There is so much going on in Wisconsin that gives us pause. Our personal and professional lives have been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no time like the present to bring attention to those things that are positive in our worlds. Among my many blessings are being healthy, happy and…being a PT! At 70, I can truly say I have never once looked back or regretted my choice to become a PT. Along with being a PT, I am grateful that I stumbled into becoming a member of our professional association. The APTA/WPTA have provided me with lifelong friends, personal and professional growth, and motivation to be the best PT I was capable of being. Let us take a break from our worries and celebrate our profession and APTA as we move into 100 years of being.
The APTA has formed a committee to oversee our proud heritage. Wisconsin’s very own Reenie Kavalar serves on that committee. Additionally, volunteers from each state were invited to serve as ambassadors to maximize awareness and help plan local events.
Here are a list of the activities and events being planned by APTA during 2021.
- Founders Day Celebrations à January 15, 2021. WPTA will be expected to create activities within our state to draw attention to our profession and kick off our year of celebrating. WPTA will be seeking your help in making this day meaningful.
- CSM – Orlando Feb 24 – 27, 2021
- Universal Studios – Feb 26th
- Centennial Gala Sept 9-14, 2021 Washington DC
- APTA Lecture Series: All courses will be held at our new headquarters, APTA Centennial Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. Pricing, CEU information, lodging, and registration information to come.
- Get Your Head in the Game: Basic Concussion Assessment and Management
March 26-27, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
Maj. Carrie Hoppes, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, and Karen Lambert, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
- Treating the Injured Runner
April 23-24, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
Blaise Williams, PT, PhD
- Physical Therapist Management of the Bicyclist
May 21-22, 2021 • Lecture and Demo
Erik Moen, PT
- The Eyes Have It: What Every PT Should Know in Managing the Most Common Vestibular Disorders
June 25-26, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
Janet Helminski, PT, PhD, and Michael Schubert, PT, PhD, FAPTA
- Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation: State of the Science
July 23-24, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
Johnny Owens, PT, MPT
- Practice Management: Balancing Compliance and Profit
August 27-28, 2021 • Lecture
Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT, Kara Gainer, JD, and CMS representative
- Early Rehabilitation During Disasters
September 24-25, 2021 • Lecture and Lab
Pete Skelton, PT
- Pain Science and Management: A Series of Hot Topics
October 22-23, 2021 • Lecture
Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD
As Wisconsin’s ambassador, I am inviting all of you to think about your life as a PT or PTA. Do you have pictures that might help with the chronology of physical therapy’s growth in Wisconsin? Do you have stories to share about practice through the years? Are there any artifacts like equipment, PT pins, badges, uniforms we could put on display at state meetings?
Please feel free to reach out to me with any ideas you may have for making this year meaningful. I also want to thank all of you who volunteered to be on Wisconsin’s centennial committee:
Gwyneth Straker (APTA ambassador)
Here is a link to the APTA website on Celebrating our Centennial: https://centennial.apta.org/