Physical Therapy

UCF DPT Faculty Appointed to Multiple PT Specialty Board Positions

Written By: Megan Pabian | February 14, 2020

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Three UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program faculty members representing three different board specialty areas of physical therapy are headed to Denver, Colorado February 11-15 for the annual meeting of the 10 board specialty councils of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) at the 2020 American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting. UCF is the only program with three faculty members serving in three different board specialty councils in the recent history of ABPTS.

Rick Casano Beato, the Director of the UCF & Orlando Health Neurologic Residency Program and Clinical Assistant Professor of the UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, was appointed by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties to the Neurologic Specialty Council.  Beato is the first physical therapist to serve two board specialty councils back-to-back after successfully completing a four-year term with the Geriatric Specialty Council where he served as Chair, Item Review Coordinator and Maintenance of Specialty Certification Liaison from 2016 to 2019. Beato will be the current Item Review Coordinator in Training for the Neurologic Council before assuming the role next year and chairing the neurologic specialty in his last year of appointment.

Nicole Dawson is in her second year as Chair of the Geriatric Specialty Council. Dawson was initially appointed in 2018 where she served as the Item Review Coordinator in Training for the Geriatric Specialty during her first year at the council. Dawson has been slated as one of six candidates for the position of Board Member of the APTA. Dr. Dawson is an Assistant Professor for the UCF DPT program.

Carey Rothschild is serving as the Maintenance of Specialty Certification Liaison of the Sports Specialty Council after serving as the Item Review Coordinator in her first two years in the council. She is slated to chair the Sports Specialty Council in 2021. Rothschild is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the UCF DPT program.

UCF made a similar accomplishment in 2018, when it had four faculty members serve two different board specialty areas.


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