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Christine Schulte received her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Cleveland State University in 1986 and her Master's in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix 2006. Christine is employed at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland Ohio. She is the Director of Outpatient Operations for the Main Campus and the Western Region sites of Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy. Her responsibilities include operational directions for over 25 outpatient locations, 30 rehab cost centers and over 180 employees. She coordinates the Outpatient operations with a skilled team of managers who assist to insure that her region functions in an efficient manner providing value-added care to our patients. Ms. Schulte administrative role brings vast experience with employee engagement, policies and procedures development, marketing, budgetary process, productivity standards, time management controls, treatment guidelines, departmental scheduling and operational efficiencies. She was charged in the creation, implementation and ongoing maintenance of the Rehab and Sports Therapy scheduling questionnaire which drives access for the outpatient locations. She is also responsible for the compliance and quality of care throughout her region and has been instrumental in an electronic medical record standardization and documentation audit process.

Christine enjoyed 20 years at Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights, Ohio prior to accepting her current role. At Marymount, Christine's career afforded her a variety of experiences in Rehabilitation settings including Acute Care, IRU, SNF, Homecare, Outpatient and Sports Therapy. Her role expanded as she gained responsibility for additional clinical operations as the Administrative Director for Marymount Hospital Rehabilitation Services, Pain Management, Laboratory Services, Occupational Medicine, Employee Wellness as well as Program Director for the Patient's First Initiative with the Planetree organization.

Christine has been a member of the APTA since 1984. Professional areas of interest include aquatic therapy for the orthopedic and geriatric populations. She currently belongs to the Aquatic, Health Policy Administration and Geriatric sections. Christine is actively engaged with the APTA Aquatic Section. She initially served as Aquatic Section Representative 2010-15 and currently is serving in her second term as Secretary of the Aquatic Section. Aquatic Board responsibilities include chairing the Communications, By-laws and Awards Committee. In 2017 Christine was honored with the Presidential Award from the Aquatic section for her contributions to the section on the Communications team strategic work plan. In Ohio, Christine is the current Vice President for the Ohio Physical Therapy Association and liaison for the State and Federal affairs committee. Christine has had multiple opportunities to present at Local, State, and National Physical therapy conferences over her career.

In her free time Christine serves on the Board of Directors for the Village at Marymount (2012-Present) with the additional role of Chair to their Performance Improvement Committee. The Village at Marymount is a faith-based community featuring assisted living services; skilled and intermediate nursing care; rehabilitation services; and Memory Care. Previously Christine served on the St. Joseph Academy High School Alumni Board 2010-2015.

 

Jennifer L. Weil, PT, MPT, DHSc graduated with her Master in Physical Therapy from American International College in 2001 and again in 2015 from A. T. Still University with her Doctor of Health Science Degree. Jennifer is the current APTA Aquatic Section Treasurer. Prior to accepting the position of Treasurer, Jennifer was the APTA Aquatic Section 2 nd V.P. of Education for two consecutive terms. Her time as a member of the Executive Board has provided her not only with historical insight but a vision of the APTA Aquatic Section's future. Understanding the future direction of the Section helps with financial planning. During her time as Treasurer she has kept a close eye on the budget and communicated with committee chairs on ways to cut expenses, generate revenue, budget for the following year, and work in collaboration with the other committees to promote the Section.

If re-elected, Jennifer will continue to monitor the budget, facilitate section growth with fiscal responsibility, and work with committee members to achieve not only budgeted outcomes but goals within the strategic planning.

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." – Benjamin Franklin.

 

I am a graduate from the University of Delaware, a CAPTE Accredited Program. I graduated in December of 2008 and following graduation started as an employee of the Nemours Children's Health System. I have been at the main campus of A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, as a Pediatric Physical Therapist in the Outpatient Department for 8 years.  I am now one of the Senior Clinicians and my areas of specialty are Spinal Dysfunction and Aquatics. Since starting my career I have worked both on land and in the pool. I treat many pediatric diagnoses, ranging from developmental, neurological, and orthopedic. I have taken at least one course a year in CEUs to advance my knowledge of aquatic therapy and keep my life guarding certification active. One of those courses included completing the Certificate in Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competence (CAPTCC) Course. Since that time I have advanced my participation in the Aquatics Section, including being a lab assistant at one of the CAPTCC courses, assisting in editing and compiling the Policy and Procedure Manual for this program, and this year I am the chair of the Nominating Committee for the section. I also am a member of the Pediatric Section of the APTA.

My passion includes working with children and helping them improve in their functional abilities. The Aquatics medium offers a unique setting to treat patients, allowing for more ease of mobility and un- weighting as needed. It is also an environment conducive to offering wellness programming. At my job I have had the opportunity of running 2 different programs: one a Caregiver and Tot Adapted Aquatics Class and the second is a Group Fitness Program for adolescents with cerebral palsy.  When not working I am a wife and mother of 3 and enjoy family outings and anything Disney!

 

Natalie Michaels, PT, EdD, GCS Emeritus is an Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences for both the Schools of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at Belmont University. Prior to this she worked as a full tenured professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Tennessee State University and has a total of 15 years of academic experience. Dr Michaels has worked with research teams to study the effects of aquatic exercise on the older adult population, methods to motivate overweight teens to exercise, and the effects of cultural language variation on multiple choice testing, and learning. Dr. Michaels has over 20 peer- reviewed publications since 2008, with three papers currently in review on topics such as:  aquatic exercise, scoliosis, multiple-choice testing, deep vein thrombosis, Down syndrome, and reflective critical thinking. She received her Certificate in the Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Program provided by the APTA Aquatic Section in June, 2016. Dr. Michaels is a certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (Emeritus) with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE). She has been active in the community with the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, the Aquatic Exercise Programs for Older Adults, Seminars for Senior Citizens, the Health Uncovered for Guidance Series (H.U.G.S.), and has conducted weight loss studies for area high school students in Nashville.

 

Upon graduating with his DPT in 2011, Brian Terry was hired as the director of a struggling outpatient physical therapy clinic adjacent to a skilled nursing facility. Upon assuming his role, Brian facilitated the remodel of the clinic and pool area, developed a business plan to cater to an underserved aquatic therapy niche, and launched a marketing plan under a new name, Sandy Physical Therapy & Aquatics. Brian has since focused on developing clinical protocols backed by evidence-based research, growing relationships with local providers, and promoting wellness programs that incorporate classes such as aquatic Pilates, Ai Chi, Zumba, and HIIT training. These initiatives, along with others, have led to the addition of nine additional staff and, most critically, have facilitated the healing of over 1,000 patient lives.

Education:
Doctor of Physical Therapy,
University of Utah, 2011
BS Business Entrepreneurship,
University of Utah, 2008

Certifications:
CAPTCC

Experience:
Founder, Clinic Director, Lead
Physical Therapist Sandy Physical
Therapy & Aquatics 2011 – Current
Clinical Manager Neurology
Associates 2005 – 2007
Small Business Owner, Salt
Lake Nerve Conduction
Studies, LLC 2005 – 2010

Affiliations:
APTA Aquatics Section Member
Aquatics Education
Committee Member
APTA Orthopedic Section Member
University of Utah Dept of Physical
Therapy Lecturer and Lab Instructor,
Aquatic Therapy Curriculum

 

Cathy Maloney-Hills, P.T., DPT is the Lead Aquatic Therapist for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (part of Allina Health).  A physical therapist for over 35 years, she has completed the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center 6-month Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Residency Program, the Folsom Long-Term Orthopedic Manual Therapy Course and is a Certified Pool Operator. She has spent more than 25 years in aquatics, developing both community fitness and therapy programs. She is co- investigator/author for the study and program: Golden Waves® Functional Water Program for Older Adults, University of Nevada, Reno and a co-author of the book YMCA Water Fitness for Health. She presents courses and training for physical therapists and fitness professionals nationally and internationally.

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