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  • It's Time to Renew My APTA Membership

    It's that time of year again. I just opened my mail and found my APTA renewal notice. For a mere $585, I can continue to receive all the benefits of membership. This amount includes APTA membership, Texas chapter membership and membership in three sections. The only one of those I have any interest in maintaining is section membership. My last ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 22, 2015
  • What About the Rest of Us?

    Last week, I went to a meeting of the Texas Physical Therapy Association Southeast District. Mike Conners, the TPTA president, was speaking. His topic was the future of physical therapy and increasing awareness of legislative action in the Texas congress. He touched on all the usual topics: direct access, reimbursement for outpatient services, ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 6, 2015
  • A Bridge from PTA to PT

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 22, 2014
  • The 18-Year-Old PTA

    During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • 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
  • Rusty Anatomy

    Last week my 10-year-old daughter pointed to her leg and asked ''What's this bone called, Mom?'' Specifically, she was pointing to a bony prominence on the lateral aspect of her lower leg and wondering why her friend had a ''bigger bump'' than herself. I quickly responded ''Well, that's your...'' and in that moment I realized two facts: I could ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 25, 2014
  • On the Job Training

    I have found there are a few skill sets PTAs might find useful in their careers that are not covered in the PTA program curriculum. The techniques relate mostly to skilled nursing PT, as that's been my setting since I graduated, but can certainly translate to home health or inpatient/acute physical therapy. The first and most often demonstrated ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 18, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • Turnover

    Have you read ADVANCE blogger Allison's post this week about her first resignation from a physical therapy job? It sparked a lot of comments (mostly about the PTA role), but it also got me thinking about her comment on ''greener pastures.'' We all often consider the pros and cons of various employment opportunities, like any other profession ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • Diversify My Options

    I'm coming up on my 3-year anniversary with the skilled nursing facility where I currently work. I remember vividly the phone call from my rehab director informing me that I was hired on as a PTA. It was an incredible high -- having just graduated from the PTA program not but two weeks before. Honestly, it felt like I'd won the lottery, having ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 14, 2014
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