President's Message

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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