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Section Elections
 
 

Online voting will be available from
November 12, 2013 @ 3:00 PM until December 06, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

 
2013 Elections - Candidates for Office
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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 will use my leadership skills to promote a cohesive group of diverse PTs and PTAs who are passionate about Aquatic Physical Therapy to advance evidence based practice. My experiences as the Second Vice-President/Education & CSM Programming Chair and Co-Editor of the Journal have given me a solid understanding of the workings of a component within the APTA. Opportunities for service with other organizations have taught me the value of diverse ideas and facilitating a group toward a common goal.

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.

Advancing evidence based practice, providing quality education and networking opportunities for our Section members are the priorities of our future. We must strive to be recognized for excellence by our peers within the APTA and the medical community at large. We must be prepared to respond pro-actively to the changing health care environment. I am committed to working with the Executive Committee, Board Members and Membership to move our section forward in the next phase of our development.

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.

Twenty-two years ago my aquatic therapy experience began as an athletic trainer. I earned my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 1997. Working in a variety of settings provided me with a broad understanding of aquatic physical therapy practice. Multiple publications including A Team Approach to the Aquatic Continuum of Care and The Aquatic Tool Box demonstrate my commitment to advancing our aquatic practice. Serving as the Aquatic Section Second VP for six years and as the Journal Co-Editor for two years provided a valuable learning opportunities. It is an honor to be nominated to lead the APTA Aquatic Physical Therapy Section.

 
 
 
 

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.

In my first term as section treasurer, I was instrumental in establishing a travel reimbursement policy which saved the section thousands of dollars. I work closely with the executive board members to establish a financial budget that has placed the section in a secure financial position. My current goals are to create financial stability and strength of the section. In order to achieve the goals set forward in its strategic plan, the Association must allocate its financial resources appropriately or risk failure. My ability to provide financial options to the Executive Board, ability to make difficult decisions, and determination to create a financially secure and profitable position for the section, make me the best choice for section treasurer for another term.

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.

The Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should continue to take a proactive approach to aquatic therapy and the companies who provide aquatic therapy intervention. By creating an aquatic therapy certification program, recognized by the APTA and speaking to student physical therapist and physical therapist assistants on the importance of aquatic therapy intervention, in conjunction with land based therapy, will increase section membership. The PTA Advanced Proficiency in Aquatic Physical Therapy is another way the section can increase its membership. The section should provide educational programs and recognition to the companies and rehab facilities which are interested in initiating or currently providing aquatic therapy to their clients. Continuing these approaches will help facilitate a positive and reassuring attitude among current and potential therapist and rehab facilities will help generate increased membership revenues for the section.

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 highly talented and diverse Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) with a background in Geriatric, Neurologic, and Orthopedic rehabilitation. I am experience in assisting the physical therapist in the provision of physical therapy, and providing intervention; sometimes modifying an intervention in accordance with changes in patient/client status and within the scope of the plan of care that has been established by the physical therapist. I am a Clinical Instructor. I am well diverse in a range of physical therapy programs; aquatic therapy, body weight support treadmill training, myofascial trigger point techniques, and mitigating disability for diseased and other injuries. I have excellent interpersonal/communication skills. I am proficient in patient assessment and therapy program design/execution make me an enthusiastic team player, deeply committed to delivering quality care, and achieving superior patient outcomes as a member of a multidisciplinary case management team.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Wellness and a Master's of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a concentration in Rehabilitation Science. I am certified in aquatic therapy and rehabilitation.

I am employed with Genesis Rehabilitation Services in a Skilled Nursing Facility. I have been a PTA for seven years. I am the PTA Caucus Representative for New Jersey. I am a member of the APTAnj finance committee. I currently volunteer in numerous of local and state organizations. I am a regional/state representative for the Aquatic Section of the APTA. Additionally, I volunteer for the New Jersey Special Olympics and the American Cancer Society. Locally in my community, I am Police Department Citizens Patrol Officer, on the Domestic Violence Crisis Invention Team, and vice chairman of township Zoning Board. Also, I serve as Treasurer for the Hope Chest Scholarship Foundation.

 
 
 
 

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.


Today's tumultuous healthcare environment demands practitioners uphold the highest standards of practice. This is particularly true of clinicians working in the aquatic environment as payers more closely scrutinize the medical necessity of the services delivered. As a therapist working in private practice, I continuously review clinical standards, healthcare policy, and research on aquatic physical therapy. I recently authored the webinar on "Documentation and Billing" for the aquatic section's certification program and as Director of Practice, I will work to disseminate current and relevant information to help clinicians meet professional standards, optimize reimbursement, and understand current issues affecting aquatic physical therapy.

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.

The aquatic section of the APTA should be the primary source for providing clinicians with information on research, policy, reimbursement, practice issues, and professional development as related to aquatic physical therapy. Clinicians must understand and apply best practice standards to support and legitimize aquatic physical therapy in the eyes of the medical profession and insurance payers. To accomplish this goal, the Director of Practice must examine the current perceptions of aquatic therapy, provide resources to help clinicians uphold professional standards, and identify areas of practice that directly impact the delivery of medically relevant aquatic therapy services.


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.

Dr. Christine Taylor is a PT in private practice and owner of Theraplay, Inc. in Middle TN. Dr. Taylor earned bachelors of science degree in physical therapy in 1996 from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN and a doctorate degree in physical therapy with a concentration in pediatrics from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. Dr. Taylor is a member of the APTA's sections on aquatics, pediatrics, and private practice and is credentialed as a pediatric certified specialist. Dr. Taylor has authored two books and wrote the webinar entitled "Documentation and Billing for Aquatic Therapy" for the Aquatic Section's certificate program.

 
 
 
 

To date, the Aquatic PT Section has not received any nominations for this position. Please write in the candidate of your choice.

If no nominations are received for the two elected positions above, per Aquatic PT Section bylaws, Article VII, Section 4 these positions will be an Executive Committee will be treated as an appointment for the un-expired portion of the term.

 
 
 
 

To date, the Aquatic PT Section has not received any nominations for this position. Please write in the candidate of your choice.

If no nominations are received for the two elected positions above, per Aquatic PT Section bylaws, Article VII, Section 4 these positions will be an Executive Committee will be treated as an appointment for the un-expired portion of the term.

 
 
 
 
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