SOURCE: American Physical Therapy Assocation

September 27, 2005 15:23 ET

APTA Announces Recipients of Legislative Leadership Awards

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 27, 2005 -- Reed Argent, PT, of North Dakota and Susan Chalcraft, PT, of Washington were presented with the State Legislative Leadership Award by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) during a reception last night at the APTA's State Government Affairs Forum in Annapolis, MD.

Each year, the award is given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the area of state legislative issues and promotes initiatives that preserve, protect, and advance the practice of physical therapy. This year, because of the high volume of qualified candidates, the award was presented to two APTA members.

"These individuals exemplify the qualities and determination needed to help further the physical therapy profession through legislative efforts," said APTA President Ben F Massey, Jr, PT, MA. "Their hard work proved paramount in successfully achieving their chapter's goals."

Argent, who served as chair of the North Dakota Physical Therapy Association (NDPTA) legislative committee for the past several years, was recognized for his leadership in opposing chiropractic legislation that would have limited physical therapists' scope of practice. He also led the revision of the state's practice act, which included the use of the terms mobilization and manipulation.

"Throughout legislative battles Reed has kept membership up to date on breaking events by greatly improving our communication system," said Mary Jo Wagar, PT, OSC and president of NDPTA. "We have relied heavily on Reed's expertise during the last legislative sessions."

Chalcraft, who previously served as chair of the legislative committee and is currently vice president of the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA), was recognized for her years of leadership in moving the "model practice act" legislation forward.

"We simply could not have been successful without Susan's relentless efforts over the past half dozen years. If every state had a Susan Chalcraft, every state would be on the way to legislative success," said PTWA President Rich Bettesworth, PT.

The American Physical Therapy Association is a national professional organization representing more than 66,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.

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