Therapy Leadership Council began in 2004 as a small meeting of VA SCI therapists. The meeting was held in Seattle, Washington and was sponsored by a grant from the United Spinal Association. Because of the grassroots efforts of these VA SCI therapists, TLC’s meeting eventually became a parallel meeting with the Congress on Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. This long standing annual conference was sponsored by United Spinal Association and attended by the American Association of SCI Psychologists and Social Workers, the American Paraplegia Society (APS), the American Association of SCI Nurses.
For the next 5 years, support grew for TLC and membership now included private sector SCI therapists. On October 2009, TLC along with the American Association of SCI Psychologists and Social Workers, the American Paraplegia Society, the American Association of SCI Nurses became the Academy of SCI Professionals (ASCIP).
The TLC section membership is comprised of therapists and other professionals from every region that represent the continuum of SCI rehabilitation from research to clinical settings and from VA to private and academic sectors. The purpose and mission of TLC remains the same it was in 2004 which is to provide a platform for clinical dialog, mentorship, and distribution of information that impact our therapy practice and our clients. Being a part of a larger interdisciplinary organization provides therapists with a broader outreach to fellow SCI professionals and a substantial voice for spinal cord injury.
TLC would like to acknowledge the following founders:
- Theresa Berner, MOT, OTR/L, ATP - The Ohio State University Medical Center
- Jacqueline LaMear Black, MSPT – VA St Louis Healthcare System
- Amy Icarangal, PT – Harborview Medical Center
- Diane Johnston, MSPT - Shepherd Center
- Marty Kilbane, PT, OCS - Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center\
- Darrell Musick, PT – Ekso Bionics; SCI Seminars, Inc
- Elaine Rogers, PT, ATP – VA Puget Sound Health Care System
- Angela Stewart, OTR - VA Puget Sound Health Care System