About Us

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

Laura Sheridan
Laura Sheridan

President

PT, DPT
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson

Vice President

PT, DPT, DScPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
Oakland University
Chesterfield, MI

G Stephen Morris
G Stephen Morris

Immediate Past-President

PT, PhD, Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
Wingate University
Wingate, NC

Steve Wechsler
Steve Wechsler

Secretary

PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Boston, MA

Paula Stout
Paula Stout

Member At Large

PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management
Franciscan Health
Crown Point, IN

Lorna Griffin
Lorna Griffin

Treasurer

PT, MPT
Houston, TX

Special Interest Groups

Sara Pullen

HIV Disease

PT, DPT, MPH

Barbara Wagner

Hospice & Palliative Care

PT, DPT, MHA

Lesli Bell

Lymphedema

PT, DPT

Lynn Tanner

Balance & Falls

PT

Hallie Lenker

Pediatric

PT

Shaun Mosley

Residency

PT, DPT

Committees

Education

Chair: Frannie Westlake, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic and Neurologic Physical Therapy

CSM Programming
Jet Lee, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy

Regional Courses
Taryne Thomas, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy

Specialization
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

 

 

Research

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

Senior Editor
Laura Gilchrist, PT, MSPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Outreach

Chair: Steve Wechsler, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Public Relations
Andréa Leiserowitz, PT, DPT, CLT, Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy

Publications
Maggie Rinehart-Ayres, PT, PhD

Social Media
Ashley Chandler, PT, DPT, CLT

WCPT
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

Advocacy

Practice
Tiffany Kendig, PT, DPT, MPH, Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Legislative & Payment
Jena Colon, PT, DPT, MBA

Executive Director
Suzie Callan
info@oncologypt.org
202-660-4460
140B Purcellville Gateway Dr.
Suite 120
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.

Member Awards

Know of a member who deserves recognition? Nominate them for an APTA Oncology Member Award! Deadline: October 1

Join the APTA Oncology ListServ

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.

Resource Guide for Specialization

This document, prepared by APTA Oncology, is designed to help you in your preparation for the Oncology Specialist Certification Examination.

OncoReads

OncoReadsSM allows you to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the comfort of your own home or office. Begin earning today!

Partners Program

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.

 

APTA Engage

Want to get involved? Check out APTA Engage for the latest volunteer opportunities within APTA Oncology. Check back often as new opportunities arise!

Clinical Research Grant

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.

Internship & Mentor Opportunities

Oncology rehab facilities across the country that are willing to offer clinical affiliations, and mentors who have volunteered to share their time and expertise.

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

APTA Oncology has several course offerings looking for partners to host. Click here to learn more.

Look Inside the Oncology Toolbox

What's in your Physical Therapy Bag of Tricks? Find more and contribute some.

Sign Up to Become a Volunteer

This Academy survives and thrives on it's exceptional line of volunteers. From experienced to clincians; if you want to be a leader, we have a position.