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Dave Powers, PT, DPT, MA, MBA

Present Practice Position: Owner/CEO, Pacific Palisades, CA
Education: Loma Linda, BS PT, 1978; Univ. of Redlands, MAM, 1985; Univ. of Redland, MBA, 1990; Arizona School of Health Science, DPT, 2008

Association Activities

District/SIG: Assembly Representative, Greater Los Angeles District (GLAD, 1985, 1992-2001; Director Management Forum/CA Chapter Hospital, SIG 1986-1988, 1994-1996; Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, SIG; Private Practice, SIG’s; Private Practice SIG Representative 2002; Management SIG: Chair 1996-1998, Member of Nominating Committee 1999-2001; Administrative SIG: Vice Chair 1989-1991, Treasurer 1986-1988; Private Practice SIG: Treasurer 2000-2004, Vice Chair 2004-2005, 2012-2013, Chair 2006-2011, 2013-Present  


Chapter: Chapter Delegate, 1997-1998; Reimbursement & Third Party Payer Committee 1994, Chair, 1995-1996; Chapter Board Director, 1995-1996; Ethics Committee 1996-2000; Nominating Committee, 2002-2005 and chair 2004-2005; Ethics Investigator , 2005-2008; Ethics Committee, 2006-2008; Finance Committee, 2006-2010; PAC, 2006-2013; Education Plan Task Force, 2008


APTA: Acute Care/Hospital Clinical Practice, Aquatic Physical Therapy, Education, Geriatrics, Hand Rehabilitation, Health Policy & Administration, Home Health, Neurology, Orthopedic, Private Practice, Sports Physical Therapy, Women’s Health, Sections; Section on Administration: President 1996-1999, President-Elect 1995, Vice Chair 1989-1991; Consultant to Private Practice Section Payer Summit, 1993; Government Affairs Key Contact, 1996-Present; Section on Administration: Member of Nominating Committee 1992-1994, Director of Nominating Committee 1995; APTA Nominating Committee: 2000-2003 and Chair 2002-2003; Private Practice Section Awards Committee, 2003-2004; Consultant Coding Initiatives, 2000 – Present; Consultant Services, 2001-2011


Community/Other Organization Activities: President for a Private Community Park in Pacific Palisades, Member of Pacific Palisades Optimist Club, Member/Volunteer UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees: an international org. that protects refugees and helps to find homes for them. Member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Member of the National Parks Conservation Association

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

Physical therapists are some of the most respected of all health care professionals. Over the years we have built strong relationships with our patients and other health care providers. We have become major players in many settings. We have also built strong support in Sacramento and Washington.

Where we fall short is the general public’s knowledge of how we are educated and what we can do to help them. We are the movement specialist, but remain one of the hidden secrets in healthcare. Physical therapists are autonomous practitioners and strong collaborators within the healthcare community. State legislators and policy makers may not always see our value. States in the future may limit consumers’ access to physical therapy.

CPTA has looked for ways to educate the public on who we are and what we do. We need to continue to look for new ways to take this message to the public. Our members all have the responsibility to do what they can to inform the public and ask their support contacting state legislators and third party payers about the benefits and value of physical therapy.

District and SIG funds should be consolidated with CPTA. This would save the push to get a treasurer for each of our groups. It would ensure that all funds are handled appropriately and safely. Individuals could request funds, which would be approved by the District or SIG. The approved request would be forwarded to CPTA, who would then cut a check.



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