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The Slate for the 2021 Delegate Assembly Elections

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate for this year’s elections at the FSBPT Delegate Assembly. Candidate statements will appear in the Delegate Handbook, which will be available on the FSBPT website for membership review closer to the meeting date.

The Nominating Committee will hold a Candidate Forum at the 2021 Leadership Issues Forum to introduce 2021 candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee, in addition to a Candidate Forum in the fall. Further, the Nominating Committee will be seeking candidates interested in being slated for the 2022 elections. These positions will include President and Vice President. The qualifications for these positions can be found in the Board and Committee Job Descriptions.

Please join FSBPT in thanking the 2021 Nominating Committee Members, Sherri Paru (Chair), Debbie Kubota, and Joseph Shanley, for their work this year.

Secretary: Tina Baum (SD) Secretary: Jim Clahane (PA) Treasurer: Ruggie Canizares (OR) Treasurer: Steven Scherger (MN)
Director I: Ellen Donald (FL) Director I: Elizabeth Locke (VA) Nominating Committee: Ron Barredo (TN) Nominating Committee: Deborah Richardson Peter (VI)

Practice Analysis

FSBPT recently emailed many faculty members and practicing PTs and PTAs asking them to provide information on what a PT or PTA must know and be able to do to perform physical therapy treatment competently. 

Among other things, the results of this research will be used to define the content for revisions to the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), contribute to educational curricula, and inform state boards of potential changes in PT practice.

FSBPT conducts this analysis of practice and publishes an update yearly.

If you received a survey from our research partners, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), asking about your knowledge of work requirements for PTs and PTAs, please respond. Your input is invaluable in this research. We thank you for your participation!

Share Your Webinar Ideas!

We are seeking presentation ideas and proposals for webinars we will be hosting throughout 2021. You can watch recent webinars and register for upcoming sessions on the FSBPT website.

If you have a specific idea, please submit a proposal. However, we are also interested in learning about jurisdictions' experiences with regulatory topics and your general ideas on what issues we should examine. We encourage all board members, board administrators, and other stakeholders to please share topics and ideas with us.

Ohio Joins the PT Compact

Ohio joined the PT Compact on March 31, making it the thirty-second member of the PT Compact. To see the jurisdictions that have introduced or passed legislation, view our PT Compact map.

2021 Leadership Issues Forum and Annual Meeting & Delegate Assembly

This year, FSBPT has not budgeted for an in-person Leadership Issues Forum or Annual Meeting & Delegate Assembly. Instead, these events will be held virtually:

Leadership Issues Forum (LIF)
July 17-18 | Virtual

Delegate Assembly
October 22-23 | Virtual

Jurisdictions will still need to select the following roles so we can properly register them:

  • Voting Delegate
  • Alternate Delegate
  • Selected Administrator


We recently emailed administrators instructions on selecting delegates and identifying the selected administrator. If you have any questions, please contact

Thank you to the following jurisdictions that have already selected delegates and administrators: Arizona, California, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

We Thank Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

As part of National Volunteer Week, FSBPT members shared their gratitude for FSBPT's many volunteers.

"I would like to thank the members of the PTA EDC for being such a support. In the past 2 years I have moved across the country, changed jobs, had a health crisis, and gone through a pandemic. Through it all the EDC members and staff have been helpful, supportive and encouraging. I am grateful to know each of them!" - Danette Neikirk, EDC Co-Chair

"What are volunteers to me? Very Outstanding Leaders in their fields using their Notable Talent Energy and Expertise to provide regulatory resources for substantive impact on public protection." - Susan Newman, FSBPT Chief Operating Officer

"The Heart and Soul of FSBPT... Countless hours of volunteer work with the unwavering passion for public protection. Thank you for all the volunteer work that you do!" - Ruggie Canizares, FSBPT Treasurer

"Why do PT's choose to volunteer with FSBPT? There are more than a few reasons, including: a chance to meet some amazing people from all over the country, an opportunity to learn more about the process of licensing PT's, a time to share afternoon chocolate, a chance to be pampered with good food, happy hours and other surprises from an amazing FSBPT staff and of course, an opportunity to contribute to our amazing profession!" - Lisa Dannemiller, EDC Co-Chair

"Thank you to the incredible FSBPT volunteers for sharing your time, talents, and expertise to support the mission of protecting the public!! Your dedication and contributions inspire all of us in the regulatory community." - David Relling, FSBPT Vice President

"Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization. We could not effectively meet our mission without the selfless giving of our item writers and committee members." - Tom Caldwell, FSBPT Secretary

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. From developing the National Physical Therapy Examination to the various committees and task forces that provide insight and guidance, all the volunteers provide meaningful and important information to promote safety and competence in physical therapy. Working with the volunteers has always been one of the highlights of my career." - Richard Woolf, FSBPT Chief Professional Officer

"Thank you to all those who serve on the EDC committee and those who volunteer to help. Your dedication, expertise and wonderful personalities make reviewing questions for 4 days straight, just fun!! Thanks so much." - Amy Bayliss, EDC Co-Chair

"FSBPT was founded by volunteers and thrives today because of the strong volunteer leadership we have come to enjoy in our past and current exam program, committees, task forces, and jurisdictional members. This is also so true in both FCCPT, and the PT Licensure Compact. We owe our continuing success to these volunteers! We are humbled by the giving of yourself in service to protect the public." - William Hatherill, FSBPT Chief Executive Officer

"Individuals who serve as volunteers for FSBPT are some of the most amazing people I've ever met; they're intelligent, hard working, and professional. They have taught me many things and I've made lasting friendships through working with you. Your dedication of time, talent, and diligence to fulfilling the mission and vision of FSBPT is much appreciated and doesn't go unrecognized. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you do!" - Shannon Turner, EDC Co-Chair

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of the FSBPT. Without our talented and dedicated volunteers, the FSBPT would not be able to achieve peak performance. Thank you volunteers! You ROCK!" - Joni Kalis, FSBPT Director

"As we honor all individuals who wholeheartedly extend valuable time and resources to their worthy causes, I would like to extend my gratitude to my colleagues who picked FSBPT as one of the organizations deserving of their support. FSBPT thrives because of your tireless efforts and contributions no matter how big or small. I believe in FSBPT’s mission of public protection and I’m grateful to those who share this very sentiment. Happy National Volunteers’ week!" - Carlo D. de Castro, EDC Co-Chair

"Though the past year has been a challenge for everyone, our volunteers quickly adjusted and rose to the challenge to convert to virtual meetings to ensure that the exam development process stayed on schedule. Their ability and willingness to adapt was a true nod to their dedication to the physical therapy profession. I'm proud and blessed to serve alongside you all. Thanks for all that you do!" - Jennifer Mercer, EDC Co-Chair

"FSBPT volunteers are amazing, there isn't a task they will not tackle regardless of conditions or time of day or night. There are so many times I can recall just being in awe and admiration of the grit and wisdom displayed by our volunteers. Snowmegeddon stands out...only FSBPT volunteers fly INTO a blizzard, borrow boots and winter gear and continue to produce! Thank you all for what you do for public protection." - Nancy Kirsch, FSBPT President

"FSBPT Volunteers are the best! Thank you so much for your contributions to the NPTE  including writing New Items, volunteering as an Item Writer Coordinator or on a Task Force, reviewing New Items, and participating in Form Review. Every brilliant brain and sparkling personality supports the mission of the FSBPT and the profession. Working with other volunteers is amazing~even when we only see each other on a computer monitor. Your work is so appreciated....THANK YOU!" - Anissa Davis, EDC Co-Chair

Stay Informed and Connected

Following FSBPT on social media is one of the best ways to receive important notifications, learn useful tips, connect with other regulators, and ensure you are getting the latest information on FSBPT events and resources. FSBPT shares articles, clips, and other content that can help you in our shared mission to protect the public.

Submit 2021 Excellence in Regulation Award Nomination: Forms—Due June 4

The Excellence in Regulation Award recognizes jurisdictions that have made significant accomplishments towards increasing public protection for consumers of physical therapy services in a number of areas. To nominate a jurisdiction, including your own, submit a Nomination Form to by Friday, June 4, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Topics at the Leadership Issues Forum

FSBPT strives to be a deliberative organization and seeks to present new approaches and changes in a purposeful manner before our Leadership Issues Forum (LIF). Providing topics in advance allows the board an opportunity to carefully prepare topics for consideration. Bringing topics to LIF where our members have plenty of time to engage in thoughtful dialogue allows us to truly get member input into important topics. A number of topics have been presented at consecutive LIF meetings to make sure they are vetted properly, like the most recent bylaw changes or the disciplinary action guidelines. We welcome your input into future topics for LIF and look forward to hearing from you all!  

FSBPT Forum: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Physical Therapy: Exaggerated Hype or Paradigm Shift?

The role of artificial intelligence (AI) is changing in many sectors of society, including medicine and health care. It has the potential to change the way physical therapy is practiced. This article is based on a 2020 Annual Meeting Webinar presented by Anthony Chang.
Read more.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Exploring Unconscious Bias

Jonathan Webb, the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, discussed implicit bias and how it can affect health care practitioners and regulators in this webinar.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

  • Exam Development Committees

Webinar Clip: Challenges to Health Care

This clip examining the challenges to health care is from the webinar "Physiotherapy Otherwise." You can also watch the whole webinar.

In the News

"Congress to Get Another Shot at Telehealth Coverage for Specialists," mHealth Intelligence, Eric Wicklund, March 26, 2021

"Lawmakers have resubmitted the Expanded Telehealth Access Act, which would permanently extend Medicare coverage to telehealth services provided by physical and occupational therapists, audiologists and speech and language pathologists."


"Remote Care in 2021: New Telehealth Trends, Benefits & Challenges," Dolby

"The coronavirus pandemic has forced healthcare providers to ramp up their telehealth services. Telehealth may seem like a temporary solution, but it’s here to stay. In fact, telehealth is one of the top 10 trends to leverage this year. It’s important for your health practice to know the current trends, potential benefits, as well as challenges in this switch to online healthcare."

"Cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion," Deloitte Insights, Kristi Lamar and Anjali Shaikh, March 5, 2021

"Aniyah enjoyed her role as a divisional technology executive within a large financial banking enterprise, but she frequently grappled with the cultural expectation of long work hours, few advancement opportunities, and lack of women role models. So, when her spouse received a job offer in another state, Aniyah reflected on her 12-year career and realized it was time to consider all her options. Family planning had become a serious topic in her partnership, and while she wasn't prepared to write off all future work in technology, she decided to pause her own career to focus on what mattered most at this life stage."

"New ceramic ink can 3D-print bones directly into a patient’s body," Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, April 21, 2021

"A new technique developed at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, offers the prospect of doctors being able to create new bone tissue exactly where needed during a surgical operation."

"Activitaing health equity," Deloitte Insights, Kulleni Gebreyes, David Rabinowitz, Jessica Perez, and Elizabeth Baca, April 12, 2021

"Disparities in health outcomes should not, and do not have to, be driven by racism and bias. Here’s what life sciences and health care organizations can do to advance equity in the pursuit of health and well-being for all."

"New models for building digital trust," Deloitte Insights, Jeffery Weirens,
Jennifer Lee, and Michael Bondar

"How can large organizations, facing increasingly complex disruptions, build digital trust with their stakeholders? Sandy Pentland reveals a significant shift in how organizations manage data to preserve digital trust."

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

Charles E. Reiter 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



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