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|Member of the Month Highlight|
We would like to introduce you to our March Member of the Month, Lynzie Schulte. Lynzie was nominated by her peer, Jenny Smith. The Member of the Month initiative is a peer-to-peer nomination where members who have gone above and beyond in their profession and the association, will be acknowledged for their contributions. Lynzie was selected as Member of the Month for her willingness to exercise her leadership skills on both a state and national level and fulfilled responsibilities beyond her regular professional duties. We had a moment to speak with Lynzie and asked her what she has found most valuable about her membership within the OPTA and how other members can get more involved. Take a moment to learn more about her experience within the association.
Q: How has being a member of the OPTA helped you to grow in your profession?
A: The OPTA has not only helped me to grow clinically as a physical therapist with all of the fantastic continuing education it offers (which is typically discounted for members), but it has allowed me to grow as a leader in the field. I have had opportunities to sit on various committees, hold national, state, and local positions, and assist with state and federal advocacy efforts. Networking with therapists throughout the state at OPTA events has guided me into new job opportunities and has helped me to find mentors such as the late Marilyn Mount who invited me to my first district meeting. There are so many connections between my professional growth and the OPTA, I can not begin to imagine the last 13 years without being a member.
Q: What do you find most valuable about your OPTA Membership?
A: I have always felt that it is my responsibility to be a member of the association that supports and advocates for my profession. The legislative efforts that the OPTA embarks on in order to protect the profession as well as move the profession forward is one of the most valuable, non-tangible benefits that a member can have. There are also many perks available for members including discounted conferences and continuing education, scholarship and award opportunities, and networking opportunities with potential employers at state and local events.
Q: How can a member become more involved with the OPTA on a state or district level?
A: Go big, or go small…whatever works for you! Every single local, state, or national event I have attended has motivated me to be a better clinician, a better leader, a better educator…and it has gotten me excited about the profession all over again. Jump on board a plane to a national APTA meeting or drive to Columbus for the OPTA spring or fall conference or sign up for a local social event such as a PT Pub Night or a baseball game where you can interact and mingle with other therapists in the area. Find what motivates you, think of your future goals and how you'll achieve them. Don’t just get up and go to work each day…that’s a job…get involved and be present in the association…that’s a profession!
*If you would like to nominate a deserving peer for the Member of the Month please visit the designated MEMBER OF THE MONTH page here.