The Foundation for Physical Therapy based in Alexandria, Virginia welcomes three new members to their Board of Trustees: Dr. Laurence N. Benz, DPT, ECS, of Louisville, Kentucky; Col Charles “Chuck” Martin Jr, USAF-Ret, of Alexandria, Virginia; and Michael Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA, of Saint Louis, Missouri.
“The Foundation is excited to have these new Trustees contributing their time and effort to serving on the board. They will be a great asset to the Board, bringing expertise, passion for the profession and insight,” said Foundation Board of Trustees Chair William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT.
Members of the Board of Trustees work to promote the Foundation’s mission of funding physical therapy research, ensure sound financial management within the organization, and support Foundation-related projects and activities.
Dr. Laurence Benz is the President/CEO of PT Development LLC, a physical therapy consultation company based in Louisville, Kentucky. Benz frequently lectures at multiple DPT and MBA programs throughout the country, with expertise in private practice physical therapy, industrial medicine and marketing. He has served on the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Advisory Panel on Practice and the board of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Benz is also the co-developer of the resource Web site www.physicaltherapist.com and blog.evidenceinmotion.com, a weblog devoted to sharing information on evidence-based practice in physical therapy.
Col. Charles Martin served as an auditor and accounting officer in the United States Air Force beginning in 1963. While on active duty, he was also an adjunct professor of accounting and management with the University of Maryland (European Division) and Regis University. He completed his military career as the deputy chief of staff and comptroller for the Tactical Air Command. Most recently, Martin served as APTA’s Chief Operating Officer, retiring in 2008 after 17 years of service. He is a certified internal auditor and a certified association executive.
Michael Mueller is an associate professor and director of the Applied Biomechanics Laboratory at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri. His laboratory studies the biomechanical factors that contribute to injury and adaptation in patients with chronic disabilities. Mueller is also the leader of the Comprehensive Opportunities in Rehabilitation Researching Training (COORT) program, a five-year grant funded by the National Institutes of Health, which pairs young researchers with senior researchers who serve as mentors. Mueller was an editorial board member and associate editor for updates for Physical Therapy from 1995-2006 and has been a reviewer since 1982.
The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.
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