This webinar was recorded on July 17, 2019. The recording is available in the resources area after you register.
A panel of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants that have advanced their careers in various ways through active involvement in professional and leadership activities will discuss their experiences. Panelists will describe their professional journeys and benefits they have perceived from being involved. Different avenues to help develop professional and leadership skills, including the use of APTA Engage, will be discussed.
Our Moderator will be Lyndsey Vandenberg, PT, DPT, APTA Leadership Development Task Force
Meet our Panelists
Carrie Cunningham, PT, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, is an Illinois native and avid Cubs and Bears fan. Since graduating from St Louis University in 1995 she has held various positions and is currently Sports Medicine Manager at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has previously owned her own private practice, Mobile Wellness and Performance, LLC. Carrie is certified as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist through ISPI/EIM and is also certified as a pitching coach through NPA. She specializes in manual treatments including dry needling. Her professional activities include being active in the APTA throughout her career most recently being elected to the Nominating Committee for the APTA. She was also previously selected to the board appointed Leadership Development Committee. On a local level, she has served as a delegate for Georgia for the past 4 years. Carrie was former Membership Chair for PTAG and has served as GA PT-PAC chair and on the BOD for PTAG as a member of the Executive Board and as a non voting member. Her passion for leadership is evident and has served in many leadership roles both professionally and personally beginning as recreation chair at church growing a struggling ministry into a thriving one which touched over 600 families and thousands of people. Her personal belief is to constantly be replacing yourself and to always leave the world better than how you found it.
Matt DeBole, PT, DPT received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Pittsburgh in 2014. He currently practices at Crossover Health Physical Therapist - An Employer-Based Primary Care Model. Matt completed an Orthopaedic Residency at Agile Physical Therapy in 2015. In addition, he was an APTA Student Assembly Director (2012-13) and APTA Student Assembly President (2013-14). Other leadership experience has included being CPTA San Jose District Vice Chairperson (2015-16) and Chairperson (2016-18). Service to the profession has included being R. Charles Harker Intern with VP of Public Policy, Practice, and Professional Affairs Unit 2013 , Member of APTA Recruitment and Retention of Early-Career Members (Re-TEAM) Task Force 2015, California Chapter Delegate to APTA House of Delegates 2015, and Stakeholder Attendee at Future of Physical Therapist Payment Strategy Meeting April 2017. Presentations have included "Run The Distance: Aquatic-Based Augmented Training, Conditioning, and Return-To-Running" at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in 2017 and "PT Ed Talks" at the CPTA Annual Conference in 2017.
Jeremy Foster, PTA received his Associates Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant from Salt Lake Community College in 1996. He is a staff PTA at North Sunflower Medical Center. Jeremy is the owner of Jeremy Inc., which is a contract company providing PTA services. He sits on the PTA Advisory Board at Holmes Community College and Mississippi Delta Community College. He is a national speaker on Rural Health Care and Critical Access Hospitals. Jeremy was the Chair of the Minimum Skills Task Force, which was responsible for creating the document, “Core Competencies for the Entry-Level PTA in Acute Care”. Jeremy has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Mississippi Physical Therapy (MPTA) for the past 20 years, he is currently serving as the PTA Caucus Representative for Mississippi, and he is the current PTA at Large for the Academy of Acute Care section. He was the Mississippi Physical Therapist Assistant of the year in 2017 and The Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy for 2019. Just recently he was notified of being awarded the 2019 Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant of the year from the APTA. He has Advanced Proficiency from the APTA in the areas of Geriatric, Integumentary, and Acute Care Physical Therapy. Jeremy has been a Clinical Instructor for the past 20 years and a Credentialed Clinical Instructor for the past 10 years. He has been a strong advocate for leadership roles for the PTA at the state and national level.
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- Define leadership as a core component of physical therapy practice that is not dependent on being in a formal leadership position.
- Identify different avenues to develop professional and leadership skills.
- Explain benefits achieved by being engaged in professional and leadership activities.
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