6 Months of PT and Counting. . .
Today marks my six month anniversary of working at ADVANCE. It certainly has been an adventure. My vocabulary is full of before unknown words, like diathermy and iontopheresis. I attended the Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, and mingled with 9,000 physical therapists. I've learned that Facebook is a powerful marketing tool, not just a convenient way to organize a party. I now know how to monitor a webinar, a must-have skill for 2011. On a personal note, I get to write as much as I want, job nirvana for someone who proclaimed she wanted to be a writer before kindergarten.
The best thing, though, has been all of the people I've talked to. Therapists from all over the country (and even the world) are doing inspiring work. There was David Charles, a PT from Haiti, who is working to grow the discipline in the aftermath of last year's earthquake. Terrance Fee, a PT who works with soldiers who are amputees at the Center for the Intrepid, training them to walk on their prosthetic legs. The students at Northeastern University, who go into the communities of Boston to offer pro-bono physical therapy. Mary Essert, who teaches an aquatic therapy class for people with post-polio syndrome. Lori Khan, DPT, who is fighting for physical therapist assistants in Kansas to get reimbursed by insurance companies. And even Dayne, a therapy dog, who helps brain injury patients. I've felt lucky to be able to tell their stories and I hope the next 6 months will bring interactions with even more ingenious therapists.