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Member Spotlight on Michael Mattia, PT, DPT, MS, MHA

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Michael Mattia, PT, DPT, MS, MHA

Owner, Mattia Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation


May 2018

Get to know the NYPTA’s featured member this month! As Michael Mattia finishes up the final days of his 4 year term as NYPTA President, he shares challenges faced and lessons learned in this role. You may also learn a few fun facts about him – many people know he is an avid golfer and a Beatles fan – but check out some other fun facts about this soon-to-be past president. Take a few minutes and get to know this month's member spotlight with us!

What would you say was your greatest accomplishment as NYPTA President?


When I ran for the office, I believed that my unique skill set and experience would assist our Chapter to move forward in positioning itself to deal with the rapidly changing landscape that is healthcare delivery in our state.  I believe that as I finish my term, our chapter is now able to respond to opportunities for our profession and also to anything or organization that threatens our ability to practice in our state.  This is directly related to enhanced chapter office function, improved member engagement, collaboration of our committees, and the tireless dedication of our executive committee and our board of directors.  As a direct result of this collective effort external stakeholders and other healthcare provider groups are now seeking out the NYPTA to offer us a seat at the table and for our input on vital healthcare initiatives throughout the state.  We are well positioned to navigate our future.


What was your biggest challenge as President?

Educating each member to know that our chapter is hard at work every day, 365 days a year to enhance each members’ ability to practice and to move our profession forward in New York State. 


Do you have any lessons learned to share with members, from your experience serving as president? 

I have always written and spoke about our “collective energy and knowledge”.  As APTA President Sharon Dunn has said “we are better together”.  We have so much knowledge, experience and talent in NYS, that we need to continue to work together with a laser focus, all energies in one direction, together for the common good of our profession in our state.


What advice or “words of wisdom” would you share with the incoming NYPTA President?

I would advise our incoming President to listen intently to everyone’s input and opinion on the issues that the NYPTA leadership and its members bring forward.  I always thought of myself as a facilitator in the sense that I wanted ideas and also wanted everyone’s expertise on a subject.  I would allow the group to brainstorm and come to a consensus on an approach or in taking on an initiative, giving my advice or opinion so when needed so that we truly are working off of the collective energy of the group.

How would you complete this sentence? “I would like NYPTA members to remember me as the President that….” 

Carried forward the great work done by his predecessors and utilized his skills to help the chapter and its members be more proactive, more responsive, more engaged and more effective in advocacy, research and education while helping to ensure our Chapters financial stability for the future.


 What is a favorite tip you have that you could share with others in our industry? (Productivity, technology, networking, etc.)

Never stand still. Be reflective and aware of your strengths and weaknesses, strive to improve and constantly survey what is still a very quickly evolving landscape of healthcare delivery.  Each member must stay ahead of the curve, be a disruptor and not be the practitioner or organization that is disrupted by the changes in healthcare that may and in many cases will occur. 


What else would you like your fellow NYPTA Members to know about you?

 I have been married for almost 38 years to my childhood sweetheart, Regina.  We met when I was 15 years old.  She has been at my side throughout my career and I would not be where I am today if not for her unwavering support.  We have 6 children (3 of our own + 3 spouses) and 4 grandchildren.  My greatest title is “Grandpa Mike” and being with my grandchildren is the most important thing for me at this point in my life.   I am an avid fisherman, an improving golfer, I play the drums, and as you all know by now, I am a big Beatles fan. 


What is your favorite app or social media outlet?
Instagram and linked in, but I could honestly take or leave any of them. (Does that mean I’m getting old???)


What is your guilty pleasure?
A good wine and my Corvette.  Separately of course. 

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