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

Posted on 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.   


Call for Volunteers

Posted on 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.



Student Special Interest Group Searching for Committee Members

Posted on February 07, 2017

Ready to get involved, meet other DPT and PTA students, and put some icing on your resume?
The WPTA Student Special Interest Group is currently looking for motivated students to join committees. These leadership roles put you right in the action-planning social events, creating a lively social media space, bringing the 2018 conclave to life, and much more.
The SSIG is a student-run group that connects students to the WPTA and our profession. We are looking forward to another great year full of fun social and networking events, professional endeavors, and bringing students everything you can’t get in a classroom!
Click here for more information about what each committee does.
Here is the link for the sign up form:
Space is limited so sign up soon!


2017 Spring Conference ─ Call for Poster Abstracts

Posted on 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


2016 WPTA Election Results

Posted on 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!


Donate to the WPT-Conduit Here!

Posted on November 24, 2015

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