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2022 Slate of Candidates


Treasurer: Jim McClean
     Why are you interested in applying for this position?  It appears that  APTA-MT will be dealing with major legislative form efforts during the 2023 session.  I want to be part of a team actively (a) working to insure the public gets the best physical therapy care available, and (b) that is working to protect the physical therapy profession in Montana.


     What do you anticipate will be the largest priorities of the position you are applying for during your term?  (1) Responding to the “Red Tape Reduction” proposals [that appear likely to include combining the PT Board of Examiners with other professional boards], (2) Exploring “win-win” solutions that include modernizing and updating the PT statutes to protect the public, and to insure that only qualified individuals are providing PT care in Montana.
     Please provide a biography including highlights and accomplishments of your career, relevant experience to this position, other volunteer experience, etc.

     APTA-MT EXPERIENCE

     Past Vice President (when Beth Ikeda was President)

     Past Treasurer

     Past Board of Director member for 15+ years

     Past legislative committee member for 20+ years

     WORK EXPERIENCE

     Private practice, Frenchtown PT, 1996-2016

     Past experience working in hospital settings.

     Assistant attorney general, 1982-1987

     PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

     Transitional Doctorate of PT, 2006

     BS in PT, UM, 1990

     Juris Doctorate, American University, 1981

 


Director - Membership: Nicole Macaluso

     Why are you interested in applying for this position?    I have been passionate about our profession since the start of my physical therapy journey 20 years ago.  I was lucky to have strong mentors in my graduate program who encouraged state and national chapter involvement.  We were able to present our graduate project at CSM in 2005 with a platform presentation, which was an inspiring experience.  I then moved into employment with a company that held high level positions within both the state and APTA.  We always engaged with legislative impact days each year as well as supported employee membership and engagement in state positions.   This led me to observe the impact that we can have in our profession if we choose to be involved. I strongly believe that growth and protection of our physical therapy profession starts with being a member.  Once we are able to gain engagement through membership then we can better support all aspects of our profession.

     What do you anticipate will be the largest priorities of the position you are applying for during your term?      I would like to engage with as many PT practitioners as possible in order to share the MAPTA vision and encourage that every PT should support the growth and protection of our profession by simply becoming a member. 

     Please provide a biography including highlights and accomplishments of your career, relevant experience to this position, other volunteer experience, etc.

     Member of APTA since 2003

     Legislative committee in Washington state

     Washington State House of Delegate 2009-2011

     Clinic director/owner/shareholder of an outpatient private practice clinic 2010-2019

     Director of Clinical Quality (including company wide insurance compliance, mentorship, and continuing education) in outpatient private practice 2021-2022


One Year Delegate, CANDIDATE 1: Brent Denisar-Green

● Why are you interested in applying for this position?

I volunteered to fill the vacant one-year delegate position for the 2022 House of Delegates. It is a great entry point for “getting your feet wet” for those with possible interests in pursing opportunities within our professional organization. It is an experience that provides an opportunity to empathize with leadership and the steady, yet slow, process of progress. This first year was a learning experience. Now that I know the ropes, I want to capitalize on that experience to better serve and represent APTA Montanta as a delegate.

The primary focus of the early years as a student and professional is that of a practicing clinician, There is less emphasis on the professional organization, association, and leadership. After seven years, I want to mature beyond the clinic professionally. I have been a state and national APTA member for a decade and want to enrich my appreciation and knowledge of the policy-making body, board, and strategic plan.

● What do you anticipate will be the largest priorities of the position you are applying for during your term?

Represent both the interests of the rural state of Montana and the larger profession of physical therapy. Elect candidates to national office and be a voice that speaks in favor or against motions at the House of Delegates that best achieve that intent.

Solicit input and feedback from the constituents we serve to best represent APTA Montana. Work together with other state chapters and motion makers to the benefit of our state and profession.

Prepare, research, and review the proposed and final slate of motions put forth for consideration at the House of Delegates. Voice opinion, opposition, or support and put forth or amend motions when necessary.

● Please provide a biography including highlights and accomplishments of your career, relevant experience to this position, other volunteer experience, etc.

My undergraduate degree is in Broadcast Journalism. It honed my communication and interpersonal skills. Skills that are equally invaluable as a physical therapist. As a journalist, I shared the story of individuals. As a physical therapist, I have a greater impact on the individual and the story being lived.

Physical therapy is my second profession of service. My first was service as a U.S. Army Officer. These years of service established a foundation of attributes, capabilities, and ideals paramount to a physical therapist. It cultivated and instilled the ideals and aptitude for “LDRSHIP:” Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal courage. These competencies proved crucial during my military service and deployments, and likewise continue to contribute to my service as a physical therapist.

Now, I have had the fortunate opportunity to experience nearly every facet of physical therapy to include: outpatient, inpatient, med/surg, acute, subacute, CCU, ICU, short-term care, long-term care, SNF, and swing bed. I have worked in rural, non-profit, critical access hospitals to urban, private, outpatient clinics. I have worked alongside PTAs, as a clinic instructor for sDPTs, and as an MSK clinic educator for MD/DO residents.

I have traveled the far reaches within our boarders and also the world. I have interacted and been exposed to cultures, personalities and perspectives different from my own. I have worked with people from all corners of the globe, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultures.

Generally, this life and work experience has established a multifaceted and well-rounded foundation that I am able to employ in the service as a delegate.

Specifically, my wide-range of work experience as a physical therapist allows me to be the best representative of the diverse interests among our members from varied practice settings and models of care.

One Year Delegate, CANDIDATE 2: Jennifer Bell

● Why are you interested in applying for this position? I am interested in serving as the 1-year delegate to gain experience in serving as a liaison between the APTA Montana membership and the House of Delegates. It is essential that Montanan PTs and PTAs are kept abreast of topics being discussed and addressed at the national level and that our concerns are heard nationally.

● What do you anticipate will be the largest priorities of the position you are applying for during your term? My priorities include increasing the transfer of information between Montana PTs/PTAs and our national leadership. It is also a priority that the unique concerns faced in Montana are being considered and addressed at the national level.

● Please provide a biography including highlights and accomplishments of your career, relevant experience to this position, other volunteer experience, etc.

Jennifer Bell has been a PT since 2006 after graduating from UT Southwestern Medical Center with her Master of Physical Therapy. After 7 years of rural practice in Alaska and completing her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy, she moved to Missoula to teach at the UM School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. Currently, she is the Program Director, Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Associate Professor at UM. At UM, Jennifer has taught in clinical medicine, global health, orthopedics, and psychosocial issues and does research on clinical education and care of patients with complex medical and social issues. She is a member of the Clinical Education SIG, Global Health SIG, and a Director At-Large, Northwest Intermountain Consortium (NIC) of Clinical Education. She has served as the Secretary of APTA Montana 2015-2017 and is a board member for Fit to Fight, Open Aid Alliance, and Go Run Missoula.


Nominating Committee Member: Nick Weiss
●     Why are you interested in applying for this position?  This position interests me as an opportunity to create greater connection between MT APTA members and non-members. I intend on creating relationships through outreach and networking of MT PTs and stimulate greater understanding of our governing body and ways to get involved. Advancement and innovation are facilitated by diversity of practitioners. This means inspiring interest of PTs from different locations, settings, specializations, and backgrounds to get involved and share their individual experience through whatever membership position may interest them. I would find it very rewarding to work on the Nominating Committee to promote and advance our profession. 


     What do you anticipate will be the largest priorities of the position you are applying for during your term?  I expect a large priority as a nominating committee member is actively promoting membership engagement. This will involve frequently connecting with MT APTA members and non-members to educate them about open positions and garner interest. I believe many PTs have the desire to give back to their profession but might not know the best way to get involved. By joining this committee, it would give me the opportunity to utilize organizational skills to streamline how Montana PTs learn about available membership positions so they know how to get involved.

     Please provide a biography including highlights and accomplishments of your career, relevant experience to this position, other volunteer experience, etc. 

     Nicholas Weiss PT, DPT graduated from the Northern Arizona University PT program in 2017. He is a physical therapist for the Montana-based corporate wellness company Healthy Is Wellness. His role is focused around providing onsite injury prevention for local Montana corporations within Bozeman, MT, utilizing OSHA First Aid, ergonomics assessments, and wellness education services. He is also one of two outpatient physical therapists within the Healthy Is Wellness rehabilitation clinic, co-directing normal operations and practicing in the clinic. Prior to living in Bozeman, MT, Nick practiced PT at a Trauma Level One Hospital in Flagstaff, AZ working in the Acute Care, Emergency Department, and ICU settings. He also has served on the Community Service Project committee for the AZ APTA while working on his DPT. 

Secretary - No Candidate

2022 Call for Candidates - Expired

Each year, members are encouraged to submit nominations for qualified candidates to represent APTA MT through a variety of leadership positions.

Open Positions for October 2022 elections

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Director - Membership
  • One Year Delegate
  • Nominating Committee Member (3rd year as Chair on the BOD)

Please refer to this PDF for job descriptions for all positions


    NOMINATE A CANDIDATE

    To nominate a candidate, you may click the link above to send an email to the office, or contact any of the individuals on the Nominating Committee: 

    Marybeth Wilson, PT, DPT: marywilsonbeth@gmail.com
    Tom Little, PT, DPT: thomas.little095@gmail.com
    Cole Bausch, PT, DPT: cole@activeptsports.com


    Elections will be held at the Fall Business Meeting, 12noon-2:00pm. See events page for more about the dates of the Fall Conference where this will be held. If due to emergency and the meeting can be held in person, we will offer e-balloting. If there is only one candidate nominated per office, we will send out announcements but will not online balloting software.

    Future Elections:

    October 2022 elections - see above

    October 2023

    • Vice President
    • Director - Programming
    • Four Year Delegate (Serves final 2 years as Chief Delegate and on the BOD)
    • One Year Delegate
    • Nominating Committee Member (3rd year as Chair on the BOD)
    • PTA Representative

    October 2024

    • President-Elect (non-voting seat on the board February 2025 to Fall 2025; Serves as President beginning Fall of 2025 fora 3 year term)
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Director - Membership
    • One Year Delegate
    • Nominating Committee Member (3rd year as Chair on the BOD)


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