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Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheelchair Mobility

The intent of this SIG is to raise the awareness of the impact of neurologic impairments in falls and fall prevention and improve our understanding of assessment and interventions for balance dysfunction and fall risk and prevention in neurologic disorders. 

Chair
Barbara Crane, PT, PhD, ATP/SMS

Chair Elect (2019-2020)
Ginger Walls PT, MS, NCS

Vice Chair
Tammie Keller Johnson

Secretary
Deborah A. Jones, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, ATP. 

Nominating Committee 
Jess Godfrey, PT, DPT, NCS
Allison Fracchia, PT, DPT, ATP (Chair)
Twala Maresh, PT, DPT, ATP

Balance and Falls

The intent of this SIG is to raise the awareness of the impact of neurologic impairments in falls and fall prevention and improve our understanding of assessment and interventions for balance dysfunction and fall risk and prevention in neurologic disorders.

Chair

Julie Schwertferger, PT, MBA

Chair Elect (2019-2020)

Debbie Espy, PT, PhD

Vice Chair

Hina Garg, MS, PT, PhD

Secretary

Ann Reinthal, PT, PhD, NCS

Nominating Committee 

Geetanjali Gera (Chair)
Tanvi Bhatt, PT, PhD
Gillian McLean, PhD, MS, PT

Brain Injury

The purpose of this group is to provide an avenue of communication and networking for clinicians, educators, and researchers working with or interested in acquired brain injury. The SIG provides a forum for discussion of topics related to brain injury at physical therapy national meetings.

Chair

Carolyn Tassini, PT, DPT, NCS

Vice Chair

Kim Miczak, PT, NCS

Secretary

Amanda Wu, PT, DPT, NCS

Nominating Committee

Hannah Foster, PT, DPT, NCS (Chair)
Laura Stephens, PT, DPT, NCS
Natalie Anzures, PT, DPT, NCS

Degenerative Diseases

The SIG updates members regarding current research and treatment through the SIG newsletter and provide a forum for discussion of topics related to neurodegenerative diseases at APTA meetings. We aim to support and develop educational materials about degenerative diseases and provide an avenue of communication and networking for clinicians, educators, and researchers working with or interested in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. 

Chair

Katy McGraw, PT, DPT, NCS

Chair Elect (2019-2020)

Rebecca Martin, PT, DPT, NCS

Vice Chair

Jeannie Stephenson, PT, PhD, NCS

Secretary

Parminder (Parm) Padgett, PT, DPT, NCS

Nominating Committee

Sara Crandall PT, DPT, NCS (Chair)
Adrianna Carey, PT, DPT
Christina Burke, PT, DPT, NCS

 

Residency and Fellowship

Chair

Dana Lott, PT, DPT

 

Vice Chair

Christina Platko, PT, DPT

 

Secretary

Laura Martin, PT, DPT

 

Nominating Committee

Elise Ruckert, PT, DPT 
Jasmine Edwards, PT, DPT

 

Spinal Cord Injury

The purpose of this group is to provide an avenue of communication and networking for clinicians, educators, and researchers working with or interested in SCI. The SIG provides a forum for discussion of topics related to SCI at physical therapy national meetings.

Chair

Rachel Tappan, PT, DPT, NCS

Vice Chair

Cathy Larson, PT

Secretary

Casey R. Kandilakis, PT, DPT, NCS

Nominating Committee

Christi Hutchinson, PT, NCS (Chair)
Andrea Stump, PT, DPT, NCS
Sara Hobbs, PT, DPT, NCS

Stroke

The SIG creates a forum for the discussion of rehabilitation issues associated with stroke survivors and form liaisons between APTA and the medical community through the support of research and through national organizations such as the National Stroke Association. Integrate into the community and provide information to the public about the risk factors of stroke and about living with the sequela of stroke.

Chair

Heather Hayes, DPT, NCS, PhD

Vice Chair

Jamie Haines , PT, DScPT, NCS

Secretary

Maureen Whitford, PT, PhD, NCS

Nominating Committee

Mark Stephens, PT, DPT, NCS (Chair)
Amelia Siles, PT, DPT, NCS
Rachel Prusynski PT, DPT, NCS
Karen Zacharewicz, PT, DPT, NCS

Vestibular Rehabilitation

The goal of the SIG is to facilitate exchange of information that would impact the treatment of the vestibular patient between researchers and clinicians. Act as a liaison between SIG members and organizations with interest in vestibular rehabilitation. Monitor and share information on reimbursement systems and the coverage policies for vestibular rehabilitation.

Chair

Anne Galgon, PT, PhD, NCS

Chair Elect (2019-2020)

Rachel Wellons, PT, DPT, NCS

Vice Chair

Carrie Hoppes, PT, PhD, NCS

Secretary

Chuck Plishka, PT, DPT, NCS

Nominating Committee

Linda D'Silva, PT, PhD (Chair)
Sara Oxborough, PT
Ryan Schrock, PT, DPT, CSCS, NCS

 

Advisory and Practice Liaisons

Lisa Dransfield, PT, DPT, MA

Newsletter Co-Editors

Elizabeth Grace, PT, MS, NCS
Deborah Struiksma, PT, NCS

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