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Chapter News:

Draft Maine Chapter Bylaws - Please Review

To be voted on at Chapter Membership Meeting November 7, 2015

Maine Chapter Elections – Vote for Your Chapter's Leadership!  

Electronic ballots have been sent to all members who have an e-mail address on file with APTA; mail ballots will be sent to the rest. Voting ends November 1, 2015.

Vice President:

Matthew Somma, PT, DPT, CSCS - Click here for Candidate Statement 


Andrea Laskey, DPT - Click here for Candidate Statement  

PTA Caucus Rep

Philip Joseph, PTA - Click here for Candidate Statement 

Nominating Committee

Ajit A. Sankhe, PT, DPT, MS, BPTh, GCS - Click here for Candidate Statement 

District 3 Rep (Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Hancock, Washington, Penobscot, and Piscataquis counties)

Chad Howland, PT, DPT - Click here for Candidate Statement 

District 4 Rep (Aroostook County) 

Write-in candidates only

If you would be interested in running for a position next year, the following positions will be up for election in 2016: President, Secretary, Chief Delegate, District 1 Representative (York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc counties), District 2 Representative (Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, Kennebec, Androscoggin counties), and   Nominating Committee member. There is support and training for these positions, so don’t be intimidated - this is a great way to network and make a difference in your state!  Contact Executive Director Cindy Sliwa to request a job description.

APTA Maine Chapter Fall Conference: Saturday, November 7, 2015 - REGISTER TODAY!

Click here to register online with a credit card. To download a paper registration form (mail in payment by check), click here.   

Parker Pavilion, University of New England, Portland, ME (5.75 contact hours)  

Speakers: Gwen Simons, Esq, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Kelley Crawford, DPT, CCS; Dan Frey, DPT, CSCS


7:30 am – 8:00 am         Registration

8:00 am – 10:00 am       Payment Issues in Maine (Simons) Location: WCHP Lecture Hall 

10:00 am – 10:15 am     Break

10:15 am – Noon            Payment Issues in Maine (con’t) 

Noon - 1:30 pm              Annual MAPTA Membership Meeting (lunch provided)

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm         Breakout Sessions (choose 1 of 2):

Early Mobilization in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) (Crawford) Location: Blewett 6

Running with Less Risk for Injury (Frey) Location: WCHP Lecture Hall 

Session Descriptions/Objectives

Payment Issues in Maine

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand provider-payer contracts and out-of-network payment issues
  • Understand audits, recoupment of “overpayments,” and under what circumstances is the payer legally entitled to a refund
  • Appeal medical necessity and failure to obtain preauthorization denials
  • Understand workers’ compensation “networks” and the repricing problem

Early Mobilization in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the relevant literature to date on mobility in the ICU
  • List the risks/benefits of early mobility in the ICU
  • Discuss barriers and opportunities to mobilizing patients in the ICU

Running with Less Risk for Injury

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Provide an introduction as to why there are so many running-related injuries
  • Outline the underlying running mechanics that may influence chance of injury
  • Provide strategies to help patients run more efficiently with less risk of injury

Speaker Biographies

Kelley Crawford, DPT, CCS: (Level IV Clinician, Maine Medical Center and Adjunct Professor, University of New England) Kelley graduated from Simmons College with a DPT in 2003. She graduated from UNE in 2015 with a MS in Medical Education and Leadership. She currently practices at Maine Medical Center (11 years) and in the ICU (10 years). Kelley also attainted APTA specialization in the area of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary PT in 2012. She now teaches PT Management of Patients with Disorders of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory System at the University of New England.

Dan Frey, DPT, CSCS: (OA Centers for Orthopaedics) Dan received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England in 2008. Prior to attending UNE, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology with minors in Strength and Conditioning and Biology at the University of Delaware (UD). While at UD, Dan competed at the Division I level in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track and was the captain of each team during his final year of schooling. Dan has worked with a variety of patients, including recreational and professional athletes. As an avid runner, he specializes in gait analysis and running biomechanics. He has particular interest in assessing, rehabilitating, and training inefficient and injury prone runners. He also enjoys treating overuse injuries of the lower extremity and post-operative knees.

Gwen Simons, Esq, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT: Gwen practices health law at Simons & Associates Law in South Portland. She represents providers in contract negotiations and disputes with the commercial and workers’ compensation payers in Maine and is one of the many lawyers working with WhatleyKallas Law Firm to represent provider plaintiffs in the class action antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield that is currently in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (re:  Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation). Gwen is a Past President of the Maine and Kentucky chapters of APTA and served as Chair of the Maine Chapter’s Dry Needling Task Force.  She teaches Health Policy & Legislation for UNE’s t-DPT program and a Legal Issues course in the Evidence in Motion Executive Management/t-DPT program.  

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