The leadership positions ISPI’s faculty members have been appointed to in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Pain Management Special Interest Group will have an influence in helping to promote physical therapy as an option to remedy the pain epidemic that has affected so many people. Mark Shepherd, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, has been elected as the VP/Education Chair of the PM SIG, and Colleen Louw, MPT, MeD, CSMT, and Brett Neilson, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, have been elected to the Orthopedic Section of the SIG’s nominating committee.
The Pain Management SIG was developed to identify and develop research to promote physical therapists’ role in the care of people in pain. As faculty members for ISPI, Mark Shepherd, Colleen Louw, and Brett Neilson have seen first-hand the challenges that exist around the role of physical therapists in pain management. Each have taken different paths within their profession, but all have the ability to lead as experts in the Pain Management SIG.
All three individuals have already impacted thousands of people suffering in pain through their educational endeavors, but these new positions will allow them to make an even larger impact on the physical therapy profession. While ISPI has long recognized their dedication to helping people in pain, their hard work is now being recognized by their peers.