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Webinar: House of Delegates Update and Federal & State Legislative Issues that Impact Our Profession
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 Export to Your Calendar 7/7/2020
When: Tuesday, July 7
6 to 8 PM
Where: via Zoom webinar
Contact: Jeff Swiers

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This presentation will address various topics related to current practice trends in the profession of physical therapy, including state and federal legislative issues and the motions passed in the 2020 House of Delegates (HOD) held last month. The focus of the presentation will be on the pros/cons of, impact on, and consequences of these issues and motions on the practice of physical therapy as a profession.  The role of the APTA and OPTA will also be addressed along with the professional responsibility of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to advocate for the profession.

This webinar is approved for 2 CEUs, 20S1448.

Content Leaders - 

Michelle Masterson, PT, Ph.D. completed her second term as Ohio's Chief Delegate for the APTA House of Delegates. She is active in the profession at both the national and state level, and is knowledgeable and up-to-date about the issues facing our profession and our professional organization. In addtion to serving in a statewide capacity, she served at the Northwest District Continuing Education Chair from 2007-2017. Dr. Masterson was a faculty member in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Toledo (UT) from 1989-2018 when she retired to take a position as the Director of the School of Interprofessional Education at UT. She received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Bowling Green State University in consortium with the Medical College of Ohio in 1984 and earned her M.Ed. in Biomechanics and Ph.D. in Exercise Science from UT in 1993 and 2003 respectively. Her doctoral studies emphasized aging and her current related research is in regards to normal aging, aging with chronic diseases, in particular Parkinson's disease, functional outcomes, and the influence of health promotion and exercise-related interventions on functional outcomes. Her areas of teaching expertise included interdisciplinary health care teams, Parkinson's disease, geriatrics, health promotion, and functional mobility assessment and interventions.


Christine Schulte, PT, MBA received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University in 1986 and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix 2006. She accepted her current role at the Cleveland Clinic in October of 2010 as the Director of Outpatient Operations for the Main Campus and the Western Region sites of Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy. Prior to this role, she enjoyed 20 years at Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights (OH) as the Administrative Director for Marymount Hospital Rehabilitation Services, Pain Management, Laboratory Services, Occupational Medicine, Employee Wellness and Program Director for the Cleveland Clinics Patients First Initiative.Professional areas of interest include aquatic therapy for the orthopedic and geriatric populations. Ms. Schulte has been a member of the APTA since 1986 and has served as Aquatic Section Representative since 2010 and currently serves as the Secretary of American Physical Therapy Association Aquatic Section and Chair of the Communications and Awards Committee. She was honored with the Presidential Award from the Aquatic section for her contributions to the section on the Communications teamwork plan. In Ohio, Ms. Schulte is the Vice President for the Ohio Physical Therapy Association and liaison for the State and Federal Affairs Committee.


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