OPTA Awards

Congratulations to the 2014 OPTA Award Winners! We are so proud of your accomplishments.

Outstanding Physical Therapist Award: Lynn Czup, PT, DPT
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award: John Rebic, PTA
Outstanding Student Award: Jeffrey Swiers, PT, DPT
Emerging Leader Award: Chris Wilson, PT, DPT, CHES
Meritorious Service Award: Ron Kleinman, PT
Outstanding Clinical Educator Award: Karoline Lubbeck, PT, DPT

The next awards cycle will begin on January 8, 2016 and close March 4, 2016.

Questions about the process? Contact the OPTA Awards Chair, Scott Euype, PT, DPT, OCS by email at or the OPTA office. 

OPTA Research Grants

The function of the OPTA Research Fund is to promote and support research studies relative to clinical practice, education or administration which will enhance the profession of physical therapy. This is provided through grants for approved activities. View the 2015 Grant Recipients!

2016 Grant Application Details
  • Grant applications will open May 2, 2016 and close August 12, 2016.
  • More information and application will be posted here.

OPTA Scientific Symposium Information:

Submit a Presentation Proposal:

OPTA's 2015 Scientific Symposium, held October 9, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, will focus on education of clinical practice guidelines from all practice areas.

Presentations will showcase speakers who will educate our audience in short snippets of well-developed information. Speakers will be challenged to hone their knowledge and give an overview of their topic in 18 minutes or less. Submissions were due May 29, 2015. 

Submit a Research Abstract:

Research abstracts are no longer being accepted for the 2015 Scientific Symposium--view the 2015 top posters and platform presentations. The call for research abstracts for poster presentation at 2016 Scientific Symposium will open in May 2016 and close June 2016.

Top scoring abstracts will be awarded the following OPTA Research Awards at the Scientific Sympsoium:

Best Poster Presentation

To formally recognize an Ohio physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for excellence in presentation of a research poster at the OPTA Scientific Symposium.

Best Platform Presentation

To formally recognize an Ohio physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for excellence in a platform presentation of their research at the OPTA Scientific Symposium.