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2021 Elections - Candidates for Office

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Bio:

Christina has over eight years of residency and fellowship education experience as both a mentor and a mentee. She graduated from an orthopedic physical therapy residency in 2013 and subsequently moved into a faculty position for the same program. Her fellowship training in orthopedic manual physical therapy followed shortly thereafter which culminated in her recognition as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2015. She was the coordinator for the Houston Methodist Sugar Land orthopedic physical therapy residency program for three years and a faculty mentor for the Institute for Athlete Regeneration orthopedic manual fellowship program for two years. She is now on faculty for Samaritan Athletic Medicine's sports physical therapy residency program in Corvallis, OR. Christina is also an assistant professor for the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University of Health Sciences - Oregon. Currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University-Houston, Christina has extensive experience in translating research into practice for physical therapists rehabilitating athletic populations. She currently serves as Communications Chair for the Residency and Fellowship Education SIG (RFESIG) of APTA Education. She has been a member of APTA Education and the RFESIG since 2016 and a member of the APTA since 2007.

Candidate statement:

Christina Gomez is passionate about residency and fellowship education in physical therapy. She cherishes her experiences as a mentee and mentor in residency and fellowship education and jumps on the opportunity to give back to this community that has impacted her in so many ways. She has held the position of Communications Chair for the Residency and Fellowship Education SIG (RFESIG) since 2017. In this position, Christina creates and edits a quarterly SIG newsletter, organizes and hosts the RFESIG podcast, and sends out regular eblasts to communicate with the RFESIG membership. She now hopes to be elected to the position of Vice Chair of the RFESIG. Her involvement in communicating the initiatives of the RFESIG has afforded her an insight that will greatly benefit her if elected. As Vice Chair, she aims to: 1. Expand on current RFESIG initiatives, such as the RFESIG Think Tank and the Residency and Fellowship Director & Coordinator Mentorship program; 2. Identify additional ways to involve RFESIG members and Residency and Fellowship faculty in the initiatives of the SIG; and 3. Improve SIG communications to faculty of all types of residency and fellowship programs. Christina would like to thank you in considering her for the position of the RFESIG's Vice Chair.

 
Bio:

Dr. Nolan is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences as well as a Graduate Lecturer in the College of Professional Studies in the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Northeastern University. David is also a Clinical Specialist at the Mass General Sports Physical Therapy Service and the Director of the MGH / Northeastern University Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program.

David is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and Sports Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is a past recipient of the "Excellence in Clinical Teaching" award from the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education as well as the award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice by the Massachusetts Chapter of the APTA. Dr. Nolan was also presented with the 2019 Lynn Wallace Clinical Educator award from the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy.

Dr. Nolan has been a member of APTA for over twenty years and has held leadership roles within the APTA MA chapter in the Orthopedic SIG, Shoulder SIG, and Manual Therapy SIG. He has also served on the Nominating Committee and has served as a Central District Assembly Representative since 2016. At the National level he is active in the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy Specialization SIG and has served the Academy of Education as the Residency and Fellowship Education SIG Membership Secretary since 2019.


Candidate statement:

My career in physical therapy began as a clinician but after several years of clinical practice I had the unique opportunity to serve as a lab assistant in a course at Northeastern University. I was truly enjoyed the experience of working with the students and constantly being challenged to be better myself. It was increasingly gratifying when a concept made sense to a student after a discussion or demonstration. Since that time, I have continued to be an active clinician and am now also a faculty member. There is no question that each role makes me better in the other and the opportunity to be an educator has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

The opportunity to create and now direct the Mass General Hospital / Northeastern University Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program has provided a focus of my passion for advanced clinical practice and post-professional physical therapy education. I have especially enjoyed my journey as a mentor and feel that providing resources to develop and support mentorship is an essential objective of the SIG. With the continued growth of post-professional programs in physical therapy I feel it is a critical time to facilitate ongoing collaboration with all stakeholders to advance residency and fellowship education.

I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative work of the RFESIG and value the relationships I have made serving in a leadership role of the SIG. To serve another term as Membership Secretary of the Residency/Fellowship Education SIG would be an honor and a privilege. Thank you for your consideration.


 
Bio:

I am a native from Belgium who moved to the US in 2003. I graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1998 and completed the equivalent of an orthopedic residency in 1999. I have been an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist for 20 years and have a t-DPT from UNC. I currently serve as the Administrator for the post-graduate programs at the Rehabilitation Therapies Department coordinating an orthopedic, neurologic and pediatric residency as well as a NICU fellowship and 2 OT fellowships. I have been involved in our orthopedic residency from the start (7 years ago) as module lead and mentor and now coordinator. I am involved with APTA on a state level by serving as Chair of the Capital District for the past 2 years and currently hold the Chair position of the Online Education Committee. I have participated in the Taskforce for Clinical Education placements and am the NC representative on the Executive Council for our regional Consortium.

Candidate statement:

I am fortunate to be in a job dedicated to the education of future physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, audiologists, child life specialists, recreational therapists and music therapists. My passion lies in education. This past year, my role shifted from SCCE to coordinator of all our post-graduate programs. We are in the process of developing a women's health residency, for which I will be the Director. My experience on various boards, such as APTANC, Carolinas Clinical Education Consortium and various hospital wide committees, make me a suitable candidate for the nominating position. I bring to the table excellent organizational and communication skills and look forward to learn from and collaborate with others who have a passion for post-graduate programs.

 
Bio:

Dr. Neelon is currently the Director of the Sports and Orthopedic Residency programs at Houston Methodist Sugar Land. She attained her DPT from Texas WomanÕs University in Houston and went on to become an ABPTS Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists after completion of a fellowship through the Institute of Athlete Regeneration. As a former division 1 softball player, she has a specific interest in the rehabilitation of the upper extremity female athlete and return to play after low back pain. She has had the honor of speaking at AAOMPT and several local/state conferences as well.

Candidate statement:

It would be an honor to serve in the nominating committee for the Residency/Fellowship Education SIG. Being involved with a residency program at a local level has been rewarding, and I see firsthand the impact that it has on young professionals and the value it brings to the physical therapy profession. I strongly believe in the mission of the RF Education SIG to promote excellence and collaboration across the board. I have an enthusiasm to become more involved with residency/fellowship programs regionally and nationally in order to promote residency/fellowship education, foster relationships between programs, and help direct the future of post-graduate training. I look forward to giving back to a profession that I love.
 
Bio:
I have been a physical therapist since 1992, specializing in neurologic physical therapy since 1997. I have been a board certified neurologic clinical specialist since 2002. I am an assistant professor at Emory University, School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy teaching in a variety of DPT courses including Adult Neurorehabilitation, General Medical Conditions, Motor Learning, and Physical Therapy Professional Leadership. I am a member of the ABPTS Specialization Academy of Content Experts. My research interests include gait recovery post stroke and physical therapy education. I have been accepted into the Emory Woodruff Health Educators Academy Fellowship in Educational Scholarship for 2020-21. Since 2012, I have served as the founding director of the Emory Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program. I am a residency mentor through my clinical practice in the Emory Brain Health Center outpatient services.

Candidate statement:
As stated above, I have been a physical therapist since 1992, specializing in neurologic physical therapy since 1997. I have been a board certified neurologic clinical specialist since 2002. I am the founding director of the Emory Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency program. I am interested in becoming more involved in APTA leadership, particularly related to PT residency programs. While my leadership experience outside our institution is limited, I would like to be on the RFSIG nominating committee as a starting point with the goal of continuing to contribute to the leadership of this SIG or other appropriate roles within APTA. My professional experience and associations position me well to contribute to this committee by identifying, recruiting and nominating strong, qualified candidates to a variety of posts within the Residency and Fellowship SIG.