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2019 APTA Colorado Awards

Posted: October 16, 2019

At the APTA Colorado annual conference this past weekend in Denver, the 2019 award recipients were recognized. 

Outstanding PT and PTA of the Year

The Outstanding PT and PTA of the year is a chapter member that demonstrates Excellence in an area of practice (clinical, administration, research, and education) and has made significant contributions to the profession, the community, and the chapter.

2019 Recipients: 

  • Nicole Miranda, PT, DPT (PT of the Year)
  • Heather Campbell, PT, DPT, MA (PT of the Year)
  • Jennifer Bonsant, PTA (PTA of the Year)

Bob Doctor Service Awards

The Bob Doctor Award is given to APTA/Colorado Chapter member who gives exceptional service to the chapter by bringing recognition and credit to entire profession.

2019 Recipients:

  • Kenda Fuller, PT
  • Sharon Jordan, PT, MA
  • Lisa Dannemiller, PT, DSc
  • Anne Kiel, PT, DPT

Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award

Recognizes clinical faculty who provide consistent, quality mentorship from multiple PT and PTA programs in the state that demonstrate achievements in promoting exceptional clinical educations experiences and professional involvement in clinical education.

2019 Recipient:

  • Christi Galindo, PT

 APTA CO Chapter Pauline Cerasoli “ACE” DPT Student Award and “ACE” PTA Award. 

Selection based on: Academic and Clinical Excellence,  Community and Professional , Involvement,  Effective Interpersonal Skills,  Leadership Ability, Commitment to Personal Achievement (Perseverance), Potential to Contribute to the PT Profession.

2019 Recipients:

  • Kristen Townsend (Student DPT)
  • Erica Dawson (Student PTA)

PSIG Event - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Posted: October 16, 2019

Course Title: What’s New in Neuromuscular Disease: Updates on DMD and SMA

Course Description: 
The course will include: 1. A brief review of common characteristics/diagnostic criteria for each diagnosis (DMD and SMA) including the genetic causes, 2. Current research and treatment updates, 3. Current standards of care for PT 4. How to incorporate these updates in progression into PT assessment and treatments.

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm MT

Where: University of Colorado Strauss Health Sciences Library
             Anschutz Medical Center - Reading Room 
             12950 E Montview Blvd, Aurora, CO 80045

Parking Information: Ignacio or Georgetown Visitor Parking Lots Evenings: $1.00 flat rate from 4:00 pm to 7:00 am (Parking Map)

** Please Note - If you are unable to join this event in person, you may attend remotely via a Zoom webinar call. You must still click below to register online and then you will receive an email with the call information.

Audience: Therapists in the community with interest in and/or caseloads that include current or potential clients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and/or Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Cost: $10 for APTA members, $20 for non-APTA members, Free for students

CE Credit: Category 1 - 1 Hour

Speaker Information:

Terri Carry - Denver native, graduated from CU PT school in 1975 (the initials after my name should be OLD!) Worked as a pediatric PT for entire career (more than 40+ years) at CHCO Worked as both inpatient and outpatient PT both at main campus and satellite campus. Experience in developmental, neuro, burns, NICU, rehab, neuromuscular and research. Involved in the CHCO Neuromuscular Clinic since it first started Involved in more than 20 past and ongoing clinical trials for neuromuscular and general neurology Absolutely thrilled with progress in neuromuscular research that is making a huge impact on the lives of patients with neuromuscular disease (this is what keeps me learning and loving my job!).

Course Objectives: 

1. Participants will be able to identify the common symptoms of two of the most common neuromuscular diseases -Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) -Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) 
2. Participants will understand the genetics behind these two diagnosis’ 
3. Participants will have a basic understanding of the latest research and treatment strategies for DMD and SMA 
4. Participants will be able to identify the standards of care for DMD and SMA and how these new treatments impact the role of PT in the care of these patients
Click Here to Register!

Mile High District Event - Nov. 12: “Foot and Ankle Impairments and Treatment” 

Posted: October 16, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, November 12th for the Mile High District's “Foot and Ankle Impairments and Treatment” presented by Stacy Soappman, PT, DScPT, FAAOMPT from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Regis University in Room 409. The event costs $20 for non-members, $10 for members and $5 for student members. 

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Members: Tell Us Your News!

Posted: October 3, 2019

APTA Colorado would love to hear about exciting changes and achievements in your professional and personal endeavors. Please fill out the form so your news can be highlighted in our weekly e-mails and possibly at our events. 

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Colorado PT Students Raise Funds for Physical Therapy Research

Posted: Oct. 7, 2019
By Jessica Strupp, SPT; Monica Geiser, SPT; Ashley DeJaco, SPT; Hannah Howell, SPT

Students from physical therapist (PT) programs in Colorado were among the 153 schools that participated in the 2018-2019 Pitt-Marquette Challenge, raising $266,019 for the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR).Since inception of the student fundraising Challenge in 1989, more than 320 schools have participated in the effort raising more than $4.3 million.

The Marquette Challengeis a grassroots, student-led fundraising effort to advance the mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. Each year, hundreds of physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) students, with the support of their program directors and community, hold fundraising events across the U.S. to fund physical therapy research. The Challenge has funded over 27 physical therapy research grants and scholarships.

“Students are really connecting with research in a way that matters,” said Ashley DeJaco, SPT. “The Challenge raises more funds each year than any other FPTR activity.”

The students of Regis University and University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus contributed to Colorado’s total of $9,720 in support of the Challenge in the 2018-2019 year. The success of the Challenge would not be possible without their contributions. The University of Colorado earned an Award of Merit.

The top fundraising schools for 2018-2019 include:

  • 1st Place:  Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
  • 2nd Place: University of Pittsburgh
  • 3rd Place: University of Delaware

As the top fundraiser, VCU earned first place by raising $34,327. VCU will serve as co-host and won naming rights for the 2019-2020 VCU-Marquette Challenge.

“The Foundation is so grateful for the hard work the students put into making this such a successful fundraiser,” said Erica Sadiq, Foundation Director of Development. “Students involved in the Challenge connect with research in a meaningful way and are able to develop leadership skills that help them throughout their careers.”

The Challenge supports grants, scholarships, and the rigorous peer review process which results in the awarding of all Foundation scholarships and grants. Using a review process modeled after the National Institutes of Health, the Foundation identifies and funds the best qualified candidates to develop the next generation of physical therapy research leaders.

  • Eric Anson, PT, MPT, PhD an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester’s Department of Otolaryngology, is the recipient of the $40,000  Pitt-Marquette Challenge Research Grant. His project titled “Investigating Fear and Perception at Virtual Heights in Individuals with Fall Risk” will harness virtual reality to improve self-motion perception and fear of falling in older adults and identify mechanisms contributing to those changes.
  • Cherie V. LeDoux, PT, DPT, at the University of Colorado is recipient of the $7,500 PODS I Scholarship funded by the Pitt-Marquette Challenge. Her project is entitled “Social Determinants of Physical Activity in Older Adults with End-Stage Knee Osteoarthritis.”

Faculty and students of PT and PTA programs in the state of Colorado are encouraged to visit the Marquette Challenge website at to learn how they can support the Foundation and physical therapy research through the 2019-2020 VCU-Marquette Challenge. Contributions for the VCU-Marquette Challenge should be submitted by April 16, 2020. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online at or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

About the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research, formerly known as the Foundation for Physical Therapy, is celebrating forty years of funding research and researchers. Founded in 1979, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships to nearly 600 researchers. Learn more about the Foundation’s investments in the physical therapy profession at





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