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Attend IPTA's Monthly Open House Event! The #THIRDTHURSDAY of Every Month!

When: Thursday, January 16th
Networking begins at 6:00 pm, Programs starts at 6:15 pm
Where: IPTA Chapter Office
905 N. Main Street
Naperville, Illinois  60563
United States
Presenter: Members of IPTF's Pro Bono Committee
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff
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#THIRDTHURSDAY: PT Access: Pro Bono Physical Therapy Services in Illinois


We invite you to join us from 6 - 8 pm on Thursday, January 16th as we welcome IPTF's Pro Bono Committee members: Phyllis Levine, PT, DPT Chair; Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, DPT, MHS; and Ashley Kanelos, PT, DPT to share their insight and expertise on "PT Access: Pro Bono Physical Therapy Services in Illinois"

The APTA code of Ethics Principle #8 states that physical therapists shall participate in efforts to meet the health needs of people locally, nationally, or globally. (Core Value: Social Responsibility). Principle 8A goes on to say physical therapists shall provide pro bono physical therapist services or support organizations that meet the health needs of people who are economically disadvantaged, uninsured, and underinsured.

The purpose of this #THIRDTHURSDAY lecture is to assist PTs and PTAs in understanding these responsibilities and learn how to become involved in local pro bono efforts. The presentation will define pro bono services and APTA’s considerations for pro bono physical therapy practice. The presentation will also explore current research on pro bono and the concept of servant leadership. Lastly, the presenters will discuss the efforts of the IPTF Pro Bono Committee in organizing PT Access, a comprehensive program to facilitate interested PTs and PTAs in treating uninsured clients who lack the financial resources to access physical therapy care.


What to expect: 

By the end of this lecture participants will be able to:

  • Define the need for pro bono services
  • Understand the ethical reasons for supporting pro bono services
  • Define APTA considerations for pro bono services
  • Discuss pro bono research
  • Delineate the role of the IPFT Pro Bono Committee
  • Identify the resources available to provide pro bono services in Illinois



About the Speakers

Phyllis DiMonte Levine, PT, DPT graduated in 1970 with a BS in PT from St. Louis University and in 2005 with a tDPT from Rosalind Franklin University. Her 47 year clinical career ended as a practicing therapist in 2017 when she sold her private practice, Functional Therapy and Rehabilitation, PC. At that time her attention shifted to pro bono work. This gave the impetus to working with the IPTA to increase opportunities to treat the underserved within Illinois through PTAccess. She chairs the Pro Bono Committee for IPTA which exists within the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF). She has recently joined the board of the IPTF.

Phyllis is married to Harold Dahlstrand, has three grown children and two step-children. Together she and Harold have 7 grandchildren. She is very active in her Church to further serve the underserved.

Teri Elliott-Burke PT, DPT, MHS, WCS, PRPC, BCB-PMD, Clinical Associate Professor and Academic Clinic Coordinator at Midwestern University, received her undergraduate degree from North Central College, an entry-level physical therapy degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis, and a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Elliott-Burke has more than 40 years of patient care and managerial experience in outpatient physical therapy. Her teaching responsibilities include administration, management, and men’s and women’s health. She holds certifications by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists in Women’s Health, by the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Provider, and by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, and the Postpartum Support International. Her research interest is in lumbo-pelvic girdle complex disorders and associated pelvic floor dysfunction. She also is a faculty member of the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Ashley Kanelos PT, DPT is currently working as a Physical Therapist at the Athletico location in Elmhurst. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated in 2015. Ashley is currently a member of the Charitable Giving Committee through Athletico, as well as on the Pro Bono Committee through the IPTF.


Can't attend in person?

This presentation will be available live at the Chapter Office or virtually via Zoom. If attending virtually, please indicate when you RSVP. 

You will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities.  Plan to sign in at 6:00 pm and enter your name when prompted.

Follow the directions below and be ready for the program to begin at 6:15pm.

Topic: #THIRDTHURSDAY: PT Access: Pro Bono PT Services in Illinois
Time: Jan 16, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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