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2015 IPTA Award Recipients
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The Illinois Physical Therapy Association gives several awards that recognize the efforts of clinicians, educators and leaders toward the advancement of the physical therapy profession.


Ben Grotenhuis, PT, FAAOMPT,
Clinical Educator of the Year Award

Ben Grotenhuis, PT, FAAOMPT is the recipient of the 2015 IPTA Clinical Educator of the Year Award. This award honors and recognizes a clinical educator of physical therapy who has consistently demonstrated significant contributions to the quality of clinical education.


Ben currently practices orthopedic physical therapy at FYZICAL, an outpatient clinic in Naperville, IL.  His nominators stated that Mr. Grotenhuis has a long history serving as a physical therapy clinical educator at multiple levels - for entry level  physical therapist and physical therapists assistant students as well as for those completing physical therapy residencies and through teaching in continuing education courses.  He is noted to be a caring clinician and teacher and to be an exceptionally strong role model for professionalism and lifelong learning. Please join me in congratulating Ben Grotenhuis on what is clearly a well deserved award.

Thank you, Dr. Grotenhuis, for your many years of service in educating physical therapists.

Megan O'Connell, SPT
Outstanding Physical Therapy Student of the Year

Megan O’Connell, a third year DPT student from University of Illinois at Chicago.Those who qualify for the award are outstanding SPTs or SPTAs who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Megan has gone above and beyond what is expected of a physical therapist student and has risen in various positions of leadership. Megan was previously served as the SSIG Vice President in 2014 where she helped organized the IPTA Marquette Challenge Banquet and a joint meeting between PT/PTA students and the Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum (CACEF) and currently serves on the SSIG board as the Student Mentor. Megan excels not only in her leadership roles and academically, but also volunteering in her community and encouraging high school students to seek careers in the healthcare field.

Thank you, Megan O'Connell for demonstrating outstanding leadership and superior scholastic ability.

Daniel M. Corcos, Ph.D
John Maselter "Friend of Physical Therapy" Award

Dnaiel M. Corcos, Ph.D is the 2015 recipient of the John Maselter "Friend of Physical Therapy" Award.
This award
acknowledges and honors an individual who is not a physical therapist but who has provided substantial support to improving the practice of physical therapy in the state of Illinois. This year the award is being presented to Daniel Corcos, PhD.


Daniel Corcos is currently a Professor of Physical Therapy faculty at Northwestern University although I have to say that I have known him for many years as he spent most of his career at the University of Illinois at Chicago before he was lured away!  Daniel's contribution to the betterment of physical therapy, according to his nominators, is really twofold.  First, he has served as an PhD advisor to many physical therapists who pursued doctoral degrees in movement science and kinesiology - at least three of them are present here today.  In addition to his direct role as a PhD advisor, Dr. Corcos has served as a research mentor for many other physical therapists in Illinois and across the country. The second significant contribution that Dr. Corcos has made to physical therapy is through his own research in movement disorders and Parkinson's disease which has been supported by many millions of dollars in research funding and has been presented around the globe.  


Dr. Corcos' contribution the literature includes well over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals - at least that is where I stopped counting!!  and he has been honored many times for his teaching as well as for his research.


Please join me in congratulating Daniel M. Corcos PhD on this extremely well deserved award.  

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