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We are very pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2018 Chapter Elections

Voting for the IPTA Chapter Elections opens on March 21st and will close at 11:59 pm on April 5th. Results will be published on April 12th and those elected into position will take office on January 1st, 2019.

 

Voting is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

1. Go to the voting site: https://vote.associationvoting.com/ipta/

2. Log in by entering your last name and your APTA member number.

3. Follow the online instructions to cast your ballot.

Using your APTA member number ensures that your vote is unique to you and can only be cast once. Once cast, it is anonymous in the system.

Your vote matters. Voting is the most powerful way for you to have a voice in who serves in leadership and where you see the IPTA heading.

Best of luck to all candidates!

*** All candidates appear in order of positions & alphabetically

Executive Committee Positions


VICE PRESIDENT

Candidate: Sarah Jensen, PT, MPT, DSc, COMT

Member Since: 1998

Personal Statement: I am honored to be nominated for a second term as the Vice President of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association and the President of the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF). 

New to the role last year, 2017 was a very busy but exciting and successful year for the IPTF. I am proud to say that with the help of many people, the IPTF Board met its strategic goals. Some of the goals included appointing 5 new IPTF board members, 
completing the IPTF website (www.ipftgives.org - launched July 2017) and expanding our social media presence to promote the physical therapy profession with the public as well as physical therapy clinicians. Other accomplishments include:

- Recipient of a $4400 grant from the NACDD to implement the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program. We have 8 clinics from around the state committed to the program. This program helps raise awareness of the physical therapy profession and promotes health and wellness with the public. 

- Increased donations to the IPTF over the past year. All donations to the IPTF are now used to fund Illinois PT research and raise awareness of the IPTF and the physical therapy profession with our members and the public. Other fundraising initiatives included partnering with Amazon Smile and participating in #Giving Tuesday on November 28 which raised over $3,000. These extra funds went toward funding a second research study - one more then we were able to approve in past years. It makes me proud of our profession to see such great submissions and to witness the applicants dedication and commitment to excellence and moving the physical therapy profession forward!

- Offering a variety of research webinars for the PT community. Our ‘Spotlight on Research’ series continues to be well received and completed 9 webinars in 2017. We plan to run up to 9 more in 2018. These research webinars showcase our profession's best and brightest and provide valuable information for our PT community as well as inspire us all to always search for the best answers for our patients.

I am excited about the continued growth and value the IPTF can provide to the public as well as the PT community. If elected, I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the physical therapy profession through the IPTF and IPTA with this unique and challenging service opportunity.


Candidate: Jack Jones, PT, DPT, OCS

Member Since: 2007

Personal Statement: As an experienced physical therapist and leader, over the past ten years I have treated in outpatient and inpatient settings across the country and in varying demographics with active license in five states. From rural hospital based care to elite athletic training facilities, I have cared for our aging geriatric populations with aquatic therapy or total joint replacements and also rehabilitated high level athletes in professional baseball, football, soccer and triathlon careers. In doing so I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal and now serve as educator and instructor in spinal manipulative techniques, dry needling, evidenced-based care for extremities and advanced care of the runner and lower extremity athlete.

In 2016 I had the pleasure of serving as an Eastern Central District Assembly Representative. From this experience and having served as clinical mentor and multi-site director in a growing private practice, I believe I can bring a unique perspective to the IPTA leadership. I am responsible for ensuring the mission and values of our profession are communicated across disciplines and demonstrated with exceptional care and a positive patient experience. It would be my privilege to serve the IPTA in the coming term.


SECRETARY

Candidate: Jeffrey Damaschke, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS

Member Since: 1992

Personal Statement: It is an honor and a pleasure to be nominated to serve as the IPTA Secretary. In the past, I have served in a variety of positions within the IPTA and I have always enjoyed serving the members of this association. After serving as the IPTA Vice President from 2011 to 2013, I decreased my IPTA responsibilities to pursue my PhD degree. However, I still continued to serve in less time demanding positions. I completed my PhD degree in 2016 and I now feel it is time to step up my responsibilities to the IPTA if I were elected to the position of Secretary.

I have served as Secretary in a variety of different boards and organizations in the past and I consider myself to have the leadership, time management, communication and organizational skills to serve as an exceptional Secretary for the IPTA. Having served on the board previously, I understand the responsibilities and will do my best to serve the IPTA's Board of Directors, Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation and the Speaker and members of the Assembly of Representatives. Thank you again for the honor of being nominated for this position.


Candidate: Othman O'Malley, PT, DPT

Member Since: 2014

Personal Statement: Firstly, I would like to say that it is a great honor to be nominated to serve the IPTA . Membership and service are key to advancing our profession. I have started my professional career with a focus on increasing access to those in need of our unique appraoch to health and well-being. I have always fed off of the extraordinary talent and enthusiasm that our Illinois membership. I have served in a number of capacities, from helping organize two APTA NSC conferences, to serving on an IPTA committee, and presenting research at Revitalize. I hope to play a role in the continuation of the IPTAs legacy as the nation's premier state chapter. We have accomplished a great deal but have a great deal more to achieve.


TREASURER

Candidate: Christina Frank, PT, MBA

Member Since: 2002

Personal Statement: I've been an active member of the IPTA for the last 15 years and feel a responsibility to our profession to be involved. I’ve held many different positions at the district and state levels, but most recently as a member of the finance committee and as current Treasurer. I have a business background (MBA) and have been working with budgets related to healthcare for ~ 20 years as a leader in a hospital system. I enjoy numbers and excel at managing budgets, which is a strength for me. This broad range of work and IPTA experience has prepared me to be a member of the Executive Committee and as your Treasurer. As a profession, we have a lot at stake and require strong leadership to guide the association into the future. I take this position and nomination very seriously and hope to have your support to continue in this role of Treasurer.  


DELEGATES AT LARGE

Candidate: Deborah Davey, BSc PT, MBA-HC

Member Since: 2003

Personal Statement: Deborah Davey, BSc PT, MBA-HC, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellow-in-Training, is a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She received her Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy degree at West Middlesex School of Physiotherapy, (Brunel University) Isleworth, Middlesex, England. She came to the U.S in 1996 and has over 30 years of interdisciplinary, leadership and clinical experience in hospital, outpatient, school, and specialty settings. Ms. Davey completed her MBA-HC at St Ambrose University in 2003 and is currently working towards her PhD. Ms. Davey has been very involved with the Illinois Physical Therapy Association where she held two terms as North Central District Chair, was a member of the Health Promotion Committee and a Delegate for North Central District. She is actively seeing patients at the Physical Therapy Faculty Practice and teaching in the Post-professional Orthopaedic Residency Program, and within the Entry-level DPT Program at UIC. Her research interests include, musculoskeletal and gait dysfunctions, health disparity outcomes in orthopedic conditions and pain management. 


Candidate: Melinda Hagaman, PT, DPT

Member Since: 2009

Personal Statement: As a new professional, it has been a privilege to have served the IPTA in several ways throughout my career so far: at first, as an Assembly Representative, and now, since 2015, as the North Central District Chair. I am excited to continue, as part of the IPTA, to help shape the future of our profession. Serving as a Delegate to the House is considered to be one of the most important roles a physical therapist can be involved in. I am honored to take the responsibility of serving as a Delegate at Large to help the PT profession continue to meet the quickly changing needs of healthcare and assist with overall advancement of our wonderful profession. Thank you for considering me in your vote.  


Candidate: Jack Jones, PT, DPT, OCS

Member Since: 2007

Personal Statement: As an experienced physical therapist and leader, over the past ten years I have treated in outpatient and inpatient settings across the country and in varying demographics with active license in five states. From rural hospital based care to elite athletic training facilities, I have cared for our aging geriatric populations with aquatic therapy or total joint replacements and also rehabilitated high level athletes in professional baseball, football, soccer and triathlon careers. In doing so I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal and now serve as educator and instructor in spinal manipulative techniques, dry needling, evidenced-based care for extremities and advanced care of the runner and lower extremity athlete.

In 2016 I had the pleasure of serving as an Eastern Central District Assembly Representative. From this experience and having served as clinical mentor and multi-site director in a growing private practice, I believe I can bring a unique perspective to the IPTA leadership. I am responsible for ensuring the mission and values of our profession are communicated across disciplines and demonstrated with exceptional care and a positive patient experience. It would be my privilege to serve the IPTA in the coming term.


Candidate: Sarah Keller, PT, DPT, NCS

Member Since: 2005

Personal Statement: For the majority of my professional career, I have had an active role in our professional organization. As a believer in the need for a strong professional organization, I find value and necessity in the voice of the membership. This has never been more apparent to me, than at the House of Delegates. Having been a delegate for the last two years, I understand the role to not only speak for the membership of Illinois, but also to relay the motions to be discussed and the opinions of the group. I enjoy the open discussion that can happen when discussing these important professional issues and questions for the future of our profession. I take this responsibility seriously and have consistently been prepared for meetings and discussions. I have truly appreciated the ability to fulfill this role for the members of Illinois in the past and I look forward to possibility continuing in the role in the years to come.

Candidate: Joe Klis, PT, DPT, NCS

Member Since: 2014

Personal Statement:I remember sitting in class during the first day of PT school when my professor made a very profound statement. She told my class that this program would be very rigorous and that there would be times when we would want to give up. She informed us when that point in time comes, we should think of our future patients. She explained that we would be doing a huge disservice to them if we did not give every class our very best effort. Our future patients would expect us to provide them with the best care possible, and we should not disappoint them. 

Ever since that day in class, I have strived to be the very best physical therapist that I can be. I started this process by simply sitting down and deciding what I enjoy to do, where I want to work, and how I can be the best PT in that particular setting. I currently work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I am currently working towards becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. However, being a great PT requires much more than that. During my years in PT school, I was heavily involved in the IPTA/APTA. However, once I began working full time I chose to dedicate my time to becoming a competent physical therapist. I do plan on continuing to better myself through life long learning and won't stop this process of continuous improvement. However, I believe I am now ready to step back into an active role within the IPTA. I truly believe this organization fully supports everything that makes physical therapy such an amazing profession. It is now by time for me to help to ensure that it stays that way. 

I imagine that there are many experiences in my life that have made me who I am, none of which I regret. While in college, I learned to balance my social life, sports, work, and academics even though issues within my family that were out of my control were making things very difficult. These sensitive household issues continued to be present in my life, but I learned to keep them separated to a point from my schoolwork. It was my confidence, optimism, and inherently, my personality that got me to where I am today. I feel that my character is what separates me from the crowd. I am very engaging and I thrive in social situations. Throughout my experiences not only in school but in everyday life, I have found that I can connect with others on an intimate level very easily, and that is just what my personality allows me to do, and I love it. I also believe that these skills have made me a better therapist. 

I am the son of two hardworking polish immigrants, who came here with no more than 200 dollars in their pockets, and with no college education. They worked endlessly so that I could have the opportunity they never had... a chance at an education. I am a product of their efforts: a hardworking, intelligent, Polish American; but I have the opportunity that they never had, and I will not take that opportunity for granted. 


Candidate: Othman O'Malley, PT, DPT

Member Since: 2014

Personal Statement: Firstly, I would like to say that it is a great honor to be nominated to serve the IPTA . Membership and service are key to advancing our profession. I have started my professional career with a focus on increasing access to those in need of our unique appraoch to health and well-being. I have always fed off of the extraordinary talent and enthusiasm that our Illinois membership. I have served in a number of capacities, from helping organize two APTA NSC conferences, to serving on an IPTA committee, and presenting research at Revitalize. I hope to play a role in the continuation of the IPTAs legacy as the nation's premier state chapter. We have accomplished a great deal but have a great deal more to achieve.


Candidate: Michael Riley Jr., PT, DPT

Member Since: 1999

Personal Statement: My name is Mike Riley Jr. I graduated from Bradley University in 1999. After 10 years developing my clinical skills in numerous settings, I began searching for a way to have more impact with my patients. This has lead me down a path of leaning and service.

I have twin boys and an eight year old girl. Last week, my daughter said, "Daddy, I want to be a physical therapist too." She was genuinely excited. I can remember thinking, it will be 2032 before she has a license! This one statement put the responsibility squarely on my shoulders to commit myself to doing all I can to ensure a sound future for the profession. Being a delegate allows me the opportunity to help make my daughter's wish a reality.

After having the privilege of attending the House of Delegates in 2017 I have a new found respect for delegates, chief delegates and the election process for APTA service positions. I can tell you with no hesitation, IT MATTERS. The amount of effort put into each motion is inspiring. If elected, I will do my best to help shape policy to benefit the members of the Illinois Chapter of APTA. 

Thank you for your consideration. It is a true honor to slated for this position. 


Candidate: Julie Schwertfeger,PT, DPT, MBA, CBIST

Member Since: 1992

Personal Statement: Our profession needs engaged and articulate leadership in order to effectively navigate the disruptions in healthcare that we currently see. My commitment to APTA and IPTA began when I joined as a student PT, and deepened through practice, active membership, and service leadership at the district, chapter, and national levels. Last year, playing an active role as the Delegate-At-Large was exhilarating, as it put me into the discussion from motion idea, through development, and a vote on behalf of our Illinois members! Engaging with and listening to physical therapists across Illinois and our nation in order to drive our professional practice forward is a passion for me, which is bolstered by the aptitude developed through ongoing service leadership roles. The protracted delay on repealing the bipartisan and bicameral therapy cap is evidence of the need for committed and astute professional leadership and policy within our governing body, the APTA. I am committed to serve in order to advance policy that positively impacts our ability, and provides patient’s access to needed care. I hope you will elect me to continue this work in the coming term. 

Currently, I work at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; College of Applied Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy. I am a faculty Instructor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, teaching neurology content, and directing two educational community clinics for adults with neurological impairments. My past roles include clinical practice in rehabilitation, LTAC, home health, and private practice outpatient practice settings. My clinical roles were earmarked by program development and stewardship of regulatory and quality initiatives across multi-disciplinary teams. Examples include: assisting in the submission and attainment of a PCORI contract with the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research to research the feasibility of using patient reported outcome measures in adult neurologic patients going through acute rehabilitation. Initiating and successfully stewarding a Joint Commission Rehabilitation Stroke Certification. Development of a robust coma stimulation and ventilator dependent rehabilitation program in LTAC. This broad experience paired with my service roles in IPTA and APTA provides me perspective of unique as well as overlapping needs across practice settings and specializations.

Thank you for nominating me, and for your confidence as you consider electing me to serve you as IPTA Delegate-At-Large for the 2019-2020 term. 


Candidate: Sally Taylor,PT, DPT, NCS OCS

Member Since: 1998

Personal Statement: The field of healthcare is changing at a very rapid pace due to new policy initiatives. It is critical that physical therapists are aware of how these changes impact our practice and to take an active role in navigating these changes together. Through brainstorming, collaboration, and problem solving we can ensure that the values and visions of the field of physical therapy are integrated into the decisions that are being made to navigate these global health initiative changes. I feel that the role of Illinois Delegate-at-Large to the APTA House of Delegates will enable me to contribute to the field of physical therapy in the state of Illinois as well as across the country. In this role, I will be able to apply my knowledge of a treating clinician, physical therapy teacher, health policy, and therapy manager. I look forward to contributing to the development of our profession if I am elected to fulfill this role.


NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Candidate: Brianna DeBiasi, PT, DPT, OCS

Member Since: 2012

Personal Statement: I became a member of the IPTA in 2012; my first year of PT school. Since that time, I have transitioned into the role of Early Career Liaison Physical Therapist to the Board as well as a member of the Nominating Committee for the Eastern District. I continually find encouragement and rejuvenation in being an active member of this chapter. As I continue to find myself professionally, my time in the IPTA continues to mold my practice. As a Nominating Committee member, I will continue the work done before me to advance our profession not only in the state of Illinois, but across the country.  


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