My Professional Home
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In 1976 while in physical therapy school, I had exposure to faculty who were actively involved in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
I also attended the 1977 APTA National Conference held in St Louis, and was amazed at the friendliness and support the "famous" and idols in our profession had for students.
Over the next few years, I moved around the country and always found physical therapists who were supportive and engaging.
In the late 1980s I got involved in the Kansas Chapter of APTA, and I was completely absorbed in all activities and events held by the chapter.
In Iowa during the 1990s the Iowa Chapter welcomed members like me with open arms.
In 1994 I attended the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) for the first time, and I found my home. I have not missed a CSM since.
Through the years and through these professional experiences, I have made wonderful contacts, support, friends, and mentors who have shown me how to grow and thrive personally and professionally.
Because of APTA I found my professional home.
Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT, PhD
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