For Part 2 of Brandon Poen’s podcast mini series through the Healthcare Education Transformation Podcast, Brandon chatted with 3 members of the Education Leadership Partnership (ELP) which has the mission of “reducing unwarranted variation in practice by focusing on best practices in education” in which they discuss how the ELP was formed, diving into topics that the ELP has been researching and what they’ve learned from studying entry level education, and much more!


Roger Herr, PT, MPA (ELP inaugural chair, 2016-2017) APTA Board of Directors (secretary of the APTA), Member of the ELP

Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA (ELP past-chair, 2017-2018), ACAPT representative of the ELP

Laurie Kontney, PT, DPT, MS (ELP current chair, 2018-2019), Representative from APTE

Email Address to contact the ELP:

The Education Leadership Partnership Website: 

American Physical Therapy Association Website: 

Academy of Physical Therapy Education Website: 

The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy Website: 

The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Website: 

Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Website: 

American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education Website: 

American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Website: 

Kathy Mairella’s Episode on the Best Practices for Physical Therapist Clinical Education Task Force: 

Lisa Dorsey’s Episode on the ACAPT Graduate Outcomes Task Force: 

Part 1 of this podcast miniseries featuring Bob Rowe, Gail Jensen, & John Childs: 

The PT Hustle Website: 

Schedule an Appointment with Kyle Rice:   

HET LITE Tool:    Anywhere Healthcare: (code: HET)     Biographies:  

Laurie Kontney is a Director of Clinical Education (DCE) and Clinical Professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1986, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School (now Rosalind Franklin University) in 1994 and a transitional DPT from Simmons College in 2006.  Laurie joined the Marquette faculty in 1994 as a Clinical Assistant Professor and the DCE, and has continued to work in the clinic in the areas of acute inpatient care, inpatient rehab, sub-acute rehab and OP neuro.

Laurie has been involved in clinical education since graduating with her undergrad; and was instrumental in forming the Wisconsin Clinical Education Consortium as a young clinician.  She is a former member and chair of the Physical Therapist Examining Board (PTEB) for Wisconsin and has taken additional courses on medical ethics as part of her doctoral training. She is an invited member of the Dreamcatchers, an interdisciplinary think tank for ethics in rehabilitation.  Laurie has been active at the district, state and local levels of the WPTA/APTA and has served on and chaired various committees at the local, state and national level and is currently serving as a member and chair of the Education Leadership Partnership (ELP).   Laurie is also a trainer for the APTA Level 1 and 2 Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP).

Dr. Zoher Kapasi is the Dean of College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Before becoming the dean, Dr. Kapasi served as the Director and Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy and Vice Chair of Education of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Bombay, India, Ph.D. in Anatomy/Immunobiology from Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia and Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta. He did post-doctoral work in Immunology at Basel Institute for Immunology, Switzerland and Medical College of Virginia. After graduation, his research focused on age-related changes in immune function and the effects of exercise and nutrition on the immune system. Currently, Dr. Kapasi serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. Dr. Kapasi has taught human anatomy, advanced human anatomy, and business management for the physical therapist in the physical therapy program. In 2014, Emory University School of Medicine conferred the Dean’s Teaching Award to Dr. Kapasi. In 2017, Emory University conferred the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award and the Atlanta Business Chronicle awarded the Health Care Heroes Allied Health Professional Award. An active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Dr. Kapasi has served as the secretary of American Council of Academic Physical Therapy and chaired the Education Leadership Partnership of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Roger Herr is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Roger is a graduate of Temple University and has practiced physical therapy on both the east and west coasts. His involvement in the APTA has been longstanding at local, state and national levels. He is passionate about making a difference and communicating that to his audience.

History: Physical Therapist at New York University Medical Center; taught in NYU’s Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant programs and has worked in both home health and a nursing home; spent a decade on the West Coast: 8 years in Seattle and 2 years in San Francisco; returned to NYC in 2014 to join ICS and be closer to family.

Where have I seen you before? As a physical therapist (BS Temple 1987), health care manager (MPA NYU 1992) who has worked in post-acute care with a focus on community health; as a site visitor/surveyor, CMS (Medicare), serving on NQF Technical Expert Panels, and with a national health care analytics organization specializing in post-acute care measures and reporting; at Sutter Care At Home in San Francisco; on the Board of the American Physical Therapy Association and as an appointee to the National Quality Forum Measurement Application Partnership Post-Acute Care (NQF MAP PAC).

Extracurricular: Walking, running, swimming, biking and yoga; certified yoga teacher; plays upright bass and enjoys good food and mood enhancing beverages…such as coffee.