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We would like to introduce you to our July Member of the Month, Kelly Bryan. Kelly was nominated by her peer, Jon Mathis. 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: As a student, the OPTA helped to guide and prepare me for this profession. Now, as a fresh graduate, I continue to grow in my confidence and skills as a clinician daily by referring to the many resources, reading material, and mentorship opportunities the OPTA has to offer. 

Q: What do you find most valuable about your OPTA Membership?

A: The networking opportunities! I have met so many diverse and knowledgeable therapists and professionals at the many events the OPTA hosts, PT Pub night and the OPTA conference just to name a few. It’s such an honor to be a member of a community where relationships are formed both in and out of the workplace. 

 Q: How can a member become more involved with the OPTA on a state or district level?

A: I know not every one likes to break their daily routines or step out of their comfort zones, myself included at times, but it’s all about taking baby steps. I highly recommend accessing the resources available online; CEUs, special interest groups, events, and so much more. Even if you don’t feel like you have time or can’t be present, the OPTA offers so many avenues to make your voice heard and to be an advocate for our patients and this wonderful 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

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