David Tranchita Gets Re-certified as a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

David Tranchita recently completed all the requirements and has been approved for re-certification as a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dave has been board certified since 1998 but gets re-certified every 10 years. This is his second time being re-certified!


What is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy?

In 1978, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 100,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program. Orthopedic Clinical Specialists are recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as individuals whose clinical specialization in orthopedic physical therapy demonstrates knowledge, skill and experience exceeding that of an entry level physical therapist.


How many physical therapists are certified?

As of June 2017, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists has certified 12,893 orthopedic specialists; however, only about 300 have been certified in Wisconsin.


Why do physical therapists get certified?

The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.


As a certified specialist, David has clearly demonstrated his commitment to service by the variety, depth, and consistency of his professional involvement. His desire to attain formal recognition of his advanced clinical knowledge, competence, and skills reflects his devotion to physical therapy and his patients. In these times of dramatic health care reform, dedication to public service by providing high quality physical therapy services is paramount.


Congrats on the re-certification, David!