A new year brings some new leaders within the PTA. There are 6 districts within the FPTA, each having a PTA representative. These elected representatives are appointed with the task of keeping all PTAs informed of new practice trends and hot topics as well as advocating for our pivotal role within the Physical Therapy profession and FPTA. Feel free to reach out with any comments, questions or concerns. We encourage you to GET INVOLVED and make a difference!
Board of Directors
I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 19 years, with the majority of time treating in a neurological outpatient setting at Orlando Health’s Advanced Rehabilitation Institute, part of Orlando Regional Level I Trauma Hospital. Within
my career development I have become a Rehabilitation Clinical Lead therapist at Orlando Health, was awarded the APTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy in 2012 and became a Certified Brain Injury
Specialist. I recently obtained a BS degree in Simulation in Healthcare Education. Within the FPTA, I have served as PTA Representative and Regional Director for the East Central District, PTA Caucus Representative and now as the PTA
Director. I’m actively involved in the Membership Committee and Advocacy, attending advocacy days at both the state and national level. At the national level of the APTA, I currently serve as a PTA Caucus Delegate, advancing the PTA
profession within governance, and using my clinical expertise by serving as a CAPTE surveyor. I believe that through purposeful and passionate communication I can make a difference to progress the work of PTA’s with the association.
Getting PTAs engaged within the association and mentoring future leaders is one of the ways I serve the profession that I love.
Christine Greenberg - Education
After earning a BS from the University of Florida, I went on to become a PTA in 1999. My focus has been on outpatient orthopedics with specialties in pelvic health, lymphedema, and aquatics. Recently, I accepted the challenge of shifting my focus to academics. For the past 3 years, I have been an Assistant Professor and ACCE with the Santa Fe College PTA Program in Gainesville, FL. I became a PTA leader so I could set an example for my students. I call on them to be active members and contributors to the profession and felt it was my duty to take on a more active role. I have found there is so much more to the FPTA/APTA than I knew existed and it is my hope that others will reap the benefits as well.Contact
Laura Ugurlu - Outpatient Orthopedics
I graduated from UCF with a double major in Advertising/Public Relations and Psychology in 2009. After working briefly in advertising agencies, I realized it was not a fulfilling career for me. My mother was a nurse her entire life and was my inspiration to return to school for a profession in the medical field. Realizing how many people she made a positive impact on inspired me to want the same in my life. I returned to school and graduated from Seminole State College in 2017. I chose to become active in the FPTA early on in my career within the East Central District and the Early Professional SIG. We need to stay active and informed to advance our profession and I feel our professional organization plays the most vital role for that.Contact
Martin Pinzon - Education
I have been a Physical Therapist Assistant for close to five years. I have worked in the outpatient orthopedic setting for over three years as a full time clinician and also worked per diem in an inpatient rehab setting. Being an APTA certified clinical instructor for several years sparked my passion for teaching and in January of 2019, I accepted a position as a full time faculty member at Keiser University Miami’s PTA program. I earned my Bachelors in Supervision and Management in 2018 and am currently completing my Masters in Medical Education at Nova Southeastern University with an expected graduation date of Fall 2020. I decided to become involved with the FPTA/APTA in order to inspire my students to become advocates for their profession. It is important to me as a PTA and an instructor that my students and future colleagues are aware of what the FPTA/APTA does on their behalf.Contact
Linda Croft - Outpatient Orthopedics
After a life-changing event left her riddled with injuries, Linda was referred to physical therapy. She was so inspired by the love and care she received there that she decided to pursue physical therapy as a second career. Linda went on to graduate with honors from Hodges University with an AS as a physical therapist assistant. She also completed extensive post graduate training as a certified orthopedic manual physical therapist assistant and has spent the last four years working in an outpatient setting specializing in manual therapies and low back disorders. She is currently training to become certified in the McGill method for low back disorders.Contact
Melissa Penhollow - Acute Care
I have been a PTA for 9 years at Moffitt Cancer Center, an acute care specialty hospital. Prior to that I was a Graphic Artist for twenty-five years. I returned to school at St. Petersburg College for a new career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. My interest in physical therapy was piqued after a four month stay in rehab following a diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which was a profoundly life changing experience. I had to learn to walk again which would not have been possible without the wonderful physical and occupational therapists who worked tirelessly with me. My interest in learning how other PTA’s feel about the profession, education and physical therapist interactions motivated me to seek my leadership role as a PTA Rep. I am always looking for ways to promote APTA membership for PTA’s.Contact
PTA Caucus representative
Teresa Hanson is a PTA specializing in home health, where she has been working since 2013. She is a member of the APTA Home Health Section, the Membership committee, and is certified in orthopedic manual therapy
and MLD. She previously served as the Southeast District PTA representative from 2014-2019 and is currently representing Florida as the PTA Caucus Representative. Her passion for continued education and
certification of PTAs led her to contribute a year-long series of articles in the Florida PTA News You Can Use monthly newsletter last year focused on available PTA certifications. She has also participated
in State Advocacy Days in Tallahassee for several years. Most recently, she completed a 6-month home health travel assignment in California where she enjoyed the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn
from, other PT and PTA travelers from across the country.
alternate pta caucus representative
My name is Mary Connors PTA, MHSc and I am the East Central District Regional Director for the FPTA Board of Directors in addition to serving as the PTA Caucus alternate representative. In the past I have served
the FPTA membership as the PTA Director (2009-2014). I currently work as the rehabilitation director for Halcyon Rehabilitation at Lake Eustis Health and Rehab Center in Central Florida. I graduated
from Maria College in 1991 with my Associate’s degree in physical therapist assistant and have been working in skilled nursing facilities as a PTA and rehabilitation director for most of my career.
I also completed my Bachelors in health science from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013 and my Masters in health science from St. Francis University in 2015 enabling me to teach as an adjunct professor
in the PTA Program at Seminole State College. I am an APTA certified clinical instructor and take SPTAs for internships at my facility. Due to both those roles, I sit on the Advisory Board for the
SSC PTA Program. I serve as a mentor to many student and graduate PTAs and look forward to helping our members as needed.
PT for Pain
PT for Pain is a project of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), dedicated to improving the health, wellness and quality of life of people in Florida by advancing the practice of physical therapy.