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2020 Elections

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following members as candidates for the 2020 Elections.  Voting will take place March 12-19, 2020.  PTAG members will receive a link via email to vote.

 

President-Elect Candidates

Sandy Eskew Capps   

         

 

 

Why do you want to serve?

At this point in my career, I feel inspired to give back to the profession as an expression of my gratitude for the many opportunities and gifts I have received over the course of my career in physical therapy.

My background, experience, and commitment to advocating for the profession with a focus on advancing physical therapy practice and professionalism to best serve our customers and communities as a whole have motivated me to seek the honor of serving the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, and thus my peers, colleagues, professional mentors and friends.

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?

1) The initial primary responsibilities for the President-­‐Elect role would be to support the initiatives currently in place, under the tutelage and leadership of the current PTAG President, and to learn about the specific processes and procedures related to carrying on the duties as the future President of the Association.

2) In a leadership role, a significant responsibility is to engage members in the process of identifying our needs as a Chapter – as well as to consider the needs of inactive members and non-­‐members alike – and to propose realistic goals and strategies to move the organization forward in the current environment of constant and rapid change. Requirements to achieve these outcomes involve modeling optimism andpositive energy, as well as strong listening and relationship-­‐building skills.

3) Another critical responsibility is to contribute to the development of longer-­‐range plans in keeping with the mission, vision, and goals of the national association. For example, I believe the Georgia chapter is well positioned to propose and model initiatives related to advancing effective interprofessional collaborative practice. As a matter of personal passion, I foresee one of my responsibilities as President-­‐Elect might be to support the shaping of a realistic plan for such an endeavor.

Biography:

I graduated from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC in 1981 with a physical therapist assistant (PTA) Associate in Applied Science degree. As a PTA, I worked in North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia in a variety of clinical settings, including acute care (in both rural and urban hospitals), acute rehab, burn care, home health, outpatient and specialty sports medicine. Upon graduating with my Bachelor of Science physical therapy degree from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) and passing the national board exam in 1989, I continued building my experience as a clinical generalist with opportunities to practice in a specialty outpatient practice, as well as in the acute post-acute, home health, and hospice settings. I completed my Masters in Health Education degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 2004 and my Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in 2006. I have served as full-time faculty and clinical education coordinator in both physical therapist assistant (Gwinnett Technical College) and physical therapist (Medical College of Georgia) academic programs, and I continue to serve as guest/occasional faculty for physical therapy and other professional programs. I have had the opportunity to serve in a consultative capacity for accreditation processes for several physical therapy and physical therapist assistant programs in Georgia.

Since moving to Georgia in 1986, I have been honored to support the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) in various capacities, including committee work and/or chair positions for initiatives related to education and continuing education, nominations, and ethics and jurisprudence. A highlight of my history as a PTAG member was working with the Legislative Committee during our efforts to draft and support passage of the modernized Georgia Physical Therapy Practice Act.

I have also had the opportunity to serve on the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy, including a term as President, as well as in the roles of vice president, applications chair, continuing education reviewer, and delegate and presenter at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). I have served as an item writer for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (for the FSBPT), and I am credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Level 1 Credential Clinical Instructor Program trainer. I have enjoyed many opportunities to develop and present and co-present professional continuing education presentations to PT and PTA students and professionals, as well as students from several other professions on topics relating to clinical practice, education, professionalism, interprofessional collaboration, ethics and jurisprudence, among others.

I seek to support various community service organizations by promoting contributions tied to professional activities, including donating time and proceeds to organizations such as the Walton Options Center for Independent Living (a private, non-profit, non-residential center for independent living) and Hope House of Augusta (a residential substance abuse recovery program for women and their children.

 

Kathleen Geist

 

Why do you want to serve? 

I believe our profession is in the middle of a critical time, as healthcare evolves and matures, so will our profession. We need visionary and collaborative individuals to serve so we can continue to lead our profession forward with integrity and expertise. In the role as President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, I would serve in an integrative fashion, and will be proud to offer my skills to the group I hold most dear within the profession. My skillset from my strong communication and organizational skills and collaborative character will enable me to do this effectively.

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?

  • Payment Policy and Reimbursement: continue to pursue legislation for reductions in administrative burden for patients/providers barriers for insurance authorization and equitable reimbursement for the care we provide

  • Engaging PTAG members and potential members

  • Improve access to care for individuals in GA in all practice settings to enhance the health of our communities

Biography:

After completing my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University in 1997, I have been a practicing clinician and have served as an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Physical Therapy of Georgia for twenty-two years. I serve as an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program at Emory University.  I currently serve as the Vice President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, the Vice President of the Orthopedic and Residency Special Interest Group, and a member of the Practice Committee of the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

My involvement and dedication to professional service has led to my interest in my nomination for President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

During the last ten years I have continued to pursue additional learning opportunities through certification as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2005 with re-certification in 2015, certification in orthopaedic manual physical therapy in 2007, earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2010, and finally, completed a three year Fellowship in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Manual Therapy from Regis University in 2013. 

I have been honored to work collaboratively with members in various roles within PTAG. I was asked to join a Conference Programming task force within PTAG in 2014 and served as Chair of the Program Committee and non-voting member of the Board from 2015-2017.  I was enthusiastic to be a part of a pivotal meeting in 2016 that created a new mission and organizational strategies for our professional organization.  I have worked collaboratively with PTAG and the Board to advocate for growth of membership within our state organization, worked to build on our legislative successes advocating for scope of practice issues and payment reform, and provided robust educational programming to support the continued growth of PT’s and PTA’s and mentorship for the next generation. I will actively provide support and encourage positive professional leadership for the continued growth and development of our professional organization.

I have worked with students in community service activities since 2009.  I have provided pro bono services in South Georgia for the underserved farmworker population and also provided care at the Good Samaritan clinic while mentoring students in both of these settings.

I believe our profession is in the middle of a critical time, as healthcare evolves and matures, so will our profession. We need visionary and collaborative individuals to serve so we can continue to lead our profession forward with integrity and expertise. In the role as President of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, I would serve in an integrative fashion, and will be proud to offer my skills to the group I hold most dear within the profession. My skill set from my strong communication and organizational skills and collaborative character will enable me to do this effectively.

 

 

VP Candidate

 

 

Joshua Davis

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


I have been a member of PTAG since 2003, and view PTAG as an integral organization to facilitate and support physical therapists in the state of Georgia.  I have aspired to be in a leadership role with PTAG for many years, but my job circumstances have not been conducive to allow me to devote the time needed to serve in a prominent role.  I am now in a position professionally that I can take on the additional time commitments and devote the appropriate time to the position to allow my position and all of PTAG to thrive during my tenure.

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


1.  Create a budget and implement the programming at the annual PTAG conference including appointing work groups to facilitate the event.

 

2.  Attend all executive committee, board of directors, and business meetings and communicate regularly with and support the President and other executive officers as needed.

 

3.  Serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors and remain prepared to assume the duties of President in the absence of the President

Biography:


I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science/Kinesiology.  While there I was the co-founder of the first Kinesiology Club at the university.  I went on to earn my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2005.  At St. Augustine, I served on a student committee and helped to spearhead a 5K race to raise money for non-profit organizations in the community.

 

Following physical therapy school I developed and ran the outpatient clinic for orthopedic and neurologic patients at West Georgia Health System in LaGrange, GA for three years.  In 2009 I began my career at First Step Physical Therapy in Fayetteville, GA.  I served as the clinical manager for First Step from 2010 to 2014 and became a partner in 2014.  We opened our second location in Roswell, GA in 2014 and our third location in Marietta, GA in 2018.  I am the Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE) for the three clinics, and in December of 2019 I will be the sole owner of First Step Physical Therapy.

 

In 2018 I founded, The Westchap Foundation, a non-profit to raise funds for individuals who were not able to gain access to physical therapy due to financial and economic restrictions.

 

I am very active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, where I was the director of public relations from 2018 to 2019, and the Young Professionals of Fayette County.  I also conduct numerous health and wellness workshops and trainings for support groups and senior centers throughout Fayette, Cobb, and Fulton counties.

 

I have been a member of the APTA and PTAG since 2003.

 

My post-graduate certifications include:

  • 2006 – Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) from the Back School of Atlanta
  • 2007 – Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine
  • 2008 – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • 2012 – Certification in Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) from the Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy
  • 2015 – Certification in Dry Needling (Cert. DN) from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy
  • 2018 – Certification in Manual Structural Correction (MSC) from Symptom Recovery Models, LLC

 

 

Delegate Candidates

SueAnn McCall

 

 

Why do you want to serve? 

I have been a member of our state and national professional organization for over 30 years.  As a clinician and academician, I believe I have the experience and knowledge to move our profession into one that is thriving and vibrant. I believe I have the ability to articulate goals and motivate appropriate people to help get the goals accomplished

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?

  1. Insure adequate reimbursement for all PT services.

  2. Bolster autonomy of practice in every state

  3. Embolden our professional body to “take charge” of the wellness and rehabilitation needs of all constituents.

Biography:

Dr.  SueAnn Lott McCall rejoined the Department of Physical Therapy at University of North Georgia in 2013. Previously, she was a part time faculty member in this program from  its inception in 1992. She is currently an Associate Professor in Physical Therapy at the University of North Georgia.

Dr. McCall has an extensive and broad background in the areas of physical therapy orthopaedics and private practice management. She teaches in the Musculoskeletal series and the professional socialization series.

Dr. McCall holds various positions and titles in the local community which include board member of LivingLifeTeam,a support group for the visually impaired and  President/CEO/lead physical therapist APT SRehabilitation, Co-founder/Co-director/physical therapist in TurningPoint Women’s Healthcare, a nonprofit for women surviving breast cancer.

She has been a member of the APTA for over 35 years and active in the Academies of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Education and Health Policy and Administration Section.  She has been a PTAG member since 1986 when she moved to Georgia from New Orleans, Louisiana.   As an advocate for the physical therapy profession, Dr. McCall is actively promoting the mission and vision of the APTA on  federal and state levels.  Her advocacy efforts are particularly honed toward persons with health care disparities and minoritized populations.

Dr. McCall’s research interests include focusing on Guide Dog users’ experiences with guide dogs, the potential for injury and fall prevention, and innovation and design for better posture and harness handle adaptions.  

EDUCATION:

  • tDPT,Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain School of Health Related Professions

  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Mississippi

  • B.S., Physical Education, Northeast Louisiana University

  • Diploma, Society of Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Medicine (London, England)

  • O.C.S., Board Certification. American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

  • Certifications: Diversity Studies. Safe Zone Facilitator

 

 

 

Erica Hosken

 

 

Why do you want to serve?

It has been an honor and a privilege representing Georgia in the APTA House of Delegates in 4 previous years. I had to take a year off due to term-limits but would be grateful for the opportunity to continue serving in this capacity. I really enjoy being part of the conversation for directing the resources and priorities for the APTA and being able to vote in a way that represents PT’s and PTA’s in Georgia.

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


The three main responsibilities for a delegate are: (1) To prepare for the House of Delegates by reading and understanding the motion concepts, and when applicable putting forward motions that are important to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in Georgia, and interviewing/learning about candidates for national office; (2) To discuss motions and candidates for office with Georgia physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, getting their feedback and input, to best represent Georgia during the House of Delegates; and (3) To attend the House of Delegates participating in all on site activities including candidate interviews, motion discussion groups, and voting once the House is in session to represent Georgia.

 

The past two years, there has been a House of Delegates special committee tasked with going through all the House-generated documents focused on updated, consolidating, and sometimes rescinding documents. This “housekeeping” has been integral to good governance. The 2019 House updated positions on the APTA’s role for prevention, fitness, wellness, health promotion, and population health with motions that support broadening the role that APTA can take in responding to health and social issues. This sets up the APTA, under the direction of the House, to be more proactive and vocal in these conversations that affect all of our patients.

 

The 2019-2021 APTA’s Strategic Plan includes 4 main points: Relevance, Stewardship, Quality, and Value. Their goals include increasing member value and engagement, fostering long-term sustainability of the physical therapy profession (including dealing with the debt burden and career earning potential), elevating the quality of care we as PT’s and PTA’s provide (accelerating the adoption of the APTA Outcomes registry, expanding access to PT in primary care, reducing unwarranted practice variance), and maximizing stakeholder of awareness of the value of physical therapy (through advocacy/payment policy, increasing patient access, branding, informing the public about benefits of PT). It is my hope that the 2020 and 2021 House of delegates will play an active role in many of these efforts; especially important to me personally are the debt burden, career earning potential, elevating quality of care, advocacy/payment policy, and utilizing campaigns (#ChoosePT, etc) to inform the public about the benefits of physical therapy.

 

Biography:

 

Erica graduated with highest honors from Emory University with her DPT in 2011. She served on the Academic Committee and was honored by being a recipient of Pamela A. Caitlin Award for Excellence in Critical Inquiry, and a recipient of Award for Excellence in Service. She completed an orthopaedic residency program, became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist in 2013, and completed C1 and C2 training in the Schroth Method for scoliosis management. Erica served as the Early Career Liaison for PTAG for two years before being elected a Delegate representing Georgia in the House of Delegates for two terms. In 2015 Erica received the Horizon Award from PTAG. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics, home health, and recently started her own physical therapy practice specifically for patients with scoliosis and kyphosis.

 

Areas of specialty in practice: Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist,  Schroth Method C1/C2 for scoliosis/kyphosis, and Dry Needling Certified

 

PTAG offices held (with years served): Early Career Liaison 2013-2015 and GA Delegate, APTA House of Delegates 2015-2018

Community service or other key information: Erica is happily married, has two little ones, one very fluffy mini goldendoodle, and enjoys giving of her time in service through her church.

 

 

Kenny Wessel

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


After various leadership positions during my undergraduate and graduate education, I have not only seen but helped create an impact through policy change in various organizations. My passion for my patients and this profession spans beyond the clinic, I love being able to use my voice to represent my fellow colleagues to help benefit all patients receiving physical therapy throughout the country.

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


I believe one major responsibility for a delegate in the next 2 years include being a part of the change to the House of Delegates/NEXT that may or may not happen after the most recent strategic planning performed by the APTA. I believe it is important for delegates to be able to adapt to the changes and yet still pursue positive change within our profession. I believe the two other major responsibilities as a delegate is to understand Georgia physical therapists’ opinions on two distinct topics within APTA and federal legislation. As a recent graduate, the two major topics within our profession appear to be the recent CMS cuts to physical therapy services and education/specialization of physical therapists and the resultant student loans.

 

Biography:

 

PT Education/Specialization

·      Current Orthopedic Resident

o   Mercer University Orthopedic Residency

·      Doctorate of Physical Therapy – Mercer University

o   Graduated May 2019

 

Related Involvement/Leadership Positions

·      Simons’ Society President – Mercer University: 2018

o   Re-structured the Simons’ Society mission, vision, and by-laws

o   Ran quarterly meetings following Robert’s Rules of Order

·      Special Assistant to the Secretary: 2017 House of Delegates

o   Acted as an usher for the 2017 House of Delegates

o   Communicated messages from state delegates and the dais to the Secretary of the APTA

·      Simons’ Society Vice President – Mercer University: 2017

o   Organized continuing education programs and fundraising events for Mercer University’s Department of Physical Therapy and for the Marquette-Challenge

·      Student Affairs Representative for Winthrop University Presidential Search: 2013 & 2015

o   Represented students involved in student affairs (Orientation, Greek Life, Peer Mentorship) during the Winthrop University Presidential Searches during interviews with final candidates

·      Council Of Archons for Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity: 2014-2015

o   Monthly phone calls with 10 current or former chapter presidents to strategically plan and propose policy changes for the national organization

·      Archon (President) Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at Winthrop University: 2013-2014

o   Ran weekly meetings using Robert’s Rules of Order

o   Re-organized and submitted frequent policy changes for chapter by-laws

 

 

 

Ellen Perlow

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


I have been a physical therapist for 39 years. I have worked in many settings in three states during my tenure and am currently a full time assistant professor. I have lived in Georgia for 28 years and am aware of many of the challenges that physical therapists experience. I feel that I will be able to connect with physical therapists and represent them in the house. I have colleagues who have served on this committee and understand the time commitment involved.

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


I will need to be mentored to understand the full responsibilities of the position but am committed to learning and representing the PTs of GA. I need to listen to the needs of PTs in GA and be a voice for their concerns. I will also gather information and feedback from therapists at Georgia delegate meetings.  I understand that 2020 is a bylaws year and that revisions will be considered. I am aware I will need to attend meetings throughout the year as well as the annual HOD meeting.

 

Biography:


Ellen Perlow, PT, DPT, is a clinical assistant professor at Mercer University’s Physical Therapy Program and a licensed physical therapist in the state of Georgia.  Ellen received her BS in Physical Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and her transitional DPT at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN. She has over 30 years of clinical experience working in inpatient rehabilitation and sub-acute rehabilitation settings. Ellen has worked in three model spinal cord injury centers: The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, and The Shepherd Center in Atlanta. While at RIC, she served as the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for one year.

 

Ellen had a part-time faculty appointment in Northwestern University’s Physical Therapy Program from 1986-1992. She was a part-time clinical instructor/guest lecturer at Georgia State University’s Physical Therapy Program from 1993-2010.

Ellen is a member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Academies of Physical Therapy Education and Neurologic Physical Therapy. She was on the Programming Committee of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy for APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting for four years.  Her community service includes participation in fundraising activities such as walks for suicide, breast and pancreatic cancer.

 

 

Teresa Pierce

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


While working as a physical therapist in the state of Georgia for many years, I observed positive changes in our state practice act as well as growth in our profession—evident in the number of licensees and the addition of DPT and PTA programs. I would like to serve as a delegate to foster continued forward progress and advocate for those we represent.

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


I feel the three biggest responsibilities are to:

1) Represent Georgia’s interests to optimize direct access and utilize physical therapists as primary care practitioners for examination and treatment of movement dysfunction and functional impairments.

 

2) Explore ways to expand payment for services and decrease the burden of patient copayments.

 

3) Educate therapists, new graduates, and students about the importance of professional involvement, and implement creative strategies to inform others about the role of PT in health, wellness, pain management, and rehabilitation.

 

Biography:


Teresa Pierce, PT, DPT Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist

EDUCATION

Graduate of Georgia State University School of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in Pediatric Science, Rocky Mountain University, Provo, UT

APTA Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy

 

EMPLOYMENT

Over 30 years of clinical experience in acute care, outpatient practice, SNF, in-patient rehab, home health care, and early intervention.

Assistant Professor, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine DPT Program

 

SCHOLARSHIP/Professionalism

Presenter – Pediatric topics and Interprofessional Education Series

Professional Memberships: APTA, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, and Academy of Physical Therapy Education

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Professional Service Activities – Teaching community classes for the Arthritis Foundation, Corporate Body Mechanics Trainings, GoBabyGo, Special Olympics, TryAtholon events for children with special needs, and providing pro bono physical therapy services across the lifespan.
Community Service – Habitat volunteer, Fuller Center field worker, and family-centered care/parent empowerment workshop leader.

 

 

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Charlene Portee

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


To be a strong voice for the Georgia Physical Therapy community in the APTA House of Delegates.


What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


1. Being informed / staying current on the major issues facing the profession of PT and APTA initiatives.

 

2. Being aware of the viewpoints of the Georgia PT community on issues facing the profession of Physical Therapy (as a delegate, I would be representing the GA PT community).

 

3. Identity/develop and support policies that promote the profession of Physical Therapy.

 

Biography:


Charlene Portee, PT, PhD, FAAPT currently serves as the Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Alabama State University. Prior to becoming Dean, she was a Physical Therapy Education Accreditation Consultant. While working as a consultant, she was also the President/CEO of Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists in Atlanta. Throughout her career, Dr. Portee has been an unwavering advocate for cultural competency and the reduction of health disparities in the profession of physical therapy. 

Dr. Portee is also an educator with more than 16 years of experience in PT and PTA education. Prior to becoming an educator, Dr. Portee was a traveling contract physical therapist for fourteen years and a Director of Rehabilitation Services. Portee has served as President of American Academy of Physical Therapy; Vice Chair of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; President of the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy (appointed by Governor; served 13 years); District Director and Delegate for PTAG. Most recently, Portee served on the ACAPT Excellence in Physical Therapy Education Committee.

Portee received The American Academy of Physical Therapy Distinguished Fellows Award in 2007. Other awards include the American Physical Therapy Association Minority Faculty Scholarship and the Outstanding Achievements in Physical Therapy Award.

Dr. Portee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1985 from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physical Therapy and Health Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2007.

 

 

Derek Little

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


I love it! I have had the pleasure of serving as a delegate for 4 years previously and am passionate about advocating for the advancement of our profession, therapists, and students. I believe the work of our delegates is extremely important to our profession.

Additionally, my previous experience as a delegate allows me to add immediate insight and value. I hope to lend guidance to newer delegates and continue to learn from those around me.

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


It is the responsibility of a delegate is to be a voice and presence within the Georgian constituency. We will accomplish this by way of incorporating membership issues into motions for the upcoming House of Delegates and by rigorously preparing for the House of Delegates. This includes drafting motions, reviewing, and discussing all topics related to the advancement of our profession.

 

I hope to gain more understanding of what Georgian therapists are passionate about in the current healthcare climate as we can be change agents for the profession. Access to care is an ongoing issue and my recent work travels have given me a broader perspective into how different states PT practices function. I believe we can learn from other states with similar issues and better our national and state practices by working together. I am encouraged as I see we are making subtle but significant strides in regard to access.

 

Student debt continues to be a topic that should be discussed, debated and deliberated on. We have great strides ahead of us in this arena and I hope to continue making progress.

 

The CMS cut to the physician fee schedule in 2021 should be a topic that garners much involvement and action on our part as these cuts are a threat to patient access and opioid alternatives. We must create lasting changes to this outdated system that continuously attempts to undercut the value of our services.

 

Biography:

 

I was born and raised in Auburn Alabama and grew up with a love of sports. My passion for baseball brought me to Hawaii, where I played in undergrad while completing my bachelor’s degree in biology. I then moved to Atlanta to pursue my Physical Therapy education and graduated from Emory University in 2008. I went on to complete the Evidence in Motion Orthopedic Residency, becoming board certified in orthopedics in 2010. Following residency, I was given the opportunity to enroll in a fellowship. In 2013, I completed the EIM Orthopedic and Manual Therapy Fellowship and became a Fellow. These pursuits instilled into me a newfound respect for pain sciences and teaching.

 

My areas of specialty in practice include orthopedics, sports medicine, teaching, hospital comprehensive care, responsible growth, and integration. My current focus is building outstanding outpatient physical therapy communities as well as hospital integration.

 

I have previously served two terms as a Georgia Delegate, from 2014-2018. During that time, I had the opportunity to work with knowledgeable practitioners who worked diligently to bring progress to our profession. The example they set will allow me to better serve with the next group of delegates as well as within the physical therapy community as a whole.

In my free time I enjoy coaching little league baseball, travel, and serving as an advisory board member for Third Lens, a non-profit construction organization that services those in need all around the world.

 

 

Jeannette Anderson 

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


It is an honor and privilege to represent Georgia physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students in the APTA House of Delegates (HOD).  I enjoy discussing, debating, and determining policy.  I have the ability to consider multiple points of view, and can suggest realistic options. Having now served in this role for one year and learning the process/system, I believe a second term will allow me to fully engage during our centennial HOD meeting!

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


1.  The primary responsibility of a Delegate is to represent the constituents of Georgia.  As I did during this past year, I will consider policies/actions based on the impact on patient care, ethical practice, and business/financial considerations.  This requires attendance at multiple meetings, review of ongoing communications on the HUB, and review of multiple and very large packets of information.  The ability to negotiate and have an open mind are critical attributes for a successful delegate.

 

2. There is significant discussion currently in our profession regarding the cost of educating physical therapists.  I believe I am in a unique position to contribute to this discussion.  I have been a student physical therapist, clinician, clinic manager, and educator in private and public institutions that have physical therapy programs.  Navigating the balance of sufficient education to create a workforce-ready physical therapist at a doctoral level, yet cost-effectively, will demand the voices of individuals with experience on multiple sides of the issues.

 

3.  The declining reimbursement rate for physical therapy services is a threat to our profession.  As stated above, I believe my unique perspective will be beneficial in discussing these important issues as we head into our second century.

 

Biography:

 

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University in 1984. I have a Master of Health Science and Doctor of Health Science from the University of Indianapolis. I have practiced in a variety of settings, including a Level 1 trauma center, community hospital, urgent care setting, hospital-based outpatient, corporate outpatient, private practice aquatic therapy, and three educational institutions (public and private). I served the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association as District Chair and Vice-Chair. I have served the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) as co-chair of the Ethics Committee. I am currently serving as a delegate, representing Georgia, in the APTA House of Delegates.  I am seeking a second term as a delegate as I believe having completed one term, I will be even more fully able to engage and represent the constituents of Georgia, especially after serving during a bylaw review year.

Areas of specialty in practice: education, orthopaedic clinical practice, and professional issues including ethics and jurisprudence.

Community service: Pro-bono physical therapy services at Good Samaritan Health Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 2009-2013; Pro-bono physical therapy services in Farm Workers Family Healthcare Program, Moultrie, Georgia, Summer 2008 & Summer 2009

 

 

Bryn Hager

 

 

Why do you want to serve? 

I recently relocated to Atlanta and would love the opportunity to get involved with PTAG, as well as colleagues locally. I was heavily involved in my state and the national chapters as a student, which is something that profoundly shaped my experience. I believe continued involvement will help to strengthen me as a clinician, provide growth opportunities and chances to serve beyond the clinic, and allow me to get involved with current students to fuel their passion for involvement. I want to continue to grow and learn as a new grad, as well as give back to the association that has given me so much already.

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?

1. Connect and communicate with members throughout the state

a. This will help to facilitate improved representation in the state and understanding of issues that we currently face as a profession
b. It will also allow a better understanding of the role PTAG plays in policy change and the importance of involvement in the APTA at large

2. Solicit information to the board and membership

a. There is incredible importance in disseminating information in a timely  manner, as well as in a format that can be easily read and understood by PT/As in the state

3. Attend HOD

 

Biography:

Bryn Hager, PT, DPT is a 2018 graduate of Wingate University in North Carolina. Over the past four years as an APTA member, she has held positions in the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, North Carolina Physical Therapy Association’s Student Special Interest Group, Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, and PT Pub Night. Bryn has been heavily involved in the APTA, as well, through participation in multiple state and national conferences, contributing to the Student Assembly Pulse Blog, and presenting at National Student Conclave. She has presented research at NCPTA’s Fall Conference and spoke on the transition to fresh PT status at the 2019 North Carolina student conclave & 2020 ImPACT conference. She has a strong interest in and passion for community service, engagement within the profession, and creating positive change for therapists and patients alike. Bryn currently lives in Atlanta, practicing in both pediatric and adult inpatient rehab.

 

 

LAN Candidates

Faith Stokes

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


As a therapist, I recognize that keeping my finger on the pulse of PTAG keeps me active and engaged in a community that means a great deal to me. I have been active in PTAG since graduation and in APTA/TPTA while in my physical therapy program. I feel that my involvement has empowered me in my role as a therapist and as a vocal advocate for our community. As the sitting Research Chair, I have come to recognize that the new structure of PTAG has given many students and therapists the opportunity to lead and influence regardless of their location and experience.  I want to serve in this position because I desire to have greater opportunity to engage our current members and help them find their voice and role in PTAG.

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


1) Early engagement of PT/PTA students and members – As a student, I did not have the confidence to understand the structure of PTAG or contact my Director.  I did not contact PTAG until I was a practicing clinician and a call for volunteers was emailed. From my personal experience, I feel that initiating that contact will help achieve early engagement.

2) Consistent expectations of my role – For communications and accessibility so that members feel familiar and comfortable engaging with PTAG.

3) Better engagement of our field in the community – I would love to facilitate and encourage members to be active in their communities

 

Biography:


I am the sitting Research Workgroup Chair and I have served in this position since the workgroup was formed in 2017.  I’ve had the privilege of working with PTAG officers, clinicians, professors, and students to design an efficient and engaged workgroup that reviews and approves the poster presentations for imPacT, awards the PTAG Research Grants, and selects the Student Research Awards annually.  As workgroup chair, I coordinate and assist the review of all submissions, communicate with applicants, and provide support at imPacT for presenters and awardees. 

I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2017 where I was active in APTA/TPTA as a student volunteer. I participated in the PT Global Day of Service as an ambassador while at UTC and since graduation.  As a student, I have organized 2 fundraisers for the Pitt-Marquette Challenge to benefit the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, where one won “Most Creative Fundraiser”!  I currently practice in rural north GA and my specialties include Women’s Health, Vestibular Rehab, and I recently graduated from EIM’s orthopedic residency. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to continuing to serve this profession and this organization!

 

 


Emma Goldberg

 

 

Why do you want to serve?


I am looking forward to the opportunity to liase not only with current APTA members, but to engage clinicians across GA and across practice locations to promote both clinical and professional goals these communities. I have been looking for opportunities to engage with the profession in a role more suited to advocacy, and a to do that, you must first understand the needs and challenges of your specific group of stakeholders. I believe that I am uniquely suited to this role and will rise to the challenge of promoting both PTAGs, and APTA agenda in the years to come.

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?


I believe that one of the most important objectives of the next two years would be to increase the number of local clinicians who are engaged in PTAG and APTA and improve participation around advocacy issues related to the practice of physical therapy in Georgia. In this position, it will be critical to engage stakeholders across different practice settings to identify the biggest obstacles to improve clinical care, progress research, and advance the priorities of the profession as it relates directly to clinician identified need and patient centered care.  Additionally, providing relevant and courses and working groups to encourage professional development based around the most current evidence base practice. In this way, I hope to encourage and develop future leaders of the profession.

 

Biography:

Since graduating in 2017 with my DPT and MPH degrees, I have been working in the acute care setting at Grady Memorial Hospital. In addition to establishing routes for professional development, including designing and implementing research projects, and identifying avenues to cultivate leadership skills amongst my colleagues and peers, I am currently developing an outpatient Pelvic Health specialty service to provide much needed care to Atlanta’s under and un-insured. My interest in public health developed from the hope to combine patient-centered care with community-based wellness initiatives that promote health across the life span. While in school, I worked as senior graduate editor on the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation (JHR), and won a research grant to implement a program evaluation of a novel inter-professional education model at the University of Chile, in Santiago. I was honored to be recognized for my efforts when I was awarded the APTA’s 2017 national McMillan scholarship in recognition of scholastic achievement, character and promise for future professional contributions to physical therapy.  I hope to continue to promote the development of our professional by facilitating collaboration and communication between clinicians across settings who are invested in evidence based and patient centered care here in Georgia.

 

 

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Cristina Broome

 

 

 

Why do you want to serve? 

To be in a position that assists others in our profession in their professional goals, to help in collaborating with our colleagues, to make our profession more reachable and understood

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?

  1. Connecting with others in our community

  2. Building relationships

  3. Building a stronger community of professionals

Biography:

I attended the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences earning my DPT in August of 2008.  I obtained Manual Therapy Certification through USA a few years later.  I have spent most of my profession in outpatient orthopedics at a privately owned company.  I would say my specialty is in orthopedics but also treat vertigo and neurologic cases.  Earlier this year, I earned certification in McKenzie’s Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment.

I had the opportunity to act as the Clinical Care Coordinator for Advance Rehabilitation Inc from January 2013 through August 2015.  This position brought me in contact with surrounding Graduate School Physical Therapy programs that needed placements for their PT and PTA students for internship.  I enjoyed being able to develop those relationships with the coordinators and also in some cases work directly with the graduate students.  This required proactive communication with staff Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants to ensure the best opportunities for the students as well as for the clinician.

This is my first year participating on the PTAG Research Work Group which I’m excited about being a part of.   A small group of us recently tackled, as part of PT Day of Service, landscaping of a recently built home in Rome, GA through the Habitat for Humanity which was hard work but a lot of fun.

I’d be honor to have the opportunity to work for this region’s PTAG as a LAN so I appreciate your consideration.

  

 

Anna Gleyzer

 

 

Why do you want to serve? 

I have loved serving as a PTAG delegate for the past four years. I need to cycle off of that role next year, but it is important to me to continue to serve PTAG in some capacity. Over the past four years as delegate, I have seen first-hand what the other leaders in PTAG are working to build—a community that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in Georgia can feel proud to be a part of. The role of LAN director is uniquely suited to bridge the relationship between PTAG members and the PTAG Board of Directors. I have an ability to build relationships with all kinds of people. When I was the Sports Resident at CHOA, I had several different mentors and was given experiences working with or shadowing health professionals in different roles throughout the huge CHOA system. I consistently got the feedback that “you are able to work with anyone!” because I was able to flex my personality to understand where people were coming from and build constructive, positive relationships. I want to take these skills into the role of LAN director. 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?

  1. Help to bridge the relationship between PTAG members and the Board of Directors by communicating effectively about Board of Directors’ initiatives and legislative calls for action. PTAG does an effective job communicating via email, but having some sort of follow up and strengthened message from the regional LAN director could help booster their efforts.

  2. Be a resource for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who have questions about PTAG or professional issues. This would include staying informed on issues impacting Georgia PTs and PTAs so that I am effectively able to help with professional concerns.

  3. Collaborate with PTAG leaders and other LAN Directors to find ways to engage membership and create meaningful opportunities for professional collaboration and enrichment throughout the year.The current LAN Directors have had some great ideas for how to engage membership. These include webinars, online workshops, and volunteer opportunities. I would hope to build on these initiatives to create more ways for membership to interact with each other and PTAG leaders.

Biography:

I attended Columbia University and earned by DPT degree in 2013. After graduation I moved to Atlanta to work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in their Sports Medicine Department. In 2014 I started the Sports Residency at CHOA, and became a Sports Certified Specialist in 2016. I became a site supervisor of the Sandy Plains East Cobb Sports Medicine location in 2016, and have been working in that role since then.

I have also served PTAG for the past four years. In 2016 I was elected to serve as a delegate, and so have attended four House of Delegates Meetings and fulfilled my duties as delegate throughout the year. I have attended three PTAG Days on the Capital and advocated for colleagues to become involved in the organization.

Outside of PTAG, from 2016-2018, I helped to organize many PT Pub Night events to encourage social/networking events for our profession.

In addition to the above, I volunteer in my role as an SCS/EMR certified therapist at swim meets in the Atlanta area. This stems from my  passion for swimming; I swam through my four years of college at Brown University on their varsity team.

 

 

Nominating Committee Candidate

 

Bryn Hager

 

 

Why do you want to serve? 

I recently relocated to Atlanta and would love the opportunity to get involved with PTAG, as well as colleagues locally. I was heavily involved in my state and the national chapters as a student, which is something that profoundly shaped my experience. I believe continued involvement will help to strengthen me as a clinician, provide growth opportunities and chances to serve beyond the clinic, and allow me to get involved with current students to fuel their passion for involvement. I want to continue to grow and learn as a new grad, as well as give back to the association that has given me so much already.

 

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?

1. Connect with members and non-members throughout the state

  1. Help to elicit participation and involvement/better understanding of involvement opportunities

  2. Seek out appropriate candidates for open positions

  3. Connect interested parties with an appropriate contact for open positions, volunteering, etc

2. Facilitate elections
3. Monitor needs for offices/positions

 

Biography:

Bryn Hager, PT, DPT is a 2018 graduate of Wingate University in North Carolina. Over the past four years as an APTA member, she has held positions in the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy, North Carolina Physical Therapy Association’s Student Special Interest Group, Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, and PT Pub Night. Bryn has been heavily involved in the APTA, as well, through participation in multiple state and national conferences, contributing to the Student Assembly Pulse Blog, and presenting at National Student Conclave. She has presented research at NCPTA’s Fall Conference and spoke on the transition to fresh PT status at the 2019 North Carolina student conclave & 2020 ImPACT conference. She has a strong interest in and passion for community service, engagement within the profession, and creating positive change for therapists and patients alike. Bryn currently lives in Atlanta, practicing in both pediatric and adult inpatient rehab.

 

 

 

PTA Caucus Rep Candidate

 

Cody Phillips

 

 

Why do you want to serve?

I wish to help promote and encourage PTA involvement with advocacy for the profession. I wish to work to empower PTAs to be stronger members of the Therapy team in order to improve the quality and availability of care for all demographics of the states.

What do you see as the 3 biggest responsibilities in the next 2 years in the position for which you are applying?

1: Increasing PTA membership and involvement to strengthen our voice at the Caucus.
2: Advocating for recognition of PTAs as skilled members of the therapeutic team.3: Promote and advocate for the Profession of physical therapy as a whole.

Biography:

Graduated from Lanier Tech PTA Program 2016, 12 years in the Ga Army National Guard with Service in Afghanistan, opened my own outpatient therapy clinic in Toccoa, GA, Specialize in Outpatient Orthopedics and Vestibular/Post Concussion Rehab, I serve on the advisory committee for Lanier Tech PTA Program.