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  • 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
  • What Part Will You Play in the Future of PT?

    If you've read my last blog, which ranged from Facebook to Adweek, you may wonder what all that had to do with PT? Reasonable question actually. Physical therapy has the potential to impact greatly on improved health outcomes for every country. On the whole, we tend to be a reactive profession. We treat people once something has already happened. ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 1, 2014
  • My Worlds are Colliding

    Anyone who knows me is aware that I have two lives. One is my professional life. The other is my horses. Thanks to planning and a little luck, I've always been able to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sure there's been the occasional afternoon scramble to leave work in time to make a lesson. And obviously one of the reasons I work as much as I do is to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 1, 2014
  • ‘We're All Gonna Need Physical Therapy Soon'

    I spent last weekend at a horse show in San Antonio. Even though I had both show horses with me, there was still a lot of down time. Since everything is close quarters it's easy to overhear conversations. While I was waiting I was surprised to hear someone in the barn next to us say, ''We're all gonna need physical therapy soon.'' I wasn't ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 25, 2014
  • Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall

    Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- ''What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?'') When you have a fever, you go see the doctor. When you have a toothache, you go see the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Dosage Matters

    There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the case of a static activity. In both cases, more is considered better. Last weekend I worked at a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 11, 2014
  • 2014 New Year's Resolutions

    It's hard to believe it's 2014 already. I officially graduated from physical therapy school five years ago! Wow. Seems like it was yesterday. It also seems like I'm talking like my mom or grandma when I use phrases like ''seems like yesterday,'' but so be it. Now's the time each year when I review my resolutions from the previous year and set ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on January 3, 2014
  • When is Research Outdated?

    A comment on my blog last week got me to thinking about the length of time that research is valid for use. The topic was brought up after I mentioned that I have an article from 2007 that I often use with patients, and a reader suggested newer research was likely available.  During my clinical experience at the Mayo Clinic, I remember doing ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on November 7, 2013
  • Best State to Practice

    I just finished reading the October issue of PT in Motion, the APTA's publication I receive each month with a copy of the Physical Therapy Journal. The writers of PT in Motion ranked all states and the District of Columbia based on six specific criteria: ● Quality of life (for PTs and the general population) ● Literacy rates ● Employment ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on October 11, 2013
  • Sharing Knowledge

    When I teach, I describe using mental imagery in motor learning and as anti-neglect strategy. One of the main tenets of motor learning is repetition or as I say, practice, practice and practice some more. The concept of using mental imagery isn't new. Sports therapists and trainers have been preaching it for decades. What's new is how the concept ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
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