Legislative Committee

This committee actively works on Federal and State Physical Therapy legislative and payment issues.

This committee is actively advocating for the profession and works closely with our lobbyists: Mayforth Group.

Any member is welcome to join this committee.  Please contact us at riapta@libertysquaregroup.com

January 2020 meeting:


Meet the committee:

Lobbyist – The Mayforth Group 

 For 20 years, the Mayforth Group has advocated for a diverse set of clients across many sectors at both the state and federal levels of government.  The team of Rick McAuliffe, Jeff Taylor, and Ben Shumate have a wealth of experience in government relations, issue advocacy and economic development. The Mayforth Group focuses extensively on state-level advocacy and has cultivated deep relationships with both the executive branch and the General Assembly. The Mayforth Group is in its 3rd year representing RIAPTA, in which the team has helped RIAPTA develop relationships with key legislators who are now carrying RIAPTA’s legislative priorities forward. The Mayforth Group prides itself on being accessible to its clients, and urges any RIAPTA member to reach out with questions at any time. 

Gregory Doucette, PT, MPT, OCS

Partner, Clinic Director, Physical Therapist Performance Physical Therapy

Chairperson RIAPTA Legislative Committee 2020-present

RIAPTA Board of Directors, 2018-2020


Jason Harvey PT, MSPT

Co-owner/COO/Physical Therapist, Elite Physical Therapy

RIAPTA Legislative Action Committee 2015-present

RIAPTA President 2015-2019

RIAPTA Vice President 2014

RIAPTA Membership Committee Chair 2012-2013

RIAPTA Membership Committee 2011-2013 


Amanda Chirlin, PT, DPT

Acute Rehab Physical Therapist, Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center in Newport Hospital

RIAPTA Legislative Committee 2016 – present, co-chair 2018-2019 


Dave Pavao, PT, DPT, OCS

Clinical Officer, Regional Director, Performance Physical Therapy 


Erin Sayles, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Prestige Therapy, LLC

APTA RI Nominating Committee 2021

Chair of the Early Professional Special Interest Group 2020 - present

Former Chair of the APTA Student Assembly's Advocacy Project Committee 


Michelle Collie PT, DPT, MS, OCS

Physical Therapist, CEO, Performance Physical Therapy

RI APTA – President – 2020-current

APTA Private Practice Special Interest Group PR and Marketing Chairperson

APTA National COVID Advisory Borad

Former RIAPTA Vice President

Former Chair APTA National Private Practice Special Interest Group 


Melissa Nassaney PT, DPT, WCS

Physical Therapist, Owner, Full Circle Pelvic Health

Former Vice President RIAPTA

Former RIAPTA Secretary,

Former RIAPTA Federal Affairs Liason,

Former Chair Legislative action committee

RI State Rep for SOWH,

SOWH CAPP Committee Education Member




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Boston, MA 02109
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