Remembering Cindy Miles, PT, PhD : Pediatric Physical Therapy

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Remembering Cindy Miles, PT, PhD

Pediatric Physical Therapy 35(3):p 285, July 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000001033
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We lost a wonderful woman with the death of Cindy Miles. She was a tremendous supporter of Pediatric Physical Therapy and evidence based physical therapy practice. I am honored to have worked with Cindy during my years as Editor-in-Chief and to have counted her a dear friend. We are reprinting her remembrance that was published in Milestones. It was written by members of the Academy.

From the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy President Cindy Miles, PT, PhD, passed away on February 6, 2023, after a private battle with cancer while surrounded by the love of her family. Cindy was a clinician, successful private practice owner, and educator. She served as President of APTA Pediatrics for 2 terms and was the founder of the APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference. She also served in many other roles in the Academy, including APTA Pediatrics Treasurer, Pediatric Sports-Fitness SIG Chair and Vice Chair, and as a manuscript reviewer for Pediatric Physical Therapy. She served APTA on the Movement System Task Force, FiRST Council, Movement System Summit, Payment Policy & Advocacy Committee, and State Government Affairs Medicaid Workgroup; she was also involved in the Sports Section, Private Practice Section, and Pennsylvania Chapter. Cindy served as Director of Pediatric Therapies at St Luke's University Health Networks and was actively engaged in the Lehigh Valley community.

Cindy encouraged us all to be forward-thinking and proactive in tackling critical issues affecting our profession and the families we serve. She felt that promotion of health and wellness should be a primary focus for each child from day one, and defined pediatric physical therapists as lifespan movement specialists that empower the starting point to optimize lifelong meaningful participation for ALL abilities. APTA Pediatrics recognized Cindy's many contributions during the Business Meeting at the Combined Sections Meeting on February 24, 2023.


Linda Fetters, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Santa Barbara, CA

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