Who is APTA Oncology?
APTA Oncology consists of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, student physical therapists, and student physical therapist assistants managing the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary and cardiopulmonary rehabilitative needs of patients living with and beyond cancer and other chronic illnesses including HIV. This encompasses acute secondary sequelae of treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy as well as long-term secondary sequelae of treatments and palliative care.
The Mission and Vision of APTA Oncology
Mission: Maximizing movement and wellness across the lifespan for persons affected by cancer and chronic illness through advocacy, engagement, education and collaboration.
Vision: Optimize movement and quality of life of individuals impacted by cancer and chronic illness.
Board of Directors
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
PT, DPT, DScPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
G Stephen Morris
PT, PhD, Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Member At Large
PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management
Crown Point, IN
Special Interest Groups
PT, DPT, MPH
Hospice & Palliative Care
PT, DPT, MHA
Balance & Falls
Chair: Frannie Westlake, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic and Neurologic Physical Therapy
Jet Lee, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy
Taryne Thomas, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy
Specialty Council Chair
Amy Litterini, PT, DPT
NOMINATING & AWARDS
Chair: Kimberly Presson, PT, DPT
Nancy Paddison, PTA, BA, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management
Betsy Campione, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, CLT-LANA
Chair: Melissa Eden, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Mary Fisher, PT, MSPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Mary Lou Galantino, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD
Shana Erin Harrington, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Sue Hile, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Kiri Ness, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Grant Coordinator
Bryan Spinelli, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Editor, Rehabilitation Oncology
Mary Fisher, PT, MSPT, PhD
Laura Gilchrist, PT, MSPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Chair: Steve Wechsler, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Andréa Leiserowitz, PT, DPT, CLT, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy
Maggie Rinehart-Ayres, PT, PhD
Ashley Chandler, PT, DPT, CLT
Ann Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Scott Capozza, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy
Tiffany Kendig, PT, DPT, MPH, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Legislative & Payment
Jena Colon, PT, DPT, MBA
140B Purcellville Gateway Dr.
Purcellville, VA 20132
A Conversation with The Founding Members
In 2020, newly Board-Certified Oncologic Clinical Specialists Scott Capozza and Kelly Reed sat down with the founding members of the Oncology Section. This video is just a preview of the 2-hour conversation that ensued.
Stay tuned to the APTA Oncology YouTube channel for the full conversation. We’re so grateful to our founding members and their initiative, the progress that we’ve made, and the momentum that has led us to where our Academy stands today within the APTA.
APTA Oncology's General Listerv is a very productive messaging system for answering your practice questions. In addition, we maintain specialized listservs for our special interest groups.
Any PT or PTA living in a country other than the US or a healthcare provider from another discipline, not eligible for APTA membership, can take advantage of our membership benefits by becoming a Partner of APTA Oncology.
Want to get involved? Check out APTA Engage for the latest volunteer opportunities within APTA Oncology. Check back often as new opportunities arise!
A clinical research grant is available to APTA Oncology members to assist with a one-year research study that investigates a question(s) of importance to adult or pediatric oncology or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) physical therapy.