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ARSIG Vice President/Education Chair

Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT

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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 and member of the ARSIG since 2015. 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 and has worked with multiple business coaches, leading to him growing TheK9PT from zero to 6-digits in revenue in just 10 months. At that time, he realized that if he could have done so, there was no reason why he couldn’t help other physical therapists achieve the same success. He now coaches and mentors them 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 – a field dominated by veterinarians and veterinary technicians. As VP of the ARSIG he will 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.

Emily Shields, PT, DPT, CCS, CERP

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Emily Shields received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2005. She worked at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, in Washington, DC from 2005-2019. She started as staff PT, then Senior PT earning her Board Certification of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Specialist and was later promoted to Cardiac PT Clinical Specialist. She developed policies and education for the team of PTs and OTs treating the cardiac patient population. She led collaborative efforts with ICU Interdisciplinary Team to improve functional outcomes for the patients requiring Mechanical Circulatory Support and complex critically ill patients in the six ICUs. She became a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2017 to begin the process of opening a Concierges Physical Therapy Clinic for the equine and the equestrian. In 2019, this practice now includes an equine layup facility, collaboration with equine vets, rider biomechanic assessments, and rider orthopedic injury care.

Candidate Statement:
I have a strong desire to become an advocate and educator for the specialization of animal rehabilitation in the physical therapy profession. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, one of my passions is mentoring individuals in setting professional and clinical goals. With the development of the ARSIGs clinical practice guidelines for animal rehabilitation this strengthen the future education of Physical Therapists wanting to create professional and clinical goals. I think it is important to have lecture as well as hands on experience lead and taught by a Physical Therapist from as early as in PT school to continuing education and published evidence-based research. By becoming the Vice President of the ARSIG, I will collaborate with the members to raise awareness of the role and scope of practice of Physical Therapy in animal rehabilitation. I will strive to be a team member who can communicate, lead, listen, give ideas, and be able to understand various viewpoints of others.

ARSIG nominating committee member

Marilyn E. Miller, PT, PhD, GCS

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Marilyn E. Miller, PT, PhD, GCS is core faculty at the California campus of University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. She started her career as a student in the US Army PT program; left active duty for civilian practice in New Mexico, Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii and now California. Dr Miller has been active in multiple APTA Sections, State Chapters offices & Committees, as well as APTA/CAPTE positions. As one of the advocates for the GCS with the formation of the then Section on Geriatrics; she can appreciate the dedication the current activities of the ARSIG have required.

Candidate Statement:
I appreciate this opportunity to serve the ARSIG. I would encourage the membership to bring to the attention of the Nominating Committee the individuals who members would like to see in offices of the ARSIG. It is every member’s role to help identify persons interested, capable, and willing to serve the ARSIG in this developmental period. The attendance at ARSIG programming speaks to the curiosity and interest in interspecies offering of rehabilitation services. Committees should not work in isolation but call upon the greater membership to fulfill the functions of the Committee and the ARSIG. I will do my best to fulfill expectations of the members of ARSIG if elected to this position. Thank you ARSIG for this opportunity to be of service.

Nicole D. Windsor, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CERP

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I am a Physical Therapist specializing in orthopaedics and manual therapy. Currently, I am at University of Kentucky working on a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences which will assist me in returning to DPT education. My research investigates the role of Physical Therapy in the multidisciplinary approach to patient care inside the opioid epidemic and the efficacious use of a Pain Neuroscience Education curriculum with patients who are opioid dependent who concurrently suffer with chronic musculoskeletal pain. I attained my Masters’ in Physical Therapy via Wichita State University in 2004. In 2009, I attained a Fellowship in manual therapy (FAAOMPT) via The Manual Therapy Institute, while concurrently pursuing a tDPT with the University of Kansas. Most recently, I owned Cornerstone Physical Therapy, an outpatient private practice, in the Kansas City area. I was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Mary in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Candidate Statement:
In 2017, I completed the Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner course. I believe, wholeheartedly, that Animal Rehabilitation is just as important as human rehabilitation, and we (as PTs) have to take responsibility for educating our owners, colleagues, veterinarians, and state officials to fight for change in the state practice acts to facilitate this form of healthcare. There are many animals (especially canines and equines) who are very high-level athletes and deserve to receive, and are desperate for, skilled and appropriate rehabilitation. Of course, this applies to all animals, whether athlete or couch potato. In addition to treating equines (and humans) here in Lexington, KY, I would like to lend my talents and abilities to help support the ARSIG. I believe my professional status will support me in this nominating committee role; for example, I’ve pursued continual education (tDPT, FAAOMPT, current PhD student). I have an intense passion for animals (CERP) and hope to obtain CCRP soon. Finally, I’ve worked in groups of all sizes to pursue specific goals (Assistant Professor, APTA Federal affairs liaison for Kansas, PhD program cohort). When working in groups, I attempt to understand all aspects of the topic that is being discussed, help others appreciate the tentacles of said topic, and facilitate professional discussion to understand how specific decisions effect the topic. I thank you for this opportunity to be slated on the ballot and look forward to serving!

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