APTA is pleased to recognize Peter A. Towne's contribution
to the profession with the Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award.
Peter A. Towne, PT,
is known worldwide for his expertise in developing models for clinic success in
the practice arena.
Presently, Towne is a home health care/PT consultant with
his own practice, Peter & Linda Towne, PT. From 1978 to 2008, Towne was co-owner of Peter A. Towne Physical
Therapy Inc, which had offices in Hamilton, Fairfield, West Chester, and
Monroe, OH. Past posts include director of physical therapy and director of rehabilitation
services for Fort Hamilton-Hughes Memorial Hospital Center, and chief consultant
for the Public Health League of Nursing Association of Hamilton, OH. Towne
holds a BA in physical education from Northern Iowa University and a
certificate in physical therapy from the University of Iowa.
Towne established his private practice in 1978 and
co-founded the Ohio Physical Therapy Network in 1992, an organization that
assisted in the growth and development of private practices across the state,
with a focus on improvement in quality patient care. Because of his willingness
to share his practice expertise, Towne has presented internationally at
conferences and, as an early advocate for patient direct access to physical
therapy, presented testimony before the US Congress on behalf of APTA. His impact
on education for practicing therapists includes numerous continuing education
programs on the topics of TENS, auto-traction, laser, and work hardening, and
he has presented on areas critical to the profession to entry-level students.
A member of APTA since 1958, Towne has served the
association in a multitude of ways. Currently a member of the Private Practice
Section, he served on the National Board of Directors, Chair of the Nominating
Committee, and he has been involved with the Physical Therapy Fund, Chair of
the Task Force on Public Relations, the Industrial Rehabilitation Advisory
Committee, and as Trustee for the Foundation of Physical Therapy, to name just
a few. Within the Ohio Chapter, Towne has held numerous roles, including two
terms as president, tenure on the board of directors, chief delegate, and
active service in many committees. Towne served as chair and vice chair of the
International Private Practitioners Association, World Confederation for
Physical Therapy, for eight years.
Towne has been honored with the Lucy Blair Service Award,
the Henry O. Kendall & Florence P. Kendall Award, the Robert C. Bartlett
Trustee Award, the Robert G. Dicus Outstanding Service Award, and the Charles
M. Magistro Distinguished Service Award. He was named Business Person of the
Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2000, and the Small
Business Person of the Year, Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce in 1999.
It is with great respect and appreciation that I thank Dr
Barbara Melzer, Charles Magistro, Jack Close, Judy T. Jennings, Tom Diangelis,
Rick Reuss, Speaker John Boehner, and Dr Carmine Valente for their respective
letters supporting me for this great honor. I was able to achieve many of my
accomplishments because of the loving support of my wife and business partner,
Linda L. Towne, who I will love forever. I am indebted to the many colleagues I
was privileged to serve with on many boards and committees in the Ohio Chapter,
APTA, Private Practice Section, International Private Practitioners
Association, WCPT, and the Ohio Physical Therapy Network for their advice, counsel,
trust, and support. My love and admiration to my family for their sacrifice of
my time, and to my everlasting friends everywhere. Lastly, thanks to my staff
for encouraging and supporting me to be a physical therapist serving others.