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Toni Talks about PT Today

She Loves Her Job

Published May 13, 2014 5:51 PM by Toni Patt

I always enjoy talking to the therapists who come to my course. Last week I met a PT I'll call Dottie. I don't want to use her real name, but she reminds me of someone named Dottie. Dottie has been a therapist since back in the day. She graduated years before I even thought about PT school and is still going strong.

Dottie is a home health therapist and has been for many years. She beams when she talks about her work and patients. She prides herself on always doing the most she can for them. Currently every patient on her caseload is someone who she'd seen previously and specifically asked for Dottie to be the treating therapist.

The thing that struck me most about her was how happy she was. She loves talking about her work. A friend accompanied her to my course because he sometimes translates for her. He wanted to know what she was learning so he could be more help to her. I found out later he also teaches boxing to handicapped children in his spare time.

Both of them are of an age where they don't have to be doing anything. Yet here they are. I've never done home health but I can't imagine it would be easy. Unlike most settings, the home health therapist has limited access to things we take for granted in the clinic. Plus, that seminar was in Los Angeles. The traffic was terrible. Dottie drives in it every time she goes to work.

It was refreshing to see someone who loves what she does. I hope I'm the same way when I reach that point in my career.

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I am at that point in my 34 year career.... and continue to enjoy working with the pediatric population. I've been able to follow my passion and I love what I do. I followed that and not the status or the $ .

jeanne May 19, 2014 9:37 PM

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