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2021 Candidates

Candidate Forum

The Candidate Forum conducted by the Nominating Committee, was held on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Recordings are made available below.

Vice President (One Position Open)
Kelley Kubota, PT, MS and Valerie Teglia, PT, DPT

Director (Two Positions Open)
Katie Burch, PT, DPT and Chukwuemeka Nwigwe, PT, DPT

Nominating Committee (Two Positions Open)
Alyssa Breslin, PT, DPT; Alyssa Keeney-Roe, PT, DPT and Jimmy Pacini, PTA, MEd


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 2020 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 9 by 5:00 pm

Candidate Statements

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Nominated for Vice President position; 3-year term
Present Practice Position: PT Supervisor, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

Education: University of California, Berkeley, BA, 1990; Duke University, Master of Science, Certificate of PT, 1994

Association Activities

Nominating Committee, Long Beach/South Bay (LB/SB) 1998-2001; Treasurer, LBSB, 2001-2006; Nominating Committee Chairperson, LB/SB, 2001; Public Relations Committee Co-Chair, LB/SB, 2015; Public Relations Committee, LB/SB, 2005-2008; Public Relations Committee Chair, LB/SB, 2006; Legislative Key Contact, LB/SB, 2009-current; Chief Representative, LB/SB, 2006-2012; Representative, LBSB, 2013-2014

Chapter: Chapter Annual Conference Task Force, 2011; Education Committee, 2014-present; Education Committee Chairperson, 2016-2017; CPTA Director, 2015-present; Chapter Delegate, 2009-present and Mentor, 2016-2019; Membership and Communications Committee, 2018- present; Rose Float Task Force Chairperson, 2018-present

APTA/APTA Components: Neurology Section Member; Centennial Steering Committee, 2017-present

Community/Other Organization Activities: SEIU Local 721/Bargaining Unit 342 (Health Science Professionals), Elected Representative, 2013-present; Member, Japanese American Citizen’s League, 2020; Senior Mentor, Rancho-USC Clinical Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2005-present; Edgerton Homeowners Association Elected Board Member, 2007-2017; US Adaptive Recreation Center Volunteer (MonoSki, BISKI), 1996-1997

The Nominating Committee asked the candidate the following question when giving their personal statement:

Q: How does the association continue to address strategic goals established before the COVID 19 pandemic?

Candidate Statement: I am honored to be slated for the position of Vice President. I have served two consecutive terms on the Chapter Board and have been active on the Education and Membership and Communication Committees. I am excited about the potential to serve CPTA in a different role.

We are in unprecedented times – our world has been turned upside down by COVID-19 and further torn apart by social unrest. Our society and communities are fragmented. Members and consumers are stretched and must navigate environments where many are out of work or facing reduced hours. Members are looking to CPTA for stability and leadership. Advancing our profession and addressing strategic goals established pre-pandemic will require CPTA to be responsive. Rather than move forward without addressing these societal issues, we will need to have the courage to hold difficult conversations.

One way to address the key priorities of access and payment is to maintain consumer access to telehealth and the gains made in reimbursement for these services from our nimble response to the pandemic. We must be intentional to be more inclusive and welcoming. We have work to do to ensure our profession better reflects our diverse society. This will require creativity in engaging members and prospective members and in demonstrating our value. Advocacy to protect threats to the profession will continue to require attention and resources.

My background as a clinician, clinical researcher, and educator, in addition to diverse leadership experience, brings a unique perspective to the Board. I will continue to utilize my passion and enthusiasm for our profession to advocate for the persons we serve and work to advance our profession. I pledge to bring people together, keep people engaged, and encourage collaboration. We have important work ahead. I am ready to address the challenges and respectfully ask for your vote.

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Nominated for Vice President position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy, University of Southern California

Education: UCLA, BS Physiologic Science, 1993; Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, Master of Physical Therapy, 1996; Temple University, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2005

Association Activities

District/SIG: Secretary Greater Los Angeles (GLAD) 1998-2000; Chair Elect, GLAD, 2001; Chairperson, GLAD, 2002; Chief Representative, GLAD, 2006-2009; PR Chairperson GLAD, 2010-2011; Representative, GLAD, 2002-2005, 2010, 2016-2017

Chapter: Membership and Communications Committee, 2010-2012; CPTA Secretary, 2011-2015; Vice President, 2018 – present; Chapter Delegate, 2006-present and Delegation Team Leader, 2009-2012; Education Committee, 2011- present, Chairperson, 2012-2015, 2018-present; Cal PT Fund Trustee, 2011-present; Assembly Documents Review Task Force, Chairperson, 2019-present

APTA/APTA Components: Neurology Section Practice Committee, 2009-2011; Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) Level 1 Trainer, 2010- present; Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) Level 2 Trainer, 2019- present; CCIP Credentialed Trainer Faculty (Level 1 course), 2017- present; CCIP Trainer Program Applicant Reviewer, 2012; CCIP Work Group, 2013-2016; CCIP Level 1 Revisions Subgroup, 2017-present; Clinical Education Leadership Summit Task Force, 2013-2014; Pediatric Section Government Affairs Committee, 2006-2007; Member: Education, Health Policy and Administration, and Neurology Sections

Community/Other Organization Activities: None

The Nominating Committee asked the candidate the following question when giving their personal statement:

Q: How does the association continue to address strategic goals established before the COVID-19 pandemic?

Candidate Statement: The past several months have presented unique challenges and opportunities across all facets of our profession. We must consider how COVID has impacted the association and our members to ensure activities and goals established pre-COVID still fit the needs of the association, or to identify whether we need to re-prioritize, revise, or put any planned activities on hold.

CPTA has already shifted to virtual technologies to achieve previously established goals. This has served to minimize costs while optimizing non-dues revenue. All meetings since mid-March have occurred virtually, allowing the Board and Committees to address emerging needs of the association and membership in the areas of payment, practice, advocacy, education, and public relations. Our newly established Diversity Affairs Committee has developed a robust agenda for the upcoming year, including activities that can be hosted online. Annual conference will be held virtually, and we have replaced in person con-ed courses with webinars.

It is critical given the current environment that CPTA continue its advocacy efforts to influence changes in the state legislature which favorably impact our practice. Within the payment arena, CPTA can pursue payment policy changes through virtual interactions, to support the momentum built over the past year. Additionally, CPTA can expand its efforts in public relations within the digital and social media realms, reinforcing the value of physical therapy as an essential health care service to the public.

CPTA should continue to assess the impact COVID is having on the practices and livelihood of our members on an ongoing basis, so activities are appropriately prioritized to best support them. In the upcoming months we are planning virtual town halls and other avenues for gathering member input. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our members during these uncertain times. I welcome your ideas, and humbly ask for your vote for Vice President.

Watch my Candidate Statement!

Nominated for Director position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Outpatient Physical Therapist, Brentwood

Education: Cal Poly State University, BS, Kinesiology, 2000; Long Beach State University, Masters of Physical Therapy, 2003; Western University of Health Sciences, DPT, 2017

Association Activities

District/SIG: Assembly Representative, Tri Counites (TR) 2004-2005; Continuing Education Chairperson, TR, 2005-2006; Assembly Representative, Golden Gate (GG) 2007-present; Public Relations Chairperson, GG, 2007-2010, Chair-Elect, GG, 2011; Chairperson, GG, 2013; Nominating Committee, GG, 2013-2014; Chief Representative, GG, 2018-present

Chapter: Continuing Education Committee, 2006-2009; CPTA Secretary, 2009-2010; Membership and Communications Committee, 2010-2013; Chapter Delegate, 2007-2010, 2012-2013, 2016, 2019-present and Delegation Team Leader, 2020; Assembly Documents Review Task Force, 2019-present

APTA/APTA Components: None

Community/Other Organization Activities: Volunteer and/or speak at healthcare, etc. to promote physical therapy, wellness and prevention at healthcare fairs, high schools, etc.


The Nominating Committee asked the candidate the following question when giving their personal statement:

Q: What ideas do you have to assist the CPTA to rebound from the repercussion of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Candidate Statement: I believe facing challenge the COVID-19 pandemic presents is best done by adopting a mindset of opportunity in adversity. How do we make a slam dunk of our rebound?

I am a leader who emulates prior CPTA leadership’s financial acumen. I support being operationally lean while still offering revenue generating, top quality, continuing education and more. Face to face socialization is valuable but we can also virtually achieve outcomes at a fraction of the cost.

To help stave off decreases in membership, I would explore ways to make dues less burdensome. I also believe our Membership and Communications Committee should be focused on creating campaigns to boost membership, highlighting the value the CPTA continues to bring during the pandemic.

In my previous time on the Board, I acted as a liaison to districts. This liaison role with state-wide leadership will be vital to ensure we stay connected, assess needs, and push out pertinent information and resources for membership. In addition, tech training sessions for all our leaders to become Zoom-literate and social media whizzes will help with these efforts.

Continued advocacy for the profession remains paramount. Telehealth coverage and parity requirements were a huge “win” in this time of crisis. Let’s develop strategies to ensure coverage and payment continues for this valuable form of care delivery.

I am also committed to supporting our newest Diversity Affairs Committee whose efforts to “Build and sustain a community that embraces diversity, is inclusive and pursues equitable processes …,” will help grow membership and create greater access to physical therapy care while helping us address health disparities.

If elected, I will prioritize: lean operations, optimizing revenue, membership retention and recruitment, staying connected, providing best resources, and continued advocacy to help us survive and thrive in this pandemic.

Watch my Candidate Statement!

Nominated for Director position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Staff Physical Therapist, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center and Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Education: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, BS Exercise Science and Sports Study Minor in Psychology, 2009; Rutgers School of Health Professions, DPT, 2012

Association Activities

District/SIG: Chairperson, GLAD, 2016-2017, Vice Chairperson, GLAD, 2015-2016; Assembly Representative, GLAD, 2015-2017; Study Group Task Force, California Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy SIG, 2014

Chapter: Director, Chapter Board 2017-Present; Committee Chairperson and Chapter Board Liaison, Diversity Affairs Committee 2019-Present; Chair, Diversity Affairs Task Force, 2018-2019; Chapter Board Liaison, Cal-PT-PAC Committee 2017-2019; Membership and Communications Committee, 2016-present; Chapter Delegate 2015-present and Delegation Team Leader for 3-years 

APTA/APTA Components: Student Assembly Board of Directors, 2011-2012; Oncology Section, Social Medial Task Force, 2012-2014; New Jersey Chapter Delegate, 2012-2014; New Professionals Project Committee, 2012-2013; National Student Conclave Programming Planning Committee, 2013; Perspectives Editorial Advisory Board, 2015-present; Abstract Reviewer, NEXT, 2014-2015; Abstract Reviewer, CSM, 2017; Member: Orthopedic and Sports Sections

Community/Other Organization Activities: Speaker, Medical Exploring Program,2019-present; Health Panelist, Camp Neuro, University of Southern California, 2019; Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Kaiser Permanente, 2019; Health and Fitness Exp Volunteer, Santa Clarita Marathon, 2015-2017; Family Medicine Pathway Program, University of Southern California, Department of Family Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 2015; Pre-participation Physicals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2014-2015; Presenter, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. Mentoring Program, 2015; CrossFit Competition, Mayhem in the Meadowlands, 2014; Medical Mission, Umuchu Associates in America, Inc., 2013; Daily Sermon, St. Andrew & Holy Communion Episcopal Church, 2013; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society, 2011; North Golf Sectional Competition, Special Olympics of New Jersey, 2011; Child Migrant Workshop, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2009-2011; Adult Migrant Workshop, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2009-2011; Beast of the East Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Magee Rehabilitation, 2010; Balance Screening & Falls Prevention, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Stratford, NJ, October 2010; Special Friends Day, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2008; Dr. Harley E. Flack Male Mentoring Program, Rowan University, 2005-2006


The Nominating Committee asked the candidate the following question when giving their personal statement:

Q: What ideas do you have to assist the CPTA to rebound from the repercussion of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Candidate Statement:  Three years ago, I asked for your support and vote to serve as your Director on the CPTA Chapter Board. And because of your confidence in my leadership ability and your vote, I was elected to the position of Director. Today I am seeking re-election and once again, I am calling upon you, for your support and vote.

I am the Board Liaison and Chairperson for the Diversity Affairs Committee, past Board Liaison to the CAL-PT-PAC and I currently serve on the Membership and Communications Committee. I am an effective communicator, a global thinker and collaborator, accountable, and passionate about making a difference. My leadership skills allowed me to be successful during my first term and will carry me forward to a successful second term. My motivation to serve is you, the beloved member and lifeline of the California Physical Therapy Association.

COVID-19 has truly impacted CPTA. Members have lost jobs, work hours, their prized membership, and have been forced to close practices as result. My ideas to assist CPTA in its efforts to rebound, align with the Board. The Board and Staff continue to serve as a beacon of hope to members, by providing essential resources and timely updates, and advocating to legislators for the expansion of practice and just compensation for services rendered. Our singular focus is to be present and support our beloved members. The Board truly believes, we are better and stronger together and as result, have personally called members whose membership has lapsed. By reaching out to members, we strive to make a personal connection, reinforce value in membership and discover ways to best meet the needs of our members through these unprecedented times.

With your support and vote I look forward to the continued opportunity to serve and represent you.

Without Wax

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Nominated for Nominating Committee position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Physical Therapist, Mercy General Hospital

Education: California State University, Sacramento, BS – Kinesiology, 2014; The George Washington University, DPT, 2018

Association Activities

District/SIG: Nominating Committee Chairperson, Northeast (NE) 2020-present

Chapter: CAL-PT-PAC, 2020-present

APTA/APTA Components: Global Affairs Project Committee, 2018

Community/Other Organization Activities: PT Day of Service: Assistant Director, 2020, Support Team Chair, 2019 Support Team Member, 2017-2018; Move Together Inc: Catalyst Club Member, 2019-present; DCPTA Student Special Interest Group Co-founder and Vice President, 2018


The Nominating Committee asked the candidate the following questions when giving their personal statement:

Q: What strategies would you use to optimize diversity within the slate of candidates? How would you as a member of Nominating Committee network with the membership across the state?

Candidate Statement: I am beyond grateful to be slated as a candidate for the Nominating Committee alongside such incredible leaders. To promote the growth and progress of our profession, it is vital that we seek leadership at all levels that reflects the vast diversity of our profession.

The events of the past months have drastically changed how we interact with the world around us. For the sake of public health, we are being pushed to find innovative ways to foster meaningful connections virtually. Though this brings many challenges, there is a huge opportunity to shift our strategy in engaging new leaders. So much of our past has relied on networking at conferences and events, and we now have the opportunity and responsibility to reach all corners of the state virtually through events organized by district, company, university/college, and specialty. Through mindful and strategic planning, we can use this strange time to reframe how we seek out our future leadership. With a focus on connecting with those who are otherwise unable to access networking opportunities, we may tap into entirely new perspectives and solutions to propel our profession forward.

Throughout my journey as a student and early professional, my involvement has centered around both virtual and in-person communities with a focus on bringing groups together and developing connections that promote the growth of our incredible profession on both a large and small scale. While I am fairly quiet, I am passionate about connecting with others, actively listening and learning from various perspectives. I believe my experience and skill set in this area will allow me to continue developing connections with our current and future leaders to foster meaningful and passionate participation within CPTA. Thank you for your consideration as a member of the Nominating Committee, I look forward to connecting with you!

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Nominated for Nominating Committee position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: Physical Therapist, Peltz Physical Therapy, Santa Rosa

Education: San Francisco State University, BS, Kinesiology, 2004; UCSF/SFSU, MSPT, 2007; UCSF/SFSU, DPT, 2008

Association Activities

District/SIG: Vice Chairperson, GG (Golden Gate), 2012; Vice Chairperson, Redwood Empire (RE), 2013-2014; Assembly Representative, GG, 2008-2012; Assembly Representative, RE, 2012-2017; Chief Representative, 2020

Chapter: Chapter Delegate, 2012, 2017; CPTA Director, 2017-2019; Membership Committee, 2017-present

APTA/APTA Components: None

Community/Other Organization Activities: Mentor/Faculty EIM Ortho Residency and Kaiser Northern CA Ortho Residency; Volunteer – treating firefighters, 2017


The Nominating Committee asked the candidate the following questions when giving their personal statement:

Q: What strategies would you use to optimize diversity within the slate of candidates? How would you as a member of Nominating Committee network with the membership across the state?

Candidate Statement:  To me, the membership deserves a slate of candidates so diverse that each voting member can find a candidate who looks like themselves or to whom they can relate beyond being a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. In my candidate search, I would use multiple platforms of communication to connect with individuals of different backgrounds. This would include reaching out to schools/academic institutions, residencies/fellowships private practices, hospitals, districts and CPTA committees and staff, to name a few, to connect and recruit people with diverse physical therapy backgrounds. I know that in-person networking can never be replaced, but regardless, social media platforms and electronic communication are very strong tools and are even more important than in the past for creating diverse connections.

As a recent past member of the Board of Directors, I realized that there is a distinct generational divide in communication preference. I fall right in the middle of these two groups and although I understand the power of electronic and social media platforms, I understood I was not proficient at using those resources to their full potential. Since coming off the Board last December, ironically, distance communication has become more important than ever, I have been learning more and have taken multiple courses on social media platforms and how to use them specifically for networking and connecting as a small business/physical therapist. I have been using video conferencing across multiple platforms for social connection to Telehealth in my physical therapy practice. This puts me in a place to be prepared to connect with members across California from home. In-person networking has been one of my favorite parts of being a physical therapist but it is currently not feasible. I also appreciate the value of a good old-fashioned phone call, that is if anyone ever picks up!

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Nominated for Nominating Committee position; 3-year term

Present Practice Position: PTA Program Director, Institute of Technology, Modesto

Education: College of Sequoias, AS, PTA, 2012; Pima Medical Institute, BS, PTA, 2017; University of Phoenix, MA, Education, 2019

Association Activities

PTA Assembly Member, 2012; Nominating Committee, 2019

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

APTA/APTA Components: PTA Caucus Communications, 2014; Advocacy Awards Sub-Committee, 2016; PTA Caucus Alternate Delegate, 2018; PTA Caucus Delegate, 2019-2020

Community/Other Organization Activities: Organization of PTA Students Club Advisor; Northern California Clinical Education Consortium, 4th-6th grade teacher at Sanger Bible Church


The Nominating Committee asked the candidate the following questions when giving their personal statement:

Q: What strategies would you use to optimize diversity within the slate of candidates? How would you as a member of Nominating Committee network with the membership across the state?

Candidate Statement: In order to increase diversity among candidates, we must accurately identify the historically disproportionate representation in our leadership. If given the privilege to serve our membership on the nominating committee, my priority would be to look at the data and determine the current gaps and where we had an opportunity to make the most significant improvement. I would collaborate with the other committee members to balance the candidates based on various criteria to best represent the membership across the state.

With current challenges in the world today, we have been forced to be creative and flexible in the way we interact with others, conduct business, and care for ourselves and others. With adversity comes growth and this has given us an opportunity to utilize technology to meet the needs of society. Resources currently utilized to communicate with others remotely has increased the fluency of online, video communication. Utilizing these platforms to conduct regional calls and interact with members across the state would increase to potential pool of candidates for various positions.

Establishing connections and developing relationships help to build a community of leaders. It is about engaging members on a personal level to help empower them to serve our profession in a way that best suits them. My work on the nominating committee would center around cultivating my current relationships with physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students across the state as well as developing new ones, encouraging them to consider their role as a member. My goal is to help members, and potential members, realize their full potential as leaders in physical therapy. It has been an honor to serve our profession for many years and I look forward to helping others also experience the invaluable benefits and professional growth that comes with increased engagement.