Member Recognition

FOUNDATION AWARDS:

To donate to the Foundation, apply for apply, please visit the Foundation page.  

There you'll also find detailed information on each award and past recipients. 


WAYNE PERDUE FELLOW

The Wayne Perdue Fellow has been established as a memorial to Wayne as well as to recognize those members who have exhibited exceptional support to the Nebraska Foundation for Physical Therapy. The Foundation has grown greatly because of this support and recognizing those responsible is indeed most appropriate. The Foundation wishes to extend its appreciation for all the past and future support.

Wayne Perdue Award Recipients


Mark Sunderman presented Terry Grindstaff with the Wayne Perdue Fellow award at the 2019 NPTA Conference.

2019 Wayne Purdue Fellow Awards 

Terry Grindstaff     l    Joe Pittman

Bronze Awards

Kim Marlatt    l    Jan Meyer    l    Joe & Joan Norman


GEORGE BLANTON RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM

The Nebraska Foundation for Physical Therapy Board of Directors has allocated up to $5,000 per project for research by physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students in physical therapy. Criteria for selecting recipients and priorities for awarding of funds are established by the Foundation Board of Directors.  The Research Advisory Committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

Recipients:

  • Julie Peterson, PT, DPT, WCS
  • Terry Grindstaff, PT, PhD, ATC, SCS
  • Shana Harrington, PT, PhD, MTC, SCS
  • Greg Karst, PT, PhD
  • Kathy Volkman, PT, MS, NCS
  • Heather Knight, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS

NEBRASKA FOUNDATION FOR PT SCIENTIFIC DISSEMINATION AWARD

The Nebraska Foundation Scientific Dissemination Award was created in 2013 by members of the Nebraska Foundation for Physical Therapy Board to support members who plan to present their original research at a regional, national, or international professional meeting. The maximum award per application is $1500, and the application cycle is on a rolling basis. 

Recipients:

  • Sam Morton, Creighton University
  • Jessica Niski, Creighton University
  • Kristen Topliff, UNMC  
  • Gib Willett, UNMC
  • Terry Grindstaff, Creighton University
  • Betsy Becker, UNMC
  • Marisa Johnson and Taylor Majerus, UNMC
  • Marcus Palimenio, Creighton University
  • Haley Hansen, UNMC
  • Sonya Irons, Madonna Rehab Hospital
  • Macy Kimminau, Creighton University
  • Lauren Bauer and Marissa Gradoz, Creighton University
  • Mollie Hope, Madonna Rehab Hospital
  • Kelly Nelson, Creighton University
  • Keriann Shaw, UNMC
  • Kimberly Beran-Shepler, DPT, OCS, Creighton University
  • Allison White, SPT, Creighton University
  • Lauren Bauer and Marissa Gradoz, Creighton University
  • Stacy Wong, Creighton University
  • Tony Rost and Mitchell Thompson, UNMC
  • Mark Bertch, Regis University


Mark Bertch, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS presents his poster

“Management of an Inversion Ankle Sprian: A Case Report Incorporating External Evidence into Clinical Reasoning”

at the 2018 American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Annual Conference.

NPTA AWARDS:

To nominate a PT professional for one of these association awards, please complete and submit this nomination form. For detailed information on each award, eleigibility, and voiting, please visit the Nominating Committee page

CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD – PT

The recipient shall be a current member of NPTA and a physical therapist who is well respected by his/her peers and:

  1. Active in district or state activities,

  2. Demonstrates contribution to physical therapy in one or more of the following areas: education, management, patient care, or research.

Vicky McHugh, PT, DPT received the PT Clinical Excellence Award at the 2019 NPTA Conference.


CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD – PTA

The recipient shall be a current NPTA member and a physical therapist assistant who is well respected by his/her peers and:

  1. Active in district or state activities,
  2. Demonstrates contribution to physical therapy in one or more of the following areas: education, management, patient care, or research.

Nicole Leif, PTA received the PT Clinical Excellence Award at the 2019 NPTA Conference. 


ACHIEVEMENT IN EDUCATION AWARD

The recipient shall be a current member of NPTA and not a current member of the Executive Committee. The recipient’s achievement in education, practice, research and service to NPTA is widely known by the general membership or attested to by other NPTA members in leadership positions. The recipient shall be one who has made a valuable service contribution to physical therapy and to NPTA by developing quality education experiences that improve the profession of physical therapy through specific areas.


Heather Knight, PT, DPT, NCS, CBIS, received the Achievement in Education Award at the 2019 NPTA Confernece.


FRIEND OF PHYSICAL THERAPY AWARD

The aim of this award is to recognize individuals who have given of themselves for the betterment of the physical therapy profession. The individual is not a currently practicing physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.


Daryl Kucera received the Friend of Physical Therapy Award at the 2019 NPTA Conference.

Daryl is picture with NPTA President, Grace Knott (left) and NPTA Vice President, Nicole Sleddens (right).


MARY ELLEN SACKSTEDER AWARD

Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Physical Therapy. Nominees must be persons who have engaged in the practice of physical therapy for at least ten (10) years, five (5) of which have been in the State of Nebraska. Nominees must be members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Nebraska Chapter. The personal resume of each nominee must present substantial evidence of major contributions in at least five of ten areas of professional practice, service and other achievements.

Julie Peterson, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD received the Mary Ellen Sacksteder Award.

She is pictured with NPTA President Grace Knott (left) and NPTA Vice President Nikki Sleddens (right).