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APTA Future of Physical Therapy Summit Agenda

Friday, July 21, 2023

Time Topic
9-10 a.m.

Coffee and Networking
Attendees have unopposed scheduling time to network with sponsors, colleagues, and speakers.

Sponsored by Hospital for Special Surgery

10-11 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote Speaker

Maj. Danielle Anderson, PT, DPT, DSc, is an active-duty Air Force physical therapist currently stationed at Johnson Space Center, leading physical therapy services across the spectrum of injury prevention, management, and conditioning of neuromusculoskeletal conditions for United States and international astronauts supporting manned space flight to the International Space Station. In her current position, Anderson provides care to NASA astronauts while gathering information to enable human performance optimization before, during, and after spaceflight. As the U.S. looks to the future of manned operations into space, she ensures that the medical community is well-equipped to support and train for such operations.

She earned a doctor of physical therapy degree at Regis University before entering active-duty service in the Air Force. Shortly after joining, she was selected for fellowship training and went on to receive a doctor of science degree in physical therapy from Baylor University, specializing in orthopedic and manual physical therapy. Anderson is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

11-11:25 a.m.

Innovation Stage Presentation: VR and Immersive Healthcare

Sponsored by Penumbra

11:30-11:55 a.m. Innovation Stage Presentation: Vision Based Artificial Intelligence

Sponsored by ViFive
Noon-1 p.m.

Lunch and Networking
Attendees have unopposed scheduling time to network with sponsors, colleagues, and speakers. Lunch included.

Sponsored by NYU Langone

1-1:25 p.m.

Innovation Stage Presentation: Future of Mobility 

Sponsored by ATDev

1:30-1:55 p.m.

Innovation Stage Presentation: Human Movement Technologies

Sponsored by VALD

2-2:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Innovation and Physical Therapy
Key opinion leaders in physical therapy host a moderated panel discussion on opportunities and challenges facing the field of physical therapy.

Mike Horsfield, PT, MBA, is president and CEO of Rock Valley Physical Therapy, a therapist-owned and -led organization with over 60 locations in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. He also is an adjunct faculty member at St. Ambrose University and the University of Iowa. Horsfield received his master of physical therapy and his MBA from the University of Iowa. His APTA involvement includes serving on numerous APTA committees, being the current president of APTA Private Practice, co-founding the section’s Peer2Peer Networks, and starting the section’s KPI Benchmarking Program. Horsfield also is a founding member of the Midwest Therapy Network.

Joseph Kardouni, PT, DPT, PhD, is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University’s Waters College of Health Professions, where he is director of the Tactical Performance Group. He earned his DPT from Baylor University and PhD in rehabilitation and movement science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kardouni served as a physical therapist in the U.S. Army and now is a consultant to the Army’s Forces Command, or FORSCOM, on issues related to human performance, musculoskeletal injury, and rehabilitation. Kardouni is a board-certified clinical specialist in both sports physical therapy and orthopaedic physical therapy, and he has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in medical and human performance journals.

Matt Mesibov, PT, is a member of senior management of Centrex Rehab, a Minnesota-based post-acute care therapy provider in skilled nursing and home health environments. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, and prior to joining Centrex Rehab, he was director of regulatory affairs for Fox Rehabilitation, where he developed his passion for geriatric physical therapy. Mesibov earned his physical therapy degree from Ithaca College’s School of Physical Therapy. An APTA member since 1982, he now is in his second term of office as president of the APTA Academy of Leadership & Innovation.

Julie Mulcahy, PT, DPT, is the senior clinical program manager at Omada Health, managing a nationwide network of virtual PTs. She has been treating patients exclusively with telehealth since 2019. Mulcahy received her DPT from the University of Michigan. She earned a certificate of achievement in pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy and a LAMP Institute for Leadership certificate in health care. She has presented on use of technology in the rehabilitation sciences nationally and internationally, including for APTA and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. She was formerly an adjunct faculty member in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baker College.

Marla Ranieri, PT, DPT, is vice president of innovation and clinical excellence at Ivy Rehab. The company’s Clinical Excellence Department oversees implementation of health care technology and advancements of specialty service lines for Ivy Rehab’s 550-plus locations. Ranieri received her undergraduate degree in human biology and economics from Stanford University and her DPT from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy and completed the Orthopaedic Residency Program at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

2:45-3 p.m.

APTA Presidential Address
Roger Herr, PT, MPA
APTA President

3-4 p.m.

Break and Networking
Attendees have unopposed scheduling time to network with sponsors, colleagues, and speakers.

4-4:25 p.m.

Innovation Stage Presentation: Remote Patient Engagement

Sponsored by Physitrack

4:30-4:55 p.m.

Innovation Stage Presentation: AI Tools for Documentation and Coding

Sponsored by Prediction Health

5-5:25 p.m.

Closing Keynote Address

Conor Walsh, PhD, works at Paul A. Maeder Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

His multidisciplinary Harvard Biodesign Lab brings students, researchers, and staff together with clinical collaborators to tackle projects from multiple perspectives, with a focus on approaches that can ultimately lead to translation of new technologies. Examples include the soft exosuit technology licensed to ReWalk Robotics, the spin-out companies Verve Motion and Imago Rehab, and a minimally invasive catheter technology for repairing damaged hearts licensed to Holistick Medical.

Walsh received an undergraduate degree in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from Trinity College in Dublin, and a master's degree and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Harvard SEAS faculty in 2012.

5:30-7 p.m.

Networking Reception
Attendees have unopposed scheduling time to network with sponsors, colleagues, and speakers. Drinks and heavy appetizers are included.

Sponsored by Prompt EMR

Thank you to our 2023 APTA Future of Physical Therapy Summit Sponsors