Student SIG

Welcome to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association - Student Special Interest Group!
"For the students by the Students"

The LPTA SSIG was created through a collaborative effort of LPTA Student Class Representative from PT & PTA schools around the state. Over 100 students from across the state signed the petition to form the group and the LPTA Board of Directors unanimously voted to officially establish the group at the Spring 2008 LPTA Meeting.

This groups serves its membership as a vessel for communication, a tool for creating professional relationships and a platform to promote and educate students across Louisiana on the interests affecting its members. The group strives to provide all the students in Louisiana with the most current information regarding student involvement at a State and National level.

There are many opportunities to get involved! If you are interested in joining a project committee or being a committee chair, please send an email to Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page LPTA Student Special Interest Group for the latest information.

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Executive Board



McKenzie LeBlanc, SPT

1st Year, LSUHSC- Shreveport
Student Conclave Contact & LPTA Meeting Coordinator

Patrick Watlington, SPT

Vice Chairman
1st Year, LSUHSC- New Orleans
PT & PTA Program Liaison Director & SSIG BoD Position Contact

Christina Arrechavala, SPT

1st Year, LSUHSC- New Orleans
Fundraising, PT Pub Night & Social Event Coordinator

Emily Navarre, SPT

1st Year, LSUHSC- Shreveport
Bylaws, Meeting Minutes & Membership Coordinator

Philip "Clay" Clawson, SPT

Student Delegate
2nd Year, LSUHSC- New Orleans
House of Delegates Attendee, Local & National Advocacy Contact

Ashley Tubb, SPT

1st Year, LSUHSC- Shreveport
Bayou Bulletin Columnist, Social Media & Advertising Coordinator

McKenzie LeBlanc, SPT

APTA LA Student Core Ambassador
1st Year, LSUHSC- Shreveport

APTA Key Contact/Liaison to LPTA SSIG Board of Directors

Board Liaisons

Position Name
Physical Therapy Schools
PT Student 1st Year - New Orleans Patrick Watlington
PT Student 2nd Year - New Orleans Clay Clawson
PT Student 3rd Year - New Orleans Nora Smith
PT Student 1st Year - Shreveport McKenzie LeBlanc
PT Student 2nd Year - Shreveport Jordan Papas
PT Student 3rd Year - Shreveport Emorie Nugent
Physical Therapist Assistant Schools
PTA Student - Bossier Parish Community College  
PTA Student - Delgado Community College Raven Lyons
PTA Student - Louisiana College
PTA Student Member - Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Austin Hughes