Terence C. Brown PT, DPT Receives Robert G. Dicus Award


The Robert G. Dicus Award acknowledges a single member of the Private Practice Section (PPS) whose contributions to the Section and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) have gone above and beyond to demonstrate the same exceptional values showcased by Robert G. Dicus.

Terence C. Brown

Dr. Terence C. Brown, PT, DPT, has exhibited these values in his work with the APTA and Kentucky Physical Therapy Association, his career, and his everyday life.

Dr. Brown’s impressive resume includes serving as the president of PPS and sitting on many boards and panels for the APTA and KPTA. He’s also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. He co-created the ProActive for Life 5k Run/Walk, which has benefited WeWannaPlay for the last 13 years, a group that helps low-income students pay for athletic participation. Finally, Dr. Brown has been traveling to Honduras with the Frankfort First United Methodist Church Ecumenical for almost 20 years providing physical therapy and serving as the clinic coordinator.

The work he has done with the APTA at the national, chapter, and section levels has been described as “epic” by one of his nominees. He has held multiple elected offices for the KPTA, including President, and at the national level as a member of APTA’s Nominating Committee.

His work for the physical therapy community in Kentucky and for those all around the nation demonstrates his dedication to the profession.

“Terry’s frequent visits to Capitol Hill and the Kentucky State House on behalf of the physical therapy community and the patients served, demonstrate his public and political commitment to physical therapist owned businesses and, in many ways, has paved the way for those behind him,” writes one of his nominators, Helene M. Fearon.

Dr. Brown’s nominators all accredit his remarkable work as a leader as a driving factor behind his nomination. His leadership and work with the KPTA have allowed the KPTA to grow into what it is today.

His work with mentoring numerous students, young professionals, and his peers has helped pass on the art and science of orthopedic manual therapy. He continually encourages clinicians he interacts with to continue to enhance their skill set. Dr. Brown has enhanced his own skill set by obtaining a post professional doctorate and many other competencies in business including strategy, accounting, marketing, leadership, and technology.

Dr. Brown has opened numerous successful clinics though word of mouth and some savvy decision making. His practice is known for its community service, which has propelled ProActive’s name and private practice physical therapy throughout the capital of Kentucky, while his work with the state’s leading legislators has helped Kentucky become a flourishing area for private practice.

The award will be presented to Dr. Brown at the 2021 PPS Annual Conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, Texas.

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