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Regulatory Workshop for Board Members & Administrators

Please join us for the Regulatory Workshop for Board Members and Administrators, a virtual event held August 19-21, 2022.

Are you a new regulator? Have you been with your board for the past ten years? Either way, the Board Member & Administrator Regulatory Workshop is for you!

  • Learn more about FSBPT's Member Services, from the Model Practice Act to the NPTE.
  • Connect with fellow members via breakout discussions, our social wall, and other interactive activities.
  • Discuss important topics and trends in regulation and learn how other jurisdictions are handling current challenges.
  • Learn regulatory tips and lessons learned from Dale Atkinson.
  • Learn about the PT Compact, credentialing of foreign-educated physical therapists, the Exam Licensure and Disciplinary Database (ELDD), and more!
  • All board members and board staff (administrators, licensing specialists, and attorneys) are eligible to participate at no cost. 

Get Ready for LIF!

Prepare your attendees for the Leadership Issues Forum (LIF): July 23-24, 2022! 

  • Compile a list of items you would like to discuss with other member jurisdictions and the FSBPT Board of Directors. LIF is an excellent opportunity to have meaningful dialogue and discussion and provide input from your jurisdiction to your Board of Directors. 
  • Are you sending a first-time delegate or funded administrator? This meeting also helps prepare them for their roles at the Delegate Assembly in October. Jot down your questions now!


We encourage you to discuss the above with your fellow board members and to give your questions and topics to your LIF attendees.  

The Leadership Issues Forum is an invite-only event for Funded Administrators and Voting Delegates. If you have questions about the event, please contact

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. Please learn more about each candidate by reading the Candidate Statements.

The Nominating Committee will hold a virtual Candidate Forum on Thursday, July 14, at 7:00 p.m. ET 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 #2 and Director #3. 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, Ohio, Oregon, 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, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas to learn more about how they are using this great resource. Please also let us know how we can help! 

FSBPT Alternate Approval Process

Make 2022 the year your board considers FSBPT’s Alternate Approval Process (AAP). Twenty-seven jurisdictions currently use this free service streamlining their eligibility approval process. 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 on the jurisdiction’s behalf 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 for more information on opting into AAP.

FSBPT Forum: Physical Therapy Reaches Across Borders with the PT Compact

The PT Compact has significant benefits for regulators, practitioners, and the public and continues to expand and grow. This article is based on a 2021 webinar presented by Kathy Arney, Ryann Lewis, and Jeff Busjahn.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Licensure Portability Resource Guide

This resource paper, which was approved by the Board of Directors in August 2020, is a joint effort of the Ethics & Legislation and the Foreign Educated Standards Committees. Jurisdictions that would like to make improvements in the portability of licenses and the mobility of physical therapists should review the following list of potential ways to improve licensure portability. A suggested best practices for licensure by endorsement of non-CAPTE graduates is included in the paper. Ten suggestions for improving licensure portability are presented; many of the items can be acted on by an individual jurisdiction, independent of any other jurisdiction’s actions, yet still have an impact.

Webinar Clip: What Can Regulators Do about PT and PTA Burnout?


In the clip below, FSBPT President Nancy Kirsch explains how regulators can address PT and PTA burnout during the webinar "It's Not Burnout! It is Moral Injury: Why Should Regulators be Concerned?" 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:

  • Exam Development Committees

In The News

"Mental-Health Startup Cerebral Investigated by FTC," The Wall Street Journal, Rolfe Winkler and Khadeeja Safdar, June 14, 2022

"Regulators focus on whether online provider engaged in deceptive or unfair marketing practices."

"Telerehabilitation yielded positive outcomes for low back pain during COVID-19 pandemic," Healio, Max R. Wursta, June 9, 2022

"Results showed telerehabilitation for patients with low back pain was equally as effective as in-person physical therapy, with a trend of higher effectiveness when used for all visits throughout the entire episode of care."

"Professional Expectations Regarding Medical Misinformation and Disinformation," Federation of State Medical Boards, April 2022

"Truthful and accurate information is central to the provision of quality medical care. It is
instrumental for obtaining informed consent from patients and supports the trust that patients hold in the medical profession. Honesty, truthfulness and transparency are virtues that society expects of all health professionals, and they are traits that are indispensable to physicians carrying out their professional responsibilities and interacting with patients and the public. False information is harmful and dangerous to patients, and to the public trust in the medical profession, especially when licensed physicians disseminate misinformation or disinformation about a disease or illness, including its prevention, management or treatment."

"Advancing health equity through community-based ecosystems," Deloitte Insights, Jay Bhatt, Jessica Nadler, Adam Hewson, and Christine Chang, May 5, 2022

"Stronger partnerships can help health systems address drivers of health and create a world in which everyone thrives."

"Key determinants for resilient health care supply chains," Deloitte Insights, Tom Coleman, Jeff Petry, Paul Kreder, and Jessica Franck, April 25, 2022

"Discover how organizational commitment and wise spending, not specific technologies, can ensure health care supply chain resilience."

Board Report

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

Motion Approved
Update the 2022 FSBPT policy with the new volunteer vaccination policy

Motion Approved
Approve revised ADA procedures for NPTE candidates

Motion Approved 
Approve grant funding for the Ohio Request (via PTCC) - $21,784

Motion Approved
Approve expansion of grant funding to include workforce and PT Compact projects

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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