2016 WPTA Fall Conference | Oct 20-21, 2016

Posted on July 27, 2016

2016 WPTA Fall Conference | Oct 20-21, 2016


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July PT Connections Now Available!

Posted on July 07, 2016

The July issue of PT Connections is now available.  Click here to read about our Spring Conference award winners, important legislative updates, frequently asked PT questions and much, much, more!



APTA Launches #ChoosePT Campaign to Battle Opioid Epidemic

Posted on June 09, 2016

One thing you can say about the opioid abuse epidemic: it doesn't discriminate. The destructive power of the drugs, often first prescribed to treat pain, has been felt from rural to urban areas, across all social and economic classes, and from factory workers to one-of-a-kind music icons.

Already active in the battle against prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, APTA is now taking its efforts to the next level: a national campaign urging the public to consider physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of pain.

This week, APTA unveiled a broad public relations effort to educate consumers about the opioid epidemic and urge them to choose physical therapy (#ChoosePT) to manage pain without the risks of opioids. Housed, the campaign will unfold throughout 2016 and include national online advertising, TV and radio public service announcements, and other targeted advertising and media outreach.

APTA also will collaborate with chapters nationwide, beginning outreach with states identified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as having either the highest numbers of drug overdose deaths or the highest opioid prescription rates in recent years—Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, and Rhode Island.

“Opioids come with numerous serious side effects and only mask the sensation of pain,” stated #ChoosePT campaign spokesperson Joseph Brence, PT, DPT, in an APTA news release. “Research shows that physical therapist treatment can reduce or eliminate the need for opioids by improving physical function, increasing range of motion, and decreasing pain."

APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, DPT, OCS, announced the launch of the campaign during her address to the APTA House of Delegates on June 6, describing the current situation as "a crucial window of opportunity for our profession – a chance to step forward and assume the massive responsibility of treating the millions of Americans in pain without the real dangers of prescription opioids, and a chance to let the public know that when it comes to treatment for pain, they do have a choice, and that choice can be physical therapy."

The #ChoosePT campaign website includes facts about pain and the opioid epidemic, tips for avoiding chronic pain, and a toolkit where supporters can download graphics and other materials to extend the campaign’s reach. Those looking to support the campaign on social media or learn more should use the #ChoosePT hashtag and follow @MoveForwardPT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. For more information, contact APTA's Public Relations Department.



WPTA Testifies on Bill Proposed by WCA

Posted on June 09, 2016

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016 the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services held an informational hearing on Senate Bill 762 which would establish a program that would allow chiropractors to obtain additional training and become licensed under the medical examining board as Primary Spinal Care Practitioners.  Various groups testified at the hearing including representatives from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists and the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. More information and the full bill text can be found at

This bill was introduced last legislative session, but did not pass.  In anticipation of the bill potentially being reintroduced next session, the WPTA provided informational testimony raising concerns and questions about the bill. The testimony submitted to the committee can be found HERE.

You can also watch the video recording of the entire hearing at WPTA President Connie Kittleson's testimony starts at the 5:54 minute mark. 

We will continue to monitor activity on this issue and keep you informed.




Kip Schick Elected to APTA Board of Directors

Posted on June 07, 2016

Congratulations to Kip Schick for being elected to the APTA Board of Directors. You make Wisconsin proud.  Thank you Laurie Kontney for running for APTA Nominating Committee.  You represented Wisconsin well and we are so proud of you.



Governor Signs AB549 - X-Ray Legislation!

Posted on April 22, 2016

Dear WPTA Colleagues,

We are thrilled to announce that on Monday, April 25th, Governor Scott Walker signed AB549.  This bill allows qualified physical therapists to resume ordering x-rays and for radiologic technologists to accept such orders to take x-ray films as directed.  The bill text can be found at

The bill, once signed, becomes effective the day after it is electronically published by the Legislative Reference Bureau at:

This is a tremendous accomplishment which will benefit our patients by decreasing the overall cost of care as well as preventing delay of care. 

WPTA encourages its members to read and understand the new language which lists qualifications for physical therapists ordering x-rays.  Physical therapists who do not have a clinical doctorate in physical therapy will need to meet criteria to be further specified by Physical Therapy Examining Board (PTEB) through the rules promulgation process.  The bill also contains specific care coordination language that the physical therapist shall follow after the x-ray results are known.  The WPTA will continue to provide education to physical therapists on the specifics of this legislation as well as any new rules put forth by the PTEB.

This legislation was the result of over 2 years of work by APTA/WPTA members, our lobbyists and the legislators who supported our bill.  In the Assembly, the WPTA thanks the bill author and chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, Representative Joe Sanfelippo, and co-authors Representative Mike Rohrkaste, Representative Jimmy Boy Edming, and Representative Jesse Kremer.  In the Senate, the WPTA thanks the bill author, Senator Van Wanggaard; Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Senator Leah Vukmir; and co-authors in the Senate, which include Senators Richard Gudex, Chris Kapenga, Stephen Nass and Duey Stroebel.  We also thank Governor Scott Walker for his support of this bill with his signature.

We especially want to thank Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA for his unwavering leadership as President of WPTA during this journey as well as Brett Roberts, PT, DPT, WPTA State Government Affairs Committee Chair.  We also want to thank the following people who also testified in support of this legislation:  Bill Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA, Rob Worth, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, LAT, Tim Thorsen, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, Evan Nelson, PT, DPT, OCS, Julie Sherry, PT, DPT, MS, Kevin Wait, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS and Rita Shapiro, PT, DPT, MA. Each of you provided testimony critical to justifying the importance of this bill.  Additionally, we thank our amazing lobbyists, Annie Early and Jeremey Shepherd, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and in many meetings to ensure understanding and support of the bill.

WPTA is pleased to have accomplished the passage of this patient-centered legislation, which is something we all can be proud of!


Connie Kittleson, PT, DPT

President, WPTA



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Posted on November 24, 2015

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NE District Guidelines for Sponsorship

Posted on April 05, 2011






Request Form for Sponsorship for Youth Sports/Adult League Teams

Please contact District Chair, Jonathon Weiss, by email with the following information:

1.       Name of individual requesting sponsorship and APTA number:
2.       Sport :__________________________________________________
3.       Type of League: Adult/Children ____________________________________________________

4.       Sponsorship amount being requested (Max limit of $250):      ___________________________                                                                                   

(please list breakdown of league fees and t-shirt fees)

·         T-shirts with a minimum of 1.5” lettering spelling out Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association    (either front or back)
·         We request a digital photo of the team in t-shirts.
·         This will be on a first come, first serve basis.
 Thank you,
Download NE District Guidelines for Sponsorship

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