• Dr. Theresa Marko

We Went to D.C. to Advocate for Our Profession. Here's What It Was Like



If anyone has had a long enough conversation with me, the topic of Advocacy will come up.


Advocacy is fighting to change the laws of our country and is something I passionately believe in for physical therapy. There are so many ways that the laws could be better so that it helps the profession and the patients of physical therapy.


This year I went to Washington, D.C. with The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to go to Capitol Hill to advocate for you, me, and the future.


While I have been to this event before, this year, I had the role of Federal Affairs Liaison, which meant I was the leader of the other participants from New York state. This year was also different because this event was at the end of APTA's 100th Centennial Celebration and our House of Delegates (our governing body which passes the guiding principles for the association). We also had students from all over the country in attendance and New York had several students from different colleges and universities.


It was an exciting time! I was asked to write a commentary piece for APTA with two of the students on our experience. Read it here: We Went to D.C. to Advocate for Our Profession. Here's What It Was Like.