APTA Utah - Who & Why

Optimizing the Delivery of Physical Therapy in Utah

The Utah Physical Therapy Association is a local chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association representing more than 1000 members. Our goal, is to promote local advancements in physical therapy practice and education.

Who We Are

The mission of the Utah Physical Therapy Association is to represent and promote the ethical practice of physical therapy and the profession‘s role to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, to other healthcare professionals, and to the general public through education, communication and advocacy.

If you are a member and you wish to view the Chapter Bylaws click here.

Why Join the UPTA

The Utah Physical Therapy Association is a chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, which represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students nationwide. The state of Utah has roughly 1000 members. Association membership is an investment in your professional and financial well-being.

Dues are:

$395 for Physical Therapists
$240 for Physical Therapist Assistants
$85 for PT and PTA students
Special dues structure for new professionals (In your first year after graduation, your dues are only one-third of regular dues).

What do you receive for your dues?

Membership A is your connection to state resources.

  • Discounts on APTA Utah continuing education programs such as the Annual Fall Conference, Spring Conference and online courses.
  • Access to useful information in the restricted sections of the APTA and APTA Utah Websites.

What is APTA Utah doing for you?

While your membership investment may possibly return its cost value to you, another of the primary benefits is a voice in the future of the physical therapy profession in Utah. This voice is heard through the efforts of the association and its representatives regarding practice and reimbursement matters before the legislature and other state agencies. Below are just a few examples:

Patrolling, commenting, and lobbying to curtail efforts by other organizations who wish to pass legislation preventing physical therapists from working in the full scope of our practice.

  • In 2014, amended the Utah PT Practice act to allow Trigger Point Dry Needling by physical therapists in Utah with the proper training.
  • Continually battling and holding open discussions with various payer sources including insurance companies to oppose and, if needed, contest unfavorable fee schedules;
  • Stopped the application of the Medicare fee cap to workers‘ compensation;Work to pass an updated and more modern practice.
  • Your membership matters! We would not have been able to help make "Utah the Best State to Practice" for 6 years in a row without our members. 
  • Ability of physical therapists to order imaging including plain films and MRI
  • Clarification in the definition for mobilization/manipulation
  • Participation in the PT Compact Agreement
  • Ability for new graduates to practice sooner after graduation
  • Protecting the term neuromuscular response
  • Enacting the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund and the Pediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation Fund.
  • Constantly defending encroachment of other professions and challenges to the practice of physical therapy and our practice act

Current Proposed APTA Utah Bylaws Link

2021 UPTA

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Darren Neeley

Term: 2021-2024


President Elect:
Lance Dougher

Term: 2021-2022


Vice President:
Mark Walker

Term: 2018-2022


Lennie Swenson

Term: 2020-2022


Ed Dieringer

Term: 2021-2023


Executive Director:
Katie Mansell


Continuing Education:
Greg Martinez 

Term: 2021-2023


Brad Pulsipher

Term: 2020-2022


Michael Nilsen

Term: 2020-2022


Public Relations:
Beth Hunt

Term: 2020-2022


Ben Jensen

Term: 2021-2023


Justin Burr

Term: 2021-2023


Digital Content:
Steve Hambor

Term: 2020-2022


PTA Representative:    
Jamie Christensen

Term: 2021-2023


Erin Probert

Term: 2021-2023


Chief Delegate:
Kevin Helgeson

Term: 2021-2023


2021 APTA Utah Delegates

Kevin Helgeson, Chief Delegate
Misti Timpson
Gordon Laurie
Craig Cooper