Posted on January 6, 2021 by Chapter Staff
Originally Published in APTA Hawaii’s Monthly e-Newsletter – January 2021
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Nick Bronowski and I am the new president of APTA Hawaii. I am a practicing physical therapist, outpatient orthopedic clinic director, board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, teacher, and – most importantly – the backup to my amazing wife April, who some of you might know better than me. April is the legislative committee chair for APTA Hawaii and was selected as one of APTA’s emerging leaders in 2020. She is an amazing PT who is also a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, and she has been highly trained in pelvic health physical therapy. She is the person who first got me involved with APTA Hawaii and explained all of the benefits of being a member with our chapter – benefits that I had previously decided to overlook due to the cost of student loan repayments. She is the real reason why I became involved as a volunteer with APTA Hawaii and why I was able to take on this role to help PTs and PTAs in Hawaii keep progressing into this next chapter. April gives me the motivation and drive to volunteer my free time for a greater cause – our profession.
I am originally from Washington state, where I was born and raised. I grew up in a humble small town in the farmlands of Eastern Washington that is a little smaller than Laie on the north shore of Oahu. Rosalia is the town, for those who might be interested in looking up just how small it is. Growing up with humble beginnings taught me a lot about work ethic, respect for others, and giving back to the community that you live in. However, it also made me intrigued to explore and see the world, which is why I chose to go to PT school in San Diego, CA, where I met my wife April. With many options to work close to home and family, we both decided to start our careers as new PTs in a brand new place. We both had friends, hanai family, and job opportunities on Oahu, so we decided give it a try and we have loved being part of this community and state ever since.
Growing up I was very involved with athletics and extra-curricular activities. I was a three-sport varsity athlete and first got acquainted with physical therapy by, surprise surprise, getting injured. My passion for becoming a physical therapist was solidified after injuring myself again playing basketball. Going through an ACL reconstruction and a long road of rehab to be able to play college baseball will give someone a great inside look into the world of physical therapy, and that is all I needed to
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solidify my future goals. Ever since high school, I have been involved in volunteer work and community service. So when it came time to have the opportunity to join the leadership team of APTA Hawaii, I felt like I was ready to answer that call.
I have been very fortunate over these past couple of years to know and learn from the previous group of leadership in APTA Hawaii. My predecessor Gregg Pacilio did such an amazing job in his six-year tenure as president and I know that I will need all of the help and advice I can get from my team to help me fill these big shoes that Gregg has left. I am acutely aware that I have had most of my experience in practice with outpatient orthopedic and sports rehab. I understand that it would help best if I can listen to my leadership team and members of this chapter to help make sound choices for all aspects of physical therapy in this state, not just the outpatient orthopedic realm. My hope is that I can make myself available as much as possible for members to reach and I will try my best to address concerns and answer questions. I would like to make it a personal goal of mine to focus on letting the communities and public of the state of Hawaii know more about this amazing profession and that we can be leaders in healthcare for diagnosing and treating neuromusculoskeletal symptoms.
Unfortunately, this past year we encountered the deadly pandemic of COVID-19. This virus has changed the landscape of life in our state, whether it be changes to social interaction, clinical practice, travel, or even monetarily with businesses or personally. However, while some may be feeling financially squeezed and thinking of not renewing their chapter membership this year, I feel like now is actually the time to have strength in our membership in order to rebound and thrive. Even though many negatives can be pointed out from this predicament, I think there are hidden positives that are slowly starting to work their rustburgpharmacy.com way up to the surface. This pandemic has opened our eyes, as physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, to new ways to communicate with our co-workers, colleagues, and patients. From telehealth rehab to home health, there has been a drastic shift in how we interact with our patients, especially with a decrease in hands-on care.
As the nature of things continues to change and we learn more, I have noticed a trend that seems to be a silver lining for our profession going forward. There has been an increasing amount of folks that have had to try to adapt to a new poorly set-up ergonomic work space at home, or feel the sudden need to pour cement buckets and do Olympic lifts, or even just the Kupuna who were not able to continue to attend their normal walking groups at the malls or balance class at their local medical fitness studio. All of these situations and scenarios will eventually lead to what I would suspect is going to be a wave of physical therapy patients in dire need of quality care to help them move better, feel better, and eventually live better again. I think that this association and its members are ready for that call and I look forward to being able to see this through with all of you.
Throughout my time as president of APTA Hawaii, I hope that I can become someone that you can trust and hope to earn your respect to help this profession continue to move onward and upward in tough times and in good times. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope this helps you understand more about me and what drives me, and if I don’t know you already, I hope to get to know you in the near future as well.
Mahalo and warm regards,
Nicholas Bronowski, PT
APTA Hawaii President
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