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2016 Candidate Statement Dennis Langton
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Dennis Langton, PT

Present Practice Position: Owner, E & L Associates Physical Therapy
Education: University of Utah, BS, 1973

Association Activities

District/SIG: District Chairperson, San Diego (SD), 1982-1985; Chief Representative, SD, 1979-1981, 1991-1992; Secretary, SD, 1993-1994; Assembly Representative, SD, 1978-1986, 1991-1992, 2012; California Private Practice SIG 


Chapter: Chapter Delegate, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987-1994, 2003-Present; Claims Reviewer Pool, California Chapter, APTA, 1982-Present; Chapter Annual Conference Task Force, 1983, 1989, 1995; Revenue & Third Party Payor Committee, 1984-1986, 1990; Chapter Board Director, 1987-1990, 2003-2004; Continuing Education Committee Chair, 2003-2005; District/SIG Operations Committee, Chair, 2004-2005; Chief Delegate, 2005-2008; Awards Committee Chair, 2005-2008; Payment Policy Committee, 2009-Present; Chapter Board Finance Officer, 2013-Present


APTA: Trustee, APTA-PT-PAC, 2003-2005


Community/Other Organization Activities: Credentialing Committee Preferred Therapy Providers; Advisory Committee AAOP, International College of Craniofacial and Vertebral Therapeutics, Scientific Committee, Program Chairperson; Past Positions: Physical Therapy Advisory Committee OPTUM UHC,; Past Member National Wheelchair Athletic Association, Past Positions: Board of Directors, President; Past Member San Diego Stroke Advisory Board; Past Member Advisory Board, Physical Therapist Assistant Program, San Diego Community College District, Mesa College


The Candidates for Finance Officer were asked to answer the following two questions when giving their personal statements:

  1. What actions should be taken by CPTA to ensure that physical therapy is included as a basic health benefit within California or national health policy?
  2. In assisting the CPTA Board and Organizational Review Task Force in their strategic planning, what is one idea you have in restructuring the finance component of the districts or SIGS?

Candidate Statement

Response 1: Research validation, public awareness, direct access progression toward autonomy.
I believe we need to approach this from three fronts. The first, and most powerful, is public outreach. Research on public perception shows that while our patients know of our value the public in general does not. In fact, the public has little awareness of physical therapy and especially in what therapists do. We need to educate the public, in terms they understand, the value of physical therapy and to show that we are not massage therapists, personal trainers or chiropractors. The second comes in research. We must continue to provide evidence and best practice patterns for the services that we provide. Finally we need to make sure that we continue to be a trusted partner in the legislative process to ensure that we always have a seat at the table in the legislative process on state and federal levels.

Response 2: The financial responsibilities of the Districts and SIGs is both tedious and daunting and provides little in regards to moving the district or SIG forward. During my term as Finance Officer I have proposed that we work on consolidating many of the day to day responsibilities of the treasurer, such as managing their checking accounts, doing financial reports, and income tax information filing etc., and turn them over to the chapter. This not only assists the district or SIG but also helps the chapter in regards to its financial auditing and reporting requirements. This is in process at the chapter office and I would like to see it completed.


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