RI APTA Annual Meeting

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Valley Country Club
251 New London Ave
Warwick, RI

Don't miss out on our best event of the year.

Prizes, networking, great food and programming / presentations that you won't want to miss.

Cost is $35.  Everyone Welcome.


Get to know our speakers!

Empowerment Through Life

Lucas plans to discuss how empowerment changes throughout our life with examples from childhood, high school, and college. From here he will transition into his first professional experience with empowerment in pursuing PT while providing examples in grad school and in his professional settings.  During this time he will discuss the importance of inter-professional education and the misunderstanding of our profession amongst other health care professionals.  This will relate to #ChoosePT and how we can further our cause. 

Lucas Bartone, SPT

Lucas is presently a 3rd year student at URI currently in his acute care rotation at Rhode Island Hospital.  His affiliations will be followed by Hasbro Inpatient and a rotation at the VA. During graduate school he maintained dean’s list every semester and was a GA for evidence based practice, patho physiology, admissions, and the first years anatomy course.  He was born and raised in RI and lives in North Providence.  He has a background in pediatric clinical research which he worked in during his gap year. He has a love for the acute care setting and a further passion for pediatrics. He would love to pursue a combination of both in his career. 


Empowerment through Advocacy

Courtney Capwell will speak about her journey to specialization as a DPT.  This talk will promote active advocacy for our profession and our patients as paramount. The role of the Physical Therapist in educating both the public and the healthcare community will be highlighted.  Relevance of the “Choose PT” campaign will be tied in throughout this presentation

Courtney Capwell, PT, DPT, MSCS

Courtney Capwell  is a URI DPT graduate practicing at Rhode Island Hospital on the Neuro Team of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department. She is a Certified Multiple Sclerosis Specialist through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers as well as a Partner in Care through the National  Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Courtney holds an Adjunct Faculty position in the Physical Therapy School at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as the Board of Directors for Accessible Rhode Island and MS Dream Center. Courtney is an active member of “Can Do MS” and speaks nationally on rehabilitation specific to Multiple Sclerosis to those with neurologic conditions, caregivers, and all facets of the healthcare community. She is a member of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Therapists as well as Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.


Empowerment in the Physical Therapy Profession

How do we describe what physical therapy is? How do we speak to the community, our patients, referral sources, payers about our value? Empowerment in the Physical Therapy Profession is all about communication. And we need to work on our communication!

Erin Botelho MSPT, OCS

Erin graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2005. In 2009 she became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist. With 12 years of experience, Erin specializes in orthopedics, post-surgical rehabilitation and balance disorders. In addition, she is certified in trigger point dry needling. Erin is a Partner and a Clinic Director at the Performance Physical Therapy clinic in Pawtucket, RI.

Greg Doucette MSPT, OCS

Greg graduated in 2006 with his Master of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. With over 10 years of clinic experience, Greg’s career has focused on orthopedics, post-operative care, sports and spine injuries. Greg is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and is Certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. Greg is a Partner and a Clinic Director at Performance Physical Therapy clinic in East Providence, RI.



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