Inspiring Others and Leading the Way
August 2021 Spotlight – Stephanie Thomson, PTA
The Journey Begins
I started out as a patient myself. The PTs and PTAs helped me to heal and return back to the field. Experiencing how impactful physical therapy can have in my own journey, I wanted to help do the same for others. I attended the Physical Therapist Assistant program through the Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education at Anne Arundel Community College, earning my Associate of Applied Science degree. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education from McDaniel College; this has allowed me to pursue management roles. After practicing for a year, I became a Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the American a physical Therapist Association.
I work full-time in an outpatient clinic, serving both as a treating PTA and Clinic Director. As a PTA, I of course work closely with the PTs in the clinic, working together as a team to provide care for our patients and assist them in achieving their goals. As a Clinic Director, I oversee daily operations of the administrative and clinical staff, including marketing, ordering, financials, and community events.
I became a member as a student. Being a member has a great value of mentorship, advocacy, and countless resources to learn from and use to treat our patients. Our association advocates for the protection and growth of our profession, allowing us to reach more and more individuals that would benefit from PT. I have participated in the PTA Caucus, House of Delegates, and Maryland Chapter since I was a student. It is exciting to be part of a group that is enthusiastic and passionate about our profession!
Being a PTA
This is a great time to be a PTA and I love every bit of it! PTAs are such vital and valued members of our profession and the healthcare system; as part of this system, we are able to improve the delivery and accessibility to care that patients need to improve their health. As a PTA, I am also able to act as a Clinical Instructor to the future PTAs entering our profession, passing down knowledge, passion, and experience to further grow our profession. Since becoming a PTA, there has been so much growth for the PTA within the healthcare system and our association. I can’t wait for our next House of Delegates in September to see what new opportunities there are for PTAs
Stephanie Thomson has served as the APTA Maryland PTA Caucus Representative and is the current Alternate PTA Caucus Representative.