MALTA – Andrew J Gaetano, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS, CSCS has been awarded the professional designation of board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
In 2012, Gaetano was awarded the same distinction in orthopedic physical therapy making him one of the few physical therapists in the country to have dual board certifications.
“I’m constantly searching for techniques and theories that help me deliver the best possible treatment to every single patient”, said Gaetano. “Becoming a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy demonstrates my continued commitment to pursuing the highest level of skill with which to best serve my patients”.
To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in one of nine specialty areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women’s Health Physical Therapy.
In addition, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice.
Certifications are valid for 10 years. For recertifications, ABPTS has developed a maintenance model that focuses on continuing competence of the physical therapist specialist.
Gaetano graduated in 2009 from Ithaca College with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. He is a full time practicing physical therapist at Capital Area Physical Therapy and Wellness , an assistant professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Sage Graduate School in Troy and co-owner and treating therapist at Capital Area Physical Therapy and Wellness in Malta and Queensbury.