National Advocacy Dinner 2021 Supports Physical Therapy Profession

The 2021 National Advocacy Dinner is returning to Oregon for its third consecutive year on April 15, 2021. The virtual event is being coordinated by Sydney Neumann ’22, in collaboration with the American Physical Therapy Association Oregon Student Leadership Committee. This annual dinner invites students and clinicians to learn about the current advocacy issues facing the profession and to interact with prominent physical therapists involved in state and national roles. Register today!

Guest speakers include a state legislator and alumni. Oregon Representative Marty Wilde will kickoff the event sharing the importance of constituent advocacy and how student voices matter to state legislators. Mackenzie Van Loo ’17, PT, DPT, CAPP-OB will be speaking about her role as the APTA federal affairs liaison for Oregon, APTA’s current legislative priorities and how students and early career clinicians can become involved in advocacy for the physical therapy profession.

The dinner will also feature a question-and-answer panel with current physical therapy leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to seek advice about getting involved and understanding their role in advancing the physical therapy profession through advocacy.


Sara Lindauer '20, PT, DPT 

  • Physical Therapist at Whole Body Health, Portland 
  • Oregon PTPAC Chair

Cody Lommen '12, PT, DPT 

  • Clinic Director at Therapeutic Associates, East Salem
  • Member of APTAOR Government Affairs Committee

Keaton Ray, PT, DPT

  • Cofounder and COO of MovementX
  • Former Delegate for APTAOR

Garrett Stroup, PT, DPT

  • Physical Therapist at Mercy Hospital
  • Chair of APTAOR Membership Committee

The National Advocacy Dinner will be held in a webinar format at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15. Participants can register on the APTA Oregon website

Tuesday, April 13, 2021