Chukwuemeka Nwigwe, PT, DPT (Maplewood, NJ)
The adoption of APTA's new vision statement at the 2013 House of Delegates inspires the profession to be bold, brave and daring—to meet and solve the challenges of health care, create meaningful change within society, and to make a difference in the lives of those we have the opportunity to serve.
The vision statement reminds us how special we are as a profession and the uniqueness of our skillset, allowing us to bring motion to life for those not only behind clinic doors but also in the lives and homes of community members.
I am a member of APTA because I want to transform society and support the association in bringing such change into fruition.
There is true value in membership because strength comes in numbers, and the stronger we are as a profession the stronger our impact on society. The privilege that comes with being a doctor of physical therapy requires the responsibility and action of being a member and getting involved.
Attending conferences, and various state and national events, I experienced the value of my membership. I experienced and saw the relentless work ethic of APTA ensuring that my future as a DPT remains bright, and my impact on society and improving the human experience remains uncomplicated. I saw individuals who are neither a physical therapist nor physical therapist assistant advocate on behalf of the profession and work tirelessly to ensure that the profession continues to move forward and accomplish new feats.
Being a witness to the value and importance of membership, the risk of not being a member was one I dared not to experience.
I am a member of APTA because I want to transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.
I am a member of APTA because I am proud to be a physical therapist, but, more important, because I believe in APTA.
Chukwuemeka Nwigwe, PT, DPT, practices at Optimum Orthopedics Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, LLC, in Maplewood, New Jersey.
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