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Frances C. Ekstam, PT Award


To pay tribute to Frances C. Ekstam, a member of the Indiana Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for her outstanding contributions to the profession of physical therapy, and to acknowledge and honor a member of the Indiana Chapter of the APTA whose contribution to physical therapy has been of outstanding measure.


Be an active or life member of the APTA for a minimum of 10 years, an active or life member of the Indiana Chapter for a minimum of 5 years, and participate in and contribute to at least three of the following areas:

  1. Service to the APTA at district, state, and national levels through task forces, committees, offices, conference presentations, or publications
  2. Clinical practice
  3. Education of others through in-service, clinical affiliation programs, continuing education, academic programs, and publications
  4. Administration -Research -Community service through regulatory boards, civic groups. or other health-related organizations
Past Recipients:

Gail Altekruse, 2017; David Norris, 2016; Frank Underwood, 2015; Not awarded in 2014; Stephanie Combs-Miller, 2013; Kelly Renner, 2012; Mary Fridlund, 2011; Linda Biggers, 2010; Paul Young, 2009; Kathy Martin, 2008; Patricia Hamner Balbach, 2007; Not awarded in 2006; Pam Ritzline, 2005; Belinda Hays, 2004; Cheryl Bainbridge, 2003; Richard Weber, 2002.

Anthony D. Certo, PT Award


To memorialize Anthony D. Certo, a member ofthe Indiana Chapter APTA. for his distinguished service to the profession of physical therapy and to recognize and honor other members who have made a distinguished contribution of time, energy, and expertise toward furthering physical therapy as a professional practice.


Achievement in two or more of the following areas:

  • Professional expertise-clinical
  • Professional expertise-educational
  • Delivery of new services
  • Participation in the APTA
  • Commitment to entrepreneurial spirit
  • Public relations, political participation, and community service
Past Recipients:

Ryan Cotton, 2018; Valerie Strunk, 2017; Stacie Fruth, 2016; Troy Smith, 2015; Bill Cutrone, 2014; Not Awarded in 2013; William Staples, 2012; Francis McDonald, 2011; Not awarded in 2010; Gail Altekruse, 2009; David Kuhn, 2008; Matt Hall, 2007; Gail Elliott, 2006; Dolly Phadke, 2005; Michael Brickens, 2004; Not awarded in 2003; Ted Kennedy, 2002

Schneider PTA Recognition Award


In 1972 Roger Schneider, P’I‘, began teaching at Indiana’s first PTA program at Vincennes University. Roger initiated and funded this award to honor an outstanding physical therapist assistant in memory of his father, Lester B. Schneider. Roger‘s sister and son are physical therapists. The recipient will receive an honorarium equal to APTA and state dues for one year.


Be a graduate of an accredited PTA program, an affiliate or life afliliate member of the Indiana Chapter AP’I‘A for the past 5 years, and demonstrate exceptional achievement in two or more of the following areas:

  • APTA service
  • Clinical practice
  • Education of self or others
  • Community service
Past Recipients:

Rochelle Hawkins, 2018; Donna Peterson, 2017; Jennifer Grillo, 2016; Not awarded in 2015; Melanie Pennington, 2014; Not awarded in 2013; Sean Bagbey, 2012; Paul Gorman, 2011; Not awarded in 2009 or 2010; Barbara Hoover, 2008; Not awarded in 2007; David Holmes 2006; John Kelly, 2005.

Outstanding PT/PTA Team Award


To honor professionals who have individually provided clinical service for a minimum of 5 years, and have positively affected the quality of physical therapy through their combined teamwork. This award recognizes a PT/PTA team whose positive work has contributed to the delivery of high-quality physical therapy services.


Nominees must be licensed physical therapists or physical therapist assistants who have been engaged in providing clinical services for at least 5 years.  The composition of the team may include 1 or more physical therapist(s) and 1 or more physical therapist assistant(s).

Physical therapist and physical therapist assistant teams must have:

  • worked together/existed in a clinical practice of any setting;
  • positively affected the quality of physical therapy care provided to patients/clients in their practice setting as a result of their ability to work as a team;
  • contributed to the enhancement of the overall delivery of physical therapy services in their practice setting as a result of their teamwork

William T. Rosenbaum Friend of Physical Therapy Award


To honor and recognize the accomplishments of those persons outside our profession who, through their dedicated assistance and support, have promoted our ideals and improved our profession.


Must not be a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant and must have served the profession in ways that meet the stated purpose of the award.


Past Recipients:

Chris Leeuw, 2018; Carl Griffin, 2017; Not awarded in 2016; Charles Sutphin, 2015; Prevail Prosthetics & Orthotics, 2014; Rep. Dave Frizzell, Sen. Patricia Miller, Rep. Ed Clere, Rep. Tim Brown, Rep. Charlie Brown, Rep. Robert Behning, Rep. Martin Carbaugh, Rep. Bob Morris, Rep. Matt Ubelhor, Sen. Vaneta Becker, Sen. Mark Stoops, 2013; University of Indianapolis, 2012; Midwest Orthotic & Technology Center, 2011; Mark Scherer, JD, 2010; William Millikan, Jr., MD, 2009; Kosmas Kayes, MD, 2008; Bill Rosenbaum, 2006;Ahmad Mansoori, 2005; Maria Fletcher, MD, 2004; Rep. Brian Hasler and Rep. Dave Frizzell, 2002; APTA Department of Governmental Affairs, 2001.

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