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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

A Lot Can Happen in 20 Years

Published March 5, 2009 1:04 PM by Lisa Lombardo

Twenty years ago. Seems like such a long time. In 1989, I was still in college, awaiting graduation in two years and looking forward to my first job, ideally with a newspaper. I was determined to follow my dream into news reporting and, having discovered that I didn't present as well as others on television, was lobbying my local newspapers pretty heavily for an internship and a staff writer position. I was a lot thinner, a lot more broke and had similar anxieties about my future as I do now, given the spinning economy lately.

Fast forward to now, and I am proud to find myself celebrating a new milestone. ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants will celebrate 20 years this May, and I am proud to be on a team of writers, artists, salespeople and support staff who have worked extremely hard to get us to the success we see today. Over the years, the magazine has changed from an awkward tabloid size to standard, from weekly publication to biweekly, and from small to large and somewhere in between. Our styles have shifted and we have been fortunate to have added more than we have removed. In those years, we launched our website and now have an expanded and popular online newsmagazine that rivals our competition. We've gained more talented PT and PTA contributors who I proudly call the "voice" of ADVANCE.

Many of these changes have taken place while I have served as editor these past 8 and a half years. Our growth has been marked by the upturn of the profession; we've seen demand for therapists in all fields grow by leaps and bounds, and us along with it.

Now we want you to chime in. What has the past 20 years of your PT career looked like? What happened that change the course of your career? Did you decide within the past 20 years to become a PT or PTA? And if you have been a therapist for longer than 20 years, how has the profession changed from your point of view?

We will take a look at comments and hopefully spotlight a few of them in an anniversary story coming this year.

posted by Lisa Lombardo


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