Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Awards

GENERAL GUIDELINE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSION FOR ANY Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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.
2017 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017 APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Judy Cirullo award for Exceptional Contribution to the Area of Aquatic Therapy winner Michael Murray PT, DPT. 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. Michael was recognized for his outstanding promotion of Aquatic Therapy through service and his clinical practice.

Congratulations to the 2017 APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Richard Ruoti Research Award for Excellence winner Paula Geigle, PT PhD. This award is named for one of the founders of the of the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy who was dedicated to exemplary research in the area of aquatic therapy, this Award recognizes exceptional research that impacts Aquatic Physical Therapy.

Congratulations to the 2017 APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy Excellence in Aquatic Therapy Award winner

 Dr. Bruce Becker. This award recognizes 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 perse aspects of aquatic therapy by recognizing those whose influence has driven this area of physical therapy.

Leadership Award:

Bess Maxwell PT, PhD
Yasser Salem PT, MS, PhD, NCS, PCS Research Director
Carrie Ciaverelli PT CAPTCC Committee
Phyllis Palma PT, DPT, CBIS Nominating Committee
Jessica Huss PT, DPT, CCI VP Education and Programming
Tim Schell PT Federal Affairs Liaison

 

Presidential Award- Outstanding  Contributions and service to Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy

Lisa Naeger, PT
Christine Schulte PT, MBA

Richard Ruoti Research Award for Excellence

Named for one of the founders of the of the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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
  • 2018: Lori Thein-Brody PT, PhD, SCS

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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy, 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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
  • 2018: Diane Platz PT

 

Click here to download an application

Excellence in Aquatic Therapy Award

This award is for the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy business meetings during APTA combined section meeting each year. You may nominate yourself or nominate someone whom has been a member of the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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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