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Legislative Day Speakers

Speaker Bios

Participants will learn about bills in the legislature that have a direct impact on your profession. You will receive outstanding advice on advocacy from our seasoned lobbyist and government affairs committee.

Christopher Reed, PT, DPT

Chris Reed, PT, DPT, ATC is an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist with Agile Physical Therapy in Palo Alto, CA. He graduated with a BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences from Oregon State University in 1998 and received his Masters of Physical Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s College in 2000. Chris has been an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 2006. He has served in leadership roles with multiple organizations, including CPTA, throughout his career. Currently, Chris is the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee and a Trustee of the CAL-PT-PAC.

Rick Katz, PT, DPT

Rick Katz, PT, DPT has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 1979 and obtained his Physical Therapy certification from a combined program at CSUN and UCLA in 1980. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from CSUN in 1985 and his DPT from E.I.M. Institute in 2013. He is currently a faculty member at CSUN. He currently serves as the President of CPTA. He was previously Chairperson for the CPTA’s Payment Policy Committee, member of the Finance Committee and past CPTA Board of Directors member. He chairs the APTA Private Practice Section’s ACO task force. He is the recipient of the CPTA’s James McKillip Leadership Award and the Charles Magistro Service Award. Rick is Vice President and Payer Contracting for ATI Physical Therapy. Rick enjoys the combination of patient care, management and teaching along with his volunteer work with the APTA.

Paul Smith, PT, DPT

Paul Smith, PT, DPT is a staff physical therapist and clinical coordinator of clinical education at Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno. He practices primarily in the adult critical care setting and rotates annually to share coverage of the Physical Therapy Consults in the Emergency Department. He has practiced for 22 years after graduating from CSU, Fresno with a Master in Physical Therapy. He returned to school in 2013 to obtain his post-professional DPT from the University of Montana graduating in 2015.

Carl London

Carl London is CPTA's lead lobbyist. Mr. London has advocated on behalf of the CPTA for over fifteen years and has extensive experience in grassroots advocacy, public policy and political action committee development.

Tameka Island, MPA

Tameka Island, MPA is the Executive Associate of Professional Affairs at the California Physical Therapy Association. Her primary responsibilities at CPTA include providing leadership, direction, knowledge, and expertise to the association in the area of payment policy, practice management, ethics, state government affairs, and advocacy fundraising. She has proudly served the members of APTA and CPTA for over fifteen years. Tameka received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development from the University of California, Davis and went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Public Administration in 2011.