Chief Delegate

Chris Hinze, PT, DPT


Contact: cjhinze@gmail.com

Where are you from?
Traverse City. MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
I am a full-time clinician working primarily with older adults in an outpatient setting.

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I was inspired to serve as a delegate following the passage of the APTA vision statement “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience." This bold vision excited me and I wanted to be part of a group that was working to "transform society.”

Delegate

Michael Shoemaker, PT, DPT, PHD


Contact: shoemami@gvsu.edu

Where are you from?
Grand Rapids, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Cardiothoracic and Medical Critical Care, Assistant Professor, GVSU

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
Being a delegate is the ultimate experience in exercising the privileges of membership by having the opportunity to help direct the Association’s (and ultimately the profession’s) positions, policies, and priorities.

Delegate

Nichole “Niki” Chakur, PT, DPT, OCS


Contact: nfchakur@gmail.com

Where are you from?
Detroit, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Outpatient Orthopedics- Private Practice

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I have been involved with the MPTA/APTA since my first year as a PT student. As I graduated and explored other opportunities to be involved I knew I wanted to do something at a national level that allowed me to represent my fellow MPTA members as well as the profession. I’ve always been interested in policy and legislative affairs and how we could elevate our professions through these means. I felt that being a delegate was a perfect way for me to serve. After attending my first House of Delegates it had given me a whole new perspective and passion on the importance of our societal impact and vision.

Delegate

Brian Gilbert, MSPT, OCS, CERT MDT, CERT DN


Contact: gilbert76@gmail.com

Where are you from?
Grand Rapids, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Outpatient Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I joined the APTA HOD because I believe in serving our profession. I am just coming off 8 years serving our profession as a member of the Board of Physical Therapy and the last 4 of those as Chair of that Board. This was a good transition back to the Association side of our profession and I hope to serve in this arena well.

Delegate

Caroline Gwaltney, PT, DPT, CWS


Contact: gwalt1c@cmich.edu

Where are you from?
Houghton, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Outpatient & Inpatient Hospital Assistant Professor, Central Mich. Univ

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
As a clinician, I had studied healthcare policy to best understand the rules of our profession. The opportunity to become a delegate to the HOD was so exciting for me, and I have enjoyed every minute of the process. It is a true honor to be involved and to vote on policy that advances our profession!

Delegate

Sarah Patterson, PT, DPT, FAFS


Contact: ropers16@gmail.com

Where are you from?
Traverse City, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Private Practice Outpatient Orthopedics

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I wanted to be involved in the MPTA in order to make a difference and encourage more involvement in our professional association. As the Northern District Chair, I get the opportunity to serve as a delegate, which gives me the opportunity to be a voice for the association on current topics and to help lay the framework for the APTA viewpoints. Having a voice in this way keeps me informed about APTA view to help guide my practice and pushes me to think outside of my box and consider the impact of decisions reached at the house on all PT settings. I am grateful to be able to serve as a delegate!

Delegate

Crystal Gluch, PT, DPT


Contact: lambcr@mail.gvsu.edu

Where are you from?
Ann Arbor, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Acute Care, ICU, Subacute Rehab, Outpatient Cardiopulmonary

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I was blessed as a student to have the opportunity to sit in the gallery of the House and advocate on Capitol Hill with most of the Michigan Delegation at the time. I quickly recognized this is one of the most important things we do! It impacts all members of our profession, our patients and our future. It is not easy task to make decisions to represent us all but the organization, debate and collaboration within the House makes it work. The environment is one of kind, energizing and inspiring. As a delegate I consider my role in representing Michigan and guiding the direction and work of our Association an honor!

Delegate

Karin Crute, PT


Contact: Karin.crute@beaumont.org

Where are you from?
Pontiac, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Outpatient Orthopedics- Vestibular Rehabilitation; Home Health

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I have be actively involved in MPTA at the state level for several years, serving on committees and on the board of directors as Conference Director, Secretary and Communications Director. As a delegate to APTA, I am excited to be able impact our profession at a national level and to still be able to support the membership in Michigan. It’s an important task to help shape our profession at a local, state and national level. With all the changes happening in Healthcare, it’s important to be the ones to determine the direction we go rather than be told what direction we have to go in.

PTA Caucus Representative

Christian Elbert, PTA


Contact: elbertchristian23@gmail.com

Where are you from?
Ann Arbor, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Inpatient Rehabilitation

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
As a caucus rep, I've an inside view of how we work as an organization. I think it's important to reflect on how much this organization does behind the scenes. My job as the PTA Caucus Representative is to convey what is being done and to bring issues indicative to the PTA role to the Board of Directors of MPTA and to the PTA delegates at the national level.

Delegate

Cameron Williams, PT, DPT, MS


Contact: willi4ct@cmich.edu

Where are you from?
Houghton, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Orthopedics Currently: Site Coordinator, MTU Campus - CMU DPT program

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I was inspired to become a delegate dating back to my time in PT school. My professors were very influential, particularly Mary Jane Harris the program director. As a result, I became involved in the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) as a student. In 1989 I ran for and was elected Student representative of the IPTA to the 1989 House of Delegates. This experience continues to energize me to this day. I have served various roles at the district and state level and I have been either a delegate or chief delegate since the 1995 house. It is gratifying to serve the association and be part of shaping its direction. I am thankful to be able to serve and encourage anyone interested to get involved.

Delegate

Edo Zylestra, PT


Contact: edo.zylestra@gmail.com

Where are you from?
Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands Grew up in Bad Axe, MI Moved to CO for grad school (Regis University)

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Cash-based private practice and own and teach a functional dry needling company

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
Wanted to continue to be a part of the change that is necessary for our profession to realize the opportunity it has to impact each and every person that may need us.

Student Liaison

Abby Skallerud, SPT


Contact: abigail.skallerud@gmail.com

Where are you from?
Canton, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Wayne State University

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
Outpatient Orthopedics & Neuro Mix

Delegate

Susan Talley, PT, DPT, PhD


Contact: susantalley@umflint.edu

Where are you from?
I grew up in Detroit, live in Ferndale and work in Flint.

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Current PT Dept Director at U of M - Flint. My area of clinical practice is adult neuro and pediatrics. My research focuses on physical performance in community dwelling adults.

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I have been a delegate for about 30 years. The first time wasn't planned. I represented the Eastern District. I was subbing for Dave Perry who had been elected as Chief Delegate. So, I was an accidental delegate who got hooked. PTs don't work in a vacuum...its important to impact the profession to help move our personal practice and our profession forward. Being a delegate let's me be a part of the process.

Delegate

Katelyn Beam, PT, DPT


Contact: beamk@mail.gvsu.edu

Where are you from?

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Resident (Acute Care)

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I have wanted to be a delegate for Michigan since attending the APTA House of Delegates as a student. At the House, I was inspired by all the delegates who passionately served to progress our profession. I am thrilled to be able to serve my fellow physical therapy colleagues in Michigan and to be a voice for students and new professionals. The opportunity to collaborate with outstanding PTs and PTAs to guide the future of our profession and “transform society” is why I wanted to be a delegate.

Alternate Delegate

Lydia Lytle, PT, DPT


Contact: llytle@mtu.edu

Where are you from?
Hancock, MI

What Setting Do You Practice In?
Rural Outpatient- Chronic Pain & Addiction Management Instructor, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Michigan Technological University

What Inspired You to Become a Delegate?
I committed to advocate for Michigan physical therapists and the complex healthcare challenges facing Michigan populations. Factors such as rising childhood obesity, an aging population, difficulty with insurance rates and reimbursement, opioid reliance, and inconsistent access to healthcare are problems that can only be addressed by a strong group of physical therapists working in unison towards a common goal. I am honored to be a member of this team.

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