Elected Officers of the DPTA
(All terms begin/end on January 1)
(Term: 2017-2019) Philip earned his bachelor’s in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in 1974 and his clinical doctorate from Widener University in 2005; Philip moved to Lewes, Delaware 2006 to open a clinic for the then Delaware Curative Workshop. Prior, he practiced in suburban Philadelphia for over 25 years where he owned a private practice. He currently resides in Lewes with his wife Carol, and has three grown daughters. Moving to the “beach” has allowed Phil the opportunity to pursue more fishing and his true avocation, golf. In addition, it has afforded Phil to his love for community service via his activity in a local Rotary Club. Phil is currently President of the Rehoboth Beach Sunrise Rotary Club (2010 – 2011) where he has been a board member since 2006.
(Term: 2016-2018) Stacie has been a member of APTA and DPTA since 1988. She has served many positions within the DPTA including Secretary, Treasurer, Nominating Chair, Events Chair and Chief Delegate. A resident of Hockessin, DE, Stacie is passionate about wellness promotion. She teaches Senior Yoga and Gentle Yoga classes in the community, and has her own business called Restoration Yoga and Wellness.
(Term: 2017-2019) Chas is currently a full-time physical therapist at American Therapy and Rehabilitation in Dover, DE. He is also contracted as a PRN therapist for Bayhealth’s Kent Campus. Chas is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist and a certified clinical instructor through the APTA. Last spring, he enjoyed working as a lab instructor for UDPT’s Electrotherapy course. He is a member of the APTA’s Orthopaedic, Neurology and Private Practice sections. On the state level, he recently began serving as the DPTA’s newsletter editor. “ In my experience, physical therapists and physical therapy assistants tend to be very altruistic members of the healthcare community. This serves us well in the clinic with our patients; however, this does not get us very far in the advancement of our profession. At this critical time, we need to exhibit the tenacity and moral conviction that is necessary to bring about meaningful change in the healthcare system. We are uniquely trained and thus qualified to assess the likely impact of movement impairments as they relate to a person’s functional mobility, quality of life, participation in the community, success in the workplace, etc. Furthermore, our body of knowledge allows us to provide evidence-based, cost-effective rehabilitation and wellness services. If we are not proactive in promoting the profession, and I dare say, “marketing our product,” then we will be doing ourselves, our patients and ultimately society at large a huge disservice. Theodore Roosevelt reportedly said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” With that said, I do not want to be guilty of doing nothing. That is why I am pleased to be running for the position of DPTA secretary so that I can assist our excellent state leadership with doing the right things that will advance physical therapy in Delaware.”
(Term: 2016-2018) Cathy Ciolek has been an active and engaged leader at the state, section and national level of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as an active clinician and educator over the course of her years as a physical therapist. In the Delaware Chapter, Cathy has served as Chief Delegate, and President, as well as membership/newsletter chair, education chair and listserv coordinator. Currently she also serves as chair for the ethics and judicial committee. Cathy has been active with the Section on Geriatrics and at the national level including the Advisory Panel on Practice and participation on the core group for Governance Review. As a board certified geriatric clinical specialist since 1996, her primary clinical experience has been in geriatrics. She currently serves as clinical faculty in the residency program and as Director of Clinical Education/Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware.
(Term: 2017-2019) In 2010 Deb graduated, passed her exam and proudly began her career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Deb has been an APTA member since 2009, and currently works in a sub-acute rehab facility for Genesis in Center City, Philadelphia. Prior to that she worked for Manor Care in a sub-acute facility in Pike Creek, Delaware. Her patients and co-workers will often hear her say, “I have the best job ever!” And is “one of the most rewarding”. At the same time she does not take it for granted that her position will always be secure without representation in government and in the political arena. At every opportunity that comes her way, often from the PTA Caucus Representative, she will contact state and local politicians. She also encourages co-workers to do the same. Deb stated, “With my energy and passion as a PTA Caucus Representative, I would make certain those I represent are aware of the issues and given a chance to make their voices heard. It is important to maintain the PTA as a licensed clinician accountable to the PT in delivering quality patient care. With a son entering a PTA program next year, I have even more incentive to do my part.” Beyond the regular work week she has found opportunities to use her PTA skills. At the National Veterans Wheelchair Games hosted in Philadelphia this past August 2014, she worked as a volunteer assisting with transportation and closing ceremonies. She also enjoys competing in cycling races, and has participated in 10 Bike MS: City to Shore Rides. She is also a blood donor for the American Red Cross, and every year she participates Delaware Tech’s Alumni and Friends 5K Run/Walk. Deb’s goal next year is for Allied Health PTA program to be the largest team!