The 14 members of the Virginia Delegation to the APTA House of Delegates just returned from a very busy, but productive week in Tampa, FL June 2 Ė 7, 2012. Chief Delegate this year was Lisa Donegan Shoaf and the delegation included new delegates Laura Baldwin and Sarah Knox. Megan Bureau attended as our Delegate-Elect and Sarah Schmidt served as the PTA Caucus representative for Virginia. Although the Virginia Delegation did not submit any bills (these are called RCís at the APTA House of Delegates), we were busy preparing for debate on the 30 RCís discussed as the House this year.
Virginia Delegation at APTA House of Delegates
Several important topics were discussed at the House of Delegates this year including discussion on who provides physical therapy, future roles of the physical therapist assistant, diagnosis by the physical therapist, and governance review. More information will be provided to the membership once the House of Delegates minutes are posted so that you can view the results of our deliberations.
It is also important to note that Dr. Shawne Soper, PT, DPT, MBA is our current APTA Speaker of the House of Delegates and she is a member of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association and is employed at Sheltering Arms Hospital in Richmond Virginia. This is her 4th year serving as Speaker of the House and it is exciting to see Shawne in action leading over 400 delegates from around the country in the important work of the House of Delegates in setting policy for the profession.
Back row, left to right: Tom Mayhew, Brandon Smith (VCU Student), Peggy Belmont, Laura Baldwin, Sara Knox, Tom Bohanon, Megan Bureau
First row, left to right: Colleen Whiteford, Terri Ferrier, Secili DeStefano, Jack Echternach, Sarah Schmidt, Lisa Shoaf, Mark Bouziane, Shawne Soper (APTA Speaker of the House of Delegates), Katherine Baucom
Congratulations to one of Virginia Physical Therapy Association's great leaders. We are proud of her dedication to Physical Therapy and this ultimate honor. Among her many leadership accomplishments, Dr. Wong was a recent President of the Virginia Physical Therapy Association.