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2021 HPA Nominating Committee Candidates
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HPA Section Elections

HPA Nominating Committee Candidates

hover textNancy Mulligan, PT, DPT
Denver, CO

Biographical Statement
Nancy Mulligan, PT, DPT graduated from physical therapy school in 1984 from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She earned her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2006 from Regis University. She received her APTA Orthopedic Specialist Certification in 2007 and 2016 and is currently Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor at Regis University School of Physical Therapy in Denver, CO. Dr. Mulligan has served in and helped create an interprofessional Global Health Pathway designed for students seeking an emphasis in global health competencies. Over the last 10 years in a partnership with Catholic Medical Mission Board and her colleagues at Regis, she has been instrumental in developing two sustainable community-based rehabilitation programs for children with disabilities and their families in Peru. In promoting assess to physical therapy at a local level, Dr. Mulligan routinely serves individuals that are unsheltered in Denver.

Dr. Mulligan is a member of PT Proud which is the LGBTQ+ committee under the Global Health Special Interest Group of the HPA Section. Her current scholarship focuses on a multi-university research study of LGBTQAI+ issues in physical therapy. She co-presented with her colleagues from PT Proud at a HPA sponsored Brave Safe Training pre-conference at CSM this year 

Candidate Statement
The HPA The Catalyst Section plays an important role in the APTA and our profession in bringing the awareness of the physical therapists’ role in our complex healthcare system to the forefront of our conversations especially in the era of the current global pandemic. In the last 36 years as a physical therapist and more recently as a PT Educator, I have had extraordinary opportunities to view the complexities of healthcare from lenses. I have formed a long-standing commitment to address local and international global health care discrepancies in a sustainable and ethical manner while promoting access to physical therapy for all those in our society.

I would like to share my passion and insightful experiences by serving the HPA The Catalyst section as a Nominating Committee member. I am currently serving the end of my term as an ACAPT National Consortium of Clinical Educators Board of Directors - Academic Delegate at Large. Through this national leadership role and other involvement in clinical education and global health programs, I have met many passionate leaders in our profession which can serve as resources if I am elected to the HPA Nominating Committee. I would be honored to share my passion and experience as Nominating Committee member by assisting in the recruitment for HPA leadership and membership along with recognition of its leaders. 


hover textLucas VanEtten, PT, DPT
Westerville, OH

Biographical Statement
Across my career I've had the opportunity to serve patients in the private and government sector. I got my first big break in my career working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where I learned about the challenges of providing high quality health care to a large audience. I participated in leadership training and development to improve my problem solving skills, and obtained funding to start our first ever orthopaedic residency.

When I moved to Columbus, I found work at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. I was awarded the Ohio Physical Therapy Association's Outstanding Physical Therapist Award in 2016, and participated as a mentor in the Orthopaedic Residency at OSU. Part of my position was dedicated to research, where I mentored and learned from our research team, resulting in publications on dry needling and multiple presentations at CSM and NEXT. I was promoted to manager of the PT clinic at the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, and helped to engage in transformational leadership and change to improve compliance, work culture, and engagement.

In 2018 I received my MBA, where I specialized in Leadership and Business Strategy. I developed a relationship as a business coach at the Fisher College of Business, where I provide professional coaching to MBA students and alums. From my interests, I've presented at the local and state level on workplace culture, staff engagement, leadership development, and communication. 

Candidate Statement
I am excited to run for the position of nominating committee member! It would be an incredible opportunity to give back to our profession by serving the HPA section. This opportunity presents the opportunity to combine my passion for developing others, finding opportunities to engage membership, and network within our profession to improve healthcare. I look forward to the opportunity to represent the HPA as a member of the nominating committee and thank you for your consideration!  meeting. .

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