Candidate Comments for Upcoming Elections | Aug 10, 2017


Cindy Flom-Meland, PT, PhD

I am currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Education for the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota. I also continue to work in the clinic with Altru Health Systems. I received my BSPT in 1991 and MPT in 1993 from UND. I have been active in the NDPTA for my entire PT career, including Secretary, QA Committee member, Member-at-Large > 30,000, Delegate/Chief Delegate, and Ethics Committee member. I have also had the opportunity to be active at a national level in the APTA serving as Delegate/Chief Delegate at the House of Delegates for 9 years. I am also currently on the Advocacy & Consumer Affairs Committee for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy and serve as the academic co-chair for the Clinical Education Special Interest Group (CESIG) for the Education Section.
I have a lot of passion for the profession of physical therapy. I like to say I got 'bit' by the APTA bug attending my first annual conference (and HOD) as a student. I want to bring this passion to the NDPTA with the opportunity to serve as President of the NDPTA. I believe my experience within the different positions of the NDPTA has provided me with a good foundation to be ready for this challenge.

Vice President

Heather Studsrud, PT, DPT, CIDN

Heather graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2007, with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She currently works at ProRehab in Fargo, where she treats a wide variety of patients. She is also a member of the Orthopaedic and Women's Health Sections of the APTA and serves as a clinical instructor which she has been doing for approximately 5 years.
Heather has been serving as the Public Relations Chair for 5 years. She is the State Director for the FUNFitness Healthy Athletes Program, which is a program within the Special Olympics. With all of these responsibilities, she interacts very closely with the PT students for recruitment of volunteers and supervision of skilled techniques. She would be able to utilize these specific competencies and develop rapport when carrying out her duties as Vice President.
She currently resides in Fargo with her husband, Jon, and daughters, Kenley and Tatum.


Heather A. England, PT, DPT

In 1999, Heather earned her master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, and joined ProRehab in 2002. In 2007, she earned her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. Heather works as a clinician, clinical instructor, and is a co-owner of ProRehab Physical and Occupational Therapy, a private practice clinic in Fargo. She has been an APTA member since being a student and became involved with the state chapter in 2008, serving on the PR Committee and later becoming PR Chair. In 2011, Heather was elected to be Delegate and served in this position for 4 years and then was elected to serve as Chief Delegate for the past 2 years.
Statement of Intent: It is my intention to run again and represent the State of North Dakota as a Delegate. The past 6 years have been an amazing learning opportunity and have given me a perspective on our profession that I would have never otherwise known. During the CSA meetings at CSM and HOD along with multiple town hall and Midwest Caucus meetings, I feel that this perspective along with developing confidence has allwoed me to participate in conversation and offer feedback for the greater good of our profession. I am motivated to continue this momentum and to serve our compoentn for the next 3 years as Chief Delegate. Thank you!

Nominating Committee

Tara Haj, PT, DPT, NCS

I graduated with a DPT from UND in 2005. Since then, I have worked in inpatient and outpatient neurorehab settings in Chicago, Minneapolis, and with Sanford Health in Fargo for 6 years. Currently, I am the Assistant director of Clinical Education for the University of Jamestown DPT program in Fargo, ND, and have been here for 3 years. It has been my pleasure to serve on the NDPTA Nominating Committee for the past three years and am very much hoping to continue with this committee for another term. Getting our members more involved in association events through committees and on the Board is an important role that I will work hard to continue if elected for another term. The NDPTA is our voice as a PT profession in ND and so important in promoting our profession, engaging the public, and serving our members. I would be grateful to have your vote.