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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Paul Ullucci, Treasurer

Paul A. Ullucci, Jr, PT, PhD, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS  joined the faculty of Sacred Heart University as an assistant professor in the department of Physical Therapy in the Fall of 2016. Currently he serves as the Semester 1 Coordinator and Director of the Human Anatomy Lab. His research interests focus on the evaluation and treatment of: concussion, whiplash injuries, chronic headache, TMJ, spine as well as manual therapy. 

Previously he served as an assistant professor and Director of their Musculoskeletal Care Clinic at California State University, Fresno. Prior to joining the Faculty at Fresno State, Paul owned his one private practice in Rhode Island providing physical therapy, athletic training and massage therapy services in East Providence, RI. Paul and his staff have worked directly with the Providence Bruins hockey club, Providence Anchors ABA team as well as the student athletes of Brown University, Providence College and a number of local high schools, club sports teams and youth organizations. 

Paul graduated from Northeastern University’s Physical Therapy program in 1991 where he received the prestigious Mary McMillan Scholarship award from the American Physical Therapy Association. Paul became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1993. In 1997, Paul became the first Sports Clinical Specialist in the state of Rhode Island, and began work on his first book “Clinical Sports Medicine”. He has traveled to Europe twice with the combined Brown and Dartmouth track and field teams and has acted as the medical director for a number of high profile skating and track and field competitions including the 2005 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships and the “East Coast Track and Field Invitational” in Bethesda, MD.

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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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JC Bender, Director at Large

 A skilled Physical Therapist of 18 years who blends 13 years of management and operational experience with entrepreneurship. Consistent track record of leading people towards achieving the organization’s mission, vision, and goals. Known for the ability to bring about strategic change while producing high quality results that meet and exceed patient and client expectations. A passion for continued learning as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist has resulted in improving quality outcomes in patient care delivery utilizing evidenced based research.

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Sarah Barnes, Director at Large

Sarah Barnes, PT, DPT is a recent graduate of the University of Hartford's DPT program in 2017. Prior to that, in 2014, she received her Bachelors degree in Health Science. She is currently practicing as an outpatient neurologic PT at Hospital for Special Care, and she is an active member of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She has been involved in CTAPTA since 2016 on the Student SIG executive board, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2018. She will be re-joining University of Hartford as an adjunct faculty member in Spring 2019. 

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Danni Bellows, Director at Large

Danielle (Danni) Bellows PT, MHS, DHSc is a board certified clinical specialist in pediatric therapy who received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1986 and her post-professional Master of Health Science from the University of Indianapolis in 2002.  She recently completed her Doctor of Health Science degree at the University of Indianapolis (2018) with a focus on knowledge translation and implementation of best practice in pediatric physical therapy.  Danni has over 30 years of clinical experience across a wide variety of pediatric settings including early intervention, private practice, hospitals, and schools.  She currently works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hartford, teaching in the neurologic dysfunction, vestibular rehabilitation, and pediatric tracks of the curriculum.  Her research focuses on improving the quality and efficiency of rehabilitation for children, adolescents, and adults with childhood onset neurodevelopmental disability.  She remains active clinically as a per diem physical therapist for both the inpatient and outpatient programs at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  

Danni serves the APTA nationally in the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy as chair of the outcomes subcommittee for the Knowledge Translation Committee.  She has served on the CTAPTA Board of Directors as a Director at Large since 2016 and as the chair/co-chair of the CTAPTA pediatric special interest group for several years.


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Brian Swanson, Director at Large

Brian Swanson PT, DSc is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Brian graduated from Quinnipiac College with his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996, and earned his Doctorate of Science with a focus on Orthopaedic Manual Therapy from Andrews University in 2012. He has over 20 years of clinical experience, with expertise is in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine, and manual therapy.   

Brian is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hartford, teaching in the musculoskeletal and research tracks, and is also a faculty member of the Select Medical Orthopedic Residency program. Brian previously practiced at the University of Connecticut Health Center as well as several private practices in CT. In addition to his faculty roles, post-professional mentoring, and clinical practice, Brian maintains an active research agenda focused on developing a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of action of manual therapy techniques, as well as investigating the validity and clinical utility of orthopedic tests and measures. He has lectured nationally on topics related to the spine, shoulder, and foot/ankle complex, and has presented his research at the CPTA annual conference, the AAOMPT annual conference, and the APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition. 

Professionally, Brian 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. He has served as a content expert and item writer for the FSBPT, as a member of the AAOMPT professional development and research committees, as a reviewer for multiple journals, and locally as the co-chair of the CPTA orthopedic and manual therapy SIG from 2008-2012.



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