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  • Friday, September 03, 2021 11:05 AM | Anonymous


    Gary Schindler – Candidate for Treasurer
    I am a 1999 graduate from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and a 2001 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a Master of Physical Therapy.  I completed my transitional Doctorate degree from MGHIHP in 2010.  In addition, I became a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist in 2008 and a Board-Certified Sports Specialist in 2015.  I have 20 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic setting with specialized training in manual therapy and dry needling.  I maintain a part-time clinical presence at an outpatient private practice setting.  I am the Program Director of UND’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency and currently a member of the ABPTRFE Standards Committee while having other responsibilities as a ABPTRFE Site Review and Cogent Steps ERA (Emergency Response for the Athlete) instructor.

    I am interested in the treasurer position because I want to become more involved and to provide a positive impact on our profession at the state level.  I am excited about the possibility of being a part of the future growth of APTA North Dakota.  I am interested in serving as APTA North Dakota Treasurer as I believe I can make a positive and meaningful contribution.

    Alison Fuhrman – Candidate for Delegate

    I am a 2011 graduate from the University of North Dakota with Doctor of Physical Therapy.  I completed an 18-month residency program in 2015 through the Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy & Clinical Training (IMPACT) to become a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) and in 2017 became a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist.  I have 10 years of experience in outpatient orthopedic setting with specialization in manual therapy and vestibular rehab.  I started my own physical therapy practice, Connect Physical Therapy, in Fargo last September.

    I am interested in the delegate position because I want to become more involved and to provide a lasting and positive impact on our profession at both the state and national levels.  I am excited about the possibility of being a part of the future growth and direction of the APTA.  I feel by serving as a delegate, I can help make sure our voices are heard with the everchanging landscape of healthcare.  The prospect of being able to provide input and to represent our state and the profession at a national level would be a great honor.

    Brittany Anderson – Candidate for Member-at-Large > 30,000

    Brittany attended the University of North Dakota where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008.  She is an associate professor at the University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program and invests hours through continuing education in the areas of Pediatric Incontinence, Neuromuscular Disorders, Genetic Syndromes, and Developmental Delay.  Brittany is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy and has published research in education and pediatric physical therapy peer-reviewed journals.

    I have enjoyed my time as a member-at-large > 30,000 and have made connections with the NDBPT.  I would love to continue in this position for the next 3 years.

    Mohamed Elhamadany – Candidate for Nominating Committee

    Mohamed Elhamadany, PT, MS, PhD, DPT, PCS, is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.  Mohamed received his BSPT, MS, and PhD in Physical Therapy for Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery from Cairo University and his DPT from Dominican College.  He is recognized by ABPTS as Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS).  He teaches in the areas of pediatrics, research, evidence-based practice, and neuroscience.  Prior to joining UND-PT faculty, Mohamed worked in a variety of pediatric settings for over 20 years.  He also has been an APTA credentialed clinical instructor for many years.  He is an active member in the APTA and American Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.  His areas of research interest are primarily in pediatrics, EMG, motion analysis, disease and functioning taxonomies, and virtual reality.

    I am interested in serving on the nominating committee-APTA North Dakota as I believe I can make a positive and meaningful contribution.  I will encourage my colleagues at APTA North Dakota to be part of the solution, and the only way we do that is by putting ourselves out there to be involved in committees and other service opportunities.  I have served on a number of professional and organizational committees, such as UND-PT Curriculum Committee, UCP/NYC safe patient handling committee, and the SMHS Biomedical and Health Sciences curriculum committee to which I was recently elected.

    Mandy Peerboom – Candidate for Nominating Committee

    My name is Mandy Peerboom, PT, DPT, MTC, and I am currently a physical therapist at Mees Physical Therapy in Lincoln, ND.  I attended the University of Mary Physical Therapy Program in Bismarck, ND.  I graduated with a DPT in 2017.  My experiences have ranged from acute/inpatient/SNF/outpatient, outpatient orthopedics/women’s health and private practice.  My first job was out in Idaho, but I missed North Dakota too much and took a traveling position in Rugby, ND.  Then I landed a permanent position at an outpatient position in Lincoln, ND.  I did recently receive my manual therapy certification through Evidence in Motion.  I have taken multiple courses from Herman and Wallace Institute for pelvic floor involving women and pediatrics.  I am running for the Nominating Committee in hopes of serving and being more involved with my fellow physical therapists that share a passion for this profession.  I would look forward to continuing my efforts to the APTA North Dakota where help is needed and always to advocate for our profession.

  • Friday, September 03, 2021 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    APTA North Dakota Emerging Leader recipient, Bruce Belland.  He will be recognized during the Honors & Awards ceremony following the 52nd Mary McMillan lecture on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    APTA ND members were present at the Bill signings for allowing PTs to order imaging and for PTs to be recognized as providers for WSI. Thank you to Senator Bekkedahl for sponsoring both bills and to Senator Burckhard for sponsoring the WSI bill. As always, thank you to our lobbyist, Jack McDonald, for his hard work!

    APTA ND Legislation and Bylaw Committee members Chris Huravitch, Catherine Staloch, and Chris Kraemer (Chair) and APTA ND President Cindy Flom-Meland were present for the ceremonial signing of the bills.

  • Monday, March 01, 2021 8:06 AM | Anonymous

    APTA recently launched its new ChoosePT public service announcement, and you can help us get the word out. The PSA delivers a clear message: Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can help you safely get moving.

    The message comes at an appropriate time, as most Americans don't move enough despite proven benefits, and COVID-19 hasn't helped. During stressful times like these, it is even more critical to get the recommended amount of daily physical activity for your age and ability.


  • Friday, July 17, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    APTA North Dakota is sponsoring one individual to participate in the APTA Centennial Scholars Program.  The 12-month program helps build future association leaders at both the component and national levels. 


    Application deadline is August 15, 2020

    Follow this link to learn more and to find program and application requirements:

    APTA North Dakota Centennial Scholar Application (1).docx

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:11 AM | Anonymous

    Telehealth is allowed by the ND state practice act as the definition of telehealth includes the practice of PT.

    16. " Telehealth" is the use of electronic communications to provide and deliver health-related information and health care services, including physical therapy related information and services, over any distance. Telehealth encompasses health care and health promotion activities, including education, advice, reminders, interventions, and the monitoring of interventions.  

    The rules and regulations for the practice of PT apply equally regardless if a patient is seen in person or via telehealth. Reimbursement is an issue out of our control. This will need to be negotiated directly with the insurance carriers.

    The following link is put out by the APTA (not the NDBPT) and may be helpful.


    Bruce Wessman

  • Sunday, March 08, 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    What is APTA doing for you right now?

    Click here for more information about our newsletter. 

    The Lymphedema Coverage Act was included and passed in the house and will be considered by the senate as part of the passage of H.R. 3.

    APTA and other providers are working on the 8% Medicare cut by trying to get leads for a congressional sign on letter to CMS.

    H.R. 5453, Locum tenens legislation was introduced by Rep Lujan (D-NM) and Rep. Bilirakis (R-FL) which would allow PTs to bring in another licensed PT to treat Medicare patients in the event of an absence. This bill would expand the practice to the entire nation.

    A template has been designed for patients to send letters to their members of Congress on the 8% Medicare cut. This can be accessed on in the Patient Action Center.

    Because of the collective efforts of APTA members and staff, CMS took notice of the issue of using a modifier for PTA/OTA services. While it hung on to the policy that the modifier must be applied when 10% or more of the service is delivered by a PTA or OTA, the agency’s final rule for 2020 backed away from many of the more problematic elements of its proposed plan.

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    APTA ND has nominated Kristen Schulz (Big Stone Therapies, Hillsboro, ND) as a recipient of the 2019 APTA Emerging Leader Award.
    The Emerging Leader Award was established to annually honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession and APTA early in their careers. Here’s an excerpt of her nomination:
    "Kristen displays energy and passion for the profession of physical therapy, she is friendly, willing to share her ideas, and a great team player. She has the potential to continue to serve our state chapter and beyond as her passion and energy will serve her well."
    Congratulations Kristen! We are proud to have you in our state!

  • Sunday, October 06, 2019 8:15 PM | Anonymous

    The 2019 APTA House of Delegates (HOD), attended by Heather England (chief delegate), Mary Dockter (delegate), Holly Schilling (PTA Caucus rep), and Cindy Flom-Meland (ND Chapter President), was once again a jam-packed, productive, and informative few days. The HOD was held in Chicago June 9-12 just prior to the NEXT conference. During this time, the 402 member delegation addressed 70 motions (many were placed on a consent calendar and thus had minimal discussion during session) as well as elected new members to the APTA Board of Directors. The House members continue to experience an increased workload as a Special Committee, appointed by the House, works through a review of past APTA and House Documents to ensure up to date language and continued utility. All motions are then presented to the HOD to either be amended with new language or rescinded if no longer needed.

    APTA Board of Directors Election Results:

    Secretary:                                Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA

    Vice Speaker:                          Kyle Covington, PT, DPT, PhD

    Directors:                                Deirdre "Dee" Daley, PT, DPT, MSHPE

     Heather Jennings, PT, DPT, NCS

     Carmen Cooper-Oguz, PT, DPT, MBA

    Nominating Committee:      Carole "Carrie" Cunningham, PT, OCS

         V. Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT

    Selected Motion Results:

    1. Clarification of supervision for Student Physical Therapists and Student Physical Therapist Assistants
    2. Clarification of the role of aides in physical therapist practice
    3. Amendment to Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy
    4. Adoption and a Charge for the APTA to Commit to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical, Academic, and Research Settings
    5. Amendment to the Guiding Principles to the Guiding Principles to Achieve the Vision with the addition of the movement system definition
    6. Amendment to the Guidelines for Clinical Education Sites to focus on standards of excellence
    7. Adoption of a position statement on the Public Health Crisis of Firearms-Related Injuries and Deaths in the US
    8. Adoption of a Support Statement for Participation in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommended Vaccination Schedules as well as a charge to promote participation in recommended vaccination schedules
    9. Adoption of a position statement for Naloxone Availability where Physical Therapist services are provided
    10. Adoption of a Position Statement on Research
    11. A Charge to explore PTs eligibility to participate in Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visits and Initial Preventative Physical Examination
    12. Adoption of Wound Management Physical Therapy as an area of specialization
    13. A Charge to provide consolidated online resources to assist members who serve patients, clients, and consumers with limited English proficiency.
    14. A Charge to optimize accessibility of consumer-based communications provided by the APTA.

    If you have any questions or comments; or would like to suggest a proposed motion for 2020, please don’t hesitate to contact your House of Delegates Representatives.

  • Saturday, September 07, 2019 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Physical Therapy educational research is alive and well in North Dakota! Currently, all three DPT programs simultaneously have a publication with the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.

    At the University of Jamestown, Dr. Mitch Wolden and Dr. Brittany Anderson published a case report titled, “Enhancing pediatric education for physical therapy students through the development of community partnerships to facilitate experiential learning: A case report.”

    At the University of North Dakota, Dr. Renee Mabey, Dr. Peggy Mohr, and Dr. Thomas Mohr published a research report titled, “Physical therapist student use of social media and perceptions of professional behaviors regarding social media postings.”

    At the University of Mary, Dr. Mary Dockter, Dr. Heather Lundeen, and Dr. Michael Parker published a method/model presentation titled, “An interprofessional geriatric experiential learning experience: Its impact on physical and occupational therapist students.”

    Congratulations to all of the authors on your hard work and dedication to advancing the physical therapy profession!

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