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Award nominations

Award nominations may be submitted to the Chapter office at any time, but are solicited for in the first quarter of each year. Information about the criteria selection, nomination process, and forms can be found here.

Awards & Recognitions

The Illinois Physical Therapy Association gives several awards that recognize the efforts of clinicians, educators and leaders toward the advancement of the physical therapy profession.

Babette Sanders Leadership & Service Award

An individual who has demonstrated an exceptional level of support and dedication to physical therapy through his or her support and/or roles in the national and/or state association. In 2010, the IPTA Board of Directors passed a resolution renaming the Outstanding Physical Therapist award the Babette Sanders Leadership & Service award, in recognition of Babette Sanders contributions to the IPTA, APTA, and the physical therapy profession.

2010 Babette Sanders
2011 Donna Frownfelter
2013 Peter McMenamin
2014 Frances Wedge
2017 Julie Schwertfeger


Outstanding Physical Therapist

An individual who has demonstrated an exceptional level of support and dedication to physical therapy through his or her support and/or roles in the national and/or state association.

1972  Elizabeth Woods
1974  Vilma Evans
1978  William E. Dohse
1979  Virginia Daniel
1980  Mary Liedloff
1982 Louise Nelson
1989 Judith Anderson
1989 Karen Axley
1990  Susan L. Suria
1994  Robert Babbs, Jr.
1996  Nancy Young
1997  Babette Sanders
1998  Sally Edelsberg
1999 Mary Jo Mays
2000 Jules Rothstein
2001 George Wolff
2002  Ellen "Mickey" Bonk
2002  James Milder
2003 James Dayhuff
2004  Richard Rausch
2005  Barbara Sullivan
2008  Sandra Levi
2009 Judy Stoecker
2010 Rebecca Wojcik




Physical Therapist of the Year

A PT who over the past year has demonstrated a significant contribution in the areas of practice, public relations, legislation, education or membership.

1994  Christine Deans
1996  Lisa Schwarz
1997  Mickey Bonk
1998  Beth Coulson
1999  Teri Elliot-Burke
2000  Barb Sullivan
2001  Alan Tomasko
2002  Patricia Naylor
2003  Peter McMenamin
2004  Diane Merkt
2005  Vicki Lee
2005  Tina Jonas
2006  Jeannette Elliott
2008  Jennifer Ryan
2009  Christina Tebbe 
2011  Jennifer Moore
2012 Krista Van Der Laan 2013 Ricardo Fernandez
2014 Miriam Rafferty
2016 Kathy Hall, PT, EdD



Physical Therapist Assistant of the Year

A PTA who over the past year has demonstrated a significant contribution in the areas of practice, public relations, legislation, education or membership.

1994  Becky Rogers
1996  Patricia Santucci
1997  Barb Zelm-Miller
1999  Michelle Hustead
2001  Lindsey Martin
2004  Patrice Lassa
2005  Carolyn Reppy
2009  Louise Dolvig
2011  Lisa Stejskal
2012 Angela Wallace



Emerging Leader Award

Recognizes active members who are developing leadership skills at the state or district level.

2000 Ken Olson
2001 Tina Jonas
2002 Colleen McQuillan 
2003 Amy Maxeiner
2004 Dawn Piech
2006 Krista Ferguson
2009  Chris Egizio
2010  Jeffrey Damaschke
2011  Margaret Danilovich
2016 Meghan Simonetti, PT, DPT,MSHA
2017 Emily Pisani, PT, DPT    


John Maselter Award

Given to an individual who is not a physical therapist who has supported the betterment of the practice of physical therapy.

1976  John Maselter
1982  Charles Chivillon
1982  Pat Wolff
1984  Arthur Gottschalk
1992  Mike Cristoi
1997  Bernard Cahill, MD
1998  Tim Hennessey
1999  Judy Gazaway
1999  Eric Rohde
2001  Sen. J. Bradley Burzynski
2002  Christian Badar
2003  Dale Yasukawa
2005  Jayne Holley
2011  Governor Pat Quinn
2013 Sen. Mark Kirk
2014 Sen. Martin Sandoval
2015  Daniel Corcos, PhD
2017 K. Michael Welch, MB, ChB, FRCP


Clinical Educator of the Year

Established in 2004 to recognize a clinical educator who has consistently demonstrated significant contributions to the quality of clinical education.

2004  Claudia Glenn
2004 Julie Whalen
2005 Carol Ann Everett
2010 Cori Zook-Arquines
2012 Heidi Tippner 2013 Nancy Tow
2015 Ben Grotenhuis, PT, CMPT, FAAOMPT
2016 Dawn Stackowicz, PT, DPT, MS, CCS 2017 Christopher Meachem, PT, DPT, GCS 


Outstanding Physical Therapist Student & Physical Therapist Assistant Student

Given to an outstanding Physical Therapy and/or an outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student to recognize those students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future professional contribution.

2006  Tracy Arceo
2008 Gemma Fletcher 
2009 Kristen Hofer 
2010 Giovanni Berardi
2011 Kristen Smigelski
2011 Bridget Fowler
2012 Lindsey Plass 2013 Emily Pisani
2014 Kelly Askins & Joseph Hanley
2015 Megan O'Connell 2016 Lauren Toner, SPT
2017 Erin DeMarco, SPT

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