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Member Spotlight on David Faccini, PTA, LMT

Friday, October 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
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David Faccini, PTA, LMT

School Based PTA with

Associated Physical & Occupational Therapists in Kenmore, NY 






October 2017


When speaking with David, it is immediately evident the passion he has for the physical therapy profession. David's 24 years as a PTA have given him a variety of experiences - he has practiced in outpatient, inpatient, skilled nursing and acute rehab, home care, and now in pediatrics. With such a diverse experiences in the industry, combined with passion for his role as a PTA, David brings excitement and drive to his role as the PTA Committee Chair.


In his free time David enjoys traveling with his family, and has even learned how to combine his hobby with his profession by traveling to attend a training at APTA headquarters. Get to know David Faccini, this month's member spotlight!


You have been a member of the NYPTA for quite a while, and are currently the PTA Committee chair. Tell us how you came to be involved in this role, and what you are hoping to accomplish during your time as chair.


 The role as PTA Committee Chair fell into my lap, and was an opportunity I could not pass up. I had seen the call for a committee member vacancy and expressed my interest. Several months later, I was made aware of the call for PTA Delegate in my district. I again, expressed interest. As luck would have it, I was selected to represent the Western District as the PTA Delegate. While attending the Leadership Workshop at Delegate Assembly, I introduced myself to Kelly and J.J. during the brief break at the BoD meeting. Kelly had presented me with the opportunity to become the PTA Committee Chair and I jumped on it!


As the PTA Committee Chair, I hope to increase the PTA involvement in the NYPTA. I would like to increase and improve the overall PT/PTA relationship and teamwork in the profession. Aside from this, I am leading the committee in having the status of the PTA in NYS changed from Certified to Licensed, which I feel is a very important change.


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 have been a practicing PTA in the Western District since 1994. I am a graduate of Niagara County Community College. Over my 24 years as a PTA, I have worked in just about every avenue a PTA can from outpatient, to inpatient, skilled nursing and acute rehab, pediatrics, home care and even for a health insurance company. But over the years, I have found my heart lies with the pediatric population.


Aside from being a PTA, I am also a licensed massage therapist. I graduated and became licensed in 2001 where I started by my own massage therapy business.


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 was a member of the NYPTA while I was in PTA school and for a couple of years following. I recently became a member again where I was determined to become active and do whatever I could to better the profession and representation of the PTA. I have been active now for about 5 years. The roles that I currently hold within the APTA and NYPTA have enhanced my career by making me a more respected PTA within my company and the physical therapy community. I have been contacted by several in the community for assistance with answering questions regarding to the best practice and/or education laws/requirements. I have been asked to speak at my Alma Mater regarding the APTA and NYPTA and PTA involvement.


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


I think one of the biggest differences that I see between now and when I first started out is that the PT’s seen us PTA’s with more respect. They understand that we are knowledgeable and have so much to offer; we are not a threat to them and we are not there to take their jobs. One of my first jobs after graduating was one experience that I will never forget. There was one PT in the facility that had never worked with a PTA before and felt threatened by my being there. It took some time, but it was finally seen that I was there to help, and not hinder. This is a big step forward over the past 20 years. But I feel there is still more education to provide on the role of the PTA and the PT/PTA relationship.


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


One of my favorite hobbies is traveling. My family and I love to travel. I recently went to the APTA Headquarters in Alexandria, VA to complete training for an on-site reviewer for CAPTE. This will not only allow me to continue to serve and give back to the profession, but will allow me to travel the country while doing so.


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


Get involved, don’t wait. I waited 20 plus years to get involved with the NYPTA and wish I would have done sooner. It is truly rewarding to serve in a leadership role and to give back to my profession.


Never stop learning. Learn as much as you can. The field of physical therapy is always changing and advancing. The more you learn, the more you will enjoy what you do.


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


I have been married for 20 years to my wife Tina and we have two wonderful children, Cameron – 18 and Brennyn – 10. Our son Cameron began his Freshman year in college at SUNY Fredonia this past September and our daughter began 5th grade. 



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