Committees - Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association -

Academic Liaison Committee

Chairperson:   Erik Gregersen and Abby Inman  

Description and responsibilities: The Academic Liaison Committee (ALC) exists to maintain and increase student membership and involvement within the WPTA. Additionally, the ALC facilitates communication and relationships between  the WPTA and the physical therapy and education programs in Wisconsin. A primary role of the ALC is to mentor, support and act as the Student SIG's liaison to the WPTA. The committee develops and promotes programs such as mentorship opportunities, different scholarships and networking events. Each year the ALC coordinates DPT/PTA program visits/presentations for all of the programs within the state.

Current chair: Erik Gregersen and Abby Inman
Number of committee members and term length: Currently 6 members but more are welcome. Currently there is no term length.

Meetings - frequency and time commitment: Variable. Chair attends BOD meetings 4x year and the Spring and Fall Conferences. The chair regularly attends/participates in the SSIG BOD meetings. Members are encouraged to attend the Spring and Fall Conferences in addition to doing at least one DPT/PTA program visit/presentation a year. Time commitment varies from a few hours per year contributing ideas over email/text to several hours per month if more involved with different programs.

Awards Committee

Chairperson:   Ann Dietrich  

Recognize the accomplishments and contributions of WPTA members . Full Award Details and Nomination can be found here.

Bylaws Committee

Chairperson:   Nicole Marquardt  

facilitate and coordinate bylaw revisions at the district and chapter level

Education/Professional Development Committee Committee

Chairperson:   Marc Sherry  

Description and responsibilities: Work with the board and executive director to optimize educational offerings and professional development opportunities for WPTA members. Oversee spring and fall wpta conference content, including selecting and mentoring local planning chairs.  Assist in creating consistency and collaboration between chapter and district events and offerings.

Number of committee members and term length: Variable
Meetings - frequency and time commitment: 4 times per year, two at conference and two via teleconference. Time commitment is variable.

Ethics Committee

Chairperson:   Gwyn Straker  

process ethical complaints against members and serve as a resource to members regarding legal and ethical practice issues

Ethics Resources

WPTA seeks to promote the highest standards for physical therapy practice. All WPTA members are expected to maintain and promote ethical practice. If an individual notes any conduct by a physical therapy practitioner, which appears to be unethical, incompetent or illegal, that conduct must be reported. There are two mechanisms for reporting concerns. Ethics concerns against WPTA members can be brought to the WPTA Chapter Ethics Committee.

Violations of the Wisconsin Practice Act by any physical therapists (WPTA members or non-members) can be brought to the attention of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Regulation & Licensing.

I. How does the Ethics Committee work?

Who are the members of the Ethics Committee?

The WPTA Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC) consists of three WPTA members elected by the membership to process complaints against members of the chapter and also to stimulate awareness of ethical issues within the Chapter. Current members of the CEC are:

  • Gwyn Straker, Chair
  • Mark Shropshire
  • Janine Boldra
  • Laurie Kontney

How do I register a complaint?

A complaint that a member has been in violation of the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice is made in writing to the Chapter President. The President reviews the complaint to determine if the complaint contains a clear and concise statement of facts that constitute the alleged unethical conduct. A frivolous complaint is one that does not clearly involve ethical allegations. Upon receipt of the complaint, a copy is forwarded to the APTA Judicial Committee and assigned a new case number. IF the complaint indicates a crime that is classified as a felony or any crime that is punishable by imprisonment for six months or more, the member is suspended from APTA membership until the next meeting of the Judicial Committee, at which time a review will take place. The Chapter President refers the bona fide complaint to the CEC who appoints an investigator to perform a comprehensive review of the circumstances. The reviewer prepares a file and submits the file to the CEC. The CEC then determines to a. dismiss the complaint, or b. notify the respondent of his/her right to a hearing. The respondent has the right to appear before the hearing in person to present and examine witnesses and evidence. The conclusions and recommendations of the CEC are forwarded to the APTA Judicial Committee.

What may the CEC recommend to the APTA Judicial Committee?

The CEC may recommend dismissal of the complaint or disciplinary action in the form of a reprimand, probation, suspension or expulsion.

What then?

The respondent may request a hearing or submission of written testimony at the next meeting of the APTA Judicial Committee. The final decision of the Judicial Committee may be to approve the recommendation of the CEC, modify the recommendation of the CEC or remand to the CEC with appropriate directives.
Appeals may be made by written request by the respondent to the APTA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reviews the appeal at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The respondent can submit written testimony or appear to present oral testimony.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice, please contact one of the WPTA CEC members or contact

II. How do I register a complaint regarding a potential violation of the Wisconsin Practice Act?

The mission statement of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Regulation & Licensing is to provide professional, quality services to members of occupations and professions regulated by the state in order to safeguard consumer health, safety and well-being.

If you feel a physical therapy practitioner is in violation of the Wisconsin State Practice Act, please contact the

Department of Regulation & Licensing or
1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 173
Madison, WI 53703

Federal Government Affairs Committee

Chairperson:   Sarah Stineman  

Description and responsibilities: The Federal Government Affairs Committee serves as a link between the WPTA and APTA's Government Affairs Department on federal issues. The committee is responsible for providing grassroots input to the APTA's Government Affairs Department and disseminating information to the WPTA through attending regular meetings and presenting at Spring and Fall Issues Forums. The committee is also responsible for identifying potential APTA key legislative contacts, recruiting participants for APTA advocacy events, and other grassroots activities.

Current chair: Sarah Stineman - appointment by BOD. No specific term limit; however chair must be re-appointment annually.

Number of committee members and term length: Currently this committee is made up of only the chair. Chair time commitment includes 15-20 hours per year including monthly phone meetings and presentations at Spring/Fall Issues Forum for WPTA. The chair reaches out to other members based on need to serve as key contacts and attend local legislative events. Additional committee members could include up to 1-2 members with a strong interest in Federal Legislative Physical Therapy issues and interest in local political involvement. Term would be at least 2 years.

Meetings - frequency and time commitment: Variable based on need. With additional committee members time would vary based on time of year, legislative schedule and overall need. Estimated time commitment would be 10-15 hours per year for committee members with increased time commitment during Legislative Recess and March/April windows. It is recommended, but not required members attend Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC.

Finance Committee

Chairperson:   Steve Johnson  

Description and responsibilities: The Finance Committee is composed of voting members of the WPTA BOD and the primary function is to prepare annual budget, monitor chapter expenditures throughout the year, and recommend appropriate financial strategies to the BOD. Members of the Finance Committee work with individual committees to develop budgets based upon priorities determined through BOD motions and the strategic planning process. The Treasurer represents the Finance Committee at WPTA BOD meetings and  WPTA conferences, presents the annual  budget to the WPTA BOD for approval and presents the budget to membership at the Fall Business Meeting. Coordinate with WPTA financial advisor in monitoring investments

Current chair: WPTA Treasurer
Number of committee members and term length: 10 (3 Directors, 6 District Chairs, Treasurer) & Executive Director. Term length is based on elected term of office.

Meetings - frequency and time commitment: Variable based on WPTA BOD initiatives. Scheduled 1-2 teleconference(s) each fall with 8-12 hours of time devoted to call, call prep and interacting with assigned committees.

Health & Wellness Committee

Chairperson:   Kristi Hallisy and Becky Piazza  

Description and responsibilities: The H&WC of the WPTA values the health and wellness of the citizens of Wisconsin and supports wellness program initiatives led by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

The H&WC seeks the assistance of its membership for grassroots initiatives to promote physical activity in the citizens of Wisconsin. The H&WC supports APTA Policies on Health, Wellness and Fitness, and the federal (Healthy People 2020) and Wisconsin (Healthiest WI 2020) blueprints on health promotion and wellness.

Each year we have a wellness promotion theme that we try to advocate at each district across the state. As such we need local district champions to support these initiatives and implement them in their districts.

Current chair: Kristi Hallisy and Becky Piazza
Number of committee members and term length: Goal: at least 1 H&WC champion per the 6 statewide districts to assist the H&WC Co-chairs in promoting state-wide initiatives.  More members and initiative ideas always welcome. Term: 1-2 years

Meetings - frequency and time commitment: Chairs attend WPTA BOD meetings (4 per year) & strategic planning. Committee members need to comprehend the mission of the yearly H&W Initiative. This information can be disseminated electronically of via conference call. In 2017, we are promoting the Rudy's Counting Steps Program which kicks-off at Spring Conference. We need people to inform the public about the program, and help the public "get walking." Pedometers available from WPTA.

Health & Wellness News

Health & Wellness Committee Kicks off Rudy's Counting Steps Program

posted: March 21, 2017

We are ready to kick off the Rudy’s Counting Steps program at the WPTA Spring meeting on April 21, 2017. This program will make pedometers, motivational calendars and physical activity guidelines available to the general public through the Health & Wellness Committee.  If you have a patient or know someone we can motivate to walk more for better health with a free accurate Omron HJ-321 pedometer with start kit, inform your patient or friend about this special offer.

Download the request form and learn the story behind Rudy’s Counting Steps.   

Membership Committee

Chairperson:   Deb Urben  

Facilitate member recruitment and retention

Nominating Committee

Chairperson:   Josh Zilm  

Description and responsibilities: To identify emerging and current leaders in our chapter. To accept and process nominations for annual WPTA election. To provide candidate questions and consent to serve documentation to candidates. To provide information to members regarding open positions and position descriptions to those interested in serving. To attend approximately 5 committee meetings via phone or video conference to put forth a slate of candidate slates to the executive director.

Current chair: Josh Zilm, PT, DPT, OCS
Number of committee members and term length: Chair +6 for a total of 7 members
Committee member: 2 year term
Chair: 1 year term following previous year as member

Meetings  - frequency and time commitment: Variable.  Approximately 5 phone or video conference meetings lasting 1-1.5 hours in length over 5 consecutive months leading up to fall election.   Chair responsible for organizing meetings, completing meeting minutes, and finalizing candidate information/communication prior to election.

Nominating News

2016 WPTA Election Results

posted: January 02, 2017

The results for the WPTA 2016 Election are in!
Newly elected members include:
Secretary – Nicole Marquardt
Treasurer – Bob Runge
Directors – Jane Bernatovich and Jack Knudson-Stuhr
Ethics Committee – Laurie Kontney
Nominating Committee – Rachel Thiel, Josh Zilm, Jason Koenigs and Jonathan Walton
Delegates – Carlynn Alt, Abby Inman, Chantel Hasman, Jane Bernatovich and Amy Helminski
Alternate Delegate – Rachel Jermann
PTA Caucus Rep. – Krissa Reeves
Congratulations!  Newly elected members will be sworn in at the Spring 2017 WPTA Conference in April at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay.  Thank you to every candidate who took the time to run for a position.  An engaged membership keeps our Association moving foward!

Payment Committee

Chairperson:   Lynn Steffes  

Description and responsibilities:

  • Participate actively in meetings with the WPTA Board of Directors
  • Attend & contribute to the WPTA's Annual Strategic Planning Meeting
    • Develop goals and objectives in support of the WPTA Strategic Plan
    • Achieve identified strategic initiatives within defined timeframes
  • Updating the WPTA Board of Directors (and members) on policy changes that impact payment of physical therapist services in Wisconsin
  • Collaborate with the WPTA Practice Committee, Autonomous Practice Committee, and New Models of Care Committee to promote direct access and other models of physical therapist services across all settings to relevant stakeholders

Member Education:

  •  Offering education to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants using a variety of educational delivery methods to support physical therapist compliance and optimal payment
    • Investing in on-going learning to support contemporary knowledge of all relevant issues that impact payment for physical therapist services to enable education of membership.
    • Availability to provide or facilitate the provision of a State Conference presentation annually including assisting the WPTA identify national speakers and/or resources every other year to facilitate Member education on payment policy
    • Preparation & presentation of payment issues at the Hot Topics portion of State Conferences
    • On-site trainings to include 2 Districts/year
    • Webinar Trainings to include 4/year
    • Written education & information ensuring the timely dissemination of information to WPTA members on the payment of physical therapist services via:
      • PT Connections every issue
      • E-News as needed
      • E-mail Blasts as needed
      • WPTA Website postings & updates
    • Availability to research & provide information, references & resources to members on Payment issues via e-mail, phone, in-person inquiry.
    • Active outreach to provide lectures to Wisconsin-based Physical Therapist Programs

Representation, Education & Advocacy to Third-Party Payers

  • Providing education and consultation as well as advocating to payers to support their understanding and ability to assess and make decisions on medical necessity and skilled care as well as payment for physical therapist services
  • Advocating for payment for physical therapist services with legislators, policy makers, and other stakeholders across a broad range of practice areas and payment sources, including (but not limited to) Medicare, Medicaid, workers' compensation, and commercial insurance
  • Attend applicable payer and other stakeholder meetings (WI Workers' Compensation Advisory Meeting, WI Department of Work Force Development Advisory Committee Meetings, Anthem WI Provider Meetings, National Government Services Carrier Advisor Meetings, etc.)
  • Coordinate an ad hoc Payment Panel & Task Forces as needed (WC, Wound Care, Dry Needling, etc.) to assist the WPTA and members with payment issues unique to certain practice settings, services and patient/client populations
  • Leading the Medical Assistance Committee
  • Representation of Physical Therapy Payment issues @ PT Legislative Day
  • Holding a Payer Forum at least once every biennium or as recommended by APTA

Liaison to APTA on WI Payment Issues

  • Attend the APTA Payment and Policy Forum & CSM Payment Meetings Annually to receive updates for WI, share WI ideas, accomplishments & Issues, seek other Payment connections through other components, sections & the APTA that can facilitate & inform WI on issues.
  • Networking regularly with APTA payment staff as well as payment staff with other APTA chapters and sections on issues as they relate to Wisconsin Physical Therapy.


  • Provide Quarterly Reports of Activities & Issues to Board @ each Board of Directors Meeting
  • Providing an Annual Report of Activity to the WPTA Board of Directors during the October board meeting at Fall Conference
  • Provide Payment Updates to Membership @ Spring & Fall Meetings & the Legislative Day as requested.

Utilization Review:

  • Facilitate WPTA utilization review services upon request to third party payers as deemed appropriate and when NOT in competition with services already provided by WPTA members

Current chair: Lynn Steffes PT, DPT
Number of committee members and term length: Varies
Meetings - frequency and time commitment:
WI Medicaid: 2 Members ongoing - 8-12 hours/year including interdisciplinary Conference Calls & approx 2 Madison Meetings
WI Workers Comp: 5 Members ongoing- 8-16 hours/year including Conference Calls, Policy Review, On-site Mtg representation in Madison
Payment Panel of Experts:
SNF- 4 hours/year including policy & procedure review, Q&A for Members
Acute Care- 4 hours/year including policy & procedure review, Q&A for Members
HH- 2 hours/year including policy & procedure review, Q&A for Members
Peds/B-3 /School-Based Services- 2 hours/year including policy & procedure review, Q&A for Members

Practice Committee

Chairperson:   Mike Edwards  

Description and responsibilities: The Practice Committee exists to serve as an information resource to WPTA members in the areas of professional practice, regulations associated with PT practice, and APTA practice standards.  Information is provided through periodic articles in the WPTA Newsletter(s) and responding to member inquiries to the WPTA office.  Other activities include participation in the Professional Issues Forum at WPTA conferences.

Number of committee members and term length: Currently this is a committee of one member (the Chair).  The chair reaches out to other WPTA members when specific expertise is required. The chair would like to identify at least two WPTA members to serve on the committee and move into a chairperson role within the next two years.

Meetings - frequency and time commitment: Not applicable at this time.  With additional members would recommend quarterly meetings.  Total time commitment for committee members - 10 to 20 hours per year.

Practice News

Call for Volunteers

posted: February 27, 2017

The WPTA Board is seeking volunteers for the Continuing Education Committee.  This committee is responsible for the review and approval/denial of CE courses.  The review process involves one in which the WPTA Executive Director forwards applications to committee members in accordance with their subject matter expertise.  At least one subject matter expert committee member is needed for each of the following subject areas:

  • Orthopedics
  • Neurology
  • Women's Health
  • Health & Wellness
  • Ethics
  • Jurisprudence
  • PT Practice
  • Integrative Therapies/Integrative Medicine
  • Radiology/Imaging
  • Cardio/Pulmonary
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Administration
  • Acute Care
  • Electrophysiology
  • Sports
  • Aquatic
  • Wound Management

Those interested in serving on the committee are asked to contact Mike Edwards, Continuing Education Committee Chair at ASAP.

Expectations of each committee member:

  • Participate in one committee meeting annually.  The first meeting will be scheduled for some time in May 2017 and will include instruction and discussion of the course review process.
  • Receive electronic copies of course applications, evaluate and respond (approve/deny) promptly.  Based on historical data, this activity may require up to 2 hours per month for each committee member.  Review can be completed in the comfort of the committee member's home or office.
  • Commit to at least one 2-year term on the committee.

If you are interested, please act now!  If you know a WPTA member who you believe would serve this committee well, feel free to forward his/her name and contact information to Mike.


Public Relations Committee

Chairperson:   Albojay Deacon  

Promote physical therapy and WPTA members to the public, other health care colleagues, and to members of the WPTA

Publications Committee

Chairperson:   Reenie Euhardy  

serve as the conduit for communication within the membership

Research Committee

Chairperson:   Gus Almonroeder  

Committee Description and Responsibilities/Purpose: The primary purpose of the Research Committee is to promote evidence-based practice in accordance with the APTA's Vision 2020. The committee works to disseminate research findings to the WPTA membership by hosting an annual poster session at the Spring Conference. The posters cover a variety of topics and are presented by students, faculty members, clinicians, and residents. It is a very fun event and the number of submissions has continued to grow in recent years. In addition, committee members have also begun to publish brief articles in the PT Connections Newsletter. These articles are intended to encourage members to integrate best available evidence into their practice. Topics have ranged from providing tips for developing a successful journal club to highlighting resources to assist with evaluating research articles. In addition to these two specific endeavors, the committee works to support scholarly activity by our membership. This is an area that we are currently working on continuing to develop.

Current Chair: The Chair of the Research Committee is Gus Almonroeder. Gus was appointed by the board of directors, with no specific term limit.

Number of Committee Members and Term Length: The Research Committee currently has two primary members, including the committee chair. However, individuals who are interested in helping to fulfill the mission of the committee are always needed. There is no specific term length.

Meetings – Frequency and Time Commitment: The Research Committee does not meet regularly. However, there are frequent e-mail exchanges among members before the Spring Conference. Also, the Chair of the Research Committee is present at the majority of the Board of Director meetings and is charged with providing updates of the committee's activity.

Research News

2017 Spring Conference ─ Call for Poster Abstracts

posted: January 16, 2017

April 20-21, 2017

Radisson Hotel, Green Bay, WI

Who:  Students (PT & PTA), faculty, residents, and clinicians

When:  The posters will be presented on the afternoon of Thursday, April 20th.  Posters must be setup by Thursday at noon.

Types:  Basic science, applied science, or case studies

Submission Deadline:  March 3rd, 2017 at 5:00 PM (CST)

Submission Instructions:  E-mail the abstract form as an attachment to Dr. John Greany at:

Review Process:  After a peer review process, abstracts will be selected for presentation. The number of abstracts selected depends on space. Notifications will be sent via e-mail 1-2 weeks after submission.

Posters will be judged and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be announced at the awards reception.

Preparing your abstract:

·       We strongly suggest that you begin your submission well in advance of the deadline.

·       The body of your abstract should be no more than 2,300 characters, including punctuation (not spaces).

·       Use standard abbreviations. When using abbreviations, spell out in full for the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate in the abstract title.


Authors:  List all authors who contributed to the work. The presenting author should be identified as the primary author.

Title:  Write your title in sentence case (first letter of the first word is capitalized; remaining letters are lower case). Do not bold or italicize your full title.

Abstract:  Enter the body of the abstract in the space provided. Use Arial or Calibri font, size 10 or larger.

The abstract should include the following sections:

·       Introduction

·       Purpose

·       Methods

·       Results

·       Discussion

·       Conclusions/Clinical Relevance

Workforce Committee

Chairperson:   Jane Bernatovich  

WPT Conduit Committee

Chairperson:   Erik Jacobs  

raise money to support legislative activity

WPT Conduit News

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posted: November 24, 2015

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