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Human Anatomy Cadaver Day 2019

Join the APTA Colorado Chapter's Student SIG for Human Anatomy Cadaver Day 2019! This event is a self-guided educational opportunity open to all health professionals including OT, ATC, and graduate students. Current students and faculty will be available to answer questions about the bodies. Anatomical structures of interest will be tagged to help guide your learning. IMPORTANT: High school students, family members, etc. are not permitted. A liability waiver is required to participate in this event.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019
            You can choose ONE of the following time slots - 9:00am - 11:00am MT  or  11:00am - 1:00pm MT

Location: Regis University - Peter Claver Hall (Room 010)
                 333 Regis Blvd
                 Denver, CO 80221
* Parking is free on weekends in the lot off Lowell.

Cost: $30 for APTA PT/PTA Members & Non-member PT/PTAs
$15 for APTA Student Members & Non-member Students

*One hour of level 3 CEU for PTs and PTAs

Click here to register!

Questions? Contact Lauren Trevis at [email protected].


2020 Honors & Awards Program

Posted: November 22, 2019

Each year APTA honors outstanding achievements on the part of its members in the areas of overall accomplishment, education, practice and service, publications, research, and academic excellence. Award recipients will be recognized on, in PT in Motion, and at the awards ceremony at APTA's 2020 NEXT Conference & Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona. 

The nominations call for the 2020 Honors and Awards Program is now open thru December 1, 2019. Click here to view the individual lectures, awards, and scholarships for additional information.
Please don't let this opportunity pass you by! If you've already started the nomination process and have questions, we can help. Email us at [email protected].


2019 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference & PT Expo

Posted: October 24, 2019

The 2019 APTA Colorado Fall conference at the Doubletree Stapleton North was a rousing success with 272 attendees and 11 exhibitors in attendance. Educational topics reflected the breadth of our profession, covering topics including Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Pediatric Post-Concussion Syndrome and Scoliosis. The business meeting included announcement of election results (see results here), legislative updates and a discussion of the recently passed return to play law that includes physical therapists in health care professionals approved for returning young athletes to sport. Fun and socializing was also enjoyed by all. The Student SIG, led by Lauren Trevis and Lina Kleinschmidt, sponsored a PT Pub Night that included interactive games, tasty beverages and delicious food.

Our chapter has benefitted greatly by the selfless service of many individuals, some of whom were recognized by the chapter. Jen Berry Masamitsu, who led the charge for dry needling legislation and was the 2018 PT of the year, presented on new frontiers in technology for physical therapy practice. Nicole Miranda and Heather Campbell were awarded the PT of the Year for their tireless efforts in promoting the aforementioned return to play legislation. Kenda Fuller was awarded the Bob Doctor award for her years of service to the chapter and professional as were Sharon Jordan, Anne Keil and Lisa Dannemiller for their decade long contributions to the Professional Development Committee.

This year’s conference was exceptional in its content, delivery and professionalism thanks to the efforts of many unsung heroes: In addition to the above named members of the PDC, Lina Kleinschmidt, last year’s Student SIG chair, photographed the entire event and the photos are available to view on our Facebook page and by clicking below. Beth Lubacz assured that we had sufficient therapy tables and coordinated their logistics. Megan Mitchell collaborated with Sharon Jordan to produce and outstanding Trauma Informed Care Symposium. Morgan Wilson and Anne Keil coordinated the Neuro track and Christy Hupka assisted Lisa Dannemiller in obtaining the consistently outstanding pediatric programming. Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley coordinated and moderated an outstanding platform presentation. Dani Korth and Chandler Bruns, from our association management office, dedicated countless hours (with very little sleep) to assuring that every aspect of the conference ran smoothly. Lastly, we would like to thank all our speakers who so generously gave of their time and expertise to our members, our profession and our patients.

We are actively planning next year’s fall 2020 conference in a Front Range venue and look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Click here to view photos from conference!

2019 APTA Colorado Chapter Bylaw Change Summary & Election Results

Posted: October 24, 2019

At the 2019 Colorado APTA Conference in Denver in October, several Bylaw Amendments were passed by the membership. The most significant, being the change in the voting rights of the Physical Therapist Assistant from one half vote to a full vote at Colorado Chapter membership meetings. The amendment passed with a 2/3 majority. 

Several other amendments were passed that brought the Chapter Bylaws into alignment with the current structure of the Colorado Board of Directors and the recent changes to one Annual Meeting per year.

1. One Director At Large will represent all of the Colorado SIGs.
2. Update language on the composition of the Board of Directors/Executive Committee/Officers
3. Members of the Board of Directors, Officers of the Chapter and the Nominating Committee shall assume office (30) days after the election.
4. Updated language on the terms of office of the President, President Elect, Delegate At Large and Chief Delegate.
5. Added to the Duties of the PTA Caucus Representative, to Serve as the PTA Caucus Director on the Board of Directors.

2019 APTA Colorado Chapter Officer Election Results:

Vice President - Jill Flaherty

Chief Delegate Elect - Rebekah Griffith


2019 APTA Colorado Awards

Posted: October 24, 2019

At the APTA Colorado annual conference this past weekend in Denver, the 2019 award recipients were recognized. Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

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)
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