Northeast Events and District Meetings​

Network, Learn, Share!

The Northeast District meetings occur on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We meet six times per year: March, April, May, September, October, and November. The meetings begin with networking at 6:30pm, followed by a presentation at 7:00pm. Most of our meeting presentations provide 1 contact hour of education! A brief business meeting usually follows and meetings typically conclude by 8:30pm.

The Northeast District invites you to join us at our monthly meetings! 



Topic: Critical Thinking For The Critically Ill 

Course Description: In the intensive care unit of an acute care setting, early mobilization and rehabilitation of critically ill patients has been demonstrated to decrease a patient's overall length of stay in the intensive care unity (ICU), hospital length of stay, and potentially cost of care. Early intervention by rehabilitation specialists initiates the discharging planning process and decreases the risk of ICU acquired complications for critically ill patients. 
Using evidenced based practice, we will spend time introducing the decision making process for evaluating and treating critically ill patients by utilizing a PT and PTA team approach to provide effective interventions within the intensive care unit setting. 
This course is designed for PTs and PTAs who have, or are, treating in the acute care setting, but any clinician regardless of discipline (including PT/PTA students) may benefit from the information presented. 

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 
Time: 6:30pm Networking; 7pm Meeting
Sponsor:  Penn State - Hazleton campus
PresentersMr Erick Heck, a 2012 graduate of Penn State University - Hazleton campus, where he earned his associate's degree in PTA. He is the PTA at the Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest, where he has practiced for over five years treating acute care patients, two of which were devoted to full-time treatment of critically ill patients. Mr. Heck is the chairperson of the rehabilitation services education committee, and participates in his team's process improvement projects for the 44 bed MICU/SICU unit. 
Dr. Michael Pechulis, a 2009 graduate of Rutgers-Camden and the University of medicine and Dentistry where he earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Dr. Pechulis is a PT at the Lehigh Valley Health-Network - Cedar Crest, where he has practiced for over eight years treating acute care patients. He has extensive experience treating acute, progressive, and critically ill cardiac patients; surgical heart/lung patients; and critically ill medical and surgical patients. 
Dr. Sara Schwalm, a 2014 graduate of Slippery Rock University where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, is a PT at Lehigh Valley Health Network - Cedar Crest campus. She has been in practice there for three years in acute care. In those three years, she has practiced as a general therapist for one year, followed by two years committed to treating critically ill patients in a 44 bed MICU/SICU unit. She has also trained and practices as a wound care therapist. 
Contact: TBA
Location: Penn State - Hazleton campus; Room G-115 in the Graham building. There will be signs directing you to the event. 

*This continuing education topic has been approved for 1 general contact hour.*



Topic: House of Delegates Discussion

Course Description: An opportunity to hear about the upcoming topics of relevance to the PT profession as our delegates prepare for the Annual House of Delegates meeting in Orlando, FL. The House of Delegates (House) is an APTA policy-making body. The House meets annually for 3 successive days each spring, during which time delegates make decisions on issues that may have far-reaching implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. Business of the House follows parliamentary procedure and is conducted through the introduction of delegate-proposed motions, which may amend APTA's bylaws, direct a course of action, articulate an association attitude on the physical therapy needs of the public or the needs of the members, or describe a goal the association wishes to achieve. 

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. Networking; 7 p.m. meeting
Sponsor: Lackawanna College
Presenter: NED Delegates - John Tawfik, Kelley Moran
                  NED Alternate Delegates - Barbara Wagner, Liz Marine Troese, and Kay Malek 
Contact: Kelley Mcgovern (
Location: Lackawanna College - 501 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 


Global PT Day of Service

The 2018 Global PT Day of Service is scheduled on 10/14/2018.  

Can WE count on you to join us and lend a helping hand?

7500+ participants, 42 countries STRONG


2018 PPTA Annual Conference​
Valley forge, pa


You are invited to join Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and Students from throughout the Commonwealth at the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference. The conference will provide exceptional educational programming and continuous opportunities for valuable networking! Please refer to the PPTA Home Page for registration and information links!