PT Profile: Wendy McGinley, PTA, LMP, CCI, CLT | Nov 9, 2012

My name is Wendy (Haug) McGinley, PTA, LMT, CCI, CLT. I graduated from Williston State College in May of 1995 with my AAS degree in PTA and in May of 2002 with a Certificate in Massage Therapy. In July 1999, I graduated from Valley City State University with a BS degree in Vocational and Technical Education.

I have worked for 17 years in a variety of places and settings. I worked at Williston State College as an Instructor and ACCE in the PTA program for seven years (1995 - 2002) and Program Coordinator and Instructor in the Massage Therapy program for the last two years (2011 - current). I also worked at Mercy Hospital (Williston - 3 years), Trinity Health (Minot - 5 years), Altru Health System (Grand Forks - 3 years), Catholic Health Initiatives (Williston - 1 1/2 years) and Elite Health & Fitness (Williston - 1/2 year). These settings included: acute care, rehab, outpatient therapy, home health care, hospice, nursing homes, swing bed. I currently work at Williston State College as the Program Coordinator and Instructor for the Massage Therapy program. During my "spare" time, I continue to fill in at Elite Therapy and Fitness seeing outpatients.

I have received the following awards or recognitions:

  • 1993 - joined APTA
  • April 1999 - became a Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • May 2002 - received Tenure at Williston State College
  • Fall 2004 - elected to the NDPTA as the PTA rep
  • Oct 2008 - became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • July 2011 - received Career & Technical Credential by the ND Department of Vocational and Technical Education
  • July 2012 - appointed to the State Board of Massage Therapy by the Office of the Governor

I have been a member of the APTA for 19 years, since 1993. I initially joined the APTA as it was strongly encouraged by the faculty of the PTA program. It was fun, and slightly overwhelming, to receive all of the information from the APTA. Year after year I kept renewing my membership without really being involved or knowing what exactly they were about. But, in 2004 when I was asked to step into the PTA rep position with the NDPTA to complete someone's term, I finally came to realize just how much they do for the profession of physical therapy.

The APTA provides me with many great opportunities and a tremendous support network. The ability to collaborate with PTs and PTAs from across the nation and come together in order to move the profession forward is a great feeling.

My husband's name is Mark and he is an independent landman contracted with Empire Oil Company in Williston. We have a daughter, Katelyn, who is married to Troy. They live and work in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Katelyn is a med tech at Fairbanks Hospital and Troy is an elementary teacher in North Pole, Alaska. They made us grandparents to a beautiful baby boy, James Michael, in June. Thankful for technology so we can skype with them.

I enjoy photography, zumba, and volleyball. (I love to play it, and have officiated volleyball for the last 24 years).

I would have to say that my fondest memories regarding physical therapy happen to be from attending my first House of Delegates/National Conference. Not only did the ND delegation welcome me and make me feel like a valuable part of the team, but the way I was mentored through my first House of Delegates was greatly appreciated. I had an amazing mentor who continues to be a great friend to this day.

I am greatly honored to be in the PT Spotlight. I would like to thank you for recognizing a PTA for this distinction. Through our crazy, hectic careers and lives, it is nice to stop for a moment and truly appreciate where we have been and where we are going. The future is both exciting and scary, but together let us all "Move Forward".