APTA VT Annual Conference 2019

The APTA Vermont Annual Conference proved to be a day of exciting new learning, networking with colleagues, and the advancement of our profession.  On November 2nd, Vermont physical therapist professionals from far and wide met at the Holiday Inn in Burlington, VT.  The day included presentations from four well-renowned speakers, a poster session highlighting work from UVM DPT faculty and students, and the annual APTA Vermont Business Meeting. 


Speakers included Dr. David Tomasi, PhD, EdD-PhD, MA, MCS, AAT who spoke about motivational interviewing and its application in physical therapy.  Next, Dr. Jeff Albertson, PT, DPT, SCS, FAAOMPT led a lecture and lab highlighting common cervical spine and cervicothoracic junction manual techniques.  Paul Jerard, PA-C explained the science behind cannabinoids and their clinical applications for the treatment of pain and inflammation.  And finally, Dr. James Slauterbeck, MD updated us on current research regarding the FIFA 11+ ACL Injury Prevention studies and his current findings and future research plans to apply this protocol in Vermont. 


Posters highlighting the work of UVM DPT faculty and students lined the walls of the conference room allowing for attendees to browse and network throughout the day.  Many student authors of the posters where present and provided further information about their topics, while also getting to know other professionals around the state.


At the Business Meeting, APTA Vermont President Jon Robinson updated members about the APTA unified brand, our chapter’s updated Mission and Vision, and the 2019 Strategic Plan.  Additional APTA Vermont board members provided updates on member communications and new initiatives to help engage and recognize achievements of our members. 


The Business Meeting also included the recognition of members for milestone membership anniversaries as well as clinical specialties.  Marilyn Williams celebrated 50 years of APTA Vermont membership and was asked to address the group.  She spoke of her commitment to the profession and the value of her participation in APTA Vermont to both her career and to the profession as a whole.  Extraordinary Vermont physical therapist professionals were also recognized in an awards ceremony, during which Parm Padgett, PT, DPT, NCS, received the Emerging Leader award, Susan Arbogast, PT received the Pia Garret PT Memorial Award, and Catherine Shearer, PT, GCS received the Outstanding Achievement Award.  Congratulations to all of our recognized members!


Finally, the open board positions for the 2020 Election and current slate of candidates was announced.  Open positions include President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and two Nominating Committee positions.  If you are interested in running for a position please contact us at vtapta@gmail.com.  The electronic ballot will open November 4th and remain open for 2 weeks. 


APTA Vermont would like to thank all those who attended the Annual Conference!  We would also like to thank all of the organizers of the event, the incredible speakers, those who contributed posters and all of our members, whether you could attend or not, for all of your contributions to the profession and the community.