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  • Bald & Beautiful for Cancer

    On Friday afternoon, like so many others, I set off on a trip for the holiday weekend. I was driving North on Interstate 95 just south of Boston, MA, and my breath was taken away by a billboard. Yes, a billboard. I haven't been able to shake the image since. Its impact was awesome. With a striking image of a young girl wearing a bald cap, the ...
  • The British Gasp

    While I was on holiday last week, I read an editorial by Paul Krugman in the New York Times about Ron Paul, a surgeon by profession, and the Republican presidential debates. It so disturbed me that I had to look up the clip he was referring to on YouTube to see for myself if a candidate for the office of president actually thought allowing ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on September 21, 2011
  • The SNF Misconception

    Way back in one of the first few quarters of the PTA program, I and many of my fellow classmates would project about what field of physical therapy we could most see ourselves working in. Most of us were on the fence. The general sentiment was work for the experience and then be choosy. Outpatient orthopedic was tempting - performing myofascial ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 17, 2011
  • PTA: The Right Fit for You?

    Having very nearly completed my journey as a SPTA (I just took my licensing exam this week), I've thought hard about the advice I would give to a new PTA student or person thinking about the field of physical therapist assisting. Initially, I would suggest that if someone was looking for an ''easy'' two-year degree that can yield a living wage and ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 3, 2011
  • How to Boost Your Referrals

    Have you noticed a decrease in referrals lately? Are you blaming the economy? Well, surely tough economic times factor into the equation but are you certain that your facility is doing everything possible to maximize referrals? Industry experts contend that consistency of contact with referral sources is the single most important thing you ...
  • The "Trouble" Patient

    During my student clinical rotation, I was fortunate enough to experience an inpatient, outpatient and everything in between. The patient population was vast as well. Depending on the clinical, I saw patient age ranges between 13 and 95. It struck me as interesting that the more ''difficult'' patients I met did not fall in any one age group. The ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 8, 2011
  • CSM 2011

    This year I made it to CSM. Everything fell into place. New Orleans is 6 hours from Houston. My facility paid my registration. I found a cheap hotel room close to the convention center. Now that I'm back I'm still working on defining my perceptions and experiences. My attention span gradually decreased as the conference continued. By the last ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 15, 2011
  • Biostats, Legal Issues and Continuing Professional Development

    I'm sincerely questioning my sanity this week. That I decided to tackle ''Biostatistics'' and ''Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Health'' in the same semester was nuts enough. One is loaded with calculations and interpretations; the other with reading, more reading, and yet more reading and interpretations. I also decided to tackle the task of ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on February 8, 2011
  • Self Evaluation

    As the last week of one of my last clinical affiliations comes to a close, I'm stunned at the amount of valuable information I've learned. I have to admit, I was nervous when I found out I would have to master large pieces of Pilates equipment for basic upper-extremity exercises at this outpatient sports clinic I was assigned. Like anything new, I ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 28, 2011
  • One PTA's Wish This Holiday Season

    Dubbed the 2010 PT Fundraising Drive, donations are being collected throughout Rhode Island to benefit the local chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. With a long history of individual charitable pursuits, Kevin Silvia, PTA, CSCS, of Performance Physical Therapy in Rhode Island, set out to do something bigger and better this year. With an outpouring ...