President's Message

Greetings fellow APTA Connecticut members! 

This will be my final president’s message.   I’d like to start by thanking all those who are involved in the chapter for your dedication and support.  Time flies when you’re having fun and the past 5 years have been challenging and exciting.  It has been an honor to work with such amazing people.  I’d like to congratulate our new president Stefanie Bourassa and welcome her and the newest members of our board of directors including VP Stephanie Weyrauch, Secretary Diane Veneri, Board Members Chris Petrosino, Tenney Georgetti, and Leigh Ronald, and new Nominating Committee Member Maryclaire Capetta to APTA of Connecticut’s leadership team.  I am thrilled to have such accomplished leaders to continue to move the profession forward in the coming years.  Here are some highlights of what YOU and our association have accomplished in the past 5 years.  

  • Legislatively victories including:
    • 2016 SB. 467 AN ACT CONCERNING THE FACILITATION OF TELEHEALTH
    • 2018 HB 5163 AN ACT CONCERNING DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY DESIGNATION
    • 2018 SB 483 AN ACT CONCERNING THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF OPIOID DEPENDENCY AND OPIOID OVERDOSES IN THE STATE
    • 2018 Senate Bill No. 376 AN ACT CONCERNING  HEALTH  INSURANCE  COVERAGE  FOR PROSTHETIC DEVICES
    • 2019 Section 62 of PA 19-118 (formerly SB 920) AN ACT CONCERNING MEMBERSHIP OF THE CONNECTICUT STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS 
  • Addition of 3 new special interest groups
    • Geriatric, Neurologic, and Oncologic
  • Revision of Dept of Education School Based Guidelines for Physical Therapists
  • Initial Review for a Declaratory Ruling on Dry Needling by the Board of Examiners
  • A new APTA Connecticut Vision Statement

 “Optimizing the health of all populations in CT through expertise in human movement”

  • A new APTA Connecticut Mission Statement:

  “Building the physical therapy community, promoting high value practice, and advocating for access to care for all populations” 

  • Updating of bylaws totaling over 20 revisions and restructuring of committees and board responsibilities. This includes PTA voting rights as well as the ability to hold the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, Board Member, and Nominating Committee Member. 
  • Membership started at 1150 members in 2015 and I’m happy to say we are over 1350 to start 2020.  This is still below our goal of 30% and we will continue to work hard to help PTs in the state see the value in membership. 

 

In January 2015 as I began my first term as president there were 5 board vacancies and 11 committee and SIG positions needing to be filled.  The hard work and dedication of members like yourselves have filled our ranks to do all the work I’ve highlighted here.  We ARE building a community.  We ARE promoting high value practice.  We ARE advocating for care for all persons in Connecticut. 

Thank you all for being members.  Thank you for continuing to answer the call to step up and get involved.  I look forward to working with our new president on a new strategic plan to carry us to 2020, the APTA Centennial in 2021, and beyond.     

Happy Holidays and Thank YOU for an amazing 5 years. 

Sincerely,

Michael Gans, PT, DPT

Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

President, Connecticut Physical Therapy Association

 


 

 

President's CTAPTA Address at 2019 Annual Meeting

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President’s Message Summer 2019

Greetings fellow CPTA members! 

We’re already half way through 2019 and you would be amazed by all that has already happened.  June saw the end of the legislative session with passage of changes to the PT Board of Examiners.  Previously the BOE consisted of 1 Physician, 2 PT’s, and 2 Public Members.  The new makeup of the board will be Three PT’s and Two Public Members.  Thank you for those who attended our annual PT Day in Hartford and this goes to show you that your efforts make a difference!  This is the 6th time in the past 5 years that we have had legislation passed.  Telehealth, DPT title protection, opioids, and prosthetic bills, and now the Board of Examiners.  To learn more about these click on this link: Section 62 of PA 19-118 (formerly SB 920), CTAPTA website or checkout the APTA Action APP.  I’d like to personally thank our lobbyist Mike Dugan, without his hard work behind the scenes and support to the association make all of this work possible.

              CTAPTA has a new SIG, the Oncologic Special Interest Group!  Thanks to Scott Capozza for spearheading the effort to start the SIG.  Are you interested in joining the Oncologic SIG? Check out the APTA Engage website for more information.  It’s very exciting to see such passion from our specialists within the state with Geriatric, Neurologic, and Oncologic SIG’s all started within the past year. 

APTA House of Delegates in Chicago, IL was well represented by a strong group of clinicians from our state again this year.  This was the second of two years for the Special Committee to Review House Documents and the house had 70 motions!  A special thank you to CT’s own chief delegate and special committee member Kathy Harris for all of her tireless effort to make the business of the house move so smoothly.  New England PTs were well represented in the National APTA Elections as well with Dee Daley, NH and Heather Jennings, MA both being elected to the APTA Board of Directors.  I’ve been chapter president with both of them and couldn’t be prouder of what they have accomplished.  Congratulations to them and the work they have done and continue to do on our behalf. 

Did you hear about the new APTA Logo and branding that was release during the Conference last week?  Watch this short video if you’d like to see it in action.  We’re excited that this logo will help propel us into the next 100 years of APTA. 

The date for our annual conference and meeting has been set and will take place Saturday November 9th at Sacred Heart University.  Please check the website for current and upcoming information.  We are still excepting poster presentation proposals. If you’d like to help with the conference or have ideas for other continuing education courses you’d like to see offered by the association, please consider joining the programming committee!  We are currently searching for members to help lead this committee.  Last year we had APTA President Sharon Dunn as our keynote speaker and a sold out crowd, lets create that same atmosphere again this year. Schedule of presentations and registration coming soon

I can’t stress enough how much the association appreciates you as members and needs your continued dedication and involvement.  These past 5 years as president have been amazing and I can’t say enough positive things about the group that we have leading this association forward to 2020 and beyond.  The friendships, dedication, and the lives that you impact everyday make every moment of volunteering worth it.  We are currently seeking interested members for fall elections to fill the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Board Member (3), and Delegate (1).  If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague please use this link.  Membership matters, getting involved matters and we need your help! 

 

Michael Gans, PT, DPT

President, Connecticut Physical Therapy Association

Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

 

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