Elections

2019 PTAG Board of Directors and Leadership Team

 2019 Slate


 

Treasurer Candidate

5c4232b939225-Andrew Hart Headshot.jpg

....................................................

Name: Andrew Hart PT, DPT, ATC, LAT, CMTPT, LSVT BIG

Email:ahart@phoenixrehab.com...............
Phone: 678-232-8153
District: 1 - Atlanta/North Georgia

Education
University of Georgia
B.S. ed in Exercise Sciense
Medical College of Georgia
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer:  Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services
Position:  Multi Site Facility Director

Years of Membership
APTA: 11 years
PTAG: 11 years

Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? I believe my responsibility would be to accurately track and record money that comes into PTAG and PTAG's spending. I would be responsible for attaining reports from PTAG's management service as it relates to our finances. I will be involved in budget planning for the upcoming years. I will review PNLs. I will present financials at the annual PTAG meeting. I will also be a voice within PTAG as far as direction of our profession in the state of Georgia.

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? Having worked for multiple types of PT practices, I will be able to see our profession's visions from multiple angles. I have worked in pediatrics, general outpatient, assisted livings, and MVA/Work Comp exclusive clinics. I have managed small and large clinics. I have had experience with starting a practice from the ground up and I have managed a sports medicine program for one of the larger PT companies in Georgia. These unique experiences have offered me insight in how to properly manage financials and it has allowed me to see our profession from many different types of PT practices. I believe I will provide sound advice, accurate reporting, and will be a good voice for the profession. 

Volunteer : 
PTAG Involvement: I have donated money for legislation

Eligible : Yes

Secretary Candidate

 5c144edb33e93-Professional Photo.jpg

....................................................

Name: Gail Gustavson, PT, DPT

Email:gail@properformancetherapy.com
Phone: 404-620-8362
District: Atlanta/North Georgia

Education
University of Georgia
Animal Science
Georgia State University
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer:  Pro Performance Therapy
Position:  Physical Therapist
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer:  Pro Performance Therapy
Position:  Physical Therapist

Years of Membership
APTA: 3
PTAG: 3

Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? It is my understanding that I will be participating in the meetings, helping to record and distribute the information discussed, and continuing to be involved in events led by both PTAG and APTA.

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? My main contribution is my passion for the physical therapy profession. As a recent graduate from GSU's DPT program I am excited for the opportunity to stay involved. I am very organized, am a team player, and look forward to building relationships with others that are also enthusiastic about the profession.

Volunteer : 
PTAG Involvement: Research poster presenter at imPacT, Volunteer at imPacT
Other Involvement: Orthopedics, Women's Health, Research poster presenter at CSM

Eligible : Yes

 

Lan Director (Lan 1) Candidate

 5be21335e6c4b-IMG_4040.jpg

....................................................

Name: Dhara Shah, PT, DPT

Email:dshah1102@gmail.com...................
Phone: 334-441-7939
District: Atlanta/North Georgia

Education
Emory University
Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Bachelor of Science

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer: Motion Stability Physical Therapy Group
Position: Physical Therapist
Secondary Place of Employment

Years of Membership
APTA: 6
PTAG: 3

 Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? Since the change from district directors to local area network directors, the main responsibility of this position has been to provide true meaning and definition to the role. With the inception of the new role, I have been able to assist in the process of defining the role and initiating ways we can better reach members of PTAG. Another responsibility includes serving as a voting member of the PTAG Board of Directors. This year, as the current North GA LAN Director, I played a role in interviewing and voting for our new lobbyist and association management group. Lastly, the LAN Director’s responsibility is to be a resource for all members and exploring best options to provide those resources.

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? My first year as LAN Director was focused on defining and understanding the needs of the local area network. Now, that the role has more formal objectives, I am able to provide more outward facing resources. Most recently, I conducted a survey in the North GA LAN to collect data on how I could provide resources beneficial to the majority of members. My priority would be to expand on the survey data by increasing value to members with educational webinars and improving community amongst the LAN. Specifically, my goal would be to provide a continuing education or PTAG update webinar quarterly and a social event to unite early career professionals with experienced physical therapists.

Volunteer
PTAG Involvement: North GA LAN Director (2018-2019), APTA Georgia Delegate (2017-2018)
Other Involvement: APTA Student Assembly (2014-2015), Alabama Respresetative to the Feberal Advocacy Forum (2016)

Eligible: Yes

Chief Delegate Candidate

AnnaProfessional.jpg....................................................

Name: Anna Gleyzer

Email:anna.gleyzer@gmail.com.................
Phone: 617-538-4522
District: Atlanta/North Georgia

Education
Brown University
Bachelor of Arts
Columbia University
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Residency
Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer:  Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Position:  Site Supervisor

Years of Membership
APTA: 7
PTAG: 5

 Statement :

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? The major responsibility of Chief Delegate is to effectively organize and guide the PTAG delegation including organizing meetings throughout the year to best prepare the delegation for the HOD meeting. This responsibility also included disseminating information clearly regarding motion concepts that are in development during the year prior to the HOD. The Chief Delegate must also be a liaison between PTAG and other chapters, as well as with the APTA. This includes attendance of not only the HOD, but also regional caucus meetings, and dissemination of information from those meetings to delegates. Lastly, the Chief Delegate serves as a voting member of the PTAG BOD, and so they are responsible for attending and participating in PTAG business meetings and representing Georgia PTs to that body. 

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? If elected, I pledge to faithfully serve our constituents and keep the best interest of our profession and Georgia physical therapists at heart. I would dutifully attend all relevant PTAG meetings, BOD meetings, and Southern Regional Caucus meetings. I would work to effectively organize the Georgia delegation meetings to help Delegates stay informed on current motion concepts and be prepared for the HOD meeting. Finally, I will be a more active participant in discussions regarding motions and issues not only within the Georgia delegation but on the regional and national level. Now that I have several years of service behind me, I feel that I am in a good position to be informed and confident in voicing the concerns brought to me by fellow members during our meetings. I am enthusiastic about our profession and would humbly serve to advance its interests.

Volunteer :
PTAG Involvement: Service as PTAG Delegate to APTA House of Delegates meeting for past three years; Attended Impact Conference and Insight Conferences hosted by PTAG; attendence at PTAG Business Meetings; Served on PTAG Awards Workgroup in 2017-2018
Other Involvement: Attended Southern Regional Caucus Meeting at CSM 2017; Made calls to my state representatives to support legislation before the GA house; Helped to organize PT Pub Night events in Atlanta

Eligible : Yes

 5bbe4a3c16915-Poole.png

Name: RM Barney Poole, PT, DPT, FAPTA, AT-Ret, LAT

Email:barney@performancept-ga.com
Phone: 7705066993
District: Middle Georgia 

Education
Georgia State University
BS Physical Therapy 1985
Alabama State University
DPT 2009
 
Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer: Performance Physical Therapy LLC
Position: Physical Therpaist
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer: Performance Physical Therapy LLC
Position: Physical Therpaist
 
Years of Membership
APTA: 35
PTAG: 35

Statement :

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? Mentoring delegates;

Evaluating candidates for national office;
Evaluating motions presented to the House of Delegates;
Representing the interests of PT/PTA's in Georgia in the House;

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? 35 years of experience in serving the profession of physical therapy and the Georgia chapter in myriad positions. A working knowledge of the House of Delegates, the work of the Special Committee to Review House Documents, having just served as Chair of the Reference Committee, and knowledge of the APTA Bylaws as the year 2020 will be a bylaw revision year.
 
Volunteer :
PTAG Involvement: Region Director, Program Chair, Vice President, President, Chief Delegate, Bylaws Chair,
Other Involvement: Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates APTA Board of Directors
 
Eligible : Yes

Delegates Candidate

image.png

....................................................

Name: Frank Allen Glenn, Ph.D. PT, SCS, ATC

Email:fglenn@georgiasouthern.edu.......
Phone: 210-244-3525
District: Coastal/South Georgia

Education
University of Southern Mississippi
B.S. Athletic Training
Medical College of Virginia
B.S. Physical Therapy
University of Oklahoma
M.S. Sports Physical Therapy
University of Oklahoma
Ph. D. Physical Therapy

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer:  Georgia Southern University
Position:  Assistant Professor
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer:  Georgia Southern University
Position:  Assistant Professor

Years of Membership
APTA: 30
PTAG: 4

Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? Work tirelessly to make decisions regarding the future direction of the association and the profession.  

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? To ensure advocacy for the members we represent regarding the future of physical therapy in Georgia. As a PT for 30 years and as a professor in a DPT program for past 4 years, I have the depth and breadth of clinical,academic and administrative experience at the state, national and federal levels to appreciate the scope of the position of delegate

Volunteer
PTAG Involvement: Volunteered to work the PTAG booth at the Rock & Roll Marathon
Other Involvement: Current member of the FSBPT Exam Development Committee

Eligible: Yes

5bb770ea5826b-20160223SS_Jacob_Irwin_007PSFC-e1523586176255.jpg

 Name: Jacob Irwin, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

Phone: 7704495152
District: Atlanta/North Georgia
 
Education
University of Southern California
BS in Exercise Science
University of Southern California
DPT

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer: Georgia State University
Position: Clinical Assistant Professor
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer: Georgia State University
Position: Clinical Assistant Professor
 
Years of Membership
APTA: 16
PTAG: 16

Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? As a former delegate, I believe the major responsibility is to represent the PT community of GA at the national level. The house of delegates is the highest legislative body within the professional organization and its actions affect the physical therapists and their patients across the country. A delegate needs to be well versed on the policy implications of the motions to be presented at that year's house as well as the actions of the board on previously passed legislation. The other important responsibility is that of electing new members to the board. This requires diligence and willingness to pose potentially difficult questions to those running in order to assure that the most qualified people earn the right to represent us at the highest levels.

 
If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? If elected, I will perform the above specified duties with vigor and will thoroughly vet the motions and candidates as befits the position. My primary goal is to represent the best interests of the constituency. That will be achieved by active outreach to the membership regarding their opinion of the motions presented, and candidates running. In addition, I will reach out to professionals regarding any motions they would like to see presented to the house, and provide effort to see those motions reach the floor and receive due consideration.
 
Volunteer
PTAG Involvement: Legislative committee member 2005-6; Legislative committee chair 2006-10, delegate 2011-2016
 
Eligible: Yes
5be0b4551b744-JB_20180222_0571.JPG

Name: Dr. Susanna G. Krouse, PT, DPT

Email:susanna.polley@gmail.com
Phone: 706-936-5828
District: Atlanta/North Georgia

Education
Shorter University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Shorter University
Bachelor of Music in Piano
University of North Georgia
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer: Harbin Clinic
Position: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer: Redmond Regional Medical Center
Position: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Years of Membership
APTA: 4
PTAG: 4

Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term?As a delegate I believe the major responsibilities will be to represent PTAG and the beliefs of PTAG members at the national House of Delegate meetings, to vote on candidates and/or issues in a way that reflects the values and views of PTAG members, to support and assist the Chief Delegate, to attend delegation meetings, and to act as an assistant liaison for issues within PTAG membership.

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? If elected, I plan to work very diligently to make decisions regarding the future direction of the amazing profession of Physical Therapy. As a native of Georgia and prior student leader for PTAG, I will be able to uniquely contribute to topics and issues in order to support physical therapy needs of the public and the needs of members and to facilitate goals the association wishes to achieve. My goals are to assist in representing the views of the PTAG members to the national House of Delegates and to work toward more unified support for and representation of all PTAG members and Georgia Physical Therapists.

Volunteer :
PTAG Involvement: Student Special Interest Group Secretary 2015-2017, PTAG member 2014-present
Other Involvement: APTA member 2014-Present

Eligible : Yes

5c0737456e2b3-Richard Easter Photo .jpg

Name: Richard Easter PT, DPT, CSCS

Email:richard.easter@ptsolutions.com
Phone: 9013378637
District: Atlanta/North Georgia
Office: Delegate

Education
University of St Augustine
DPT
University of Memphis
MS
University of Memphis
BSed

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer:  PT Solutions 
Position:  PT/ CLinic Director
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer:  US Army

Years of Membership
APTA: 3
PTAG: 1

Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? I believe as a Delegate a major role is to advance the profession of physical therapy by being the bridge between the practicing clinician and the law makers on capital hill. 

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? My contribution will be to help to grow PTAG involvement throughout North Georgia. I will also work to elevate the profession and PTAG any chance I get. 

Volunteer : 
PTAG Involvement: Research Committee

Eligible : Yes

5be21335e6c4b-IMG_4040.jpg

Name: Dhara Shah, PT, DPT

Email:dshah1102@gmail.com
Phone: 334-441-7939
District: Atlanta/North Georgia

Education
Emory University
Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Bachelor of Science

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer: Motion Stability Physical Therapy Group
Position: Physical Therapist
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer: Motion Stability Physical Therapy Group
Position: Physical Therapist

Years of Membership
APTA: 6
PTAG: 3

Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? The main responsibility of a delegate is to be a voice for the membership of Georgia at the APTA House of Delegates. In order to fulfill the responsibility, it is important to stay up to date on motions being brought forth to the HOD , communicate that information, and gather feedback from members to help the delegation vote in a way that best represents the membership.

In addition, the delegate has a responsibility in voting for candidates slated for national office. It is imperative that a delegate vet each candidate to ensure we have the right people in the right role in national leadership.

Lastly, it is important to understand the process and work it takes to be a delegate. Having been to the HOD three years, I understand the processes and framework that goes into being a delegate. I have a passion for policy making and ensuring the growth of our profession, and I would be honored to continue this work on the Georgia delegation.

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? My contribution would be to work as a team with the Georgia Delegation to create and vote on policies for the APTA. To be successful in making correct decisions, I would ensure in being transparent with membership and being open for any feedback. I would be dedicated and committed to progressing the future of our profession.

Volunteer :
PTAG Involvement: Current North GA LAN Director, Current Alternate Delegate, Georgia Delegate (2017-2018),
Other Involvement: APTA Student Assembly 2014-2015, Alabama Representative at the Federal Advocacy Forum (2016)

Eligible : Yes

 5bfed7ff58501-PDG 30KB Headshot.jpg

Name: Patrick D Graham PT, MBA

Email:pgraham@hprc.net......................
Phone: 706-320-5463
District: Middle Georgia

Education
Medical College of Georgia
PT
Kennesaw State University Coles School of Business
MBA

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer:  Human Performance & rehabilitation Centers Inc. (HPRC)
Position:  President/COO
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer:  Human Performance & rehabilitation Centers Inc. (HPRC)
Position:  President/COO

Years of Membership
APTA: 30
PTAG: 29

 

Statement : 

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? Main purpose of a Delegate is to represent our members form Georgia at the National Level. We are there to bring back information to our members, represent their thoughts and opinions with our votes and to help guide our profession forward with the decision that come to the HOD floor. We are the governing body of our profession. we elect the leadership of our association and we vote on the direction our leadership will take on current issues facing our profession. We are there to be PTAG members voice and representatives with our votes and motions we might bring to the HOD floor.

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? I bring a lot of experience as I have served as Georgia Delegate in the late 1990's and early 2000"s as well as for the past 3 years. I have extensive knowledge of how the HOD works as well as the key players and how they like to operate. I have a long standing relationship/friendship with our current President and CEO. I am passionate about moving our association forward into the future where we are leaders and paid for the skilled services we provide.

Volunteer :
PTAG Involvement: Current Delegate, Government Affairs Liaison for APTA
Other Involvement: Private Practice Section member, HPA member, Past VP and BOD member PPS, Past APTA Government Affairs Committee Member, PPS Institute for Private Practice Board Member, PPS Awards Committee Member, Founding Member of PPS/APTA Graham Sessions, Past Finance Committee Member PTAG, Mercer PT School Advisory BOD

Eligible : Yes

 Stuart Platt (1).jpg

Name: Stuart H. Platt, PT, MSPT

Email:splatt2208@comcast.net
Phone: 404-875-2208
District: 1 - Atlanta/North Georgia
Office: Delegate

Education
Emory University 
BS in Psychology in 1987
Boston University
MSPT in 1989

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer:  Appropriate Utilization Group, LLC
Position:  President
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer:  Appropriate Utilization Group, LLC
Position:  President

Years of Membership
APTA: 31
PTAG: 29

Statement :

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? The issues facing the Physical Therapy profession today still include an “identity crisis” to the external community, POPTS, Physical Therapy public relations, limited clinical research/treatment outcome studies, lack of consensus on preferred practice patterns, credibility to consumers/third party payers, utilization of support personnel, direct access, the Medicare cap, and encroachment by other professions. Fundamental to solving these issues is the active participation of an informed membership. As a Delegate, I will encourage active participation of existing members and recruitment of new members. I will do my best to keep the membership informed of all perspectives of the issues facing PTAG and the APTA as they relate to this office. Only through a thorough examination of all perspectives can these issues be resolved in an effective group process.

If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? To fulfill all of the responsibilities of the position, to be INFORMED and PREPARED regarding the issues brought before the House of Delegates, to help bring the issues to the membership’s attention in a timely manner, and to work with total enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment so as to keep the membership abreast of issues concerning PTAG and the APTA. I will listen to the views, concerns, and ideas of our diverse membership. I will relay this information to the other Georgia delegates and to the House of Delegates.

My past experience as a delegate, chief delegate, House of Delegates Reference Committee Member, Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates, and Board Member of the APTA has allowed me to actively participate in House processes (formulating/sponsoring motions, amending motions, parliamentary procedures, and serving as Chair/Moderator for Various Groups of the House of Delegates) AND to effectively network with many “key” delegates from other chapters (in order to support PTAG’s positions). I will actively participate in delegation activities and work to help formulate innovative solutions to the issues facing the profession. Most importantly, I will truly represent the interests of PTAG to the best of my ability.  

I served as either PTAG’s Chief Delegate and/or Chapter Delegate for 16 years through 2013. It was an honor and privilege to do so. From 2008 – 2011 and 2013 - present, I served on the APTA House of Delegates Reference Committee which helped me better articulate the thoughts and ideas of our Members to the APTA. From 2013 – present, I served on APTA’s Board of Directors and Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates. However, by being on the Reference Committee and on the APTA Board, I was precluded me from serving as a delegate for Georgia (which I deeply missed). Now that my term on the APTA Board is coming to a conclusion, I would like to return to being a chapter delegate and use my new knowledge/experience from the Reference Committee/APTA Board/House Officer to further assist PTAG. I really want to be your delegate and would be honored to once again serve in this capacity.

Volunteer :
PTAG Involvement: GA Delegate, 1991-1995, 1997-2000, 2002-2007, 2012-2013 (16 times); GA Chief Delegate, 2001 – 2005; Alternate GA Delegate, 2008; Campaign Manager for Barney Poole, PT (Candidate for Vice Speaker of the APTA), 2000 – 2001; Treasurer, 1994 – 1998; Member, Executive Committee, 1994 – 1998; Member, PTAG Board of Directors, 1991 - 1998, 1999 – 2000, 2001 – 2006; Member, Legislative & Reimbursement Committee, 2013; Chair, Nominating Committee, 1999 – 2000; Vice-Chair, Nominating Committee, 1998 – 1999; Member, Service Reimbursement Committee, 1996 – 2010; Member, Professional Practice Committee, 1993 – 2010; Assistant Treasurer, Georgia Physical Therapy Political Action Committee, 2000 – 2009; Member, Task Force on Examining PTAG Motions to Rescind, 2004; PTAG’s representative to the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy’s Task Force on Mandatory Liability Insurance, 2002 – 2006; Member, Task Force on Interventions Exclusively Performed by Physical Therapists, 2000 – 2004; Chair, Task Force on the Financial Future of PTAG, 1999 – 2004; Chair, Finance Committee, 1991 – 1998; Member, Task Force on the Feasibility of a PTAG Office Building, 1997; Invited Speaker, PTAG, “Presenting a Mock Trial - The Wall Slide Exercise Fiasco: A Malpractice Case Study”, 2009; Member, Task Force for Special Projects Grant for PTAG, 1996-1997; Member, Committee Structure Task Force, 1995 – 1996; Chair, PTAG Audit Committee, 1993; Member, Finance Committee, 1991 – 2002; Member, Legislative Committee, 1993 – 2001; Member, Education Foundation Task Force, 1993 – 1995; Member, Tellers/Elections Committee, 1990; PTAG’s “Merit Award”, 2008; PTAG’s “Outstanding Physical Therapist Award”, 2001; PTAG’s “ Outgoing Officer/Board Member Award”, 1997

Eligible : Yes

5c0e5a52457f3-Windows.png

Name: Zachary Walston, PT, DPT, OCS

Email:zachary.walston@ptsolutions.com
Phone: 703-216-7277
District: Atlanta/North Georgia
Office: Delegate

Education
Virginia Tech
BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Emory University
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Employment
Primary Place of Employment
Employer:  PT Solutions Physical Therapy
Position:  National Director of Quality and Research
Secondary Place of Employment
Employer:  PT Solutions Physical Therapy
Position:  National Director of Quality and Research

Years of Membership
APTA: 7
PTAG: 7

Statement :

What do you believe are the major reponsibilities for the office that you are running for in the coming term? Delegates are responsible for the advancement of the profession through political advocacy. They must represent the interests of the members of PTAG and the APTA to progress the profession forward. The have to be actively engaged with members to understand the current issues and collaborate with delegates in other states to determine and progress appropriate resolutions. The delegation as a whole should be representative of all members within a state to provide an accurate representation and address key issues affecting current and future clinical practice and education. Overall, they help guide the focus on the APTA.
If elected, what will be your contribution to the position? I will bring a unique blend of private practice and education experience. Along with my role as National Director of Quality and Research, I am the assistance program director of the PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency Program and the director of the PT Solutions Mentorship Program. This blend of understanding operational and educational issues within the profession allows me to provide valuable insight to a team of delegates designed to promote the best interests of members of PTAG and the APTA. I have experience as an alternate delegate for several years which has deepened my understanding of the requirements of the position and strengthened relationships in the field.

Volunteer : 
PTAG Involvement: Alternate Delegate 2017 and 2019, ImPact speaker

Eligible: Yes