Meet the Speakers











Dan Dallatore PT, DPT, OCS is a licensed doctor of physical therapy in Maine, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics. He graduated from the University of New England DPT program in 2014, and was certified by the ABPTS in orthopedics in 2017. He is a private practice owner with two offices located inside fitness facilities in southern Maine. Dan utilizes his orthopedic knowledge and post-graduate certifications in Applied Prevention and Health Promotion Therapies as well as Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete in his patient care approach. He has been an Adjunct Faculty for the UNE DPT program since 2018 in Gross Anatomy, Foundations of PT Practice, PT Management of the Musculoskeletal System, and Advanced Orthopedics. Dan is also currently serving as president of the Maine Chapter APTA.  



Matthew Somma, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS, is a licensed physical therapist with a clinical doctoral degree in physical therapy, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  He attended the University of New England (UNE) for his undergraduate and graduate studies.  He is currently a full-time faculty member at UNE since 2018.  Matthew is the former president for the Maine Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.  Prior to joining the University of New England, Matthew worked for OA Centers for Orthopaedics where he was the Director of Rehabilitation Services. 

Matthew has extensive clinical experience in sports and spine rehabilitation and sport performance.  He became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 2006 and was a former Strength and Conditioning Specialist in the San Diego Padres Organization.  He received his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) from the University of St Augustine in 2016.  His clinical interests include surgical and non-surgical treatment of patients with spinal dysfunction. Matthew is also interested in biomechanical analysis of the overhead athlete, rehabilitation of the shoulder, and rehabilitation of low back dysfunction. 

Discussion Description: This session will cover all things private practice: logistical and special considerations. Hear from two local practice owners on the experience and mindset needed to start a practice, how to write a business plan, and daily operations. Matt and Dan will also discuss their own personal experiences in running a physical therapy business, including their pros and cons of private practice. 



Susie Lachowski, PhD, CSCS  is the Director of the Division of Exercise Science at American International College in Springfield, MA where she developed both the Bachelor’s and Master's Degree programs, all departmental requirements, as well as designed and runs the Human Performance Lab at AIC. She earned her doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology and specializes in Blood Flow Restriction Training and Therapy. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Exercise Science and Physical Therapy Divisions @ AIC in Advanced Exercise Physiology, Gross Anatomy, Strength and Conditioning, Exercise for Special Populations, among other course topics. Susie is an American Heart Association Instructor and certifies both students and professionals in BLS CPR/AED & First Aid.  

Susie is the New England Ambassador for Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT) and certifies professionals/clinicians in the BFRT modality.  Susie currently is utilizing BFRT number of clinical case studies as well as trains clients in-person and remotely along with traditional strength and conditioning training. Susie guest lectures at a number of different universities on the application, efficacy, and safety of the modality. 

Susie began Glass Training and Education, LLC to provide coaches, clinicians, and other professionals with education and practical content within the fields of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.  Susie trains various populations (youth, athletic, tactical, aging, special populations, etc.) to enhance fitness, strength and conditioning and health and well-being of all. 

Lastly, Susie is a Managing Business Partner of the Ergonomic Collaboration Group, LLC where she enhances worker safety by problem solving and facilitating positive ergonomic changes to reduce risk of injuries in the workplace. She focuses on health promotion, wellness, and fitness within industrial and corporate institutions.  Susie loves spending time with her family, pets, hiking, snowboarding, traveling and being outdoors. 



Amy J. Litterini, PT, DPT, received Master of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Simmons College in Boston, MA.  Prior to her role as Program Manager of Survivorship for the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, Amy was core faculty in the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of New England from 2013-2021, and the Director of Cancer Wellness at the Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital from 1999-2012. Her publications and research have focused on oncology rehabilitation, including a co-authored and co-edited book on palliative rehabilitation in life-threatening illnesses. Amy served on the board of directors of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy, and as the Oncology Academy Delegate in the APTA House of Delegates.  She is the immediate past chair of the oncologic specialty council for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties where she served from 2016-2021.  Regionally, she serves on the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society Nursing & Allied Health Committee and is a member of the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Rehab and Survivorship Taskforce. She was certified as a patient navigator by the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in Harlem, NY, and is a certified hospice volunteer for Compassus Hospice.  

Session Description: This session will highlight the unique role of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant as critical interdisciplinary team members providing comprehensive cancer care. The discussion will include the multiple opportunities to integrate oncology rehabilitation across both the lifespan and the cancer survivorship continuum.  Professional development options will be illustrated for both the student and early career therapist including mentorship, scholarship, networking, residency and specialization.



Bob Bashaw graduated from Eastern Washington University Physical Therapy program in 1989. Since his graduation, Bob has worked in numerous facilities throughout the years, working mainly with athletes at all levels. He has been an owner of a private practice and most recently serves as the Physical Therapist for Washington State University athletics since 2013. In addition to his current Physical Therapy duties at WSU, Bob serves as the Athletic Trainer for the men's and women's golf teams and is the Medical Spotter for the football team. Bob is both board certified as an Orthopedic and Sports Specialist in PT from the American Board of PT Specialties. Bob has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 28 years, and was Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for 30 years. Additional certifications include: Certified FMS and SFMA screen assessor; Certified TPI Golf Medical Professional 2; Certified K-Vest level 1 assessor; Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner; Certified Y-Balance assessor; Certified Graston- technique Practitioner. Bob specializes in Sports injuries and has rehabilitated numerous post-surgical and complex orthopedic injuries. He Has special interest in functional biomechanics and orthotic intervention. He performs video analysis, movement screens and Biodex isokinetic testing on many of the sports teams at Washington State. Bob has been published in Clinics of Sports Medicine and the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine. General talk will be on Bob's "road" to becoming a sports PT. Things that have worked and recommendations for those interested in the same career path.



Cory Hall, DPT, ATC, NCS, CBIS,  brings a high level of energy and personality to the patients he treats at Saco Bay Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. He was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but lived in Richmond VA for the past eight years. He moved to the Portland area after completing post-graduation board certification in inpatient acute rehabilitation for the care of individuals with neurologic disorders.  Bachelor in Athletic Training, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Cory is experienced in treating patients with neurologic deficits of a wide variety with special interests in vestibular, brain injury and balance/gait problems.