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Appointments made to Board of Physical Therapy

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Mark Epolito of Haslett, Brian Gilbert of Comstock Park and Ajay Middha of Midland to the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy. 

The board is responsible for the supervision and licensing of physical therapists in Michigan and has the authority to take disciplinary actions against licensees who may adversely affect the public's health, safety and welfare.

"These individuals will work hard to ensure Michigan's citizens are receiving proper physical therapy and the highest quality of care," Snyder said.

Epolito is an account manager with Agate Software, Inc. He previously worked for Adecco Technical in Lansing and Web Elite in Pleasant Ridge. Epolito earned a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University. He will represent the general public and replaces Linda Thomas-Pilarczyk.

Gilbert is senior director of physical therapy services at the Center for Physical Rehabilitation in Grand Rapids, where he previously served as staff physical therapist and clinical manager. He also served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Gilbert earned both a bachelor's degree in health science and a master's degree in physical therapy from GVSVU. He will represent physical therapists and replaces Elizabeth Mostrom.

Middha is owner of Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists. He previously served as a clinical specialist for MidMichigan Medical Center, physical therapist for Sunshine Rehabilitation and physical therapist for the Physical Therapy Clinic. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Delhi in India, a master's degree in orthopedic physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis and a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Florida. Middha will represent physical therapists and replaces David Perry.

Appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2015, and are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.