Private Practice SIG

The APTA Pennsylvania Private Practice Special Interest Group is a state-wide volunteer organization that brings together any member of the Pennsylvania Chapter (PTs and PTAs) in good standing who share an interest in evidence-based care within private practice.

Benefits of membership include peer-to-peer networking, providing a forum for education in private practice, and identifying and promoting the utilization of standards of competency for practice, research, and education in private practice.

Membership to the APTA Pennsylvania Private Practice Special Interest Group is free. 

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Jane Oeffner
Private Practice SIG Chair
Term ends: 12/31/26
Jennifer M. Brown
Private Practice SIG Vice Chair
Term ends: 12/31/24
Andrew Zang
Private Practice SIG Secretary
Term ends: 12/31/25


APTA Pennsylvania Private Practice SIG Award

The awards for each SIG recognize a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant that is a member of APTA/APTA Pennsylvania and has made meaningful contributions to physical therapy at the individual, chapter, or national level in the practice area supported by the SIG. The contributions can be in any of the following areas:

  • Excellence in patient care or clinical practice
  • Excellence in education or research 
  • Community Advocacy

If you would like to recognize a colleague for excellence in private practice, please submit a letter of nomination and the candidate's resume/CV (preferred, not required) through the APTA Pennsylvania SIG Award nomination form. Award nominations open soon - submit your nomination.

Review Our Past SIG Award Winners
View Private Practice SIG Award Criteria

Vincent M. Imperatrice Annual Private Practice Award

Vincent M. Imperatrice was a Philadelphia native and a 1956 graduate of the Physical Therapy
Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He resided in Media, PA, along with working full time
in acute care facilities, founded Physical Therapy Associates of Delaware County, a private practice
which he directed from 1957-1990.

Throughout his career, Vince was very active in the Association at the district, state, and national
levels. He was one of the founders and chair of a private practice group which was a forerunner of
the present Private Practice Special Interest Group (PPSIG). When the Special Interest Groups
were created in 1984, Vince was elected the first Chair of the PPTA Private Practice SIG.
Vince was a long-time proponent of creating an award specifically to recognize the private
practitioner and offered personally to fund such an award. In September 1993, while fighting a
losing battle with cancer, he again made his interests known to the Private Practice SIG officers.
In November 1993, his daughter, Patricia Imperatrice-Carney, being aware of her father’s wishes,
donated $1,200.00 to the Private Practice SIG to perpetuate a Private Practice Award.
Vincent M. Imperatrice passed away on November 16, 1993.

The first PPTA Private Practice SIG award was presented posthumously to Vincent M. Imperatrice
and accepted by his daughter Patty at the Spring meeting in 1994. Following the presentation, the
name of the award was changed to the Vincent M. Imperatrice Private Practice Award.

Vincent M. Imperatrice helped define the private practice of physical therapy and reshape the
delivery of physical therapy services. He was truly one of the pioneers in the private practice of
physical therapy, which helped blaze the trail for those who followed.