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September 2019
Volume 21, Number 9


Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

In this News Brief:

Update Your Information

Members and Jurisdiction Board Administrators, please help us keep your profiles current. We use this information to ensure our contact lists are up to date so that members can receive the News Briefs, surveys, travel authorizations, and other important notifications.


  1. Login to the Members’ Area.
  2. On the right side of the screen under “My Directory Info,” click the link to “Update My Contact Info.”
  3. Make edits as needed to your profile.
  4. Hit “Save Changes.”

Jurisdiction Board Administrators:

  1.  Login to the Members’ Area.
  2. On the right side of the screen under “My Directory Info,” click the link to “Update My Contact Info.”
  3. Click "Edit Positions."
  4. On the Left Menu, under "Membership Directories," you should now see an option to "Update Board Info." Click on it.
  5. Click the icon to the left of each person’s name to open their profile.
  6. Click the “Edit Positions” button to view/edit the person’s role and term dates.
  7. Make edits as needed for all your board members.
  8. Hit “Save Changes.”

Please note, when a new director, administrator, or other member comes on board, please click “Add Member” to create a new profile. Then edit the position for the member who is rolling off to reflect their actual end date. DO NOT edit an existing director by changing their name to the new member’s name as each profile is unique to each individual.

Please keep these updated on a regular basis. If you have any questions about the process or trouble logging in, please email us

Prepare for the Annual Meeting

Motions for the 2019 Delegate Assembly are now available for board members' and delegates' review. If you have any questions about the motions, please contact

2019 FSBPT Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Candidate Statements 
Candidates for this year’s elected positions for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee have prepared statements you can review with your board before elections take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019. We encourage you to take some time reviewing their submissions. Candidates will also speak about their experience and answer questions at the Candidate Forum and the Opportunity to Speak with Candidates sessions at the Annual Meeting on Friday, October 25, 2019. 

2019 Candidate Statement for the Council of Board Administrators (CBA)
We are pleased to announce that Bruce Wessman will be running for this year’s 2019 CBA Chair. We encourage you to read his candidate statement.

PT Compact Updates

Compact privileges are now available for the state of Washington as of Monday, September 23, 2019. This brings the total number of states issuing compact privileges to sixteen, following Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

On July 30, 2019, Delaware enacted PT Compact legislation and became the twenty-sixth state to join the PT Compact Commission. The Delaware board will now work to implement the requirements before it can begin issuing and accepting compact privileges.

Wisconsin introduced SB 390 on September 5, 2019, which, if enacted, would make Wisconsin a member of the PT Compact Commission. Three other states, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, are also currently considering PT Compact legislation.

To see the jurisdictions that have introduced or passed legislation, view our PT Compact map.

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Educators' Satisfaction Survey

FSBPT strives to provide the most effective and useful tools for educators. If you are an educator, we are interested in your opinion on the services and products that we offer to you.

Please take a moment to complete the survey. Your input is extremely valuable and it helps to ensure that we are providing the best tools for now and into the future.

REMINDER: Help Create the Board Assessment Tool

FSBPT Board Assessment Task Force spent 2018 and 2019 developing a self-assessment tool for physical therapy regulatory boards. The tool is comprised of four high-level categories with three topics in each for a total of twelve areas of assessment.

The finished tool will be free and available online. Final answers will only be visible to the person completing the tool. The tool will provide data on areas for improvement and can be used in your development of action plan.

We have previously sent emails to members letting you know that the task force needs your help! Prior to finalizing the tool, the task force would like more feedback. For a copy of the tool and specific instructions on providing feedback, please email We need feedback by today, September 30.

Serve on an FSBPT Committee!

Are you interested in serving on one of the committees below beginning January 1, 2020?

  • Continuing Competence
  • Education
  • Ethics and Legislation
  • Finance
  • Resolutions 

Learn more about volunteering and read the detailed committee descriptions. Then submit your name for consideration. The survey will close on October 28, 2019. The Board of Directors will make appointments in late 2019.

Digital Practice White Paper and Survey

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and the International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities (INPTRA) established a joint Digital Physical Therapy Practice Task Force to develop a white paper addressing physical therapy practice and regulation in the digital age. This white paper is an initial look at international digital practice and proposes a definition and purpose for digital physical therapy practice while exploring benefits, current limitations, regulatory concerns, guidelines, and considerations for educational programs.

A survey was created in the hopes of obtaining your feedback on the white paper. The WCPT and INPTRA boards of directors and the task force members want to ensure this report is a global representation of digital physical therapy practice. Therefore, we need your help! We encourage you to take a moment to read the white paper and respond to the survey with as much detail as possible. This is a short survey that will only take a few minutes to complete. If you have any questions please email us at

Family Issues, Spousal Employment Opportunities Key to New Army Chief of Staff

General James C. McConville became the fortieth chief of staff of the United States Army (CSA) on August 9, 2019. As the most senior uniformed officer and deputy to the Secretary of the Army, General McConville has been clear that taking care of people will be one of his highest priorities.

General McConville appreciates the tie between family quality of life and the retention of soldiers. “If we provide a good quality of life for our families, they will stay with their soldiers,” he told the Army News Service. The new CSA believes family members deserve good housing, health care, childcare, and spousal employment opportunities. During a forum hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army, he said, “If we want them to stay and serve, we have to take care of them…. We enlist soldiers, but we retain families.”

With the focus on family and taking care of people, the commitment to decreasing barriers to military spouse employment will likely continue. In order to remain attractive to the military, jurisdictions may consider ways to support mobile service members and their spouses such as establishing licensure compacts.

FSBPT and the PT Compact Commission continue to collaborate with the Defense-State Liaison Office (DLSO). Recently, the DLSO identified licensure compacts, and specifically the PT Compact, as a key legislative initiative. 

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FSBPT Forum: Board Assessment Tool

The Board Assessment Task Force is hard at work creating a new tool that will help boards conduct self-assessments and provide resources to improve performance and advance their missions. This article is based on a presentation by Kathy O. Arney and Charlotte Martin at the 2018 FSBPT Annual Meeting.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Dry Needling Competencies

FSBPT sponsored a practice analysis of the competencies required of physical therapists to perform dry needling. The publicly available study explicitly examines what PTs must know and be able to do to perform dry needling safely and effectively.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank the generous volunteer members of these groups for their support of our mission:
Continuing Competence Committee

  • Michele Thorman
  • Gillian Cavezzali
  • Brian Gilbert
  • Kendra Harrington
  • Jasmin Jimeno
  • Sandy Levi
  • Andrew Mix
  • Talia Weinberg
  • Tom Caldwell

Exam Development Committee - PT

In the News

"CCHP Publishes Analysis of Occupational and Physical Therapy Policy," Center for Connected Health Policy, January 22, 2019

"Some of the highlights from the results include:

  • Forty-seven states had a telehealth-related policy for either occupational or physical therapy
  • Twenty states had telehealth regulations for occupational therapy
  • Twenty-four states had telehealth regulations for physical therapy
  • Seventeen states had laws for occupational therapy
  • Thirty-four states had laws for physical therapy
  • Fourteen states allowed occupational therapists to use live video
  • Twenty-five states allowed physical therapists to use live video
  • Twelve states allowed for the use of store-and-forward for occupational and/or physical therapy
  • Four states allowed for the use of remote patient monitoring for occupational and/or physical therapy"

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Board Liaisons to Jurisdictions

Members of the Board of Directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions. Current liaison relationships are listed here for your reference.

Tom Caldwell
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas

Ruggie Canizares
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah

Ellen Donald
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina

Joni Kalis
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Nancy Kirsch
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Adrienne Price
Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

David Relling
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

John Young
The public member of the board does not serve as a liaison to jurisdictions.

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Staff Contact Information

Staff Contact Information
If you have questions, challenges or ideas, we want to hear from you!
(703) 299-3100




Point of Contact/Email Address

ADA accommodations

Christine Sousa


Assessment or examination development questions

Lorin Mueller, PhD
Susan Layton

Continuing competence

Jeffrey M. Rosa

Credentials review

Jaime Nolan, FCCPT

ELDD- Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database participation

Exam registration processing

Christine Sousa

Foreign educated issues

Leslie Adrian


Jamie Nolan

JAM- Jurisprudence Assessment Module

Legislation or Model Practice Act

Leslie Adrian

Meeting arrangements

Paul Delaney

NPDB reports/questions

Angela Burnham


PTC- Physical Therapy Compact

PEAT®- Practice Exam & Assessment Tool


Reimbursement of expenses
Other financial matters

Bill Aronson
Linda Michelsen

School reports

Score transfer & reporting

Christine Sousa

SCP PET- Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

Security issues

Susan Layton

Anything else, including news to share with members

William A. Hatherill
Francois Marjorie
Caitlin Jennings





Sign off:
That’s all the news today from the ‘Original Orange’ Daylily covered banks of the Potomac, where the fish are faster, the fishing boats are longer, and the fishermen are still full of stories.

- William A. Hatherill, CEO

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