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Member Spotlight on Maureen Becker, PT, DHSc

Tuesday, August 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

 

 

Maureen Becker, PT, DHSc


York College

Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs

 


 

 

August 2018

In reading Maureen's profile you'll learn that she is passionate about EDUCATION, whether it's in an academic setting, mentoring students and/or faculty which are equally important, clinically, with patients and their families and last but not least, as a parent.   Through DNA testing Maureen found out she’s an “environmental Italian” with hundreds of cousins, and who’s “cousin in law” is Carroll Spinney (AKA Big Bird).

  

Take a few minutes and get to know this month's member spotlight with us! Enjoy the Q&A with Maureen below.


How long have you been a member of the NYPTA?  What is your best experience thus far?

 

I have been a member for 36 years.

 

 My best experience thus far has been the feeling of “belonging” … I have been an active member on all levels (state, local and national), just remember, if you do a good job sometimes it becomes difficult to get out of the position (i.e. 1993 -1999 New York State (PAC) – Political Action Committee – Chairperson, 1996 to 1999 National Board of Trustees of Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (PT-PAC) *Chairperson (July 1998-July 1999)).

 

Tell us a little about your background, and how your path led you to where you are in your career today?  What's your favorite moment of your career so far?

 

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, the older of 2, and the first and only member of my immediate family to go to College.  I was originally Pre-med in college when I began to contemplate …the years and cost of schooling ahead of me, when someone suggested a career in Physical Therapy because I was an athlete and loved sciences and people.  I started my career in the hospital (at which I rotated through acute and rehab) and to this day I believe that is where all therapists should start.  Next was private practice, home care, consultant (an ergonomic consultant) and like most Physical Therapists many of these roles were at the same time.  I usually have had 2 jobs all the time, I think that is because my work, does not feel like work, it is a passion, a love.  I did start this story by saying I was the older of 2, well 59 years later, I just found out, on my “birth mother’s “ side, I am the youngest of 6 and on my “birth father’s” side, I am the oldest of 3, makes you wonder about birth order.  So I believe the universe has presented my path to me over time and I am where I am supposed to be when the time is right.  Next week I am leaving the College of Staten Island where I have been for the past 25 years, initially I was one of two who started the Physical Therapy program in 1992, served as the DCE for 22 years and then became the Interim Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences (2013-2017) to now become the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs at York College (also part of CUNY).

 

My favorite career moment(s) have been meeting and in some cases working with distinguished individuals in and out the PT profession, such as: Florence Kendall, Stanley Hoppenfeld, Marilyn Moffat, Stanley Paris and Arthur Nelson. 

 

What are some of the key opportunities and challenges facing the physical therapy profession?

 

Key Opportunities:

  • Job variety …I have been a clinician, private practice owner,Hospital administrator (Director of Physical Therapy, an academician (and within this category, a faculty member, Director of Clinical Education (DCE) and the Interim Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences @ the College of Staten Island) and a consultant.
  • To enhance your job variety and promotion ability, respect the value of, and think about obtaining a PhD.

Challenges:

  • Clinical Education (variety and number of available clinical placements)
  • Reimbursement for services rendered

What advice would you give NYPTA members who are new to the profession?

 

Be open and flexible to new “avenues” within the Physical Therapy profession because there is as much to do and be within the PT profession.  My next piece of advice is paramount, support your profession financially, be an active member on the local, state and national levels and try to attend one major APTA conference a year.  My favorite is CSM.

 

What is a favorite tip you have that you could share with others in our industry?

 

Networking … no matter where you work, carry at least 10 business cards with you every day,  And of course, hopefully go home with zero at the end of the day.  Then start all over tomorrow.

 

What are you passionate about?

 

I am passionate about EDUCATION, whether it's in an academic setting, mentoring students and/or faculty which is equally important, clinically, with patients and their families and last but not least, as a parent.  As a clinician, I feel my role falls into 3 categories: patient educator, patient advocate, and of course, treatment intervention. The more I know, the better I can help others (patients, students, families and colleagues. “We” all are adult learners and the process is continuous and ongoing (only ends, when we do).

 

What else would you like your fellow NYPTA members to know about you?

 

Hmmmm … I did share already in Question 2; however, I will elaborate a little more.  After getting my DNA results earlier this year, I found out that I am an “environmental Italian”.  And at the time I had 241 first to fourth cousins, now it is up to 297.  One of my brothers played for the NY Yankees and my “cousin in law” is Carroll Spinney (AKA “Big Bird).  I am part of the “sandwich generation” as my twins leave for College, I have to keep reminding everyone that I do not think I will be a lonely empty nester, I still have both my parents and 2 cats to take care of.

 

What is your favorite app or social media outlet?

 

My preferred mode of communication when not able to be face to face is by phone.  I am technology simple.

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

 

Just having FUN …whether it be with friends & family in a Room Escape, as a vacationer on a “City Slicker” trip or swimming with the dolphins … my mantra is “work hard, play hard” and yes, I was saying that before Reebok.

 


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