Candidate Biographies | Aug 28, 2018


Mark Romanick - I am the current Treasurer for the NDPTA and am a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UND. During my 6 years as Treasurer of the NDPTA (and chair of the NDPTA Finance Committee), we have seen our assets grow from $130,000 to $180,000. My goals as Treasurer are continued fiscal responsibility as a chapter and sustained financial growth for our organization.


Mary Dockter - My educational background includes a BSPT from UND (1989), M.Ed. From the University of Mary (2000), and a PhD in education from UND (2004). I also completed the APTA Education Leadership Fellowship (ELI) in 2012. My clinical background is very diverse and includes acute care, home healthcare, and general outpatient care. I have been in my present position as full-time faculty in the UMary PT Program since 1998 and assumed the role of director in 2010. I have a long history of service within the APT including the role of Director of Education with the SOWH and numerous committees; ELI and PTCAS workgroups; and Credentialed Level 1 and 2 trainer for Clinical Education Credentialing. I currently serve on the ACAPT nominating committee, ACAPT Leadership Development Resource Sub-committee, APTA Education Awards Sub-committee, and as Senior Editor of the Journal of Women's Health PT. My NDPTA background includes several years as chair fo the continuing education committee and quality assurance. I am just completing my 3rd year as Delegate. I am very interested in serving the members of the NDPTA as delegate for another term. I feel like I now have a good grasp of the role of this position and have ideas on how the Chief Delegate and Delegate can better communicate the many important proposals and work of the House to our members to gather input and ensure the members' voices and concerns are heard.

Member-at-Large > 30,000

Brittany Anderson - I graduated from the University of North Dakota Physical Therapy Program in 2008. I practiced at a pediatric outpatient clinic in Fargo, ND, for 8 years before joining the University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program in 2016 as an assistant professor. I have been a member of the APTA and NDPTA since beginning PT school in 2005 and have held positions such as Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee chair and Member-at-Large > 30,000. My favorite NDPTA event is the FunFitness event every spring. I have greatly enjoyed participating on the Board for the North Dakota chapter of the APTA and I have stayed active in the membership committee as well as volunteering for PR committee events. I have build a relationship with the members of the NDBPT and I would be honored to serve another term as the member-at-large > 30,000.

Tyler Burcham - I have been a Physical Therapist for almost 10 years. I graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2009 and practiced therapy in Idaho for 5 years. My wife and I decided to move back to North Dakota so we could raise our children closer to family. I have enjoyed being active in the Physical Therapy community and would value the opportunity to become more involved in the NDPTA. The presence of a strong state organization is vitally important to the strength and the future of our profession. I have surrounded myself, and have learned from, close mentors who have been part of state and national board of directors. I have seen firsthand the impact that can be made by being a part of this organization. I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experiences to the NDPTA through the Member-at-Large > 30,000 position as well as continuing to grow both personally and professionally.

Richard (Ricky) Morgan - I am currently a Physical Therapist in an outpatient orthopedic setting at Sanford Health in East Grand Forks, MN. I have past experience in both rural developmental long-term care facilities and urban private practice settings. I also teach at the University of North Dakota in the Department of Physical Therapy from which I graduated in 2015. I am passionate about learning new interventions to help patients return to function and restore quality of life. I am able to translate my love of learning in Physical Therapy to the classroom at UND for the benefit of my students. I am certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT) and specialize in back and neck pain. I am also working toward becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS). I am married to Laura Morgan who is currently a second-year Family Medicine Resident. We have two boys, Oliver and Everett.

Stephanie Olson - Hello. I am Stephanie Olson, BSPT from UND, 1978; MSPT, orthopedics, Concordia U, 2004; and ABPT Orthopedics, 2008, renewed 2017. I am celebrating 40 years of active practice this year. I love my profession. As a clinician, I have contributed to the professional development of colleagues as a mentor, clinical instructor, clinical coordinator for student education, and, by request, development of seminars including Treating the Kinetic Chain of the Spine and Hot Discs: Effective PT, no opioids or steroids needed. I have also developed evidence-based clinical programs for treatment of osteoporosis and lower motor neuro disease (post-polio syndrome and neuro-invasive West Nile virus). While living and working in Wisconsin, I was active in the Wisconsin Chapter of the APTA, serving a 2-year term as a delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, Chair of the North Central District, and two terms on the WPTA board. Three years ago, we moved back to ND. I have been a member of the quality assurance committee for almost 2 years. I am employed at Sanford Health doing outpatient and home health physical therapy. I am interested in continuing to serve my profession as a member of the ND chapter board.

Nominating Committee

Justin Berry - I live in Grand Forks and am seeking reelection to the Nominating Committee. I am the Director of the PTA Program at Northland Community and Technical College and an adjunct faculty member for the College of St. Scholastica transitional DPT Program. I graduated from the PTA Program at Williston State College and the PT Program at UND where I also received my PhD in Higher Education. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings in North Dakota and Minnesota; have previously served as chair of the NDPTA Quality Assurance; chair and member of the Nominating Committee; and member of the Continuing Education Committee. I am a frequent presenter at national physical therapy conferences, am a published researcher, and was awarded the FA Davis Outstanding PTA Educator Award in 2014.

Jenny Schaetz - I am interested in the nominating committee member position for the NDPTA. I think I would be able to excel at this position as a new graduate. I grew up in Fargo, ND, and completed my undergraduate degree at NDSU, double majoring in exercise science and psychology. I graduated from PT school this spring at the University of Mary. As a student, I had the opportunity to attend a couple of the meetings as an NDPTA rep for my class. I accepted a job in Hillsboro, ND, working for BigStone Therapies. In Hillsboro, I am gaining experience working in a variety of settings, including geriatrics, pediatrics, sports medicine, and orthopedics. I would really like the opportunity to serve on the NDPTA board and have a chance to help recruit members and seek out candidates for the NDPTA awards. I really appreciate you considering me for the position.