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 (2:22-24)

Frannie Westlake
Frannie Westlake

Vice President

PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic and Oncologic Physical Therapy (22-24)

Shounak Shah
Shounak Shah

Secretary

PT, DPT (22-24)

Lorna Griffin
Lorna Griffin

Treasurer

PT (21-23)

Paula Stout
Paula Stout

Member At Large

PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management (21-23)

Special Interest Groups

Balance & Falls
  • Rachel Hac, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy (22-24)
HIV Disease
  • Robert Sandoval, PT, PhD (21-23)
Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Megan Burkart, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist (22-24)
Lymphatic Diseases

Betsy Campione, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management (22-23 finishing KC term)

 

Pediatric
  • Hallie Lenker, PT (2:20-22)
Residency
  • Jessica Bertram, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Pelvic Floor Therapist (22-24)

Committees

Advocacy

(Vice President)

Federal Affairs Liaison/Payment

  • Jena Colon, PT, DPT, MBA (2:20-22)

Public Relations

  • Andréa Leiserowitz, PT, DPT,
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist (21-23)
External Liaisons

Commission on Cancer

  • Chris Wilson, PT, DPT, DScPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy (22-24)
Education

(Member-at-Large)

CSM Programming

  • Jet Lee, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy (5:21-23)

Non-CSM Education

OncoReads

Publications

  • Maggie Rinehart-Ayres, PT, PhD (2:19-21)

Residency

Journal

(President)

Editor

  • Mary Fisher, PT, MSPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
    Certified Lymphedema Therapist (20-22)

Senior Editor

  • Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD (20-22)
Member Engagement

(Secretary)

Membership

  • Scott Capozza, PT, MSPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, Chair (19-21)

Mentorship

  • Alexandra Hill, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic and Women’s Health Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist – LANA (21-23)

Nominations & Awards

  • Nancy Paddison, PTA, BA, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management, Chair (20-23)
  • Betsy Campione, PT, DPT,
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management (21-24)
  • Amy Compston, PT, DPT, CRT, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management (22-25)

Student & New Professional Subcommittee

  • Allison Lebwith, SPT, Chair
Outreach

(Secretary)

Social Media

Ashley Chandler, PT, DPT,
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist (21-23)

Research

(Vice President)

  • Melissa Eden, PT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Chair (20-22)
  • Steve Morris, PT, PhD, Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine, Vice Chair
  • Lori Boright PT, DPT, DScPT, Clinical Cancer Exercise Specialist
  • Betsy Campione, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management
  • Mary Fisher, PT, MSPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, Grant Coordinator
  • Mary Lou Galantino, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  • Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD
  • Elizabeth Hile, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Linda Koehler, PT, PhD
  • Andrew Ray, PT, PhD
  • Meredith Wampler-Kuhn, PT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy
  • Mary Zalinger PT, DPT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Specialization

Member at Large
Jennifer Bernstein, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy (22-24)

Specialty Council Chair
Amy Tible, PT, DPT (22-23)

Specialists Subcommittee

PTA Advanced Proficiency Subcommittee

Executive Director

Suzie Callan, IOM
140B Purcellville Gateway Drive
Suite 120
Purcellville, VA 20132
(202) 660-4460
(703) 785-7756 (c)
info@oncologypt.org

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.

Booth Signup

Sign up for an available volunteer slot at the Academy booth in the CSM Exhibit Hall! You must be logged in to sign up.

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.