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2019 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.



 



Alice Salzman, PT, EdD
Babette Sanders Leadership & Service Award

Alice Salzman, PT, EdD is the recipient of the 2019 Babette Sanders Leadership & Service Award. This award is to honor and recognize a physical therapist who has demonstrated, over time, an exceptional level of support and dedication to physical therapy through his or her support and/or roles in the national (including Sections) and/or state association.

Alice’s nominators specifically mention her contributions to academic physical therapy through her tenure as a faculty member at Northwestern University, her leadership in clinical education and mentoring of new Directors of Clinical Education, and her contributions to the Academy for Physical Therapy Education as Education Program Chair and Representative-at- Large for Professional Development. Her teaching excellence has been recognized through awards such as the John X. Thomas, Jr. Best Teachers of Feinberg Award received in 2018.

At the Chapter level, she has served as a District Chair, a representative to the Assembly, member and Chair of both the Nominating Committee and the Ethics Committee and Chair of the previous Pro Bono Services Task Force. Her nominators also recognize her commitment to service which is best exemplified by her leadership in Global Health initiatives on the APTA Task Force on Global Engagement and many trips as through Health Volunteers oversees to places such as Uganda, Vietnam and Peru.

Dr. Salzman's local, national and international leadership in clinical education, pro bono clinical service and ethics are truly worthy of recognition as the 2019 Babette Sanders Leadership & Service Award recipient





Cori Zook-Arquines, PT, MHPE, CLT
Physical Therapist of the Year Award

This award is presented to individuals who has demonstrated an exceptional level of support and dedication to physical therapy through his or her support and/or roles in the national and/or state association.

Cori Zook-Arquines, PT, MHPE, CLT is being recognized for her role in leading the successful transition of the Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum, a independent organization for many years, to the IPTA Clinical Educators Special Interest Group of the IPTA. While her nominators said this was a group effort, they identified her hard work and leadership for the success of their efforts. As part of that leadership, she engaged many stakeholders, worked to create bylaws and now serves as the Interim Chair for the group.

Thank you Cori for your leadership in this effort, which will ultimately lead to excellence in physical therapy education throughout Illinois.






Andrew Strubhar, PT, PhD
Outstanding Academic Educator Award  

This new award is intended to recognize an individual who has demonstrated excellence as a faculty member in preparation of entry level physical therapist students or entry level physical therapist assistant students.

This year’s inaugural Outstanding Academic Educator award goes to Dr. Andrew Strubhar, PT, PhD. Currently faculty member at Bradley University, Andrew has been an academic educator for 30 years. His nominators provided numerous examples of his outstanding teaching abilities including the ability to express complex neuroscience concepts and gross anatomy in ways that make the basic science information meaningful to clinical practice. Students have given him high marks, commenting on his talent for engendering enthusiasm for his subject and for supporting student growth.

Not only is there evidence of his ability to inspire excellence in students, he has proven to be an exceptional mentor to new faculty.






Roshan Devarakonda, SPT
Outstanding Physical Therapist Student of the Year

Those who qualify for the award are outstanding SPTs or SPTAs who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution.

Roshan Devarakonda, SPT is one of this year’s Outstanding SPT Award recipient and is recognized as being an outstanding student and advocate.

Academically, Roshan has excelled, completing not one but two research projects even though only one was required. Currently in his final year of the DPT program at Bradley University, Roshan has been a kind hearted and good friend to his classmates and teachers, in and out of the classroom. One of his professors summed him up with this: “I am inspired by his passion for the profession of physical therapy, his compassion for other people, his participation in absolutely every activity offered, his self-driven initiation of service and advocacy activities, and his excitement for the future.”  

Thank you, Roshan for demonstrating outstanding leadership and superior scholastic ability.






Morgan Lukert, SPT
Outstanding Physical Therapist Student of the Year

Morgan Lukert, SPT is one of this year’s Outstanding SPT Award recipient and is recognized as being an outstanding student who does very well academically while at the same time achieving an outstanding record of service and leadership to his academic institution and to the professional association.

Morgan is a DPT student at Midwestern University who has exhibited excellence in the classroom, maintaining a 3.94/4.00 cumulative average and shares her knowledge by providing tutoring in anatomy and physiology.

Morgan has served as her Class President for all three years in her PT program, as well as volunteered for numerous events including Special Olympics, Health Sciences Career Day, and the Refresh and Retreat Stroke Camp. As one of her faculty put it, she “leads where she is.” Be it her classroom or the clinic, she is a shining example of the future of this profession.

Thank you, Morgan for demonstrating outstanding leadership and superior scholastic ability.






Emma Battaglia, SPTA
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student of the Year

Emma Battaglia, SPTA is the IPTA 2019 Outstanding SPTA Award recipient and is recognized as being an outstanding student who does very well academically while at the same time achieving an outstanding record of service and leadership to his academic institution and to the professional association.

Emma will soon be graduating from Oakton Community College. She chose to pursue a physical therapist assistant degree after completing her bachelor of arts in education and economics. Emma has clearly demonstrated that she will be a life long learner, already participating in IPTA #THIRDTHURSDAY as well as a leader, serving as President of her college’s PTA Club. She puts her past teaching and tutoring experience to use, helping her classmates as well as volunteering in the community. One of her professors said that she “exemplifies altruism, mentoring and dedication to the profession of physical therapy.”

Thank you, Emma for demonstrating leadership within your program, and service within your community.

 

Kathy Hall, PT, EdD
April 6, 2019
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