPTS Specialization Academy of Content Experts. At the national and state levels, I was recently elected to the APTA House of Delegates and am proud to represent the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) as the Ohio’s Centennial Scholar - an APTA sponsored program to build a cadre of future association leaders. Additionally, I was the recipient of the 2018 OPTA Emerging Leader Award and was a 2020 graduate of the OPTA’s inaugural L.I.F.E Leadership Academy. These experiences have equipped me with the leadership and network that is vital to serve the Academy in this role.

Candidate Statement
It is an honor to be nominated for the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy’s Nominating Committee. I am inspired by the enthusiastic and passionate work of AOPT leadership, and am hopeful to contribute to their ongoing success. I am humbled at the opportunity to serve the AOPT community; and am enthusiastic about moving leadership forward by emphasizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to more holistically represent AOPT membership, the Association and the profession. One strategy to contribute to these efforts includes working with the Nominating Committee Members to slate candidates with a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities or geographic locations. Additionally, DEI could be fostered through the creation of a sustainable mentorship continuum between student, early professional and experienced professional members. The goal of the mentorship program would be to encourage diverse membership engagement though an emphasis on leadership, service and advocacy. The mentorship framework could ultimately be leveraged for creating meaningful leadership opportunities for AOPT members. I am passionate about being part of the solution to improve DEI and engagement within the AOPT membership, and am committed to helping the organization raise the bar for our own diversity by establishing and sustaining a safe an inclusive environment for everyone.

Nominating Committee Member:
Matthew Downey, PT, DPT, OCS
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Candidate Profile
Matthew Downey is a senior physical therapist at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center. He received his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science (2014) and his Doctor of Physical Therapy (2017) from California State University, Long Beach. He completed the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopedic Residency in 2018 at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento. While still an early professional, he has jumped into leadership in multiple capacities. He currently serves as the Nominating Committee Chair for the California Physical Therapy Association, is a member of the CPTA Membership & Communications Committee, has been a Chapter Delegate since 2018, and has been part of the Physical Therapy Day of Service core team since 2017. As a student, he participated in AOPT’s Mentorship Program, helped to create the California Student Special Interest Group, and served on multiple Committees with the APTA Student Assembly, and was California’s Core Ambassador.

Candidate Statement
I am honored and humbled to be slated as a candidate for the AOPT’s Nominating Committee. We have a large Academy and I believe our membership has the potential to continue contributing to the growth of our Academy, the resources and opportunities we can make available for students and clinicians, and the impact our efforts can have on the patients and population that we serve. I am excited to potentially play a role in finding and developing the Academy’s future leadership. Most of my leadership experience has focused on engaging others in involvement and leadership opportunities. It has been exciting to see a new generation of diverse, early professionals step into leadership roles in my home chapter of California. I plan to bring that same excitement to the Academy by continuing to focus on getting new members involved, especially students and early professionals. It is important to create opportunities for involvement and pathways for leadership so these newer members can grow to be innovative and passionate leaders. I also recognize how important it is to reflect on and streamline our current processes so that our current leadership can continue to work effectively and efficiently. The experiences and skills I have align with the duties of the Nominating Committee and the Academy’s goal to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of our membership. I would greatly appreciate your support in my candidacy for this position.

Nominating Committee Member:
Roody Joseph, PT, DPT, OCS
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Candidate Profile
My name is Roody Joseph and I am a dreamer. Currently, I engage as an entrepreneur and separately as an Assistant Professor/team physical therapist for the NSU Florida Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. I graduated from Florida International University (FIU) where I received both my Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Shortly after, I completed an orthopaedic residency program at The Ohio State University (OSU). In the years since the aforementioned events, I’ve become a published researcher, local and international volunteer and leader within my university, the Florida Physical Therapy Association and the Broward County Athletics Association.

Candidate Statement
The Nominating Committee is responsible for selected AOPT members to run for elected positions every year. This role fits nicely with one of my professional goals, which is greater representation of ethnic and cultural groups within physical therapy. Representation is vital to facilitating a thriving professional organization aimed at communal health. To that end, the leaders (and members) for such an organization should be reflective of society in demographic makeup. As a member of the Nominating Committee, I aim to foster greater engagement within the AOPT from qualified constituents of variable backgrounds, wants, needs and belief systems.

Nominating Committee Member:
Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
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Candidate Profile
Dr. Mintken is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications investigating conservative care for musculoskeletal disorders. His awards include the Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Award from the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT), the Baethke-Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching from the APTA, the Rose Excellence in Research Award, The JOSPT Excellence in Research Award, the Chattanooga Research Award, and the Outstanding Physical Therapist Award from the Colorado Chapter of the APTA. Dr. Mintken was a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Awards Committee for the Colorado Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (COAPTA) for 5 years. He has also been a member of the Research Committee for the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA and the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists.

Candidate Statement
I have always been appreciative of the Academy’s vision of providing resources to optimize movement and musculoskeletal health through professional development, the publication of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and providing high quality educational content. The Academy’s leadership and resources have been invaluable in my role as a clinician and an educator. I feel that the Nominating Committee serves an important role in recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive leadership team for the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. As a member of the Nominating Committee, it would be my goal to solicit and nominate a diverse pool of candidates. Recent events have crystalized the necessity of having leadership in any organization reflect the diversity of society. The APTA needs to field a diverse pool of applicants for every leadership position. This is challenging, as according to a 2016 APTA member demographic survey, 88.5% of APTA members identified as white compared to 76.3% in the 2019 US census. Diversity gaps often begin with small cases of unconscious, implicit bias. I would strive to reach out to a diverse pool of applicants and encourage underrepresented minorities to get involved. The Committee needs to have transparent communication and outwardly embrace diversity in solicitation of nominations and advertisement of elections.