The ties that bind athletic trainers and athletes

Earlier this spring, I visited an athletic training facility of a university in Florida. The facility is staffed with several athletic trainers, and it was abuzz with athletes as I was being given a tour. Out of curiosity, I asked Kaley, one of the trainers, what attracted her to […]

What’s on the menu?

While attending a local Rotary Club luncheon recently, I sat next to Bob and Jean, a married couple in their mid-70s who recently moved to the area.

Upon learning that I am a physical therapist, Bob told me he had recently been receiving physical therapy treatments. Last November, he fell […]

I’m stirring the waters for people of all abilities

Every year during the holidays, my blogs and editorials for TodayinPT.com have focused on asking the question, “What have you done lately?” and then sharing with readers the volunteer work and community-based activities that I have selected to engage in during the holiday season. This personal tradition has given […]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

Being outside PT’s inner circles can be obstacle to publishing

While waiting in the veterinarian’s office to pick up my dog, Koji, I kept myself occupied by watching the colorful fish in a huge saltwater aquarium. Several of the fish looked like Nemo and Dory, a few had spiny scales and seahorses floated in the water above the corals. […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

Let’s voice our opinions on mandatory continuing education hours

Although we have not entered a licensure renewal cycle for PTs and PTAs here in Florida, I have begun to actively plan where and how I will acquire 24 continuing education hours necessary for licensure renewal in 2017.

A national APTA conference is always at the top of my list. There […]

By |November 7th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||3 Comments

Listening from the sideline: What constitutes a quality life?

I am often consulted by physical therapists and PT assistants regarding patient treatments, difficult patient situations and ethical dilemmas in practice, to name a few scenarios. At times, I find myself arbitrating a disagreement between therapists who cannot agree on treatment philosophies.

A nursing home administrator once told me, “Sometimes […]

By |September 14th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

Once a PT, always a PT

Since I transitioned to academia several years ago, I am often asked if I still work as a PT. Clearly, those who are asking want to know if I remain involved in clinical practice. I have always responded by describing how I juggle my teaching schedule with working in […]

By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||1 Comment

What characteristics make for a good leader or manager?

Aside from frustration with facility-specific policies and reimbursement processes, one of the frequently cited reasons why some of my PT friends would seek new employment is dissatisfaction with their supervisors. It’s not that they can’t get along with their supervisors. It’s that some of them feel their supervisors are poor leaders […]

Lessons from a pink flowering tree

A few months ago, I found myself mediating an argument between two physical therapists — Simoun, an orthopedic practitioner, and Rosa, a neurotherapist. Their argument was centered on whether patients who sustained neurologic insults, such as a CVA, can recover their functions. When I investigated how this argument began, […]

Bank visit leads to tutorial on robotics, healing touch

One Saturday morning, I stood in this long line of customers at a local bank. I was the 18th customer, standing in this maze of bends and curves that hid the part in the line ahead. I occupied myself by estimating how long it would take to get to […]

By |April 22nd, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments
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