APTA Combined Section meeting was a huge success with over 17,000 attendees in New Orleans Louisiana. The Aquatic Section took the time to recognize many dedicated professionals on their contributions to the Aquatic Section at their annual membership meeting.
Congratulations to the 2018 APTA Aquatic Physical Therapy Section Judy Cirullo award for Exceptional Contribution to the Area of Aquatic Therapy winner Diane Platz PT. This Award recognizes a PT’s exceptional contribution to the field of Aquatic Therapy and can include but is not limited to equipment design; innovative programming or patient care, educational contribution. Diane was recognized for her outstanding promotion of Aquatic Therapy as CSM Conference Coordinator.
Congratulations to the 2018 APTA Aquatic Physical Therapy Section Richard Ruoti Research Award for Excellence winner Lori Thein-Brody PT, PhD, SCS. This award is named for one of the founders of the of the Aquatic PT Section who was dedicated to exemplary research in the area of aquatic therapy, this Award recognizes exceptional research that impacts Aquatic Physical Therapy.
2018 Aquatic Sections President’s Award
Presented by Charlotte Norton to the
Christine Schulte PT, MBA Committee Chair
Michael Murray PT, DPT
Eileen Ray PT
Sean Campbell PT, DPT (Not Pictured)
Service Awards for Alethea Crespo – Outgoing Membership Chair
Christine Taylor – Outgoing Director of Practice
Nicole Needles – Outgoing Nominating Chair
Outstanding Service Award Presented to
Past President Charlotte Norton
By Current President Christine Schulte
As well as a surprise Shark attack to celebrate Charlotte!
Thank you for your contributions to the Aquatic Section over the past 2 decades
Named for one of the founders of the of the Aquatic PT Section who was dedicated to exemplary research in the area of aquatic therapy, this Award recognizes exceptional research that impacts Aquatic Physical Therapy.
Richard Ruoti - Past Award Winners:
Named for one of the founders and first president of the Aquatic Physical Therapy Section, this award recognizes exceptional contribution to the field of Aquatic Therapy and can include but is not limited to equipment design; innovative programming or patient care, educational contribution.
Judy Curillo - Past Award Winners:
- 2002: Judy Cirullo, PT
- 2003: Judy Zeichner PT
- 2007: Charlotte Norton, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
- 2008: David Morris, PT, PhD
- 2009: Andrea Salzman, PT
- 2010: Faye Weinstein, PT, MMSc.
- 2013: Janet Gangaway, DPT, OCS, ATC
- 2014: Harriet Adams, PTA
- 2015: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS
- 2016: Holly Lookabaugh-Deur, PT, DSc, GCS
- 2017: Michael Murray, PT, DPT
This award is for the Aquatics Physical Therapy Section to recognize exceptional research, exemplary dedication, and/or extraordinary contributions to the comprehensive field of aquatic therapy. The intent of this award is to fulfill the Section's commitment to the diverse aspects of aquatic therapy by recognizing those whose influence has driven this area of physical therapy.
Excellence - Past Award Winners:
- 2013: Bess Maxwell, PT
- 2014: David Morris, PT
- 2015: Marty Biondi, PT, DPT, CSCS
- 2016: Eadric Bressel
- 2017: Dr. Bruce Becker
Have you been a member of the aquatic physical therapy section for 5, 10 or 15 consecutive years?
We would like to recognize you and you're that accomplishment with an anniversary pin to be awarded at our aquatic section business meetings during APTA combined section meeting each year. You may nominate yourself or nominate someone whom has been a member of the aquatic section for 5 consecutive years, 10 years or 15 years.
Pins are awarded on your anniversary date. Example: if you have been a member for 7 years today. You can nominate yourself for a 5 year pin. You would not be eligible for a 10 year pin until that anniversary date.
Nomination now being accepted.
To nominate yourself please fill out the Nomination Form