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Important updates and timely information for FSBPT members and stakeholders.

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In this News Brief:

Jeffrey Vinzant

Jeffrey Vinzant, Executive Director of the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy, passed away suddenly on July 28, 2020. Jeffrey was very involved in FSBPT, serving on multiple committees and task forces. Jeffrey said in a recent candidate statement for the FSBPT Board of Directors, “My philosophy is that an organization can only be effective when it is forward thinking, looking to the future and is client centered in all its decisions. Using this as a foundation, in both my professional and personal life; I have had a career of assisting others as they seek to better themselves.” He embodied this vision with decades of experience working in the public sector environment both on the Alabama Board of Physical Therapy and as the director of the Campus Store for Auburn University at Montgomery. His contributions to the PT regulatory community were notable and his impact on FSBPT will be lasting.  

Jeffrey’s obituary and a guestbook are available on the Southern Memorial website

2020 Annual Meeting Webinar Series

As we've previously announced, FSBPT has cancelled all in-person meetings in 2020.

Instead, FSBPT will provide some educational content that would normally occur during the Annual Meeting via a series of webinars throughout the year. While cancelling the in-person meeting was not an easy decision, we are as excited about the quality of our webinar series as we have been about our in-person meetings. We have lined up outstanding speakers for you! Please take a look at the lineup, mark your calendars, and look out for more details.

Our 2020 Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating our 2020 awardees! They will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at the Annual Meeting next year in Jacksonville, Florida.

Richard McDougall Long Term Service Award
Kathy Arney, NC
President’s Award
Shannon Turner, AL

Outstanding Service Awards

  • Jason Delavan, CO
  • Erica Peterson, AZ
  • Becky Rodda, MI
  • Julie Ronnebaum, IA
  • Michelle Sigmund Gaines, OR

Virtual Membership Meetings

On July 22, FSBPT delegates and administrators attended the virtual Leadership Issues Forum to learn about important topics for the organization and jurisdictions. That same day, members joined our first Candidate Forum to hear directly from the candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

We will also hold several important virtual meetings in October. Please mark your calendars for the key dates of October 22, 2020, and October 24, 2020. We will be sharing more details with participants on how to register for and join these meetings soon.

Candidate Forum–2

October 22, 2020 | 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET

This forum provides a chance for delegates and other members to get to know the candidates who are running for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.


Delegate Workshop

October 24, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

The Delegate Workshop will be an opportunity for Delegates to understand the technology that we will be using during the Delegate Assembly.  

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.


Delegate Assembly

October 24, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.

FSBPT Forum: Leveraging Operational Metrics to Help Justify State Board Regulatory Decisions: A Comparison of Two Jurisdictions

A comparison of two states, Nevada and Virginia, demonstrates the advantages of having operational metrics. Read the article.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Regulatory Resources

FSBPT identifies and promotes effective regulation in physical therapy to help ensure the delivery of safe and competent physical therapy care, while respecting states’ rights and responsibilities. We have included some of the tools that we have developed for state licensing authorities in the regulation of physical therapy on our website.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

  • Exam Development Committee-PT
  • Exam Chairs Committee

In the News

"How the virtual health landscape is shifting in a rapidly changing world," Ken Abrams, Casey Korba, Urvi Shah, and Natasha Elsner, Deloitte Insights, July 9, 2020

"COVID-19 changed orthodoxies and pushed physicians to adopt virtual health. It’s time for health care systems to redefine conventions, consolidate the learnings, and scale up what worked to achieve a seamless patient and physician experience."

"National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities (NIMIC) Initiative," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

"The National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 (NIMIC) Initiative seeks to develop and coordinate a strategic and structured national network of national, state/territorial/tribal and local public and community-based organizations that will mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable populations."

"U.S. Air Force to Evaluate State Occupational Licensing Policies for Future Basing Decisions," The Council of State Governments, May 18, 2020

"In February, the United States Air Force released new criteria-based framework for its basing decision evaluation process that assesses state occupational licensing policies for supporting military families. The initiative by the Air Force is part of a larger trend by state policy makers and the departments of the military to facilitate interstate migration by military families and lower barriers to employment caused by occupational licensing."

Board of Directors Report

Recently, to advance the business of FSBPT, the board approved the motions listed.

Motion Adopted: 
Approve the following Awards for the 2020 Annual Education Meeting:
Outstanding Service Awards – 
Michelle-Sigmund Gaines
Julie Ronnenbaum
Jason Delavan
Erica Peterson
Becky Rodda
McDougall Award - Kathy Arney
Notation-Board President selected Shannon Turner to receive the President's Award
Fiscal Impact: None

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 Muelle
Susan Newman

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

Linda Michelsen

School reports

Score transfer & reporting

Christine Sousa

SCP PET- Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

Security issues

Susan Newman

Anything else, including news to share with members

William A. Hatherill
Caitlin Jennings



Sign off: Look after yourself, do good, smile often, and enjoy the summer!

  • William A. Hatherill, CEO


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