Bob Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT

APTA is pleased to recognize Bob Rowe's achievements with the Lucy Blair Service Award.

Bob Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT, has provided exceptional leadership as chair of the Orthopaedic Section's Practice Committee and to the Florida Chapter, as well as to the association as a whole with his involvement on numerous committees and task forces.

Presently director of clinical education, orthopedic residency faculty member, and orthopedic manual physical therapy coordinator and mentor for Brooks Rehabilitation, Rowe also serves as clinical assistant professor at the Department of Athletic Training & Physical Therapy, Brooks College of Health. He is a guest lecturer for the University of Central Florida and University of Florida, and was assistant professor for the Department of Physical Therapy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Rowe received his DPT from MGH, doctorate of manual therapy and master of orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute, and MHS and BS in physical therapy from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Rowe has served the profession and the association by providing leadership and direction as well as the highest level of advocacy. In 2001, he was appointed to the Orthopaedic Section's Practice Committee and assumed the vice chair position two years later. In 2004, he was selected as chair, a role he held until 2010. During his tenure as chair, Rowe advised and provided direction on complicated issues affecting the practice of orthopedic physical therapy. His service as the section's delegate to the APTA House of Delegate has resulted in guidance to the board on various motions; Rowe also was involved with the section's Government Affairs and Reimbursement committees due to concerns expressed by the membership regarding third-party payer reimbursement.  As a longtime advocate for the development of orthopaedic physical therapy and fellowship programs, Rowe was appointed a member of the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education in 2008. He is currently a member of the Manipulation Task Force and has served as the chair of the Advisory Panel on Practice. With the Florida Chapter, he currently serves as the speaker of the FPTA Assembly as well as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates.  He has also served as the Northern District regional director, and on the Practice and Reimbursement panels for the FPTA. He is president of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.


First and foremost, I would like to thank my family for their unwavering support, their understanding, and most of all their love. Nothing I have accomplished would have been possible without them. Professionally I "grew up" in Louisiana with tremendous role models and mentors like Dave Pariser, David Qualls, Sharon Dunn, Paul Hildreth, and so many others. Steve McDavitt, who has been a colleague, mentor, and friend, taught me how to lead with action rather than words and is responsible for many of the actions I have performed, either by opening the door for me and/or by supporting me at every step.  The members of the Orthopaedic Section board, particularly Jay Irrgang and Tom McPoil have taught me so much about leadership, and I am thankful for the opportunities they provided to me. My current FPTA Board colleagues, particularly Sheila Nicholson, have been an inspiration for me via their actions. 

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