Membership Matters: Value Testimonials: Amy Arundale

Arundale, Amy

Amy Arundale, PT, DPT, SCS (Newark, DE)

I'm an APTA member because of the people!

APTA represents my colleagues, my peers, my patients, my mentors, my advocates, and my friends. (Heck, I even met my boyfriend through APTA!)

Joining APTA for me started out as something I was "highly encouraged" to do as a student. Membership quickly changed in my mind, though, from a school obligation to a passion and drive.

The first conference I attended I met people who are now my best friends, I met some of my biggest professional mentors, and I started building relationships which have led to jobs, learning opportunities, and even leadership positions.

Getting involved and volunteering for APTA and the Sports Physical Therapy Section has only furthered that.

From the staff who work incredibly hard every day to make sure we are organized as a profession, advocated for on Capitol Hill, and up-to-date on research, to the guidance and professional judgment of the Board of Directors and House of Delegates, I know my profession is in the best hands.

But more important, APTA is about relationships. Every time I volunteer or attend an APTA event I meet new and amazing people who inspire me to be a better physical therapist and do more for my profession.

At the risk of sounding cliche, it's that motivation, that passion, that love, that makes me excited to go to work each day and continue to be an APTA member.

Amy Arundale, PT, DPT, SCS, is a research assistant, PhD student, and physical therapist at the University of Delaware.

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