Capital Area District

The Capital Area District (CAD) was organized in 1981 as a new district for Austin area Physical Therapists and Physical Therapists Assistants who were members of the Texas Physical Therapy Association. The CAD is one of thirteen districts in the state of Texas and includes twelve counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Fayette, Gillespie, Hays, Jackson, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis, and Williamson.  This district includes the following zip codes: 78602 - 78766; 78942.

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Become an Item Writer for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)
If you are a practicing physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, apply online today!

A regional workshop is being planned for the Austin, Texas, area. The work-shop will be held August 1–2, 2020 at Texas State University-Round Rock campus in Round Rock, Texas. More information will be provided to applicants upon receipt of your application and resume or CV.

Item writers support their profession by helping to ensure that candidates taking NPTE examinations receive sound, high-quality questions that reflect a broad range of practice.
Item writers participate in a training workshop that covers item-writing theory, the development of items that test higher-order thinking skills, and specific item-writing techniques.

As a small token of appreciation, the FSBPT provides a $200 stipend for completion of 20 items written and approved into the item bank.

Log onto the FSBPT web site at and complete the application process. On the homepage, click on Volunteers, then Apply Online. In addition to completing the online application, a copy of your resume or CV must be submitted to [email protected]; please reference the Austin Regional Workshop in the subject line.

View the flyer here.

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The Capital Area District Quarterly meetings are via multi-site video format to better meet the needs of members spread across the greater Austin metropolitan area.

The meeting sites are: 

  • Texas State University, Department of Physical Therapy Round Rock Campus, Willow Hall, 200 Bobcat Way, Round Rock
  • University of St Augustine for Health Sciences, 5401 La Crosse Ave, Austin
  • Austin Community College, Eastview Campus, PTA Dept, 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin
  • Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital of Kyle, 5980 Kyle Parkway, Kyle

Each location will receive a broadcast of the latest district news along with a 1 hour CCU offering or special topic of interest to the district.  Primary locations will rotate through each site, with the others participating via video link as satellite locations.

Meetings follow a regular format of social time from 5:30-6:00 pm, business and special topic presentation from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. 

Thank you to our sponsor: Remedy Therapy Staffing and Be Healthy at Home

Upcoming Meetings

January 27, 2020
CCU Topic: Direct Access Care: Does this Patient Benefit from Physical Therapy?, Presenter: Scott Shaffer PT, PhD, ECS 

This presentation will utilize various case studies to demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of physical therapists involved in direct access care. The recent changes to the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act regarding direct access care will also be discussed. 

Register or get additional information here.

February 29, 2020
CCU Topic: Clinical Neuroanatomy Review, Presenters: Elizabeth Ardolino, PT, MPT, PhD and Kathleen Manella, PT, PhD

Clinical neuroanatomy principles are directly applicable to physical therapist patient care. A review of neuroanatomy structures relative to common neurologic diagnoses treated by physical therapists will strengthen clinician skills in neurologic differential diagnoses and neurologic examination and treatment. 

Register or get additional information here.

February 29, 2020
CCU Topic: An Introduction to Vestibular Rehab, Presenter: Kendal Reddell

Dizziness is a common patient complaint faced by Physical Therapists. Dizziness symptoms can significantly alter a patient’s quality of life, many times leading to decreased participation, significant mobility deficits, and an increased risk of falls. The vestibular system is implicated in a large percentage of dizziness cases. Knowledge of the vestibular system, vestibular system dysfunction, and vestibular rehabilitation is vital to addressing these debilitating issues. This introductory course will lay a foundation for understanding basic vestibular dysfunction as it relates to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular hypofunction, and central vestibular disorders, including basic assessment and rehabilitation strategies.

Register or get additional information here.

Past Meetings

November 4, 2019
CCU Topic: Everyone Poops... Or Do They?Presenters: Hazel Anderson, PT, DPT and Kristy Demers PT, DPT


Position Name
Chair Ronna Keagle
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Vice Chair  Keri Jackson
Secretary Lois Stickley
Treasurer Deborah Landreth 
Government Affairs Liaison Kathleen Manella 
Student Liaisons   
Membership Committee Liaison Sara Lord 
PTA Liaison  
Communications Committee Liaison  Marci Chandler