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2021 Director of Operations Candidates
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HPA Section Elections

Director of Operations Candidates

hover textTheresa Marko, PT, DPT, MS
Brooklyn, NY

Biographical Statement
Theresa Marko PT, DPT, MS is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and is an active member of her state chapter in New York as well as several component sections and has been a member of APTA since 1996.


At the Chapter Level, Dr. Marko serves as the Federal Affairs Liaison (FAL) where she organizes New York members to go to Washington D.C. in the spring to advocate for Federal bills that will enhance physical therapy practice across the country. She also served as a delegate to the APTA’s House of Delegates in 2019 & 2020 and has been elected to serve again in 2021, during the 100th Centennial of APTA. Dr. Marko also speaks at colleges and universities in the spring for the student National Advocacy Dinners.


Nationally, Dr. Marko has a vast wealth of experience, currently serving on APTA’s Public Policy & Advocacy Committee (PPAC), The American Academy of Manual Orthopaedic Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Practice Committee, The Health Policy & Administration (HPA) Section of APTA Payment & Practice Committee, The Academy Of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT) Section of APTA Finance Committee, and the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) of the Private Practice Section (PPS) of APTA. Dr. Marko also is a dedicated Key Contact for her legislators both at the State and Federal Level where she has become vital to informing legislators on the importance of physical therapy practice. 

Candidate Statement
It would be my great honor to serve as the HPA section’s Director of Operations. HPA has a special place in my heart, as it brought me to the LAMP program, where I went on to complete the certificate program (LAMP 301). LAMP helped me become a better person and a better leader. It would be my honor to give back to the section which has given me so much. HPA is an inclusive and welcoming section, which leads the way in togetherness and innovation. I want to be a part of that and help this section to flourish.


Through my many service experiences thus far, I believe, I am an excellent connector. I am a connector of both people and resources, helping to match individuals with others who will foster their growth, and ultimately the section as a whole. I have demonstrated these essential growth qualities on the HPA Payment & Practice Committee, on which I currently serve. The three areas of involvement for the Director of Operations; Bylaws, Membership, and the Nominating Committee, are all groups I believe I could impact positively with my skillset and manner of open communication. Through my experiences at the district, state chapter, section components, and national level, I have insight into how APTA and the other components work together as well as independently and would bring these skills to the Health Policy & Administration Section with a clear vision for greater integration in the future.


hover textAmit Mehta, PT, DPT, MBA
San Antonio, TX

Biographical Statement
After graduating as Bachelor in Physiotherapy from MS University – Baroda, India, I gained clinical experience in a hospital and home health setting in India before immigrating to United States in 1992 to join rest of my family.
For the next 15 years, my clinical experience included working in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation at University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), Ann Arbor MI. The experience of working at an academic health center and in a variety of settings was a significant milestone in preparing me as an evidence-based clinician. As a neuro. clinician, I gained expertise in working with spinal cord injury patients – UMHS as a Model Spinal Cord Injury Center provided fantastic opportunities for this career growth. While at UMHS, I completed the MBA program at University of Michigan to expand my expertise in health care administrative track before moving to San Antonio TX.
In 2008, I joined University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio, TX as a system Director of Therapy Services. Like UMHS, UHS is also an academic health center and a safety net hospital for the Bexar County. Over the past twelve years, I have had the opportunity to be involved in a research study at UHS, lead teams of multidisciplinary therapy services including Audiology to provide best evidence based clinical care, and complete a transitional DPT at University of Texas Health Science Center. In 2015, I was promoted to an Executive Director with additional responsibility of developing the Orthopedics Service line at the health system which has provided “beyond therapy” growth. 

Candidate Statement
I think what sets HPA The Catalyst apart from all other sections within APTA, is its vast outreach to the components of an autonomous professional practice. Many are attracted to its messaging about management and leadership. Others are attracted to its advocacy of global health issues. Over the years, HPA The Catalyst has evolved as a unique resource for the aforementioned attractions, as well as developing independent practice, technology and more recently about inclusiveness.
It has been my privilege to be associated with HPA The Catalyst for the past almost nine years. I was fortunate to lead the programming committee for the last two of my six-year association with the committee. I learned more about visioning and collaboration from that experience. Programming committee experience was a unique opportunity to organize section programming for CSM and meet the educational needs of a diverse audience.


As I finish out my third year as a Director of Operations, I have had the privilege of advocating for the bylaws, membership and the nominating committees. HPA The Catalyst membership has seen a healthy growth recently and is an attestation to the collaborative efforts of all committees. With the addition of PT Proud and Beyond Clinical Practice, HPA The Catalyst continues to evolve and become even a stronger resource for students and clinicians. I hope to provide continuity towards the next chapter for HPA The Catalyst in implementing the goals and objectives from the upcoming strategic planning meeting. .

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