Federal Advocacy Forum Scholarship Applications Due February 3

Posted on January 19, 2017

Federal Advocacy Forum Scholarship

This scholarship is for two students to attend Federal Advocacy Forum Hill in Washington D.C. from March 26-28, 2017.  This is an AMAZING opportunity to join physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from across the country in a rally on Capitol Hill and in meetings with your representative in Congress to advocate for physical therapy.  There will be a group of PT’s and students from Wisconsin attending - it is a delegation that is welcoming and incredibly supportive of students.

For more information on the Federal Advocacy Forum:

The recipients will receive $500 each to use towards attendance/travel/lodging for the Federal Advocacy Forum.

TO APPLY: PT/PTA students write an essay (no longer than 500 words) that should address and will be assessed in 3 areas:

1) School or community involvement including any job experience

2) WPTA/APTA involvement

3) Why do they want to attend the FAF? (this should be the focus of the essay)

•      WPTA/APTA membership is required

•       Students graduating in spring/summer 2017 are not eligible to apply

•       Applications should include name, address, school, year in school, and APTA ID.

•       Applications are due February 3rd, 2017

•       Applications should be sent to the Academic Liaison Committee Co-Chairs, Erik Gregersen,  and Abby Inman,


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


Student Emerging Leader Award Applications Due January 31

Posted on January 10, 2017

Student Emerging Leader Award Applications Due January 31

The recipient of the award will receive $1000 to be awarded at the WPTA 2017 Spring Conference.

Prerequisites: Current PT or PTA student and WPTA/APTA member

To apply: PT/PTA students will write an essay (no longer than 500 words) to apply that should address and will be assessed in 3 areas: school or community involvement including any job experience, WPTA/APTA involvement, and goals for professional development and strategy/plan to accomplish these goals upon graduation. Additionally, 2 professional letters of recommendation are required.

The applications should be sent to the WPTA Academic Liaison Committee co-Chairs, Erik Gregersen, at or Abby Inman at by January 31. The application essay should be a word document or PDF. Please attach/send the two letters of recommendation and student application essay in one email. In the email also include full name, what school attending, year in school, APTA ID# and address. The winner will be chosen by the WPTA Academic Liaison Committee and notified within two weeks of the application deadline.


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!


Nominate your Physical Therapist for PT of the Year!

Posted on November 14, 2016

Today more than ever, Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants are an integral part of health care for children, adults and athletes. Here’s your chance to pay tribute to the therapist who’s made a difference in your life or in the life of a loved one.
To submit a nomination, please send us a letter of support along with your name, address and phone number. In your submission, include the  therapist’s name, address and where she/he practices.  
The 2016 Physical Therapist of the Year will be recognized at the WPTA Spring Conference in Green Bay, in April of 2017.  Deadline for entry is January 31, 2017.
Send cover letter and all information to:
WPTA Physical Therapist of the Year
Attn: Awards Committee
3510 E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704

Are you a PT or a PTA?  Click here to download the award flyer to hang in your clinic! 



Record Breaking 2016 Fall Conference

Posted on November 03, 2016

We had 375 attendees and a sold out exhibit hall at the 2016 Fall Conference last month -- a new WPTA record!  A huge "thank  you" to all who attended, and to those who helped make the event a success.  Conference attendees received a link to an online survey and WPTA member Nikki Strick, PT, was the $50 Amazon gift card winner.  Congratulations Nikki!  Thank you to those who were able to provide feedback.  We will use it to improve future conferences.

Speaking of future conferences...mark your calendar for these upcoming state conference dates and locations:

Spring 2017 - April 20-21, Radisson Hotel, Green Bay
Fall 2017 - October 12-13, Madison Marriott West, Middleton
Spring 2018 - April 12-13, Country Springs Hotel, Waukesha
Fall 2018 - October 4-5, Wilderness Hotel, Wisconsin Dells



October is National Physical Therapy Month

Posted on October 01, 2016

October is National Physical Therapy Month and we're celebrating by recognizing the positive ways PT can help people move forward. website has outlined 31 unique PT applications (one for each day of the month) consumers may not know about.

Check out the website and consider sharing these applications with your patients, friends and family.  Help spread the word during the month of October (and every month!) about the different ways physical therapy can help people move forward.




Donate to the WPT-Conduit Here!

Posted on November 24, 2015

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