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DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS August 1st, 2020! (click here to download a copy of previous award winners)
This page contains information on the following awards:

  • Donald H. Lange Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Physical Therapist Service Award
  • Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Service Award
  • Richard V. McDougall "Fledgling" Award
  • David A. Pariser Exceptional Educator Award
  • Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award


Awards will be presented in conjunction with the APTA IN/APTA KY 2020 Combined Conference being held September 25-26 in Indianapolis. Winners will be recognized on Saturday, September 26th during a luncheon held in their honor from 11:45AM-1:45PM. There are many deserving PT and PTA professionals in our organization! Please consider taking a moment to nominate a co-worker or colleague who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service to our profession! (Nominees must currently be APTA KY members)

Donald H. Lange Lifetime Achievement Award
The purpose of the award is to recognize the Physical Therapist who has exhibited outstanding leadership, innovation in practice, mentorship, and ongoing service to the profession of Physical Therapy. The award is named for Don Lange, PT. Mr. Lange practiced in Kentucky for many years. Not only was he an exceptional clinician and mentor of young physical therapists, he also was instrumental in the development of Kentucky’s practice act. Mr. Lange’s impact on the profession of Physical Therapy, the lives of all those he touched and his commitment to life-long learning and leadership is the foundation for this award.

Criteria: The award shall be based on the following.

  • Must be or have been a member in good standing of the APTA/APTA KY.
  • Must have a commitment to life-long learning as evidenced throughout their career.
  • Must have exhibited mentoring to students and/or other PTs and PTAs, impacting on their professional lives.
  • Must have exhibited a pioneer spirit by promotion, cultivating and expanding the profession of Physical Therapy.
  • Be nominated by at least one letter of support evidencing the above criteria.

Outstanding Physical Therapist Award
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award
Richard V. McDougall “Fledgling” Award*

Nominations will be judged by the Awards committee on the following:
  • Contribution and Participation in the APTA/APTA KY
  • Clinical Expertise, Educational/Teaching Expertise or Administrative Expertise
  • Commitment to Professional Development/Continuous Learning
  • Community Service/Promotion of the profession
  • Commitment and Support for Physical Therapy Research
  • Be nominated by at least one letter of support evidencing the above criteria.

*Fledgling Award nominees should have practiced for at least 2 years but not more than 5 years.


The David A. Pariser Exceptional Educator Award


  • Nominees must be PTs or PTAs who have been actively engaged in teaching physical therapist students (entry or advanced level) or physical therapist assistant students in formal education for at least five years.
  • Nominees must be either clinical or academic educators. Nominees must have a faculty appointment of any rank (part-time or full-time) or receive compensation for their teaching responsibilities.
  • Teaching must occur in an academic setting within one or more accredited physical therapist or physical therapist assistant education programs, or advanced level programs for physical therapists, from which students earn an academic qualification.
  • Teaching solely as a component of continuing education does not constitute eligibility for this award.
  • Nominees must be APTA KY Members.

The nominee must have demonstrated the following:

  • Exceptional teaching effectiveness in the academic setting;
  • Excellence as a role model for academic teaching for students, faculty, and clinicians.


Submission Requirements:

The following documents must be submitted for candidate consideration:

  • Current curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee
  • A letter of nomination (from an APTA KY student member) that specifically focuses on the strengths of the nominee in relation to the award criteria, not to exceed 2 pages
  • A letter of support not to exceed 2 pages, from a PT or PTA colleague from the nominee's institution


Sam Brown
Awards Committee Chair
68 Oak Tree Lane
Monticello, KY 42633

Please include in your letter:
Name, address, phone numbers, work location and job title of Nominee.
Name, address, phone numbers for person making the nomination.

Outstanding Clinical Educator Award


  • Clinical Instructor for 3 years, averaging 1 student per year
  • Nomination should be submitted with: letter of recommendation from a PT or PTA student whom the CI has supervised; one letter of recommendation from an ACCE in a KY PT/PTA program; nominee’s CV or resume (additional letters of support are not required, but may be submitted)

Award Details and Nomination Form
Student Statement of Recommendation Form 



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