Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Therapist Professional Advisory Committee

Professional Development Committee

The mission of the Professional Development Committee is to improve therapist's professional expertise and guide career advancement.

Chair: CAPT Francine Barnett

Deputy: LCDR Michael Krok

Subcommittees and Task Forces under this committee include:

Education Subcommittee

Chair: CDR Steven Spoonemore

The mission of the Education Subcommittee is to identify and coordinate educational opportunities that promote evidence based practices as well as to provide clinical information, and updates in order to enhance the overall medical mission of the U.S Public Health Service Therapist Officer.

The Education Subcommittee facilitates and coordinates all military educational courses available to the Therapist Category. In addition the Education Subcommittee promotes Evidence Based Practices through the Advanced Therapy Practices webpage, this document is maintained by the Subcommittee encouraging Therapist Officers to engage in research and seek the best available knowledge to improve patient care outcomes.



  1. Selected for a 3 year term and reports to the Professional Development Committee Chair.
  2. The Education Subcommitee Chair also represents the Subcommittee during any TPAC calls and serves as the main liaison for all affairs of the Subcommittee.
  3. The Chair is responsible for distributing letters of participation to all active members at the end of the calendar year.
  4. The Chair also provides any updates, or any educational opportunity announcements to the TPAC as necessary.


Members attend via teleconference meetings and are expected to be an active participant by engaging in the dialogue and taking on tasks outlined during any of the Education Subcommittee meetings. Failure to remain active or accumulate three or more unexcused absences from the teleconference calls, will result in the exclusion of such officer(s) from receiving a participation credit in the form of letter(s) or award(s).


The Education Subcommittee is responsible for updating any changes to the Advanced Therapist Practices webpage; these include newly officer achieved board certifications, critically appraised topics, any therapist officer authored research, evidenced based continuing education opportunities (civilian, or military), and any therapist led clinical presentations that promote advanced clinical practices.

The Subcommittee meets once a quarter to discuss any received updates and ensure that it reflects the mission of the Subcommittee prior to submission to the Therapist Webpage Subcommittee. In addition, the Education Subcommittee ensures 508 compliance with all submitted presentations. This is accomplished by asking Subcommittee members to volunteer in the screening process, prior to submission for posting.

Mentoring Subcommittee

Chair: LCDR Katie Jacques

The Mentoring Program is designed to promote mentoring skills to ensure mentorship across the life cycle of an officer's career from integration of officers and  civilian therapists into the US Public Health Service to Senior Officer preparing for retirement.  Junior levels of GS (5-7) and Commissioned Officers (CO) (O3 and below) are eligible and encouraged to participate as mentees, and are all issued a TPAC Welcome Package at Officer Basic Course (OBC).  Eligible mentors are those persons at or above the GS-8 level for civil service or a rank of O4 for COs. 

Public Health Service Therapist Category Mentoring Program Contact:

Mentee Responsibilities

All active duty PHS CC Officers assigned to the Therapist Category who are willing to agree to program requirements, i.e., a time requirement of two hours per month, plan to remain on active duty the duration of the agreement, has an officers approval, and has supervisory approval.  They are asked to devote at least one hour per week for contact with the mentor and preserve confidentiality. Mentees have the responsibility of setting up meetings with the mentor and rescheduling as often as possible. 

  • Initiate - schedule discussions, actively seek out the mentor's advice
  • Be honest - be open and frank, share your self-assessment of career development needs and personal career goals
  • Listen - consider all suggestions without being defensive
  • Participate - take full advantage of the services and assistance offered, make decisions based on all information gathered, follow through on suggestions that make sense


Please download and print the appropriate mentoring applications. Complete, scan, and submit electronically to the mentoring coordinator at email address below.

Mentor Application Mentor Agreement

Please contact the mentoring coordinator if you have technical difficulties or need special accommodations.

Contact: LCDR Katie Jacques Phone: 907-729-7441 Email: kjacques@southcentralfoundation .com

Promotion Preparation Subcommittee

Chair: CDR Richard Brantley

The Promotion Preparation Subcommittee develops materials and documents that support officers in preparing for promotion review each year.

Important Promotion Preparation and Readiness Links:

Benchmarks are the criteria that the promotion board will use to evaluate officers. They were first established during the 2004 Promotion Year. Relative weightings used during that promotion cycle are shown in parentheses.

  1. Performance Rating and Reviewing Official?s Statement (Performance) (40%)
  2. Education, Training, and Professional Development (Professional Qualifications) (20%)
  3. Career Progression and Potential (25%)
  4. Professional Contributions and Services to the Corps (Officership) (15%)
  5. Basic Readiness (0%)


  • Formatting your CV according to the category specifications assists the Promotion Boards in their review and accuracy.
  • The CV Summary should be 1 to 2 pages only.
  • Remember that the CV Summary is page 1 or 2 of your CV.
  • The CV Summary and CV should always be faxed in as a single document.
  • Do not fax the CV Summary and CV separately. One of them will be deleted, as OCCO discards any previous CV documents.
  • Make sure to follow the FAX machine instructions for document placement before sending to avoid having your documents being placed updside down in your eOPF.
  • After sending your documents to your eOPF, log in and check for completeness and accuracy of your document placement.

Officer Basic Course Coordinator: LCDR Jamie Kamon-Brancazio

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