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About IPPT

Working together to promote and protect independent physical and occupational therapy.

Independent Practicing Physical Therapists (IPPT) was created by, and its membership is comprised of, independently practicing physical and occupational therapists who are driven to improve their private practice through the sharing of information with peers.

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In the early 1980’s a group of like-minded entrepreneurial physical therapists felt as if the particular needs of the practice-owning therapist were not being addressed effectively within the state Physical Therapy Association. IPPT was formed by an initial group of around a dozen clinic-owning physical therapists to fill this gap. The initial meetings consisted of just the clinic owners and covered business-related issues ranging from billing and insurance companies to employee benefits and hiring concerns. IPPT was, and is, about providing a supportive atmosphere for clinic-owning physical therapists – a collegial gathering where lessons learned could be shared and assistance provided.

IPPT has grown from these informal biannual gatherings to a formalized annual meeting in Asheville, NC. While intra-member interaction is still the cornerstone of IPPT, outside speakers are also brought in to provide expert information on areas of need. IPPT has tripled in size from those first gatherings, now welcoming physical and occupational therapists, as well as their support staff, from NC, SC and GA.

For a personal history of IPPT, please check out IPPT History By Bob Madtes.

Membership Requirements:

  • Practice must be owned by a physical or occupational therapist
  • Owner/representative of the practice must be a currently licensed (or retired) physical or occupational therapist in NC, SC or GA
  • No “referral for profit” arrangements or any agreements designed to hide “referral for profit’ arrangements (see membership agreement for details)

Benefits of Membership


Leverage the shared experiences of other private practicing therapists


Get connected with other independent practices throughout the region

Annual Meeting

A two-day annual meeting to learn from speakers and exchange information

Interested in becoming a member of IPPT?

If you would like to be a part of promoting and improving independent physical and occupational therapy practice in NC,SC and GA, contact us – or download our membership agreement today!

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Our Member Practices

Visit the websites of our member practices to learn more about the quality, independent physical and occupational therapy they are able to provide you!

Aberdeen Physical Therapy & Wellness

Rick and Terry Young


Allied Rehab

Theresa Hale


Aware Physical Therapy

Robert Zoubek and Kevin Cleary


Axis Physical Therapy

Leanne Burns


BreakThrough Physical Therapy

Jeff Hathaway


Bull City Physical Therapy


Chandler Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab

Jeff Chandler


Eileen Riehman, PT

Eileen Riehman


FIT Physical Therapy

Ellen Roeber


Grace Physical Therapy & Pelvic Health

Erika Grace


Joints In Motion Physical Therapy and Wellness

Adam Smith


Advance Physical Therapy

Susan Henning


Lifestyle Physical Therapy

Karen Shuler


Mountain Physical Therapy

Cherisse Sansone


Oak Ridge Physical Therapy

Andy Michels


Physical Therapy Services Of Wilmington

Russ Simmerman


Physio Physical Therapy and Wellness

Christopher Taylor


PT By The Sea

Theresa Kramer



Louise Yurko


Roper Physical Therapy

Christine Roper


Schuster Physical Therapy

Tracy-Lynn and Greg Schuster


St George Physical Therapy

Rick and Virginia St George


WorkSmart Solutions

Jennie Maness


IPPT In Action

Take a look through our gallery of IPPT practitioners in action

Annual Meeting

The IPPT meets each January at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. The two-day meeting includes speakers, sessions on business and practice-related matters, as well as social and networking events.

The next annual meeting will be held January 14th through January 16th, 2022. Conference information can be found here – IPPT Registration 2022

If you would like to attend, please complete our registration form here.

The 2022 IPPT Annual Meeting – January 14th, 15th, 16th 2022

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Thank You To Our Sponsor This Year,
VALD Health
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Contact Us

We would be glad to provide you with any information you would like about IPPT membership or activities. Please, drop us a line!

IPPT Chair

Karen S Shuler PT, DPT