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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, November 2017

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent, mostly local media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    According to a recent survey, PTs have the sixth lowest divorce rate compared with other professions. (MentalFloss)

    Marika Molnar, PT, director of physical therapy for the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, received national recognition for her work. (Dance magazine)

    Robert Gillanders, PT, shares tips on exercising without a gym or equipment while traveling. (The Washington Post)

    Joey Cadena, PT, DPT, explains the importance of maintaining muscle balance in runners. (McAllen, TX, Monitor)

    Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, and Steven George, PT, PhD, discuss a study on the effects of exercise on low back pain. (Reuters news service)

    Kelly Hutto, PT, is the subject of a feature story highlighting PlayBig Therapy & Learning Center, a local facility that uses play therapy and other methods to help children with autism, developmental delays, and social, emotional, and behavioral issues. Hutto is a co-owner. (Tallahassee Democrat)

    Gregory Massie, PT, DPT, offers advice on staying motivated to exercise during dark and cold winter months. (Stroudsburg, PA, Pocono Valley Record)

    Sasha Cyrelson, PT, DPT, provides suggestions for yoga poses that can help relieve low back pain. (Self magazine)

    The APTA Hawaii Chapter comes to the rescue for Global Physical Therapy Day of Service by delivering flip-flops and sandals to a local school. (Lihue, HI, Garden Island)

    Nicola Owen, PT, discusses her work with a young athlete experiencing Ewing sarcoma. (Atlantic City, NJ, Press)

    "Our existing health care system is designed to treat pain through easily delivered products, like opioids, injections, and surgery. Its inability to adjust to the inherent individual nature of pain has caused tremendous societal problems." - Steven George, PT, PhD, writing in The Hill

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

    Mary Edmonds, Founding Director of Cleveland PT Program, Dies at 85

    Mary Louise McKinney Edmonds, PT, PhD, FAPTA, well respected for her personal strength, her love of study, and her commitment to physical therapy and minority affairs, died on October 11 at age 85.

    Edmonds began her career as a clinician, including treating children with disabilities in Butlerville, Indiana, but she eventually moved into academia. In 1972 she became the founding director of the Physical Therapy Program at Cleveland State University and later was chair of health sciences. In 1981 Edmonds left Cleveland for a position as dean of Bowling Green State University’s College of Health and Community Services. About 10 years later, she joined Stanford University as vice provost and dean of student affairs, where she stayed until retiring from Stanford and in 2000 returning to her alma mater, Spelman College, as special assistant to the president.

    Throughout her career, Edmonds continued to be a student as well as an educator. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Spelman, she earned her first graduate degree, in physical therapy, from the University of Wisconsin, then a master’s degree from Western Reserve University (later to become Case Western University). She earned a second master’s degree and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Edmonds’ academic interest was what now is known as cultural competency, and she helped pioneer the study of how behaviors, attitudes, and policies affect the health outcomes of aged black women. She presented over 60 professional papers and was a visiting scholar in the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, China, and former Yugoslavia.

    Edmonds had leadership roles in over 30 organizations and received over 20 honors and awards for her service, including 2 honorary doctorates. APTA named her a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1995.

    Memorial contributions can be made to the Mary M. Edmonds Scholarship fund at Bowling Green State University.

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, October 2017

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent, mostly local media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    “I feel like a million dollars and I’m off all medications. That’s the number 1 thing.” – Rick Kenney, survivor of a motorcycle crash, who opted for physical therapy instead of painkillers for his recovery. (Monmouth, New Jersey, edition of app.com)

    Idaho State University assistant PTA program coordinator Darin Jernigan, PT, and students including Shayla Bitter, SPT; and Krishaun Turner, SPT are delivering the #ChoosePT message to the local community. (Idaho State University Journal)

    Maura Daly Iverson, PT, DPT, provides insight on how physical therapy can help individuals with psoriatic arthritis. (everydayhealth.com)

    Trever Wagner, PT, explains how sports specialization among high school athletes can increase injury risk. (Rapid City, South Dakota, NewsCenter1)

    Mark Bishop PT, PhD, testifies before the Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy on opioids and his research on the topic (testimony begins at 1:01:51). (thefloridachannel.org)

    Matthew Mesibov, PT, describes why it’s important for senior living facilities to include more space for rehabilitation. (McKnight’s Senior Living)

    Kimberly Castle PT, PhD, University of North Georgia associate professor of physical therapy, shares her perspective on DanceAbilities, the class she founded to give her PT students a way to get involved in the community by providing dance opportunities for children with special needs. (University of North Georgia News)

    Anne Haneman, PT; and Joanne Haug, PT, discuss the ways boxing training can help individuals with Parkinson disease. (Doylestown, PA, Intelligencer)

    “I want to shout it from the rooftops so you all can hear me: Don’t settle with incontinence! Why suffer with pain? Don’t ignore prolapse! There are PTs out there doing amazing work, and there is a very good chance they can help you.” – Erin Savre on the work of pelvic floor physical therapists. (Albany, New York, Times-Union)

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

    State-Level PT Advocates Honored at Policy and Payment Forum

    From expanding direct access provisions to including physical therapists (PTs) in concussion management teams and to securing fair copay laws, some of the physical therapy profession's biggest wins have been at the state level, thanks in large part to individual leaders who refuse to give up. APTA acknowledged some of those leaders at this year's State Policy and Payment Forum, held last month in Detroit.

    This year, 3 PTs were honored for their service to the profession at the state level:

    Cristina Faucheux, PT, was presented with an APTA State Legislative Leadership Award for her work on behalf of the physical therapy profession in Louisiana, particularly her leadership in a successful effort to expand direct access in the state. In addition to all the necessary relationship-building at the statehouse, Faucheux's multi-session direct access effort also included mock hearings to help supporters hone their messages, and quick, thorough responses to misinformation campaigns launched by opponents of the legislation. Ultimately, the expanded provisions were signed into law in 2016.

    Joanne Zazzera, PT, DPT, also earned an APTA State Legislative Leadership Award. In 2016, the APTA Hawaii Chapter lacked a lobbyist, but when Zazzera saw an opportunity to make legislative inroads toward including PTs in recognized concussion management teams, she seized it and became the solo force in organizing members to advocate for the change. Her efforts paid off when PTs were included in the final bill, which passed in 2016. Since then Zazzera has been organizing the chapter's government affairs committee and establishing work groups to map the chapter's long-term advocacy strategies.

    Chris Marsh, PT, was honored with the APTA State Legislative Commitment Award. Marsh, whom APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, described as a "force" for the Missouri Chapter, has a long list of advocacy accomplishments that include passage of legislation prohibiting physician-owned physical therapy services, the establishment of direct access in the state, adoption of fair copay laws, and the inclusion of PTs among the professionals able to provide certification of disability for parking tags and license plates. Most recently, Marsh led the Missouri Chapter's successful efforts to adopt the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact.

    The APTA State Policy and Payment Forum is an annual 2-day event that focuses on advocacy and legislative issues at the state level.

    2017 State Forum Awards
    From left: Chris Marsh, PT (MO), winner of this year's legislative commitment award; Joanne Zazzera, PT, DPT (HI), legislative service award winner; APTA Board of Directors member and Treasurer Jeanine Gunn, PT, DPT; APTA Vice President Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD; APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD; APTA Board of Directors member Anthony DiFilippo, PT, DPT, MEd; Cristina Faucheux, PT (LA), legislative service award winner.

    APTA Board, Nominating Committee Recommendations Must Be In by November 1

    Don't let the November 1 deadline pass you by: now's the time to help APTA identify its next leaders.

    The APTA Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations for the 2018 slate of candidates for elected positions. Positions open for election are Board of Directors president, vice president, and 3 directors; and 1 Nominating Committee member.

    To submit names of qualified members who would be willing to be considered for the upcoming election cycle, visit APTA's Nominations and Elections webpage and use the online form under the "2018" header. Deadline is November 1.

    5 Examples of Why You Should be Reading the APTA Student Pulse Blog

    Given that physical therapy students represent a significant portion of APTA membership, you can't really call the APTA Student Assembly's "Pulse" blog a "best-kept secret" or "hidden gem." Still, because the blog series is targeted at students, it can be easy for practicing physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) to overlook.

    That would be a mistake. Turns out the Pulse blog series is home to energized, engaging content worthy of checking out no matter how long it's been since you've earned that sheepskin (and if you've ever heard it called "sheepskin," it's been a while). Here's a list of the 5 most popular posts from 2017, with links to the original posts.

    • 5. Develop Your Patient Care, Not Your Social Network
      "Presumably, in hopes of avoiding it, students and new grads [often ask me] what I think is the biggest mistake folks make in the early years of their careers. Unlike many other questions, I’m confident on my answer: They spend far too much time networking on social media, which significantly handicaps their clinical skills development."
    • 4. Jealousy, a Well-Known But Unspoken Part of Physical Therapy School
      "Comparing grades, clinical experiences, and overall knowledge is not how we're going to be the best student or best clinician; to be honest, those things will hold us back. Not only that, but it will hold our profession back."
    • 3. My Biggest Takeaways From Physical Therapy School
      "I finally made it to #FreshPT status! It was a long, intense 3 years, but I made it! At this point, I thought I'd share my biggest takeaways from the journey that is physical therapy school in hopes that it will ease the minds of current physical therapy students."
    • 2. Three Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Clinical Rotations
      "It's a really interesting transition from student to clinician, even though every impressive clinician whom I've shadowed has maintained a student-like curiosity that blurs the line between these roles."
    • 1. My Biggest Challenge in Physical Therapy School? Imposter Syndrome
      "When I got to physical therapy school, I didn’t feel so successful anymore; I had never been challenged like that before. I was around the smartest people—fellow students, faculty, and mentors—that I had ever met. From the start, my professors would ask a question and someone was always there with the answer, as I sat next to them feeling clueless."

    The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, September 2017

    "The Good Stuff," is an occasional series that highlights recent, mostly local media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

    PT student with a lot of harp: Elise Krueger, SPT, is making a name for herself as a harpist. (Findlay, Ohio, Courier)

    Helping dental students understand patients with mobility issues: Kim Dunleavey, PT, PhD, teamed up with the University of Florida College of Dentistry in a unique program. (University of Florida Alligator News)

    Neonatal abstinence syndrome: Karen Speropulos, PT, talks about the role of PTs in responding to NAS. (Bristol, Tennessee, Herald-Courier)

    Hip exercise tips: Karen Joubert, PT, DPT, provides pointers on how to keep hips healthy. (ABC News7, Los Angeles)

    "National Founder of the Year": Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, has been recognized by the Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business for the establishment of WebPT. (Phoenix Business Journal)

    Treatment poststroke: McHaley Haeflinger, PT, explains the importance of physical therapy after a stroke. (News4 Tucson, Arizona)

    PTA—and artist: Kevin Schmoldt, PTA, has his paintings featured at a local arts center. (Waupaca County, Wisconsin, News)

    Advice on urinary incontinence: Julie Wiebe, PT, MPT, BSc, shares recommendations for women who experience UI. There's also a link to APTA's Section on Women's Health. (MSN network)

    Virtual reality (VR) for rehab: Emily Keshner, PT, EdD, discusses the advantages of VR in treating patients post stroke. (News4 Tucson, Arizona)

    "There has been research and more support medically for post concussion symptom treatment being physical therapy—using aerobic exercise as treatment, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy." – Kristine Keane, PsyD, neuroscience physician. (USA Today app.com)

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

    Ready for Falls Prevention Awareness Day? PTNow Can Help

    Falls Prevention Awareness Day is coming September 22, making now a great time to check out falls-related resources on APTA's recently expanded PTNow evidence-based practice center.

    Here's a quick take on just some of the falls-related resources available at PTNow.

    In addition to PTNow, APTA also offers information on falls at its Balance and Falls webpage. Resources include continuing education courses, tips on developing consumer events on falls, and links to other organizations.

    PTNow Expands Resources, Offers New Search Experience

    If you haven't checked out PTNow lately, you haven't checked out PTNow.

    APTA's online evidence-based practice resource has been updated and expanded significantly. Just how significantly? Additions include:

    • 92 new clinical practice guidelines (and more than 80 updates to existing ones)
    • More than 50 new tests and measures, including new resources on pain and cognitive impairment
    • 22 new clinical summaries
    • 20 new Cochrane reviews

    And getting at those resources is now easier than ever, thanks to a  retooled search function that's both user-friendly and expansive, providing members with easy access to journals and other resources relevant to clinical practice. The PTNow site has also simplified its access to its CPG+ collection, which provides expert appraisal of selected CPGs.

    "The new resources at PTNow enrich offerings to clinicians in some truly meaningful ways," said Anne Reicherter, PT, DPT, PhD, a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and APTA’s senior practice specialist overseeing the PTNow expansion. "And it's not just about the new material—updates to earlier clinical summaries on subjects such as total knee arthroplasty, falls, traumatic brain injury, and unilateral vestibular dysfunction will connect members with some of the latest and best evidence out there."

    APTA Awards Now Open for Nominations, Including New Awards for Humanitarian, Societal Impact Efforts

    Members of the physical therapy profession do amazing things for people every day and not just inside the walls of a clinic: that's the idea behind 2 new awards from APTA that focus on humanitarian efforts and contributions that make an impact on society.

    The APTA Honors & Awards program is now accepting nominations for the 2018 awards cycle, and the program has added a Humanitarian Award and Societal Impact Award to APTA's distinctive collection of accolades. Those honors include awards for excellence in education, practice, research, and publications.

    The APTA Humanitarian Award recognizes association members "who exemplify the compassionate nature of the physical therapy profession by actively expressing a commitment to humanity and exhibiting admirable degrees of selflessness in addressing key health concerns," according to the award webpage. Nominees must be active APTA members in good standing at the time of nomination and selection, and must have a record of humanitarian service for at least a year prior to nomination.

    Also for APTA members with at least 1 year of relevant activity, the APTA Societal Impact Award is aimed at individuals who embody the compassionate nature of the profession "by exhibiting a distinguished commitment toward philanthropic initiatives, raising public awareness on key societal issues, and demonstrating how physical therapy can be applied to address these issues."

    Detailed award descriptions, eligibility information, and nomination instructions for these and the many other awards and honors in the program are available on the APTA Honors & Awards webpage. Deadline for nominations is December 1.

    Award winners will be recognized by the APTA Board of Directors at the 2018 NEXT Conference and Exhibition, set for June 27-30 in Orlando. For more information, email Alissa Patanarut.