PT 2010 New York Chapter Award Winners
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PT 2011 New York Chapter Award Winners

Avers and Palgiaruo win the Lucy Blair Award

Dale Avers  Michael Pagliarulo

Dale Avers and Michael Pagliarulo won the Lucy Blair Award.  To win this award, you must have made an exceptional contribution to APTA and or NYPTA.  A framed certificate of recognition and the Lucy Blair Service Award pin will be presented to the Dale and Michael by APTA's Board of Directors at APTAs annual conference to be held in National Harbor, MD on June 7 - 8, 2011.  Congratulations to these two amazing people!

Mary McMillian Scholorship Award

Jacob McPhersonJake McPherson has has won the Mary McMillan Scholarship Award.  The intent of the award is to recognize those students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution. Awards are made on a competitive basis. Recipients will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: superior scholastic performance, past productivity, evidence of potential contribution to physical therapy and service to the American Physical Therapy Association.


PT 2010 New York Chapter Award Winners

Vanbeveren receives the Henry O. and Florence P Kendal Practice Award

Patrick VanBeverenCongratulations to NY physical therapist, Patrick VanBeveren ,who received the prestigious Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award at the APTA Honors and Awards Ceremony on June 19, 2010. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding and enduring contributions to the  practice of physical therapy as exemplified in the professional careers of Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall.

Pat has had a profound impact on his patients and on the PT profession as a whole, particularly in the professional development of local and national physical therapists and the negotiation of direct access in NY State. He has co-authored home study and textbook Chapters as well as taught in higher education and owned his own practice. A member of the APTA since 1973 he has served our profession in many arenas including as a Past President of NYPTA. 

SUNY Upstate Places Third in the Marquette Challenge

Each year, for the past 21 years, students at PT and PTA schools across the country have made an impact on physical therapy research by supporting the Foundation for Physical Therapy through the Marquette Challenge. Congratulations to the Students from SUNY Upstate who placed third in the Miami-Marquette Challenge,  who raised over $18,000 for the Foundation of Physical Therapy to advance PT research.

 Robert Richards receives the 2010 APTA Mary McMillan Scholarship Award

Submitted by Patricia J Ohtake, PT, PhD

Robert RichardsThe Physical Therapy Program at the University at Buffalo is pleased to announce that Robert A Richards, Class of 2010, is the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association Mary McMillan Scholarship Award. This prestigious national scholarship recognizes students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contributions. Rob Richards is an individual with exceptional academic and leadership qualities. Graduating first in his DPT class, Rob has been nominated to five honor societies and has received numerous scholarships, academic awards, service awards, and leadership awards attesting to his energetic dedication and commitment to the profession and local community. This is the first Mary McMillan Scholarship Award for a UB physical therapy student and for the Western District.



James Dunleavy, PT, MSThe purpose of the Acute Care Section Lecture Award is to acknowledge and honor a member of the Acute Care Section-APTA for excellence and leadership in acute care physical therapy practice and for distinguished contributions to the Section; to provide the recipient with an opportunity to share his/her achievements and ideas with the Section membership through a lecture presented at the annual Combined Sections Meeting; and to provide a touchstone for the profession in assessing the role and value of acute care physical therapy

The recipient shall be:

  1. a current member of the Acute Care Section-APTA.

  2. one who has demonstrated excellence, expertise and leadership in the areas of patient care, administration, education, or research relating to acute care physical therapy.

  3. one who has demonstrated contributions to the Section and the Association.

The inaugural lecture will be given at CSM 2011 in New Orleans. The inaugural lecturer is an individual who was instrumental in the development of the Acute Care Section. As founder and first president of the Section, as well as the namesake of the Section’s Distinguished Service Award, he is uniquely suited for the Lecture Award. He was one of the first physical therapists to stand up and ensure that acute care practice was recognized and had a seat at the larger table of physical therapy practice. His tenure on the APTA Board of Directors continued to put acute care practice on the radar of both the national association and its leaders. It is likely that without his leadership at both the Section and APTA level, acute care practice and the Section would not be where they are today.

In creating the Acute Care Section, he has given a voice to a large percentage of our professional members who understand quite clearly that this type of clinical practice requires the highest level of application of both foundational sciences and clinical decision-making skills. The creation of this section, and his early leadership in bringing it along, have given rise to a whole legion of professionals who continue to carry this message forward through written words, actions, and deeds.

He has been a pillar of the broader APTA community through his work at the local, state, and national levels. He has been twice elected to the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association, he has served in multiple elected positions within the New York State Chapter where he is currently the President, and he consistently provides support to local district activities. This service has spanned decades.He has been a spokesperson for acute care physical therapy to wider audiences, and has championed our efforts to communicate the high level of clinical decision-making both within our own profession and to the greater medical community.

It is with great excitement, honor, and pleasure that the Acute Care Section announces that the first recipient of the Section’s new Lecture Award is James M. Dunleavy, PT, MS.

posted May 24, 2010


Marilyn Moffat, Pt, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, CEEAA The Section on Geriatrics is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Joan M. Mills Award is Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, CEEAA.

This award, established in 1980 in Honor of the Section on Geriatric's first President Joan M. Mills, is presented to a Section on Geriatrics member who has given outstanding service to the section. As the Section's first president, Joan Mills had the vision, determination, and dedication to unite geriatric physical therapists in their commitment to excellence in physical therapy delivery to older adults. Her years of leadership and participation have led to the growth and development of the Section, as well as to the growth and development of new leaders to continue promoting the mission of the Section. The intent of this award is to recognize a member who has followed in Joan M. Mills' footsteps, generously contributing his/her time, talents, and efforts to the development of the Section on Geriatrics.

This award was announced and presented to Marilyn during the Section on Geriatrics General Membership meeting at CSM 2010!

We hope you will join us in congratulating Marilyn and share this wonderful accomplishment with your colleagues in New York!

posted May 24, 2010

Birnbaum Receives Sharing in Mission Award

By: Angelique Chielli

Photo Credit:  Ryan BrenizerOn Wednesday, April 28, 2010, Cabrini of Westchester celebrated the achievements of its own Director of Rehabilitation, Kathleen Birnbaum at the 12th Annual Sharing in Mission Dinner at Tappan Hill Estates in Tarrytown, NY. The honorees were chosen for their dedication to Cabrini of Westchester’s mission which calls on individuals to be leaders, educators, advocates and sponsors of quality services to those in need of care and compassion. Proceeds raised will support the various programs and services of Cabrini of Westchester.

Ms. Birnbaum has been making a difference in the lives of residents and patients at Cabrini of Westchester for almost 30 years. Starting as a student intern at Cabrini of Westchester, the Glenmont, N.Y. native graduated from Ithaca College in 1978 with her Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy and began working at Cabrini as a Physical Therapist in 1981. After the birth of her three children, she returned from maternity leave in 1991, working part time in the rehab department. Her commitment to providing high quality care led her to be promoted to senior physical therapist and in 1996, Director of Physical Therapy.

“Kathy Birnbaum is the foundation of the Rehabilitation Department,” said Barbara Gaughan, Administrator and Vice President of Operations at Cabrini of Westchester. “Kathy brings the reference of a “go to” person to a whole new level. She is a born leader, educator, and mentor. Beyond directing the Rehabilitation Department, she serves as an invaluable resource to families, staff and volunteers alike.”

Ms. Birnbaum sits on the Board of Directors of the New York Physical Therapy Association and in 2006, received the association’s Outstanding Service to District Award.

When she isn’t helping patients achieve their rehabilitation goals, Ms. Birnbaum, an Ardsley resident, enjoys spending time with her husband Ken and her children Diana, 26, Ryan, 24, and Greg, 22 and stepchildren Michael, 27 and David, 21.

posted May 24, 2010

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