Laura Volcheff, DPT '14

Laura Volcheff, DPT '14, testified in front of the Oregon House Healthcare Committee on March 1, 2013 to oppose HB 2996, which would have prevented physical therapists in Oregon from using myofascial trigger point release through dry needling technique.

More specifically, HB 2996 would modify the definition of “acupuncture” to include insertion of a solid metal needle into the body to promote health or treat disorder. Furthermore, the bill would limit the ability of certain other health care practitioners to practice other therapy that involves insertion of a solid metal needle into the body. Thanks to the hard work of Volcheff and many others from the Oregon physical therapy community, the bill was killed at committee level.


Volcheff states that a big talking point on the acupuncturist side was that physical therapists are not safe to practice techniques with a solid needle. She countered by explaining that physical therapists are educated on sterile technique, use of solid needles in EMG, wound debridement, and various techniques for myofascial release which includes the anatomy and physiology behind the techniques.


Volcheff credits faculty and fellow students from Pacific University School of Physical Therapy as well as OPTA government affairs committee members for contributing to her testimony including Justin Elliot, APTA state government affairs director, and Inga Deckert, OPTA government affairs committee lobbyist. She states that she received significant guidance from Pacific PT faculty Dr. Medeiros and Dr. Brummitt, who provided her with advice, supplemental reading material, and tips for speaking in front of the committee. Volcheff especially credits fellow PT student Michael Olson, who leads many events for the government affairs committee, for giving her this opportunity to grow as a PT student and as an individual and for seeking out students like herself to get more involved.


According to Volcheff, the entire process “was an excellent experience for my education at Pacific to extend beyond the classroom” and it gave her the opportunity “to explain to the public what PTs are qualified to do.”

Posted by Tamarra Mellick ( on Jul 11, 2013 at 4:40 PM

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