Thanksgiving 2015

A time of thanks. A time to take pause. In the traditional definition, “a time to celebrate the blessings of the harvest and the preceding year.” The original Thanksgiving was tied to survival and agrarian bounty. I would say we have lost that primal perspective.

What is your meaning of Thanksgiving? I am thankful for my family, friends and freedom. I am thankful for my professional skills. My professional skills make me a high value target at family gatherings for those looking to improve their mobility, strength and independence with ADLs. I am thankful I can help them and thankful they recognize my professional value.

I value and am thankful for our professional association. They are my second set of family (mentors), friends (peers) and freedom (practice).  This time of reflection is critical as we oftentimes take our profession and professional liberties for granted. I am personally thankful for our lobbyist Melissa Johnson who does great legislative work for us. She helps guide, direct, connect and act on our behalf. I am thankful for our state association staff who create structure and support for our professional needs. I am thankful for our national association, APTA. They help defend and guide/support the profession of physical therapy. None of this could be possible without the tireless volunteer efforts of our members – who I am most thankful for….

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?  Tweet (@erikmoen_BikePT), FB message me, email me ( or call. I want to know what you value in your profession and your professional association.


Erik Moen, PT

PTWA President


Avec Vous


A friend reminded me, and others, of a quote from Jimmy Carter during his Nobel lecture:

“The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices.”  


Our best healing thoughts are with those affected by last Friday’s events in Paris.


Erik Moen, PT

PTWA President

Journals an Example of Niche Member Value

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PTWA President Erik Moen

Value in membership…what is value? Value can be defined in many ways and is mostly individual. I was reminded of the value in my membership with the recent edition of the “Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy” (JOSPT Nov 2015-Volume 45, Number 11).This edition has an extensive review of tendinopathy. The authors are varied in their profession. The review includes areas of imaging, research, clinical application and editorial commentary from those in the tendinopathy trenches. This to me is value.  Journals are just a niche example of membership value. They are “low fruit” so to speak. How do you define value in membership? We want to know. Comment below. Or contact your “favorite” board member by emailing You can find out who the PTWA board members are here: