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James C. Milder, PT ’77

James Milder

In the more than 30 years that James Milder has worked as a physical therapist, the field has rapidly evolved. So has his business. As founding partner and director of Milder and Associates, Jim adapts to his customers’ changing needs and challenges.

“Over the past year my practice has become much more involved with industrial physical therapy where injury prevention and early intervention are paramount,” he says. “Our on-site industrial physical therapy programs help keep workers safe and healthy and provide employers remarkable savings in terms of work-related injuries.”

A Chicago-area native, Jim and his wife, Annie, live in Winfield, Ill. He has lent his expertise as a guest lecturer at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Northwestern University’s School of Physical Therapy and Midwestern University’s School of Physical Therapy. He served on the American Physical Therapy Association Board of Directors for three years and currently serves as treasurer of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association. In 2002, the state association named him Outstanding Physical Therapist.

Jim believes in working on behalf of all physical therapists. “I remain committed to the American Physical Therapy Association’s Vision 2020, particularly to the pursuit of the privileges of autonomous practice for physical therapists. Legal and regulatory change allowing the public full direct access to physical therapists services remains a priority. I am also very involved with the effort to eliminate the unnecessary entanglement of others in the delivery of physical therapists’ clinical services,” he says.

Jim is active in his parish and coaches his parish school’s cross-country and track teams. He credits Marquette for teaching him the value of community involvement.

“At Marquette we all witnessed a commitment to community and tradition of service. When those values inform our motivation, truly valuable success follows,” Jim says. “For me this has meant a commitment to my family, church and professional community. Instilling the appreciation of service to our community is one of the remarkable differences and benefits of a Marquette education.”

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