Jared Eickhoff – In 2016, I graduated from the College of St. Scholastica DPT program. Shortly after, I moved to Sartell, MN, and started working at a private physician-owned clinic, working with chiropractors, physicians, as well as other medical professions. During that time, I started working at a PRN home health care company. After about one year, I decided to move closer to home taking a PT position at a rural hospital. With that came working in various PT settings all in one day, ranging from SNF to OP ortho as well as acute care/inpatient rehabilitation. During that two-year bout, I started my own private business focusing on end phases of rehab for athletes/patients at the tail end of rehabilitation as well a contracting our primary S&C services for athletes at the local high school.
Once I moved to Duluth, MN, I started to get more involved in teaching DPT students as shown by my adjunct history at CSS. During that time, I also started getting involved with free, online mentorship to new graduate PT/OT/AT/DC providers. This experience allowed me to see the reality of the PT education system as well as the PT profession as a whole. Then, since moving to Fargo, I have gotten the opportunity to get involved in various aspects of the rehabilitation processions as a whole. With a lot of these various PT setting experiences, as well as differing levels of involvement in the PT educational system as a whole, I feel that I can provide a unique perspective to the ND APTA.
Amber Richards – Amber Richards is currently the PTA Delegate for the NDAPTA and has been on this wonderful journey the last two years. She has been in the physical therapy field since 2018 and has experience in various settings including outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, and home health. Amber has worked tirelessly to improve communication between her PTA Caucus and NDAPTA as well as increase membership in her state. She also regularly attends monthly PTA meetings in order to stay up-to-date on current issues affecting our profession. Amber has been an excellent role model for other PTAs and will continue to be a valuable asset to both her PTA Caucus and NDAPTA
Kristen Schulz – I am excited to be on the ballot for Member-at-Large < 30.000! My husband, Steve, and I recently made the move back to our hometown of Edgeley, ND, with our daughter, Jordyn. We love being back on the farm spending time outside, playing cards, and with our families.
I attended University of Mary for graduate school and have spent the last 8 years in Hillsboro, ND, as a physical therapist. During that time, my passion for serving rural communities grew. I have served a variety of patients from kids, adults, athletes, and more! I love having the ability to see patients receive quality care without having to drive to a large city. My focus is on growing my skills to serve our community needs. My current additional trainings are for orthopedic injuries, dizziness/vestibular concerns, pediatrics, and falls/balance prevention. I am currently working in LaMoure, ND—it has been great to be back home!
Deena Caillier – Deena Caillier is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Jamestown as well as a PRN outpatient Physical Therapist at Essentia Health in Fargo, North Dakota. Born and raised in Valley City, ND, Deena pursued her schooling and career at UND obtaining her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2012. She then moved to Colorado to explore the mountains as well as work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. After missing the cold, frigid weather as well as the home-grown roots, she moved back in 2016. Throughout her career, she has obtained numerous certifications to help her grow as a lifelong learner and to help her patients the best she can. Currently, she is seeking a role in APTA ND to further help others and the profession.
Deena Caillier is interested in the Nominating Committee for APTA ND. With my growing career, I have valued being organized, accountable, and overall committed to the profession. This opportunity will not only help me be more connected and be more involved with APTA ND, but also to have an example to current students on why being involved is important.