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Meaningful Mentors: Meet NAIOMT's Terry Pratt

Posted by NAIOMT on Nov 2, 2019, 8:33:36 AM

Terry Pratt is the clinical director of Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy in Topsham, Maine. Terry received his MSPT from Andrews University in 1997 and his FAAOMPT in 2013 through the NAIOMT Fellowship Program. He is a Faculty, Clinical Fellowship Instructor and Examiner for NAIOMT. He currently teaches core NAIOMT courses in Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Florida.

 

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

I was injured while participating in track and field in my jr. year of high school and after being treated by a PT (physiotherapist since I was in Canada) I thought it would be a great profession combining athletics, medicine/science and teaching.

 

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

My first job a combined skilled rehab and outpatient clinic. I learned that if you make the patient your focus, learn the fundamentals, outcomes improve greatly. Or, as Patch Adams says …

 “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you'll win, no matter what the outcome.”

 

Why did you decide to become a mentor?

NAIOMT training helped me enjoy the challenge of being a Physical Therapist.  I felt efficient and effective and grew in confidence while I progressed through the NAIOMT system.  After 22 years I enter the clinic each morning with a smile on my face and would like others to experience that joy as well.

 

Instead of trying to fit students into a box, I like to use their learning style and perspective to help them grow. At the same time I continue to grow as a teacher and as a therapist.  

 

 

What’s unique about you as a teacher?

I enjoy listening and watching my course participants and mentees treat. I enjoy seeing different approaches. Instead of trying to fit students into a box, I like to use their learning style and perspective to help them grow. At the same time I continue to grow as a teacher and as a therapist.  

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spending time with family and friends, trying different types of food, travelling, reading and exercising.

 

How do you combine these interests with your PT profession?

I like sharing with patients common and uncommon experiences and discuss travel, family, food and athletics.  Learning is occurring as a two-way street both on the patient improving their mobility and wellness and my learning about a variety of topics and interests.   

 

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

I sincerely believe that any therapy rendered has to match the functional goals of that patient. The time in the treatment room is sacred and should be honored with individual attention, precise evaluation and a home program matching the patient's motivation.  

 

Meet the patient where they are, don't assume anything and take a fresh look each time, make sure that you match anything you do with the functional motivation of that patient.

 

What's your mantra when it comes to treating?

Meet the patient where they are, don't assume anything and take a fresh look each time, make sure that you match anything you do with the functional motivation of that patient.

 

Give an example of a time when you know you made a difference with a patient.

My most fulfilling is a 99-year old who fractured her hip and the orthopedic surgeon  told her she would not walk again after her surgery. She lived to be 109 and walked until the day she passed with a cane.

 

Give an example of a time when you know you made a difference with a student.

Early in my career a PT student I did not have any exposure to spine assessment in PT school and this was their final rotation. They said he would get it with continuing education and I spent a lot of time making sure he knew how to assess and treat the spine. He appreciated the effort and was a lot more comfortable after his clinical rotation.  

 

What's something your fellow faculty members might not know about you?

When I was a kid I took figure skating lessons I was horrible!  My dad used to coach hockey but did not like the atmosphere so my parents thought it would be best for me to figure skate … 

 

Favorite book? Why?

The Man who Mistook his Wife for A Hat by Oliver Sacks. Recommended by Dr. Ward, my neuroscience teacher in PT school. I have read every book written by Dr. Sacks, who opened the door of amazement to me regarding medicine and the nervous system.  He passed away in 2015 and his last book is Everything in It’s Place. One quote from this book sums up one of the many take aways I have from his writing …

The most important ingredient [for a biologist] is a fascination with the wonders of living creatures.  And this stays with most biologists for their entire life. They never lose the excitement of scientific discovery… nor the love of chasing after new ideas, new insights, new organisms.”

 

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

It is difficult to pick just one person, it is more of a combination of several including the inquisitiveness of Da Vinci, the focus, honesty, and perseverance of Lincoln, determination and humor of John A. McDonald (Canada's first prime minister), the writing and speaking skills of Churchill and the energy of Alexander Hamilton and the ability to overcome physical challenges demonstrated by Dr. Helen Taussig. I cast a wide net and love to read biographies and see what traits made people the influential characters they were.

 

Favorite vacation spot? Why?

Addison, Maine. I enjoy the quiet time with family, in this remote part of Maine.  It is by the ocean and time is filled with games, conversation, coffee and laughter, it is “the way life should be”. 

 

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