To My Dissenters
I have been accused of being ageist, burnt out and one anonymous reader said I should work in a fast food restaurant as a favor to the patients I see. A state licensing investigator even contacted me for something I wrote because a reader or two did not agree with my opinion. Perhaps I should stick with feel-good stories about how the PT and I held hands singing "Kumbaya" while skipping down the hall. Then a cornucopia of brightly lit rainbows appeared as we were treating the patients next to a babbling brook while Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony played close by.
My opposing views and questioning of how things are done are not new. If I question the current state of thought in the therapy community and how state licensing boards operate, I'm told I shouldn't be in the profession. Perhaps there are therapists who want complacency and like their little slice of pie that's doled out by the insurance companies. Heaven forbid a therapist questions a decision by an unlicensed, non-medical person from the insurance company who decides how much and when he will get paid.
And we better not question the licensing boards because they can deny a license or investigate you. That hasn't stopped me from investigating them and learning more about them on social media sites than I would ever care to learn. You realize there are therapists on the state licensing board who still believe in the tooth fairy. I would encourage everyone to investigate your state licensing board members on social media and find out what kind of people are deciding who gets a therapy license and who doesn't. Also, ask your state licensing board if they sell or give away your information (address, professional license, employer) to vendors. Should state boards be allowed to do this or is there an "opt out" so your name isn't on the list for everyone to find out where you live?
And if a state licensing investigator is going to investigate me, he should at least contact the five or six supervising therapists I was working with. Apparently, the investigator did not and the licensing board tried to get me to comment on information unrelated to the original complaint against me. By the way, the state board protects people who make a complaint even if that complaint has no merit and wastes money. Perhaps costs related to cases where there isn't a valid complaint should be reimbursed by the person making the complaint. That could reduce the amount of investigations and costs every year. What a novel idea to save money, make sure the person making a complaint has evidence a violation occurred. And don't waste time and money on investigating me regarding an article I wrote as an opinion piece.
I know, I have a different idea about how things should operate and there are those who don't appreciate an opposing view. Maybe we should all think and act the same, but first let's all agree on which treatment choice and approach works better than others when it comes to post-surgical back care. Good luck with that.
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