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SSIG Conference Call meetings take place the first Sunday of each month at 8:30 p.m. Call instructions and meeting agenda can be found below.

UPCOMING SSIG CALL: Sunday, March 3, 2019 | 8:30 p.m.

Call instructions: Dial (866) 910-4857 and enter the code 408951 when prompted. Please utilize mute when not speaking.


PT Co-Chair Report: Roxana Buda

o   Transform 2019 OPTA’s Annual conference - April 5-6, 2019 

    Early Bird registration closed    

o   NEXT June 12-15 in Chicago

○    Early Bird registration open until April 5, 2019

PTA Co-Chair Report: Elizabeth Stevens

o     PT Pub Nights/District Events

o     Central District PT Pub Night

o    OPTA Treasurer, Marcus Williams, PT, DPT, MBA, will be speaking on how membership dues are utilized to further the mission and purpose of the the OPTA and how it is vital to its function.

o     When: Wednesday March 6, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM

o     Where:  The Old Bag of Nails | 4065 Main St., Hilliard, Ohio, 43026

o     RSVP/Question contact District Chair, Daniel Chelette at


o     Combined Southwest District/West District

o     A great opportunity to network

o     When: Friday, March 8, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM

o     Where: The Rusty Bucket at Liberty Center | 7524 Bales Street, Liberty Township, Ohio 45069

o     RSVP/Questions contact Southwest District Members email Kelly Moore at // West Central District Members email Shannon Simpson at


o     Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management SSIG

o     The goal of this SSIG is to connect students who share an interest in wound care, biophysical agents, electrophysiology, and limb loss with a network of clinicians specialized in these areas.

o     Looking to continue to build this board with representation from PT and PTA students

o     Contact--Michelle Jamin (

Vice Chair Report: Emma Fish

o      Call for nominations closed February 28 - good luck to all candidates

o      Update on election procedures

o      Early Professional SIG:

o      Early Professional specific events at Transform 2019 have an * at registration

o      EPSIG will have 2 teams during Therapy Madness

          o    Career Starter Dues

Secretary Report: Kayla Harris

        o   Email to be counted in attendance

        o   APTA Reach 100


CORE Ambassador Report: Norah Sweeney

o      National Advocacy Dinners

o      Change in Core Ambassador Position

o      State Advocacy Day

o      Federal Advocacy Day

Therapy Madness Report: Malerie Takach

o    Going to annual conference? Sign up for the challenge!

o     Follow this link to sign up!

o     4 per team

o     Must be registered for conference! (at least one day)

o     In need of 5 volunteers to assist with the event

o     Must be registered for conference

o     Do you have a professor that you would like to see host the trivia event?

o     Email to submit their name

Activities Coordinator Report: Grace Couture

o     Hour update

o     PT/PTA 2x bonus hours update is online

o     Challenge ends 3/10!

o     I will be emailing your program directors to verify hours starting 3/10

Web Coordinator Report: Tyler Farr

Advisor Report: Carolyn Hinkle

Marketing & Communication Manager Report: Marie Ruskin

        o     Therapy Madness teams are filling. Be sure to get your team submitted soon! 

        o     Advocacy Day - OneClick Politics Update

Report on Upcoming Events:

        o   Next in-person meeting: April 5 at Transform 2019


NEXT SSIG MEETING: April 5, 2019 @ Transform 2019

2018 - 2019 OPTA SSIG Goals

  1.  Create and foster collaboration with the Early Professionals SIG.
  2. Expand representation and involvement of PTA programs within the SSIG.
  3. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of information dissemination to students from the OPTA SSIG through regular use of social media and consistent communication with school representatives.
  4. Highlight the benefits of membership in order to support OPTA’s goal of increasing membership 4% annually.

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