Nominating Committee Slate of Candidates for 2017 Elections

Notice of Nomination

The Nominating Committee recommends the following slate for the Board’s consideration for the PPS 2017 Election.

Posted for your consideration is the slate of candidates unanimously selected and approved by the Nominating Committee for the PPS 2017 Election. After a careful review we believe the individuals slated possess the background, talent, and character needed to achieve the goals established in the Strategic Plan and to carry out the mission of the Section.

The Problem Isn’t Just the Cost of Physical Therapy

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By Paul Gough, BSC (HONS), MCSP, SRP, HPC

What people expect in a service experience is almost the same every time—no matter if they are ordering an Uber, purchasing from Amazon, or receiving physical therapy treatments. Very few patients will think it’s okay to experience a below-par experience provider just because it is health care. A few may, but less and less are. What’s more, a lot of clinic owners are experiencing heightened frustration from patients who say they don’t want to or shouldn’t have to pay so much for physical therapy or who insist on not coming as often as their treatment plan specifies. I think the reality of that frustration is part money and part dreadful service experience.

What Happens in Vegas

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How the Private Practice Section conference stayed with me.

By Elliot Cleveland, SPT

The Private Practice Section (PPS) 2016 Annual Conference was my first exposure to a national physical therapy conference and it did not disappoint. From the vibrant Las Vegas atmosphere to the world-class educational courses, I felt like I’d been given a weeklong pass to a physical therapist’s version of Disney World. Since getting back home, I have reflected on what I learned from my time at the conference.

Advocacy at Home

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Congress takes the job to their home districts.

By Alpha Lillstrom Cheng, JD, MA

It’s August! For many that means a long-awaited vacation. For members of Congress it’s when they return to their home districts for the August recess. Although they are not in session in Washington, DC, from July 31 through Labor Day, the term recess is a misnomer, which is why it is officially called the “at-home work period.” This is because your legislators are going to be criss-crossing the district and meeting with constituents. You should expect your lawmakers and their staff to be available to discuss issues that are important to you as a private practice physical therapist.

Follow the Leader

As physical therapy practice owners, we have the responsibility to help the next generation of therapists achieve success. This requires a learning process for us.

By Phyllis Levine, PT, DPT

The owner of a physical therapy practice is typically responsible for the management of the practice but this does not make them a leader. A manager is someone who is process driven while a leader inspires, energizes, and motivates. Many of us are probably content just managing; however, those who wish to lead need to be trained. We, as physical therapists, are educated to serve our clients. If we have the privilege to be in a leadership role, I feel we should aspire to be servant leaders and be educated in this process. Most experts in leadership believe that leaders are made, not born. Only a recognized leader who can “walk the talk” can develop other leaders. This has two obvious implications for those of us in a position to positively lead staff in our physical therapy practices. First, we must fervently strive to improve our leadership skills by modeling ourselves after those who excel in leading and then by becoming a role model for our staff. Second, we must recognize the incredible responsibility we have to lead the next generation of physical therapists in the ethical and moral development of clinical and professional skills. To accomplish this we must know what specific needs exist in our staff that require further development. Performance appraisals should be utilized to identify those needs. We, as the team leader, have a responsibility to lead them to a higher level. Our physical therapy curriculum gives us little education in this topic. Fortunately, the business literature has many examples of good, even great, leadership and the development process required.

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