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Member Spotlight on Mike Tisbe, PT, DPT, CSCS

Monday, September 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Mike Tisbe, PT, DPT, CSCS

Director of Rehabilitation Services
        Elderwood Health Care                  at Liverpool              









September 2017


Do you ever wonder who is behind the statewide chapter conference? The answer is the NYPTA Program Committee Chair, Mike Tisbe! Along with his Committee, Mike is responsible for bringing in quality programming and speakers to the event. Mike has been involved in the NYPTA in various roles for many years, bringing his great experience to this role. Along with his NYPTA duties, Mike is the director of rehabilitation services at the Elderwood Healthcare Center in Liverpool. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, and playing club soccer games whenever he can fit them in! 

The NYPTA Conference is coming up, and this is your first time attending as chair of the program committee. Tell us how you came to be involved in this role, what it has been like so far to be coordinating the education offerings for our members, and what you are excited about for this conference. 


I am looking forward to this year’s conference in the hopes of building on the successful framework provided by those who have directed it before me. I believe my involvement in multiple NYPTA committees and my experiences as the Central District Director instilled the confidence of the NYPTA leadership in allowing me to take on my role as chairing the program Committee. This year we have altered the format to include a keynote speaker to address a current concern affecting all of healthcare. On the lighter side we organized a PT PUB night to provide an environment to give attendees the chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.


Share with us a little about your background, any accomplishments you wish to note, and how your path lead you to where you are in your career today.


I graduated from PT school in 1993 and have had experiences in many settings including outpatient orthopedics, homecare and skilled nursing care. My love of patient care and my drive for the improvement of patient care have guided my career from outpatient to home care to my current role as a Rehabilitation Director in a skilled nursing facility. As a Director I am able to impact the care for more than just one patient at a time by acting as a mentor and collaborator in care with my rehabilitation team and with the nursing team


How long have you been an active member of the NYPTA? Can you tell us how membership in your professional association, as well as in leadership roles, has enhanced your career?


I have been an NYPTA member since 1992 but hadn’t really become actively involved unit 2011 when I became the director for Central District. I was interested in the changes occurring in the profession and the direction the profession was going and wanted to take a more active role. Through involvement as a board member, committee member on the Membership and Strategic Planning task force, committee chair for Strategic Planning task force, Payment Trends task force and now program committee have strengthened my belief in the profession and those involved in the guidance of the organization.


What is one of the biggest differences between now, and the time you first started practicing physical therapy?


Health care has changed dramatically in the time I have been a physical therapist. The greatest change seems to be the speed at which care has accelerated and the knowledge of the population in general about health conditions. As a bit of perspective there was no internet, so no WebMD, no google, education of the disease or condition needed to be a major focus of any treatment plan. I think people know more about the condition they are seeing a physical therapist for as a result of on line medical resources.


What is your favorite hobby or past time, and how have you incorporated that into your career if at all?


My favorite hobby is playing soccer and I currently enjoy playing 3 times a week on a few different teams.  It is great way for me to have an outlet for whatever stress I may have. I am frequently asked advice from teammates and opponents regarding injuries or training strategies and use these opportunities to educate on the roles of a physical therapist.


What advice would you give to a young professional or a student of physical therapy as they embark on this career path?


I would advise any therapist to continue with lifelong learning to allow themselves the freedom to evolve as a therapist and as a person. The settings we work in guide what type client we interact with not the type of therapist we are or want to become. Most importantly have fun!  If you’re not enjoying what you do your profession turns into a job.


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


I am grateful for all the guidance I received from my parents, who were both in the medical field.  It has shaped me as a person and as a professional.  I am also grateful for my wife and children who have supported me in many professional endeavors including completing a DPT, becoming a Tai Chi for arthritis instructor  and my involvement in NYPTA. 



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