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The Mission of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (NCPTA) is to improve the health, function and quality of life of individuals by representing, promoting and advancing the profession and best practice of physical therapy in North Carolina.
October 13-15, 2016 Greensboro, NC
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A Victory for Physical Therapy Patients: North Carolina Court Dismisses Lawsuit Designed to Eliminate Dry Needling
In September 2015, the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board filed a lawsuit in North Carolina state court for a singular purpose: to prevent North Carolina physical therapists from providing dry-needling treatments to North Carolina patients.
That lawsuit, I am glad to report, has now been dismissed.
In an order issued last week, the North Carolina Business Court dismissed all of the Acupuncture Board’s claims against the Physical Therapy Board and several NCPTA members. The Court’s thorough and well-reasoned decision can be found at this link.
There is no reason to stop North Carolina patients from receiving dry-needling treatment. This is especially true when the ones who are trying to eliminate dry needling are doing it to protect their power in the marketplace.
The NCPTA will continue to fight for North Carolina patients and for physical therapists who serve those patients. The fight includes a federal antitrust lawsuit against the Acupuncture Board—a lawsuit that documents years’ worth of attempts to block North Carolina patients from receiving dry-needling treatments. You can find a copy of our federal lawsuit at this link.
The NCTPA’s efforts, of course, require resources. The NCPTA seeks your help to ensure that physical therapists and our patients win this battle. We owe it to our patients to stand up for their access to care.
Now is the time to consider a contribution to our legal defense fund—$100, $250, $500, or even $1,000. You can donate on our website by clicking this link.
Please donate today.
C. David Edwards, PT, DPT, CCCE
PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I am happy to announce that NCPTA has hired Nancy Garland, JD, CAE, as the new Executive Director. Some of you may recognize her name, as she served as the Vice President of Government Affairs of APTA from 1995 - 2002 and was responsible for overseeing all legislative and regulatory activities at the federal and state level for APTA. While at APTA, she worked with 3 APTA presidents including Marilyn Moffitt, Jan Richardson, and Ben Massey on issues critical to the profession including Vision 2020, autonomous practice, and direct access.
Nancy left APTA in 2002 when she was offered the position of CEO/Executive Director of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) to move closer to her family who lived in Ohio. While at OPTA, she helped pass one of the strongest Direct Access bills in the country in 2004. In 2008 she was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, serving two terms. Because of re-districting, she was drawn out of her legislative district and decided to retire with her husband to Wilmington, North Carolina. However, she was soon employed to teach Health Policy for the UNC DPT program, having taught the same class at The Ohio State DPT program for 7 years.
Nancy is a Buckeye through and through, but has strong loyalties to UNC and the Tarheel state. She is originally from Ohio and graduated from Ohio University (not The Ohio State), from there she went to Washington D.C. for 25 years. Both her daughter and her son graduated from UNC Law School. Her son is serving in the Air Force Judge Advocacy Corps in Turkey and her daughter is an attorney in Portland, Oregon. Her husband is a retired Federal Agent and worked on the Organized Crime Task Force in WDC.
Since graduating from college, Nancy has spent most of her professional life working in the area of health care policy at the federal, state, and local level in the legislative and regulatory arena. After working for 7 years the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, she moved to Washington D.C. to work for a Texas Congressman as a legislative/health staff for 6 years. While working for the Congressman, she attended law school at George Mason University Law School at night while being a single parent. After graduating from law school, she was employed by the American Optometric Association as legal counsel and lobbyist for 10 years.
The last 25 years she has worked for and represented the profession of physical therapy. Nancy says, "It has been a privilege to work on behalf of what I consider the best health care profession ever. I look forward to working with NCPTA and its members to move the Association forward on issues important to the profession."
C. David Edwards, PT, DPT
President, North Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association