About the Board

On August 23, 1965, Act No. 476 was signed establishing the "Physical Therapy Practice Act" in Alabama. The board was established when the governor appointed three physical therapists from a list of five names submitted to him by the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Act No. 622, signed September 4, 1969, amended Act No. 476 to provide for licensing of physical therapist assistants.

It shall be the duty of the board to pass upon the qualifications of applicants for licensing as physical therapists and licensing as physical therapist assistants, to conduct examinations, to issue licenses and renewals to physical therapists and physical therapist assistants qualifying under this article and in a proper case to suspend or revoke the license of such persons. The board may adopt rules and regulations not inconsistent with law as it may deem necessary for the performance of its duties.

Board Members (Name; PT/PTA; Congressional District; Term of Office)

  • Robin D. Irwin, PT, Treasurer; 2nd Congressional District; 1/21/22 - 10/6/27 rirwin@faulkner.edu
  • Jonathan R. Zecher, PT, Member; 5th Congressional District; 10/7/19 - 10/6/24 jozecher@gmail.com
  • Dana Daniel Blake, PT, Member; 6th Congressional District; 1/26/2022 - 10/6/2026 ddblake@samford.edu
  • Robert Fleming Jr., PT, Secretary; 1st Congressional District; 4/5/21 - 10/6/25 flemingrehabsm@gmail.com
  • Barry Zachary Nelson, PTA; Northern Area Representative; 12/15/23 - 10/6/28 barryzachary.nelson@amedisys.com
  • T-Michael Dougherty, PTA, Chair; Southern Area Representative; 2/25/2022 - 10/6/2026 tdougherty@lbwcc.edu
  • Margaret Hemm, Ed.D CCC-SLP; Consumer Member at Large; 1/26/22- 10/6/26 margaretmhemm@gmail.com

Staff Members

  • Kathy Miller, Executive Director
  • Claire Dilaura, Accounting and Budgeting
  • Kristi Mullins, Accounting

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