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Member Spotlight on Rebecca Kalb, PT, DPT SCS

Wednesday, July 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Rebecca Kalb, PT, DPT, SCS

Kessler Rehabilitation Center, Center Manager








July 2017


Read about longtime member Rebecca Kalb's involvement in the association - from her student membership at Ithaca College, to serving as the District Chair and member of the Board of Directors. Rebecca was a recent recipient of the Emerging Leader Award, and deserves many congratulations on her career accomplishments!


Congratulations on your recent accomplishment as the recipient of the NY Emerging Leader Award! Can you tell us a little about your experience in your various leadership roles during your time at the NYPTA?


Thank you, it is an honor to be chosen for this award. I have been an APTA member since I was in PT program at Ithaca College.  It was while I was a student at Ithaca that I exposed me to the APTA and the value of being a member was established. I remember being in one of the intro classes and doing a mock delegate assembly which at the time planted a seed.  I first started to get involved after graduating Ithaca, I started attending local district meetings of the Greater New York district. The Greater New York district spent time mentoring me to prepare me for my roles. My first official role I served was a vice chair for the Greater NY district of NYPTA.  Vice chair allowed me to first see what the district does one a going basis to help serve the membership. The role of vice chair and the mentorship provided by the district leadership prepared my for the current roles. I am currently the district chair/ chapter director of the Greater New York district and a member of the program committee. I have also attended many delegate assemblies and served as a representative for NY at APTA house of deletes. Serving all of those roles has truly been a positive experience allowing me to give back to the profession. In addition specifically serving as a chapter director I have come to realize how much the NYPTA does for our profession.


Share with us a little about your background, any accomplishments you wish to note, and how your path lead you to where you are in your career today.


I started PT school not sure if I wanted to work with pediatric or the orthopedic population. During my first job I was lucky to have great mentorship from the owners of the practice and co-workers. At my first job there was a push for excellence and to be the best. The experience and the population I was treating allowed me to sit for the APTA sports clinical specialist exam.  Over the course of my first job I served in variety of roles, ending with supervisor. This roles helped prepare me for my current job working for Kessler Rehabilitation Center serving as center manager.


How long have you been an active member of the NYPTA? Can you tell us how membership in your professional association, as well as in leadership roles, has enhanced your career? 

I have been an active member since 2008. Serving in leadership roles at the district has enhanced my career in many ways. I have a resources to turn to for help that I would have never known. It had also allowed me to increase my ability and comfort with speaking to a crowd. Serving as district chair I have also learned how to make agenda, facilitate a meeting and manage a group of individuals with different tasks. All items that have helped to enhance my career. 


How is technology helping or changing your experience in the physical therapy industry? What is your favorite new technology or device?

Technology is for sure helping my experience in the industry. I remember at time            during my clinical affiliations that documentation was done only via paper. This lead to things not being legible. The ease of being able to read documentation to emailing a client their home exercise program makes daily practice more efficient. I would have to say my favorite new technology in general is PT specific applications for movement analysis. These apps can help us pick up things that we can overlook.

What is your favorite hobby or past time, and how have you incorporated that into your career if at all?


I enjoy running and skiing. I work with both of these populations within the clinical setting, allowing me to bring personal experience and understanding to more of what these athletes go through.


What advice would you give to a young professional, or a student of physical therapy as they embark on this career path?


Surround yourself with good role models. Both professional and getting involved with NYPTA I would not be where I am right now if it were not for the great leaders I learned from.


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