It’s Not Just What APTA Can Do for Me
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I first joined APTA as a student.
My instructor strongly recommended becoming a member to receive the journals to use with class work. Admittedly, at that time I had no understanding of what APTA could do for me as a student or later as a clinician.
This all changed when I moved to Alaska in 2006.
At this point I was lucky enough to work in a clinic with physical therapists (PTs) who were highly engaged members. These people would go to all of the chapter meetings and encouraged me to do so as well.
This was a whole new experience for me. By just going to the meetings I was able to be informed about issues happening in APTA and issues regarding PTs and physical therapist assistants (PTAs).
My participation paid off when I became the PTA Caucus representative for the state of Alaska.
Like many new reps, I did not fully understand what my position would entail. However, after going to my first APTA House of Delegates, my perspective changed drastically.
While I was very overwhelmed by the volume of information and pace of activities, this was where I discovered that feeling about APTA. As some would say, it’s like falling in love.
I quickly realized that this was the way I could not only stay up-to-date on issues related to physical therapy, but I could also affect positive change for our profession and PTAs. I could make my voice heard and be an advocate at both the state and national level. It gave me a new energy and passion for serving my profession and colleagues.
Upon returning home I ran for the position of chapter treasurer, and was elected.
My work with the chapter board has been during a time of positive change, including bylaws revision and development of a policy and procedure manual. I was also able to take the lead on the annual basket raffle, started an Alaska Shoes for Kids program, and organized an Alaska PTA 10K. In addition, I have been able to encourage other PTAs to participate with our chapter leadership.
Going to my first House of Delegates really sparked my love of APTA. That experience has helped me to evolve my perspective from what APTA can do for me to seeing APTA as a place where I can give to others and our profession. I am extremely proud to be a PTA member of APTA.
I love being a PTA! I love being a part of APTA and working to promote our profession. I love being a member of the PTA Caucus and working to promote PTAs. I love serving my profession and colleagues on a variety of levels. I love mentoring new PTAs and new PTA Caucus leadership. I love making my voice heard. I love being a part of the APTA family.
Jodi Pfeiffer, PTA, practices in Alaska, where she also serves on the Alaska Chapter Board of Directors. You can connect with Jodi via email.
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