The Club was pleased to have Sandy L Burkart PT, OCS, PhD as our guest speaker along with our own Lisa Talley. Sandy is a retired West Virginia University Professor and Chairman of Physical Therapy.  He is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in private practice with the Palm Beach Institute of Sports Medicine and is a teacher and consultant with Functional Rehabilitation Associates.

He received his Physical Therapy degree in 1967 from the University of Pennsylvania, his Ph.D. in Anatomy from West Virginia University 1977, and his Feldenkrais certification in 1991. Dr. Burkart was certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 2006.

Dr. Burkart is a recognized national and international speaker, having delivered more then 400 workshops, presentations, and teleconferences nationally and around the world on orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation, functional training and rehabilitation, manual therapy and the theory and application of the Feldenkrais Method®. Dr. Burkart has been honored for his teaching excellence by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Orthopedic Physical Therapy.


Dr. Burkart has been a Rotarian since 1990 and has been actively involved in Rotary Youth Exchanges, having hosted 40 youth and adult international exchanges. He has participated in numerous Rotary International Rotary Service projects including a water project in Guatemala, the purchase of pediatric surgery instruments for St Anne’s Hospital in Zimbabwe, the building of a school in Swaziland, the funding of an educational media center in a Chinese orphanage and raising college tuition for a special needs child from Guatemala. In addition, he has taught and facilitated other Rotarians to develop their own international projects.

Lisa Talley Bio

Lisa Talley is a recent transplant to Florida. In July 2020, Lisa and her husband Geoffrey Wetherell relocated for Geoffrey’s new position as an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University. Lisa is an EurAupair South Florida Community Councilor. They enjoy exploring their new hometown and spending time with friends.

As a relatively new member, Lisa joined the OPAL Committee and District 6930 Peace Committee. Lisa is the newest member of the Rotary Action Group WASH as the Marketing and Communications Chair. She holds various positions with the United Nations, Kiwanis, Childfund and Daughters of the American Revolution. She is passionate about advocacy and international aid on a professional and personal level.

Lisa believes in strong community involvement, volunteering and business positive initiatives. As a recent graduate with dual M.A. in English Communication and a M.S. in Digital Media, Lisa enjoys turning Zoom fatigue into potential niche opportunities.

Rotary Youth & Peace in Action (YPA)


Sandy and Lisa gave a wonderful presentation about the new Youth & Peace in Action (YPA) program that is being promoted by Rotary Zones 33 & 34 along the eastern coast of the US. Here is a summary of the program:

In addition, the program provides support for high school students to take on peace projects locally. The projects include the following elements:

Finally, here are the expected outcomes from the YPA:

Sandy also gave remarks about another Rotary Peace Initiative in Sierra Leone where local students raised funds locally in order to acquire lanterns for those without electricity.