Each of us have an opportunity to come out of this pandemic stronger and better versions of ourselves with lessons learned for your practice setting. After a brief overview on personal leadership from wherever you are and individual growth during crisis, PT ‘s from recent graduate to seasoned leaders in our profession working in a variety of settings (private practice, hospital administration, hospital acute care, academia/clinical education, PT consultants, etc.) will talk about what each has learned during this past year of COVID times and how it applies to PT’s and PTA’s across practice settings.
Some of the topics that each panelist will be addressing are:
How was your role and work setting affected by COVID?
What did you and your organization do in response to the pandemic?
What were some lessons learned?
How will you as an individual be a better version of yourself moving forward?
The course will then conclude with Q & A and an open live discussion between panelists and attendees.
About The Speaker(s)
Rob Worth, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, LAT, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1992, double majoring in Physical Therapy and Psychology. He completed his athletic training certification in 1995 through Lawrence University and obtained national board certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 1997. He is certified in manual therapy and received an advanced Masters of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine and received his doctorate in physical therapy from Massachusetts General Institute of Health Professions.
Rob's clinical background is in the area of orthopedics/sports medicine with special interest in the rehabilitation of shoulder, knee, spine and TMJ dysfunction. A frequent speaker at conferences and universities, he is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has previously served as a president of the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association. He has received the WPTA Outstanding Service Award and is also the recipient of honorable mention for the Physical Therapist of the Year Award.
In his spare time Rob enjoys international mission work, volunteering at the local Free Clinic, competing in running/triathlon events and spending time with his wife and two boys. Rob sees patients at the Appleton North location.
Additional Panelists (attendance pending):
Bill Boissonnault (representing national perspective as APTA Vice-President of Professional Affairs)
Bill Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA, is Executive Vice President of Professional Affairs, APTA, and Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a founding member of and Curriculum Director for the University of Wisconsin Hospital/Clinics and Meriter Hospital Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Program. Dr. Boissonnault holds multiple adjunct physical therapy faculty positions, presenting nationally and internationally and teaching differential diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, and communication skills. He is editor of the textbook Primary Care for the Physical Therapist; Examination and Triage, (Elsevier Saunders 1st and 2nd edition) and past co-editor of Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist I (Saunders-1st and 2nd edition). He has multiple journal publications related to differential diagnosis and physical therapist practice. Dr. Boissonnault is past-president of the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the profession’s national research fund-raising organization, and also past-president of the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. In addition, he chaired the APTA Manipulation Legislative Task Force and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists Practice Committee.
Sue Griffin (representing academia/clinical education and also any PTA perspectives)
Susan Griffin, PT, DPT, MS, has been a physical therapist for over 35 years, and has been a faculty member in the PTA Program at Blackhawk Technical College for the past 25 years. She also continues to practice in acute care.
Connie Kittleson (representing hospital acute care)
Connie Kittleson, PT, DPT, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin. She has practiced in acute and critical care for 25 years and has lectured on acute and critical care topics for physical therapy programs throughout the state. She currently teaches Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Together with Sandy Baatz, PT, she wrote the Chapter on Laboratory Values for the most current edition of Dr. Boissonnoult’s text Primary Care for the Physical Therapist. She has held multiple positions within APTA Wisconsin including Delegate, Director, Secretary, Vice President and President. Connie is currently on the Nominating Committee, the State Government Affairs Committee and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the APTA Wisconsin Physical Therapy Fund.
Kip Schick (representing large hospital system/administration)
Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA, is a physical therapist and currently serves as Secretary on the APTA Board of Directors and works as the Director of Clinics and Wellness at UW Health at The American Center in Madison. He is a past president of APTA Wisconsin and has served in many other roles for the association and profession: APTA WI Board member, APTA WI Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, On-Site Reviewer for CAPTE, and the APTA WI Reimbursement Committee.
Kip Schick, PT, DPT, MBA, is a physical therapist and currently serves as a Director on the APTA Board of Directors and works as the Director of Clinics and Wellness at UW Health at The American Center in Madison. He is the immediate past president of the WPTA and has served in many other roles for the association and profession: WPTA Board member, WPTA Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, On-Site Reviewer for CAPTE, and the WPTA Reimbursement Committee.
Lynn Steffes (representing PT consulting business and what she has seen from her clients around the country)
Dr. Steffes is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University and completed her Transitional DPT in December of 2010. She served as a Network Administrator for a group of 50+ private practice clinics where her primary responsibilities include marketing, payer and provider relations and contract management.
In addition to her work as a consultant, Ms. Steffes is a frequent speaker at both National & State Meetings. She works as adjunct faculty member/guest faculty in the physical therapy program of the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is also a guest lecturer and recent recipient of PT Alumni of the year award at her alma mater Northwestern University in Chicago. Her expertise ranges from professional referral relations, marketing & customer service and practice start-ups. In addition, she has addressed private practices, hospital systems, professional associations and therapy networks in over thirty states.
Dr. Steffes is active in her profession as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and chair of the Nominating Committee for the Private Practice Section of APTA, and the Wisconsin Chapter of APTA, serving as the Chapter’s Reimbursement Specialist.
Allison von Brevern (representing the recent grad pursuing employment during the pandemic)
Allison von Brevern, PT, DPT, graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse; receiving her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science in 2017 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2020. Upon graduation, she accepted a position at Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Appleton. Since then, she is continuing to expand her knowledge and patient care to include male and female pelvic health patients. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Wisconsin chapter, with a more active role as Secretary for the Northeast District. She has attended numerous conferences and traveled to Washington D.C for the Federal Advocacy Forum as a student and is excited to continue her participation as a clinician.