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Meet the Board



Lily Schwartzberg, SPT
UW-Milwaukee, Class of 2023

Chair of Fundraising Committee


"Hello my name is Lilly and I am the chair of the SSIG. I am a second year student at UWM. I am originally from Minneapolis, MN but came to Milwaukee for my undergraduate at UWM in kinesiology along with a certificate in Complementary and Integrative Health Care Approaches. I am an AFAA certified group exercise instructor teaching at a small local gym in walkers point called CoMotion. I love guiding and watching my participants grow and build confidence in themselves and their abilities. I can’t wait to see that same thing in my patients! I love physical therapy for allowing me to build this type of rapport with patients. As I move into my third year of clinical rotations I am keeping an open mind regarding where I want to practice and if I want to specialize. I’m just excited to get started working with patients and further developing the SSIG!"



Abigail Nowakowski, SPT
UW-Milwaukee, Class of 2024

Chair of Fundraising Committee


"Hello! My name is Abby Nowakowski and I am a first year DPT student at UW-Milwaukee. I’m so excited to be serving as the Vice Chair of the APTA-WI SSIG and working with the fundraising committee to put on some awesome events this year! I’m from Mequon, WI and earned my B.S. and M.S. in Kinesiology and Health at Miami University (Ohio) in 2019 and 2021 prior to coming to UWM. I also completed a certificate program in Sport Psychology at Miami, which piqued my interest in the roles of mental performance and motivation in athletic performance. One of the things that drew me to physical therapy was the opportunity to treat patients as a whole, by helping them through mental performance blocks in addition to improving their physical function. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy figure skating, teaching group skating lessons, doing yoga, cooking, and spending time with my two dogs. I look forward to getting more connected with the Wisconsin SPT and SPTA community over this next year!"



Valerie Adank, SPT

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, Class of 2023

Chair of Social Outreach Committee


"Hi there! My name is Valerie, I am starting my third year in UWL’s DPT program. I am from southern Minnesota but came to La Crosse for my undergrad in Exercise Science, with a minor in nutrition at UWL, and fell in love with the area. I have spent two years serving on the SSIG Social Outreach Board and look forward to the opportunity to step up and lead this board as Secretary. In my free time I enjoy binging podcasts, reading books, and playing with friends’ puppies. I’m passionate about activism and promoting DEI-B within our profession. My PT interest are long and broad ranging all the way from peds to chronic pain, I hope to find a practice pattern I love on my upcoming terminal clinical rotations. "


Lindsey Palmershiem, SPT
Carroll University, Class of 2023

Chair of Student Networking (Social) Committee


"“Hello! My name is Lindsey, and I am a 2nd year student at Carroll University. I will be in charge of putting together a few events in Wisconsin this year. Furthermore, I will oversee the election for openings on the board next year. I enjoy hiking and spending time with friends, family, and my dog! I look forward to meeting you at events throughout the year!"



Tyler Phan, SPT

UW-Madison, Class of 2024


"Hello! My name is Tyler Phan and as I write this I am a 1st year DPT student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I am originally from Grand Rapids, MI and I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. It excites me greatly the prospect of implementing some project ideas I have during my term on the SSIG Board. People who know me would tell you that I am a super laid back, easygoing person. Some things that I enjoy doing are training for marathons, playing the piano and cello, and playing pick-up hoops. Above all, however, I love the opportunities to try new things with new people. So if you are reading this and we haven’t met yet, don’t be a stranger!"

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