LIVE from the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana,  Ali Schoos, PT guest hosts and interviews Dr. Sandra Norby on leadership. Dr. Sandra Norby PT, DPT is the president of the American Physical Therapy Association Private Practice Section.

In this episode, we discuss:

-The steps Sandra took to attain leadership positions

-Building a business community

-The vision for the Private Practice Section

-How you can get involved in leadership positions

-And so much more!


Leadership styles vary and different people have different strengths. Assembling these different styles and strengths is important when developing at team as Sandra recommends, “It’s not good to pick someone necessarily just like you, we need everybody’s varieties and then appreciating their strengths.”


Many new ideas are being implemented under Sandra’s leadership of the Private Practice Section. Sandra believes, “Our membership is really relying on us to make a difference in their lives as well as the lives of all of our patients.”


As the Private Practice Section continues to grow, Sandra wants to ensure everyone still has a voice. She stresses, “We need to do the things that our members are expecting us to do.”


For more information on Sandra:

Sandra Norby, PT, DPT is CEO and Co-Founder of HomeTown Physical Therapy, LLC. This Iowa based corporation provides a practice model for ownership and champions the leadership of women in physical therapy. Sandra has served on many leadership positions in APTA and PPS, including being a member of PPAC and two terms as a Director on the PPS Board. She was awarded the 2017 APTA Federal Advocacy Leadership Award for her instrumental work on making Locum Tenens a reality for physical therapists.

Sandra received her Physical Therapy Masters degree from the University of Iowa and her DPT from the University of Montana – Missoula. She has an expertise in compliance and billing and has been a speaker at many state and national events on topics that include technology, leadership, and championing the success of women in physical therapy.

For more information in Ali:

Ali enjoys partnering with her patients of all ages. She has treated professional baseball, tennis, and soccer players, as well as high school, collegiate, and weekend athletes, and everyone in between. She’s dedicated to finding a solution to complex problems, and helps people overcome their body’s obstacles, no matter the challenge. As a Certified Orthopedic Specialist since 1993, Ali works with a variety of difficult cases and utilizes her “Sherlock Holmes-type” skills to find an answer. She leads each patient toward a more active lifestyle. She specializes in biomechanics of the shoulder, spine, and lower extremity, including gait analysis and orthotic fabrication.

Ali owns Peak Sports and Spine Physical Therapy and enjoys leading and learning from her dynamic and passionate team, and believes in excellent customer service. She hopes you’ll be an active participant in choosing your health care provider and recognize Peak Sports and Spine as your primary care physical therapy clinic. “I believe in a partnership between you and your physical therapist.”


Resources discussed on this show:

APTA Private Practice Section


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Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!


Xo Karen

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