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John Heick recipient of APTA Emerging Leader Award

John Heick, PT, DPT

John Heick, PT, DPT, assistant professor in the ASHS Physical Therapy program, has received the 2010 Emerging Leader Award from the Arizona Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Heick is one of 21 recipients nationally to receive the award. The Emerging Leader Award was established by APTA to annually honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession and APTA early in their careers. Micheal Lebec, PT, PhD, APTA Arizona Chapter nominating committee chair, gave the following description about Dr. Heick: “In fulfilling his duties, John makes the effort to find creative ways to advance the profession, and the chapter has benefited from his innovative ideas.” “The award acknowledges John’s steady work within Arizona State Physical Therapy Association (he is vice-president), the APTA — where he is a house delegate — and his ability to gather student motivation around an important legislative or community cause with sequential action,” said Ann Lee Burch, PT, EdD, MPH, MS, associate professor and chair, Physical Therapy program. “This award is an honor not only for John but for ASHS and ATSU and is a credit to the excellent faculty we have dedicated to advancing health professions.”

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