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THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WERE ELECTED TO OFFICE IN THE
2020 ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC PHYSICAL THERAPY ELECTION:

Treasurer
Judith Hess, PT, DHS, OCS, CMPT, Cert. DN
 

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Candidate Profile:
Judy Burton Hess completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree at Duke University and received a Doctor of Health Science from Midwestern University. Dr. Hess has more than 28 years of clinical physical therapy experience, primarily in the outpatient orthopedics, as well as many years as a hospital administrator and academic faculty member. Dr. Hess is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OSC) and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT). She also holds a certificate in dry needling and is a Fellow-In-Training in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy through NAIOMT. Dr. Hess is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Academy of Physical Therapy Education and the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT). She served on the AOPT Finance Committee from 2014 to 2020, and has been an East Central District Representative to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association Assembly since 2015.

Director
Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
 

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Candidate Profile:
Beth Collier is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Mercer University. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic PT and a Fellow of AAOMPT. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate at Creighton University in the Interdisciplinary Leadership program. She has experience working in hospital-based, university-based, and private practice outpatient clinics. She also has established research and has published multiple journal articles and book chapters pertaining to orthopaedic PT, clinical reasoning, and leadership. She has served as the Vice President of APTA Georgia for two terms, Board member of the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy, and as a member of APTA’s Leadership Development Committee. Beth has also served as the CEO for a non-profit service organization and has participated in multiple international professional collaboration opportunities in Kenya and Guatemala.

Director
Derrick Sueki, PT, PhD, DPT, GCPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
 

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Candidate Profile:
Derrick Sueki is the Program Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Azusa Pacific University, the owner of two physical therapy clinics in Southern California, and author of two orthopedic textbooks and multiple publications. Over the past 20 years, he has served in leadership capacities at both the national and local levels. Nationally, he has served as Council member and then as the Chair of the Orthopaedic Specialty Council and currently serves as the Public Relations Chair of the Pain Special Interest Group. He has also represented the APTA and Academy at the Joint Commission Task Force on Non-Pharmacological Management of Opioids, at the Integrative Pain Care Policy Congress, and currently leads workgroups tasked to explore pathways to clinical specialization, residencies, and fellowships in pain. As a researcher, he is a behavioral scientist with his primary area of study in the relationship between memory, learning, and chronic pain.

Nominating Committee Member
Jason Tonley, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
 

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Candidate Profile:
My name is Jason Tonley, PT DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT. I currently serve as the program coordinator for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship programs where my primary responsibilities include: coordination, teaching and mentorship within our Orthopaedic Residency, Persistent Pain, Spine and Sports Fellowships as well as patient care. I have previously served as a Finance Committee member, chair of the Residency and Fellowship Education Committee and currently serve as an Abstract reviewer for the AOPT. At the national level, I have served as the chair of the Program Services Council and member of the Program Credentialing Committee for ABPTRFE. At the state level, I currently serve as a Research Committee Member for the CPTA. In addition to the professional services above, I have had the honor to be able to speak at CSM and several state conferences.

 

 

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