2017 PT Day at the Capitol

Attention Physical Therapists, Physical Therapists Assistants, Student PTs & Student PTAs:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 7:30 am - 2 pm, PTAG is hosting the 2017 PT Day at the Capitol and we need your help! #PTAGURit

Please distribute the survey below to your patients to gather data and feedback for our copay legislative initiative.


NEW THIS YEAR - Receive an hour of continuing competence educational credit for attending the session during breakfast. Read more below.


This coordinated grassroots event will allow members and non-members to participate in a full agenda of activities demonstrating the physical therapy profession’s strong presence in Georgia and shining light on current issues affecting our practice.

It is essential that we have a strong turnout for this event, and you can help!

WHEN: February 7, 2017 from 7:30 am – 2 pm

WHERE: The Gold Dome
Breakfast Location: Floyd Room 20th floor of the Sloppy Floyd Building, West Tower

Join PTAG for breakfast and an educational session at 7:30 am, a photo with the Governor at 11 am, and then meet with Georgia legislators. 


Continuing Competence Contact Hours:

This year we will be having an educational presentation during the breakfast portion of PT Day at the Capitol which will qualify participants to receive one (1) contact hour of Continuing Competence credit (if participant is registered for the event and signs in and out of the session onsite). Certificates will be emailed to the registrants email address on file after the event.


Completion of this continuing competence seminar will allow for the attendee to understand the current state of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia's legislative initiatives for 2017. The attendee will understand the background of each legislative issue. Additionally, the attendee will understand how each legislative initiative will impact professional practice and the consumer.


After attending this session, attendees will:

  • Understand the role of a lobbyist to PTAG's legislative efforts
  • Understand the details behind PTAG's current legislative efforts: fair co-pay and licensure compact
  • Understand how to build genuine and professional relationships with your state representatives
  • Understand PTAG's new governance structure and identify volunteer opportunities within the new structure


Dr. Ryan Balmes, PT
Dr. Balmes currently serves as President-Elect for the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, assuming the President rold in March 2017. In addition to this, he serves on the APTA Media Corp, representing Orthopaedic and Sports physical therapist practice.

He owns his own private practice, ENDVR Sports Physical Therapy. Dr. Balmes completed a residency in orthopaedic PT at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, LA and fellowship training in orthopaedic manual physical therapy and sports rehabilitation with MVP Physical Therapy in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Balmes is double-certified in orthopaedics and sports physical therapy with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy.

Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Florida, 2011.

Doug Roberts
Mr. Roberts is the Manager of Government Affairs for Duffey Communications, Inc. - an Atlanta-based public relations and government affairs consulting firm. In this capacity, he serves as PTAG's Government Affairs Specialist representing PTAG before members of the Georgia General Assembly on legislative issues impacting the practice of physical therapy in the state.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Roberts began his career working for the Georgia House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means. Since then, he has gained significant legislative experience from working inside state government as a trusted aide in both Georgia and Florida. In addition to an in-depth understanding of the legislative process, Mr. Roberts has established relationships at all levels of government through his previous roles. 


Dress Code

The Capitol will be very crowded with legislators, staff, lobbyists and visitors. Please dress in business or business casual attire to maintain the professional atmosphere. 



(Note: if you arrive after 9:30 am, please go directly the Capitol Building since breakfast will be concluded)

DIRECTIONS TO THE FLOYD ROOM FOR BREAKFAST (20th floor of the Sloppy Floyd Building)

200 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30334


Northbound on I-75/85:

  • Exit at Central Avenue/Fulton St.
  • Take a right at first light
  • Take a left at next light, onto Capitol Avenue
  • When Capitol Avenue turns into Piedmont, Sloppy Floyd Building is on right
  • Floyd Room is on 20th floor of the West Tower

Southbound on I-75-85:

  • Exit at Martin Luther King Jr., Drive/State Capitol
  • Go straight through first light at Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive
  • Sloppy Floyd Building is immediately on right
  • Floyd Room is on 20th floor of the West Tower


DIRECTONS TO THE CAPITOL BUILDING (If arriving after 9:30am)

206 Washington St SW
Atlanta, GA 30334


From the South:

  • Take I-75/85 North to Exit 245 (Capitol Avenue)
  • At the bottom of the exit ramp, continue straight through the stop sign
  • At the first traffic light, turn left onto Hank Aaron Drive
  • The Capitol will be approximately one mile down on the left

From the North:

  • Take I-75/85 South to Exit 248A (Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive)
  • Bear right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
  • The Capitol will be on the left

From the East:

  • Take I-20 West to Exit 58A (Capitol Avenue)
  • Turn right on Capitol Avenue
  • The Capitol will be approximately one mile down on the left

From the West:

  • Take I-20 East to Exit 56B (Windsor St./Spring St./Stadium)
  • At the third light, turn left onto Central Avenue
  • Go to Mitchell Street and turn right
  • The Capitol will be two blocks down on the left



Buses and large vans are allowed to park on the west side of Washington Street in front of the Capitol on most week days. Capitol events or security threats may make this space unavailable. In those cases, buses will be rerouted by Capitol security.

Public parking is available in several locations surrounding the Capitol. Fees vary, but are generally less than ten dollars for the entire day. Certain lots may be closed due to the Legislative session. Some lots may require payment prior to leaving your car.

The following lots are always open to the public if spaces are available:

  • Pete-Hackney Parking Deck (NOTE: The Pete-Hackney Parking Deck offers the easiest access to the Floyd Room where breakfast will be held.)
  • A surface lot located on the north side of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a block west of the Capitol
  • Underground Parking: A parking garage located on the north side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, two blocks west of the Capitol


  • Parking: Spaces for visitors with disabilities are located on Mitchell Street. Vehicles may stop briefly at the loading zone to drop off passengers.
  • Entrances: Visitors in wheelchairs may enter the Capitol from the loading zone off of Mitchell Street and from Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive via ramps which provide access to the first (ground) floor.
  • Elevators: The elevators are located on the east and west sides of the Capitol.
  • Restrooms: Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the first, third and fourth floors of the Capitol building. Facilities for ladies are located on the first floor, inside the Capitol Avenue entrance and on the third floor in room 342. Mens' facilities can be found on the first floor and on the fourth floor adjacent to the House Gallery.
  • Water Fountains: Accessible water fountains can be found near the first floor restrooms on the east side of the Capitol and inside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive entrance.
  • Telephones: Both a TDD and a Volume Control Telephone are located on the first floor of the Capitol in the restroom area.
  • Galleries: Wheelchair spaces are provided in the Senate and House galleries and most legislative committee meeting rooms are accessible.
  • Capitol Grounds: The paths leading to points of interest on the Capitol grounds are paved.



In compliance with security regulations, all visitors must enter the Capitol through a metal detector; the X-ray machine must examine hand-carried items. No weapons, including pocketknives, are allowed in the Capitol. These items should be left in a vehicle because security is not able to hold these items. In addition, off-duty law enforcement officers will not be allowed to carry their weapons while they are inside the Capitol.