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  • The PTA Student Who Only Wants to Do Orthopedics

    Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job. I didn't think ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • What Is a Physical Therapist Extender?

    Reading Jason Marketti's blog last week reminded me of a discussion we're having here in Texas. It's called RC-3 and is an amendment to the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act. It proposes unlicensed individuals such as athletic trainers and massage therapists be used as PT extenders. These extenders are to provide care as directed by the physical ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2012
  • Specialization and Skill or Low Salary?

    Recently I've found myself looking at the available positions in Houston. I never thought I would be doing this again but here I am. Things have changed since I last looked. There are more jobs posted than previously. Salaries are higher. No one seems to be looking for anyone with experience. While there are more job listings, there don't seem ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 18, 2012
  • Legality Doesn't Make It Right

    Last week I ran across something I'd never seen or heard of before -- a therapist who doesn't write notes. I had 12 of his patients. All 12 were lacking daily notes. The papers were there where the notes would have been written. Times in and out were documented. There just wasn't anything else written down. All of the charts had evaluations and a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 20, 2012
  • Direct Access and the DPT

    Today I ate lunch with someone I hadn't seen in a while. He wanted to tell me about the new facility where he is working. Someone there recently earned a DPT. He said the rest of the staff was now fawning over the new DPT. He asked me what my facility did for me when I graduated and whether I was enjoying my new status. The APTA would be ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 25, 2011