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MEET A MEMBER: Jeffrey A. Damaschke PT, DPT, PhD, OCS Incoming Chapter Secretary

Tuesday, June 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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MEET A MEMBER: Jeffrey A. Damaschke PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
Incoming Chapter Secretary

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

Serving on IPTA’s Board of Directors is an excellent way to have a substantial impact in your community and your profession. The results from this year’s Chapter Elections were published in last month’s issue of Keeping You Connected – and those newly elected individuals will soon be taking office in 2019.

Having previously served on IPTA’s Board of Directors as Vice President (2011-2013), Jeffrey Damaschke, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS returns to serve as your incoming IPTA Secretary in 2019.

In learning a little more about Jeff, we asked, what inspired you to become a PT?

Damaschke: Working first as a Navy Hospital Corpsman and then as a Navy Physical Therapist Assistant is what inspired me to become a physical therapist. I had a variety of excellent mentors, who were physical therapists in the Navy. They all worked with me and inspired me to complete my prerequisites while going to night school and then apply and get accepted into PT school. I truly love working as a PT and that love continues today!

As the incoming Chapter Secretary, this will be your second time serving on the Executive Committee. What have you found most rewarding about serving on the Executive Committee?

Damaschke: New knowledge and experiences is the most rewarding thing about serving on the Executive Committee. Gaining knowledge related to working with PTs, PTAs and other health professionals; gaining knowledge about the "happenings" in the PT community both locally and nationally; and just gaining new experiences related to leadership and working collaboratively are all rewards of serving.

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

Damaschke: Always be a good person - Be a GREAT PT or PTA - Promote healthy living and wellness! 

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