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President’s Message (October, 2022)
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President’s Message (October, 2022)

A Message From the President

Thank you to all of you who attended the 2022 APTA Indiana Fall Conference this past weekend in Fort Wayne. I hope you enjoyed the conference as much as I did! Due to the APTA Indiana Conference Committee’s attention to detail when planning the conference, there was a wonderful balance of educational sessions, along with time to reconnect with those within our profession. I want to recognize the hard work of the Conference Committee: Chair, Nate Nevin, PT, DPT and Conference Committee Members: Bryan Bourcier, PT, DPT, ATC, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, Alison Brown, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Elizabeth Coons, PTA, BS, Blair Frye, PT, MSPT and Mackenzie Wilson, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy. I also want to share that the Pub Crawl, organized by the APTA Indiana Student SIG, and the Political Action Committee (PAC) Silent Auction, raised over $1,600 for the APTA Indiana PAC!

During Friday evening’s Awards Ceremony, we had the opportunity to recognize members who have gone above and beyond in our profession. Congratulations to the following awardees:

Frances C. Ekstam Award
Blair Frye, PT, MSPT

Anthony D. Certo Award
Ryan Wood, PT, DPT, MHA

Pauline Flesch Advocacy Award
Valerie Strunk, PT, DPT

Schneider Physical Therapist Assistant Recognition Award
Alicia Hood, PTA

Emerging Leader Award
Mackenzie Wilson, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Specialist Certification Scholarship
Nina Baker, PT, DPT
Nicolette Juncker, PT, DPT

PT Student Scholarship
Christa Parkes, SPT – Indiana University

Jennifer Grillo Memorial PTA Student Scholarship
Jolie Good, SPTA – University of Indianapolis

Many candidates running for office during the upcoming APTA Indiana election had the opportunity to introduce themselves during Business Meeting last Friday and also meet with conference attendees during the Meet the Candidates Reception that followed. The final Slate of Candidates is listed below. We have candidates on the Slate who are new professionals (have been licensed for less than five years) all the way to those who have represented APTA Indiana for well over 20 years. On November 9, the APTA Indiana election will begin. I encourage you to take time to review the bios of each candidate before you vote.

As we consider where we are going, we need to reflect on where we have been. I have a request relating to APTA Indiana historical documents. We are looking to digitize documents that provide background and the history of APTA Indiana. If you have anything that you would like to share, please reach out to me at Any items that you share can be returned to you after the digitalization.

APTA Indiana membership has surpassed 2,000 for the first time. We have been close before, but have never reached this milestone. Thank you for being a member of APTA Indiana. Your involvement in your professional association helps move the needle on the practice of physical therapy within our state and the care that we provide to our patients and clients.

Emily Slaven, PT, PhD
President, APTA Indiana

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