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Get Ready for LIF!

Prepare your attendees for the Leadership Issues Forum (LIF): July 15-16, 2023!

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 use the month of June 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. (Alternate delegates can attend instead of the funded delegate when the funded delegate is unable to make it.) We will be sending information to invited attendees soon on how to register. By registering, you will be confirming your attendance and providing us with important information that can help us make your LIF experience even better!

LIF Travel Authorizations
We have already sent out Travel Authorizations. If you are an administrator or delegate who has not received a travel authorization and you are planning to attend in person, please contact us at If you plan to attend virtually, please email

Call for Panelists: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Physical Therapy

FSBPT is excited to announce that we will be hosting a panel on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) at our Annual Education Meeting in October.

The panel will focus on discussing the challenges and opportunities related to promoting DEIB in physical therapy education, practice, and regulation. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who can provide unique perspectives and insights based on their experiences with DEIB.

If you are interested in being considered for the panel, please send a brief bio and why you would like to participate to

Help Us Determine Competency Standards

What types of knowledge need to be covered on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) to determine if an individual is minimally competent to work as an entry-level PT or PTA? It's a key question that ultimately is answered through a process referred to as a practice analysis.

Each year, we survey a portion of licensees to get their views on current entry-level practice. On May 23, our survey partner, HumRRO, sent the survey to 20% of practitioners. To successfully accomplish this task, we must engage as many physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as possible to participate in the survey. We encourage you to reach out to your licensees via email or in your next newsletter and ask them to respond to the survey by mid-July if they were one of the recipients. We even have newsletter-ready content you can use!

Thank you for your help in ensuring the validity of the NPTE and helping us maintain the highest standards to promote public protection.

Thank You for Completing Our Membership Survey!

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who took the time to complete our recent membership survey. Your feedback is invaluable, and we genuinely appreciate your participation.

Your input has provided valuable insights to help us enhance our services and better meet your needs. We are committed to continuously improving your membership experience and enhancing public protection, and your feedback plays a vital role.

To show our appreciation, we conducted a random drawing among the survey participants. Here are the five lucky winners who will each receive a $500 gift card:

  • Aja Brown, IN
  • Jeanne DeKrey, ND
  • Terry Eckmann, ND
  • Kim Jackson, NC
  • Rob Jordan, AR

New Jersey Will Begin Issuing Compact Privileges June 1

Starting on June 1, 2023, the state of New Jersey will begin issuing Physical Therapy Compact privileges. Check out the PT Compact map to find your state.

The Slate for the 2023 Elections

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate for this year’s elections, to take place virtually during the Annual Education Meeting, October 19-21. 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 2023 Leadership Issues Forum to introduce 2023 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 2024 elections. These positions will include Secretary, Treasurer, Director #1, and member of the Nominating Committee. The qualifications for these positions can be found in the Board and Committee Job Descriptions.

Please join FSBPT in thanking the 2023 Nominating Committee Members, Joseph Shanley (Chair), Ron Barredo, and Robert Friberg, for their work this year.

Michell- Sigmund Gaines (OR)
Director #2 
Megan Certo (IN)
Director #3
Steven Scherger (MN)
Director #3
Kelly King (AZ)
Nominating Committee
Adrienne (Stacy) Price (GA)
Nominating Committee

Funding Available to Enhance the ELDD, Improve PT Compact Implementation, and Collect Workforce Data

FSBPT is committed to supporting its member jurisdictions in their mission to protect the public by providing grants for various activities. We have grants available to help jurisdictions with the following activities:

Enhancing the ELDD

The ELDD is the Examination, Licensure, and Disciplinary Database that stores information about physical therapy licenses and disciplinary actions against licensees. Jurisdictions can apply for grants to fund consulting, programming, data entry, technological upgrades, and other activities that enhance updates to the ELDD, including connecting to the API, FSBPT's tool for easily connecting data. The API automates the process of jurisdictions receiving NPTE scores and sending licensure files at a frequency of their choosing. The API enhances the accuracy, security, and timeliness of the data.

Improving Compact Privilege Implementation

For jurisdictions that are part of the PT Compact, FSBPT encourages jurisdictions to create a button on their website to "Obtain a Compact Privilege" near the "Renew My License" button so that licensees think about the compact when they renew their state license. This website enhancement can be funded through the grant program. Additionally, grants can help jurisdictions use the API to allow jurisdictions to display Compact Privilege holder information on their licensure verification system to ensure that the individual is authorized to practice in the jurisdiction.

Collecting Workforce Data

FSBPT is also interested in enhancing workforce data collection as part of licensure renewal. This can include collecting information on demographics, employment status, practice settings, and more. The data can be used to inform workforce development and policy decisions.


FSBPT offers grant funding to support its member jurisdictions in their mission to protect the public. If you are interested in receiving a grant, please send an email to FSBPT's CEO, William A. Hatherill summarizing what you would like to have funded and why it is important or how it can improve efficiencies for your board.

Share Your Webinar and Annual Education Meeting Ideas!

We are accepting presentation ideas and proposals for 2023 webinars and in-person sessions at the 2023 Annual Education Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

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 on the FSBPT events platform .

Submit 2023 Excellence in Regulation Award Nomination: Forms Due June 2

The Excellence in Regulation Award recognizes jurisdictions that have made significant accomplishments toward 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 2, 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Upcoming Webinars

We are hosting upcoming webinars within the FSBPT Portal, allowing you to easily access member resources, groups, and events all in one place! Please follow the instructions to register.

  • Login to the FSBPT Portal
  • Once you are on the portal, select "Events"
  • Click on the webinar you want to register for
  • Follow the registration process
  • Select "Register Now" (it may take a moment to load)
  • You will see a screen indicating the registration was successful, and you will receive an email confirmation 
  • You can also use the calendar icon in the top right to add the event to your calendar. Please note, depending on your calendar and time zone settings, it may not have the right time. The time is included in the calendar description. Please confirm your time settings are correct.
  • All done! We will send more information on how to join the webinar closer to the event.

Here is an upcoming webinar you won't want to miss!

Introducing Students to the PT Compact: A Module for Educators
June 14, 2023, 7:00 pm ET
The PT Compact’s Education Module Task Force has created an evidence-based educational module and field-tested it in the classroom. Come review the data collected and learn more about the module, which is ready for adoption by other educators, including objectives, content, assessments, and resources. The webinar will prepare participants to incorporate the module into their educational programs.

FSBPT Forum: Enhancing Healthy Practice through Self-Reflection: The Next Steps for Continuing Competence

FSBPT’s Continuing Competence Committee has been progressing on a journey to improve healthy practice to facilitate safe and effective patient care. The committee has been working with researchers from Colorado State University to draft a Healthy Practice Resource. This article is based on a 2022 Annual Education Meeting presentation by Alyssa Mitchell Gibbons, Anne Thompson, and Gwenith Fisher.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Telehealth in Physical Therapy

The purpose of the Telehealth in Physical Therapy Document is to provide information and general guidance to physical therapy jurisdictional authorities for regulating the use of telehealth technologies in the practice of physical therapy.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

  • Exam Development Committee

In The News

"Why are feminists opposing this pro-woman bill?" Karen Lips, April 25, 2023, Washington Examiner

"States control who is allowed to work within their borders, from lawyers to nurses to many other professions. The licensing process often involves an application, some type of character or background check, and a fee. And it takes time, making it more difficult for those who move states to work."

"Gianforte holds signing ceremony for ten bills in ongoing regulation-reform effort," Jonathon Ambarian, April 20, 2023, KTVH

"At the start of the Montana Legislature’s 68th session, Gov. Greg Gianforte said one of his top priorities was reforming state regulations that he believes are burdensome and outdated. On Thursday, he held a ceremonial signing for ten bills that are part of that effort."

"Florida bill would ease requirements for new occupational licenses," Andrew Powell, April 23, 2023, Washington Examiner

"Florida lawmakers are considering a bill that would cut red tape for out of state occupational licensees that move to the Sunshine State.....If enacted into law, an applicant with the applicable qualifications and work experience who holds a certification in good standing in another state would be qualified to receive a Florida license."

"Group calls on South Carolina governor to sign occupational license measure," T.A. DeFeo, The Center Square, Apr 27, 2023

"An advocacy group wants South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to quickly sign a measure they say keeps some state residents from obtaining occupational licenses."

"Utah Is Making It Easier for Foreign and Out-of-State Professionals To Get Licensed and Get to Work," Fiona Harrigan, April 20, 2023, Reason

"More than one in six workers in Utah needs to get a permission slip from the government before he can do his job—a burden that falls especially hard on immigrants. Last month, Republican Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill into law that will help break down the barriers that keep foreign and out-of-state professionals from working in Utah."

"Integrating digital health tools to help improve the whole consumer experience," Chuck Appleby, et al. April 11, 2023, Deloitte Insights

"For health systems, combining digital technologies with the human touch can help improve the health and well-being of their consumers, and establish successful, enduring relationships with them. Traditionally, this requires finding the right balance of technology and human inputs to address consumers’ care needs within health system walls. But digital health technologies can also be integrated to help prevent diseases, determine if consumers’ well-being needs are being met before they need care, and address their needs once they’ve been discharged."

"College and pro sports team doctors can now get temporary license when traveling to Kansas," Jason Tidd, May 10, 2023, The Topeka Capital-Journal

"Sports teams competing in Kansas may now be able to have the team physicians legally care for the athletes under a new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Laura Kelly."

"GOP lawmakers seeking cosponsors for reciprocal credentials bill," May 9, 2023, WIS Business

"GOP lawmakers are seeking cosponsors for a bill to standardize the process for granting reciprocal credentials to those with professional licenses from outside Wisconsin."

"Illinois leader asking for $6M to fix outdated professional licensing system," Marley Capper, April 12, 2023, WCIA

"An Illinois state department leader is trying to improve the process of how people get professional licenses. On Tuesday, we told you about a nurse who waited nearly three months to get hers. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation secretary’s plan hopes to fix that problem. “It’s completely antiquated, outdated, and can’t withstand some of the needs that we have here in 2023,” said Mario Treto Jr.

"Study Reveals Staggering Toll of Being Black in America: 1.6M Excess Deaths Over 22 Years," Liz Szabo, May 16, 2023, KFF Health News

"Research has long shown that Black people live sicker lives and die younger than white people. Now a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, casts the nation’s racial inequities in stark relief, finding that the higher mortality rate among Black Americans resulted in 1.63 million excess deaths relative to white Americans over more than two decades.

"Ethics in Practice: Is It Ever OK to Date a Former Patient?" Debra Gorman-Badar and Rebecca Edgeworth Ditwiler, May 1, 2023, APTA Magazine

"When it comes to engaging in a romantic or sexual relationship with patients, the APTA Code of Ethics is clear that this is not permissible. But once the patient-clinician relationship has ended, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach that all physical therapy professionals agree is appropriate."

Board Report

Recently, to advance the business of FSBPT, the board approved the motions listed. Please contact your jurisdiction board liaison if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Motion Approved
Engage counsel to file an extension request for the Patent and Trademark Office relative to the DPT design mark registration by Lifetime Fitness. 

To protect the public from false, deceptive, and misleading information.

Motion Approved
Approve the revised Nominating Committee Manual.

To update the Nominating Committee Manual to current practice and to clarify that the Nominating Committee may seek input from the Board of Directors.

Motion Approved
Send DEI&B letter to National Governors Association (NGA)

To encourage a diverse and broad representation on member licensing boards.

Board of Directors

Members of the board of directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions.

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

Cynthia Potter
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

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

Michele Thorman
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Virgin Islands

David Relling
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia, 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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  • William A. Hatherill, CEO


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