Meet the Board of Directors

Michael Gans, President

Inline image 1Dr. Mike Gans is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006.  He became a board certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2009, and completed Regis University’s Manual Therapy Fellowship Program in 2013.  Michael has worked in Guilford for Physical Therapy & Sport Medicine Centers since 2009 as a clinician and also serves as the Director of Clinical Excellence for PTSMC’s 16 locations.  

Mike is an orthopedic manual physical therapist who treats a wide variety of diagnoses including musculoskeletal disorders including concussion and vestibular disorders, is certified in the Graston Technique, and in Dry Needling. He has lectured at the state level on thoracic manipulation, cervical spine screening and manipulation, and evidence based orthopedic manual therapy for the lumbar spine, upper extremity, and lower extremity.  Nationally, he has lectured at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting on Manual Therapy in the Upper Extremity, specifically on the treatment of elbow disorders, and internationally at Kenya Medical Training College in Nairobi, Kenya on Treatment of the Foot and Ankle.  He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Connecticut Physical Therapy Association, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Mike enjoys skiing, golfing, playing soccer and traveling in his free time.  Despite living and working in Connecticut since 2006, Mike remains a devoted Pittsburgh sports fan.

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Katherine Harris, Vice President

Katherine was elected to the position of Vice President for 2016 after serving in an appointed VP role in 2015. Kathy has served the Association as  Delegate, Chief Delegate, and President. She is currently an Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University and has previously worked at Yale New Haven Hospital specifically as a Trauma Team Leader and Rehab Manager. Kathy is currently serving the APTA on the Ethics and Judicial Committee.


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Heidi Adamski, Secretary

Heidi Adamski PT, MS graduated from Quinnipiac University with a BS in Physical Therapy in 1995 and a MS in Physical Therapy Advanced Clinical Practice in 2003.  She is currently the Assistant Director of Rehab for New England Home Care.  Heidi has served on the Program Committee and Practice Committee for CTAPTA and is a past Delegate.  She was elected to the position of Secretary of the BOD in 2016 after being appointed to the position in March 2016.  This is her second time serving as the Secretary for the BOD.  Heidi is also the co-Clinical Director for the FUNfitness screening program for Special Olympics Connecticut.

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Michelle Shafiro, Treasurer

Michelle received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2008 and has been in clinical practice working in orthopedics and sports since then. Michelle spent 7 years working in Fairfield Country and in 2016 started working for The Hospital for Special Surgery. She is both an Orthopedics and Sports Certified Specialist. 

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Maryclaire Capetta, Chief Delegate

Maryclaire Capetta, PT, DPT received her Masters of Science degree in physical therapy in 2004 from the University of Connecticut and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013 from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a Board Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She currently works as an Assistant Professor-in-Residence at the University of Connecticut, teaching in the orthopaedic and acute care tracks of the curriculum and serving as advisor to the UConn physical therapy student professional association and undergraduate Pre-Physical Therapy Society. She has served on the CTAPTA Board of Directors since 2007 in a number of different capacities. She currently serves as the Chief Delegate. 

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Megan Thibodeau, PTA Caucus Representative

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Joan-Alice Taylor, Director At Large

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Stefanie Bourassa, Director At Large

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Donald Johnson, Director at Large

Don Johnson is a Physical Therapist practicing in Stratford and Fairfield, CT in a comprehensive outpatient facility. He has been a member since he was a student and graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2014 with his DPT. Don married an Occupational Therapist in Disney World that same year and now resides in Milford, CT. Don is eager to be a part of the Connecticut chapter serving on the Board of Directors as well as being Membership chair. His interests include manual therapy, cooking, and traveling with his wife.

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Frank Tudini, Director at Large

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Danni Bellows, Director at Large

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Duane Scotti, PT, MPT, OCS, Director at Large

Education (School & Degrees):

Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001, and his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2003.  Duane has been in clinical practice working with orthopedic, sports, and dance medicine populations since 2003.  Currently, he is a full time faculty member in the department of Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University and serves as a board of director for the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).  Teaching responsibilities include musculoskeletal examination and intervention as well as postsurgical rehabilitation for the orthopedic patient.  Clinically, Duane practices in Wallingford for Physical Therapy & Sport Medicine Centers.  Duane is also currently enrolled as a dual Doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University, completing his dissertation towards an academic Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy (PhD) degree and a clinical Transition Doctor of Physical Therapy (T-DPT) degree.

Specific Clinical Interests:

Duane is APTA board certified in orthopaedics (OCS) and has undergone specialized training as a dance medicine provider.  He also has a strength and conditioning background (CSCS) with strong clinical and research agendas in dance medicine.  Screening and injury prevention for dancers are of particular interest.  Duane has presented at the state level on normative criteria for pre-professional and recreational ballet dancers as well as patellofemoral syndrome.  He has taken several spinal manipulation seminars and uses an integrative model of manual therapy including manipulation, mobilization, and soft tissue treatment including the Graston technique for the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction.  

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