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MEET A MEMBER(s): Your Incoming District Chairs!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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MEET A MEMBER(s): Your Incoming District Chairs!

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

On January 1st, 2020, the IPTA welcomes the transition of newly elected incoming district leadership. Joining the IPTA Board of Directors as chairs for the district are Paul Bliton PT (North Central) and Tony Schupp, PT (Western).

In getting to know these new leaders a little better, we asked "What inspired you to become a physical therapist?"

North Central District Chair (2020-2021)
Member since 2010

Bliton: I was inspired to become a Physical Therapist many ways.  I spent plenty of time in PT as a high school athlete, and genuinely enjoyed my time while getting treatment for my injuries.  The Physical Therapists were having fun and working hard, which seemed attractive as an occupation.  

I was also inspired to be a Physical Therapist by following my brother's case where a local hand surgeon misdiagnosed his Kienbock's disease as a wrist sprain, even though he had an MRI.  His Physical Therapist diagnosed him correctly and was able to refer him to the Indiana Hand Center, which allowed him to have the appropriate surgery and a good outcome.

Schupp: I originally wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon as I entered college. However, a knee injury and surgery later, I found myself truly connecting with my Physical Therapist and realized that was the direction I wanted to go. Having the ability to take someone through their rehab, where you're actually developing a relationship with them is what becomes so rewarding as a therapist.

We asked Paul and Tony the following question: “If you have the attention of all the members in your district, what message would you like to convey?

Bliton: If I had the attention of all the members in the district, I would like to convey the importance of membership, advocacy, and keeping up with the evidence.  We are at a pivotal point in the healthcare world regarding patient benefits and reimbursement.  We are already seeing PTs being laid off or forced to accept lower wages in SNFs and Home Health settings due to PDPM and other changes in payment.  We need as much advocacy and resources to combat these changes as possible, and we need to provide the best, evidence based care to demonstrate the best outcomes for our patients and show value to third party payors to create continued stability in our profession.

Tony Schupp, PT, DPT
Western District Chair (2020-2021)
Member since 2005

Schupp: Be a member! As the Director of 7 outpatient clinics, I am always discussing the importance of membership. Not only does it have a lot of immediate benefits like continuing education, but the dues at the state and national level really make an impact to assure the continued success of Physical Therapists. We are facing a lot of new challenges in regards to reimbursement, especially with Medicare, so it is more important now than ever to make the commitment to the Associations. On another note, the Western District has had a lot of difficulty with participation at the meeting and events, so if there is anything I can do as the new District Chair, please let me know so we can spark more interest!

Please join us in welcoming these incoming leaders.


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