Ascend Practice and Innovator of the Year

Does your practice have what it takes?

Ascend is the ultimate business summit for rehab therapy professionals—so, naturally, we present the ultimate awards for rehab therapy professionals. Applications for this year’s Practice of the Year and Innovator of the Year awards are now open.


Previous Award Winners

2019 Practice of The Year Winner:

MedStar Rehabilitation Network

MedStar Rehabilitation Network was selected, in part, for its robust programming efforts that are aimed at forming partnerships—and integrating services—with physicians and other healthcare stakeholders. The group’s commitment to diversifying and expanding its programming efforts has helped it provide services across all patient populations, ensuring that the patients who could benefit from physical therapy not only see one, but also achieve the best possible outcomes.

2019 Innovator of the Year Winner:

Summit Physical Therapy, Inc.

Summit Physical Therapy, Inc. was selected due to how it adapted its business model and marketing strategies to overcome the clinic’s unique geographic and logistical challenges. The Summit team demonstrated considerable resourcefulness, creating patient charts and scheduling appointments a month before opening—all while logging extra hours to outfit the clinic with mission-critical equipment and ensure that everything was up to code.


2018 Winner:

MTI Physical Therapy

2017 Winner:

OSI Physical Therapy

2016 Winner:

Pivot Physical Therapy

2015 Winner:

Atlantic Physical Therapy Center


Think you've got what it takes?

The Ascend awards recognize two outstanding practices in two different ways. The Innovator of the Year award is presented to a practice that’s a total rehab therapy trailblazer—one that’s executing innovative, unique, and cool new ideas. The Practice of the Year award is presented to an industry leader—a practice that’s making waves and enjoying proven success. One application, two awards.

Both awards are open to all outpatient physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy practices. On the application, a representative must designate him or herself as the individual who’s submitting the application on behalf of the practice. This representative will serve as your practice’s point of contact for all future communication regarding the award.

You do not need to be a WebPT Member to win, nor does being a WebPT Member increase your chances of winning. While we’ll notify the finalists by September 1, 2020, we will not formally announce the winner until the Ascend 2020 conference.

In order for your practice to be eligible to win an award, at least one practice owner or staff member must attend Ascend 2020 on September 24–26 in Charlotte, North Carolina. That attendee must accept the award on behalf of the practice and share the practice’s success story with the rest of the attendees during a speaking session. Additionally, the winning practice consents to WebPT’s use of the practice’s name, logo, and details of the award application for marketing purposes.

Judges will review all applications and choose winners based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of results achieved
  • Inclusion of data to support reported results
  • Practice’s methodology in achieving results
  • Effect of business’s success on the rehab therapy community
  • Practice’s future goals

The Ascend Awards Include:

  • WebPT-distributed press release announcing the winning practices and describing their successes
  • Full-page ad in Impact magazine highlighting the winning practices
  • Award plaque
  • Ascend 2020 Innovator of the Year or Practice of the Year logo for the practice to use on its website and marketing materials for up to five years following the event
  • Two tickets to Ascend 2020