By Stacy M. Menz, PT, DPT, PCS

May is an exciting month for Impact as the editorial board will be collaborating for the first time at an onsite planning meeting with the objective of mapping out the 2016 editorial year. Impact strives to be the collective effort of many: the editorial board, multiple authors from inside and outside the physical therapy profession, and our entire private practice community. This diversity allows multiple topics, perspectives, and experiences to be brought to the surface for consideration and thought in relation to private practice physical therapy.

Our goal is to make this a magazine to serve the members of the private practice section. As your magazine, we are always striving to incorporate feedback and member perspective. Your feedback is integral to continue to move the magazine forward and ensure its relevance to today’s physical therapy practice owner. Thank you very much to those of you who took the time to complete our member survey, as this year’s response rate was our best yet. I would also like to invite you to provide feedback throughout the year as ideas surface or you have reactions to topics presented in the magazine. Please reach out to me directly.

While we talk about thanking individuals for their contributions, we would be remiss to not take a moment to acknowledge and thank Laurie Kendall-Ellis for the time and energy she invested in this section over the past seven years during her tenure as executive director. Her work is particularly poignant to Impact as she held the role of editor for some time and during her service the magazine grew and expanded significantly. We wish her well in her new endeavor and thank her for all she has contributed over the years.

As we ponder and plan for the future of Impact, we want to stay in step with what is on your mind for you and your practice. Our hope is that Impact will supplement the plans and innovation you are engaged in daily and be one of many places you look to for ideas and collaboration but also that the reciprocal will occur. In this exciting and challenging time in health care, engagement in each of our practices and communities is imperative. If we can each engage in our home practice, this will spill over into more productive dialogue in Impact and other platforms for collaboration. So, I ask … how are you engaged in creating the future you envision for yourself, your practice, and your community? Are you waiting for someone else to do it for you or are you truly engaged and part of the solution? 


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