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Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Bill Temes

Posted by NAIOMT on Nov 16, 2019 11:51:19 AM

Bill Temes received a Certificate in Physical Therapy from New York University and began practicing in 1974. He is a graduate of the NAIOMT Fellowship Program and received his Fellowship with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual therapy in 1998. Bill serves on the Board of Directors for NAIOMT and currently teaches NAIOMT courses in Portland, OR. During 2020 Bill will be teaching in San Diego, CA as part of the Accelerated Program, which allows students to complete all NAIOMT's core courses including CMPT certification in one year at a reduced cost.

 

What drew you to PT as a career? When and how did you start your journey?

Helping a friend recover from a serious head injury and observing his physical therapy treatment.

 

Where did you go to school and why?

New York University - they accepted me and convenient given it was close to family.

 

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, a rehab hospital in Los Angeles. I learned about the importance of the team concept what the role of a physical therapist can be in a truly professional environment.  

 

Why did you leave your first PT job?

Opportunity to establish and direct cardio-pulmonary rehab programs.

 

How did you hear about NAIOMT?

Through a friend who had taken a course in Seattle and at a time when I was looking for more answers for the 30% of spine patients that I treated and could not get well. 

 

My first impression was that it took many concepts that I knew but packaged it in a way that made me re-think how I approached spine patients. Plus, Erl Pettman seemed like a pretty smart guy. 

 

Where did you take your first NAIOMT courses and what was your first impression?

Seattle, WA and my first impression was that it took many concepts that I knew but packaged it in a way that made me re-think how I approached spine patients. Plus, Erl Pettman seemed like a pretty smart guy. 

 

What got you hooked on NAIOMT?

The 700 series of classes which brought together the integration model of assessment and patient care.

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How did you hear about the fellowship program?

It seemed to be a natural progression after the 800 exam process and I saw mentorship as the next step in my growth as a PT.

 

Was fitting the fellowship into your lifestyle challenging?

Yes, time-wise and financially but it was an important part of my development as a professional therapist. 

 

Who was/is your mentor? Tell us about several if you have them!

Ann Porter-Hoke - challenged me in the clinic.

Erl Pettman - challenged me in the organization. 

Kent Keyser - challenged me to be a better teacher.

 

Why did you decide to become a mentor?

I recognized how important it was to my own development as a therapist. I also found that I was good at it. 

 

I'm humble and try to be available to the people I work with as a teacher because what we do in the classroom means nothing if it doesn't translate how to work in the clinic.

 

What’s unique about you as a teacher?

I'm humble and try to be available to the people I work with as a teacher because what we do in the classroom means nothing if it doesn't translate how to work in the clinic.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Explore new places and things with my wife and family; stay healthy and active in a variety of ways; support the people who I love and care about; read about all of the above.

 

How do you combine these interests with your PT profession?

My teaching assignments have provided me an opportunity to travel and meet new people from other cultures.  I have made great professional friends and relationships that have kept me interested in my profession and from whom I have learned more than from any book.  

 

What's your most strongly held belief about how PT should be provided?

In a way that's oriented to the individual patient and can lead to that person taking over responsibility for their care.

 

We need people to know what we do and why we're the profession of choice when it comes to function and making effective change.

 

What changes would you like to see the PT profession make? What's lacking?

Do a better job of marketing to the public.  We need people to know what we do and why we're the profession of choice when it comes to function and making effective change.

 

If you could have lunch with anyone in the PT profession (dead or alive) who would it be?

Dr. Jacqueline Perry was first and foremost a physical therapist. She later became one of the first female orthopedic surgeons, in 1955, and is best known for contributions she made with post-polio syndrome and her work in both normal and pathological gait analysis.  I had the pleasure of learning from and consulting with her about patient needs with significant gait issues while I was a newer therapist at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Dr. Perry challenged me to use my eyes and brain at a time when we had very little technology as we do today to assess these issues. Dr. Perry supported the physical therapy profession like no other physician I have ever worked with in 45 years as a practicing therapist.  Her multitude of research articles can be found in many PT journals.  

 

Favorite vacation spot? Why?

New York City - I can now afford to go out on the town for a few days and enjoy what it has to offer.  Of course, I limit my stays to no longer than 3 days.

 

Favorite movie? Why?

When Harry Met Sally - Katz' Deli, I love their food.

 

Which historical figure has been most influential in your life? Why?

Abe Lincoln on religion - When I do good, I feel good.  That is my religion.

 

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CMPT Certification in Just One Year

During 2020 Bill Temes and Steve Allen will be teaching all NAIOMT core courses in San Diego, CA as part of the Accelerated Program. This program enables you to complete all NAIOMT core courses including CMPT certification in just one year at a reduced cost. In addition to expert mentorship, the program also offers a great getaway opportunity: the San Diego clinic location is steps away from beautiful ocean views, parks and the Little Italy district. 

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