Michael L. Reed, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC is director of HSS Spine and Sport in Jupiter, Florida. A renowned physical therapist and highly involved NASS member, he is also Chair of NASS’ Allied Health Section. Reed was kind enough to answer some questions for this week’s Blog Q & A.

1. What is your mission this coming year?

By synchronizing the collaborative efforts of all the representative disciplines, we aspire to improve the spine care of patients through expanding the skills and knowledge of allied health professionals and to improve the scope and perspective of NASS through multidisciplinary versatility, mutual collaboration and the exchange of
ideas.

2.  What are your committee’s highlights over the last couple years?

* Establishment of the Allied Health Section, an important milestone from our years of work at the committee level, with a collaboratively shaped document outlining our mission, goals, core values and commitment to the success of NASS.

*  Organized and collaborative teamwork among all representative disciplines toward a common mission, the growth of the Allied Health Section and NASS.

* Development and implementation of robust educational experiences over the past few years at the Annual Meetings, SERC and through digital presentations.

3. What are the committee’s long-term goals?

* Explore options for additional educational meetings and conferences at SERC and via web-based offerings.

* Author articles for SpineLine.

* Author TSJ supplements.

* Recruiting Allied Health professionals for NASS membership (balance of young energetic folks and established experts).

* Search out the latest news on allied health topics for populating
a web page on the NASS site, possibly starting a blog hosted on the NASS site
(new and innovative ways to get education out to the membership), like a
clearinghouse with links to current articles/research on the issues the section
covers.

* Develop a special research fund/award for the Section.

* Back general fundraising efforts for NASS-related research support.

* Participate in, and support, NASS-related political initiatives.

4. What challenges face your committee?

* Managing the cooperation and inspiring the participation of Allied Health Professionals with various credentials, backgrounds, experiences, specialties and from unique practice settings.

* Consistently and accurately ascertaining and meeting the educational needs of our section members as they relate to our stated mission and the interests of the entire NASS membership.

* Growing our Allied Health Membership and stimulating active participation in a challenging economy and evolving health care system with dwindling resources and support for professional development.

* Understanding health care reform, as it relates to the Allied Health community, and keeping our members apprised of how legislative changes can be accommodated and navigated in the best interest of our patients and our professions.

5. How long have you been a NASS member?

I became a member of NASS in 1992 after attending the Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

6. When did you first volunteer? What Committee was it?

In 2002, as a member of the CME Committee which I eventually Co-Chaired from 2005 to 2008.

7. What would you tell other people about serving on NASS committees?

Professionally, my membership in NASS and my work at the committee/section levels has been extraordinarily gratifying. I have learned how to patiently consider varying perspectives and interests with respect to their impact on our global mission and our core values. With persistence and unwavering commitment, I have learned that
anything is possible and that one can have a seat at the table as long as they
are respectful and collaborative. Personally, I have made some very meaningful friendships that have transcended geographical distance, cultural differences and seemingly insurmountable language barriers.  I highly recommend active involvement at the committee level.