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: APTA Oncology advances physical therapist practice for persons affected by cancer and chronic illness by maximizing movement and wellness across the lifespan.

Vision: To optimize movement and quality of life of individuals impacted by cancer and chronic illness.

Executive Board

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

Steve Wechsler
Steve Wechsler

Secretary

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

Sharlynn Tuohy
Sharlynn Tuohy

Treasurer

PT, DPT, MBA
New York, NY

G Stephen Morris

Immediate Past-President

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

Tiffany Kendig

Member At Large

PT, DPT, MPH, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Kessler Rehabilitation Center
Syosset, NY

Emil Berengut

Nominating Committee Chair

PT, DPT, MSW, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
New York, NY

Nancy Paddison

Nominating & Awards

PTA, BA, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Kimberly Presson

Nominating & Awards

PT, DPT
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Special Interest Groups

Sara Pullen, DPT, MPH

HIV Disease

PT, DPT, MPH

Barbara Wagner, PT, DPT, MHA

Hospice & Palliative Care

PT, DPT

Lesli Bell, PT

Lymphedema

PT, DPT

Lynn Tanner, PT

Oncologic Balance & Falls

Hallie Lenker, PT

Pediatric

Shaun Mosley

Oncologic Residency

PT, DPT

Committees

Education

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

Research

Chair: Melissa Eden, PT, DPT, Chair, 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

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

Public Relations
VACANT

Publications
Maggie Rinehart-Ayres, PT, PhD
Ambler, PA

Social Media
Shai Sewell, PT, DPT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Miami, FL

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

Why should you join APTA Oncology?

As a member of APTA Oncology, you will become eligible for a variety of benefits such as:

Evidence-based research, an electronic subscription to "Rehabilitation Oncology", free SIG membership options, access to members only pages, and more.

Clinical Research Grants

Are you up on the latest Oncology Physical Therapy research or are you just starting out? New and experienced APTA Oncology members can make valuable contributions.

Clinical Internship Opportunities

This list of clinical sites is provided as a service to APTA Oncology Members.

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

APTA Oncology has several course offerings looking for partners to host. The host facility will be chosen based on the guarantee that they can draw a minimum of 20 registrants.

Member Awards

Know of a PT/PTA professional who deserves recognition? Here is the place to find out about our Member Awards.

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 specialist 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.

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.