Meet Michael Connors, PT, DPT, OCS
TPTA President 2014-2017
Michael Connors, PT, DPT, OCS was installed as President of TPTA during the Annual Conference, on October 17th.
Ask Mike what he likes best about being a physical therapist and you will get a typical PT answer: "To help patients achieve a higher level of function and quality of life when faced with a particular injury. I truly enjoy watching a patient get back to the activities they love.”
Mike is not from Texas but got here as quick as he could! Originally from Toms River, NJ (yes a Yankee!), he received a BS in Biology from Stockton State College in Pomona, NJ. He received his Master of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University in 2003 and his transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2008. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree at Texas Woman’s University with an anticipated completion in late 2015. Mike obtained his board certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2011. He has been employed in the outpatient orthopedic, hospital based, inpatient rehabilitation, and home health settings. This diverse experience provides him with a perspective to comprehend the different challenges faced by our colleagues in each treatment setting. In addition, Mike is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on topics ranging from manual therapy to differential diagnosis and primary care PT practice.
A huge proponent of autonomous practice, Mike has been involved on the state level as a co-chair of the GAC committee lobbying both state and national legislators about issues impacting PT practice. In addition to this service, Mike served on the Private Practice Section Impact Editorial Board for three years and serves on the Practice Committee of the Orthopedic Section. A staunch advocate for the profession, he believes service to our profession is one way to continue the evolution of physical therapy. In his spare time, he enjoys anything active and outdoors with his amazing wife of 10 years and his two beautiful daughters.
"I am humbled to serve my profession in the capacity of TPTA president," Connors said. "I look forward to addressing the opportunities and challenges facing the physical therapy profession in Texas in the coming years. I believe that it's time to take ownership of our profession. My three main goals as TPTA President are:
1. Professional accountability
3. Advocacy: both for our patients and for our profession.
"It's time to stop having outside forces influence our profession."
You may contact Dr. Connors at firstname.lastname@example.org.