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2018 R. Charles Harker Award Winner: Eva Norman, PT, DPT, CEEAA
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Dr. Eva Norman, PT, DPT, CEEAA, is a physical therapist due to a life changing event where she truly believes that physical therapy saved her life. Her desire to give back to the profession she loves deeply and her frustrations with the current health care system spending millions of dollars treating preventable diseases led her to create Live Your Life Physical Therapy in 2015. Her cash-based business is focused on bringing prevention, wellness and health promotion through an interprofessional team to the home and community throughout the MN Twin Cities metro.

Dr. Norman’s passion for health policy and advocacy related to prevention and health promotion led her to serve on the MN Physical Therapy Association’s State Government Affairs Direct Access Task Force where she grew the grassroots to cover almost every district in the state. She also helped organize the first PT Legislative Day in St. Paul, MN. Both of which led to legislation passing to improve access to physical therapy.

Her passion continued on to Federal Government Affairs, where she has served as a Federal Key Contact since 2003 and Federal Affairs Liaison for MN since 2007. She has worked tirelessly to develop relationships with key members of Congress which have led to her Congressman who is on the House Health Ways & Means subcommittee becoming the lead sponsor for the APTA’s Medicare Direct Access bill and Medicare Therapy Cap bill. Her strong desire to get federal legislation passed fueled her fire to join the PT PAC, who is the sole fund raising arm of the association to help influence and access legislators to champion physical therapy legislative issues at the federal level. Today, she chairs this million-dollar PAC and you will find her in a red coat asking for $20 from every member so that we can become the largest healthcare PAC in the country and have influence like no other profession.

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