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  • My Disappointing Stroke Patient

    Everyone who knows me knows how neuro-focused I am. It's easy to imagine me getting excited when a relatively fresh ICH patient was admitted to our facility. I felt like someone gave me a present. He'd had some complications postoperatively so he came to us prior to rehab. As soon as I read the chart, I was already thinking of what I wanted to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 26, 2014
  • Public Speaking

    This week, I'll be giving a presentation to half of our company about a recent continuous improvement project I've worked on. We are just weeks away from our project being implemented, and many of my coworkers who haven't been involved in the project don't know what to expect (rightfully so -- their focus is patient care!). I've been involved in ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on August 7, 2014
  • Interstate Practice

    One of the things that surprised me when I first moved to the United Kingdom was that my registration (equivalent to licensing) was valid not only in England, but also in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. If I suddenly got an offer in Edinburgh or Cardiff, I could simply accept it and go. No additional paperwork. I've held multiple licenses ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on August 5, 2014
  • Strategic Meeting

    As part of my leadership program, I attended the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) strategic planning meeting last weekend. The idea was to get newer and upcoming leaders to meet and mingle with people in leadership positions. We also got insight into how decisions are made and what is on tap for us in the future. I loved it. I chose to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 22, 2014
  • Continuing Education Courses

    A few years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a continuing education course on early mobility with three other physical therapists. We met for several weeks, reviewing the content along with the training and presentation materials. It took a lot of thought and effort to review every detail of the course to make sure it flowed well and the ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on July 17, 2014
  • My Latest Continuing Education Course

    Last month I went to an onsite CEU course. Back in the day, I was a CEU junkie. I'd go not just for CEUs but if the topic sounded interesting. More recently I've had to cut back and limit myself to CSM. This year I got burned by the stroke course at CSM. Needless to say, I was a little nervous about this one. The topic was motor learning. It was ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 8, 2014
  • 'The Power of the Human Spirit'

    CHARLOTTE, NC -- Jimmy Fallon isn't down here for the APTA's 2014 NEXT Conference and Exposition, but he was about the only thing missing from the ''Tonight Show''-style opening event last night. APTA CFO Rob Batarla served as master of ceremonies, with the homage including everything from a comical monologue to interview couch, succession of ...
  • My Mentor, My Inspiration

    For my birthday, I've treated myself to phone calls to friends and family back in the States. I just got off the line with the person who I can say is the reason I became a PT/physiotherapist. I had been in my mid-20s and the whole starving actor gig was more starving than acting and it really wasn't much fun. I figured that if I wasn't having ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on June 10, 2014
  • What if You Could Impact the Milliman Guidelines?

    When I was working for a managed care company back in New York, the Milliman Guidelines were the book that drove levels of care and reimbursement. Treatments were approved or denied based on what was in that book. In the UK, the NHS is actually a single payor insurer with each local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) deciding which treatments, ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on May 21, 2014
  • What's NEXT? The 2014 APTA Annual Conference

    The American Physical Therapy Association's yearly summertime showcase is celebrating significant changes in 2014. Traditionally known as the ''APTA Annual Conference & Exposition,'' it has been rebranded as ''NEXT.'' In addition, this year's event will be hosted by a city not typically seen among the organization's rotation of conference ...
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