Soon to be Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Tracy Thomas

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ppsig chairNominated for Position: PPSIG – Chair
Education: BS in Physical Therapy (1994) PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences with emphasis in cardiovascular pharmacology & toxicology (2008) DPT in progress (May 2019) 
Certifications: Credential Clinical Instructor Advanced Credential Clinical Instructor Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults 
Current Practice: Tenured/Full Professor PRN contract 


Professional Awards & Contributions: 
I have greater than 10+ peer reviewed publications (also 5 peer reviewed publications related to my PhD), 5+ platform publications (including with the minority section for the American Heart Association, and I have peer reviewed published abstracts.


Previous Involvement in SoWH: 
Although I’ve been a member for a few years, my schedule is now permitting more participation. I have attended sessions held during CSM, as well as taken the OBA course. I have just completed the OBF, and plan to take additional courses in Pelvic Floor. 
Previous Involvement in APTA or State Chapter/Other Sections: 
Since my time in academia, I have supported state efforts with obtaining direct access (via PT Days at the Capitol). I was nominated as a state alternate in Florida. I am a current member of the APTA, with memberships in SoWH, Cardiopulmonary, Education, and Geriatrics. 
Personal Statement: 
The profession of physical therapy found me…I was given an opportunity to matriculate at FAMU, and in return, I promised Dean Jacqueline Beck to one day return, in hopes to teach and assist others in joining this profession.
I consider myself to be a “life learner”, and according to my mother, this has been true since I started school at the age of 4. Although I’ve earned other credentials, it has always been important to me to advance my knowledge and skills. I am “late” with getting involved, but if you were to ask the admission committee, I clearly stated this interest during my interview in 1992!
I truly believe that each person is given a “gift”, that they are to use in serving of others (1st Peter 4:10). I’m thankful that additional opportunities have come, and continue to come my way, allowing me to do just that…use my gifts. Having been a past president of social and professional organizations, I know that it takes a “team” approach to make any venture/program a success. I believe in collaboration, not competition. I believe that with continued vision, dedication and drive, the Section will grow and advance, not only in number, but also in experts, as well as interest. I’m looking forward to serving in whatever capacity needed. 


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