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Assistive Technology/Seating & Wheelchair Mobility

The intent of this SIG is to raise the awareness of the impact of neurologic impairments in falls and fall prevention and improve our understanding of assessment and interventions for balance dysfunction and fall risk and prevention in neurologic disorders. 

Chair
Ginger Walls, PT, MS, NCS

Vice Chair
Tammie Keller Johnson, PT, DPT, APT, MS

Secretary

Deborah A. Jones, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA, ATP

Nominating Committee 
Jess Godfrey, PT, DPT, NCS
Allison Fracchia, PT, DPT, ATP (Chair)
Tricia Garven, PT, ATP

Balance and Falls

The intent of this SIG is to raise the awareness of the impact of neurologic impairments in falls and fall prevention and improve our understanding of assessment and interventions for balance dysfunction and fall risk and prevention in neurologic disorders.

Chair

Debbie Espy, PT, PhD

Vice Chair

Hina Garg, MS, PT, PhD

Secretary

Ann Reinthal, PT, PhD, NCS

Nominating Committee 

Laura Jacobs 
Tanvi Bhatt, PT, PhD (Chair)
Gillian McLean, PhD, MS, PT

Brain Injury

The purpose of this group is to provide an avenue of communication and networking for clinicians, educators, and researchers working with or interested in acquired brain injury. The SIG provides a forum for discussion of topics related to brain injury at physical therapy national meetings.

Chair

Carolyn Tassini, PT, DPT, NCS

Vice Chair

Kim Miczak, PT, NCS

Secretary

Amanda Wu, PT, DPT, NCS

Nominating Committee

Hannah Foster, PT, DPT, NCS (Chair)
Laura Stephens, PT, DPT, NCS
Natalie Anzures, PT, DPT, NCS

Degenerative Diseases

The SIG updates members regarding current research and treatment through the SIG newsletter and provide a forum for discussion of topics related to neurodegenerative diseases at APTA meetings. We aim to support and develop educational materials about degenerative diseases and provide an avenue of communication and networking for clinicians, educators, and researchers working with or interested in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. 

Chair

Rebecca Martin, PT, DPT, NCS

Vice Chair

Jeannie Stephenson, PT, PhD, NCS

Secretary

Parminder (Parm) Padgett, PT, DPT, NCS

Nominating Committee

Sara Crandall PT, DPT, NCS (Chair)
Elizabeth Nixon, PT, DPT, NCS
Christina Burke, PT, DPT, NCS

 

Spinal Cord Injury

The purpose of this group is to provide an avenue of communication and networking for clinicians, educators, and researchers working with or interested in SCI. The SIG provides a forum for discussion of topics related to SCI at physical therapy national meetings.

Chair

Casey Kandilakis, PT, DPT, NCS

Vice Chair

Cathy Larson, PT

Secretary

Christi Hutchinson, PT, NCS

Nominating Committee

Sara Hobbs, PT, DPT, NCS (Chair)
Andrea Stump, PT, DPT, NCS
Andrew Smith, DPT, PhD

Stroke

The SIG creates a forum for the discussion of rehabilitation issues associated with stroke survivors and form liaisons between APTA and the medical community through the support of research and through national organizations such as the National Stroke Association. Integrate into the community and provide information to the public about the risk factors of stroke and about living with the sequela of stroke.

Chair

Heather Hayes, DPT, NCS, PhD

Vice Chair

Jamie Haines , PT, DScPT, NCS

Secretary

Maureen Whitford, PT, PhD, NCS

Nominating Committee

Virginia Little, PT, DPT, NCS 
Rachel Prusynski PT, DPT, NCS (Chair)
Karen Zacharewicz, PT, DPT, NCS

Vestibular Rehabilitation

The goal of the SIG is to facilitate exchange of information that would impact the treatment of the vestibular patient between researchers and clinicians. Act as a liaison between SIG members and organizations with interest in vestibular rehabilitation. Monitor and share information on reimbursement systems and the coverage policies for vestibular rehabilitation.

Chair 

Rachel Wellons, PT, DPT, NCS

Vice Chair

Carrie Hoppes, PT, PhD, NCS

Secretary

Chuck Plishka, PT, DPT, NCS

Nominating Committee

Ryan Schrock, PT, DPT, CSCS, NCS (Chair)
Sara Oxborough, PT
Heidi Roth, PT, MS, DHS, NCS

Advisory and Practice Liaisons

Lisa Dransfield, PT, DPT, MA

Newsletter Editor

Deborah Struiksma, PT, NCS

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