The Arkansas Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has named Park Tipton as a Centennial Scholar.

The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to identify and support a cadre of 100 physical therapists across the nation in developing future leaders in the profession.

Dr. Tipton of Monticello and Dr. Philip McKelvy of Little Rock were the two physical therapists in Arkansas named Centennial Scholars.

This 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging these scholars via live and virtual learning experiences. Additionally, each scholar will work to design and complete a capstone project in collaboration with the state chapter of the APTA that addresses an existing need related to physical therapy.

“I hope to be able to use my experiences in the Centennial Scholar program to foster growth in young professionals in our chapter as well as contribute to the growth of our state association,” Tipton said. “I am looking forward to collaborating and learning with other Centennial scholars to move our association forward, working better together.”

Dr. Tipton has worked as a physical therapist at South Arkansas Rehabilitation in Monticello since 2011. He is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. In 2016, he was named as a national Emerging Leader Award winner by the APTA Board of Directors. He has previously served the Arkansas chapter of the APTA as federal affairs liaison, delegate, and vice-president.