LIVE from the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Carrie Fuller guest hosts and interviews Dr. Peggy Lynam on the importance of APTA membership. Dr. Peggy Lynam has been practicing as a physical therapist for 36 years and currently is an Associate professor in the DPT program at Long Island University- Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr Lynam is a Board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy, and in addition to her faculty role, she maintains a part-time home health practice, providing service mainly to geriatric adults with neurologic conditions.
In this episode, we discuss:
-Peggy’s involvement in the APTA and NYPTA
-What is the APTA’s House of Delegates?
-The many ways to be an active member of the APTA
-How students can seek mentorship opportunities within state and national associations
-And so much more!
Becoming involved in any association position can be rewarding and enriching. From Peggy’s experience, “Each role seemed the best role for me at that point in my professional life and my personal life.”
Specifically, if you are interested in broader policy solutions, being involved in the Association’s House of Delegates keeps you at the forefront of the issues within the profession. Peggy found that, “The best thing about serving in the house is you are a part of contributing to what the association is going to be doing, how we are moving forward and how we are influencing the profession to move forward.”
The American Physical Therapy Association is foundational to the success of the profession. Peggy stresses, “We promote the profession. Without the Association, I don’t think our profession of physical therapy would exist anymore.”
For more information on Peggy:
Dr. Peggy Lynam has been practicing as a physical therapist for 36 years. She received her B.S. degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College, a post professional Masters degree from Long Island University and a T-DPT degree from A.T. Still University
She currently is an Associate professor in the DPT program at Long Island University- Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dr Lynam is a Board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy, and in addition to her faculty role, she maintains a part-time home health practice, providing service mainly to geriatric adults with neurologic conditions.
For more information on Carrie:
Carrie Fuller, PTA, RPSFC, PYTc is a RPSF Certified PTA in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), is a Professional Yoga Therapist candidate in the practice of medical therapeutic yoga and received PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2012. Carrie earned a Bachelor of Arts-Summa Cum Laude, Disability Studies in 2016 at the City University of NY. Carrie is currently the New York Physical Therapy Association Greater NY District’s Secretary and has been a Greater NY District Delegate to the Delegate Assembly for the past 8 years. At the National level, Carrie is the elected PTA Caucus Representative of the NY Chapter and will have participated in the APTA House of Delegates for 7 years this June. She has been an ambassador for PT Day of Service for the past three years. Carrie presently works as the Senior Physical Therapist Assistant at Mt. Sinai West.
Resources discussed on this show:
Carrie Fuller Twitter
Carrie Gatlin Fuller Facebook
New York Physical Therapy Association
APTA Student Assembly
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