Members on the Move

Recent APTA Elections

Several PPS members were elected or re elected to the board of APTA, including Paul Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS, as president and Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS, as vice president.

“Serving in leadership for APTA, particularly at a time when the health care environment is so fluid, is professionally rewarding because it allows those individuals to contribute to the direction of our future,” said Dr. Dunn. “PPS members should consider opportunities to participate, because as entrepreneurs, their creativity and risk tolerance could have a pronounced impact on our ability to meet society’s need for our services.”

Laurita M. Hack, PT, DPT, MBA, PhD, FAPTA, was elected secretary and Elmer Platz, PT, treasurer.

Jeanine M. Gunn, PT, DPT, Kathleen K. Mairella, PT, DPT, MA, and Matthew R. Hyland, PT, PhD, MPA, will serve as directors.

“My PPS membership contributes much to my role on the APTA Board,” said Dr. Mairella. “It connects me to this group of highly engaged and committed members, shows me the direct impact of many of the broader health care policy changes and APTA decisions, and it provides detailed information about practice management and business trends that informs my board decision-making.” Dr. Hyland agrees. “My PPS membership is valuable to me because it helps keep me informed on national trends impacting our profession which affect our practice. As a practitioner who is in the trenches every day treating patients, I look to bring a strong clinical voice to the board, helping to drive positive change for our profession.”

PPS Members on the APTA Board

RockarPhoto President

Paul Rockar, Jr, PT, DPT, MS

Murrysville, PA

Term Expires: 2015
DunnPhoto Vice President
Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS

Shreveport, LA

Term Expires: 2015
hack_laurie Secretary

Laurita M. Hack, PT, DPT, MBA, PhD, FAPTA

Bryn Mawr, PA

Term Expires: 2016  
PlatzPhoto Treasurer

Elmer Platz, PT

Vernon, NJ

Term Expires: 2017
GunnPhoto Director

Jeanine M. Gunn, PT, DPT

Mercer Island, WA

Term Expires: 2015
HylandPhoto Director
Matthew R. Hyland, PT, PhD, MPA

New York

Term Expires: 2017 
MairellaPhoto Director

Kathleen K. Mairella, PT, DPT, MA

Nutley, NJ

Term Expires: 2017

PPS Board of Directors Update

Jason Richardson has been appointed to the Board of Directors as Director. A vacancy was created due to the resignation of Director Deborah Lechner who stepped down for for personal reasons. Please welcome Jason and thank Deborah for her service to the Private Practice Section.

Keeping Athletes on the Field

By Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT

You claim that your brand is sports medicine physical therapy—Prove it!

Customers are most satisfied when we not only meet but also exceed the expectations we set!

Your social media/website/newsletter should:

  • provide great professional profiles, outlining not only therapist experience and education but also hands-on sports experience. (For instance, if you are promoting a soccer rehab program, do you have one or more clinicians who have played, coached, or participated in soccer?)
  • have evidence-based references in Facebook posts/blogs/tweets on local and national sporting events, and common injuries athletes face and overcome with physical therapy.
  • promote and celebrate local athletes and teams.
  • include links to literature on effectiveness of physical therapy for treating specific sports injuries.

When a Plan Comes Together


The Simple Objective

By Tannus Quatre, PT, MBA

A plan is only as good as the objective on which it is focused. Without the presence of a clear and simple objective, a plan can lead down any path with every chance of arriving somewhere, but very little chance of arriving somewhere productive.

Every plan should start with a simple objective, or set of objectives, and these should be clearly identified before planning commences at which time valuable resources are required of you and your practice. As with objectives used in the care of our clients, each should be (1) measurable, (2) functional, (3) and time-based. Absence of any of these characteristics will result in planning objectives that are of limited business application.

Sustained Grassroots Activity


A Marathon, Not a Sprint.

By Jerome connolly, Pt, cae
August 8, 2014

On a picturesque Saturday in Portland, Oregon, on the last day of May, private practice physical therapists from Washington and Oregon showed up at West Café for an event honoring Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, the current chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. The event was the brainchild of PPS member Clem Eischen and Diana Godwin, both of whom have known the senator for many years.

Over 35 physical therapists in attendance had the opportunity to interact and converse with the chairman for nearly 90 minutes. The topics of discussion included trends in health care delivery models and issues specifically impacting PPS members.


By Tom DiAngelis, PT, DPT

I am not sure how many of you have been to Alexandria, Virginia, since June, but if you have, you most likely have heard that loud, steady beeping sound. If you are like me and looked around for a truck backing up in reverse, you failed to find one. Rumor has it that the sound is actually coming from our APTA headquarters, and it is the sound of our association now moving steadily backwards. For many of you experienced House of Delegate junkies, this comes as no surprise.

I have been asked by some PPS members, “What happened at the House of Delegates this year?” Even though I was there, I find it hard to explain as the events defy all logic and commonsense. After a lot of hard work by the House in 2011 and 2012, which started with the PPS motion that moved us away from the position that the physical therapist assistant (PTA) is the only care extender that we use, this year’s House managed to erase all of that forward progress. Yes, we have gone backwards, and not by a small step, but by a major leap.

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