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Member Spotlight on Joe Tatta, PT, DPT, CNS

Thursday, January 31, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Gloria Baker
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Joe Tatta, PT, DPT, CNS

Board Certified Nutrition Specialist

Founder Integrative Pain Science Institute




February 2019

When you read about Joe Tatta's career, you'll find that he's had interesting and challenging opportunities as a physical therapist.  Joe is passionate about helping PTs explore integrative care models through the Integrative Pain Science Institute.  He believes it's no longer good enough for PTs to be movement specialists, but must have skills in nutrition and behavioral medicine.


Take a few minutes and get to know this month's member spotlight with us! Enjoy the Q&A with Joe below.

How long have you been a member of the NYPTA? What is your best experience thus far? 


I became an NYPTA/APTA member in 1995, during my first year of PT School.  NYPTA conferences were very helpful starting out as a new PT and exploring all the facets of our profession. 


Tell us a little about your background, and how your path led you to where you are in your career today. What’s your favorite moment of your career so far?  


I was raised with healthcare in my home.  My mom was a nurse and as a kid I loved to read her nursing journals.  In high school I was a competitive gymnast which made physical therapy even more attractive.  I knew helping people with pain was my calling.


My first job was in adult rehabilitation at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in the Greenwich Village section of New York City.  We worked as part of a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals in a transdisciplinary model. This was an excellent job that exposed me to a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions.  Sadly, St. Vincent’s closed a few years ago due to changes in healthcare reform.  It was a wonderful community hospital with a patient population that was diverse and representative of New York City.


After St. Vincent’s I worked for a private practice that specialized in performing arts medicine and served Broadway shows and professional dance companies.  Working with performers is akin to working with elite athletes in a sports medicine capacity.


Later, I partnered with a physical therapist colleague, went into private practice and opened a multi-clinic physical therapy and wellness center.  My time in private practice called upon three sets of skills; therapist, mentor and business owner.  Learning to develop these skills has been my greatest challenge, but also the most rewarding. 


What are some of the key opportunities and challenges facing the physical therapy profession?


Consumers are looking for safe options and support to live a rich full and active life.  The baby boomers combined with the pain epidemic creates a unique opportunity for physical therapists to make bold moves in the market place.  As a profession we stand at a great divide.  One path leads to increased consumer visibility and an expanding scope of practice and reimbursement. The other path keeps us stuck and struggling.  We have to be confident and step outside of our traditional role as an allied health provider.  Learning to fill the position as the first point of care or preferably even primary care for neuromusculoskeletal conditions should be our path. 


What advice would you give NYPTA members who are new to the profession? 


Take some time for yourself to think big and plan your path. There are a lot of options in the PT world— strive to build a career that you value, not the path someone told you to follow.

If you see something could be done better, or you have a complaint or you see an opportunity for advancement, take action.  Contact the NYPTA's Executive Director or your NYPTA District Chair and start the conversation.  This can be one on the national level as well as through NYPTA.


What is a favorite tip you have that you could share with others in our industry?


If you have more than 5 things on your to-do list for the day it’s probably too many.  Create your to-do list of 5 things the night before, not the same morning.  Make sure the 5 things on your list are what you want/need to get done, not what other people need/want from you.  The goals you set for yourself should be in line with your life’s values. 

What are you passionate about? 


I’m passionate about helping PTs explore integrative care models through the Integrative Pain Science Institute.  There are many beneficial skills missing from our education and practice that are evidence-based and help people live better.  It is no longer good enough to be movement specialists. The epidemic of non-communicable disease will call for us to have skills in nutrition and behavioral medicine. 


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


I love to study foreign languages and enjoy the struggle of trying to speak when you know it’s less than perfect.  I come from a multi-cultural background where English, Spanish and Italian were spoken in my grandparents’ home.  As a third generation American the language didn't’ quite get transferred down so I try to keep in contact with the culture.  I still go to gymnastics and take a tumbling class about once a week—although it is definitely a young person’s sport. 


What is your favorite app or social media outlet? 


Despite the challenges Facebook has had over the past few years it is still an optimal platform for social engagement and consumer education.


What is your guilty pleasure?


Savoring a glass of wine is one of life’s great pleasures.  It can take you on a trip to a faraway place, you learn about nutrition and biochemistry, and it brings together friends and family for fun.  I love to learn about different varietals, and drink some too! 



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Teresa M. Miller says...
Posted Monday, April 29, 2019
Congratulations Joe for being recognized in Member Spotlight and for all you do to support our profession. Terri Miller

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