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The Slate for the 2022 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 this summer.

The Nominating Committee will hold a Candidate Forum in conjunction with the 2022 Leadership Issues Forum to introduce 2022 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 2023 elections. These positions will include Director #1 and Director #2. The qualifications for these positions can be found in the Board and Committee Job Descriptions.

Please join FSBPT in thanking the 2022 Nominating Committee Members, Debbie Kubota (Chair), Joseph Shanley, and Ron Barredo, for their work this year.

Ellen Donald (FL)
David Relling (ND)
Megan Certo (IN)
Vice President
Michele Thorman (WI)
Vice President
Robert Friberg (GA)
Nominating Committee Member
Flora Munoz Rivera (PR)
Nominating Committee Member

Take FSBPT’s Money!

Alabama, Iowa, North Carolina, and Texas have recently taken a big step toward both administrative efficiency and protecting the public. They will leverage FSBPT funds to update their electronic systems, use the FSBPT ID, and send data to the Examination, Licensure, and Disciplinary Database (ELDD).

Your state should be next!

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 FSBPT member jurisdictions. Jurisdictions can apply for grants to fund consulting, programming, data entry, technological upgrades, and other activities that enhance updates to the ELDD.

We encourage you to reach out to Alabama, Iowa, North Carolina, and Texas to learn more about how they are using this great resource. Please also let us know how we can help! 

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 the Leadership Issues Forum and the Annual Education Meeting:

Leadership Issues Forum, July 23-24, 2022, Alexandria, Virginia

  • Voting Delegate
  • Selected Administrator 

Annual Education Meeting, October 27-29, 2022, Orange County, California

  • Voting Delegate
  • Alternate Delegate
  • Selected Administrator 

Please note, the Delegate Assembly will be held virtually on Monday, October 24, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. ET. All Voting Delegates must attend. All other FSBPT members are invited to attend.

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: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.


Call for Nominations for CBA Leadership Positions

We are seeking nominations for the Vice Chair of 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, May 20, 2022. Submit names to

Submit 2022 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. 

Maryland Opts into the Alternate Approval Pathway

Maryland joined twenty-six other states by opting into the Alternate Approval Pathway (AAP). Under AAP, when an applicant who is a graduate of a CAPTE accredited program registers for the NPTE, FSBPT will make the candidate eligible to sit for the NPTE provided that the candidate meets all NPTE eligibility requirements. Under AAP, FSBPT also handles the review of all requests for testing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact FSBPT if your jurisdiction is interested in opting into AAP.

FSBPT Board Member and Administrator Training

Are you interested in attending the virtual FSBPT Board Member and Administrator Training held August 19-21? Please save the dates, and express your interest in joining us. (Please note, we will only hold this event if at least thirty-five members register for it.) We will share more information soon.

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: : Professional Issues with a PT Practitioner Who May Have a Substance Use Disorder

Boards must consider how best to protect the public while addressing practitioners who have substance use disorders. This article is based on a 2021 FSBPT Webinar by Brian Fingerson. Read the article.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Coursework Tool Guidelines

This month, FSBPT updated the Coursework Tool Guidelines, documents that are designed to provide guidance to reviewers using the FSBPT's Coursework Tool (CWT). Members can access them in the Members' Area.

Webinar Clip: Using the Board Assessment Resource (BAR) Tool to Spark Discussion

In the clip below, Steven Scherger shares how the BAR Tool helped spark important discussion during the webinar "Using the Board Assessment Resource (BAR) as Part of Strategic Planning." 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:

  • Exam Development Committees

In the News

"Is It Time to Regulate AI?" Bart Ziegler, The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2022

"Artificial intelligence is fast becoming a part of being both a consumer and an employee. Apply for a credit card or mortgage and many banks will use AI to weigh your creditworthiness. Apply for a job and the employer could use AI to rank your application. Call a customer-service number and AI technology might screen and route your call."

"Why is AI adoption in health care lagging?" Avi Goldfarb and Florenta Teodoridis, Brookings Institute, March 9, 2022

"Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have improved rapidly over the past decade,[1] largely driven by advances in machine learning, which is closely related to data science and statistical prediction.[2] Several aspects of the health care system involve prediction, including diagnosis, treatment, administration, and operations. This connection between machine learning’s capabilities and needs of the health care system has led to widespread speculation that AI will have a large impact on health care."

"An integrative review of the qualities of a ‘good’ physiotherapist," Michelle Kleiner, et al., Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, December 9, 2021

"The primary purpose of this review was to critically examine how physiotherapists and their patients describe the qualities of a ‘good’ musculoskeletal physiotherapist as depicted in peer-reviewed literature. The secondary aim was to synthesize qualities represented in the literature, and to compare patient and physiotherapist perspectives."

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
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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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