Maegan Olivos, PT, DPT, MPH, GCS

Dr. Olivos is running for Treasurer in the 2022 APTA Colorado Elections. 

Maegan is a board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy with substantial experience in outpatient rehabilitation and program management. She received her dual Doctor of Physical Therapy-Master of Public Health degree from Arcadia University in 2014 and has spent the majority of her clinical career working within hospital-based outpatient clinics both in Denver, Colorado and in her hometown of Washington, DC. She is an active APTA member and served as the Legislative Chair for DC APTA from 2017-2019 before relocating to Colorado with her family. Maegan seeks the Treasurer position to share her program and financial management experience and represent the interests of APTA Colorado. Her background founding and managing “Stay Moving with Parkinson’s”, a community-based exercise and wellness program for people with Parkinson’s Disease funded through the Parkinson’s Foundation, gave her a strong financial and budgetary foundation that would serve the chapter well. In addition to personally writing each grant application and annual report, Maegan designed the program methodology, engaged stakeholders, tracked outcomes, and oversaw program budgets for three years. She hopes to bring this expertise to APTA Colorado as we navigate uncertain economic times. Presently, Maegan practices outpatient physical therapy at Denver Health and works as a part-time postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Rehabilitation Sciences Department in the RESTORE lab. She enjoys competitive swimming, baking, and spending time with her family and pit-mix, Rosie.

What strengths do you bring to the Colorado Chapter and what strengths would you bring to the position you are running for?

I have a strong policy and advocacy background as well as formal training in grant writing, budgetary processes, program management, and program evaluation. I was able to directly apply my academic training from my dual Doctor of Physical Therapy-Master of Public Health degree beyond the classroom when I founded and managed a community health program for people with Parkinson's Disease as a early career physical therapist in 2016. This experience further developed my strong analytical, written and oral presentation skills and led to my involvement in my local APTA chapter in Washington, DC. Now, three years after relocating to Colorado, I am committed to serving and advancing the interests of Colorado physical therapists and physical therapy assistants by acting as Treasurer.

What are weaknesses of the Colorado Chapter and what improvements would you like to make?
Promoting the value of APTA membership is a challenge across the profession and within Colorado. I would like to improve chapter membership by offering unique membership opportunities and encourage need-based financing opportunities as an opportunity to engage new membership and improve the overall impact and advocacy efforts of the chapter. Boosting membership could also serve the auxiliary purpose of promoting more diversity, equity, and inclusion in chapter membership to meet the strategic goals of the future.