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.
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, MPH, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Kessler Rehabilitation Center
PT, DPT, MBA
New York, NY
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: Emil Berengut, PT, DPT, MSW, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Nancy Paddison, PTA, BA, LANA Certified in Lymphedema Management
Kimberly Presson, PT, DPT
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
Maggie Rinehart-Ayres, PT, PhD
Shai Sewell, PT, DPT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
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
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.
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 15 registrants.
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!