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Take FSBPT’s Money!

FSBPT wants to help jurisdictions in our shared mission of public protection, and we have funds available to help you succeed! We have already approved grants to Alabama, Iowa, North Carolina, and Texas. Your jurisdiction should be next! We truly want to support our members’ electronic systems to enhance our Examination, Licensure, and Disciplinary Database (ELDD) and the use of the FSBPT ID.  

Thanks in part to savings experienced by holding virtual meetings and the recent overall investment performance, FSBPT’s board was able to set aside a $2.2 million grant for PT Compact member jurisdictions, along with our ongoing jurisdictional grant program, to help you use the FSBPT ID and submit data to the ELDD. PT Compact member jurisdictions can apply for grants to fund consulting, programming, data entry, technological upgrades, and other activities that enhance updates to the ELDD.

If you are interested in learning more or connecting with one of the states that are already benefiting from this grant, please reach out to them . Let us know how we can help you in your efforts to achieve electronic efficiencies in protecting the public. 

Select Your 2022 Delegates and Funded Administrator

Member board chairs and administrators, we will need your delegates and funded administrator credentialed by May 1, 2022. 

We ask boards to select one person to serve in each of these roles (if feasible):

  • Voting Delegates cast the jurisdiction’s vote in the Delegate Assembly for motions and elections.
  • Alternate Delegates can serve as the voting delegate if the selected Voting Delegate cannot attend.
  • Selected Administrators can serve as the voting delegate for jurisdictions that do not select delegates.

This year FSBPT will fund the following attendees at LIF and the Annual Meeting:

Leadership Issues Forum, July 23-24, Alexandria, Virginia

  • Voting Delegate
  • Selected Administrator 

Delegate Assembly & Annual Meeting, October 27-29, 2022, Orange County, California

  • 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 com munications@fs .

Thank you to the following jurisdictions that have already selected delegates and administrators: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Submit 2021 Excellence in Regulation Award Nomination: Forms—Due June 3

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 by Friday, June 3, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Impaired Practitioners Resources

FSBPT has created and curated resources relating to impairment of practice/work of interest to physical therapy regulatory boards.

Impaired Practitioner Key Recommendations Checklist
This easy-to-use checklist of key recommendations for best practice and suggested action items, along with supporting resources and templates, is based on the work of the FSBPT Impaired Practitioner Task Force and Ethics and Legislation Committee.

Impaired Practitioner: Educational Resources & Examples
A collection of useful sources for model language, programs, and outreach, as well as educational materials and self-assessments.

Professional Issues with a PT Practitioner Who May Have a Substance Use Disorder
There are risk factors associated with the development of a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). This webinar looked at signs and symptoms and possible legal and licensing consequences as well as the structural processes for a return to practice with the accountability of the licensee to the Board.

FSBPT Board Member and Administrator Training

As we mentioned previously, we would only hold the in-person FSBPT Board Member and Administrator Training on May 20-22 if we had enough members confirm their attendance. Unfortunately, we could not confirm enough in-person attendees to proceed with holding the meeting.

While we are disappointed not to bring everyone together now that it is safe, we can still provide valuable training to our members via virtual means. Many attendees of our virtual meetings have said they still felt like they were able to learn a great deal, connect with colleagues, and have fun in the process! We leverage many tools to ensure that virtual meetings are informative and engaging.

We look forward to offering another virtual training August 19-21. Please save the dates, and we will share more information soon. (Please note, we will only hold this event if at least thirty-five members register for it.)

School Presentations on the NPTE and Regulation

These PowerPoint presentations are available in the Members' Area . They are designed for board administrators who are asked to speak to PT and PTA schools about the NPTE and the purpose of regulation. One presentation is focused on how the NPTE is developed, preparing to take the NPTE, administrative details, and discusses professional ethics with regard to integrity of the exam taker. The other presentation focuses on understanding licensure and regulation more broadly including the purpose of regulation, scope of practice, mandatory reporting, and disciplinary actions.

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 !  

Share Your Webinar and Annual Meeting Ideas!

We are accepting presentation ideas and proposals for 2022 webinars and in-person sessions at the 2022 Annual Meeting in Orange County, California.

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 . You can watch recent webinars and register for upcoming sessions on the FSBPT events platform .

FSBPT Forum: It's Not Burnout! It is Moral Injury: Why Should Regulators be Concerned?

The concept of Moral Injury is relatively new to health care but closely related to the notions of burnout and moral distress. This article is based on a 2020 Annual Meeting Webinar presented by Nancy Kirsch. Read the article .

Spotlight on Member Resources: Dry Needling Resource Paper

FSBPT recently updated the Dry Needling Resource Paper. The information presented in this paper will provide some background and evidence on which the state licensing authority may wish to base its decision regarding scope of practice. Members can access the paper in the Members' Area .

Webinar Clip: How Regulators Can Open Access to Professions

In the clip below, Rebecca Allensworth discusses ways regulators can open access to professions during the webinar "Changing Hats: Conflicts Between Professional Interests and Public Protection in Board Decision-Making ." You can also watch full webinar recordings and register for upcoming webinars .

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

  • Item Writers
  • Exam Development Committee
  • Ethics & Legislation Committee
  • Sara Conrad
  • Arkena Daily
  • Craig Miller
  • Michelle Sigmund-Gaines
  • Paula Smith
  • Sherise Smith

In the News

" Licensing examinations cancelled to protect public interest and integrity of examination process," Law Society of Ontario, March 5, 2022

"To protect the public and the integrity of its licensing process, the Law Society has undertaken the decision to cancel the upcoming barrister and solicitor examinations, scheduled to be written from March 8 to 11, and March 22 to 25, respectively. This decision has been made as a result of information the Law Society has received which strongly indicates that examination content has been improperly accessed by some candidates, compromising the integrity of the upcoming examination period. Evidence indicates the potential involvement of third parties in this activity."

" JEDI Reflection Points: A Powerful New Tool for Self-Reflection and Growth," National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy

"J·E·D·I Reflection Points is a tool that provides you with a safe space to reflect, learn, and grow. You determine the pace at which you want to use the tool and how much reflection and learning you want to complete. Everyone will enter the journey with different levels of knowledge and exposure to the content. At times, it may be uncomfortable for some of us. But that is a good thing! Great learning takes place when we are outside our comfort zones."

Board Report

Motion 3-10-2022-1
To appoint Kristina Lounsberry as Chair of Sexual Misconduct & Boundaries Committee – term: December 2024

Motion 3-10-2022-2
To appoint the following individuals to the task forces for analysis of entry-level physical therapy practice.

Practice Analysis Task Force Physical Therapist

  • Meghan Griech, PT (PA)
  • Govindaraj Srinivasan Manivannan, PT (CA)
  • Jerome Higgs, PT (AL)
  • Geevar Varghese, PT (MI)
  • Lindsey Robinson, PT (LA)
  • Terrence Schwing, PT (TX)
  • Molly Watkins, PT (MN)
  • Carol Sawyer, PT (MO)
  • Tarang Jain, PT (AZ)
  • Dennis Gutierrez, PT (NV)
  • Korry Wheeler, PT (WY)
  • Betsy Meyers, PT (TN)
  • Maryrose de Guzman, PT (FL)
  • Puja Charaipotra, PT (VA)
  • Paul-Neil Czujko, PT (NY)

Practice Analysis Task Force Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Dakshesh Sanghavi, PT (NY)
  • Virginia (Gini) Tagle, PTA (TX)
  • John de Lara, PT (LA)
  • Amanda Lopez, PTA (TX)
  • Melissa Williams, PTA (TX)
  • Ashley Court, PT (AZ)
  • Elizabeth Muldrow, PT (KS)
  • Liyongo Tolin, PT (MI)
  • Federico Pizeno, PTA (TX)
  • Ken Queliza, PT (TX)
  • Lee Ann Roberts Sweeney, PTA (MD)
  • Rhonda Heffner, PTA (NM)
  • Matthew Sweet, PTA (NY)
  • Joan Vicente, PT (CA)
  • Brianna Cowley, PT (MO)


Motion 3-10-2022-3
To approve jurisdictional grant (through the Compact) for:
Alabama - $6,800

Motion 3-10-2022-4
To approve jurisdictional grant (through the Compact) for:
Iowa - $35,000

Motion 3-10-2022-5
To approve jurisdictional grant (through the Compact) for:
Texas - $6,375

Board of Directors

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

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

Cynthia Potter
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Adrienne Price
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, 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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