Based in Roswell, New Mexico.
My personal vision as a leader within APTA Pelvic Health is to educate and advocate for pelvic health physical therapy. Education of consumers concerning pelvic health PT assists them in making informed healthcare decisions. We shouldn’t be the last choice after everything else fails, as is often the case, especially in rural areas like where I practice. Advocacy with legislators and payers is important in reimbursement for the evidence-based care we provide.
I am running for a 2nd term as Director of Practice to continue working on several initiatives in addition to some new ones. The CPG Steering Committee is energized in helping lead the current CPGs to completion while considering ideas for new CPGs. The Pessary Task Force is studying legislation, payment, and educational needs to develop a proposal for PTs in the US to provide this valuable service. In 2020, I led the updates of two Position Statements – Position Statement on Internal Physical Therapy Pelvic Examinations and Interventions and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) Education Statement and plan on updating or developing new Position Statements based on member feedback. I also look forward to continuing to represent the BOD on the Finance Committee if needed.
My current goals include, but are not limited to:
- Develop a Position Statement – Use of Chaperones During Physical Therapy Pelvic Floor Exams.
- Update the list of functional outcome tools currently on the website
- Develop a Position Statement on biofeedback based on CMS guidelines that supports use and clarifies documentation and billing.
- Educate members in advocacy of pelvic health issues with state and federal legislators and payers.
- Continue to advocate for APHPT pelvic health PT in APTA groups including Practice Chairs, Payment Chairs, Federal Affairs, COVID-19 Task Force, and House of Delegates
- Advocate for the APTA Pelvic Health Board to add pillar “Practice/Professional Advocacy” to the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan
- A.T. Still University- tDPT, 2015
- University of Texas Medical Branch -Galveston. B.S. P.T. 1981
- Texas A&M University, Pre-Med, 1976-1979
- Director of Rehab Services – Eastern New Mexico Medical Center
- Outpatient pelvic PT practice – men, women, children
Awards and Accomplishments
- APTA Pelvic Health 2021 President’s Award as member of the Finance Committee
- NMAPTA -Physical Therapist of the Year – 2005, 2018
- Eastern New Mexico Medical Center Clinical Director of the Year – 2015
- ENMMC GENESIS “Excellence” CEO Award – 2003
- Women’s “Colorado Young Career Woman” finalist for SE Region –1993
- NMAPTA Insurance Forum – 2015, 2017
- NMAPTA Fall 2011 Conference Speaker – “Reimbursement and Documentation”
- NMAPTA Spring 2010 Conference Speaker – “Coding, Compliance, and Billing”
- University of New Mexico Physical Therapy Program – Inaugural Speaker for entry-level Doctor of PT –09/09
- University of New Mexico Physical Therapy Program – Commencement Speaker – 05/09
Involvement at the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
- APHPT Director of Practice – 2019-2022
- APHPT Finance Committee – 2019-2021
- Delegate to APTA House of Delegates – 2021
- SOWH NM State Representative
- CSM Volunteer
Involvement at the American Physical Therapy Association and chapter(s)
- New Mexico Physical Therapy Association (NMAPTA) – 1996-current
- NMAPTA Payment/Policy Chair – 2005-current
- NMAPTA FAL – current
- NMAPTA President – 2005-2009
- NMAPTA Legislative Chair – 2003-2005.
- NMAPTA Liaison to New Mexico Physical Therapy Licensing Board – 2009-2012
- NMAPTA Key Contact – District 2 – current
- Member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) – 1979-present
- Member of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
- Member of the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
- Member of Health Policy and Administration
- Member of the Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy