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1.  In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.

  • I have been actively involved with the section's BOD and multiple committees, providing important opportunities to move our section into the future of practice. As someone who has developed and led successful community organizations in the past, I am especially skilled at strategic planning, marketing, member engagement, advocacy, and using social media appropriately. Through strong leadership, engaging membership, and advocating for aquatic therapy as the VP of Governance, I plan to ensure that using the aquatic environment to improve the lives of those we work with will remain strong into the future!

2.  In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.

  • The current health care environment is changing quickly, which may seem daunting to some, but I feel has positioned us on the verge of significant opportunity. I am a strong believer in advocacy, education, functional training, and working proactively to ensure that we can continue to deliver, as well as be reimbursed for, high-quality aquatic therapy services. Our future is bright, but only if we put in the important ground work to ensure its success!

3.  Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.

  • The water has been an integral part of my life since childhood. I've been a strong proponent of aquatic therapy improving health outcomes across patient populations and currently work at Duke Sports Medicine providing aquatic therapy full time. I've been involved with local, state (NCPTA), and federal PT advocacy, starting my first year of school which continues today. I'm also currently working on an aquatic presentation for CSM as well as section initiatives to move aquatic PT into the future.
 

1.  In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.

I have several leadership roles in a variety of committees and initiatives in our association and other professional organizations. My involvement in APTA and professional organizations has afforded me the opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge of the role of the Vice President for education to promote future education opportunities for our section. I am a strong advocate for education about aquatic therapy. As a result of my advocacy, passion and commitment to strengthening the knowledge in the area of aquatic therapy, my scholarly agenda focuses on aquatic therapy. As a result of my work and publications in the area of aquatic therapy, I have been invited by many journals to review articles that present research in the area of aquatic therapy. My involvement in this area has afforded me the opportunity to obtain knowledge of the trends, needs and current research in the area of education in aquatic physical therapy.

 

2.  In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.

Given the complex and dynamic health care environment, it is important that education in and about aquatic physical therapy continues to evolve and advance. My vision for the Aquatic Section is for the section to be a primary resource for clinicians and provide tools for assisting membership to achieve excellence in aquatic therapy.  I recognize the importance for the Aquatic Section to collaborate with stakeholders to achieve this vision, while the section maintains its autonomy, identity, and values.  I see the role of the section as crucial to the success of defining and achieving excellence in aquatic therapy. One of my goals for the section is to promote education and research in the area of aquatic physical therapy. I will work diligently to support activities of the APTA related to education of aquatic therapy; increase research in aquatic therapy to advance evidence based practice; network with other APTA Sections, as appropriate.

3.  Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.

I am a Professor and Interim Chair of the Division of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. I am a board certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) and a board certified Neurology Certified Clinical Specialist (NCS). I have been actively engaged in leadership activities of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Accreditation (CAPTE), and Aquatic Section. I am currently serving my second and final elected term as the Director of Research of the Aquatic Section. I am currently serving as a member of a task force on graduate outcomes for the ACAPT. I am currently serving as a site visitor for the CAPTE. I am the editor of the Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy, the official journal of the Aquatic Section. I have served as editorial board member and associate editor for scientific journals. I have been a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and state, national and international level conferences including the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) and the World Congress of Physical Therapy. I am also a member of the Education, Neurology, and Pediatric Sections.  I have served as a member and chair for multiple committees, working groups, and task forces regarding physical therapy practice, research, and education.

 
  • In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.
  • As Secretary, I am seeking your vote for re-election. I have been honored to serve on the Aquatic Board with a devoted team of leaders and professionals.  Personally I remain committed to Aquatic therapy which I have practiced since 1991, thus the majority of my career. As an administrator and therapist, I have 30 years' experience thus bring vast knowledge to our section.  The current healthcare environment challenges our profession. I will continue to assist the Aquatic Section and Association through my commitment to elevate our profession within society.

    1. In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.

     

    As a current board member I feel the section continues to move forward as we approach our 25th year. Our updated website and use of social media keeps us current.  The CAPTCC program has grown skills of therapists across our country.   Participating in our section strategic planning session solidified that we are on track to continue a value added approach for our Aquatic Section members.  I support course offerings and webinars for ease of education across a large geographic. I would encourage greater member involvement and highlights including research and case studies which validate the benefits of the aquatic medium.

    1. Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.

 

Education includes a Bachelors in Science, 1986 and MBA, 2006.  I've been afforded great opportunities to teach Aquatic Therapy at a local and national level.   I am the current Director for Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy at the Cleveland Clinic while maintaining my place in the water with patient care.

Professionally I serve as the Vice President of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association. Within the healthcare community I serve as a Board member with the Village at Marymount Healthcare System and previously a member of St Joseph Academy High School Alumni Board.

 
  • In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.
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    As a practicing clinician for 27 years and an assistant professor for 3 years, the priority of the Aquatic Section to " advance evidence-based practice and support the development of clinical practice guidelines" aligns significantly with my professional focus and skill development.

    The past 5 years I have co-taught the evidenced based practice, research courses – Clinical Inquiry 1 and Clinical Inquiry 3 at Rutgers University, in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Both courses address the importance of evidence-based practice, clinical research and the dissemination and identification of quality of evidence. As a member of the Aquatic CPG committee I assisted in the process of designing the search strategy and current article dissemination. As Co-editor of The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy, I am exposed daily to current aquatic research and the need to publish quality articles promoting aquatic therapy. My own clinical research is focused on promoting wellness for seniors using AI Chi. All of these experiences have contributed to the development of the skills required to fulfill the duties of the Research Coordinator for the APTA Aquatic section.

     

    1.  In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.

    The Aquatic Therapy Section is committed to becoming a cutting edge resource for aquatic professionals, worldwide. With the aging of the baby boomer generation, enhancements in surgical techniques for joint replacement and the increased need for quality physical therapy treatment for degenerative diseases, the demand for quality research on aquatic therapy is intensified. As a section we need to promote opportunities for aquatic research and enhance the development of aquatic clinical practice and research skills. It is my vision, as Director of Research for the Aquatic section, that we develop and promote aquatic research residency programs at specific clinical sites committed to advancing the knowledge and techniques of aquatic physical therapy. We also need to develop initiatives and protocols for soliciting funding and publication of these programs from aquatic vendors, philanthropic foundations and government agencies. It is my goal to initiate, promote and develop research and funding programs for aquatic physical therapy.

    1. Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.

 

 It is an honor to be nominated for the Position - Director of Research. I earned a BA in Psychology from Dickinson College, PA, a degree in Physical therapy from Rutgers Physical Therapy (formerly UMDNJ) and my transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy form Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. I have had the opportunity to perform research on an NIH funded research project for stroke patients, help develop an evidenced based faculty practice, participate in the Aquatic CPG project, co-edit The Aquatic Physical Therapy Journal, provide an evidenced based webinar on writing case studies for the APTA Aquatic section, participate in many community and university service projects and design and conduct my own research utilizing AI Chi with community dwelling seniors. I have been a practicing physical therapist for 27 years and I am currently employed by Rutgers University, School of Health Professions as an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. I am also the mother of 5 children. For more detailed information on my commitment to physical therapy, service, academic publications, and commitment of service to the Aquatic physical therapy section, please email me at a.vanwing@rutgers.edu for a copy of my CV.

 

1.  In 100 words or less, prepare a statement of how your experience and expertise could be used in the office you seek to further the objectives of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section. Please be sure to include any experience you have that is specifically relevant to the position for which you have been nominated.

As part of the nomination committee, I would have a leadership role within the Aquatic PT section.  The selected tasks foster teambuilding and development of the section in finding the "best fit" for the job.  I am an assistant clinical manager in my current position at Hospital for Special Surgery(HSS). I spend time designing and reviewing success plans for staff development and review resumes for continued growth in our department as we look for new hires. My experience as a treating clinician and in administration and leadership will help me recognize worthy applicants and develop talent in promising individuals.

 

2.  In 100 words or less, explain your perceptions of the direction the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section should take in the future and how your goals for the position you seek will affect this end.

As in any department we need to foster continued education, research and engagement in our members.  We need to seek out developing and younger clinicians to have them find an area of passion and keep new ideas growing which allows the section to flourish for many years.  As a member of this committee, I would ensure that the positions are filled with the most qualified candidate according to ethical and legal standards set forth by the APTA.  This position will assist in my vision to develop a thriving section using the best evidence to create advancements in Aquatic PT.   

3.  Provide brief biographical information in 100 words or less, highlighting your education, work experience, current employment and volunteer work with APTA and other organizations. Include any other information you wish to share.

  • Education: Masters Physical Therapy – Springfield College (2004)

DPT – Temple University (2015)
Certified Athletic Trainer (2003)
APTA Sports Certified Clinical Specialist
Certified McKenzie Therapist

  • Work experience/Current Employment
    • Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center, Hospital for Special Surgery
      • Assistant clinical manager (Spring 2015)
      • Co-coordinator - Aquatic PT program
      • Co-coordinator - Northeastern co-op education program
      • Lead Faculty Member,  APTA accredited Sports Residency
      • Student clinical coordinator for Sports Rehab
  • Volunteer work 
    • Injury/prevention program for Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse program
    • Public School Athletic League (PSAL) Football ATC coverage
      • Assist in yearly sports combine (pre-season physicals)
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