President's Message

CTAPTA President Message
December 2018
Greetings fellow CTAPTA members! 
I’m very excited to welcome our new board members JC Bender and Brian Swanson, re-elected Dannie Bellows, our new Treasurer Paul Ullucci and our newest Nominating Committee Member Joanna Fisher to our leadership team. In addition to these leaders, we have a growing number of new members stepping up to hold positions within committees and special interest groups.  We will be announcing these names and recognizing these members throughout the first quarter of 2019. Thank you to all who continue to be involved to keep our association churning.
Our new state mission and vision will drive us forward into 2019 and are closely aligned with the new APTA mission: Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.
The new CTAPTA Vision Statement is Optimizing the health of all populations in CT through expertise in human movement
The new CTAPTA Mission Statement is Building the physical therapy community, promoting high value practice, and advocating for access to care for all populations
Hopefully this mission will help us to stay grounded in our strategic plan moving into 2019 and beyond.   
Please look for major changes nationally as APTA works to strengthen the association through strategic alignment of components with our national office. We truly believe that we are #bettertogether and this alignment of mission, goals, and sharing of resources will allow for best use of time and resources. There will be four main areas of focus: Branding, Volunteer Management, Membership, and the APTA Centennial which is in 2021. 
The new APTA Engage site is set to go live in early 2019 and will replace our current “I want to get involved” link. Our link will send you to the national website where you can see all open positions for all sections and chapters which you are affiliated. 
Thank you all for being members and I look forward to seeing you at events in 2019. Do you know a non-member who has been thinking about joining? Email me and we will take both of you out for coffee to talk about the benefits of being a member.
Do you follow the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association on social media? Do you want to? Just click on the links below and they will take you directly to each page so you can (like/follow us) to stay up to date with all our events. CTAPTA website, facebooktwitter, and Instagram
Happy Holidays and Thank you for all you have done to make our association move forward in 2018.
Michael Gans, PT, DPT
Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
President, Connecticut Physical Therapy Association


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