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…

Throughout my career as a physical therapist, I am often impressed by the versatility of Speech Language Pathologists (SLP). Many have 2-3 jobs in various settings. For example, an SLP often combines part time work in outpatient, home health and a skilled nursing setting, juggling the schedule to complete everything and managing to stay current…

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…

Driving to Firehouse Fitness in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, I wondered to myself, whythe name Firehouse? As I walked in, the 14-foot tin ceilings, exposed brick, and old woodwork immediately provided my answer – the building was an actual old firehouse. Firehouse Fitness is the home of New Seasons Physical Therapy andWellness. Emily Wilson, DPT and…

OASIS Documentation in Home Health Physical Therapy Assessments For every rehabilitation setting, documentation can be a source of frustration. Recently, I experienced growing pains while learning the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) tool for home care. I thought it would be helpful to share what I learned, in order to ease some of your…

Home Health presents many variables and challenges that don’t exist in other rehabilitation settings.  For example, in outpatient, the initial evaluation is scheduled for you.  You make your own schedule in Home Health. Here is a list of tips and suggestions I find extremely helpful when I do Home Health evaluations. Scheduling Call in the…

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and arthritis – are the leading causes of disability and death throughout the United States. The state of New York alone cites more than 40% of adults suffer from a chronic disease, and chronic diseases are responsible for 23% of all hospitalizations in that state….