Recognizing Outstanding and Dedicated PT Professionals

2020 Conference Award Winners

The Mercedes Weiss Service Award - given to honor members who have contributed in several significant areas to the profession of physical therapy at large. Winner - Derek Fenwick, PT, MBA

Derek N. Fenwick, PT, MBA is the Senior Director of Human Resources at Infinity Rehab. Derek currently serves as a member of both the APTA Nominating Committee and the OPTA Nominating Committee. He is a past President of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association and has served on APTA’s Post-Acute Care Payment Reform Workgroup and Leadership Development Committee.

Derek earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University in 2003, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Management from Regis University in 2010. He became a board-certified specialist in geriatric physical therapy (GCS) in 2011. Derek recently earned SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) status from the Society for Human Resource Management.

 View a Video Interview with Derek here!

The Distinguished Service Award - given to someone who has made a significant impact in furthering the goals of the OPTA through their service. Winner - Sandra Fisher, CAE

Sandra Fisher, CAE served as the executive director of the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) for fourteen years. During that time period she helped the association’s membership grow, stabilized the functioning and organization of the association, helped enhance continuing education with implementation of programs such as Doc Talks, built two websites, helped launch an extensive PR campaign for members to utilize, oversaw all aspects of the association (finances, membership, newsletter, continuing education, and events), and worked closely with the volunteer leadership of the board and committees to advance the agenda of Physical Therapy in Oregon.

During her tenure, she enjoyed learning about Physical Therapy and the importance of its role in the medical community and how it offers a path for healing, motion, pain reduction, and how it helps improve the health of society overall. She grew to learn and appreciate the complexities of the profession of Physical Therapy as well as the knowledge, extensive training, and expertise PT’s must have. The overall highlight of working with OPTA was getting to know the many dedicated volunteers over the years.

After selling Update Management in July of 2018 she retired with her husband—who was also her business partner. She is the first to tell anyone who asks she was very fortunate to have been able to work with many great volunteers over the years. OPTA was one of the associations that was Blessed with active, quality volunteers who were dedicated in moving the association and the profession of Physical Therapy forward.

The Ricci Susick Advocacy Award - established to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution in the areas of advocacy and mentorship, furthering the physical therapy profession both locally and nationally. Winner - Chris Murphy, PT

Chris Murphy, PT is the founder of Rehab Compliance Group, a consulting firm with expertise in compliance, utilization review, payment policy, and documentation guidelines for rehabilitation professionals.

Chris is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina's physical therapy program with experience in private practice and integrative health care delivery systems. He is Epic-certified and works as a Senior Application Analyst at Providence St Joseph Health.

Chris has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1995 and has served in many capacities related to compliance and payment policy, including many years as the Federal Affairs Liaison for the chapter and three years as a member of the APTA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. He currently serves as the Government Affairs Committee Chair for the Oregon Physical Therapy Association. 

Regional Awards:

Portland-area Regional Award - Carly Lochala, PT, DPT

Carly Lochala is a board-certified neurologic clinical specialist currently practicing physical therapy at Oregon Health and Science University. She graduated from New York University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013 and completed a neurologic residency at University of Southern California/Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Particular clinical interests in include working with patients with vestibular disorders, facial nerve disorders, traumatic brain injury and functional movement disorders. In addition to her clinical interest in neurologic rehabilitation, she is passionate about education, and is adjunct faculty at University of Southern California, teaching in the hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy program. In her spare time she is an avid runner and loves spending time with her husband,daughter, and dog on adventures in the Pacific Northwest.  

Listen to someone who has benefited from Carly's work!

Southwest Regional Award - Jeremiah Moore, PT, DPT

Jeremiah Moore received his BS in Exercise Science with a Minor in Sports Medicine in 2005 from Pacific University, whereupon he then went on to obtain his clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Clarke University in 2008.  Jeremiah joined the VA in 2013 as the Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services in White City, Oregon.  He has led his team to excellence during his tenure, achieving recognition for best practices for his implementation of Direct Access in 2015, as well as for his development of the VA SORCC’s Amputee Clinic, including the integration of neuropsychology services into the provision of care for Veterans with limb loss.  Jeremiah has been active in the physical therapy profession as a member of the APTA since 2005, and as a contributing member of the OPTA’s Government Affairs Committee for 7 years, and on the BoD for the OPTA for several years.

In his personal life, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife, Brandi, and their five beautiful children, Rowen, Weston, Miah, Liam and Kenna. 


Central Oregon Regional Award - Andy Sabatier, PT, DPT

Andy Sabatier is a critical care physical therapist based in central Oregon. Born in Baltimore, Maryland to Kathy and Hank Sabatier, he grew up in a medically-oriented family that used anatomical terms at the dinner table. Body movement was a language understood by Andy at an early age, and sport has guided his path to PT. The opportunity to play lacrosse brought him to Auburn University after which he struck out for the mountains of the West and embarked on a 5 year journey as a professional skier. While completing his doctorate at New York University, Andy was exposed to ICU practice under clinical observation with Dave Zemmel DPT at New York Presbyterian / Columbia hospital. Following cardiac and critical care training at Stanford University, he established himself at St Charles Medical Center in Bend, OR and shortly thereafter undertook the implementation of a successful early mobility program in their intensive care unit. As a therapist, he has pursued specialization in facilitating breathing mechanics under mentorship from Mary Massery DPT, and founded Academy West Breathing & Performance in 2019. He enjoys spending time in the Oregon mountains with his wife Nicole and daughter Genevieve and is supported by his mother Kathy and sister Julie.


Northwest Regional Award - Stacy Mosbrucker, PTA

Career:  LSVT Big certification. Worked in Acute Care/outpaitent setting 13 years at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.  Worked last 6 years in outpatient pelvic health. 
APTA/OPTA:  OPTA PTA Alternate Representative 2017-2018; OPTA PTA Representative 2019, 2007-2009; Working with Academy of Pelvic Health to begin PTA Task Force for APTA.
Hobbies: 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, enjoys hiking, running and biking and coaching softball.
Family: Grew up in the Damascus/Gresham area and moved to go to Western Oregon University. Married for 12 years with 2 very active kids!

Emerging Student Leader Awards:

SPTA Award - Michelle Spindler, SPTA 

SPT Award - Gavin McBride, SPT, MS