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The FPTA is proud of the many contributions by its volunteer members. The dedication and contribution of these physical therapists and physical therapist assistants has made this association what it is today and what it will be in the future.


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FPTA Awards

To recognize and honor these contributions, these awards have been developed and awarded throughout the years.

Nominations may be made by any FPTA member and are due to Michelle Higdon at by July 11. Click on the title link to review submission criteria.

Legacy Award

For services to the FPTA that will forever affect the association.

Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching

To acknowledge and honor an educator for excellence in academic teaching (new in 2015).

Fred Rutan Award for Excellence in Service

In recognition of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who has provided exceptional service on an FPTA Committee or Task Force.

Outstanding PT/PTA Team Award

To recognize outstanding clinical collaboration between a physical therapist/ physical therapist assistant (PT/PTA) team (new in 2015).

Award for Scholarly Impact on Practice

To acknowledge and honor an individual whose individual and/or collaborative scholarly activity has made a meaningful difference to clinical practice by physical therapists in Florida (new in 2015).

Rick Shutes Award for Legislative Advocacy

For exceptional service in governmental advocacy on behalf of FPTA.

Emerging Leader Award

To recognize a member who demonstrates extraordinary service early in his or her physical therapy career.

Linda Crane Research Grant

A grant in the amount of $10,000 awarded to a member in good standing for research in any area of physical therapy specifically relating to the APTA Gude to Physical Therapist Practice.

President's Service Award

For providing exceptional service on behalf of the Florida Physical Therapy Association. This award is no longer active. Our congratulations and thanks are extended to all recipients.

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