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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in Local News, July 2016

    "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!

    "She is unbelievable" – Police Sgt Dan Roman on Rachel Lys, PT, DPT, who helped Roman during his year-long recovery from injuries he received in a motorcycle accident. (East Hampton, New York, Star)

    Danielle Levac, PT, MSc, PhD, explains the role of virtual reality in physical therapy. (BostInno)

    The husband-wife team of George Edelman, PT, MTC, and Julie Gorman, PT, MPT, worked with the training staff during the US Olympics swimming team trials. Both are board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialists. (Delaware State News)

    "I know using dry needles, I get people better faster" - Dina Kramer, PT, on recent changes that allow dry needling in Tennessee. (Knoxville, Tennessee News Sentinel)

    Leigh Anne Anger, PTA, is making a brave comeback from a traumatic brain injury sustained in a bike accident during a triathlon. (Spingfield, Missouri, News-Leader)

    Medical University of South Carolina student Steve Pulley, PT, is founding the state's first Collegiate Recovery Program at the College of Charleston. (Charleston, South Carolina Post and Courier)

    University of North Georgia PT students are collaborating with engineering students from Georgia Tech to make assistive devices for kids. (Gainesville, Georgia Times)

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy has announced this year's recipients of $250,000 in postprofessional doctoral scholarships and fellowships. (Foundation for Physical Therapy press release)

    Dave Kuhn, PT, describes his work with the University of Michigan men's swim team. (Swimming World)

    A group of PTs have initiated a relay-style cross-country bike ride to raise awareness of the role of exercise in fighting chronic disease. (Laramie, Wyoming Boomerang)

    Briar Cliff University PT students provided their services at a pro bono physical therapy clinic. (Sioux City, Iowa Journal)

    Carol-Ann Nelson, PT, DPT, has founded Destination Rehab, a nonprofit organization that provides adventure-based rehabilitation for people with neurologic disabilities. (The Pollination Project newsletter)

    A local "Power Punch" noncontact boxing class for individuals with Parkinson disease has been co-founded by a graduate of the University of Colorado's DPT program. (Denver 9News)

    "We're giving them the opportunity to be the best versions of themselves." – Army CPT Nicole Brown, PT, on the Walter Reed Military Advanced Training Center's work with veterans with amputations. (US Air Force News)

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

    From PT in Motion: Physical Therapy With Patients Who Are Transgender

    The patient or client who is transgender faces a host of issues, both physical and cultural, that can have a very real impact on how a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) provides treatment. This month's issue of PT in Motion magazine explores some of those issues, and offers a few tips on how PTs and PTAs can uphold a core ethical principle of a profession that charges its members to respect the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals.

    In "Managing Patients Who Are Transgender," author Chris Hayhurst describes the current gaps that can occur in a PT's or PTA's understanding of the unique needs of patients who are transgender. The PTs he interviews have advice on how to narrow those gaps through the entire treatment process—from intake, to provision of services, to referral if needed.

    The article includes perspectives on how to create a practice that patients who are transgender will see as welcoming, from providing easy-to-do "clues" in the waiting area to seeing to it that intake forms are sensitively worded in ways that allow patients to express (or choose not to express) their gender identity. Hayhurst also interviews PTs who provide perspectives on how the patient who is transgender may require different approaches in the treatment room, and underscore how important it is that the PT be aware of the ways gender reassignment surgeries undertaken by a subgroup of patients can sometimes affect mobility and cause pain. Finally, the article looks at the PT's responsibility to see to it that, should a referral be required for any reason, the referred provider is also attuned to the needs of the transgender population.

    Also available as sidebars to the article: a glossary of gender terminology, an infographic that helps explain a sweep of transgender-related issues (particularly in health care), and a list of organizations and websites that advocate and educate on behalf of the LGBT population.

    "Managing Patients Who Are Transgender" is featured in the July issue of PT in Motion magazine and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them one of the benefits of belonging to APTA. Printed editions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.

    PT in Motion Magazine Recognized for Editorial Excellence

    APTA's PT in Motion magazine has earned 5 awards from 2 prominent publishing competitions in 2016.

    Association Media & Publishing's annual Excel Awards program handed out 3 awards for article writing:

    • Gold level: "Embezzlement? That Could Never Happen in My Practice," feature article from May 2015; Keith Loria (freelance writer), author; Don Tepper (PT in Motion editor), editor
    • Gold level: "Coming Clean," column in the Defining Moment series from February 2015; APTA member Adele Levine, PT, DPT, author; Eric Ries (PT in Motion associate editor), editor
    • Silver level: "A Constructive Approach," column in the Defining Moment series from September 2015, APTA member Michael Konstalid, PT, DPT, author; Eric Ries, editor

    A second competition, the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, also recognized PT in Motion, with 2 awards for article writing:

    APTA isn't new to awards from either competition. PT in Motion (and its predecessor, PT—Magazine of Physical Therapy) have garnered previous recognitions.

    Photos From NEXT 2016 Now Available

    Capture your memories of the 2016 NEXT Conference and Exposition and save on words by the thousands: hundreds of photos from the event are now available online, and browsing couldn't be easier.

    Simply go to http://davidbraun.photoreflect.com and click on the "NEXT 2016" link. Enter password vestibular, then click "GO" and the day/event of your choice. Select your photos and order through the shopping cart.

    Note: once you've clicked on a thumbnail, you can select the size and quantity of the print, or, if you want a digital download, click on the "digital products" button. Questions? Contact photographer David Braun.

    Specialist Certification Exam Application Dates Approaching

    Physical therapists who plan to take the 2017 American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) examination for specialist certification need to get the application process started soon, by either July 1 or July 31, depending on the specialty area.

    The application process for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, and Women's Health certification must be started by July 1. Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, or Sports applications must be started by July 31. The initial online application form takes about 1-2 hours to complete.

    Application forms and information are available on the ABPTS website.

    Individuals who successfully achieve board certification in 2017 will be recognized during the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting.

    If you need additional information contact the specialist certification department.

    About the Oncology specialist program: the 2016 APTA House of Delegates voted to create a clinical specialization in Oncology; however, the specialist certification process is not yet in place.

    WCPT Taps Australian PT as New CEO

    The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) has announced that Australian physiotherapist Jonathon Kruger will be stepping into the role of chief executive officer of the organization on August 1, filling the position left vacant when Brenda Myers retired earlier this year.

    Kruger comes to WCPT with nearly 20 years of experience in management, lobbying, and advocacy, having worked with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the Australian Medical Association, the Australian Physical Therapy Association, and the Victorian government.

    In a WCPT press release, President Emma Stokes said that Kruger "brings a wealth of experience…in the areas of governance, policy, and advocacy, and will enable WCPT to strengthen its reach and impact in line with our ambitious strategic plan."

    APTA is a member of WCPT.

    Charles Dorando, Instrumental in Creation of the PTA, Dead at 92

    Charles Dorando, PT, longtime physical therapy leader at both the state and national levels and an instrumental figure in the creation of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) professional role, has died at his home in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on June 15. He was 92.

    A veteran of World War II and recipient of the Purple Heart, Dorando spent most of his professional life in hospital settings in Michigan, working at Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, and serving as Director of Rehabilitation for St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac. Dorando also founded the physical therapy program at Oakland University in Rochester.

    While at St Joseph Mercy Hospital in the 1960s, Dorando created one of the most extensive physical therapist aide programs in the country at that time, a precursor to the establishment of the PTA. His work in this area led to his appointment to an APTA ad hoc committee that created the policy proposals that would help to birth the PTA as a formally recognized career path. "Getting physical therapy services to people in need was always our underlying goal, and the [PTA] offered us the opportunity to do that," Dorando said of his work at the time.

    Dorando served on the APTA Board of Directors from 1970-1973, and was a member of the association's Nominating Committee from 1963-1966, serving as chair during his last year on the group. He received the Lucy Blair Service Award in 1999. At the state level, Dorando served as Michigan chapter chair and in 1987 received that chapter's highest award, the Marjorie Stamm Outstanding Service Award.

    Memorials may be made in Dorando's name to Disabled American Veterans or to the Leelanau Conservancy. Written remembrances may be submitted to the obituary page of the Livingston Daily.

    Second Innovation 2.0 Learning Lab Coming July 12: Clinical Care Pathways, From Acute to Postacute Care

    APTA members will have another opportunity to hear firsthand from physical therapy innovators pursuing new, creative models of care when the association hosts the second of 4 online "Learning Lab" events July 12, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET.

    The July 12 event will focus on clinical care pathways and transitions of care from acute care hospitals to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other postacute care settings. The project was developed as part of the APTA Innovation 2.0 program.

    Conducted through the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and led by Robin Marcus, PT, PhD, the project examines a partnership between a contract provider of physical therapist services to local SNFs and the University of Utah physical therapy program .The project has developed evidence-based care pathways for patients with hip fracture, total hip arthroplasty, and total knee arthroplasty. In this model, physical therapists are working collaboratively within the health care system to improve value-driven outcomes.

    The Learning Lab is a free online event intended as an advanced experience for providers who are currently active in innovative programs or ready to explore them. Because the event has limited capacity, members interested in participating are required to answer a few brief questions on the registration form to help APTA select participants who can gain—and later share with others—the most benefit from the lab.

    Participants will be expected to actively engage in the lab session, and materials will be provided beforehand to help them do so. If that’s you, visit the Innovation 2.0 webpage and scroll to the "Learning Lab" section to register. Registered participants will receive a template that will help them replicate the model presented in the lab. APTA will post a free recording of the event afterward, which will include the downloadable template and the presenter’s slide deck.

    Visit the Innovation 2.0 webpage to register for the Learning Lab and for details on all of the projects selected for development, as well as projects that received honorable recognition. Profiles of each project were also featured in a 2015 article in PT in Motion magazine.

    From Move Forward Radio: After Complications From Brain Tumor Surgery, One Woman's Journey Back to Movement

    Helo Matzelle ignored the ringing in her ears until that sound was joined by voices in her head. What she hoped might be a small problem wasn’t: Helo had a brain tumor.Surgery to remove the tumor was successful, but it was not without complications. After those complications were managed, a second life-saving process begin—an effort to return Helo back to the woman she was before the tumor.

    Now available from APTA's Move Forward Radio: the story of Helo's return to movement and mobility, and the role that a team of physical therapists (PTs) played in her 25-week rehabilitation process.

    Move Forward Radio is featured and archived at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's official consumer information website, and can be streamed online via Blog Talk Radio or downloaded as a podcast via iTunes.

    Other Move Forward episodes now available include:

    Swimming and Physical Therapy
    Brian J. Tovin, PT, DPT, MMSc, former director of rehabilitation for the Georgia Tech athletic teams and head athletic trainer for the aquatics venue at the 1996 Olympic Games, discusses the benefits and injury risks of swimming at both the competitive and casual levels.

    Risks of Youth Sports Specialization
    Megan Moran, PT, DPT, clinic director at MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network - Marymount in Arlington, Virginia, discusses the potential dangers of sports specialization for young athletes.

    Prehabilitation for Cancer
    Early research suggests anyone with cancer will likely benefit from prehabilitation - a period of intervention between cancer diagnosis and traditional cancer treatment. Mary Lou Galantino, PT, MS, PhD, explains how prehabilitation works.

    Success Story: Shot by a Sniper in Iraq, This Wounded Warrior Looks to Inspire Others in Recovery
    At age 20, David Kendrick was shot in the legs by a sniper while stationed in Iraq. He retells his story of recovering from his injuries and describes what he is doing today to inspire others.

    Multiple Sclerosis and Physical Therapy
    The effects of multiple sclerosis can vary significantly from person to person. That can make treatment and management of the disease’s symptoms challenging—and that's where physical therapy comes in. Evan T. Cohen, PT, MA, PhD, discusses the role of physical therapy in addressing the unique challenges presented by MS.

    Fibromyalgia and Physical Therapy
    Difficult to diagnose, fibromyalgia is also a condition without a cure. Symptoms can be treated and managed with components such as education and exercise. Dana Dailey, PT, DPT, discusses diagnosis, treatment, and management of the condition.

    APTA members are encouraged to alert their patients to the radio series and other MoveForwardPT.com resources to help educate the public about the benefits of treatment by a physical therapist. Ideas for future episodes and other feedback can be emailed to consumer@apta.org.

    PT Leader, Former APTA Vice President Margaret Moore Dead at 94

    Margaret Moore, PT, EdD, a former secretary and first vice president of the APTA Board of Directors and a physical therapy leader gifted with "extraordinary vision, outspoken persistence, and fearless advocacy that did much to shape the field of physical therapy," died on June 15 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was 94.

    Among other achievements, Moore was instrumental in the establishment of the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, where she served as assistant dean. A UNC physical therapy department tribute page to Moore credits her with "moving education in the field away from the purely physical to curricula more firmly grounded in basic medical sciences."

    "[Moore] foresaw the need for advanced degrees for physical therapists, even as the idea of a baccalaureate program for physical therapists was just beginning to be accepted widely," the tribute states. "She also pioneered in forging contractual arrangements for practicum training graduates, then went on to extend continuing education programs to improve skills of practicum preceptors."

    Moore's efforts to refine physical therapist education led to her service as project director for a US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare-funded study to develop guidelines for staff development and education effectiveness in physical therapy clinical education. Now considered a landmark study, "Clinical Education in Physical Therapy: Present Status/Future Needs," led to the first widely recognized physical therapist clinical education evaluation tool.

    In addition to her work on educational guidelines, Moore was also committed to the identification and development of physical therapy faculty from minority populations.

    Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Moore received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education, American history, and general science from what is now James Madison University in Virginia. She went on to receive a master’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, and a doctorate in education from Duke University. Career highlights include positions as a physical therapy instructor with the US Army, educational consultant with APTA, and chief of the North Carolina Memorial Hospital's Department of Physical Therapy before moving on to her position at UNC.

    Over her career, Moore received multiple honors and awards, including being named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow and receiving the Lucy Blair Service Award, the Mary McMillan Lecture award, and the APTA Section for Education's Distinguished Educator of the Year Award. In 1989, APTA established the Margaret L. Moore award to recognize outstanding new faculty members. At UNC-CH, various student, scholar, alumni, and lecture awards are named after Moore.

    A celebration of the life of Margaret Moore will be held at Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on July 9 at 1:00 pm ET. The UNC tribute page includes information on making contributions in Moore's name and sending condolences and remembrances to the Moore family.