SOURCE: American Physical Therapy Association

August 11, 2005 10:00 ET

Washington Physical Therapists Present Legislators With Awards at National Conference in Seattle

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 11, 2005 -- Washington physical therapists will present state Representative Eileen Cody and state Representative Dawn Morrell with the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA) State Legislator Award during the National Conference of State Legislatures annual meeting. The presentation will take place at the APTA booth (#701) at the exhibit hall of the Washington State Convention Center on Wednesday, August 17 at 2 pm.

The award is given to legislator(s) who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the area of promoting initiatives that preserve, protect, and advance the practice of physical therapy. Cody and Morrell will receive the awards as a result of their unwavering support of physical therapy in Washington.

Both Cody and Morrell were extremely influential in helping securing legislation this year that ensures that physical therapists in the state of Washington are practicing under the most up-to-date and highest standards. The new practice act provides an updated definition of physical therapy that reflects the actual treatment techniques practiced by physical therapists on a daily basis, including manual therapy, joint mobilization, wound care, and needle electromyography (EMG).

"We could not have made such strides and achievements this year with out the support of both of these legislators," said Richard L Bettesworth, PT, president of the Physical Therapy Association of Washington (PTWA). "We're extremely appreciative of their support and are excited to present them with this honor."

Cody is of the 34th district (Seattle) and has been a strong supporter of physical therapy in Washington. She was recognized for her contributions in 1996 by PTWA with the "Friend of Physical Therapy" award.

Morrell has been the prime sponsor of PTWA's Consumer Protection Bill since 2003. She has addressed PTWA membership at legislative rally days at the state capitol in Olympia and was recognized by PTWA with the "Friend of Physical Therapy" Award in 2004.

PTWA is the Washington state chapter of APTA. 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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