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Member Spotlight on Elizabeth Barbaretti, PT, DPT, C/NDT, RYT

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

  

Elizabeth Charlonis Barbaretti, PT, DPT, C/NDT, RYT


Peekskill City School District, - Physical Therapist (full time)

HTA of New York, Inc. - Director of PT Quality Assurance and Improvement (part time)



 


January 2018


Liz Barbaretti, NYPTA membership committee chair, is kicking off the 2018 Member Spotlight! Liz shares her journey into the world of pediatric PT, her daily challenges and successes, and how she became involved in the association. 

 

Take a few minutes and get to know this month's member spotlight! 



How long have you been a member of the NYPTA?

 

 I have been a member of the APTA/NYPTA since I was a student at Ithaca College.  When I was at Ithaca College, Michael Pagliarulo was a professor and was very passionate about member ship in our professional organization.  He was instrumental in getting all of the students to join the APTA.  I know my friends who I graduated with are still members, even those who have moved out of New York.  


Tell us a little about your background, and how your path led you to where you are in your career today. 

 

 I graduated Ithaca College in 1986 and during my time at Ithaca, the physical therapy students spent their senior year in the Bronx.  It was then that I realized I wanted to stay and work in the New York City Area.  I started at NYU/RUSK on the acute care unit, eventually moving to adult rehabilitation and then pediatric rehabilitation.  I learned a great deal during my time at RUSK, especially since their rotations were at least 9 months long.  It was during my time on Pediatric Rehabilitation that I realized I wanted to continue to work with Children.  I left RUSK after 3 years and started to work at a preschool in Queens. While at the preschool, I branched out into pediatric homecare, primarily working with the 0-5 population.   It was during that time, that I met my husband David.  Also, around this time, I completed the Basic NDT certification course.  I credit this course with improving my observational skills, aiding in my movement analysis and the hands on skill Training have benefited my practice.  With the birth of my eldest son, we moved from Queens to Cortlandt Manor, New York in Westchester County, where I live to this day.



What is a typical day like for you? 

 

It can be challenging to provide physical therapy in a school setting, as academics is the priority and physical therapy is to assist a student within this realm.  I work with amazing occupational and speech therapists, as well as educators, and it is rewarding to work in collaboration with them. 

 

While I see students throughout the entire district K-12, the majority of my students are in Kindergarten and First Grade.  Anyone who works with that age group, can attest the challenges faced every day.  There are days, I spend more time monitoring the bathroom (did you flush, did you wash your hands, did you dry your hands), more than getting any physical therapy done. One of my first graders this year, was thrilled when I carried him outside during a fire drill because his shoes were off while we worked.  He then insisted I carry him back in, and refused to allow anyone else to carry him.  



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

 

I work closely with my Occupational therapy and speech and language colleagues.  I think it is important to respect your related service colleagues and share insights with them.  It benefits all, when a group of related services professionals can function like a team.  As the only physical therapist in the district, I do communicate with my PT colleagues in neighboring districts but my OT colleagues in district provide my daily support.  



What are you passionate about? 


My husband David died in 2013 of Pulmonary Hypertension.  Following his death, I have become active in fundraising for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association which provides support and promotes research to find a cure for this disease. 

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

 

I am the proud mother of two sons, Andrew 24 and Tyler 20.  While neither have opted to go into physical therapy, they have met many of my clients and when they were young accompanied me on sessions to “play” with the kids I worked with.  When the boys were little, I was very involved with the local Parent Teacher Association and after they went off to college, I became interested in becoming more active in the APTA/NYPTA.  That is when I volunteered and was assigned to the Membership Committee, moving onto the Committee Chair Position.  I have enjoyed working with the district staff, the executive board and all the PTs across New York State who I have been lucky to meet.  


What is your guilty pleasure?


I like to relax with wine in the evening, sauvignon blanc is my summer favorite with petite syrah my go to red.  Binge watching Netflix is my guilty pleasure.  Just finished Stranger Things. 

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