Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

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The following individuals were elected to office in the
2019 Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Election:

Vice President
Lori Michener, PT, PhD, ATC, SCS, FAPTA

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Candidate Profile
I currently am a Professor, Director of Clinical Outcomes and Research, and Director of the COOR Lab in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. I also treat patients part-time in our faculty practice, and mentor sports and orthopaedic residents. My research is clinically founded, aimed at defining optimal treatment pathways for patients with musculoskeletal shoulder disorders. My honors and achievements include, Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA, Sports Certified Specialist, 2004 - present, and multiple publication awards, and national and international keynote and invited presentations. I have been a member of AOPT, Sports and Research Sections for over 25 years. In the AOPT, I have served on the Advisory Board - Home Study Courses, National Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Outcomes Database, and Annual Meeting Committee. I have chaired the Advisory Board for the Clinical Research Network Grant and Research Committee, and currently serve as Vice-President.

Director
Janet L. Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

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Candidate Profile
Janet L. Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is a clinician and educator from Southern California. She is the Director of Clinical Education and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and practices at a private clinic in Anaheim, California where she educates the community on movement related issues and prevention. She has been an active member of the APTA since 1982 and a member of the Education, Orthopaedic, and Geriatric Sections for many years. She has received the Charles Magistro Service Award for California. She has a subspecialty in Performing Arts Medicine, assisting dancers, instrumentalists, actors and creative performers with injury prevention and management. She is currently serving as a medical advisor to Pacific Crest, a Drum and Bugle Corp, and has served as a technical advisor for the film and television industry. Dr. Konecne has served on the California Chapter Board, and has held numerous committee positions. She is currently completing her PhD in Leadership.

Nominating Committee Member
Annette Karim, PT, DPT, PhD

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Candidate Profile
I, Annette Karim, PT, DPT, PhD, am an Assistant 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. In practice, I work with performing artists in a broad range of demographics. I am a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist, residency graduate, fellow of the Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, clinical mentor for the Manual Therapy Institute Fellowship, and teaching faculty for the Azusa Pacific Movement and Performance Fellowship and for Movement Links®. I have served as an AOPT mentor, Performing Arts SIG Research Committee Chair, and for 6 years as the PASIG president. I was on the taskforce that developed the Performing Arts Description of Fellowship Practice to help new fellowships with the accreditation process. I also served the TPTA-Southeastern District for several years as 2nd Vice Co-Chair, responsible for the continuing education program.

 

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