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October 13, 2013

Wehrli Appointed President of a National Organization for Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Department at Craig Hospital has developed a program of care for patients with spinal cord injuries that puts patients, their families and physic

al therapists all on the same team. Working together like an extended family, the team provides patients with support and encouragement.

“The challenge of overcoming the effects of a devastating injury and learning new ways to engage in life is extremely difficult, but I love watching someone overcome an obstacle and succeed,” says Laura S. Wehrli, PT, DPT, ATP, spinal cord injury physical therapy supervisor. “The relationships that are built in the process mean the most.”Laura Wehrli, Craig Hospital, ASCIP

Wehrli has worked in PT for more than 13 years, first at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, N.Y., and then for a decade at Craig Hospital—one of the nation’s highest rated hospitals for PT with patient outcomes superior to many regional and national hospitals. In September, she commenced a two-year term as president of the Therapy Leadership Council (TLC) in the Spinal Cord Injury section of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals Inc. (ASCIP).

Both ASCIP and TLC provide members with professional networking opportunities. TLC strives to improve clinical skills among its members and encourages standardized evidenced-based practice methods throughout the continuum of care to maximize functional outcomes in individuals with spinal cord injuries or disorders.

As TLC president, Wehrli works closely with the board of directors. Together, they are planning pre-conferences at the 2014 Annual Conference in St. Louis and providing support to early career members through mentorship and learning opportunities. TLC members also will contribute to ASCIP’s webinar series.

“Generally, I hope we can be a resource and support to therapists across the country,”Wehrli says. “Craig Hospital has definitely been very supportive of me taking on this role.”