Aquatic Section Awards

GENERAL GUIDELINE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION FOR ANY AQUATIC PT SECTION AWARD

  • Must be submitted online using the form located under each respective award.
  • Letters of Recommendations must be no more than 500 words.
  • Deadline for all awards is the third Monday in December.
2018 AquaticPT Section Award Recipients

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

Communications Committee

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

 

 

Richard Ruoti Research Award for Excellence

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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • The potential recipient must be a licensed physical therapist or physical therapy assistant in good standing with the Aquatic Section at the time of the application submission.
  • The following documents are required by deadline: 3rd Monday in December of the current year
  • Letter of Recommendation written by an Aquatic PT Section member in good standing, and must include why this applicant is worthy to receive the Section's highest research award.
  • List of published research that qualifies this applicant for consideration for the Ruoti Award.
  • Copy of the published research article or abstract that is being presented as evidence of this candidate's research efforts.

Richard Ruoti - Past Award Winners:

  • 2002: Richard G. Ruoti, PhD, PT
  • 2003: Faye Dulcy Weinstein, PT, M.M.SC
  • 2007: Paula Geigle, PT, PhD
  • 2008: Luis Vargas, PT, PhD
  • 2009: Jean Irion, PT
  • 2010: Christine McNamara, PT, DPT
  • 2013: Yasser Salem, PT, MS, PhD, NCS, PCS
  • 2015: Deborah E. Thorpe, PT, PhD
  • 2016: n/a
  • 2017: Paula Geigle, PT, PHD

Click here to download an application

Judy Cirullo Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Area of Aquatic Therapy

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.

REQUIREMENTS:

    • The potential recipient must be a licensed physical therapist or physical therapy assistant in good standing with the Aquatic PT Section at the time of the application submission.
    • The following documents are required by deadline: 3rd Monday in December of the current year
    • Letter of Recommendation written by an Aquatic Section member in good standing, including why this applicant is worthy to receive the Section's award for exemplary contribution to aquatic therapy.

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

 

Click here to download an application

Excellence in Aquatic Therapy Award

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.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • The potential recipient must work in the area of Aquatic Therapy at the time of application submission.
  • The application is to be submitted a member of the Aquatics PT Section in good standing at the time of application submission.
  • The following documents are required by deadline: 3rd Monday in December of the current year
  • (2) Letters of Recommendation which site the contribution(s) to the field of Aquatic Physical Therapy of the candidate. Letters must include a defense of why this individual is worthy to receive the only award that the Aquatic PT Section includes for non-member eligibility; include published research/documentation if possible.

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

Click here to download an application

Anniversary Pin Awards

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.

It is easy; just fill out the Nomination Form and e-mail it to the aquatic association office.

Nomination now being accepted.

Awards include:

  • PINS AWARDED:
    • 5 YEARS
    • 10 YEARS
    • 15 YEARS
    • If you have been a member of the Aquatic Section for 5 - 10 - 15 years, you can be awarded beautiful lapel pin.

To nominate yourself please fill out the Nomination Form

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