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Serve on an FSBPT Committee!

Are you interested in serving on one of the committees below beginning January 1, 2023?

  • Continuing Competence
  • Education
  • Ethics and Legislation
  • Finance
  • Resolutions
  • Sexual Misconduct and Boundaries

Learn more about volunteering and read the detailed committee descriptions. Then submit your name for consideration. The survey will close on October 31, 2022. The Board of Directors will make appointments in late 2022.

Updated Vaccine Policy

In November 2021, FSBPT decided that to best fulfill our mission of public protection and ensure safe meetings for our attendees, volunteers, and staff, we would require confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination. Throughout the pandemic, we have followed public health advice and CDC guidance to prioritize safety. However, the public health conditions have changed, and the CDC has recently updated its guidelines to reduce the routine necessity for the proof of vaccinations. Considering the changing public health environment and the available science, we have decided to lift our COVID-19 vaccination policy for meetings going forward.

Safety is still our top concern. We will have facemasks, sanitizer, and other resources available to those who would prefer to social distance, such as stickers on badges to indicate comfort levels. As always, if attendees aren’t feeling well, they should not attend the event.  

Going forward, we will continue to consult public health guidance and make evidence-based policy decisions to address any new public health changes in the interest of our attendees, volunteers, and staff.  

Prepare for the Delegate Workshop and Delegate Assembly

The Delegate Workshop and Delegate Assembly will be held virtually on Monday, October 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET.

Motions for the 2022 Delegate Assembly are now available for board members and delegates to review. If you have any questions about the motions, please contact

Read the Delegate Handbook
The 2022 Delegate Handbook is now available in the Members' Area. You must be logged in to access the handbook.

Participation is required for Voting Delegates and Alternate Delegates. We need all Delegates and Alternate Delegates to confirm attendance by registering. All other FSBPT members are welcome to register to attend and watch the Assembly.

Prepare for the Annual Education Meeting

The 2022 Annual Education Meeting, held in Orange County, California, October 27-29, is just around the corner!

Read the FAQs
Have questions about the meeting? We have answers!

Book Your Travel
If you are a funded attendee, you should have received your Travel Authorization. If you have not, please contact us.

2022 Candidate Statement for the Council of Board Administrators (CBA)
We are pleased to announce that Karen Gordon will be running for this year’s 2022 CBA Vice Chair. We encourage you to read her candidate statement:

As we emerge from the challenges that all of us have faced over the last several years, new norms in compliance and regulation are being forged. Innovative ways of approaching the operational processes of our respective Boards and agencies have resulted in improved efficiencies. We have learned to adapt from in-person to virtual meetings and remote working; from paper and snail mail to digitized intake methods; from “this is the way we have always done things” to a new way forward. As the Vice-Chair, it would be an honor to continue with the outreach and mentoring efforts that have been initiated by the CBA as we all ride the waves into this new frontier of regulation.

2022 FSBPT Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Candidates
The Nominating Committee held a virtual Candidate Forum on Thursday, July 14, to introduce 2022 candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee, in addition to a Candidate Forum in the fall. Members can watch the recording in the new FSBPT Member Portal. Please also learn more about each candidate by reading the Candidate Statements. We will also hold an in-person candidate forum at the Annual Education Meeting on October 28.

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, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, North Dakota, 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, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, North Dakota, 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 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.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Leadership Issues Forum Report

The Leadership Issues Forum took place in July in Alexandria, Virginia. The official report is now available in the Member's Area.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

  • Ethics & Legislation Committee
  • Exam Development Committees
  • Item Writers Task Force
  • Sexual Misconduct and Boundary Violations Committee

In The News

"'Guardrails' needed? Telehealth fraud cost Medicare $128M in first year of COVID pandemic, feds say," Ken Alltucker, USA Today, September 11, 2022

"Telehealth industry officials caution against creating “inappropriate barriers” to care, saying the report shows only a small number of providers engage in potential fraud or wasteful billing."

"Science, Competing Values, and Trade-offs in Public Health โ€” The Example of Covid-19 and Masking," Dupont, et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, September 8, 2022

"Public health institutions have long walked the difficult line between respecting individual freedoms and protecting society from disease threats โ€” which has sometimes involved restricting those freedoms. This balancing act has often been met with contentious public debate and legal challenges. In perhaps the most famous example, the state’s police power to protect public health was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts. The Court determined that a state may compel vaccination, as a result compromising people’s right to bodily autonomy, for the purpose of promoting public health โ€” thereby upholding the community’s competing right to protect itself from deadly disease. During the Covid-19 pandemic, negotiating such trade-offs became substantially more complex, given a rapidly changing environment and an evolving body of knowledge about SARS-CoV-2."

Board Report

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

Motion Approved
Approve grant funding to Virgin Islands - $ 11,200 (FSBPT grant)

Motion Approved
Approve Travel Meals reimbursement to $25/breakfast; $25/lunch; $65/dinner beginning travel on or after October 1, 2022

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, South Carolina, Tennessee,

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, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin

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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