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May President's Message

Great things are going on in the physical therapy profession in MN!

First and most important, the MN Senate had a proposal in the Omnibus Health Care Bill that would have resulted in significant reimbursement cuts in MA for physical therapy services over the next few years. Just last Thursday, May 4th, we were able to get this removed. Through Stephanie Weyrauch, Chair of the MNPTA Grass Roots Subcommittee, we had members contact those legislators on the Health Committee and give them a very strong message of no! Because of the efforts of our lobbyist Randy Morris and the State Governmental Affairs Committee, this provision was removed. Our mission states that we will "advocate and secure the profession of Physical Therapy". This is exactly what we have done. What great victory for us! 


I am pleased to announce that a MN chapter member has received a very prestigious National Award from APTA. Bernadette Gillick, a faculty member at the U of MN Physical Therapy Program, has received the Eugene Michaels Outstanding New Investigator Award for 2017. Dr. Gillick was awarded based on her research work on Pediatric Stroke, Cerebral Palsy and Neuromodulation. Congratulations Bernadette and the U of MN Physical Therapy Program. 

Are you a new grad/young professional and tech savvy looking for a way to get involved with MNPTA? If so, consider joining our Social Media Committee to help tell our MNPTA story. Contact Association Director, Jill Lein for more information. 


It is no secret that MNPTA Chapter members have a lot of accomplishments presenting information or participating on a national level (APTA). We want to highlight these accomplishments and make them available so that we see who is presenting and where. We have created a webpage that describes those accomplishments, which you can see if you  click here. In addition, we are also in the process of gathering data to highlight publications from MN members. What is on this webpage is the information we have currently. But we need more updates from you! If you know of other national presenters or Minnesotans that have been nationally published, please send them to and we will keep adding to the ever growing list.  


Finally, we have a message about progress on our Strategic Plan. The following is from Board member Jason Kelecic who has been overseeing The Plan.


Over the past few months, our Strategic Plan workgroups have initiated the important work that will advance all of us forward! These teams have recruited volunteers from our membership, partnered with our Committees and connected with our Board representatives to begin building upon the foundations laid by our Guiding Coalition. We've even begun to reach beyond our own Association and Profession to build the partnerships necessary to move healthcare into the next millennia. Just a few of the highlights include:


Our team working to Advance Our Clinicians is building a database of clinical specialists and content experts to better connect our membership to the expertise that lives, works and teaches right here in Minnesota.


Our team working to Advance Our Association is partnering with our Membership Committee and the MNPTA Office staff to develop new networking tools to both help connect our members to our mission as well as reach beyond our members to demonstrate the value of our Association to all physical therapy practitioners living in Minnesota.


Our team working to Advance Our Profession is partnering with our Government Affairs Committee to revise our key legislative actions webpage to help our members understand the important issues before as, as well as finding new ways to leverage social media to spread our message.


Finally, our team working to Advance Our Society is working with a team of educators to better understand how immigrant populations conceptualize physical therapy, both as potential patients as well as members of the future of our profession.


This is all exciting, important work - and work that needs your help! There are even more strategic initiatives just waiting to launch.  Are you interested in becoming a part of our upward march? Contact the Association office today at  and ask to be connected with one or more of these progressive work teams.


All of this member volunteer work described is "important work for the Association", but let's continue to ensure it is "meaningful work for the individual". Let's have fun!


Paul Niemuth, PT, DSc, OCS, ATC
Chapter President
MN Physical Therapy Association

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