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  • Oregon Log A Thank You to All Members .....2

    The Ethics of Belonging: Avoiding the Temptation of Becoming a Professional Freeloader .................3

    Competencies for PT’s in Early Intervention Conference ..............7

    Government Affairs Committee Report ...........................................9

    Senate Bill 329: Health Care Reform in Oregon: an Update .................10

    Emerging Leader Award Recipient: Anne Carlin Ripley, PT .............16

    OPTA 2009 Conference .............19

    Oregon Physical Therapy Association

    What’s Inside

    A Component of the American Physical Therapy Association • September/October 2008

    October 18, 2008 Fall Workshop and Business

    Meeting Portland, OR

    March 13-15, 2009 Annual Conference Portland, OR

    All course listings are on our website:

    * All listings are subject to change

    OPTA Continuing Education Calendar

    President’s Message By Karen Walz, PT, MA, OCS, FAAOMPT

    Physical Therapy Month - It’s All About Movement

    It is that time of year again, National Physical Therapy Month, and its focus this year is on PTs and PTAs as the experts in movement. Our work is HELPING TO MOVE PEOPLE FORWARD in their wellness, injury prevention, management and recovery. Please share with us your success stories on how you creatively educated your community about who you are and what you do. We will compile a synopsis in the next Log to share with our physical therapy colleagues in Oregon.

    October is also national Breast Cancer Awareness month. OPTA is sponsoring a Race for the Cure booth again this year representing you, our members, at this well publicized and attended event in Portland. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who have planned for this and are taking time to staff the event and a special thank you to the public relations committee for their organization and staffing of the booth events – WAY TO GO!

    Current research suggests the benefits of our role in helping to manage cancer pain and recovery efforts. A randomized controlled study comparing an aerobic exercise, resistance training group, and “usual care” (no standardized exercise program) outcomes were assessed for breast cancer chemotherapy patients. Of note were improved quality of life measures in both treatment groups, less anxiety in the aerobic training group and higher self esteem in resistance training group. These self esteem improvements were maintained in the resistance training group and overall functional outcomes improved with the aerobic and exercise groups when initiated during chemotherapy and maintained at 6 months follow up.1

    Primary fatigue is a common complication of various cancer treatments and PT has been shown to significantly reduce this with a PT-guided aerobic program of walking, progressing training intensity over 6 week period where week 6 involved a continuous walking tolerance of 30-35 minutes without a need for rest.2

    In chronic pain cases (mean 3.3 years) for cancer survivors, pain management was significantly improved with a standardized program of education, relaxation, functional exercise instruction, and average age of 53 years old.3

    Finally, in the June editorial section of Journal of Clinical Oncology, the author suggests that PT professionals have a significant role to play in

    Continued on page 2

  • Page 2 - September/October 2008 OPTA OREGON LOG

    OPTA Board President Karen Walz, PT, MA, OCS, FAAOMPT Redmond, OR 541.923.7494 [email protected]

    President Elect Susan Bamberger, PT 503.292.5882 [email protected]

    Past-President Joyce Wheeler, PT Vancouver, WA 800.321.7862 [email protected]

    Vice President Chris Murphy, PT Portland, OR 503.215.1675 [email protected]

    Secretary Andrea Hughbanks, PT, DPT Portland, OR 503.224.1947 [email protected]

    Treasurer Jerry Cain, MPT Portland, OR 503.215.3078 [email protected]

    Board Members at Large Dylan Hogan, PT, DPT - Member At Large #1

    Portland, OR 503.215.0299 [email protected]

    Jeffrey Cox, PT - Member At Large #2 Oregon City, OR 503.216.5410 [email protected]

    Emily Lighthipe, PT, DPT - Member at Large #3 Portland, OR 503.522.1359 [email protected]

    Stacey Cochran-Comstock, PT, DPT - Chief Delegate Portland, OR 503.233.3163 [email protected]

    Stacy Mosbrucker, PTA - PTA Representative Corvallis, OR 541.768.5110 [email protected]

    Committee Chairs Ricci Susick, MPT - Government Affairs

    Portland, OR 503.215.6202 [email protected]

    Anne Carlin Ripley, PT - Nominating Portland, OR 503.336.3065 [email protected]

    Dode Jackson PT - Continuing Education Vancouver, WA 800.321.7862 ext. 738 [email protected]

    Carol Schunk, PT - Ethics Bend, OR 541.480.8221 [email protected]

    Heather Goodell, PT - Public Relations Portland, OR 503.292.5882 [email protected]

    OPTA Office: 503.262.9247 Toll Free: 877.452.4919 E-mail: [email protected]

    A Thank You to All Members By Jeff Cox, PT, Member at Large #2

    As this issue will be distributed during October, National Physical Therapy Month, I thought it would be a good time to thank all the members of the OPTA. You have been very busy lately advocating and promoting the profession of physical therapy.

    It was you, the members, who helped to encourage Congress to override President Bush’s veto and enact HR 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. This important legislation restores the exceptions process for the Medicare therapy cap and prevents cuts to Medicare payments to physical therapists and other providers. Members of the APTA and OPTA sent over 12,000 emails to legislators letting them know the impact this legislation would have on our profession and the patients and clients we serve.

    Advocacy by you the members also helped to lead to the signing of HR 4137 by President Bush. The Higher Education Opportunity Act, which enables physical therapy professionals who practice with children, adolescents, or veterans to apply and compete for student loan repayment up to $2,000 per year for up to 5 years.

    Efforts of the OPTA and you, its members, have also helped to protect the ability of physical therapists to perform high velocity low amplitude spinal manipulation as HB 2701 and SB 357 did not pass.

    As was mentioned in the July/August 2008 issue, the OPTA was nationally recognized by the APTA for outstanding achievements in membership initiatives and public relations, none of which could have been achieved without you the members.

    So thank you for your membership. As 2008 is rapidly coming to an end soon, I look forward to the many challenges that face our profession and association, as you the members continue to support our efforts.

    maximizing inpatient and outpatient care as patients don’t typically prioritize rehab when battling cancer. We all know however, that it’s much easier to address impairments early on and it is our job to advocate for our patients in this way.4

    Footnotes 1. Courneya, KS et al. Cancer

    Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2007; 16(12); 2572-2578

    2. Dimeo, F et al Med Sci Sports Exerc 1998; 30(4): 475-478

    3. Robb, KA, et al J. Pain 2006; 7(2): 82-90

    4. Mary M. Vargo: The Oncology-Rehabilitation Interface: Better Systems Needed. J Clin Oncol 26:2610-2611, 2008

    President’s Message, continued from page 1

    Employment Opportunities?

    Check out OPTA's website for employment postings at www. From the home page click on Job Postings and then review the opportunities that are posted.

    If you have a job listing that you would like posted, please visit the OPTA website at www. Job posting rates are $100 for a 30 day posting. All job postings must be done online. Take advantage of this great opportunity to market your position!

  • OPTA OREGON LOG Page 3 - September/October


    Introduction: The focus of this article is the ethics of belonging to a professional organization. The LOG is the official publication of the OPTA so it is assumed that those reading are members and may think this does not apply. However this is an important topic for everyone. As professionals we have the obligation to encourage others to understand the importance of participating, belonging and supporting the profession. I encourage members to pass this article on to colleagues to read or initiate a discussion so all therapists and assistants recognize the Ethics of Belonging. -C.S.

    A question that can be posed when considering physical therapy as a profession is whether or not physical therapists have an obligation to belong to their professional

    organization. Swisher and Page in their work on professionalism in physical therapy present an idea based on the work of Merton. Merton discussed the concept that practitioners who do not belong to their professional organization typically receive benefit from the work of those organizations. He names those who do not contribute as “freeloaders” much as those who avoid paying taxes benefit from the taxes of those who do pay. In Oregon 27% of the practicing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants belong to the Association. That means that 73% are passively benefiting from the work done by others.

    One can imagine two levels of professional freeloaders: those who d