Fall Conference a Great Hit


Over 225 PT, PTA, sPT and sPTA gathered at the Four Points Sheraton in Norwood on November 8th for a great day of programming, networking and recognition of the outstanding achievements of APTAMA members. 

A summary of the presentations at the awards luncheon is as follows:

Mary MacDonald Distinguished Service Award – Linda Arslanian, PT, DPT, MS

 “Linda exemplifies the dedicated and impassioned physical therapy professional who is committed to excellence and ethical performance in all forms of practice.”  –Leslie G. Portney, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

“Dr. Arslanian has made significant and meaningful contributions to the APTA on both the national and component levels in the challenging domains of Ethics, Professionalism and Association Governance.” – Mary Duffy Zupkus, PT, MPA

Richard Kessler Memorial Award –Ann Golub –Victor, PT, DPT, MPH

Through her years of service in physical therapy, Dr. Golub – Victor not only has exemplified dignity and a loyalty to physical therapy, she also exemplified compassion and generosity with sensitivity to the needs of others. Dr. Golub – Victor engaged many partners and created some most enduring, sustainable partnerships to help the students, the communities and the ones in real need. Dr. Golub-Victor truly exemplifies the legacy of Richard Kessler.  – Li Li, DPT, PT

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice Award – Arlette Frederick, PT, DPT, MS, OCS

“In a word, Arlette is brilliant. She is encyclopedic in her knowledge of physical therapy, and when one of her colleagues doesn’t know the answer to a particular clinical problem, they are advised to ‘go to Arlette.’ Arlette has also shown her dedication to the profession by educating the next generation of physical therapist since 1992.” – Kathleen Shillue, PT, DPT, OCS

“She is truly one of a kind. Soft-spoken but tough, always wanting to learn, and clearly a first –class mentor, she embodies excellence in a field of which I have the utmost respect.” –Tom Delbanco, MD, MACP

Ruth Hall Student Award –Veronica Jo Miekle

 “Veronica (Roni) was always respectful while being human, casual without impertinence, engaging without monopolizing. Roni demonstrated superb, mature, caring and professional behavior in both clinical and academic settings including exceptional work to prevent injuries for the students at New England Conservatory.  Roni is a quick learner and always wanting to learn. Roni is currently the APTA Student Liaison for BU program and has helped plan meetings and continuing education courses through the Student Special Interest Group. She will be an excellent clinician.” – Julie Ann Starr, DPT, CCS


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