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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Duane Scotti, Vice President

Duane Scotti, is a board certified orthopedic physical therapist who’s over 15 years of patient care has focused largely on spine and sports related injuries.  Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and 2003.  He then went on to receive a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and a PhD in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2017.  Duane has been in clinical practice working with orthopedic, sports, and performing arts populations since 2003.  Clinically, He is owner and practitioner at Scotti Performing Arts Physical Therapy, LLC performing onsite out of network physical therapy services.  Duane also serves as Vice President for the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association (CTAPTA).  Duane is a clinical assistant professor at Quinnipiac University and teaches content related to musculoskeletal examination and intervention, advanced manual therapy, and postsurgical rehabilitation for the orthopedic patient.


Specific Clinical Interests:

Duane 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 screening, injury prevention, and rehabilitation for dancers, gymnasts, and runners.  Duane is a certified Mulligan Practitioner and uses an integrative model of manual therapy including manipulation, mobilization, and soft tissue treatment including dry needling and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization for the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction.  

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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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Katherine Harris, Chief Delegate

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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Megan Thibodeau, PTA Caucus Representative

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Maryclaire Capetta, Director At Large

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. 

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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Sarah Barnes, Director at Large

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Danni Bellows, Director at Large

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