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…

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….

Healthcare is filled with pressure of providing high productivity and compassionate care at the same time; it’s easy to become jaded and callous. Compassion and Productivity are not mutually exclusive, but it is a hard balance. As the years pass and stress takes its toll, I have seen nurses and therapists become hardened. Their once…

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…

“Shortly after becoming diagnosed with Advanced Lyme Disease my right side became paralyzed. I stumbled around on a cane for quite awhile until finally I was in a wheelchair full time. Getting to and from therapy became exhausting. After spending several months working with a therapist at a local hospital with my cane I decided…

Let’s face it.  Travel assignments are fun – you get to see a part of the country you wouldn’t normally visit, you meet new people, get new experience under you belt, but even the happiest travelers can get lonely during the holidays – especially if you are working. If you will be spending time away…

Six Month Home Health Assignment in Grand Rapids, Mich. APPLY NOW!    Position:   Physical Therapist (PT) Type:         Contract Setting:      Home Health Hours:       7a-3:30p or 8a-4:30p (40/hrs wk) Salary:      $40-$47 per hour plus mileage* *Based on experience, benefit level and traveler status. Experience/Education: This job prefers a therapist with Home Health experience, but…