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Creating Your Cash Based Practice

Over the past few years I’ve received countless emails, Tweets and phone calls from therapists with questions about starting and running a cash based practice. I’ve had the privilege to work one on one with some excellent therapists who are now venturing out on their own with this practice model; but, I can only help so many people at a time that way. I’m excited to launch my first Webinar designed to help you create the practice of your dreams. Thinking Outside the Box: Creating Your Cash Based Practice was designed to answer your questions. Whether you’re starting a new 100% cash based practice, transitioning from an insurance based to cash based practice, or looking to add cash based services to your existing practice, you’ll find what you need here.   To your success! Ann

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Interview with Pedro Borrego: A Revolutionary Clinic Model

Interview with Pedro Borrego: A Revolutionary Clinic Model

Interview with Pedro Borrego Last week on Twitter a conversation started about Walk In or Urgent Care Centers for physical therapy, and quickly progressed to this question: The Latest Christopher Bise ‏@ptbise @PranaPT @PTBAlliance @Adam_P_Carson @Jerry_DurhamPT What if the model flipped? Why cant surgeons work for PT owned surgery center? #SolvePT 11:49 AM – 3 Mar 2014     Ann Wendel ‏@PranaPT Mar 3   @ptbise @PTBAlliance @Adam_P_Carson @Jerry_DurhamPT Talk to @pedro_borrego about that – he’s doing it in Spain. We had a great conversation of over 195 comments, which led me to believe it would be well worth interviewing Pedro to find out more about what he is doing. In 1993, Pedro started the first physical therapy clinic in his town in Spain, and has grown it into a business which serves as a revolutionary clinic model for those of us in the US. I have known Pedro through social media and email for about 2 years now, and I am blown away by what he has done. I hope you enjoy the interview!     Q: First, Pedro, tell us about the education process in Spain to become a physical therapist. A: Spain has become one of those countries in which physiotherapy education has improved since I went to University: I got my degree in 1992, a three years education in a recently established program in University of Salamanca. At that time the University didn’t offer a Master or Doctorate, so I got a foreign upgrade in General San Martin University (Argentina) and finished my first Masters degree in Healthcare Management. Nowadays this permits to me to teach as professor in the main private Distance University (UDIMA). In 2006 I reached my doctorate degree and I am preparing today a new doctoral thesis to fix the degree about […]

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Interview with Sue Falsone, PT, ATC, SCS, COMT, CSCS

Interview with Sue Falsone, PT, ATC, SCS, COMT, CSCS

I couldn’t be more thrilled than I am right now to share my interview with Sue Falsone. As many of you know, Sue broke barriers by becoming the first female Head Athletic Trainer in Major American Professional Sports at the start of the 2012 season, as Head Athletic Trainer of the LA Dodgers. What is a lesser known fact is that she was also the first female team Physical Therapist in MLB history, having been hired as the Dodgers team PT in 2007. Sue recently left her position with the Dodgers to begin S&F (Structure and Function), a consulting and education business for healthcare clinicians, as well as a consulting company for the athlete. Thanks to Sue for taking the time to talk with me! Q: Tell us about your growing up years; where did you live? What sports did you play? A: I grew up in Buffalo, NY. My main sport growing up was synchronized swimming.  I loved the water and was at the public pool the day it opened in summer until the day it closed in fall.  I spent my entire elementary life in the water, therefore, did not develop a single bit of eye hand coordination or really, any type of coordination at all for that matter.  I went to Kenmore West High School and was a terrible athlete!  I ran track my freshman year, and was really slow.  I tried field events, and broke my nose during high jump when I let my knees drop on my face.  I played jv and varsity soccer, and got Most Improved Player, if that gives you any idea of where I started. Q: What initially got you interested in physical therapy as a career? A: I had always loved the sciences and anatomy.  I knew I wanted to […]

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Building Community Through Movement

Building Community Through Movement

  I have been fortunate enough to get to know Brian Finch, MSPT, CSCS (@AlpineAthlete) over the past year or two through social media. Brian is the Physical Therapy Clinical Manager for Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vermont. He is an avid runner and skier with a passion for building community. I asked Brian to talk about how he has been instrumental in building community through Wellness activities in his town. Brain shared the following: I’m incredibly fortunate to live in a New England community that values cultural and educational richness. Our residents are so concerned about this, it’s not uncommon to hear the terms duty or role associated with community events. It’s quite understood that during the summer, the right thing to do is to buy your fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ market. It is also not uncommon for individuals to say things like, “It’s my responsibility to go spend $30.00 or $40.00 at the annual Art in the Park event.” Our community understands how participation is vital if we expect to have a robust cultural and educational environment. Many of my fellow friends and peers are actively mentoring our local high school students much in the same way that we take high school students & DPT students on a regular basis in my workplace. A few years ago, several therapists began to think about community fitness and wellness in much the same light. We decided that it was really our responsibility to start attending events and talking up opportunities to our friends and families. Our local Parks and Recreation Department had a small series of trail runs and road races that would occasionally draw a couple dozen people. If you are not from New England, you may not know that running is the unifying force of […]

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#CSM2014 In My Shoes #VegasBaby

#CSM2014 In My Shoes #VegasBaby

I returned from #CSM2014 on Saturday, and here I am two days later still trying to get my feet back on the ground! What a wild ride! This was my first CSM, and it did not disappoint. It was also my first time in Vegas (#Yikes). I arrived on Tuesday and was lucky enough to be on the same flight as Jeff Hathaway (@ProActivePT). If you read my post on #PPS13, you’ll remember that I met Jeff in New Orleans and was quickly impressed by him. We got to have coffee together and then he was kind enough to drive me from the airport to #TheHouse. If you haven’t seen it all over Twitter, #TheHouse was THE place to be. The group was gathered and arrangements were made by everyone’s favorite social coordinator, Jerry Durham (@Jerry_DurhamPT). The house consisted of Jerry, me, Chris Bise (@ptbise), Aaron Burkett (@ptfromou), Sturdy Mc Kee (@sturdy), TJ Janicky (@TJ_Janicky), Elise Burnett (@aahlease), Brooke Mc Intosh (@brookemcintosh), Larry Benz (@physicaltherapy), and Quinn Worden (@PTsAreHeros). I haven’t laughed as hard as I did with this group in a long time. The conversations at the house were amazing, thanks to the diversity of those present, and those who visited as a result. Tuesday night was a whirlwind of events including the #DPTStudent event. I can’t even describe how impressed I am by this current group of students. They are bright, ambitious, eager to learn, opinionated yet respectful, and as Lauren Kealy said during the #CSMTwitterPanel “We are the future of the profession and we have damned good ideas!” I was fortunate enough to meet and talk with many of the students I have interacted with on Twitter, and I made some good friends in the process. Other amazing events on Tuesday night included dinner with my friend, […]

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