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President’s Message (October 2019)
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President’s Message (October 2019)

INAPTA Members,

The APTA Indiana Fall Conference is a great chance to catch up with friends, while at the same time, taking advantage of opportunities to continue to learn. This year’s conference was all this and more!

The afternoon of the 2019 Fall Conference started with a meeting of the APTA Indiana Board of Directors (BOD), followed by a reception, giving members the opportunity to meet candidates running for state office. During the APTA Indiana Business Meeting, membership was updated on state legislative plans for 2020 and beyond, the new APTA Indiana logo was shared, proposed amendments to the APTA Indiana Bylaws relating to the role and title of the Membership Secretary (now Membership Director) were approved, and finally, members celebrating anniversaries and the outgoing Board of Directors were recognized.

Following the Business Meeting, the APTA Indiana Awards Dinner, sponsored by Team Rehabilitation, was a great evening recognizing those around us who are doing incredible work to advance our profession in Indiana. A full list of the awardees can be found here. An award of particular note is the Pauline Flesch Advocacy Award. This award was given to Pauline Flesch, PT, MPS, in the inaugural presentation, for Pauline’s tireless work in Indiana over the past 20 years to advance our profession through advocacy. Thank you to the APTA Indiana Awards Committee, Jessica Prothero, PT, MS, Board- Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy (Chair), Blair Frye, PT, MSPT, Sean Bagbey, PTA, ATC, Patty Balbach, PT and Alicia Nichols, PT, DPT for all their work this year with APTA Indiana Scholarships and Awards.

The conference started bright and early on Saturday with meetings of the Pediatric SIG and Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy SIG followed by a morning of great programming with sessions to interest those working with in neurological rehabilitation and those working with patients challenged by chronic pain. There was a two-hour break to visit the Exhibit Hall to meet with the 18 vendors who attended the conference and to view the 16 posters prior to having lunch. I want to express my thanks for those who took time to submit abstracts and present at this year’s conference. Lunch, sponsored by NuMotion, ASC Therapies & Wellness, NuStep and Community Health Network, was followed by a variety of afternoon sessions that included ethics and jurisprudence, a financial primer and a session highlighting the importance of the language that we use as clinicians. I would like to recognize and thank the APTA Indiana Conference Committee of Ryan Wood, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Lina Avendano, PT, DPT, MHS, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Sean Bagbey, PTA, ATC, Katherine Behrens, PT, Elizabeth Coons, PTA, Blair Frye, PT, MSPT and Nathan Nevin, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.

As many of you know, this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Physical Therapist Assistant. I would like to recognize Rochelle Hawkins, PTA for all of her efforts in spearheading the celebrations which included visits to PTA Programs across the state, the PTA10K and the PTA Celebration at the Fall Conference. Joining Rochelle in this work have been Susan Antrim, PTA, Kim Kruer, PT, Savannah Roby, PTA, BS, Elizabeth Coons, PTA, BS and Sean Bagbey, PTA, ATC.

We are excited to be joining with the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association again in 2020 to host a combined conference in Indianapolis. Watch for details to come!

During the recent APTA Indiana BOD Meeting, the BOD voted to adopt the new APTA Indiana Logo (see below).

The move by the APTA Indiana Board of Directors to adopt this new logo was in line with APTA’s unified branding which focuses on our professional organization being seen as a single entity with multiple parts. We will be transitioning to this new logo over the next several months.

Also, be on the lookout for APTA’s Member Referral Campaign which gives you the chance to win, among other items, a year’s APTA/Chapter membership when you recruit another to join our professional association. We will be highlighting this campaign over the next year, along with APTA.

By now, you have received a ballot to vote in the 2019 APTA Indiana election. Please take the time to vote, as the Chapter has a quorum to reach set in our bylaws. The deadline to cast your vote is November 16. Thank you for your continued support of APTA Indiana, your professional organization. Emily Slaven, PT, PhD President, APTA Indiana


Emily Slaven, PT, PhD
President, INAPTA

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