REVITALIZE: IT’S ALWAYS PT TIME!
It was truly a WONDERLAND of events that surrounded this year’s REVITALIZE Conference & Expo – as physical therapy professionals, early careers and students from across Illinois and the surrounding states returned to the Q Center in St. Charles April 13th and 14th. For those who missed out all on the excitement that took place this year – lets take a look at some of the conference highlights
APPRECIATING OUR LEADERS!
Leaders of the IPTA kicked off REVITALIZE Thursday evening with their Board of Directors Meeting. Agenda items included: Legislative Updates, District Round Table Discussions, an update on IPTA’s Strategic Plan and various membership recruitment and retention initiatives.
Following the meeting, IPTA staff held a Leadership Appreciation Dinner for our wonderful volunteers! We are so thankful for the wonderful leadership we have and appreciate their time, service, and talent throughout the year!
CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER!
This year’s CE course lineup was certainly one to tell your friends! Attracting PT professionals who specialize in treating the weekend warrior to adults with developmental disabilities; from incorporating dry needling into practice or treating our furry canine companions.
Some course highlights:
RESEARCH ON DISPLAY!
Another popular hangout spot at REVITALIZE was the Poster Hall, which was open both Friday and Saturday. Attendees were able to earn CE credits for visiting any of the 18 informative and educational poster presentations which ringed through the hall.
New this year – attendees were able to cast their votes for their favorite poster displays. Posters were ranked on scientific rigor, poster layout, statistics and data analysis, and their relevance to physical therapy.
Congratulations to this year’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place posters!
Recognizing our AWESOME Members!
Alice and her friends from Wonderland – welcomed REVITALIZE attendees during this year’s Awards Reception and Member Recognition.
After a full day of classes, attendees gathered for cocktails and appetizers while IPTA President Mike Riley, PT & IPTF President Sarah Jensen, PT presented several awards and recognized those members celebrating membership anniversaries!
Congratulations to these awesome winners who are doing their part to REVITALIZE the practice of physical therapy. You may read more about this year’s award winners by clicking here.
The evening continued to recognize outstanding members, as the Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) went on to present several student sponsorships and research grants.
Two Illinois researchers were each awarded $1,000 research grants. Christian Evans, PT, PhD for his research project titled “Potential Sources of Infection in a Physical Therapy Outpatient Clinic: Implications for Patient and Provider Safety” and Breanna Reynolds, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT for her research on “Thrust Joint Manipulation to the Cervical Spine in Patients with a Primary Complaint of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD): A Randomized Clinical Trial”.
Team Rehabilitation teamed up with the IPTF to award students with $2,000 academic scholarships. Congratulations to the following recipients: Jamie Kilquist, SPTA (Southwestern Illinois College); Hannah Booker, SPT (Bradley University); Michelle Kazmier, SPT (Northwestern University); Chelsea Root, SPT (Rosalind Franklin University); Alexander Gough, SPT (Midwestern University); Trace McClintock, SPT (Governors State University); and Adam Siwiec, SPT (University of Illinois at Chicago).
Also being recognized at REVITALIZE was our wonderful volunteers for taking on leadership roles and dedicating their time and service, and recognition of IPTA/APTA members for their years of membership ranging from five up to 55 years! These members received pins upon checking in which were proudly worn during the REVITALIZE weekend. Click here to see who is celebrating a membership anniversary!
IPTF “THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS DINNER” & IPT- PAC APPRECIATION DINNER
Our first IPTF Dinner was a huge success! We had 73 attendees congregate at the Riverside Receptions in Geneva for a night of “Good Food, Great Friends, Comedy, and Laughter”! We also paid tribute to 24 guests who were present representing our top IPT-PAC donors.
After dinner, IPTA member Ingrid Masterton, PT, entertained our guests with her journey through the medical world as a patient with cancer–not once, twice, but three times. Many thanks to Ingrid for sharing her story, which moved the crowd to laughter, tears, and amazement. A special thanks to all who attended as your presence helped to raise over $1000 to support Illinois PT research.
IPT-PAC DISTRICT CHALLENGE
IPT- PAC remains ever important as we continue making strides in the profession of physical therapy. Thank you to all those that gave to IPT- PAC during REVITALIZE. Over $6,500 was raised! Every gift makes a difference and we had a record 114 donors contribute this year during the challenge.
Our Third Annual District Challenge was a huge success! The premise was that the district with the highest percentage of representatives to donate at least $25 to the IPT-PAC by the end of the Assembly meeting would win. A $25 or more donation also allowed the contributors to receive an awesome IPT-PAC Flashlight–so you can “shine your light on Direct Access” or a IPT-PAC Phone Bank Charger—so you can “stay charged up about Direct Access!”
Well the bragging rights go to FOUR districts. Congratulations to the Southern, North Central, and new this year—the West Central Districts for getting 100% of their reps to participate! We also recognized that the larger districts were at a disadvantage, so we pitted Northern, East Central and Eastern districts to their own competition. Congratulations to the Eastern District for rising to the challenge! They had an amazing 72% of their reps (weighted average) participate. All of these districts will not only get to brag about this accomplishment until next year, but they will also enjoy a catered dinner at their next District Meeting.
Many thanks to all of you who contributed to our IPT-PAC. Your generosity truly makes a difference. Special thanks to the District Chairs for leading the effort to motivate your members to donate and to help make the District Challenge a great success.
SSIG ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Student members and guests who attended the Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) Annual Business Meeting were brought up to speed on all of the exciting initiatives the SSIG has taken on over the past 12 months – and open discussion for ideas for the future.
Current President of the SSIG, Sam Caravette, SPT took the lead and moderated the meeting with reports from the other student leaders regarding – opportunities for students to attend national conferences, the SSIG’s increasing diversity initiative, and a look at the growing involvement of SPT & SPTA membership in the IPTA.
Thank you to all of the current SSIG Executive Committee & Leadership members for planning this meeting – Samantha Caravette, SPT; Rim Lintakas, SPT, Murtaza Aziz, SPT, Garrett Stroup, SPT, Jason Magafas, SPTA, and Megan Lamphere, SPT.
SSIG SILENT AUCTION
Attendees at REVITALIZE were drawn to explore the many eye-catching basket displays at the SSIG Silent Auction booth both Friday and Saturday. An abundance of items were up for auction as part of the SSIG’s fundraising efforts towards this year’s 2017-2018 Mercer Marquette Challenge. “The Challenge”, is an annual grassroots fundraising effort coordinated and carried out of students of physical therapy across the country to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s mission of providing funding opportunities to outstanding physical therapist researchers.
This year’s silent auction was a huge success – the students received an abundance of items to auction ranging from tickets to the Brookfield Zoo ($88 value) to 2 American Airlines Club Chicago Cubs Tickets ($1,250 value).
In total, the SSIG was able to donate $1,900 towards this year’s Challenge with the following school programs receiving fundraising credit: Bradley University, Governors State University, Elgin Community College, Kaskaskia College, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Rosalind Franklin University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Enter the rabbit hole. IPTA’s SOLD OUT exhibit hall was packed!
It was all about networking – whether attendees used this time to catch up with old friends over lunch, make new connections with IPTA leaders at REVITALIZE Central booths, or visit with returning and new exhibitors inside the EXPO Hall.
Attendees were encouraged to visit any – and all- of the 29 partners and exhibitors who showcased the latest they have to offer. By visiting 5 booths attendees collected stylish IPTA pins to be entered into the REVITALIZE raffle for some great prizes!
A special shout-out to all our partners and exhibitors at REVITALIZE 2018, we’d love to have you back: Athletico Physical Therapy, ATI Physical Therapy, DuPage Medical Group, IMPACT Physical Therapy, Body Gears Physical Therapy, Northwestern Medicine, Professional Therapy Services (PTS), DPT Sport, Entropy Physiotherapy & Wellness, Allard USA, Aspen Medical Products, BMS Practice Solutions, Advanced Rehabilitation Systems, Ivy Rehab, Ekso Bionics, Lumen MD, Northwestern Medicine Integrated Spine Program, SME Inc, Team Rehabilitation, TheraOffice, VGM Advantage, Spinal Cord Injury Association of Illinois, Arthritis Foundation, and the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
ANNUAL GOVERNANCE MEETING
Representatives from across the state convened to take care of business during the 40th Annual Assembly of Representatives meeting. Assembly members voted on several items impacting not only the future of the IPTA but also the PT profession.
From this year’s Assembly, came the of adoption a statement which defines the Assembly’s purpose. The most celebrated action item was the equal apportionment of PTs and PTAs within our representative body. Previously, each district was to elect 1 PTA representative for each 30 PTA members in their district. That number changed to elect 1 PTA representative for each 15 PTA members in their district.
Special thanks to all of the Assembly Representatives and guests who attended.