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Chief Delegate (Vote for 1)

Michael Muscarella, PT, DPT, LDE

Biography forthcoming.

 Candidates for Delegate (vote for 2)


Carrie Hawkins, PT, DPT, OCS

I have truly enjoyed my role as a representative of Kentucky physical therapists to the APTA House of Delegates. Participating in Town Halls and meetings over the past two years has expanded my knowledge of current issues facing physical therapists in all clinical and educational settings, from our students to our clinicians, our administrators to our educators. As the Director of Clinical Education at Bellarmine University, I continue to listen to clinicians’ views and struggles, and as an educator continue to stay updated on current healthcare topics. I would like to continue my role as a delegate for Kentucky physical therapists, voicing our concerns and advocating for our profession and our therapists, aided by the knowledge and experience I have gained at this time.

Melanie Hines, PT, DPT, ATC

Hello, my name is Melanie Hines, and I am asking for your vote as a delegate to APTA House of Delegates. First of all, I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve as delegate for 5 years. My last term ended in 2014, and I chose not to run again at that time, as my daughters were growing into teenagers and I felt that I needed to dedicate my free time to their needs. Prior to serving as a delegate, I served as treasurer for 5 years, am currently a member of the Finance Committee.

With my previous experience, I understand the how the House works and will be committed to the issues as they pertain to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in our state. With the frequent changes in reimbursement in all physical therapy settings and the movement from fee for service to other payment models, our national association must be on the forefront of providing information and evidence to payors, including CMS. Since the House of Delegates makes most decisions in regard to the actions of APTA, those decisions should help our leaders prioritize issues that are most important to members. Therefore, it should be made up of those who listen to the voices of all members before casting votes on issues. I promise to take time to speak with any member who reaches out to me about any issue.

Once again, I am humbly asking for your vote and I look forward to serving you.


I am a faculty member in the Western Kentucky University DPT Program and have enjoyed serving the physical therapy profession. I have had the opportunity to serve as the KPTA Federal Affairs Liaison, attending federal advocacy efforts and conferences for the past 5 years, and have also been an alternate delegate participating as a delegate at the last 3 APTA House of Delegate meetings. These experiences have provided me with tremendous learning opportunities of participating in the APTA’s policy-making process and learning about and participating in the federal advocacy process.

Serving in these roles has also provided me the opportunity and responsibility to educate clinicians and DPT students regarding the APTA & KPTA, the importance of advocacy, and the importance of active professional membership. I look forward to the opportunity of continuing to serve the KPTA as a delegate and would appreciate your vote. 



Chris Pyles, PT, DPT, MBA, CIDN

Greater than 15 years of combined experience in Sports Management and Outpatient Physical Therapy. My wife Paula and I are both natives of Hardin County, and we now live in Rineyville with our three children, twins Colton and Presley, and our youngest, Nathaniel.


I worked 9+ years in Division I intercollegiate athletics (administration - non clinical) at the University of Louisville and University of Cincinnati, including roles in sales, marketing, development and business management. This included working closely with programs that advanced to the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, 2009 Orange Bowl, and 2010 Sugar Bowl.


After leaving athletics, I attended physical therapy school at Bellarmine University where I was recognized by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association for leadership and clinical excellence as a member of the KPTA All-Academic Team. I have directed multiple outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practices, joining PT Pros in December 2016, and opening PT Pros - Elizabethtown in February 2017. I have a strong interest in serving our professional associations including the American Physical Therapy Association, Kentucky Chapter, Private Practice Section.

 Candidates for PTA Caucus Representative (vote for 1)


Jeffrey Buis, PTA

I am Jeff Buis and I am a physical therapist assistant employed with Orthodyne Physical Therapy in Campbellsville, Kentucky. I have had the pleasure of working with Kyle Salsbury PT DPT: a solid PT/PTA relationship!

My previous experience includes serving on the American Physical Therapy Association Student Assembly Board of Directors and a term as the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus Delegate. I have been active in the #ChoosePT initiative in Kentucky along with legislative and advocacy efforts of APTA and KPTA. I recently organized practice visits to our clinic by Congressman James Comer and US Senator Rand Paul.

I am excited to be on the ballot this year with such an accomplished group of professionals. As the KPTA PTA Caucus Representative, I will provide a PTA perspective on issues. I will also champion the importance of the KPTA Political Action Committee. Be assured that I will represent the Caucus to the best of my abilities.

Please feel free to contact me at 606-706-0022 or on Twitter @jsbuis.



Stephanie Taylor PTA, MAE

During my 20-year career as a PTA and an active member of APTA/KPTA since 1996, I have experienced drastic changes in the PT profession. However, one thing remains, the PT/PTA team has made significant contributions toward the delivery of quality patient care despite the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

But there is still more work to do.

PTs and PTAs must become involved both locally and nationally, now more than ever. As a PTA educator for more than 12 years, I have witnessed the importance of instilling ownership and value in the association beginning with students. The hard work shouldn’t stop there.

My passion is to increase membership in the association and recruit clinicians to take more leadership roles in education, practice, advocacy, and be active in shaping the future of the profession. In addition, I want to assist the KPTA in meeting their strategic goals, specifically to empower the PT/PTA team to demonstrate high standards of professionalism and intellectual excellence.

In combination with years of PTA experience and my current role as an PTA educator, I believe I can play a significant role as the KPTA PTA Caucus Representative. It would be an honor to serve the Kentucky chapter and the PT and PTAs across the state.
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