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Membership Survey Insights and Recommendations

The 2023 Membership Survey Task Force met in early June to review the responses to the survey. Thank you again to everyone who supplied their valuable feedback!

FSBPT used a robust and unbiased process to collect and analyze the survey data, ensuring credibility and reliability. The survey was conducted by an independent third-party organization, guaranteeing neutrality in the results. Survey results have been overwhelmingly positive, indicating high satisfaction levels among members. However, we continue to conduct further analysis to gain a comprehensive understanding of your feedback. We may be reaching out to you for more specific feedback.

The Task Force helped identify the need to enhance communication regarding our resources to ensure all members are aware of them when needed. Furthermore, improving the onboarding experience for new board members and administrators is a priority. We will continue our efforts to provide comprehensive support as new staff and board members join FSBPT. Finally, we aim to explore new opportunities for member involvement, seeking innovative ways to actively engage and empower you.

We are committed to transparently communicating the process, outcomes of the survey, and progress in the recommendations from your input. We will provide regular updates through various channels to keep you informed.

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

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.

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. Please read the Candidate Statements as well as the Job Descriptions.

Please join us for a Candidate Forum on July 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET. All registered attendees will receive additional information on joining the event. We will automatically register you if you are a Voting Delegate or Funded Administrator. If you are not in one of those positions but would still like to attend, please register using these instructions:

  • Login to the FSBPT Portal.
  • Once you are in the portal, select "Events."
  • Click on the Candidate Forum.
  • 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 on 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.


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.

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.

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.

FSBPT Forum: Consumer Protection Rating: How the ELDD Can Protect the Public

The ELDD is a comprehensive physical therapy database of disciplinary, licensure, and examination score information. The information stored in this database helps jurisdictions in multiple ways. This article is based on a 2022 Annual Education Meeting presentation by Charles Harvey, Corie Tillman Wolf, and Jason Kaiser.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Criminal History Record Information/Criminal Background Checks

FSBPT has resources that boards may find helpful when implementing and using criminal history record information (CHRI), commonly referred to as a criminal background check, as part of the application for licensure.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

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

  • Membership Survey Task Force
  • Exam Development Committee

Our 2023 Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating our 2023 awardees! Nancy Kirsch will be the McDougall award winner this year. The President’s Award will go to Sherise Smith. They will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at the Annual Education Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

In The News

"A new era of generative AI for everyone," Paul Daughtery, Bhaskar Ghosh, Karthik Narain, Lan Guan, and Jim Wilson, Accenture, March 2023
"The technology underpinning ChatGPT will transform work and reinvent business."

"US Health Care from a Global Perspective," Commonwealth Fund, January 2023
"Health care spending, both per person and as a share of GDP, continues to be far higher in the United States than in other high-income countries. Yet the U.S. is the only country that doesn’t have universal health coverage."

"AMIA 25x5 Reducing Documentation Burden to 25% of Current State in Five Years," American Medical Informatics Association, 2023
"The burden of clinical documentation on professionals, such as work done in the EHR, has had a proven negative impact on health care."

"Hippocratic AI gets $50 million seed funding," Digital Health Insights, Sarah Moors, May 2023
"Hippocratic AI is equipped with 114 medical certifications and is designed to help fill in workforce shortage gaps."

"Social Media and Youth Mental Health," US Health and Human Services, 2023
"A Surgeon General’s Advisory is a public statement that calls the
American people’s attention to an urgent public health issue and provides
recommendations for how it should be addressed."

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

Award the 2023 Richard McDougall Long Term Service Award to Nancy Kirsch (NJ)

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
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin

David Relling
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, 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



From the reosebush-covered banks of the Potomac River, where the fish are faster, the fishing boats are longer, and the fishermen are still full of stories.

  • William A. Hatherill, CEO


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