Alumna Honored As APTA Emerging Leader

Congratulations to KP Nor Cal PT Fellow Dr. Amy Pakula for being recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as an Emerging Leader. This important honor is given to physical therapists who have demonstrated extraordinary service early in their careers.

In addition to owning and operating a busy PT practice, Amy has been extremely active in the Montana chapter of the APTA (MAPTA). In her short tenure on the MAPTA board of directors, Amy served as chapter secretary, implemented a social media program, reorganized the volunteer program and worked on the legislative committee. For the first time in over 10 years, MAPTA sponsored and was successful in passing telehealth and licensure compact laws in this year’s legislative session.

“Amy embodies the values of our Fellowship program, and we couldn’t be more proud of her leadership, service, and accomplishments,” said Program Director Eric Robertson.

Amy credits her specialized training through the KP Nor Cal OMPT Fellowship for her success. She is the only physical therapist in Bozeman to have completed fellowship training and one of only five PT Fellows in the state. “Being in the fellowship forever changed my career. I wouldn’t be where I am today – opening my own practice, being active at the state level and legislatively – if I hadn’t had the mentoring, teaching and networking at Kaiser. The faculty is unparalleled at bringing out the best of each fellow, professionally and personally,” said Amy.