About Us

Who is the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy?

Our association consists of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants managing the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, integumentary and cardiopulmonary rehabilitative needs of patients resulting from the treatment of active cancer disease. This encompasses acute secondary sequelae of cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy as well as long-term secondary sequelae of treatments and palliative care.

The Mission and Vision of the Academy of Oncologic PT

The mission of the Academy of Oncologic PT is to advance physical therapist practice for persons affected by cancer and chronic illness by maximizing movement and wellness across the lifespan.

Our vision is to optimize movement and quality of life of individuals impacted by cancer and chronic illness. We envision a society where:

  • Physical therapists are recognized as practitioners of choice in cancer and HIV rehabilitation.
  • Patients have unencumbered access to physical therapist services.
  • An abundance of rigorous research informs clinical practice.
  • Entry-level practitioners possess a foundational knowledge of oncology rehabilitation.
  • Physical therapists are valued as integral partners of the inter-professional oncologic team.
  • Culturally diverse physical therapists in cancer and HIV rehabilitation meet the needs of patients in a culturally affirming manner.
  • Board-certified physical therapists expand the body of knowledge and advance oncologic practice.
  • The Academy collaborates with inter-professional coalitions to advance best practice in cancer and HIV rehabilitation throughout the lifespan.

Executive Board

G Stephen Morris
G Stephen Morris


Wingate University
Wingate, NC

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson

Vice President

Oakland University
Chesterfield, MI

Steve Wechsler
Steve Wechsler


Boston, MA

Sharlynn Tuohy
Sharlynn Tuohy


New York, NY

Laura Sheridan

President Elect

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

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

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Special Interest Groups

Sara Pullen, DPT, MPH

HIV Disease

Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Barbara Wagner, PT, DPT, MHA

Hospice & Palliative Care

Lesli Bell, PT


Winooski, VT

Lynn Tanner, PT

Oncologic Balance & Falls

Hallie Lenker, PT




Frannie Westlake, PT, DPT, NCS

CSM Programming
Jet Lee, PT, PhD

Regional Courses
Taryne Thomas, PT

Specialty Council Chair
Amy Litterini, PT, DPT 


Chair: Melissa Eden, PT, DPT

Shana Erin Harrington, PT, PhD

Mary Fisher, PT, MSPT, PhD

Mary Lou Galantino, PT, PhD, MSCE

Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD

Elizabeth Sue Hile, PT, PhD

Tori Marchese, PT, PhD

Kiri Ness, PT, PhD

Bryan Spinelli, PT, MS

Editor, Rehabilitation Oncology
Mary Fisher, PT, MSPT, PhD

Senior Editor
Laura Gilchrist, PT, PhD


Steve Wechsler, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Public Relations

Maggie Rinehart-Ayres, PT, PhD
Ambler, PA

Social Media
Shai Sewell, PT, DPT, CLT
Miami, FL

Ann Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy


Scott Capozza, PT, MSPT


Tiffany Kendig, PT, DPT, MPH
Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT)

Legislative & Payment
Jena Colon, PT

Executive Director
Suzie Callan
140B Purcellville Gateway Dr.
Suite 120
Purcellville, VA  20132

Why should you join the Academy of Oncologic PT?

As a partner of the Academy of Oncologic PT, 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 Academy members can make valuable contributions.

Clinical Internship Opportunities

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

Host a Regional Course in Your Area

The Academy of Oncologic PT, APTA 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.

Academy Member Awards

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

Join the Academy ListServ

The Academy'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 the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, is designed to help you in your preparation for the specialist examination.


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

Partners Program

Any PT/PTA living in a country other than the US who is not eligible for membership in APTA can take advantage of our membership benefits by becoming a Partner of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy.

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.