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    posted: May 11, 2018

    You asked for it, and we delivered!  The Academy is proud to offer membership the ability to post Aquatic-specific job openings, clinic equipment for sale, or Practices for sale on our new Classified System.

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    posted: April 27, 2018

    Presented by Cathy Maloney Hills, PT, DPT, TPS & Sonja McGill, PT, MSPT, TPS

    Details and Registration.

    Our world is immersed in a pain crisis, and many patients are referred for aquatic physical therapy to address issues related to acute and chronic pain. Leading research pioneers in pain science stress the need to assess and change our patients’ cognitions, beliefs and fears BEFORE launching into a movement-based approach to rehabilitation. This webinar will provide an introduction to Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) and demonstrate how to incorporate PNE concepts into aquatic therapy sessions; differentiate “tissue issues” from “pain issues”; and how to invite patients to begin the conversation to share their pain experience. Participants will be introduced to current research as well as discover opportunities for more in-depth PNE education and training.

    posted: March 30, 2018

    As you know, the Aquatic Section had its annual membership meeting at CSM 2018.  Two of the big topics were renaming the section to Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy and the adoption of revised bylaws.  Both of which were passed unanimously.  I’d like to take a moment to update you on how we’ll be implementing both of these changes going forward.

    Regarding the Bylaws, these were effective immediately following the close of the annual membership meeting. Please find attached the current version for your records.

    The name change on the other hand is a bit more involved and will take about 1 year to completely implement.  There are primarily two aspects to changing the name that will occur almost simultaneously. First, we have to implement the new name legally. Adopting the new name by the membership was one of the first steps in changing the name.  In process now is filing with the Alabama State Corporation Commission and the Baldwin County Probate Court. Once that is complete and we have in-hand the updated Articles of Incorporation, then APTA will recognize us as the Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy and subsequently update their records.

    While things are legally being changed, we’ll need to re-brand. The Communications Committee has been charged with soliciting and vetting new logos.  The Board will meet on May 5 to select the new logo.  Once the new logo is in place, we will begin updating the website, social media, waterlines, etc. to incorporate and complement the new logo.  Throughout 2018, you’ll slowly see things changing across our media outlets. 

    All in all, this is an exciting time and I am looking forward to how things will look in the coming months.

    As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Warm regards,


    Marie Stravlo

    Executive Director

    Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy

    1055 N Fairfax Street, Suite 205

    Alexandria, VA  22314

    800/765-7848 x7101

    Fax: 703-738-1606





    posted: March 15, 2018

    APTA Combined Section meeting was a huge success with over 17,000 attendees in New Orleans Louisiana. The Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy took the time to recognize many dedicated professionals on their contributions to the Academy at their annual membership meeting.


    2018 Award Recipients


    Congratulations to the 2018 APTA Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy who was dedicated to exemplary research in the area of aquatic therapy, this Award recognizes exceptional research that impacts Aquatic Physical Therapy.


    2018 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy 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 Academy of Aquatic Physical Therapy over the past 2 decades



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Current Volume: Winter 2017

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The Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy is the primary peer-reviewed, indexed resource for dissemination of research and scholarly work related to the field of aquatic therapy. With an emphasis on implications and applications for therapy practice, the journal promotes the integration of evidence into theory, education, research, and practice related to the field of aquatic therapy. The journal is dedicated to the development advancement of aquatic therapy through publication of research and scholarly work related, but not limited to, scientific bases, integration of theory into education, translation of clinically relevant knowledge, clinical application, and education of clinicians.

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Mary A. Amato, PT   |   Jasmine Al-Haik Andrews, PT   |   Jill C. Beals, SPT   |   Peter Mark Bloom, PT   |   Allison Clark, PT   |   Cristin Cotter, SPT   |   Laura Kate Morse Covey, PT, DPT   |   David L Cross, PT, EdD, CRC, CRT   |   Molly Jane Dalton, SPTA   |   Robert A. Davies, PT   |   Terra Davis, PTA   |   Jean Drukker Davis, PT   |   Ella Kaitlin Dodi-Monk, PT, DPT, CEEAA   |   Rachel G. Dunbar, PT   |   Jill Marie Fenimore, PT, CSPHP   |   Michael J. Fiore, PT   |   Lydia Fortner, SPTA   |   Richard Fortune, PTA   |   Sharyn Frederick, PTA   |   Lillian Rebecca Green, PT, DPT, CEIM   |   Jill Hamming, PTA   |   Jason Hardin, SPT   |   Hannah Hayden, SPT   |   Nicholas Bryant Heimrich, PTA   |   Candace Higgins, PTA   |   Elizabeth Jean Hinton, PT   |   Travis L. Hite, SPTA   |   Teresa Marie Hoff, PT, DPT   |   Dominic Arthur Irwin, PT   |   Eddy Milena Jaimes Ayala, PT   |   Tami Newhouse Johnson, PTA   |   Abby Nicole Johnson, PTA   |   Samantha Odessa Johnson, ATC   |   Traci L. Kennedy, PT, DPT   |   Pamela Ann Kerns, SPTA   |   Kyle M. Klein, SPT   |   Christopher Kottwitz, PT   |   Kaylee Kuzma, SPT   |   Krysti Leach, PTA   |   Allison Elizabeth Lehmann, PT   |   Danielle N. Long, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT   |   Terri Wishon Mabe, PTA   |   Diane Elizabeth Muenchow, PT   |   Erin Musgrave, PT, DPT   |   Mark Anthony Netzinger, PT   |   Kavita Patel, PTA   |   David Regan, PT   |   Wendy J. Reioux, PTA   |   Deborah B. Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd   |   Christopher Brent Ritter, PT   |   Therese M. Romero, PTA   |   Kevin Michael Sheehan, PT   |   Katherine Joanne Skeen, PT   |   Craig Patrick Spears, PTA   |   Andrea O. Stadnik, PT   |   Jeffrey Alan Tanner, PT   |   Joshua Thorington, PT, DPT   |   Thomas Michael Welsh, PT   |   Jennifer Anne Whitesel, PTA   |   Amanda Kay Wright, PT, DPT   |   Mark John Fernando Yaco, PT, DPT   |   Kevin Zieran, PTA

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