President's Message




Dear Colleagues:

On January 1st I moved into the role as the president of the APTA Rhode Island (APTA RI). I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to serve in this capacity, not only representing our profession at a state level, but in addition Rhode Island at a National level.

I am grateful for the leadership of our outgoing president Jason Harvey PT, MSPT. Jason worked tirelessly advocating for our profession, ensuring the chapter provided value to our members and championing the long-term sustainability of our profession. I will continue to work closely with Jason to ensure a change in leadership is seamless.

I am appreciative of the service of outgoing board members; Nicole Del Greco DPT and Martha Vigneault PT, DPT, MS both of whom will continue to collaborate and work with our chapter.   I am excited to welcome the new in-coming board members; Mike Pappas PT, DPT, and Don Levine MSPT. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge and skills that will strengthen our board.

Thank you for the ongoing service of existing board members; Joe Russolello PT, DPT, MBA, Albert Hulley PTA, MBA, Greg Doucette MSPT, Carol Petrie PT, DPT, Jan Chamberlain DPT, MBA, ATC, and Lisa Dowden PTA. 

In the months to come I will be focused on member engagement and communication and advocacy efforts to maximize the awareness of the value of physical therapy. I welcome both members and non-members to contact me at any time.

Physical therapists and assistants are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. We play an integral role in the wellbeing of our communities. As the president of the APTA RI it is my goal to further strengthen our community’s awareness of the value of our profession. Working together collaboratively we can have a significant impact on the short- and long-term health of the neighborhoods where we work and live.  

Thank you for being a member or friend to the APTA RI. 

Your truly, 

Michelle Collie PT, MS, DPT
President of the RIAPTA
Phone: 401-952-4516


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