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|Member of the Month Highlight|
We would like to introduce you to our February Member of the Month, Kelly Greve. Kelly was nominated by her peer, Kelly Moore. 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. Kelly 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 Kelly and ask 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: Being a member of the OPTA has assisted me in reaching my personal and professional goals of obtaining my transitional DPT and PhD in Pediatric Science. I attended a webinar while I was working on my capstone project for my transitional DPT. The information I learned from the webinar facilitated training and development of an aquatic wellness program. I received funding through the OPTA research grant to complete my dissertation work. Without being a research grant recipient, it would have been much more difficult to recruit participants and employ a blinded assessor to complete my research study.
Q: What do you find most valuable about your OPTA Membership?
A: I value the resources and support the OPTA offers to students, clinicians, and researchers. By being able to participate in elections, I learn who our state and local leaders are within our profession. I also remain informed about changes made within our profession at a state level as well as advocacy initiatives. I appreciate the ability to attend, present, and network at the annual conference and Optamize. Ongoing learning opportunities through the OPTA has allowed me to provide best practice to maximize outcomes for my patients and identify research questions for future studies.
Q: How can a member become more involved with the OPTA on a state or district level?
A: I have been an ongoing member of the OPTA since I enrolled in college for my Masters in Physical Therapy. Being a member of the OPTA allowed me to attend southwest meetings to meet local clinicians and begin networking early. Getting to know others in the physical therapy profession is important as your career evolves. Social media and the www.ohiopt.org website are easy ways to look for opportunities to get involved with committees, special interest groups, and elected positions.
*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.