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2020 Candidates

Nominating Committee Provides Slate of Candidates

President (One Position Open)
Rick Katz, PT, DPT, MA

Director (Two Positions Open)
Ben Braxley, PT, DPT
Aubin Elliott, PT, DPT
Oscar Gallardo, PT, DPT
Leslie Torburn, PT, DPT

Nominating Committee (One Position Open)
Jim Mathews, PT, DPT, BS, MBA
Jimmy Pacini, PTA, MEd

PTA Caucus Representative (Two Positions Open)
Amanda Johnston, PTA
Samantha Stryke, PTA
Kyle Suarez, PTA

 

Candidate Procedures

A slate of candidates has been selected and presented by the CPTA Nominating Committee to the Assembly of Representatives as provided in the Bylaws of the California Physical Therapy Association. Floor nominations have been provided for at the October 11, 2019 Assembly meeting. All Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist - Post Professional Student, Life Physical Therapist, Retired Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Life Physical Therapist Assistant, and Retired Physical Therapist Assistant members in good standing at the time of the mailing of this ballot are qualified to vote.

Voting Closes: November 15 at 5:00 pm

Candidate Statements

Nominated for President position; 3-year term
 
Present Practice Position: Vice President of Operations and Payer Contracting, ATI Physical Therapy

Education: CSUN/UCLA, Certificate PT, 1979; CSUN, BS Health Science, 1979; CSUN, MA Exercise Physiology, 2005; Evidence in Motion Institute, DPT, 2013

Association Activities

District/SIG:
Assembly Representative, Tri Counties (TR) 2005-2013; Chief Representative, TR, 2014-2016; Treasurer, CA Private Practice SIG, 2013-2016

Chapter: Payment Policy Committee Chair, 2007-present; Finance Committee, 2007-present; Finance Officer, 2007-2012; Executive Committee, 2007-2012; CAL PT Fund Board, 2007-2012; Chapter Board, Director, 2016-present; Government Affairs, 2017-2019; Chapter Delegate 2007-2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2015; Delegation Team Leader 5 years

APTA/APTA Components: Alternative Payment Workgroup, 2018-2019; National Workforce Task Force, 2011-2012; Private Practice Section, Chair Healthcare Reform Sub Committee, 2011-2013; Advocacy Awards Subcommittee, 2014-2015; Private Practice Section, Model Contract and Vertical Integration Task Force, 2015-2016; Payment Policy Committee, 2011-present; Member: Orthopaedic, Health Policy and Administration and Private Practice Sections

Community/Other Organization Activities: PT Board of CA – Expert Consultant, Continuing Competency Task Force, 2008-2009; Faculty CSUN PT Program, 2008-2016


The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for President and Director positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What is CPTA’s largest blind spot? And what would you do to address this issue?


Candidate Statement: I am honored to be slated for the position of CPTA President. I have been a Board of Directors member in the capacity of Finance Officer and Director. I recognize the significant role that the CA Chapter plays in the future direction of our profession and the APTA, and welcome the opportunity to lead the effort.

I recognize the organizational depth of our chapter through our district, board committee and assembly structure. We tackle almost every dimension of professional practice and advocacy. There is little to expose that is not known to us, however there are significant areas that can benefit from our added attention. One such area was recently highlighted in the address given by APTA President Sharon Dunn at the 2019 House of Delegates in Chicago. She stated, “In my opinion, the biggest issue we need to tackle is the cost of physical therapy education, which has become a crisis that is plaguing our present and threatening our future”. I do believe that we have not confronted this issue in CA. California is the home of 16 PT and 16 PTA educational institutions without including the Hybrid programs. Having a strong base in payment issues, it becomes extremely evident to me that the formula for sustainability of our profession needs to be altered. Neither side of this equation can be easily changed. During my presidency it will be a goal to establish dialogue around the issue that leads to change, either through reform at the institutional level and/or innovative ways to assist students. The other side of the equation, payment, requires continued attention via value based models, payment and legislative reform.

In closing, I feel confident that I am in a position, both personally and professionally, to continue the great work done by my predecessors and lead us in the direction of an enhanced position in the delivery of healthcare in CA.

Nominated for Director position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Supervisor for Dignity Health at Mercy Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Citrus Heights, CA

Education: University of Georgia, BSED, 2002; Emory University, DPT, 2006

Association Activities

District/SIG: Vice Chair, Northeast (NE), 2018-present; Assembly Representative, NE, 2018-present

Chapter: Governance Review Task Force, 2018-present; Chapter Delegate, 2018-present

APTA/APTA Components: Nominating Committee, 2011-2014; Nominating Committee Chair, 2013-2014; Awards Committee sub-Committee on Advocacy Awards; Georgia Chapter: Membership Secretary, Delegate, Web Coordinator, 2006-2011; Member: Academies of Neurologic and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Community/Other Organization Activities: Heath Volunteers Overseas: Advancement of Rwandan Rehabilitation Servers Project, 2014-2015; Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association, Vice President, Bylaws Committee Founder and Chair, 2013-2014


The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for President and Director positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What is CPTA’s largest blind spot? And what would you do to address this issue?


Candidate Statement: I should start by saying that the blind spot I want to address is not unique to CPTA and that it has a significant, limiting influence on our entire profession. I witnessed this issue in my previous capacity on Georgia’s Board of Directors and later I repeatedly encountered it as a member and Chair of APTA’s Nominating Committee. The challenge is that Physical Therapy professional culture is very averse to losing. As such I think we will be stronger when we embrace a culture in which loss is accepted, validated, and appreciated. Currently our culture, at times, may limit willingness to serve in many volunteer and elected roles. Organizationally it is apparent when we may be reluctant to invest time and resources into precarious propositions. For example, I believe Physical Therapy has tremendous potential to impact the management of Metabolic syndrome at a societal level. However, because this condition does not fall within a clearly delineated portion of our existing silos of expertise, we have not developed a specialization avenue to tackle this global issue head on.

More locally, the don’t-fail mentality may make future contributors hesitant to volunteer for a position or role without reasonable confidence of success. Physical Therapy, CPTA included, would benefit from having an arena in which the benefits of a fail fast mindset and disruptive innovations can develop.

If elected, I would like to advocate for a culture and, to a degree, resource shift to support more failing ideas. Yes, I would like to see more CPTA initiatives fail. And I would love to be there to analyze the aftermath in a constructive and positive way that affirms and incentivizes bold thought and the occasional misstep as an essential part of our organizational growth strategy and culture. Thank you for your time. Please vote!

Nominated for Director position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Clinical Manager of Outpatient Ortho and Clinical Coordinator of Industrial Program, Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare, Pomona, CA

Education: California State University, San Bernardino, Kines with emphasis in Pre-PT, 2006; Loma Linda University, DPT, 2013

Association Activities

District/SIG: Writer/Editor, Newsletter, Inland Counites (IC), 2013-2017; Assembly Representative, IC, 2013-present; District Member Services Liaison, IC, 2014-present; PR Chair, IC, 2014-2016; Chair-Elect, IC, 2015; Chair, IC, 2016; Secretary, IC, 2017; Chief Representative, IC, 2018-present

Chapter: Chapter Delegate, 2017-present; Delegation Team Leader, 1 year

APTA/APTA Components: None

Community/Other Organization Activities: None



The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for President and Director positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What is CPTA’s largest blind spot? And what would you do to address this issue?


Candidate Statement: The CPTA has focused on moving the profession of Physical Therapists in the State of California forward, with fruitful campaigns, monitoring of important legislation, creating district opportunities to address our ever-changing profession and strive to improve the health of society. However, I believe we continue to struggle with the component of professional involvement and we need to focus on bridging the gap between members and non-members so we can truly unite as a profession and transform the health of society as the movement experts. When I have asked therapists, what are the benefits of membership, most do not know. This has verified my theory, we have a large disconnect and we need a resolution in order to unite our profession.

Personally, I have been fortunate to be mentored by several CPTA leaders since I was a student. Through mentorship, I have developed an attitude of gratitude and deep appreciation, that makes me strive to engage therapists, which will enrich their practice/our profession and will transform society as a whole. I believe in every situation, you get out what you put in. Therefore, to build our membership, we need to find individuals passion(s), engage them to allow them to use their skill sets to align and push our association’s vision forward, which will build an inclusive community. Therefore, we must create pathways of mentorship for our students/therapists. I propose creating polls to find out what benefits they are seeking and create solutions to meet those needs. We must identify the barriers and break them down while establishing meaningful and alternative ways to communicate striving to meet and exceed therapist’s expectations. Theses connection will help the members understand the value and become excited to participate and give back, in any capacity in order to unite our profession.

Nominated for Director position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Physical Therapy Instructor at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA

Education: UC Berkeley, BA Human Biodynamics, 1998; Boston University, MS Physical Therapy, 2003; Western University of Health Science, DPT Physical Therapy, 2014

Association Activities

District/SIG: Nominating Committee, Long Beach/South Bay (LB/SB), 2004-2006; Vice Chair, LB/SB, 2006-2008; Chair, LB/SB, 2008-2011; Assembly Representative, LBSB, 2012-2016

Chapter: Membership/PR Committee, 2006-2016; Nominating Committee, 2015-2017; Govt. Affairs Committee, 2016-present; Chapter Delegate, 2016-present; Delegation Team Leader, 2 years

APTA/APTA Components: Committee on Cultural Competence, 2008-2012, ANPT Member/PR Committee, 2012-present; Task Force on PT Role in Prevention, 2013-2014; ANPT Member/PR Committee, Chair, 2016-present; Parkinson’s Disease CPG Work Group, 2018-present; Member: Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy; Health Policy and Administration Sections

Community/Other Organization Activities: None


The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for President and Director positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What is CPTA’s largest blind spot? And what would you do to address this issue?


Candidate Statement: CPTA’s largest blind spot is that while we, with good reason, celebrate the fact that CPTA membership continues to steadily increase, CPTA membership is still only a small portion of all PTs in the state. We should definitely celebrate the membership gains we have achieved, yet simultaneously be alarmed that too many PTs are still not becoming members and therefore place a higher priority on solving this issue. Our membership numbers and the membership dues generated is what helps us to carry on the work of the CPTA at the State Capitol and within our districts so we need as many dues-paying members as we can possibly get.

To solve this issue perhaps we need to question whether our current membership model can continue to be effective in the face of progressively rising cost of PT and PTA education, evolving payment models that place greater financial strain on PTs and PTAs, and a new generation of professionals who perhaps value different things than what we have traditionally promoted as the value of CPTA membership. Our current membership model takes an all-or-nothing approach such that only paying FULL dues grants you access to member benefits. Isn’t this a maladaptive approach though since we are losing out on potential members who may only want certain member benefits but cannot justify paying full dues for their limited involvement? I think it is time to consider implementing a tiered membership model where an individual can have the option of matching their needs and priorities to a level of membership that suits them best. Perhaps simply allowing people in the door of CPTA via an introductory level of membership can help them discover that a full membership really is the best option once they experience and learn about all the great benefits CPTA can offer.

Nominated for Director position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: PT in Motion Analysis and Ergonomic Consultant, Location varies

Education: University California Davis, BS Physiology, 1980; University of Southern California, MS in PT, 1983; Temple University, DPT, 2008

Association Activities

District/SIG: Chairperson, CA Research SIG, 1994-1995, 1997; Assembly Representative, Golden Gate (GG), 1996-1999, 2006-2009; Assembly Representative, Northeast (NE), 2019; Nominating Committee, GG, 1997-1999; Career Liaison, GG, 2000-2002

Chapter: Chapter Board, Director, 2003-2004; 2010-2011; Task Force on Workers Comp Treatment Guidelines Chair, 2005; Continuing Education and Annual Conference Committee, 2000-2001; Awards Committee, 2000-2004; Annual Conference Task Force, 2002, 2004-2005; Education Committee, 2006-2007, 2012-Present; Education Committee Chairperson, 2011; Education Sub-Committee, 2008-2009; Nominating Committee, 2007-2009; Payment Policy Committee, 2012-Present

APTA/APTA Components: Occupational Health SIG; Member: Orthopedics and Research Sections

Community/Other Organization Activities: California Advisory Committee Workers Compensation Research Institute, 2008 – Present; California Division of Workers Compensation Medical Evidence Evaluations Advisory Committee, 2007-Present



The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for President and Director positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What is CPTA’s largest blind spot? And what would you do to address this issue?


Candidate Statement: I am honored to be nominated for the position of Director. I have previously served two terms on the CPTA board in the position of Director, and have been continuously active as a member of various CPTA committees. If elected, I will provide the perspective of many years of experience coupled with a passion to create an organization that continues to inspire our members. Since my first term as director in the early 2000’s, the CPTA has been struggling with easing the operational burden of our Districts: progress has been made, and challenges still exist. We are finally attacking this blind spot of our governance structure. As a current member on the CPTA Governance Task force, I am seeing action taken toward possible solutions to address those operational burdens. As Director, I look forward to helping foster in changes to the CPTA governance to allow our District leadership to spend more time on activities of interest to the members. We must be open to new ideas and visions to continue to provide our members with optimal value and opportunities to participate if they choose, including the opportunity to grow in leadership positions. A blind spot that continues to challenge the CPTA is how we better integrate our PTA members into the workings of the CPTA. As Director I will seek solutions that provide more opportunities for PTAs to actively participate so we include their important and valuable perspective, such moving forward the possibility of a position on the Board for the PTA Caucus Rep, similar to that of the Chief Delegate position. Other blind spots that need to be addressed are: optimizing communication among members, committees, and Board; and talking our walk of the value of membership. I appreciate the opportunity to run for Director and ask for your vote.

Nominated for Nominating Committee position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Assistant Program Director, Assistant Professor, San Marcos, CA

Education: AT Still University, t-DPT, 2011; San Diego State University, MBA, 2006; University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS and BSPT, 1996, 1998

Association Activities

District/SIG: Treasurer, San Diego (SD), 2014-2015, 2018-Present; Assembly Representative, SD, 2014-present

Chapter: Chapter Delegate Alternate, 2018; Chapter Delegate 2019-Present

APTA/APTA Components: Member: Geriatric and Education Sections

Community/Other Organization Activities: Scouts of America – Parent Committee, Nights Camping and Troop Meetings, Eagle Scout Projects, Merit Badge Counselor Medicine and Scholarship Badges; Dignity Delivery Volunteer; Kids Included Together Volunteer



The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for Nominating Committee positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What strategies would you use to optimize diversity within the slate of candidates?

Q: What strategies would you use to motivate potential candidates to run for the office?



Candidate Statement: I stand for a diverse slate of candidates, and maintain that diversity is and remains a major strength of any organization. To optimize diversity within the slate of candidates I plan to utilize a variety of strategies. First, I would contact a random sample of chapter leaders, district executives, and members by telephone, or email, to determine what diversity metrics they are most seeking in the next slate candidates. Second, I would gather this sampled data and work with district leaders, chapter leaders, members, and my own professional networks to identify persons with the leadership attributes that have the diversity metrics from the sampled data. Third, I would schedule interviews with everyone identified, either in-person or via a web-based video program. Seeing and hearing how each person communicates and conducts themselves, I believe, is as essential as the desired diversity metrics to ensure the candidate is an effective communicator - capable of making a positive impact on the future of CPTA.

Motivating a person to run for candidacy must be a daunting task for the CPTA nominating committee given the size of California and the vast number of PTs who are not members… yet. To overcome this task, new leaders require a mentorship strategy. This means, I must spend the time, or find someone to spend the time, such that the candidate feels empowered and informed about the position they are running. For persons with a history of service, I would start by thanking them for and acknowledging them their past service. I would seek to know what issues interest them, as well as, the barriers they had to overcome previously to be a leader. Finding new solutions to past barriers, and support for the issues they are interested in impacting, could motivate them to run again.

Nominated for Nominating Committee position;  3-year term

Present Practice Position: Faculty/Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA

Education: College of the Sequoias, AS PTA, 2012; Pima Medical Institute, BS PTA, 2017; University of Phoenix, MA-Education/Adult Education and Training, 2019

Association Activities

District/SIG:
PTA Assembly Representative, San Joaquin Valley (SJV), 2012-present

Chapter: Student Conclave Task Force, 2013; PTA Caucus Representative Alternate, 2013-2015; PTA Caucus Representative, 2015-2018; Governance Review Task Force, 2019

APTA/APTA Components: Advocacy Awards Subcommittee, 2016-2018; PTA Caucus Alternate Delegate, 2017-2018; PTA Caucus Delegate, 2018-present; Member: Orthopedic, Neurology and Education Sections

Community/Other Organization Activities: None


The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for Nominating Committee positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What strategies would you use to optimize diversity within the slate of candidates?

Q: What strategies would you use to motivate potential candidates to run for the office?



Candidate Statement: The most recent strategic plan adopted by APTA reaffirmed the objective to “make APTA an inclusive organization that reflects the diversity of the society the profession serves.” To do that, we must be self-reflective to determine what diverse areas of society and the profession are underrepresented. If elected to the Nominating Committee, I would not only represent an underrepresented membership category, I would also intentionally seek out potential leaders who would broaden our current representation. My previous experience as the CPTA PTA Caucus Representative and current role as an ACCE have uniquely provided me the opportunity to network with a wide variety of PTs, PTAs, and students throughout the state; this is the biggest strength I would bring to this role.

Social media platforms are great tools to reach large masses and I would suggest a focused and consistent presence on social media to promote not only service opportunities, but also the Association and profession as a whole. One of the best strategies to identify and develop engaged members for leadership positions is to show up, survey the room, and build relationships. These leaders will need coaching and motivation to serve in the positions that best fit them, and I would encourage them by sharing my personal reasons for participation in the Association.

In a report from the Chairman of the first APTA House of Delegates in 1944, Margery L. Wagner said, “This is your organization and it can only function successfully if we all participate.” While addressing the PTA Caucus at this year’s business meeting prior to the House of Delegates, our current APTA President, Sharon Dunn, reiterated this sentiment by encouraging members to view the Association as their own. This truly is our Association and we have the opportunity to make of it what we want.

Nominated for PTA Caucus Representative position; 2-year term

Present Practice Position: PTA Program Director, Mesa College, San Diego, CA

Education: San Diego State University, BS, 2004; San Diego Mesa College, AS PTA, 2010; Northern Arizona University, M.Ed, 2017

Association Activities

District/SIG: None

Chapter: Education Committee, 2018; PTA Alternate Caucus Representative, 2018; PTA Caucus Representative, 2019

APTA/APTA Components: Member: Education Section

Community/Other Organization Activities: Using Pilates with Lower Back and Upper Quadrant Clients, San Diego DPT/PTA Seminar Preferred Relationship/Laws and Regulations


The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for PTA Caucus Representative positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What are barriers to PTA membership and participation in the Association? What strategies would you use to address this?



Candidate Statement: PTA membership in the APTA is an extremely valuable tool. It is a tool that can and needs to be utilized to have the voice of the PTA and the importance of the PT/PTA team brought to the forefront of the profession. The current challenge of PTA membership could be from the lack of awareness of such value. This challenge can be overcome by discussing examples of success for the PT/PTA team such as the inclusion of PTA’s in Tricare coverage and the numerous celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the PTA.

Strategies I plan to utilize that will address PTA membership include speaking to PTA students on current events and value of membership, highlighting celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the PTA, and including social media posts on the progress of the PT/PTA team. It is important to speak to students as they are the voice of the future. If students understand the current challenges in physical therapy, they are better equipped to rise to those challenges and improve the PT/PTA team. From CSM to Virtual 5K’s, the celebration of 50 years of the PTA are in full swing. The excitement of success stories will only show what a strong, unified voice can provide for the profession as we enter the centennial year. Finally, social media is a strong, 24-hour a day voice that reaches thousands. Postings on the history of the profession and the PTA, the current success stories, celebrations, and work that needs to be done can lighten the fire in PTA’s. Realizing that it is possible to be involved in the future of the PT/PTA team and provide more benefits to the patients we serve can foster growth in PTA membership. We are better together!

Nominated for PTA Caucus Representative position; 2-year term

Present Practice Position: PTA at Lancaster Health Care in Lancaster, CA

Education: Seminole State College, AS PTA, 2005

Association Activities

District/SIG: PTA Assembly Representative, Present

Chapter: None

APTA/APTA Components: Florida Chapter: PTA District Representative, 2012-2016; Sub-District Chair, 2016-2018; Membership Committee, 2015-2018; Leadership and Mentoring Committee, 2016-2018; PTA Caucus Alternate Representative, 2018; Member: Education, Geriatrics, Home Health, and Neurology Sections

Community/Other Organization Activities: Clinical Director with Special Olympics; Board of Directors at Taylor College, PTA Program; APTA Credentialed CI


The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for PTA Caucus Representative positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What are barriers to PTA membership and participation in the Association? What strategies would you use to address this?


Candidate Statement: Hello, my name is Samantha Stryke and I’m running for your PTA Caucus Rep. I’ve been a PTA for 14yrs and am a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. I moved here from Florida where I sat as the PTA Alternate Caucus Rep, PTA Rep for my district and as a sub-district chair. Additionally, I’m a Clinical Director with the Special Olympics for 13 yrs.

Having moved to California from another state I can provide new and unique ways of seeing both sides of the“barriers to membership” and ways to continue to overcome them. One barrier specifically is what are the benefits for PTAs? This is the most common question I hear from PTAs all over the country. I believe we need to make these benefits well known such as CEU discounts, networking and the APTA working on our behalf on payment differentials. Another concern is the membership drop rate after graduation. Florida, Arizona and Massachusetts have implemented an Early Professionals SIG for both PTs and PTAs. This would help new clinicians in many aspects of their career as well as keep them as members after they graduate.

I also have a few ideas for general participation in the Chapter Association. Accessing information on the website and even general navigation is difficult. Putting more pertinent information on the website for each district such as which cities belong in which district and a specific tab for PTAs would be beneficial.

Other ideas I have include offering specific PTA CEU courses, increasing focus on developing relationships with schools at district levels, emphasizing the roles PTA students play in their district and chapter, and offering mentorships.

I believe that working in these areas will help to increase our membership numbers and, more importantly, get PTAs engaged in the California Chapter and APTA.

Nominated for PTA Caucus Representative position; 2-year term

Present Practice Position: PTA with Mission Home Healthcare, San Diego, CA

Education: University California Davis, Animal Science, 2010; Concorde Career College, PTA, 2017

Association Activities

District/SIG: None

Chapter: CAL-PT-PAC Board Member, 2018-Present

APTA/APTA Components: None

Community/Other Organization Activities: Challenged Athletes Federation Volunteer


The Nominating Committee asked the Candidates for PTA Caucus Representative positions the following questions when giving their personal statements:

Q: What are barriers to PTA membership and participation in the Association? What strategies would you use to address this?


Candidate Statement: I would say the first barrier to PTA memberships is that it does not directly address anything the PTA is actually facing/going to face. It appears to be geared toward the PT only. I have spoken with many people who have cancelled their memberships after 1 year because the entity that is meant to defend the profession doesn’t appear to defend the “whole” profession. PTAs are less than 1 vote in the community, and everything currently being fought for applies only to the PT, and not the PTA, prime example, the underserved areas for tuition reimbursement- PT only.

The other main barrier is that Physical Therapy Association showed it was happy about the Medicare decision, to pay the PTA less for the same activity in exchange for the Medicare cap repeal, which still exists and is now audited at a lower $$ amount. In fact, it will render the profession of PTA’s less valuable, even though they generally do a majority of the treatments. Unfortunately, the aide, supervising the patient under the PT will be paid less and get full reimbursement, whereas the PTA will be getting 85% for the exact same exercises, and due to our (PTA) licensure, we are more suited to perform therapy rather than an aide. This means financially, we have to deal with, less reimbursement = less pay or increase volume = same pay, or the owners could hire more Aides for full reimbursement and minimal pay (essentially doing the same thing SB 537 is trying to prevent).

Solution: We need to include PTAs on the legislation language to actually show they are a valued member of the Physical Therapy community, and they have worth. I, too, would have a hard time paying for a membership that doesn’t respect me, so I guess I understand.