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|Member of the Month Highlight|
We would like to introduce you to our October Member of the Month, Jeffrey Swiers. Jeff was nominated by his 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. Jeff was selected as Member of the Month for his willingness to exercise his leadership skills on both a state and national level and fulfilled responsibilities beyond his regular professional duties. We had a moment to speak with Jeff and ask him what he has found most valuable about his membership within the OPTA and how other members can get more involved. Take a moment to learn more about his 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 helped me grow in the profession by affording me the opportunities to meet members with similar PT interests, by networking with individuals throughout Ohio and meeting individuals from different practice environments and institutions. I have been able to learn many things through CEU Events, Conferences, and working with members in the profession, which has improved my skills as a clinician.
Q: What do you find most valuable about your OPTA Membership?
A: The most valuable aspect of my OPTA membership is the collective legislative efforts towards betterment of the profession and for our practice act within Ohio. When we have Advocacy Day it’s wonderful to see so many PT’s, PTA’s, and Students attend to work towards a unified cause. It’s energizing and powerful to see our efforts and contributions at work. Specifically, the favorable vote on our current Sub HB 131. In addition, the ability to attend CEU’s within the OPTA districts where local experts can share knowledge and enhance your skills as a professional. Many of these are free to members or at a very reasonable cost for the material/information presented.
Q: How can a member become more involved with the OPTA on a state or district level?
A:The best way to become more involved is to attend PT Pub Nights, CEU events, and Conferences. As the NE district chair, I love being able to get Students, PT’s, and PTA’s involved. I remember when I started to get involved I quickly found a place with like-minded people from many different practice areas. I think that it’s important to do what you’re comfortable with, but getting involved is truly beneficial and is a great way to grow within the physical therapy field.
*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.