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Section Elections
 

Aquatic Physical Therapy Section 2014 Elections are Open!

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Online voting will be available from
November 05, 2014 @ 9:00 AM until December 02, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

 
2014 Elections - Candidates for Office
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To date, the Section has not received any nominations for this position. If you are interested, please write in the candidate of your choice. If no nominations are received for the elected position above, per Aquatic PT Section bylaws, Article VII, Section 4 these positions will be treated as an Executive Committee appointment for the un-expired portion of the term.

 
 
 
 

In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.
It has always been my mission to provide the most efficient and effective physical/aquatic therapy service. Understanding the importance of evidence-based practice, it's been my goal to promote education and research in aquatic therapy to stimulate interest and importance of this therapeutic intervention. I'm a credentialed clinical instructor and am adjunct faculty for both the PT program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ and the PTA program at Mohave Community College in Lake Havasu City, AZ. I have provided aquatic therapy education and case study presentations for various organizations including ATRI, APTA (national and state level) and the WAHC.

In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.
I perceive the Aquatic PT Section will continue their efforts to provide quality education to professionals, students and communities. Furthermore, I imagine the section will continue to provide new educational opportunities through the implementation of the aquatic certificate program. I plan to help facilitate these efforts with continued involvement in various committees (i.e., certificate committee) within the section and by promoting educational opportunities that meet the desires of new and existing members of the section. I will continue to promote research on aquatic therapy topics. Specifically, those that help validate our existence as a section to ensure our sections sustainability.

Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.
I'm an Aquatic PT and owner of Aquatic Rehab & Wellness Center (ARAWC) in Lake Havasu City, AZ. I obtained my DPT from A.T. Still University in 2002. Since then, I have devoted my professional career to aquatic therapy. I have volunteered as adjunct faculty to MCC PTA program since 2009. I seek educational opportunities within our community to share the therapeutic benefits of aquatic therapy. I was trained as one of the first AquaStretchTM instructors at the UNLV Wellness Center in 2010. I continue to provide AquaStretch on-site skill development courses at UNLV and ARAWC.

 
 
 
 

In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.
I have several leadership roles in a variety of committees and initiatives in our association. My involvement in APTA and professional organizations has afforded me the opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge of the role of the Director of Research to promote future research opportunities for our section. As a result of my work and publications in the area of aquatic therapy, I have been invited by many journals to review articles that present research in the area of aquatic therapy. My involvement in this area has afforded me the opportunity to obtain knowledge of the trends, needs and current research in the area of aquatic physical therapy. During my current term as the Director of Research of the Aquatic Section, the numbers of abstracts submission and presentations at the Combined Sections Meetings have been increased by more than sixty percent. 

In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.
Given the complex and dynamic health care environment, it is important that research in aquatic physical therapy continues to evolve and advance. One of my goals as the Director of Research is to promote research in the area of aquatic physical therapy by empowering both clinicians and researchers to generate, disseminate, and translate aquatic research that will guide best evidence-based clinical practice. I will work diligently to support activities of the APTA related to investigation of aquatic therapy; increase research in aquatic therapy to advance evidence based practice; network with other APTA Sections, as appropriate; disseminate results of research in aquatic therapy; promote publishing aquatic therapy research; and support the research-related needs of aquatic physical therapists.

Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.
I am a Pediatric (PCS) and Neurology (NCS) Certified Clinical Specialist. I have several leadership roles in a variety of committees and initiatives in our association and professional organizations. In addition to serving as the Director of Research of the Aquatic Section, my services include the Neurology Section Research Committee, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and Item writer for the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). My research focuses on the development of effective aquatic treatment strategies for individuals with neurological deficits. I have several publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous presentations at national and international level conferences. I successfully obtained several funding to support aquatic research. I also have been invited to review many aquatic articles in journals and national level conferences. I have been selected recently to serve as an editor for the Aquatic Section's Clinical Competency Certificate Program.

 
 
 
 

In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.
As a young clinician I am motivated, energetic, and opportunistic in regards to networking and Aquatics. My personal experiences include being a PT and working in Aquatics since 2009. I have assisted in growing the Adapted Aquatics Wellness Program offered at my facility; I have co-created an Aquatic Next Steps Program, which is a bridge between skilled PT and a local gym, where supervision and program modification is available. I have also completed numerous hours in continuing education in this Specialty. My passion for this field will guide me in this position and I promise to give it my all.

In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.
My future perspective for the Aquatics Section is research-based and CPG driven. I want to assist in the process of having the right leaders fill the committee positions to push this idea forward. At my present job I am involved in Journal Clubs and in collaboration with co-workers, am constantly brainstorming ways to better utilize our pool facility. By joining the Aquatics Section of the APTA I hope to further this vision and by becoming a committee member maybe I can assist bringing this initiative to other therapy pools as well.

Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share
I completed my undergraduate work at WCU and graduated with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 2009. Since then I have worked in Outpatient Pediatrics and Aquatics. I have a passion for patients with muscle disorders and spinal dysfunction which directly correlates to my love of the aquatics environment as it is the perfect place for them to have increased ease of mobility and independence. I annually participate in the Buddy Walk and MDA Walk and my most recent accomplishment was to receive my Certificate in Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency this year.

 
 
 
 

In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.
As a nominating committee member I will strive to choose the best candidate to serve the Aquatic Section. As a relatively new member to the section, my enthusiasm will encourage other members to join in. Engaging new people in any organization provides enlightenment to the subject. 

In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.
I feel that aquatic therapy is just starting to gain momentum in the Physical Therapy world. Having energetic clinicians as part of our section will ensure aquatic therapy gains ground throughout the country and make more people are aware of the benefits. We need quality people to promote our profession.

Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.
I worked in printing for 35 years. I chose to change my careers in 2009 and started with evening classes while continuing my full time job. The profession of PTA appealed to me after needing therapy myself. I have worked full time in a SNF, outpatient with about 30% aquatics, and currently part-time in outpatient with 100% aquatics. While in school, I volunteered to work with children on the autism spectrum in the pool, I am secretary of the Central Division of the APTANJ, and hold monthly discussion webinars for PTAs.

 
 
 
 

In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.
I have always had a passion for how aquatic therapy can enhance the recovery process and want to be part of the effort that promotes and advances the utilization of aquatic therapy not only to my peers, but to the community and physicians. I have 7 years experience working in aquatic therapy, and am the lead therapist for the aquatic program in my current position. Relevant experience includes serving as Vice President of communications for Delta Gamma Fraternity, which required conducting and facilitating meetings, maintaining minutes for chapter meetings, and facilitating communication with local members and alumnae.

In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.
One goal I have is for increased education to my peers, physicians, and the community regarding the benefits of aquatic therapy as a conservative treatment solution. I have seen aquatic therapy benefit so many people who were not able to sustain a more traditional physical therapy plan of care. It would be an honor to be a part of the board of the aquatic section to facilitate its objectives and promote aquatic therapy to help the profession grow and improve utilization of aquatics in physical therapy.

Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.
I graduated with my MSPT from Texas Woman's University, and am 3 weeks away from completing my transitional DPT. I have primarily worked in outpatient orthopedics, and also have experience in skilled nursing and home health. I am currently the state representative for Virginia, and have participated in the aquatic section's peer financial audits for the past 2 years. Additional community involvement includes providing frequent screenings in a local retirement community for posture and balance, and education regarding fall prevention and safety. I believe it is important to give back to the profession that advocates for me daily.

 
 
 
 

In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.
I have been committed to the field of Aquatic Physical therapy since 1991.  As a pioneer in this medium to therapy I sought resources and forged relationships to learn and build my aquatic toolbox. I am continually inspired by the outcomes of my aquatic patients. The current healthcare environment challenges our profession. I believe I can assist the Aquatic Section and Association through these changing times as  my years of experiences has afforded me  with many opportunities and challenging situations which I can draw wisdom thus allowing my contribution to  growth of our profession.

In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.
I am excited about the new Aquatic Credentialing for our Aquatic therapist seeking to validate their skills with this sophisticated medium and the vast array of patients who benefit from their skills.  I would assist the Aquatic Section with further promotion and recognition to the therapist who dive in every day to provide skilled therapy in the aquatic medium. I would encourage ongoing course offerings and perhaps series of webinars for ease of education across a large geographic. I would also encourage member involvement and highlights including research and case studies which validate the benefits of the aquatic medium.

Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.
I have been afforded great opportunities to teach on a local and national level regarding the benefits of Aquatic therapy for the orthopedic patients. I have been fortunate to learn from many superb aquatic therapists during these ventures. I am the current Director for Outpatient Therapy at the Cleveland Clinic while maintaining my place in the water with patient care thus keeping a firm touch on today's PT practice. I have community involvement as a Board Member for St Joseph Academy Alumni Board and the Village at Marymount Healthcare Board where I also chair the Performance Improvement Committee.

 
 

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