Shelley Garrett, PTA
Present Practice Position: Staff PTA – Acute Physical Therapy, Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Education: CSU Fresno, BS Nutrition, 2005; San Diego Mesa College, AS PTA, 2015.
District/SIG: None Listed.
Chapter: Volunteered at CPTA Conferences, 2013-2014; Student PTA Representative, 2014.
APTA: None Listed.
Community/Other Organization Activities: San Diego community service projects including San Diego Diabetes Expo, Dia Del Nino, and SDSU Flying Samaritans free health clinic in Tijuana to promote health and wellness through physical therapy.
The Candidates for PTA Caucus Representative position were asked to answer the following two questions when giving their personal statements:
- What advice would you give to the PTA member to work collaboratively with the PT?
- What role do you see the PTA serving within CPTA?
Being fresh out of the PTA program at San Diego Mesa College, I can tell you a large portion of our training specifically addresses how PTA’s can work collaboratively with the PT. Every day we talk about the different methods to foster open communication, seek to advance in our competencies, and work together not only as patient advocates, but to support the respective roles of PT’s and PTA’s. Ultimately, the PT and PTA are a team whose priority is effective, patient-centric care. After participating in the Student Conclave at University of Saint Augustine 2014, it became clear that we should increase awareness of what PTA’s contribute to physical therapy and the PT. San Diego Mesa College PTA program has been collaborating with SDSU PT program to offer clinical rotations with both PT and PTA students working together at clinical sites to better learn how to cultivate this relationship. I believe this type of program is what we should be promoting within all student programs. It would also be beneficial to offer break-out sessions at the CPTA Conferences and Student Conclaves that offer scenario-based, team-building activities that highlight the dynamic roles of the PT and PTA. The PTA’s role within the CPTA should be similar to that of a PT, in that, we want to promote physical therapy with California, promote our role within the professional field, to encourage PTA involvement within the CPTA to contribute and enhance the professional identity, leadership, networking, and political outreach of the Association.
I look forward to discussing more in person!