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MEET A MEMBER: Mike Riley, PT IPTA President

Tuesday, December 4, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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MEET A MEMBER: Mike Riley, PT IPTA President

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

- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2021)
Member since 1973

As 2018 soon comes to end, IPTA President Mike Riley, PT reflects on the conclusion of his first 3-year term as IPTA Board President.

But, fear not, this isn’t goodbye:  our members elected Mike to continue as IPTA President for a second term (2019-2021).

In chatting with Mike, we asked What inspired you to become a physical therapist?

Riley: "I wanted to be in a health care field and my brother-in-law was a physical therapist. I was fortunate to be accepted into the physical therapy program at St. Louis University and then worked with my brother-in-law after school."

The IPTA has accomplished some great things during your first term as President. What are you most proud of?

Riley: "I have been a member of the APTA and IPTA since I graduated from school. I think the growth in our membership is the one thing that I am most proud of. Membership allows us to provide the services and support to protect and grow our profession. Direct access and dry needling legislation were both very significant legislative victories for our profession and will have significant impact in the years to come. These legislative achievements are the result of our membership carrying our message to their legislators and understanding the role of advocacy. The ground work for success is developed over the course of time and the building of relationships."

What do you see as IPTA’s top priority as you move into your 2nd term as Board President?

Riley: "I have always felt that the association has a role to educate the public to the benefits of physical therapy and with direct access this becomes even more important. Providing our membership with the necessary tools to raise awareness of physical therapy in our communities will be important. I also believe that we need to strive to educate more of our membership in the area of reimbursement. As our members develop this understanding they will be able to talk more knowledgeably with their legislators about how their patients and their practice are impacted by eroding payments and increasing administrative burdens. As our strategic plan is being developed I hope many of our members will weigh in on what we can improve to increase involvement in the districts. Hopefully we will be able to embrace the changes necessary to retain our existing members while trying to grow our support."

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

Riley: "If each of our members could reach out and convince one other physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to join the APTA/IPTA, it would have an amazing impact on our profession. The voice of the IPTA would definitely be louder.

You need to ask colleagues, “Are you a member of the IPTA?”-- If the answer is yes then thank them for their support and if it is no, it is time for you to get to work and convince them to join!"


Angela B. Wallace PTA says...
Posted Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Thank you for your leadership.

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