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In this News Brief:

August Virtual Board Member and Administrator Training

Our Virtual Board Member and Administrator Training held in May was such a success, we are holding another one! Please save the date for the next training, which will take place August 28-30, 2021. 

This training provides an in-depth understanding of your role as a regulatory board member or staff person in protecting the consumers of physical therapy services. We will give an overview of FSBPT’s member services and Dale Atkinson will review important aspects of being a regulator and provide tips and lessons learned. 

Additionally, the interactive conference platform will help you “get out of your seat” and fully participate. Look out for more details on how to register soon!

Our 2021 Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating our 2021 awardees! They will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at the Annual Meeting next year in Orange County, California.

Richard McDougall
Long Term Service Award
Phillip Palmer, GA
President’s Award
Michelle Sigmund Gaines, OR

Christine Larson

Christine Larson passed away on May 22, 2021. Christine served nine years on the Washington Board of Physical Therapy, including three years as president. She served as secretary on the FSBPT Board of Directors from 1993 to 1998 before joining the FSBPT staff as the director of professional standards.

The Washington State Physical Therapy Association recognized her many contributions to the profession by making her PT of the Year for Washington State in 1996. She also received the FSBPT Outstanding Service Award in 2005. Her contributions to the PT regulatory community were notable and her impact on FSBPT will be lasting.

According to her obituary, she passed away peacefully “surrounded by friends and family at the time of her death, just as she was during her long and happy life.”

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)

Call for Nominations for CBA Leadership Positions

We are seeking nominations for a leadership position on the FSBPT Council of Board Administrators.  If you are on the CBA and have attended the FSBPT Annual Meeting in the past and you plan to continue participating, you’re just the person to think about stepping up!

Please consider nominating yourself or someone else by Friday, June 4, 2021. Submit names to  


CBA Chair: (Fall 2021 – Fall 2023)

  • Along with the Vice Chair, develops and runs the CBA Forum during the Annual Meeting with staff providing administrative/logistical support.
  • Member of the CBA Nominating Committee. Develops the slate for CBA leadership positions with staff providing administrative/logistical support.
  • Member of the FSBPT Education Committee. Participates in their webinars and provides logistical support for the annual meeting sessions.
  • Time commitment: approximately six to eight 30-60 minute conference calls throughout the year. CBA Forum planning and other follow-up tasks may be required outside of the conference calls.
  • Attendance and participation at the FSBPT Annual Meeting.
  • Attendance and participation at the Leadership Issues Forum.

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 new FSBPT events platform.

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.

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: Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Indiana and Kansas Join the PT Compact

Indiana joined the PT Compact on April 29 and Kansas joined on May 17, making them the thirty-third and thirty-fourth members of the PT Compact. To see the jurisdictions that have introduced or passed legislation, view our PT Compact map.

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.

FSBPT Forum: Using Claims Data to Identify Risks in PT Practice

Claims data can help point regulators to risk areas, thereby guiding regulators in creating more effective support systems to promote public protection. This article is based on an INPTRA webinar presented by Natalie Beswetherick and Jennifer Flynn.
Read more.

Spotlight on Member Resources: CBA Transition Manual

This template is a starting point for creating a manual to facilitate the transition of physical therapy agency and board personnel. A “checklist” of recommended sections forms the overall outline, with suggested items to include, and in some cases, pre-populated information. This is available in the Member's Area.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

    Exam Development Committees
    Item Writers
    ELDD Task Force

  • Megan Certo
  • Charles Harvey
  • Jason Kaiser
  • Kayla Karpp
  • Cynthia Potter
  • Deborah Ragan
  • Corie Tillman Wolf

Webinar Clip: Challenges to Health Care

This clip examining the purpose of PT boards is from "Regulatory Hour: Let’s Meet With and For a Purpose: Purpose of Regulation." You can watch the whole webinar and register for upcoming Regulatory Hours.

In the News

"This is how much exercise you really need to stay healthy at 40, 50, and 60," Adrianne Cohen, Fast Company, April 19, 2021

"Researchers followed 5,000 adults around for 30 years and learned a thing or two about what keeps people healthy. [Their research] challenges the current minimum exercise guideline of 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week, because it does not lead to long-term cardiovascular health."

"Activating health equity: A moral imperative calling for business solutions," Kulleni Gebreyes, Jessica Perez, David Rabinowitz, Dr. Elizabeth Baca, Deloitte Insights, 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."

"Telehealth expanded in Arizona to help vulnerable communities," Fox 10 Phoneix, May 5, 2021

"Vulnerable and low-income communities in Arizona will now have expanded access to telehealth after Gov. Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on Tuesday."

"Physical therapists say the pandemic challenged the practice," West Dakota Fox, April 23, 2021

“Physical therapy is a hands on practice that usually requires face to face appointments. So when the pandemic hit, PTs struggled to find a new normal.”

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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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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