The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) has certified 12,937 individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas.In 1981 the American Physical Therapy Association House of Delegates approved board certification in the area of orthopaedics. The first orthopaedics specialist certification examination was administered in 1989. As of June 2011, ABPTS has certified 6,846 orthopaedic specialists.
Dr Leitner was certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist in 1992 and has distinguished herself for the past 20 years as an OCS.
Specialization is a process for physical therapists to provide formal recognition of their advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in a special area of practice. It also helps consumers and the health care community to identify physical therapists who are board certified specialists in a unique area of practice.
Now more than ever, the old adage “let the buyer beware” holds true. In a market place flooded with unlicensed and self proclaimed “specialists” in the fields of fitness and exercise, trust your rehabilitation and wellness needs to a bona fide medical professional with documented clinical knowledge, experience and expertise. The designation PT, OCS ensures that you are receiving care from a licensed and qualified physical therapist that will provide you with specialized medical care.