If I ran the world, outpatient physical therapy clinics would only be open from 8:30-2:30pm. Employers would be flexible enough to allow their employees to flex their time to have physical therapy during the day. And all commuting would be done on magical rainbow unicorns – OK, maybe that last one is stretching things a bit too far.
What happens when you put together people with a common passion, nature, food/drink and people who have a heart to give back to others?
In an organization that spans from coast to coast, north to south, it's simply amazing when we get large groups of us in the same room together to discuss the state of physical therapy and manual therapy. To hash out how best to evolve our approach to meet the needs of PTs today, and ultimately, the patients whose lives they're committed to improving. NAIOMT had a great turnout for our Northwest Regional meeting located in beautiful Portland Oregon a few weeks ago. We had sessions on strategies for further expansion of OMPT professional development and communication, as well as education and examination excellence. David Deppler facilitated our clinical mentorship training, which covered clinical instruction versus mentoring, resources and practice. We were also able to touch on research and publication development: improving the quality of fellowship projects.
Student Special Interest Group President Melissa Dreger of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) recently interviewed NAIOMT faculty, Susan C. Clinton PT DScPT OCS WCS FAAOMPT about the value of her manual therapy fellowship, women's health, advice for students and more.
For this week's PT Profile, we'd like to introduce you to Kayla Robison, a physical therapist based in the DC metro area. Kayla graduated from University of Central Missouri with her Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training, and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Elon University. She is dedicated to deepening her skills and is certified in a number of areas including medical massage, functional movement screen, level 2 dry needling, and is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist and exercise physiologist.
Let's face it. The evidence is everywhere we turn: Physical therapists (and PT students!) have incredible drive, work ethic and dedication to what they do and to the people they guide toward movement.
Today's post is by Austin Sheldon, PT, DPT. Austin is a recent graduate of the NAIOMT-ANDREWS Orthopedic Clinical Residency Program. He's currently enrolled in the NAIOMT OMPT Fellowship Program and the DSc program at Andrews. In the post below, Austin shares his reasons for pursuing the path to excellence: