Sue Allen grew up in Brookfield, a small town in northern Missouri. She received her BS degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and 20 years later received a graduate degree, MS (Research) in Physical Therapy in a pediatric track from St. Louis University. After living with her husband in Germany for 18 months and teaching Army GED classes, she settled in the St. Louis area. Sue has been a St. Louis county resident since having had homes in Manchester, Des Peres and Town & Country. She has been married for 38 years, has two sons and three grandchildren.
Sue has worked in a variety of clinical settings including an orthopedic clinic, a pain clinic, school-based services at St. Louis Special School District, contract services for St. Louis Public Schools, numerous early intervention programs, and geriatrics. She developed and was administrator for a Physical Therapist Assistant education program in St. Louis from its conception through the accreditation process. She has been a coordinator for a variety of clinic and home-based pediatric programs. Sue has also been a clinical instructor for the physical therapy programs at Washington University and at St. Louis University.
Currently, Sue is co-owner of First Steps Pediatrics, LLC, a growing home care therapy company that is about to become a pediatric home health agency, and its affiliate, Spectrum Therapy Services which serves individuals throughout the spectrum of life. Sue has been very interested in wellness and works with individuals for weight management through lifestyle changes. In her role as an owner and manager of a growing small business, Sue has become attuned to not only the professional issues of physical therapy practice but also to the myriad of issues facing small business owners.
Over the past 15 years, Sue has been involved with numerous legislative efforts, working in St. Louis, in Jefferson City and in Washington, DC. She helped draft the Missouri legislation for the PTA licensure efforts in the mid-1990’s, then continued with the legislation for CEU credentials for PT’s and PTA’s in Missouri. During that time, she participated in APTA legislative lobbying efforts in Washington, DC and APTA State legislative efforts.
Sue has continued to participate in annualgrassroots lobbying efforts in Jefferson City. She worked with Senate leader, Mike Gibbons of Kirkwood, on 2005 legislation, SB 500 for the Missouri First Steps Program. She has continued to build valuable relationships in Jefferson City with interests in many aspects of health care and child protection issues. Sue received a Governor’s appointment and served six years on the State Interagency Coordinating Council, an advisory council to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for administration of the Missouri First Steps Program.
Sue has taken her physical therapy skills on four medical and outreach mission trips the past four winters. On these programs she has developed programs for hundreds of Nicaraguan people of all ages. She loves playing with the children most of all and always returns to Missouri with more appreciation for all her many blessings.
Sue believes she can increase her effectiveness in promoting and supporting physical therapy, pediatrics and wellness issues as well as many other important issues by becoming part of the legislative system. She therefore plans to file in February 2008 to run as a Republican for the 92nd District seat being vacated by Representative Charles Portwood after the next legislative session.