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MEET A MEMBER: Hector Martinez, PTA IPTA Early Career PTA Board Liaison

Tuesday, April 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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MEET A MEMBER: Hector Martinez, PTA
IPTA Early Career PTA Board Liaison

The IPTA is proud of our fascinating and influential members who are working hard towards advancing the physical therapy profession.

Early career professionals (PTs and PTAs within their first five years of practice) represent a large amount of IPTA’s membership. with an increase of graduates entering the field each year, this membership category will continue to grow.

IPTA’s Early Career PT and PTA Board liaisons help to ensure that the membership category in which they represent, have a means to communicate and convey issues they are facing with the IPTA’s Board of Directors.

Hector Martinez, PTA was recently appointed as IPTA’s Early Career PTA Board Liaison.

We asked Hector, what inspired you to become a PTA?

Martinez: Over the years I had become more interested in a health career.  I had experienced physical therapy for my knee, my back, my shoulder, and finally my hip.  I was truly amazed at the work that physical therapist do, and how they were able to help me regain not only my physical strength and functional abilities but also my pride and self-esteem.

At the age of 50, I embarked on a new career that would lead me to become a physical therapist assistant. I had no medical or science background at the time.  I had graduated from Bradley University in Peoria in the mid-80s.  It turned out to be the most difficult educational challenge of my life.

Five years later, I am now working for Professional Therapy Services and loving my new career as a physical therapist assistant!

Hector has already been a strong advocate for the PT profession by participating in IPTA’s #ChoosePT Day in Springfield last October. When talking to legislators, what do you feel is the most important message to communicate?

Martinez: I really want to convey the message to legislators that we can make a difference in the opioid epidemic fight and drastically decrease the use of opioids by providing physical therapy as a choice. Physical therapist need direct access to patients and as a legislature they can make this change for the good of all people, not just in Illinois. 

Hector, If you had the attention of all the Members, what message would you like to convey?

Martinez: As an individual employed as a therapist, each of us can initiate conversations amongst family and friends regarding the opioid epidemic. We should be communicating the need for a change in the law, which could and should provide Physical Therapists direct access to people.


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