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Special Interest Award Honorees Have Given Much To PT Profession

Monday, October 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Daniel Klim
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This year’s selection PT Special Interest Group (SIG) award recipients have given much to the physical therapy profession in New Jersey, but are also still working to shape its future.

Sharon Arditti (Women’s Health), Sandra Kaplan (Pediatrics) and Mary Jane “MJ” Myslinski (Home Health) and Ellen Macko (Geriatrics) are our four PT SIG award recipients who will receive their awards at the APTANJ Awards & Honors Program on Saturday evening, October 6 at the Ramada Plaza Conference Center in Monroe, NJ.  Their collective professional experience spans more than a century.

Sharon Arditti, PT is the Director of Women’s & Men’s Health at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health in Edison, NJ.  She specializes in the evaluation & treatment of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction for and has lectured regional on women’s & men’s pelvic health for several physical therapy doctoral programs.  Sharon has been a member of the APTANJ since 1978 and has been a participant in the APTANJ Women’s Health SIG since its inception.  She has been a state representative for the Section on Women’s Health for the APTA.

Sandra Kaplan, PT, DPT, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences at Rutgers University and serves as Vice-Chair for Curriculum and Accreditation.  Her interests include pediatric rehabilitation, evidence-based practice and knowledge translation, and clinical outcome measures.  Dr. Kaplan has been involved at the APTA national level training Clinical Practice Guideline writers and helped to develop the DPT Education Evidence-Based Practice Curriculum Guidelines. She is the lead author on the 2013 and 2018 Congenital Muscular Torticollis Clinical Practice Guidelines and has published numerous articles in notable scientific journals nationwide.

Mary Jane Myslinski, EdD, EdM, MA, PT is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s Doctoral Program of Physical Therapy and a practicing physical therapist at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Cystic Fibrosis Clinic in New Brunswick, NJ.  Dr. Myslinski’s academic and research interests are in the relationship between aerobic/anaerobic exercise and physiologic function in patients with disabilities or chronic disease. She has published numerous articles and presented nationally on these topics as well as authored book chapters and has focused her clinical practice in Home Health since 1978.  She finds the cases complicated and perfect for teaching!! She has over 40 years of clinical experience as a PT.  Dr. Myslinski is also a member of APTANJ’s programming approval committee.

Ellen Macko, PT graduated from Russell Sage-Albany Medical College in August, 1974. She left New Jersey to work in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a brief period of time, but found the great Garden State too difficult to say away from. Upon returning to NJ, Ellen practiced in adult rehabilitation, pediatrics including early intervention in Oklahoma and New Jersey. She gradually changed to focus full-time on Geriatric Rehabilitation and has served as staff therapist and Director of Rehab with Genesis Rehab for the past three years. Ellen has certifications in Exercise Expert for Aging Adult (from Academy for Geriatric Physical Therapy) and Functional Standards for Optimal Aging. She currently is member of the APTANJ Geriatric Special Interest Groups and served recently as Co-State Advocate for Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.


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