2020 Elections Candidate

SSIG Director (2021-2022)
Positions Available: 4

Amanda Clarke, SPT

Whippany, NJ

Personal Statement

“My personal vision is that I believe that physical therapy has the potential to make a positive impact in people’s lives through exercise and education. It is our role to provide our patients with the tools for success so that they can be empowered to lead a healthy lifestyle.

I would lead the SIG by increasing access to pelvic health resources and education. From my experience as a student, I understand tools that can help other students and clinicians to learn more about this sector, and I look forward to fostering an environment where people are comfortable talking about pelvic health. Also, I am particularly interested in advocating for pelvic health education. I am hardworking, motivated and a team player. These are desirable traits for a leadership position so that we can work as a team to achieve our end goals.

I feel that the SIG is moving toward the goal of increasing accessibility to educational resources which can help practicing clinicians and students who want to get involved. I also see that the SIG is providing more platforms for people to talk about pelvic health and network with other professionals. I believe that the combination of these resources will lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the profession.

My career aspirations are to achieve my Board-Certified Women's Health Clinical Specialist and work in an outpatient clinic in order to best treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. I am also passionate about advocating for physical therapy and want to get involved in that section of the APTA as well. I am using my time as a student to take courses through the APTA Pelvic Health  to gain additional insight. I am currently registered for a Pelvic Floor Level 1 course in July and taking classes to become a certified yoga instructor. My goal is to incorporate knowledge of the benefits of yoga into my practice as a pelvic floor physical therapist. I am currently the Fundraising chair of my DPT class and am a part of the Faculty Development/Support Task Force at TJU to help strengthen faculty/student relationships during online teaching with COVID. I am a part-time tutor for the 1st and 2nd year SPTs in my program at TJU.”

Education

  • B.S. in Exercise Science from University of Delaware 2018;
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Class of 2020

Certifications

  •  Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 (course completion anticipated by July 12, 2020)

Industry Involvement & Accomplishments

  • University of Delaware: Dean’s list, Honors Program, General Honors Award
  • Contributed as a writer to research study “Comparison of Inertial and Magnetic Sensors and
    Electromagnetic Tracking System for Measurement of Scapulothoracic Kinematics” which was conducted at Thomas Jefferson University.
  • As a 3rd year SPT, I have recently joined the Academy to further my knowledge and involvement in the
    pelvic health section. Thus far, I have attended multiple online webinars and have plans to take my Pelvic Floor Level 1 course on July 11, 2020.
  • APTA member for 1 year; Member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey chapter and the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, Research and Acute Care sections. I attended CSM in 2020.
  • My peers and I sent an advocacy letter to our state/federal legislators regarding the opioid crisis and physical therapy in May 2020. I have downloaded the APTA action app and followed APTA on social media to further get involved with advocacy in our profession.
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