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MEET A MEMBER: Ryan Pawloski, SPT IPTA SSIG President

Tuesday, August 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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MEET A MEMBER: Ryan Pawloski, SPT
IPTA SSIG President

The IPTA is proud of members who are working hard towards advancing the physical therapy profession, especially our students.

The Illinois Physical Therapy Association’s Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) is comprised of over 900 SPTs and SPTAs across Illinois. The SSIG provides a platform for Illinois students of physical therapy to communicate, share information and ideas, and participate in the Chapter and the Association.

This past June, DPT third year University of Illinois student, Ryan Pawloski was elected by his peers to serve as our 2018-2019 SSIG President.

We asked Ryan, "What inspired you to pursue a degree to become a physical therapist?”

Pawloski: Prior to entering PT school, I was a personal trainer and a strength and conditioning coach, working with adolescents and adults of all levels to improve their overall physical fitness or their performance in a sport or physical skill. I got hooked on the intricacies and depth of not only the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems, but also in their associated dysfunctions – the problems that could arise with their misuse or damage. That fascination led me to pursue a more advanced degree in physical therapy. Being able to help others to maximize their performance and live with a system in balance…that was my motivation to pursue my DPT.

The newly elected leaders of the SSIG have already spent time this summer being orientated in their roles and holding their monthly board meetings. As the SSIG President, what is the most important initiative you and the SSIG Board are working on?

Pawloski: The previous SSIG board gave us an excellent model to follow for what an effective board looks like, particularly with their incredible work to grow student participation in the IPTA and the Diversity Toolbox they developed. With that said, I think the topic we want to attack the most in our term is promoting a closer SPT/SPTA relationship, in hopes that it will translate to fuller and more effective collaboration moving forward. PTAs are taught extensively about the relationship, where I can say from experience that the DPT education on this topic could be more robust. By talking to academic programs and students alike, we can try to strengthen this relationship right from the start and strengthen our profession along with it.

Ryan, the floor is yours.  If you had the attention of all the SPT and SPTA members, what message would you like to convey?

Pawloski: In the words of Sharon Dunn, APTA President, we truly are better together. This is why the SSIG wants to strengthen the SPT/SPTA relationship. When all clinicians and students are united, as one voice and one heart, we can work to truly transform our patients, our communities, and our state. By working together, we can translate our goals into reality.

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