Reference for aquatic exercise specialists; physical, occupational, and recreation therapists and assistants; athletic trainers; and rehabilitation nurses.
Harriet Purcell Adams has taught aquatics and swimming for nine years and is the owner of Integrated Therapy, LLC, an outpatient aquatic physical therapy clinic. This passionate educator has provided instruction for many national nonprofit organizations and was the first person to receive endorsement from the American Physical Therapy Association for continuing education courses. A sought-after consultant, she shares her aquatic expertise with schools, hospitals, and aquatic equipment companies. Harriet regularly writes articles on aquatic therapy and is an energetic entrepreneur. She owns Aquatic Consultants of Georgia, Inc., and founded the Southeastern Aquatic Therapy Conference in 1997. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed the physical therapist assistant program at Gwinnett Technical Institute.
Charlotte Owen Norton is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and accomplished aquatic physical therapist who has been active in the field since 1991. A researcher, public speaker, educator, and writer, Dr. Norton recently coauthored The Team Approach to the Aquatic Continuum of Care, the first book to define this multidisciplinary field. She received the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute's Tsunami Spirit Award in 1997 and the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Spirit Award in 1996. This internationally known aquatic expert was an athletic trainer for the United States Olympic Swimming Team in 1992 and the Paralympics in 1996. Dr. Norton earned her doctorate of physical therapy from Creighton University.
Helen Mautz Tilden has taught and developed aquatic programs since 1981 and continues to greatly influence the field of aquatic therapy today. Helen was appointed to the task force to revise the aquatic training manuals for the Arthritis Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, providing especially valuable input based on her perspective as a registered nurse. She also has developed a variety of aquatic programs and videos. Helen is a creative instructor trainer and trainer of trainers who received the Aquatic Exercise Association's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.