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APTA Academy of Education 2021 Elections

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March 15, 2021 @ 9:00 AM until April 12, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST

2021 Elections - Candidates for Office

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Bio:

Chalee Engelhard, PT, EdD, MBA is an Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) Graduate, Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist Emeritus, and a tenured, Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to her time at the University of Cincinnati, she was a Regional Director of Operations for a long term care contract company where she ran a $7 million region with the primary functions of achieving operational outcomes through interdisciplinary project management, employment recruitment/retention, short term/long term planning, providing support to inter-disciplinary teams, and excellence in customer service. Upon entering higher education in 2006, she established content expertise in professional roles, leadership and management. Dr. Engelhard has co-authored numerous papers and received grants in the areas of educational, interprofessional education (IPE) and qualitative research. With respect to service, she is currently the DPT Program Director and the College of Allied Health Sciences IPE Leader. She previously served her college for 4 1/2 years as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. Engelhard served as the Treasurer for the Ohio Kentucky Consortium for Physical Therapy Educators for 7 years and is currently serving as the APTA Academy of Physical Therapy Education (APTA AoE) Treasurer. In addition to her work as Treasurer, she also serves as one of the three APTA AoE representatives to the Educational Leadership Partnership.

Candidate statement:

In my term, as the APTA Academy of Education (APTA AoE) Treasurer, two of the biggest achievements center on transitions. First, I had the privilege to work as a part of an innovative leadership team to transition, develop and establish a strong relationship with our new management firm and new Executive Director. For example, I worked alongside the Executive Director to transition to new accounting software, modify the accounts tracking, and adapt the budgeting process. Hence, this relationship is key to achieving successful financial management outcomes. Secondly, we embarked upon the process of securing an investment management firm to advise the Finance Committee and APTA AoE Board on asset distribution and investment strategies. It was a rigorous vetting process including a Request for Performance (RFP), interviews and research to confirm the best partner in supporting the financial stability sought by the APTA AoE. Through approval of the APTA AoE Executive Committee and Board, the Academy is now enjoying the benefits of enhanced fund management and protection. These steps have proven to be crucial in the financial health of the Academy during these pandemic times. I would appreciate the honor and privilege to have the opportunity to continue this service into a second term, as I believe that there is much more work to accomplish.
 
Bio:

Lori is the Program Director of the DPT and an Associate Professor at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. She joined the faculty there in 1996 and has served in several other roles including the Director of Clinical Education for 10 years. Lori is passionate about education and has continuously pursued her own, receiving her Bachelor's degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University, a Master's degree in education from Arizona State University, her DPT from ATSU, and her PhD from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to her current administrative responsibilities she teaches in the areas of professionalism and evidence-based practice. She served as a District Chairperson for the Arizona PT Association where she was responsible for coordinating district meetings and educational opportunities. She has also been actively involved at the state level in several committees including the Scholarship and Research committees. At the national level Lori is currently serving as the secretary for the Academy. She has also been active in both the EBP and Qualitative Research SIGs within the Research Section. She is a credentialed trainer for the APTA'S Credentialed Clinical Instructor program (CCIP) and served on the CCIP Workgroup. Her research interests include teaching and learning and professional development. In particular, she is interested in qualitative research exploring student's experiences.

Candidate statement:

I am very excited about the possibility of continuing my service to the Academy of Education as Secretary. During the past 2 years I have had the opportunity to be part of several revisions to our bylaws including changes to the Board structure. The research monies which were allocated in February of 2019 have been awarded to researchers. And discussions about PTA education and clinical education continue to move the profession forward. I have been honored to serve as the Academy's liaison to the ACAPT Board during the past 2 years. I believe that the addition of the board liaisons to each group has significantly improved the collaboration and cooperation between the 2 organizations. Since March when most PT and PTA programs transitioned to online or hybrid educational models, the Academy has worked to provide support through webinars and resources to the education community. I know for many, including myself and my program these resources have been invaluable. While much has been accomplished over the past 2 years I feel like there is still much I can do to support the Academy in its growth as an organization. I look forward to working with PTA educators to explore the future of PTA education. I am also looking forward to the continued collaboration with ACAPT to support the development of excellent physical therapist education. Over the past 7 months as we have all dealt with changes to our world as a consequence of COVID-19, I have realized that I am passionate for the important role of the Academy in supporting PT education and educators. I feel that I have the organization and communication skills necessary to effectively carry out the role of Secretary. I hope that you will consider supporting me. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Academy membership.
 
Bio:

Dr. Jacob Thorp is the developing DPT Program Director at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. Prior to joining CSU, he was a full-time core faculty member (2007-2019) at East Carolina University. He has been a licensed PT for over 20 years and earned his OCS in 2013. Dr. Thorp has presented at CSM and disseminated numerous continuing education courses in the areas of manual therapy and chronic pain. Dr. Thorp has co-authored the spine chapters for the last 3 editions of Kisner and Colby's Therapeutic Exercise book and published in several peer-reviewed journals. Nationally, he served on the Orthopedic Pain SIG Nominating Committee (2016-2019) and the Education Committee (2009-2015). In North Carolina, Dr. Thorp was a member of the Spinal Manipulation Task Force Committee (2014-2019) and participated in the movement to remove the thrust manipulation restrictions from the state practice act.

Candidate statement:

As a lifelong learner, I am a huge advocate for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education and place a high value disseminating contemporary concepts to our constituents. APTA has transformed physical therapy from a certification to an autonomous profession that acts a point of entry for patients into the healthcare system. As a full-time educator, developing program director, and active researcher, I have the organizational and administrative skills to contribute as the board secretary. I am meticulous in my record keeping, well-versed in Microsoft Office, and scrupulous with attention to detail. It is an honor and privilege to request to serve as the next secretary.
 
Bio:

Dr. Mark Erickson, PT, MA, DScPT, holds an Associate Professor faculty position within the Physical Therapy Program at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has been practicing physical therapy thirty-seven years and teaching in entry-level PT, orthopedic residency and post-professional continuing education for twenty-eight years. He has a very active scholarly agenda focused on innovative instructional design to enhance learning, clinical reasoning, integrated orthopedic patient care, and the Feldenkrais Method. Dr. Erickson has been an active APTA member since 1992 and has served the profession at state and national levels. He has presented at several international, national and regional conferences on multiple topics including innovative instructional design, integrated patient care and the Feldenkrais Method.


Candidate statement:

My mission is to advance patient care through excellence in physical therapist education. To this end, I pursued advanced training to become a knowledgeable educator and earned a Master's Degree in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota. This initial formal training in education theory and practice provided an enduring foundation in instructional pedagogy and curriculum. Throughout my 28 years in PT education I've had opportunity to create or reorganize and implement countless entry-level courses, assist developing and implementing an orthopedic residency curriculum, and serve as a curriculum coordinator and PT program director. I've designed and implemented nearly two hundred continuing education courses as owner and operator of a successful continuing education enterprise. Excellence in physical therapist education requires faculty development. I believe the insights, perspectives and skills I have accumulated over the course of time will enable me to effectively serve our profession by advancing faculty development and membership professional development as the Professional Development Representative at Large.
 
Bio:

Tamara N. Gravano, PT, DPT, EdD is the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Assessment and an Associate Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at University of South Florida, in Tampa, FL. She earned her BHS, MSPT, and transitional DPT from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and completed her EdD in Leadership Studies (emphasis in Higher Education Administration) from Marshall University. Dr. Gravano is one of the first two graduates of the first Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program and earned the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Emerging Leader award, APTA Lucy Blair Service award, and is a Joan Mills award recipient from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Dr. Gravano has extensive experience in professional and post-professional development and currently serves her profession on many APTA committees: Director of Membership APTA-Geriatrics, Director of Professional Development for the APTA-Education, and is a Certified Clinical Instructor Trainer for the APTA. She is a past (2010-2012) Chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Geriatric Council, a former Board member of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), and a former Item Writer for the National Physical Therapy Board Examination of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Dr. Gravano also is the co-director and faculty member for the APTA-Geriatrics Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) and Advanced Credentialed Exercise Expert for Aging Adults course series.

Dr. Gravano has taught geriatrics and integumentary system courses for over 12 years and was the founding Director of Clinical Education at Marshall University. Her clinical practice is in skilled nursing. She has contributed to book chapters, published multiple articles, and presents nationally and internationally in her research areas of interest: Leadership development, Sociocultural Competence, and Geriatric rehabilitation.

Candidate statement:

Greetings to the members of the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. I enthusiastically welcome the opportunity to continue serve as your Director of Professional Development. This year has provided me an opportunity to reflect on the possibilities of taking our New Faculty Development Workshop and Mid-Career Workshop online, as well as development of other programming aimed at New Professionals, Students, and Clinical Educators. I have greatly enjoyed collaboration with the APTE leadership and other stakeholders in the academy, the APTA, and its branches and wish to see it expand.

I believe that the depth and breadth of my experiences with the various facets of the APTA have provided me with a unique ability to guide others towards developing their own talents. Besides the last 3 years as Director of Professional Development for APTA-Education, I have used my experiences to formally and informally mentor students, colleagues, and friends who wish to grow professionally. It is fulfilling help shape the future careers of colleagues who wish to become better clinicians, move from clinic to classroom, begin or manage a residency program, understand accreditation requirements for PT education, navigate the specialty board exam, and present on the national and international stage. I look forward to continue being a resource for the membership of APTE in this capacity.

 
Bio:

Angel Holland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She serves the department as the Associate Program Director where she oversees the program curriculum, along with student progression and student wellness. She also serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the department, in addition to serving the regional campus as the Associate Director for Interprofessional Education. She completed her Masters in Physical Therapy from Hardin Simmons University and later completed her transitional DPT through Arcadia University. She has her Doctor of Education from the University of Arkansas, with an emphasis in Adult and Lifelong Learning, which she has applied to teach faculty development courses through APTA conferences and consortium events. Dr. Holland is also an ABPTS Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics. Her past national service includes a 2-year term on the nominating committee for the Clinical Education Special Interest Group. She is currently in her last term on the Association of American Medical College's Group on Regional Medical Campus Conference Planning Committee.

As an Associate Professor she teaches courses in Professional Issues, Documentation, Administration and Management, and Clinical Reasoning. Her areas of research include learning styles of Generation Y & Z students, professional learning communities, and faculty/leadership development. She is a national presenter of continuing education courses and faculty development workshops to enhance teaching strategies related to the learning styles of today's student. Aside from her professional life, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.

Candidate statement:

I am excited to have the opportunity to run for the At Large Representative for Professional Development. I have a passion for empowering educators, both in academics and in the clinical setting, with skills and strategies that can be applied immediately to improve the day to day roles we play in educating our students. There is no greater honor than to be in the role of the educator and have the responsibility to enhance the knowledge and skills of a student who will touch the lives of many patients and families. I feel that all educators should be given the opportunity to continue to improve these vital skills in a way that will meet the changing needs of our students.

I have been humbled to have the opportunity to present educational sessions to many of our clinical education consortiums over the last five years. These opportunities to meet so many of our educators in the profession has been a humbling and uplifting experience. I have served as an instructor for a variety of clinical education courses in various formats ranging from conferences, keynote invitations, online learning platforms, and small venues. These encounters have given me insight on the importance of providing useful and meaningful professional development learning experiences. I envision discussions with all of the Academy Special Interest Groups to include professional development topics that are meaningful to our diverse group of educators. In the recent push to improve educational technology, the opportunities are endless for creating a robust professional development agenda for our entire membership. I hope that you will find my leadership experience, teaching skills, and my passion for faculty development as qualities that will be effective in this position.

 
Bio:

Steven G. Lesh, PhD, PT, Ret. graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor's of Health Science Degree in Physical Therapy and he completed the requirements to sit for the Board of Certification exam for Athletic Training at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He completed a Master's Degree in Public Administration through Arkansas State University and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management through the Business School at Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Lesh successfully completed the requirements to earn the Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist credential from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) in 1999. In 2019, Dr. Lesh retired from active clinical practice both as an athletic trainer and as a board-certified sports clinical specialist. Starting in 2003, Dr. Lesh joined the United States Olympic Committee Volunteer Sports Medicine Staff and in 2006, served as a Venue Medical Coordinator for the United States Figure Skating National Championships held in St. Louis, MO. In 2014, Dr. Lesh began serving the Marine Corp Marathon as a medical volunteer. He has extensive physical therapy clinical experience in sports medicine, neurological rehabilitation, orthopedics, acute care, long term care, and home health. Dr. Lesh also has significant experience in the administration of physical therapy services as he developed a private practice in Northwest Arkansas, serving both as CEO and Clinical Director. In this role he served as the administrator for an acute care facility, two outpatient clinics, a long-term care facility, several home health contracts, and sports medicine outreach services. Academically, he has been on the faculty of John Brown University, Arkansas State University, and Southwest Baptist University. He has served as program director at both ASU and SBU. Recently, he was named as the Curriculum Director for the developing accelerated hybrid DPT program at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Lesh has a keen interest in the use of learning technologies to facilitate effective and efficient learning. Current research interests include the impact of learning technologies on the modern physical therapy student.

Candidate statement:

If selected, it will be my honor to serve the Academy in the role of Professional Development Representative at Large. I have extensive experience in programming including being a section program chair for HPA-The Catalyst (2007-09) coordinating the section's professional development efforts through CSM and various webinars as well as being a member previously of the same programming committee (2005-07). I have noted experience as a professional DPT program director with the requisite skills of communication, organization, and vision. I have a well-developed skill set in both asynchronous and synchronous educational content development and am currently immersed in the development of an accelerated hybrid DPT curriculum at BGSU. From 2015-18, I served as a member of the PTCAS advisory workgroup addressing updates and modifications to the central application service for the profession. I believe that I am task oriented and pay great attention to detail. I seek collaborative efforts to accomplish goals and believe that we are at a crossroads in professional development due to the world-wide pandemic. Access to professional growth programming is changing before our very eyes. The next generation of Academy Professional Development Representatives will need to address this paradigm shift by keeping contemporary content readily available to the membership. It is my sincere hope that the old fashion face-to-face collaborations do not vanish, but rather we must be strategic in how we move forward to empower our membership and position them for growth. Thank you for this consideration. It is much appreciated.
 
Bio:

Vicki LaFay PT, DPT, PhD is a clinical associate professor and program chair at Clarkson University. She was the DCE for the Clarkson Program for 9 years, prior to her current role. She recently served a three-year term on the board of ACAPT's National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE). She served on the ACAPT Strategic Initiative Clinical Education Terminology Panel, which culminated in the development of the Physical Therapist Clinical Education Common Terminology. She is currently the chair of the ACAPT Clinical Education Common Terminology Dissemination Task Force and a member of the APTA Clinical Reasoning Curricular and Assessment Consortium Teaching Compendium Task Force. Dr. LaFay worked closely with members of the APTE PTAE-Sig during their preparation of the Physical Therapy Clinical Education Glossary. Other professional service engagement at the state and regional level has been to the NYPTA Practice Committee and the executive board of the NY-NJ Clinical Education Consortium. Dr. LaFay has published and presented nationally on clinical education-focused topics such as PT student clinical performance, CI self-assessment of clinical teaching skills, DCE/SCCE collaboration, and clinical education leadership.

Candidate statement:

I am honored to be considered as an APTA Academy of Education Board of Directors nominating committee member. My experience on the board of the NCCE, on ACAPT and APTA sponsored taskforces/work groups, and the NYPTA has afforded me valuable opportunities to network and learn from established and emerging leaders in our profession. My service to the ACAPT NCCE board was as a nominating committee member and chair; I feel this experience will translate well to the Academy Board of Directors Nominating Committee Member position. I bring valuable perspective and breadth of knowledge of the issues that impact PT Education as a prior DCE, current program chair, and from my background as an SCCE, CI, and clinical supervisor. At my academic institution, I have served on numerous university level committees and I have developed skills conducive to the communication, organization, oversight, and commitment needed for this appointment. The APTA Academy of Education board has taken a lead on many important issues, with a clear focus on advancing PTs and PTAs as educators, elevating educational research, collaboration and advocacy, and more. If elected, I will work diligently to understand and represent the board to ensure the mission and vision of quality and contemporary PT education and other emerging areas of focus are realized and in tune with the needs of our stakeholders, within and outside the profession.
 
Bio:

Kimeran is a Physical Therapist and Associate Professor in the School of Medicine Division of Physical Therapy at West Virginia University (WVU) where she is a coordinator of integrated (early) clinical education and various community health projects as well as the instructor for many of the physical therapy interventional and educational courses and units. As part of her role in integrated clinical education, she has also been involved in numerous Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities and initiatives at WVU. Kimeran completed her Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2010 and is a 2004 graduate of the WVU Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) program. She is currently a PhD candidate within the WVU School of Public Health Department of Occupational and Environmental Science with a goal of graduating in mid-2021. Her research interests and experiences include interprofessional education and practice, clinical education, and the effect of various physical therapy and healthcare interventions on both therapist and patient outcomes. She is also currently active in several university and national committees related to both her teaching and research interests.
Candidate Statement

Kimeran is currently serving her first term as APTE AF SIG Chair and has previously served as the APTE AF SIG secretary/treasurer for two consecutive terms. This experience over a six-year period allowed her to gain an understanding of the roles, responsibilities and possibilities of the Academic Faculty Special Interest Group. The current AF SIG leadership team has been quite dynamic and she is excited to continue to work with each of them to move membership goals and needs forward. Over this past year and a half, the AF SIG leadership team has worked to improve communication and resource sharing with AF SIG members through in-person and virtual group meetings and discussions as well as increased electronic media communications (newsletter, emails, and discussion boards).

Kimeran has been in a full-time academic role since 2011 where she has worked to incorporate a contemporary Integrated Clinical Education (ICE) model within the curriculum and to promote and advance the Interprofessional Education program within her University. She recently served on the ACAPT Integrated Clinical Education Strategic Initiative Panel, which was a work group developed following the 2014 Clinical Education Summit and was able to present with a small group of this task force regarding their work and findings at ELC in 2018. She has also attended various national Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) trainings and conferences. Most recently, she has presented with colleagues at several IPEC NEXUS Summits regarding their experiences with Interprofessional Community Health initiatives. They have also published various iterations of this work in the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice and MedEd Portal. Ultimately, Kimeran is honored and excited at the potential of continuing her involvement in the Academic Faculty SIG that has proved both personally and professionally rewarding.
 
Bio:

My name is Derek Liuzzo, and I'm an assistant professor in the physical therapy department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I teach neurorehabilitation. This is my fourth year as a full time faculty member. I underwent doctoral training at the University of South Carolina under Stacy Fritz. Through her, I learned how to be a faculty member and that it was so much more than just teaching. My first faculty position was in Boston, MA at Simmons University where I taught neurorehabilitation, gross anatomy, and some research courses as well. In Boston, I was able to meet so many incredible people and that expanded more as I developed those relationships and connections there and at CSM. My desire is to get more involved in our organization and with the Academic Faculty SIG to continue to grow those relationships and learn from other faculties as well.

Candidate statement:

The Academy of Education and the APTA are in a pivotal point right now. We are producing outstanding clinicians, but we need more faculty and diversity as well. We need to be able to foster that desire to teach and create those "light bulb" moments in students so we can continue to spur creativity. As the academic faculty SIG, we are in a prime position to nurture that movement. We need to continue to find and nominate those motivated individuals that can continue to improve diversity in our body of students and profession, increase the visibility of faculty, and inspire prospective faculty to follow through with advanced training and degrees.

I would be honored to have your vote for nominating committee member for the Academic Faculty SIG. Through my networks I've built working in South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Tennessee and from national conventions, I know I can assist in finding these individuals who can continue to move the Academy of Education and the Academic Faculty SIG forward. Sometimes those who make great leaders or have interesting ideas just need a gentle nudge to get the ball rolling. As I continue in my journey as a faculty member, I look forward to meeting more and more of you and learning from you as well.
 
Bio:

Christina Odeh is a physical therapist with 27 years of experience. She has worked in a wide variety of settings across the lifespanandis an ABPTS pediatric specialist. Dr. Odeh has worked in higher education for over 10 years.She is a dedicated academician with experiencein both PTA and DPT programs.

Candidate statement:

Dr. Odehisa team-player, an active listener, and detail-oriented. Shelovesto listen to varying perspectives and assist the team in comingto consensus. Dr. Odeha skill set that would beneficial to the Academic Faulty SIG, and she stronglybelieves she hasa lot to contribute to our profession. Shethriveson positive energy and would love the opportunity to foster an environment of positive collaboration and communicationin the role of a Nominating Committee Member.
 
Bio:

Dr. Roca earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2006 from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and Doctor of Education degree from the University of New England in 2020. Her clinical practice and professional development activities have focused on the areas of vestibular and neurologic rehabilitation. She earned her vestibular certification at Emory University in 2011 and Board Certification as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2015. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor at Gannon University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Her clinical roles at present include practice at regional clinics in Erie through Allegheny Health Network St. Vincent Rehab Solutions and the KnightAbility Physical Therapy Clinical at Gannon University, where she is extensively involved in the interdisciplinary care of adults with neurologic and vestibular dysfunction, including student athletes' status post-concussion. In addition to her academic and clinical roles, she is also actively engaged in various service oriented efforts such as the Purposeful Movement and Wellness Program for individuals with Parkinson's disease where she is the co-director, Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience, and Voices for Independence wellness program among others.

Candidate statement:

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Courtney Roca. I have been serving as a core faculty member for the DPT program at Gannon University in Erie, PA since the spring of 2016. Shortly after joining the team at Gannon, I expanded my APTA membership to include the Academy of Education and Academic Faculty SIG. During my continued transition into academia, I have found the resources available within these areas, especially those within the Academic Faulty SIG, to be invaluable! I strongly believe that focused leadership and membership efforts which are dedicated to providing continued access to these resources is critical to advance and adapt entry level education to meet contemporary needs and standards. I would welcome the opportunity to increase my engagement more formally in these efforts as a member of the nominating committee for the Academic Faculty SIG. My experience with leadership at the state level as the Secretary for the Neurology SIG combined with my passion and dedication for continuously striving to raise the bar for entry level physical therapy education will serve to foster my success in this role. Thank you kindly for your time and consideration!

 
Bio:

Karen Bock worked for over 18 years in acute care and outpatient physical therapy in Kansas City Metro area. She was the Site Coordinator of Clinical Education (SCCE) for over 15 years at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, she is a clinical instructor for the University of Kansas Medical Center's (KUMC) Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and a student in the PhD program at KUMC, studying Rehabilitation Science and Physical Therapy. Mrs Bock received her Master of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri. She is a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) and Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) with further Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) certification in 2012. Mrs. Bock has been recognized for excellence in clinical education instruction as the 2018 recipient of the Central ACCE Consortium 2018 "Kathy Johnson Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award." She was selected as the University of Kansas Doctorate of Physical Therapy program's "Clinical Instructor of the Year" for 2016. She has authored and co-authored multiple peer reviewed journal articles and poster presentations about complex wounds and chronic edema management. In Spring 2018 she was awarded the "Young Investigator Award" at the Symposium on Advances in Wound Care (SAWC) for peer-reviewed poster presentations. Most recently, in Spring 2020 awarded the "Best Overall Poster Presentation" at the Australasian Lymphology Association spring conference.

Candidate statement:

I am excited and enthusiastic to run for Clinical Co-chair of the Clinical Education Special Interest Group. I wish to continue to work on increasing resources for training and mentorship of Site Coordinators of Clinical Education (CESIG). As clinical co-chair, I will promote the recommendations from the Clinical Placement Process Task Force for future collaboration and coordination of clinical education amongst educators and clinicians. I look forward to working with CESIG and Academy of Education.



 
Bio:

Angie Henning is a Kentucky native. She received a BS Biology from Centre College in 2000 before attending the University of Kentucky where she received a BS Health Sciences and MS Physical Therapy in 2003. She has worked in a variety of settings including early home-based intervention, school-based intervention and outpatient physical therapy in her hometown of Hardinsburg, Kentucky from 2003-2005. She then practiced in a private practice setting at Bluegrass Physical Therapy in Lexington, KY from 2005-2012. It was here that she received her Cert MDT with practice in manual therapy, aquatic therapy, fitness center based practice and performance of functional capacity evaluations. Since 2012, Angie has worked at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and since 2013 has been the senior team lead physical therapist for the cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and cardiothoracic transplant services. She has actively served as a clinical instructor for both physical therapy and physical therapist assistant students of all levels throughout her entire time of practice including a period as Site Coordinator for Continuing Education and coordinator for observation opportunities while at Bluegrass Physical Therapy. Since transitioning to UK, Angie participated throughout the continuum of clinical education via guest lecturing early didactic lectures on lines and tubes, assisting with labs related to lines and tubes, acute care and cardiopulmonary courses, as well as consistently serving as clinical instructor in variety of modes of integrated and terminal clinical experiences including 2:1, 3:1, and 1:1 models. Angie has served on the expert panel for the Task Force for Clinical Payment and is currently on the Education Leadership Panel Reactor Panel. In other specialty sections, Angie has assisted the Academy of Acute Care on Core on development of core competencies and a document summarizing basic information across service lines in acute care. Angie received her board certification in cardiovascular and pulmonary PT in 2019.

Candidate statement:

The physical therapy profession, our students and all practicing therapists stand at the summit of great change not only in our field but also in the entire medical profession. I firmly believe that our holistic knowledge and integration of all body systems as well as the movement system places us in a unique perspective. In order to move forward, continuous assessment of our current structures, future goals, as well as our place in the current healthcare and educational environment must occur. Movement toward value-based payments and medicine has both medicine and therapy services critiquing themselves. Evidence-based practice has helped us with proving value in therapy as well as education. The current pandemic has highlighted many inadequacies in the American healthcare system specifically the reactionary emphasis placed on illness. Great innovation and great learning opportunities are often born from strife. Unfortunately, education and healthcare as we know it, has been turned upside down over the past year. Our students have had excellent learning opportunities during this time with students and therapists in the trenches in all settings putting their heads together to problem solve the complex situations arising. Students, clinical instructors, site coordinators, and programs have risen to the occasion and are leading the way across the nation in highlighting therapists' contributions to multi-disciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, private practice, schools, industry and home health. Our students are often teaching US. Our students and newer graduates, unfortunately, may not receive more of the traditional experiences that are felt to be necessary for a "well-rounded therapist". Transitioning from a culture of orienting new students and new hires to one of TRUE MENTORSHIP should be tops on our agenda. We, and our students, are uniquely suited to lead the American Healthcare system by changing emphasis from one of reaction to illness to one of true primary prevention. Involving our students from day one of their didactic education in research projects to aid sites and involving sites in integrated clinicals as soon as possible so that there are true partnerships is the best way to make this happen. Emphasis has to be on functional, evidence based tests and measures rather than status quo. Our students will lead the way.
 
Bio:

Kristina Stein, is a staff physical therapist, SCCE, and acute care residency coordinator at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Krissy has a strong commitment to education, has spoken at state and national conferences, and has developed a course of simulated education for staff and students related to core clinical competencies and vented and non-vented ICU training. Krissy is co-chair of the Henry Ford Health System Student Committee, is an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor, and a member of the Detroit Area Clinical Educators Forum.

Candidate statement:

I believe that we are entering an exciting time in clinical education, with a change in focus to outcomes and innovation. I also believe that these changes will not happen without many challenges, but that these challenges will be best overcome when the clinical and academic sides can work closely together. In 15 years as a SCCE and now as a residency coordinator, I see the value in listening to all stakeholders and learning from each other to promote best practice for our patients and our learners. I've been very fortunate to work with excellent leaders from both settings and would be honored to serve now in this role.
 
Bio:

Dr. Megan Bureau, PT, DPT, SCS has been a practicing physical therapist for the last 16 years. She currently holds the position of Director of Clinical Education as an Assistant Professor at Shenandoah University in the DPT program. Dr. Bureau is an ABPTS sports certified specialist. She continues to practice in the setting of outpatient sports/orthopedics. She has been an active member of the APTA and APTA Virginia since she began as a PT student in 2001. Currently, she serves as a delegate for Virginia for the APTA HOD. She has been on the APTA Virginia executive committee, the APTA Virginia Board of Directors, as well as on the student relations committee. She most recently has been involved on a APTA Virginia task force to identify PTA's as candidates to the Governor of Virginia for the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. She has been an item writer for the FSBPT NPTE. Her dedication and passion towards the profession have been awarded with the APTA Emerging Leader Award (2011) as well as the APTA Virginia Scott Sullivan Award (2015). Dr. Bureau's interests lie in the areas of mindfulness and self-efficacy in physical therapy students and physical therapy curricula, clinical education, as well as best practices for student success in clinical experiences. Dr. Bureau is currently enrolled to earn an EdD program in Administrative Leadership.

Candidate statement:

The physical therapy profession is dynamic and ever-evolving - and there's been no better time to witness this than during a pandemic. To best prepare students for their entry into the profession, clinical education must also continue to be innovative and malleable to the changing needs of society, clinicians, students, and PT programs. As my career has evolved from clinician to DCE, I've felt closely connected to the needs of students and clinicians in the world of clinical education. Clinical education allows students to find their way in the physical therapy profession and this is often a product of how faculty and clinical instructors mentor students throughout their academic careers and into the profession. Clinical education continues to face challenges, but the resilience of our students and trusted clinical partners have allowed many of these challenges to be confronted as opportunities for new ways of instructing, experiencing, and developing clinical reasoning among our students. Clinical education exposes students to the realities and complexities that will be encountered as they enter the profession. As we transverse these unprecedented times, I feel now, more than ever, I want to be at the table where transformative and forward thinking ideas related to clinical education are developed and implemented, and where the question has now become more of why not, instead of why, when considering the possibilities before us and within clinical education. The opportunity to be a part of such a collaborative team, while representing all stakeholders, will truly be an honor. Thank you for considering me for this position and I humbly ask for your vote.


 
Bio:

Jessica Niski is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy and currently practices in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in addition to her faculty responsibilities at Creighton. She has been involved in Clinical Education as a Clinical Instructor, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and now Director of Clinical Education. Her research interests include clinical reasoning and faculty development, including that of clinical education program faculty. She is actively involved in the APTA, including both APTA Pediatrics where she serves as the Communications Chair for the Academic and Clinical Educators SIG and APTA Academy of Education.

Candidate statement:

Now more than ever, physical therapist educators must band together to progress students in their training to become competent providers in a dynamic and complex healthcare system. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many speed bumps for the critical clinical education components of this training. While we have learned a great deal and overcome many of these speed bumps, COVID-19 promises to have an impact on clinical education for the foreseeable future. As the Recording Secretary for the Clinical Education SIG, I can contribute my strong organizational and communication skills to document and share the invaluable work of this group to continue to support the numerous academic and clinical faculty navigating clinical education in the COVID-19 age. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with clinical educators around the country to promote best practice in physical therapy clinical education no matter the challenges, or pandemics, we face.
 
Bio:

As Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the PT Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC, Omaha NE) since 2015, and the founding Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Southeast Community College PTA program (Lincoln, NE 2009-2015), I am passionate about and engaged in teaching, research and service related to clinical education readiness, student and clinician well-being, and quality improvement in physical therapy education.
With this interest and passion, I have served as Chair of the Clinical Coordinators Committee for the College of Allied Health Professions at UNMC and was inducted into the UNMC campus-wide Interprofessional Academy of Educators, serving on the clinical teaching and clinician wellness special interest groups. I am pursuing a PhD within UNMC's Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine, with a special interest in physical therapist burnout.

As a longstanding member of the APTA and member of the APTE and CESIG, I value the advocacy and professional development this organization brings to advance the profession. My professional experience includes election for 2 terms as the Vice-President of the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association. Relative to clinical education, I have been an invited speaker at the regional, national, and international level on topics related to clinical education, burnout, interactive learning, and TEAMSTEPPs. I am an APTA Level I Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program Trainer and TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.


Candidate statement:

My interest in serving on the CESIG board is to represent my colleagues at the national level during this very unique time for clinical education. My leadership can aid the profession as we navigate the challenges that have occurred in clinical education as a result of the pandemic and ultimately help to ensure that the clinical education of the future is a sustainable model. I would very much like to be part of this conversation and help facilitate participation of all stakeholders in this process. The experiences I have gained as a clinician, clinical instructor, ACCE, DCE, and service in a leadership role at the local and regional level would make me a viable candidate for this position.

 
Bio

Leslie Zarrinkhameh has been an APTA member since 2000, is a current member of the Academies of Education, Acute Care and Geriatrics. She received her MPT and DPT from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2000 and 2003, respectively. She added additional qualifications of Board Certification in Geriatrics in 2011 and hopes to add the CEEAA qualification as soon as the pandemic allows. After adjunct teaching positions at Temple University and the University of Oklahoma, she joined California State University, Fresno in 2007 as a lecturer and currently serves as the Director of Clinical Education since 2015. At Fresno State, Leslie serves as the Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Department of Physical Therapy. Additionally, she is an active member of the Clinical Education Special Interest Group (CESIG) within the Education section of the APTA and the National Consortium of Clinical Educators (NCCE). Currently, Leslie serves as the Recording Secretary for the Northern California Clinical Education Consortium (NCCEC) and previously served the San Joaquin Valley of the CPTA as Treasurer and back-up Recording Secretary for 3 years. Dr. Zarrinkhameh has spent her entire clinical career in acute care, SNF and acute rehab. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the medical and foundations tracks.

Candidate Statement

I am excited to be included in the slate of candidates for Recording Secretary for APTE's Clinical Education Special Interest Group. I have served as the Recording Secretary for the Northern California Clinical Education Consortium (NCCEC) for over 5 years and would like to bring that experience to the CESIG. Accurate information recording and dissemination is an essential part of any functioning group. As Recording Secretary for NCCEC, it is my duty to make sure an agenda is prepared and accurate minutes of each meeting are taken and edited as needed and disseminated back to the group in a timely manner. This is especially important in large groups and has become increasingly vital in the virtual world. When I was starting out as a new DCE, I found the CESIG meetings very valuable as I navigated my new role. Now that I have a few years under my belt as a DCE, I would like to become more involved in the leadership of the CESIG to continue to grow professionally and contribute to the CESIG where I can. I would be honored to receive your support. Thank you for your consideration.
 
Bio:

Lisa Bradley graduated with a BS in PT from the University of Kansas in 1986. A deep interest in the psychosocial issues affecting patient care, led her to pursue a MSW from Washburn University in 2007. After working as a clincian and serving as a clinical instuctor and site coordinator, Lisa entered the world of academia in 2010 by accepting the role of founding progrm director for a physical therapist assistant program achieving full accreditation in 2 years. In 2014, Lisa earned a transitional DPT degree from Utica College. She joined the faculty at Long Island University Department of PT in 2016 as Director of PT Enrollment and Accreditation Management. In 2019, she moved into the Director of Clinical Education position. Lisa has served as a CAPTE Onsite Visitor (Team Leader) for PTA and PT programs since 2013 and was just elected to a 4-year term on the PT Panel. She is serving on the board of the Brooklyn/Staten Island Districtof the New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) as recording secretary. She has also served as a member of the Delegate Assembly for the NYPTA and as a Delegate to the House, representing New York.

Candidate Statement:

I am passionate about physical therapy education and serving the profession that has given me so many opportunities of the last 34+ years. My current role as the DCE for a PT program allows me to integrate all of my experience in the clinic and in education to provide guidance for our students, the future of our profession. I would be honored to serve as a member of the CESIG Nominating Committee as a way to contribute to the goal of academic excellence. Thank you for your consideration.

 
Bio:

Laurie Neely PT, DPT, NCS is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi in 2002 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2007. Dr. Neely is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in Neurologic Physical Therapy and has over 10 years of clinical experience in the acute care setting. She is currently a member of the nominating committee for the APTA Academy of Education's Clinical Education Special Interest Group, the Florida Consortium of Clinical Education, the Florida Physical Therapy Association's Clinical Education Task Force, and was recently inducted into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. She is active in campus wide interprofessional activities and community service and has served as a faculty mentor for global interprofessional experiences. Dr. Neely has presented at numerous state and national conferences on interprofessional education and clinical education. She is passionate about clinical education and facilitating student success in the clinical setting.

Candidate statement:

In addition to serving as the DCE at the University of Central Florida, I am a member of the Florida Consortium of Clinical Education and have also served as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for PT Clinical Education. I enjoy collaborating with other DCEs on the best ways to address the current issues facing clinical education in our profession in order to facilitate successful clinical education experiences for all stakeholders. As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, I hope to be able serve our profession to help ensure students meet requirements for graduation and that programs continue to graduate well prepared healthcare providers. I am currently a member of the Nominating Committee for the CESIG and would love the opportunity to continue to serve in this role.

 
Bio:

I am a Physical Therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. In 2008, I started to work at the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus and had been the DCE for the past eleven years. I obtained my transitional DPT from the University of Central Arkansas in 2003, and in June 2018 finished a Master's in Public Health. Since, 2017 I am an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer. My work experience for the past 20 years is in pediatrics, geriatrics and since in the academia with clinical education and with standardized patient experiences to our students. I had been a member of the APTA since I was a PT student in 1999 and served in the Section on Pediatrics Public Relations Committee and as a Puerto Rico State Representative for many years. In 2008, I received the APTA Emerging Leadership Award. I am also a member of the Education Section and volunteer to help at APTA ELC 2018. I enjoyed very much to assist to the APTA CSM because of the opportunity to continue my professional development, keep in contact with colleagues, and make new contacts. I value being a member of the Clinical Education SIG for the support and help between the members.

Candidate statement:

I am an Associate Professor and had been the DCE for nine years at the Physical Therapy Program of University of Puerto Rico. Also, a Credentialed Clinical Trainer. I enjoyed very much working with clinical education for my students and with the excellent CIÕs we have at the Program. With my experience serving for many years in the past at the APTA Pediatric Section, now I believe I can give my service and experience as a member of the nominating committee of the APTE Clinical Education Special Interest Group. I am willing to serve to the APTE and I know this will be a great experience for my professional development.

 
Bio:

Dr. Jennifer Jewell is an Associate Teaching Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at the PTA Program at the Shenango Campus of the Pennsylvania State University in Sharon, PA. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences from Lock Haven University, Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from the former Beaver College (Arcadia University) and her transitional Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Chatham University. In July of 2018, she was named a board certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.Dr. Jewell received the PPTA Award of Excellence by the Geriatric Special Interest Group in 2019 and the FA Davis Award for Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Educator in 2020. Jennifer has been a member of the APTA since 1995 with current membership inboth the APTA Academy of Education and APTA Geriatrics.She has presented multiple educational and poster sessions at both the state and national level as well as serving as a reviewer for both the CSM and ELC conferences. Jennifer is the current PTAE SIG chair and previously served as the vice-chair of the PTAE SIG from 2016-2018. She was a member of the PTA Education Trends Task Force and currently serving on the ELP Reactor Panel. At the university level, Jennifer holds various committee and leadership responsibilities. Currently, she serves as the chairperson for the campus Outreach Committee. She organizes an annual workshop for clinical instructors as well as an annual geriatrics symposium to provide ongoing development opportunities for regional physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. She facilitates a multi-campus group of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education of the five PTA programs within the Penn State University System. She maintains active involvement in the Three Rivers Academic Consortium, which is the regional clinical education consortium comprised of both PT and PTA programs, serving as the secretary of the group at this time. Dr. Jewell is in her twelfth year as a full time faculty member and ACCE at the Penn State Shenango Physical Therapist Assistant Program; maintaining continued clinical practice in the skilled nursing and home health arenas.

Candidate statement:

It would be an honor to continue to serve the membership of PTAE SIG. I have been a physical therapist for 21 years, practicing in multiple care settings all side by side with physical therapist assistants. I have been an educator for the last 20 years, starting as a clinical instructor for both PT and PTA students and then transitioning into academia,first in the role of adjunct instructor followed by my current appointment as an Associate Teaching Professorand Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. I am passionate about the role and contributions the physical therapist assistant can make in the lives of our clients.I am excited at the opportunity to assist the dynamic members of the PTAE SIG leadership team to continue to expand and follow through on some of the recent initiatives that have beenestablished to support PTA educators nationally. I would like to see the SIG continue to enhance networking, faculty developmentand communication strategies while emphasizing the importance of membership to the Academy and the PTAE SIG to all PTA educators. In addition, I would like to continue to enhance collaboration among all stakeholders to recognize the unique role physical therapist assistants play in patient care delivery and to monitor potential impacts that decisions can have on PTA education and the practice of physical therapy. I remain dedicated to the future role and education of the PTA and would be honored to continue to serve the PTAE SIG membership in the role of Chair.
 
Bio:

Dr. Berry received his DPT from the University of North Dakota and is currently the Director of the PTA Program at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN. He is an active, published researcher and frequent national conference presenter on PTA educational and professional topics; has been a CAPTE on-site reviewer since 2012; is a current member of the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy; frequently teaches PTA continuing education workshops throughout the country; and was awarded the 2014 F.A. Davis Outstanding PTA Educator as well as the 2020 Academy of Physical Therapy's Education's President Award. He also co-chaired the Academy's Task Force on the Current State of PTA Education Trends in 2019-2020, and is a member of the PTA education Summit Planning Task Force.

Candidate Statement:

As a PTAE-SIG niominating committee member over the past two years, I've enjoyed working with SIG leadership to increase opportunites for PTA educators. As a PTA program director over the past 15 years, I've had the opportunity to meet many PTA educators throughout the country. These relationshipshave been invaluable for increasing participation is SIG activites as well as recruiting for SIG elections. I would enjoy serving a second term on the nominating commitee and continue service within the SIG.



 
Bio:

I am a physical therapist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. My clinical experience spans the full continuum of inpatient care (acute care, acute rehab, ICU, subacute and skilled nursing). I have been an educator in a physical therapist assistant program for 24 years, and I have served as PTA Program Director for 20 years. I have served in management roles in the clinic and in education (Director of Rehab, PTA Program Director). These clinical and leadership experiences have built and refined my abilities to be an effective and supportive team member, an effective leader, and a consistent advocate for the team I work with, including my students, PTA graduates and fellow educators. I firmly believe in the importance of life-long learning, and of professional advocacy. I have looked for opportunities to serve our profession while working full-time in education, part-time in the clinic and while raising a family. I have served as a volunteer for the FSBPT as an item writer for more than nine years and I currently serve on the PTA Exam Development Committee. I am a trained CAPTE reviewer, allowing me to give back to the educational community by using my expertise in assisting the profession through maintaining high-quality educational programs. I am a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, representing the southeastern part of Pennsylvania. These diverse regional and national professional experiences have increased my professional network, and allowed me to interact regularly with physical therapists and physical therapist assistants across the country. This has augmented my knowledge and awareness of the professional issues that impact our profession nationally. My involvement with the Mid-Atlantic PTA Educator Consortium has focused on working to ensure that the physical therapist assistant profession is represented in national and regional issues.

Candidate statement:

I am invested in the provision of high-quality education for physical therapist assistants, and I strongly believe that our PTA faculty members are our greatest asset and hope for the future of the profession of physical therapist assisting. I also strongly believe that educating future physical therapist assistants who effectively work to support physical therapists within a team care model is critical to the survival of our profession.

One of the biggest barriers (as I see it) for PTA educators is time. Time is the one thing we cannot control or fabricate more of. I have long recognized and tried to mitigate the impact of these time constraints by promoting mentorship, open communication and sharing of resources. Time spent recreating the wheel is time wasted. If you ask my regional colleagues to describe how I approach my role as a PTA educator, I am confident that they would state that I work hard, and that I encourage and share with other educators. COVID has increased the burden on each one of us and I think it is more important than ever for PTA educators to use and benefit from our greatest asset, each other. Together, through regular communication and sharing, we can advance our programs and the profession of PTA in an even more effective way than in the past. I am thrilled by the increased interest and participation in PTAE SIG activities in the past year. I am excited to work to continue to enhance the value of this group, and to increase support for PTA educators across the country.

When I look at the goals of the PTA Educator SIG, I see goals that mirror what I strive to do for my program, my graduates and the PTAs in my state: "increase and improve communication among physical therapist assistant educators, increase opportunities for PTA faculty mentoring (also for all persons involved in the education of physical therapist assistants, advocate for the role of the PTA as the extender of care for the physical therapist within the profession of physical therapy, communicate and collaborate with physical therapist program educators". I have worked towards these goals regionally; I look forward to the opportunity to support these goals on a national level.

I am excellent at time management, and I strive to complete tasks competently, with integrity and fairness; these are attributes which I think are essential for a SIG officer who is serving and representing others in our profession.

My experiences provide me with relevant and contemporary working knowledge of multiple aspects of the physical therapy profession, including clinical practice across the inpatient continuum of care, the education of our future professionals, the stringent requirements necessary to maintain educational program accreditation, and the exam licensure process that is the culmination of all physical therapy students' educational experience. I routinely interact with physical therapy practitioners, patients, and the students in our profession, both regionally and nationally, allowing me a depth of insight into the issues that are impacting all of our members.

My personal motto is simple: do the right thing. I am confident that my skills, experience and personal moral code will allow me to be a strong advocate for our PTA educators, PTA programs, PTA students and graduates nationally. I will work to fairly and effectively advance the interests of physical therapist assistants and PTA educators. I am prepared to dedicate my time to explore and identify ways to continue to enhance and improve the profession of physical therapy. To serve the profession as a PTA Educator SIG officer would be an honor.
 
Bio:

Dr. Christen Louderman received her DPT from Creighton University and undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. She is currently the Program Director for McHenry County College PTA program in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Christen began working with McHenry County College in 2014 to start developing the PTA program and then joined the PTA program faculty in 2016. She has experience in a wide variety of practice setting and continues to work in outpatient setting treating pelvic health.

Candidate statement:

I am interested in serving as the PTA Educators SIG membership Secretary in order to help increase the participation of PTA educators within the SIG. With improved participation, we have the opportunity to advance the quality of education through sharing of resources and information. Through my role as PTA program director, I have had the opportunity to meet many other PTA educators within my state and nationally. I would love the opportunity to connect with even more educators and serve the PTAESIG.

 
Bio:

Dr. Novak received her DPT from Temple University and EdD from Argosy University and is currently the Director of the PTA Program at Concorde Career College in Memphis, TN. Dr. Novak is actively pursuing her Executive Juris Doctorate and has recently been appointed as the Federal Affairs Liaison for the Academy of Education. Dr. Novak is also a fellow of the Education LeadershipbInstitute and has been a CAPTE onsite reviewer since 2016. Recently she has been the Social Media Co-Chair for the Academy of Education. Dr. Novak also participated in the initial Bridge the Gap conference in Indianapolis with the Academy of Acute Care.

Candidate Statement:

As the PTA Educator SIG Membership Secretary, I would ensure accurate documenting of information and help ensure SIG continuity of information. This position would allow the SIG ti benefit from my knowledge and skills that I have acquired over the years. The input from my various degrees could be invaluable.

 
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:

Casey Unverzagt is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Admissions for Baylor University's DPT program. Dr. Unverzagt received his Bachelor's of Science from the University of Puget Sound, DPT degree from Slippery Rock University of PA, and his Doctorate of Science in Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy from Andrews University in Michigan. He completed a sports residency from Skyline Hospital in the state of Washington and is an ABPTS board certified Orthopaedic and Sports Clinical Specialist. Dr. Unverzagt also completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. His research interests include return to sport testing, identifying cognitive and non-cognitive variables that correlate with success in entry-level DPT programs, and cognitive psychology.

Candidate statement:

Thank you for the opportunity to submit my nomination for Vice-Chair of the Residency and Fellowship Education Special Interest Group. It would be a privilege and honor to serve in this capacity. At the time I completed my sports residency 15 years ago (yikes!), there were only 3 accredited sports residencies. Shockingly, several of my entry-level faculty discouraged me from applying, as I could "get the same experience working at a clinic while making more money." I will be forever grateful for turning down this advice, as my time in residency (and later, fellowship) formed me into the person and practitioner I am today.

My experience in residency and fellowship has continued over the past decade, as I have served as a core faculty member of an accredited sports residency. Additionally, I served as a site reviewer for ABPTRFE between 2008 and 2014. I will also be joining this team once more in 2021 for another 3 years. I presented at ELC this year on, "Bridging the Gap Between the Clinic and Classroom," in which I detailed a unique Clinical Education model for DPT students, one in which prepares them for the rigors of residency education. Serving as vice-chair of the SIG would allow me to further collaborate with like-minded individuals who can help residency and fellowship education become much more normative than it is now. Thank you to all of you who have committed to this work. I hope to be able to come along aside you and serve in any capacity I can. Thank you for your consideration.

 
Bio:

Dr. Melissa Dreger graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Upon graduation, she was accepted to the University of Delaware Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency program and completed the program in 2016. She then passed her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist boards examination in 2017. Following the completion of the residency program, Dr. Melissa Dreger became a full time staff member within the UDPT clinic where she treated orthopedic patients, served as a clinical instructor for the professional DPT program, and was the coordinator for the orthopedic and sports residency programs. She then moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL where she serves as an Instructor within the professional DPT program. As a part of her role on faculty, she serves as a clinical instructor within the NSU rehabilitation clinic and serves as the primary mentor for the developing orthopedic residency program. Dr. Melissa Dreger also recently started her PhD program at Fielding Graduate University where she will be researching organizational development and change with a concentration in inclusive leadership for social justice.

Candidate statement:

Not only is Dr.Melissa Dreger residency trained, but she has also worked within 2 different residency programs in the role of mentor and coordinator. She has been published as a part of 2 separate monograph series and was recently appointed to the Guide to PT Practice Work Force Committee. She has also previously served within the Academy of Orthopedic PT as a nominating committee member for the residency-fellowship SIG. As a part of her continued growth within the residency and fellowship training realm, she hopes to be elected to serve as the membership secretary for the residency and fellowship education SIG as a part of the Academy of Education. Within this role, her goal would be to increase the overall membership of this SIG by increasing the overall awareness of the great resources and tools that have been developed thus far. She hopes you elect her for this position
 
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 graduate of University of South Florida in 2013 with my DPT. I moved on to working in a clinic focusing on outptient orthopedics and neurologic conditions where I developed a passion for teaching students. I began teaching in 2017 in a Pre-Physical therapy/kinesiology program while still maintaining hours in my clinic. Eventually, I coordinated the Pre-PT program for 2 years before moving into teaching in a graduate DPT program as Visiting Assistant Professor. During this time, I participated in a ABPTRFE accredited faculty development residency at Nova Southeastern University. I recently graduated the residency in July 2020. Additionally, I passed the Geriatric Certified Specialist exam in June 2020. I currently serve as Faculty of Practice at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga's DPT program.

Candidate Statement:

I am interested in working with a dynamic committee to help the advancement of residency education. Due to my experience in a faculty development residency, I can contribute good insight to help promote excellence in residency education. Thank you for the opportunity to serve within your committee.

 
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:

Sarah Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD, CSCSDr. Gilliland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at West Coast University in Los Angeles, CA. She received her DPT from Chapman University and her MA and PhD in education from University of California at Irvine. She has publications and presentations inthe areas of clinical reasoning and professional development in physical therapy education. Her research has been supported by the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Inc. (PODS Scholarships) and the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. Dr. Gilliland is a member of the Clinical Reasoning Curricula and Assessment Research Consortium, and is chair of the Scholarship of Education SIG. She was recognized by APTA as an Emerging Leader in 2015 and received the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award in 2018. Dr. Gilliland received the 2019 Faculty of the Year award for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast University. Her true passion is getting to play a role in students' development into competent and caring physical therapists.

Candidate statement:

Sarah Gilliland, PT, DPT, PhD: I am running for Chair of the Scholarship of Education Special Interest Group (SOE SIG) for the APTA Academy of Education. I served as part of the inaugural leadership for the SOE SIG beginning as Vice Chair in 2017. I was re-elected to Vice Chair in 2019 and stepped up to Chair in September 2019 when our prior chair had to step down. In these positions, I have been able to help develop and shape the role of and activities for the SOE SIG.One area SOE SIG members had expressed interest in was developing greater collaborations and spaces to discuss and receive feedback on developing research. To this end, I began a series of bimonthly Zoom sessions as open discussions to enable members to continue their conversations from our in person meetings at ELC and CSM. The Zoom sessions then began a book club working with the authors of Educating Physical Therapists to read and study the book and engage in discussion with the authors. After steppingup to Chair in 2019, I began collaborative work with the chairs of the clinical reasoning and education/ pedagogy consortia (of ACAPT) to bring our members together to expand the work in physical therapy educational research. This collaboration resulted in the first SIG ÐSortia meeting at CSM in 2020. Following productive discussions at these meetings through the collaboration we began a small group mentoring process to support educational researchers in developing their knowledge and skills in educationalresearch in addition to building further collaborations. We are continuing to work on these collaborations and are planning a second collaborative session at CSM 2021.I ask for your support in pursuing a second term as Chair of the SOE SIG. I have builtstrong collaborative relationships both within the Academy and with other relevant partners. If elected, I will continue to build on these collaborations to enhance the work and service of the SOE SIG. Working with our current leadership team, I have continued to support the resources and activities previously developed and am continuing to work with the team on developing new ways for members to connect and grow their research. I have enjoyed the opportunity to play a role in the development and growth of this SIG and hope to be able to continue this work with a second term as Chair.

 
Bio:

Tricia Prokop is an Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director of Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. Tricia began practicing physical therapy after graduating with her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in 2006. Her clinical area of expertise is in pediatric sports medicine. Tricia started teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford in 2010 and made the decision to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership given her interest in teaching and learning. She graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017 and has since been dedicating her scholarly agenda to investigating the relationship between metacognition and effective clinical reasoning.

Candidate statement:

I have had the privilege to participate in extensive program-level service given the role of Associate Program Director. I have been dedicated and driven to excel in these tasks; however, my true passion and interest lie in the scholarship of teaching and learning. I desire to collaborate with interested colleagues and have found that involvement in the Scholarship of Education (SOE) SIG is an excellent network to facilitate such opportunity. I have been a member of the APTA since 2005 and a member of the Academy since 2010. As someone who was interested in finding a way to give back to the Academy, I have been pleased to serve as a member of the SOE SIG Nominating Committee for the past two terms. During that time I have endeavored to provide accessible communication to the officers and members of the SOE SIG via email and conference meetings. In the role of secretary, I will strive to work closely with the officer board to further timely, accurate communication in hopes of facilitating meaningful opportunities that will benefit all members of the SIG. It has been my pleasure to be a member of this SIG and the Academy, and I am happy to serve.
 
Bio:

Dr. Kimberly Somers is currently serving as the Director of Clinical Education for Creighton University's developing Program of Physical Therapy in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist with a strong passion for educational research specific to physical therapy student professional formation, clinical education and competency-based education. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona.

Candidate statement:

I am hoping to have the opportunity to serve the Scholarship of Education Special Interest Group as Secretary with the goal of supporting our profession's duty to produce innovative educational research. Although I am a novice when it comes to educational research, I am committed to helping members of our profession contribute to the body of knowledge that should help guide the future of our profession.

 
Bio:

Dr. Amy Yorke is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan-Flint. Dr. Yorke graduated with her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy in 1993 from the University of Michigan-Flint. She received her board certification in neurologic physical therapy in 1999 and her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences in 2013 from Western Michigan University. In 2020, Dr. Yorke is a National Academies of Practice, Distinguished Scholar & Fellow. Dr. Yorke is recognized at the UM-Flint as a leader in the scholarship of teaching and learning and received the Dr. Lois Matz Rosen Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016. She is frequently recognized by her students as providing excellent preparation in neurologic physical therapist practice and regularly brings community partners into the classroom to provide authentic learning opportunities. She has been successful in pursuing the scholarship of teaching and learning as represented by her peer reviewed publications and presentations/posters. Her research interests include interprofessional education/collaborative practice, knowledge translation, and outcome measurement in neurological diseases/disorders.

Candidate statement:

I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Nominating Committee on the Scholarship of Education Special Interest Group for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education. I have most recently served as the Recording Secretary on the Scholarship of Education SIG and have termed out of this position. In addition, I currently serve on the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Multiple Sclerosis Outcome Measure Task force. I have strong interpersonal and organizational skills which allowed me to actively participate in this group that initially provided recommendations on 63 outcome measures, and is now working on a systematic review. I have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching in both entry level and post-professional education locally, nationally, and internationally. I am a lifelong learner and I consistently strive to study and implement best practices in teaching and learning in order to help my students learn. I have been fortunate to collaborate with educators within and outside of the physical therapy profession in the classroom and in research. These relationships have broadened my perspectives and allowed our DPT program to deliver high quality interprofessional educational experiences to our students. I believe physical therapist education has both the opportunity and the responsibility to ensure that we are designing and actively investigating how to best promote learning in both academic and clinical setting. In order to be successful, scholars of physical therapist education research need to be supported, with both human and financial resources. I believe the Scholarship of Education Special Interest Group will be a forum where both academic and clinical educators interested in the pursuit of quality education can work together to elevate the quality of physical therapy educational scholarship. The pursuit of scholarly teaching and learning is essential to our professions vision to transform society.

 
Bio:

EDUCATION

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professions, MA, USA
2009

BS. Physical Therapy
Universidad del Valle, Colombia
1998

CERTIFICATION

2013: Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist - American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, APTA

POSITIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

Assistant Professor
Northwestern University, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, Chicago, IL
September 2019 Ð Present

Instructor
Northwestern University, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, Chicago, IL
November 2017 - August 2019

Adjunct Faculty
Master degree Program in Neuro-kinesiology. Universidad San Sebastian, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Concepcion, Chile
October 2017 - Present

Associated Faculty
Northwestern University, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, Chicago, IL
   September 2007 - November 2017

Research Physical Therapist
Northwestern University, Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences, Chicago, IL
   March 2004 - November 2017

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
   January 2005 - August 2005

Contract Physical Therapist
HCR ManorCare: Skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center, Naperville, IL
October 2008 - March 2014

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
September 2007 - January 2013.
Staff Physical Therapist

Escuela Nacional del Deporte/ Cl’nica del Deporte (National School for Sports/ Sports Clinic) & Ballet Santiago de Cali, Colombia
1998- 2003

Candidate statement:

I am a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy practice. I have more than 13 years of experience teaching on the postgraduate level in physical therapy, focusing on anatomy, neuroanatomy, neuroscience, management of neurologic patient populations and complex patients, and technology in rehabilitation, nationally and internationally.

My research focuses on studying the mechanisms underlying sensory and motor dysfunction in individuals with stroke and upper extremity impairment and how these factors influence rehabilitation. Also, the use of quantitative/qualitative measures of movement impairment, function, and participation and the impact of novel therapeutic devices on improving hand function.

I am also interested in using and incorporating neuroanatomy learning methods, added to conventional resources, to provide a wider variety of study options in line with cutting-edge research.

 
Bio:

Roberto L—pez Rosado, PT, DPT, MA

Roberto earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 1993 and a Masters degree in Anatomy in 1997 from the Universidad Central del Caribe, in his native Puerto Rico. He earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges, New York in 2008. He co-teaches gross anatomy and neuroanatomy for Northwestern University DPT Program, and is the lead anatomist at the Masters Program in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Northwestern University. His research focused on the study of muscle weakness in the lower extremity of individuals post- stroke and how these changes have an effect on their balance and risk for falls. Most recently, he transitioned into health sciences and rehabilitation service utilization research in the same clinical population.

Roberto worked as a clinician in the outpatient setting, as well as acute care and home health in Florida and Illinois. He is a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the APTA Neurologic Section, where he served as the Co-Chair for Online Education until CSM 2020.

Candidate statement:

I have devoted the last 21 years of my life to higher education. During this time, I have taught hundreds of undergraduate as well as graduate students. The majority of my teaching workload has consisted of gross anatomy, kinesiology, and neuroanatomy. I feel I have modeled my professional career striving for excellence in instruction, and was humbled by receiving an Outstanding Educator recognition awarded by Northwestern University School of Medicine in 2017.

I feel I can contribute effectively as a member of the Anatomy SIG in the capacity of Secretary/ Treasurer. I have had APTA volunteer experience serving for 5 years for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy as Co-Chair of Online Instruction. Additionally, I have served as a Board Member in local cultural community organizations. Engaging with the Anatomy SIG seems like an exciting opportunity to expand this group, establish collaborators at the national level to advance PT anatomy instruction, and to explore research opportunities in education in this field.
 
Bio:

Originally from Connecticut, I lived in Miami for the past 15 years. I received a B.S. in chemistry and environmental science from William Smith College in 2003 after which I pursued my DPT from the University of Miami. I graduated from UM in 2007 and started working as a clinician full time. My area of clinical expertise is in orthopedics andsport physical therapy. In 2008, I started my PhD, also with the University of Miami, which I completedin 2015. My doctoral work focused on anatomical sciences and outcome measures with the culmination of my dissertation titled Outcomes in Patients with Degenerative vs. Non-degenerative Meniscus Tears. I joined the faculty at the University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy as a full-time Assistant Professor in 2013 and I am currently the course master for Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience I (Neuroanatomy). My research interests focus around knee injury and include topics on the development of reliable and valid measures of assessing ACL risk is adolescent athletes, using musculoskeletal ultrasound to improve clinical assessments of the knee, assessing functional phenotypes in individuals with knee OA, and determining the relationship between hip asymmetry and injury.

Candidate Statement:

As a physical therapy anatomist I focus a lot of my time on educating future physical therapists and developing innovative gross anatomy curriculum to do so. I have seen firsthand the growth of the anatomy special interst group and am excited about its possinilities. This group facilities collaboration and entorship, especillay this year, when it became necessary to change gross anatomy curricula across the United States. I would love to see the continued growth and development of the anatomy SIG and am enthusiastic to contribute my time and effortto do this.

 
Bio:

Dr. Drogos is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences. He earned his masters and doctorate in physical therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and practices at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)). Currently, he teaches across the DPT curriculum at Northwestern University as well as in the Prosthetics and Orthotics Center in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Drogos' research work focuses on the study of the mechanisms underlying sensory and motor dysfunction in individuals with stroke, with a focus on upper extremity impairment within the chronic stroke population. He works closely with Dr. Jun Yao on current R21 and R01 grants to study the feasibility and impact of a novel therapeutic prosthesis (the ReInHand) on improving hand function and reducing functional limitations in the severe chronic stroke population.

Aside from his professional life, he is active in the Chicago improv community and has performed and taught improv comedy across the country.

Candidate statement:

Hello! I am excited at the opportunity to be more involved with the Anatomy SIG and the Academy of Education. As a newer faculty member, I sought out the Academy of Education and the Anatomy SIG to further my development as an educator and have enjoyed the programming and meetings. I have been teaching anatomy for 10 years to both physical therapy and prosthetic/orthotic students, and I love it. I am also a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists where I have participated in workshops to discuss opportunities and barriers to anatomy education during the pandemic. I am eager to collaborate with all of you to discover and define what is best for our PT students, to share and learn new ideas about anatomy curriculum; and to develop and connect future leaders for the SIG. I am grateful for, and would enthusiastically accept, the nomination to contribute to the Anatomy SIG by serving on the nominating committee.
 
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.