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  • BS PT Washington University School of Medicine Program in Physical Therapy, St. Louis, MO
  • MSEd Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO
  • EdD Nova Southeastern University, Fischler School of Education & Human Services, FL

Dr. Musolino is Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the University of South Florida, Morsani College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tampa, FL. Dr. Musolino currently serves the APTA Education Section in her second term as vice president (2010-14) and previously served two terms as promotion representative-at-large (2006-10). She also served as CESIG nominating committee chair and member (2003-05). Dr. Musolino is a published author in curriculum design, development and evaluation; IPE cultural competence; service learning; collaborative clinical education; reflective practice and self-assessment. She has received numerous fellowships and grants in support of these works. Dr. Musolino is both an APTA Advanced & Basic Trainer (2004-17). Dr. Musolino and FL co-trainers for the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program recently published their study entitled: Reasons identified for seeking the APTA CCIP in FL. Dr. Musolino was honored with the prestigious APTA Lucy Blair Service Award (2012) for exceptional service to the association. Dr. Musolino received the Beatrice Schulz Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement (1987) and the Alumni Award (2007) Washington University, School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy; The Feitelberg Journal Founders Award, APTA Education Section, Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JPTE, 2005); and Award of Merit in Technology Delivered Instruction, The University of Utah (2004). Dr. Musolino remains a strong advocate for advancement of the profession at the state and national levels. Dr. Musolino is a clinical mentor for the USF SPTRS Student-run BRIDGE clinic for underserved/uninsured patients/clients.

As we embark on the 69th year of the Education Section, I remain energized about the future and progress of education in physical therapy, and collaborating for these interests for our profession. I welcome the opportunity to lead the Education Section as your president to further the Education, Practice, and Research Goals of the Section. Serving in my second term as vice president for the Education Section, I have participated in Executive Committee and Strategic Planning, BOD meetings, and assisted the president on committees and work groups. While vice president, I have worked collaboratively with the Section, SIGs, Committees and Board to complete a major revision of the Education Section Bylaws, and PNP Manual. Formerly, I served two active terms as Promotion Representative-at-Large for the Education Section Leadership, assisting in membership growth and retention, enhancing member networking and benefits, and establishing member benefit opportunities through the APTA Education Section membership scholarship grant. I look forward to working with section membership, the AF, CE and PTA SIGs, while collaborating with your section leadership and component services. I look forward to continuing mutual works with the Partners in Physical Therapy Education including the APTA, FSBPT, CAPTE and APTA Academic Council Leadership. Thank you for your support! Special thanks to the Nominating Committee for their consideration and for the honor of being slated.


I graduated from the U.S. Army post-graduate physical therapy program 1971. I continued in the Army Reserves through retirement. I left active duty 1972 in Texas, for practice in New Mexico, then Alabama, on to Arkansas, then Hawaii where I worked in State government opened a private practice in multidisciplinary staffing home health agencies and SNF, opened the PTA program in that State, and later moved to California, where I currently teach in a DPT program. I have served the Education Section as member at large for membership, and currently as AFSIG nominating committee member. I have also held several national offices in the Section on Geriatrics, was a candidate for APTA Board of Directors, served on the APTA Education Advisory panel, was elected President of a State chapter twice, and also served in various legislative advocacy capacities.


David Morrisette is a Professor and Director for the Division of Physical Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has graduated from Marshall University (BA), West Virginia University (MA and Athletic Training), Emory University (PT Certificate), and the Medical University of South Carolina (PhD). He is an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. David has been a faculty member since 1988. He has served as the Director for Promotion for the Education Section since 2011, and has been on several committees for the APTA and the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA. In addition to his administrative and teaching duties, David maintains clinical practice and has served as both primary and co-investigators in orthopaedic and spinal cord injury research. During David's tenure as the Director for Promotion of the Education Section, he has developed a membership committee and is working towards initiatives to enhance services and membership enrollment among clinical instructors and clinical physical therapists.


Kathy Hall, Associate Professor, received entry-level and advanced master of physical therapy degrees from Northwestern University, and completed her doctoral studies at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Hall has more than 25 years of patient care and managerial experience, primarily in outpatient care. She has published her research on osteoarthritis of the knee and lifelong learning in physical therapy. She has made presentations on a variety of topics including osteoporosis, health promotion and lifelong learning in physical therapy. In addition to her membership in the Orthopedic and Education sections of the American Physical Therapy Association, Dr. Hall is a member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professions (ARHP). She has served as an Eastern District representative to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association Representative Assembly, as the profession development representative at-large and awards committee for the Education Section and as a committee member of the ARHP Advocacy Committee.


My name is Kathy Martinez. I received my BS degree in Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University in 1982, MA in Human Resource Development in 2000, Neurologic Clinical specialist Certification in 2002, and am in the dissertation phase of my PhD at Nova Southeastern University. I have enjoyed working with students in the clinic since 1985 as both a Clinical Instructor, Center Coordinator of Clinical Education, and as a faculty member at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I value membership in APTA and the sections for not only the benefits it provides to its members but also for the opportunity to service the organization that represents and facilitates so much for the profession.


Tami Phillips is an Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of Clinical Education, and Neurologic Residency Program Coordinator at Emory University. She attended the U.S. Naval Academy, completed a MSPT and DPT (University of Miami), and a MBA (University of Minnesota). Tami has 19 years’ experience in acute care, rehabilitation, and clinical leadership. She is a Board Certified Neurologic Specialist, an APTA credentialed clinical instructor, and Clinical Instructor Program Trainer. Tami has 25 years of leadership experience working with diverse groups in the military, hospitals, and academia. Most recently she co-chaired the Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine’s Grand Rounds Committee, and conceptualized and co-chaired the Emory University Physical Therapy Evening Continuing Education Series. She was invited to be a member of an American Council of Academic Physical Therapy task force exploring the use of observation hours in the admission’s process for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant programs.
Tami looks forward to collaborating with all members of the AF SIG and the Education Section in serving our profession and community.


Kimeran is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at West Virginia University (WVU) where she is an ACCE and instructor for many of the physical therapy procedural and treatment skills (including gait/transfer training, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapeutic and physical modalities and wound management). Prior to joining the faculty at WVU in 2011, she practiced for 7 years in a variety of clinical and administrative positions that included outpatient orthopedics, acute care, clinical and school-based pediatrics, home health care, and skilled nursing facilities. Kimeran completed her Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2010. She is also a 2004 graduate of the WVU Masters of Physical Therapy program. Kimeran is currently the Secretary of her state physical therapy chapter, the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association. In addition to APTA Education Section membership she is also a member of the Acute Care and Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Sections. She has enjoyed involvement and activity at the state chapter level of the APTA and is excited about increased involvement and activity nationally.


I am a graduate of Quinnipiac University’s Physical Therapy Program, where I received my BS in 2001 and my masters in 2002. I am currently enrolled at Nova Southeastern University, where I am pursuing my tDPT and my PhD in physical therapy. I have been practicing clinically for the past 11 years in a variety of areas. I began in a large acute care setting where I became proficient in wound care and the treatment of trauma and neurologically impaired patients, and then migrated to the out-patient setting, where I have practiced for the past 7 ½ years. I also have over 8 years of experience in the homecare setting. Over the past 2 years, I have begun to shift my passion to the academic setting. I am currently involved in a PTA program at Naugatuck Community College, where I teach kinesiology and therapeutic interventions. I have also taught introductory courses and serve as a retention specialist for them as well. In addition, I am adjunct faculty at Quinnipiac University, where I teach applied pharmacology at the graduate level. In addition to my academic work, I am currently a member of the professional advisory committee for Concentra Homecare, I am a certified clinical instructor, and I have been an active member of the APTA since 2010.
I am really looking to become more involved in my profession, and would really like the opportunity to serve the education section in a greater capacity.
Thank you again, for considering me for this position.

  • I am a full-time assistant professor at the University of South Alabama.
  • Prior to this position, I had been a full-time faculty member since March 2012.
  • Prior to that initial academic position, I had been both a teaching assistant and/or adjunct faculty for several different physical therapy programs for over 10 years.

I have been involved in APTA in the past, but primarily in the Neuro Section. I would like to become more involved in the Education Section, and I believe I would have a lot to offer. I welcome this opportunity to serve on the Academic Faculty SIG Nominating Committee, and thank you for your consideration.


I graduated from the University of North Dakota with my BSPT in 1991, MPT in 1993, and PhD in Teaching and Learning in 2004. I have worked clinically in in-patient rehab either full-time or flex time with Altru Health System in Grand Forks, ND since 1991. In 1998 I took a full-time faculty position at the University of North Dakota and am currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

I have been a member of the Education Section of the APTA for many years and also an active CE SIG member. I served as recording secretary for the CE SIG from 2011-2013. I am currently one of the organizing committee members for the newly formed National Consortium of Clinical Education (NCCE) within ACAPT. The momentum for this consortium began while I was serving as recording secretary so I have been informed and involved with the current happenings of the CE SIG. I feel communication between the CE SIG and NCCE will be essential and I feel by having working knowledge of both groups this would serve me well if elected to the Academic Co-Chair position. I have worked with different professional groups on a local, state, and national level and feel I am a good team player.


Leesa M. DiBartola is the Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Duquesne University. She also teaches five academic courses in the physical therapy curriculum (Principles of Practice 1: Introduction to PT; Principles of Practice 2: Social and Cultural Issues; Principles of Practice 3: Ethical, Moral and Legal Issues; Principles of Practice 4: Patient Care and Education; and Grand Rounds. She manages the clinical education part of the program which involves placing each student in five clinical affiliations, monitoring the student’s clinical education experiences, and developing new clinical education affiliations. Lessa is the chair of the curriculum committee and serves as the university Interprofessional Education (IPE) committee chair for the schools of health sciences, pharmacy, and nursing. She is an active member of the APTA, a Pennsylvania delegate, and serves on the Pennsylvania Southwest district education committee.


Tonya Apke, PT, DPT, OCS is the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) and a Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University. I have been involved with clinical education for more than 18 years as both a clinical instructor and DCE. My entrance into academia began in 1998 as the ACCE for The College of Mount St. Joseph and I held that position for 9 years. In October of 2007, I joined the faculty at OSU as DCE. I have been involved at the local, state and national level with clinical education. I am a member of the Ohio-Kentucky Consortium of Physical Therapy Programs (OKCPTP), which includes all of the PT education programs in Ohio and Kentucky and have served terms as both Vice-Chair and Treasurer. I have been involved in local, state and national presentations and dialogue concerning contemporary issues in clinical education. One of the most rewarding aspects of clinical education involves teaching new and seasoned CIs in the APTA CI Credentialing Course, for which I have been a trainer since 2006. I started my APTA membership in 1990 as a student and joined the Education Section and CE SIG 15 years ago. In addition to clinical education involvement, I have been active with the Ohio Chapter and currently serve on the Board of Directors. I also serve as the Board liaison to the Student Affairs committee in Ohio.

I am passionate about clinical education and look forward to enhancing my involvement at a national level. I would like to see membership in the CE SIG continue to grow in all aspects, including practitioners and students, and will work with the SIG to develop strategies to make that happen. I respectfully ask for your vote for Membership Secretary and welcome the opportunity to serve our membership.


I began as a part-time instructor and assistant to the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) of the Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program in 2010. My teaching assignments include Clinical Practicum II, III, and IV (PTA 220, 240, and 245) and assisting PTA 120 therapeutic modalities I, PTA 210 therapeutic modalities II, and PTA 115 therapeutic exercise. In 2013 I have been given the opportunity to increase my workload at the college to a .75 FTE as an instructor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education for the transfer PTA program at Clarkson College.

I was born and raised in Central City, Neb. and moved to the Omaha area in 2005. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Wayne State College in 2004 and later an Associate of Science degree in PTA from Clarkson College in 2008.  I work as a PTA for a local outpatient clinic in Omaha, NE on an as needed basis. My career within the therapy profession includes outpatient orthopedics, aquatic therapy and working with a wide range of patient populations.

I have been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2006 and section member in education since 2010; the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) since 2006 and the Omaha Sports Medicine Alliance (OSMA)since 2007.


Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Clinical Education, receive entry-level and advanced master of physical therapy degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/The Chicago Medical School. Ms. Anderson has over 27 years of clinical and managerial experience as a physical therapist and specializes in pediatric physical therapy. Ms. Anderson has been a DCE for the past 8 years at Midwestern University and has served as a CCCE and CI for 18 years prior to entering academia. Since coming to Midwestern, Ms. Anderson has been very involved with curricular issues involving clinical education and is a past Chair of the Chicago Area Clinical Educators Forum. Ms. Anderson is pursuing an EdD degree in Adult and Higher Education and is conducting research on the development of professional behaviors in physical therapist students.


I am a graduate of Arcadia University's DPT in 2007. I worked for my first 1 ½ years in school based, outpatient and inpatient hospital based facility, and a private practice until I took a position with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. I joined Good Shepherd in 2009 in their outpatient services. I assisted in opening Good Shepherd's Souderton location in December 2010, where I currently manage physical, occupational and speech therapists who serve the orthopedic, neurologic, and oncologic needs of both pediatrics and adults in the community. Part of this management includes the growth of the programs offered, which has been operating off of a positive operating margin to as well as exceeding operational margin budget for the last two years.

Continuing education (not limited but includes):

  • MBA in 2011 from Arcadia University
  • Maitland – 1, -2, -3, -4, and -0
  • Mini – CSM at DeSales University
  • Oncologic rehabilitation (various courses)
  • APTA credentialing course

Outside of my full time position, I am one of three CCCE's for Good Shepherd and I am a CI for approximately 3-4 students per year. I help Arcadia University's DPT program throughout the year as an adjunct, particularly as a lab assistant for: cadaver labs, manual therapy labs, practical examinations, and business related competencies. Finally, I currently serve on the external advisory committee for the DeSales University DPT program.


I have been a Physical Therapist almost 24 years. In those years I have worked in a number of settings including, acute care, outpatient, home health, pediatrics and academia. I started working at the University of Miami in 2006. I am currently an instructor and an ACCE. I have been blessed to experience the different settings mentioned above. In my current role as an ACCE I am very interested in the changes and needs in clinical education.

I would like to offer my services and expertise to assist with the current clinical education needs. I think that the future of clinical education is a very exciting one and I would like to be part of it in the capacity of secretary for the clinical education SIG.


I was recently hired as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to this position, I was the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and a full time acute care physical therapist. My practice areas include acute care, medically complex patients, vestibular, trauma and traumatic brain injury; however, I have worked in many different practice settings as well as with many different patient populations. During my clinical practice I have educated students in both the clinical and academic setting as a clinical instructor and adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland.

I recently joined the education section prior to attending the 2013 Educational Leadership Conference and became very interested in becoming more involved. As my new role as ADCE is bridging the gap between the clinic and academia I felt the Clinical Education SIG would be a perfect fit for me to increase my involvement and contribute to the further development physical therapy clinical education. Thank you in advance for your consideration for this position.


Julie Bibo, PT, NCS received her Bachelor’s degree in PT from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1985. She has career experience primarily in rehab, acute care, and home health settings. She has served as CCCE in all of those areas and has been actively involved in clinical education throughout her career. She has been a Credentialed CI since 1997. She has taught a number of courses and is adjunct faculty at both the local PT and PTA programs. She is currently the Therapy Coordinator of Clinical Education at St Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington, a multiple site system that affiliates with over 30 PT, 7 PTA, 25 OT, 4 OTA, and 9 SLP programs.


Education: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. Sept 2007-May 2011, Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy; Penn State/Behrend, Erie, PA, September 1990-August 1994, Health Education, M.Ed.; Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, September 1981-May 1985, Physical Therapy, B.S. Employer and Position: Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at Gannon University.

I currently serve as the Chair for the Three Rivers Academic Consortium. I am a member of the geriatric, home health and education sections as well as the clinical education and special interest groups. I have routinely attended both the Educational Leadership Conference and Combined Sections. This has allowed me to interact and discuss clinical education issues at the national level. There are many exciting changes happening in clinical education and I feel it is important to have a voice within the special interest group. It is vital to develop a strong committee to find those individuals who would do well serving the group. I possess the necessary communication skills to be an effective member of the nominating committee.


I graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 1991 from the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences. For the first 18 years of my career I practiced in acute care, outpatient orthopedics, and in home care and held management positions in the outpatient and acute care settings. In 2009, I entered into higher education as the Assistant Director of Clinical Education at Des Moines University in Des Moines Iowa. I earned my transitional DPT in 2013 from the University of New England. I continue to maintain my practice as an acute care clinician at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.


Dr. Robin E. Galley is the Director of Clinical Education and an Assistant professor at Nova Southeastern University's Hybrid DPT Program in Tampa, FL. She received her post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman's University in Houston and her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology form Louisiana State University. She is a board certified Orthopaedic specialist and has spent much of her 13 years as a Physical Therapist primarily working in the Private Practice outpatient market both clinically, and administratively. She continues to be involved with patient care once a week at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Robin chose to enter into the work of academia in large part to allow her more opportunity to be involved with the profession both from a service and research perspective. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students and encourages involvement in the profession through her Professional Issues course and clinical education. She has been an active member of the APTA since 1999, the FPTA since relocating from Texas to Florida in 2005, The Florida Consortium of Clinical Educators (FCCE), and was recently elected Secretary of the FCCE. She currently serves as an Assembly Representative for the FPTA and as a member of the nominating committee. She looks forward to advancing her involvement with the professional association on a national level.


I am the Director of Clinical Education (DCE) at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. I have been a faculty member there since 2006 and the DCE since 2007. I have been a Physical Therapist since 1993. I am running for the position of Nominating Committee Member.

I am interested in this position because I want to be more involved with the CE SIG. I want to continue to see the CE SIG get stronger. As the DCE, I feel I have a strong platform to reach out to many CE SIG members because of my interactions with educators in the Academic Institutions as well as those in the Clinical Community.

I feel this position requires someone to be organized, proactive with communications/interactions with regards to searching for CE SIG members interested in being involved in leadership roles, and motivated to work hard for the CE SIG. I possess all of these qualities and would work hard for the CE SIG.

I would be honored to be elected into this position.


I have been a PTA since 1993. I have many years of clinical experience in a variety of environments including outpatient orthopedic, acute care, home health, and long term care. I have been teaching in a PTA program since 1997, first serving as a Lab Assistant and Adjunct Instructor. In 2004 I transitioned from the clinic to the classroom on a fulltime basis, initially as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and then the Program Director in 2005. I am currently serving in the role of program director of an accredited program in Florida. In 2006, I completed my Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis on Adult Education and Distance Learning. I have experience in course and program development, both face to face and online. I am very interested in being a part of the educational process for both new students interested in entering the profession as well as the experience PTA that desires continued life-long learning.


I have been a physical therapist for 23 years. I am a graduate of Wayne State University with a B.S. I also earned my M.A. and Ed.S. from WSU. I am currently completing my Doctoral Degree at Walden University in Teacher Leadership. I have been in a variety of settings. I started out at Rehabilitation Institute. I worked with patients diagnosed with Stroke, Traumatic Brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, and Orthopedic patients. I later went to Rehab East where I worked with orthopedic patients who were acute, chronic, post-injury and post-surgery. I also did aquatic therapy, evening exercise classes with seniors and assisted as a medic at football games in Warren Consolidated School System. I then went to work at Detroit Public Schools. I worked with pre-k-58 and high school students up to age 22. I worked with students diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Myelomeningocele, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Head Injury, and Muscular Dystrophy. I also spent time working with directors and supervisors with administrative duties. I have also worked in home care with Geriatric patients with a variety of diagnoses. I am currently working at Baker College as the Academic Coordinator. I am also a faculty member teaching therapeutic exercise, techniques, professional preparation, and the field work courses. I have also been an instructor for the intro into PTA and Kinesiology Lab. Outside of physical therapy I have served on the nominating committee, both local and national for my sorority three times along with chairing the annual charity golf outing and the Alumnae Collegiate Exchange and Collegiate Transition Taskforce. Finally, I have served as many of the officers of the of the Detroit Police Family Association as well including, chair of annual fundraiser, arms, trustee, vice president and president.


I am a full time faculty member at the PTA Program at the Shenango Campus of the Penn State University since 2009. In addition in January of 2010, I took on the additional role of the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. I have been involved in PTA education since 2005 serving as a part time faculty member within the program prior to my full time appointment. I serve on numerous campus committees that include standing and ad-hoc positions. Currently, I am a participant in the Outreach and Awards committees as well as serve as the chairperson of the campus vision strategic planning committee. I have served on multiple faculty and staff search committees, chairing a search for a full time biology instructor in 2013. I am also the facilitator of a multi-campus work group of the Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education of the five PTA programs within the Penn State system.

I am actively involved in the three academic consortium serving as the secretary of the group at this time. I have assisted in multiple projects with my most recent involvement in planning and design of a consortium web site.

I have been a member of the APTA since 1995 with current membership in the education and home health sections. I have completed the CAPTE training as a team leader for the PTA programs and have completed three on site program visits. In conjunction with the program coordinator of the campus, we have designed an assessment grid that has been recognized by CAPTE as an example of "best practice".

I presented an educational session on the role of the ACCE within a PTA program at CSM 2013 as well as served as a facilitator at the round table discussions. I presented this year at CSM on collaborative model for "flipping" the classroom.

I continue to practice weekly in the home health arena supervising two physical therapist assistants on a regular basis.