Michael Simpson, PT, DPT, CCS
Present Practice Position: Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, Los Angeles
Education: Abilene Christian Univ., BS Biology, 1987; Atlantic Community College, AS PTA, 1994; Neumann College, MS PT; University Southern California, DPT, 2009.
District/SIG: Secretary, San Gabriel Valley (SGV), 2008-2010; Chief Representative, SGV, 2008-2015.
Chapter: Chapter Delegate 2009-2014.
APTA: CSM Abstract Review Task Force, 2014-2015; Member of Education, Acute Care, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Sections.
Community/Other Organization Activities: IACC Treasurer 2009-Present.
The Candidate for Secretary position were asked to answer the following two questions when giving their personal statements:
- What is one important issue you see in practice or education and how would you address this with the current CPTA board?
- Share an experience that facilitated the development of your personal skills that you feel contribute to your qualities that serve in this position.
I have served the APTA for many years, primarily as a district leader. I have worked in acute rehabilitation, acute care, and academic settings. I have seen our profession grow in many aspects, from practice setting changes to the level of education we provide our students. We’ve made great strides as a profession utilizing evidence to elevate the level of our practice to better meet the needs of our patients. One of the biggest challenges that we face is payment. I would like to work with the current Board in advocacy efforts that will allow us to include education in payment. To decrease the burdens in physical therapy supervision in appropriate models. If we were able to remove some of the barriers and time constraints related to productivity we could improve practice as well as education within practice.
I believe that I would bring value to the Government Affairs Group with my experience from the academic side and clinical education, helping them better understand what is going on and how it may impact future practice. In my role as DCE I have developed skills in communication often helping conflicting sides see the needs and perspectives of the other and developing creative solutions to best meet the needs of the patient. By removing some of the barriers to clinical education I believe we will not only raise the level of clinical education, but hopefully allow us to practice at the top of our license, and truly provide best practice.