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2017 Election Is Now Open 

Posted: April 7, 2017

The APTA Colorado chapter's 2017 elections are now open and online voting will be available for a two-week period, ending 30 minutes after the conclusion of the chapter's annual business meeting at 2:30 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Current APTA Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant members are eligible to vote.

The Nominating Committee of the APTA Colorado chapter presents the following slate of 8 candidates for the 2017 ballot:

  • President Elect - Cameron MacDonald 
  • Vice President - Mary Jane Rapport
  • Secretary - Cameron Lyons
  • Nominating Committee Lauren Hinrichs
  • Nominating Committee Lisa Dannemiller
  • Chief Delegate ElectScott Rezac
  • Director at Large - Megan Fitzsimmons Brito
  • Delegate at Large - Katie Larson

The Amendment to the Bylaws are included in the electronic ballot. A summary of the bylaw changes is described below and each can be voted on independently:

  1. One Director at Large shall represent all of the SIGs, as more particularly set forth in Section 1.A. of Article VII of these. The Board of Directors shall consist of seventeen (17) members, composed of the persons holding the Chapter offices or positions identified below: 
  •       (1)       President
  •       (2)       President-Elect
  •       (3)       Treasurer
  •       (4)       Secretary
  •       (5)       Chief Delegate
  •       (6)       Chief Delegate Elect
  •       (7)       District Representatives (four in total; one from each District).
  •       (8)       Director at Large (Secretary Liaison), to be referred as the SIGs Director, representing the Chapter’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs).  The SIGS included are Sports, CARe, Pediatric and Clinical Educators. The holder of this Board seat shall rotate each year from one SIG to another of the same, as determined by the Board of Directors from time to time. 
  •       (9)       Director at Large (Treasurer Liaison), to be referred to as the Finance Director, representing the Finance Committee, the Bob Doctor Golf Committee, the Membership and the CEU Locker.
  •       (10)     Director at Large (Vice President Liaison), to be referred to as the Professional Development Director, representing the Ethics Committee, the Research Committee, the Professional Development Committee and the Nominating Committee.  The holder of this Board seat shall rotate each year from one of the named Committees to another of the same, as determined by the Board of Directors from time to time.
  •       (11)     Director at Large (Chief Delegate Liaison), to be referred to as the Young Professional Director, representing the Mentorship Committee.  The holder of this Board seat shall be an eligible person who, when elected to the Board, is between one and five years from the date such person received his or her entry-level degree in physical therapy.
  •       (12)     Director at Large (President Liaison), to be referred to as the Practice Director, representing the Private Practice Section and the Government Affairs Committee.
  •       (13)     PTA Caucus Director, representing PTA members of the Chapter.

All such officers, directors at large and representatives designated in this Section 1.A. shall be known as Directors.  Any vacancy on the Board of Directors resulting from the death, resignation, removal or disqualification of any person holding any of the offices or positions described in this Section 1.A. may be filled in accordance with Section 4.B.(8) of Article VII.

2. The Chapter shall hold one meeting per calendar year of the Chapter membership for the conduct of business, with the annual meeting to be held in the Fall of each year. Attendance at meetings shall be limited to Chapter members and invited guests approved by the Chapter officers, provided at least fourteen (14) days’ notice is given to all members. A quorum shall consist of fifteen (15) members, including at least two officers.


Vote Now! Login using your APTA ID number as your username and your last name as your password. 

Questions? Contact [email protected]


Patient Dry Needling Survey Open For 5 More Days

Posted: April 7, 2017 

The Chapter’s survey on the effects of dry needling as provided by Physical Therapists has generated a strong response. The survey will remain open until Wednesday April 12th and will then close. 

The link is:

The results will be utilized to inform our policy and legal efforts with regards to Physical Therapist’s scope of practice in Colorado, and the utilization of dry needling. All patient information will be kept confidential.


PT Volunteer Needed For May 6th 9Health Fair

Posted: April 6, 2017 

9Health Fair is looking for a PT volunteer at the Thornton Carpenter Rec Center Fair on May 6th. If you are able to assist at this fair contact Kimberly Penney

If you are volunteering at an upcoming 9Health Fair and are needing screening cards, fill out the online form and APTA Colorado will get them to you. 


APTA Colorado Needs Help Distributing Patient Dry Needling Survey 

Posted: March 31, 2017 

APTA Colorado continues to seek to gather information/data on the utilization of dry needling by Physical Therapists in Colorado. We recently completed a large survey on PT's use of dry needling and are busy analyzing the data. The next phase in seeking to best protect PT scope of practice, best serve the public and provide a benchmark for starting to answer further questions on the effectiveness of dry needling is to complete a patient survey.

This survey is anonymous (unless a patient wishes to provide identifiers for future contact), and will inform the PT community, legislators, researchers and policy makers of the effectiveness of dry needling when utilized by Physical Therapists in patient management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders in Colorado.

Please provide this survey link to your patients who have an interest in supplying data for this survey process. It is greatly appreciated!

Take the survey here

APTA Colorado


2017 CARe SIG Elections Will Be May 2 At Sky Ridge Medical Center

Posted: March 28, 2017 

I. Purpose

  1. The purpose of the CARe SIG shall be to provide a means by which Section and Association members who have common interest in providing effective physical therapy services for the acutely ill/injured or those in need of rehabilitation services in the acute hospital, emergency department, and post-acute setting including inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing/sub-acute, long term care hospitals and home health settings may meet, confer and promote the interests of its membership, then Colorado Chapter and the APTA.
  2. II.     Objectives
    1. Promote the delivery of high quality, evidenced based Acute Care and Rehabilitation based physical therapy services for patients in Colorado
    2. Encourage, foster, gather, and disseminate research related to effective acute care and rehabilitation physical therapy interventions
    3. Promote professional collaboration and communication among Acute Care and Rehabilitation based physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and academic programs in Colorado
    4. Provide membership information related to local, state and federal legislation impacting the practice of acute care and rehabilitation based physical therapy and individuals receiving these services
    5. Provide a unified voice and avenue for communicating with the Colorado Chapter APTA regarding acute care and rehabilitation based legislation and related practice issues in the state.
    6. Engage in activities within the local community to promote the health and wellness of Coloradans 

Officers to Be elected with descriptions

III.Vice President (currently held by Amy Rich)

  1. Constitutional Responsibilities: Shall assume the duties of the President, at the request of the President, in the absence of or in case of incapacitation by the President
  2. Specific Duties: Preside at the CARe SIG meetings in the absence of the President, assists the President in requested duties, attends the CARe SIG Meetings and assists with any given project throughout the year, serves as nominating chair for the executive committee of the CARe SIG
  3. III.   Secretary (currently held by Kara Byrd)
    1. Constitutional Responsibilities: oversee the election process and be responsible for keeping minutes at CARe SIG meetings, coordinate and notify CARe SIG members of the date, time and place of CARe SIG meetings, responsible for maintaining correspondence and making the CARe SIG meeting minutes and bylaws available to membership
    2. Specific Responsibilities: records the proceedings of CARe SIG Meetings, submits minutes to CARe SIG members within 15 days of a meeting, attends the CARe SIG Meetings and assists with any given project throughout the year, maintains CARe SIG membership record with copies sent to the Colorado Chapter as requested, maintains all records for the CARe SIG
    3. IV.   Education Coordinator (currently held by Evan Haezebrouck)
      1. Constitutional Responsibilities: Responsible for coordinating and executing regular continuing education events quarterly, Shall be responsible for promoting existing educational opportunities to SIG members
      2. Specific Duties: Survey Membership regarding educational wants/needs, Schedules and promotes regular educational events for members, Promotes and publicizes all CARe SIG Events, Presents a report of all educational events and opportunities at each meeting, Attends CARe SIG Meetings and assists with any given projects throughout the year.
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