To hear the podcast series on chronic pain with Jim Stark, click here. Don’t forget to subscribe to myPTpodcast wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts! Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are helpers and fixers by nature and nurture. We are drawn into this service profession to help people and our training…

At age 16 Leonard Van Gelder left traditional education to pursue his own IT company. Who would have thought that in the next 16 years he would become a martial artist, athletic trainer, physical therapist and physical therapy practice owner! “I have always needed to motivate myself to learn. I also love to learn for…

Considering working as a travel therapist? Curious about the pay differences? After watching this video by Devin DeBoer, an experienced travel therapist, you will see a clear, visual breakdown of how to best capitalize on travel therapy incentives. If you are undecided as to which type of job is right for you, here’s a checklist…

I remember first meeting Jim Stark in the small, rehabilitation office tucked away in the basement of Allegan General Hospital. Jim was passionately instructing a patient on body mechanics and my thought was “Wow, this man is a teacher!” Jim has been passionately learning, teaching and treating patients for the past 26 years. His focus…

On a rainy cold day in November, Jason Boddu greeted me with a warm smile.  Jason, a soft-spoken man, owns Health Source Rehabilitation in Portland, Michigan.  His reserved demeanor hides his passion for manual physical therapy.  Jason started his physical therapy journey in the same clinic that he now owns.  After graduating from college and…

Wondering what it’s like to work as a Rehabilitation Manager? Here are a few Surprises, Challenges and Skill Set Recommendations.   You can also listen to the “From OT to Rehab Manager” podcast with Michelle here! In a rehabilitation setting, leading clinicians are often targeted for management roles. Many skilled and effective clinicians see this…

avoiding burnout

We compiled a list of some ideas that helped us decrease the feeling of being burned out. Here are tried and true ideas you can use at work and outside of work to help with job burnout. Things to do at work: When late patients slow you down. Know the clinic’s expectations for late patients…

Six Tips for Managing the Stress of Home Health Scheduling Scheduling Home Health visits can be like working a jigsaw puzzle. The pieces of the puzzle are: productivity requirements, geographical area and individual patient schedules and it’s our job to try and make them fit together properly. Agency Expectations: First, each agency has productivity standards…

An excerpt from a day in the life of an Outpatient Physical Therapist. Can you relate? 8:00 am: The day starts well! Hurray! You evaluated two patients. The first patient is progressing well with abdominal bracing techniques controlling his low back symptoms. The second patient, who suffered a rotator cuff injury, is also progressing well…

Preparing for an interview is important. And asking the right questions during an interview is important for two reasons. First, it shows the interviewer that you are prepared and sharp! Second, it will help you avoid surprises after starting employment. Here are 9 questions to ask your potential new employer about its department’s Productivity Expectations….