WavesAug 12, 2022
52: Clinical Innovation with Dr. Drew Contreras
Dr. Drew Contreras is the Vice President of Clinical Innovation and Integration at the American Physical Therapy Association. And while that title may not give you the clearest idea about his job description, he can share a lot of pearls of wisdom as to where our profession has been and where it is going.
Oh, and he used to be the White House physical therapist during the Obama Administration. There's a video somewhere about that...
51: Authenticity in Practice with Dr. Allyson Sutkowi-Hemstreet
What does it mean to be authentic in patient interaction? For Dr. Allyson Sutkowi-Hemstreet, it means not hiding any aspect of herself. Instead of trying to fit in, she found that she provided better patient care when she brought every aspect of herself into the patient-provider relationship.
Now she works to bring that message to students and clinicians who may feel that being part of a marginalized group means being something other than yourself.
50: Potty Heroes with Dr. Katharine Cline and Rylee Lane
Did you know our very own co-host Dr. Katharine Cline is a published author? She is!
Dr. Cline is a pediatric pelvic floor physical therapist who wanted to create a resource to help kids when they may be having difficulty controlling their bowel or bladder. She collaborated with medical illustrator Rylee Lane to make Potty Heroes: An Interactive Coloring Book, a book that aims to be accurate, anatomically correct, and helpful for young kids.
We spoke to the author and illustrator to hear more about how the project came to be and what might be next for our Potty Heroes!
49: Palliative Care with Dr. Chris Wilson
Physiotherapists say that they are the movement system experts across the lifespan, but what about the very end of life? What if the patient has a terminal diagnosis? Do we have a place there?
Dr. Chris Wilson has strong opinions (and evidence!) on the topic.
48: Transcending the Binary with Morgan Andrade, SPT
Morgan Andrade is a 3rd year DPT student at Oakland University and the first winner of APTA Michigan's DEI Student Award. He serves as the Health and Wellness Advocate for Transcend the Binary, a non-profit serving the transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse community throughout Michigan. He has guest lectured for various programs across Michigan, such as Wayne State University's physician assistant program, on providing trans inclusive healthcare. In his free time he enjoys jiu jitsu, boxing, and hiking with his wonderful wife and two pups.
47: Pro Bono PT with Dr. Kari Ayoob and The Movement Network
Many PT and PTA students are exposed to pro bono work while in the clinic, but few have an opportunity to continue that work as a licensed clinician. Dr. Kari Ayoob, co-founder of The Movement Network, tells us how she is helping to build a network of physios across the country to provide care to underinsured and underserved populations. USC Fit Families
46: Doing Good in the World with Steve Leppard
Steve Leppard is a physiotherapist and co-founder of the Solstice Foundation, a non-profit that provides money for people to do good in their communities. Their scholarships and awards include the Solstice Scholarship, awarded to DPT students at University of Michigan-Flint, Western Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University, and the Vaughn Philanthropy Award, given to clinicians who want to lift others up in the profession and in their community. Leppard tells us about how he got started on this journey, about some of the past winners of the scholarships, and how it all got started in a canoe.
45: Physiotherapy In the LD/ID Community with Alistair Beverley
So far, this podcast has been a completely American-centric endeavor but today we change that. Alistair Beverley, Bsc. Hons., MCSP, ACPPLD, HCPC is a physiotherapist in Yorkshire, England, and may be better known online as the LD Physio. Through his own personal experience and passion, he has carved out a niche of working with the LD/ID (Learning Disability/Intellectual Disability) population in the UK, his work with Team GB in the Special Olympics, and uses his social media presence to educate other clinicians and the public, all the while drinking a cup of delicious Yorkshire Tea.
Music by Mark Joesting and Andy Wicks.
44: PT Crab and Male Pelvic Floor Health with Luke Hollomon, SPT
Do you feel like you can't keep up with the research? No time to pore over articles?
Do you wonder what the pelvic floor is all about? Did you even know you had one? Did you know the high correlation between constipation and low back pain? Would you feel comfortable talking to your patient about sex? And why is Australia doing so many cool things (except for the deadly animals)?
Luke Hollomon is a DPT student at Virginia Commonwealth University and the founder of PT Crab, a very insightful weekly newsletter to boil down the latest research into easily digestible chunks. He 's also passionate about pelvic floor health and hopes that it will become something we're all comfortable talking about, since we all have pelvic floors.
43: Chaotic Physical Therapy with Dr. Megan Mitchell
If you think physical therapy is just three sets of ten reps, walking a patient to the bathroom, or a lifetime of polos and khakis, I would like to introduce you to Dr. Megan Mitchell. She would like to tell you about emergency preparedness, which includes, but is not limited to, chemical weapons, wildfires, motor vehicle accidents, and hurricanes.
The tweet that started it all.
42: 2022 APTA Michigan Research Day and Fall Conference
Some highlights of the 2022 APTA Michigan Research Day and Fall Conference, held at Boyne Mountain Resort. Special thanks to all of the students, faculty, and clinicians who spoke with us and shared their hard work and new knowledge with the rest of us.
41: APTA Student Board of Directors with Megan Hare, SPT
On top of the rigors of completing a DPT degree, Megan Hare, 2nd year student at Oakland University, has decided that running for a national office sounds like fun! We interviewed her to talk about her candidacy for delegate on the APTA Student Board of Directors, and what inspired her to pursue leadership roles as a student.
40: Burnout, Rural PT, and Creating Value with Dr. Nick Hoopes
Dr. Nick Hoopes is a physical therapist in northeast Ohio. He works in a rural setting, sees many patients with what some would consider poorly-reimbursing insurance payers, and is dedicated to his community. We had the privilege of talking with him shortly before the birth of his second child. For your consideration, Dr. Nick Hoopes.
39: NICU Physical Therapy and the Alamo with Dr. Katie Franklin
Dr. Katie Franklin is a physical therapist working in a NICU setting, which may seem like a strange place for a PT to be, but Katie, whose Twitter handle is @neonatalPT, helps break it down for us.
Along the way, she talks about the highs and lows of working with the littlest humans, being a part of the larger APTA community, and how we may not remember last night, but we will always remember the Alamo.
38: A Chat with the APTA Michigan Delegates
Do you know what APTA House of Delegates does? Do you know who your delegates? Do you know how many delegates Michigan has? (Thirteen.)
We learned all of this and more after talking with delegates Mackenzie Sebesta, SPT, Dr. Cameron Faller, and chief delegate Dr. Caroline Gwaltney ahead of this year's House of Delegates in Washington DC.
37: Working with Performance Artists and Athletes with Dr. Kristen Schuyten
Many PT students dream about working with elite athletes, but few actually make that dream a reality. Dr. Kristen Schuyten is one of those few. She is a clinician, an educator, and a physiotherapist for Team USA figure skating. She talked with us about her career path and how glamorous it is (or isn't) working at the international level for sports competitions.
36: Trauma-Informed Care with Dr. Kenneth Miller
Physical therapists are great at evaluating and treating functional movement impairments and disorders, but we may feel less confident about handling the icky, gooey, intangible, "human" side of things. The sadness, anger, aloofness, or "non-compliance" that we see in many of our patients. Dr. Kenneth Miller is studying trauma-informed care and the importance of teaching our DPT students about the affective domain in the hopes of better preparing these learners to become more effective and empathic clinicians.
Music by Andy Wicks and Mark Joesting
35: Pediatric Oncologic PT with Dr. Dan Steventon
Dr. Dan Steventon, also known as PT Dan or The Kid's Cancer PT, works in an arena of care that may seem too daunting, too draining, too much for everyday folks. Pediatric oncologic rehabilitation is no laughing matter, but PT Dan seems to find a way to bring smiles and joy to his patients during some of their darkest times. He spoke to us about his work, about the realities of the hard days, and the joys of the every days.
34: Pain and Coloring Books, Part 2 [Dr. Devra Sheldon]
We conclude our interview with Dr. Devra Sheldon by talking about the importance of good interpreters, the social communication model of pain, and dinosaurs with gait abnormalities. It was a hoot.
Co-hosted by Dr. Katharine Cline and Dr. Andy Wicks.
Produced by Andy Wicks.
33: Pain and Coloring Books with Dr. Devra Sheldon
Sometimes, the best thing you can do for a patient is to dip your feet in the pool or paint a watercolor with them. I may be oversimplifying things, but Dr. Devra Sheldon has some unique and effective methods for working with people who have chronic pain, sensory disorganization, and many other impairments. She is a such a passionate advocate for her patients that we had to split her interview into two parts.
Music by Mark Joesting and Andy Wicks.
32: 2022 Student Conclave and Spring Conference Recap
Have you ever wondered what it's like at one of APTA Michigan's annual events? Our roving reporter and president of APTA Michigan, Dr. Edward Mathis, sent in this dispatch to keep you informed. Guests included:
Abigail Skallerud, APTA Michigan Legislative Director
Kevin Barclay, PT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, Co-Owner and CEO of Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists
Calley Lonier, SPT, president of APTA Michigan Student SIG
Brian Scherff, PT, founder of The Multiple Applications Table
31: PT in Alaska with Dr. Rachel Jermann
Physical therapists work in a wide variety of settings, from the outpatient clinic to the hospital to the school, to name just a few. But did you know that they can commute by bush plane?
Dr. Rachel Jermann is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist who works on Kodiak Island, Alaska. She tells us about what life is like in a rural, isolated community and about some of the unique challenges she faces. And she is looking for a co-worker! If this sounds like your cup of tea, find her on Twitter or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
30: State of the State with Dr. Edward Mathis
Despite being a few months into 2022, we wanted to bring you the annual State of the State message from the president of APTA Michigan, Dr. Edward Mathis. He talks about what was accomplished in 2021, what is in the works for 2022 (like the physical therapy licensure compact), why he doesn't like prime rib, and why he needs Windex to stay socially appropriate.
29: Mentorship with Dr. Mike Ukoha
Mentorship, social media, awkwardly meeting your idols, and bad clinical rotation experiences! This episode has it all! Or at least those things!
Dr. Mike Ukoha is a physical therapist in Maryland and the founder of Live and Grow Mentorship, an organization that strives to help those who are on the pre-physical therapy path and be a light in the world.
This episode features special guest host Dr. Bana Odeh, along with the regular crew of Drs. Katharine Cline and Andy Wicks.
28: PT in the ED
Today we talk with Dr. Rebekah Griffith, a physical therapist who works in the emergency department of University of Colorado Hospital near Denver. Not only does she practice in a niche field of physical therapy, she is a board certified neurologic clinical specialist, is working on her manual therapy fellowship, is the chief delegate for APTA Colorado, and will be testing for her first black belt in tae kwon do in April. If you aren't inspired after being in her presence, you may want to check your pulse.
The title of the episode is "PT in the ED," but really it could have been "A Masterclass in Service by Dr. Rebekah Griffith." Enjoy.
27: Oncology Rehabilitation, Part 2
We conclude our round-table discussion with Drs. Lori Boright, Andrew Chongaway, Deb Doherty, and Chris Wilson, about the importance of oncology rehabilitation, the need for self-care, the importance of seeing and treating the whole person instead of just a "patient," and the international prevalence of oncologic rehabilitation.
Music by Mark Joesting and Andy Wicks.
26: Oncology Rehabilitation, Part 1
One of my favorite parts of making this podcast is getting to talk to people who are super excited about what they do. Today's guests are four examples of just that. Drs. Andrew Chongaway, Chris Wilson, Lori Boright, and Deb Doherty are oncology rehabilitation experts and share some of their wisdom and enthusiasm with us. Come along as we learn what "oncology rehabilitation" is all about.
- The OncoPT Podcast, episode 56: Dosing exercise for your oncology patients
- APTA Michigan Oncology SIG
- ACSM Guidelines for Exercise and Cancer
Music by Mark Joesting and Andy Wicks.
25: Humanities in Healthcare, Part 2 [Nicole Piemonte]
We conclude our discussion with Dr. Nicole Piemonte about the importance of including the humanities in healthcare education, appreciating the lived experience of our patients, understanding the impact of social determinants of health, acknowledging our own vulnerabilities, and detachment as a protective mechanism.
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24: Humanities in Healthcare, Part 1 [Nicole Piemonte]
The physical therapy profession is an evidenced-based one. Just ask any clinician, educator, or student over the last 15 years.
But physical therapists and physical therapist assistants treat humans. Whole persons with quirks and foibles and inconsistencies and flaws. And we are humans, with those same quirks and foibles and inconsistencies and flaws. How do we train our students to be clinicians who can empathize, connect, and identify with their patients?
Dr. Nicole Piemonte tells us about how important the humanities are in healthcare education (hint: it makes us better clinicians!).
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