Elected Officers of the DPTA

(All terms begin/end on January 1)

philallennewPresident: Phil Allen, PT, DPT

(Term: 2017-2019) Philip earned his bachelor’s in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in 1974 and his clinical doctorate from Widener University in 2005; Philip moved to Lewes, Delaware  2006 to open a clinic for the then Delaware Curative Workshop. Prior, he practiced in suburban Philadelphia for over 25 years where he owned a private practice. He currently resides in Lewes with his wife Carol, and has three grown daughters.   Moving to the “beach” has allowed Phil the opportunity to pursue more fishing and his true avocation, golf. In addition, it has afforded Phil to his love for community service via his activity in a local Rotary Club.   Phil is currently President of the Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Rotary Club (2010 – 2011) where he has been a board member since 2006.

Stacie 9-08Vice President: Stacie Larkin, PT, DPT, MEd

(Term:  2018-2020) Stacie has been a member of APTA and DPTA since 1988. She has served many positions within the DPTA including Secretary, Treasurer, Nominating Chair, Events Chair and Chief Delegate. A resident of Hockessin, DE, Stacie currently works as a faculty developer at the University of Delaware’s Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning. 


   Treasurer: Grace Ademski, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

 (Term: 2018-2020) Grace is a graduate of the University of Delaware Physical Therapy program class   of 2006 and has worked at the University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic since 2008 treating primarily patients with neurologic conditions, patients with vestibular involvement, and older adults.  Prior to working at UD she worked locally in Delaware as a PT in Assisted Living Facilities.  Grace became a Geriatric Clinical Specialist in 2009, passed the Vestibular Competency based course in 2010, and became a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2011. She helped to create The Johns Hopkins and University of Delaware Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program and has served as its co-director for over 5 years.  For the past year she has also been the Director of the Geriatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at the University of Delaware. Grace is an Assistant Professor of Practice at UD and serves as a clinical instructor for the UD DPT program having worked with over 150 students as a CI.  She was the recipient of the 2017 Clinical Educator Award by the Geriatrics section of the APTA.  Her additional responsibilities at UD include maintaining Medicare compliance standards, PT clinic liaison for Environmental Health and Safety Department at UD, and maintaining the Policy and Procedure Manual for the Clinic.


Secretary: Chas Barker, PT, DPT, OCSBarkerChas

(Term:  2017-2019) Chas is currently a full-time physical therapist at American Therapy and Rehabilitation in Dover, DE. He is also contracted as a PRN therapist for Bayhealth’s Kent Campus. Chas is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and a certified clinical instructor through the APTA. Last spring, he enjoyed working as a lab instructor for UDPT’s Electrotherapy course. He is a member of the APTA’s Orthopaedic, Neurology and Private Practice sections. On the state level, he recently began serving as the DPTA’s newsletter editor. “ In my experience, physical therapists and physical therapy assistants tend to be very altruistic members of the healthcare community. This serves us well in the clinic with our patients; however, this does not get us very far in the advancement of our profession. At this critical time, we need to exhibit the tenacity and moral conviction that is necessary to bring about meaningful change in the healthcare system. We are uniquely trained and thus qualified to assess the likely impact of movement impairments as they relate to a person’s functional mobility, quality of life, participation in the community, success in the workplace, etc. Furthermore, our body of knowledge allows us to provide evidence-based, cost-effective rehabilitation and wellness services. If we are not proactive in promoting the profession, and I dare say, “marketing our product,” then we will be doing ourselves, our patients and ultimately society at large a huge disservice.  Theodore Roosevelt reportedly said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” With that said, I do not want to be guilty of doing nothing. That is why I am pleased to be running for the position of DPTA secretary so that I can assist our excellent state leadership with doing the right things that will advance physical therapy in Delaware.”

Chief Delegate: Lynne Sturgill, PT, DPT, OCS

 (Term: 2018-2020) Lynne is a native Delawarean and received her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware and her transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Widener University.  She is an APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS).  She has been a career-long member of the APTA and has served the DPTA in many roles: Membership Chair, Secretary, Nominating Committee and Alternate Delegate.  Lynne is a PTA faculty member at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and volunteers at the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. In addition, she is a lector at St Mary Magdalen Church and a volunteer with Faithful Friends Animal Society.


PTA Caucus Representative: Heena Patel, PTA

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