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In My Shoes

In My Shoes

People always ask me, “What are you up to now?” In my last update about a year ago, I shared that I was closing the patient care side of my practice to focus on my consulting, writing, speaking and media work. I have had a productive and successful year with my writing for Impact Magazine and Girls Gone Strong, I have spoken at conferences and met many people all over the country who are doing fantastic work, I have had the privilege of serving as an APTA Media Spokesperson, I have assisted five business owners in starting their cash based practice, and I was fortunate enough to better get to know Ryan Klepps and Scott Hebert of Strive Labs. I first met Ryan and Scott at PPS 2013 in New Orleans. They were impressive recent DPT grads who were venturing into the online space with a platform for home exercises and patient management. I followed their progress from a distance until we reconnected at WebPT’s Ascend Conference in September 2015. Listening to their presentation I thought, “Everything they are talking about is what I painstakingly did all on my own to connect and re-connect with my patients!” I immediately needed to know more about the way they had pivoted their business and developed a complete system for Patient Relationship Management. Over a hilarious dinner that will live in infamy, I got to know not just their business, but also their personalities. Both Ryan and Scott are bright, hard-working, humble, and dedicated to our profession. They have built not only a business, but a culture around their company, Strive Labs. As we talked, I knew that I wanted to be part of what they were doing. So, several hilarious dinners and outings later (shout out to Harry Potter World), I am […]

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What If Sex Hurts? Interview with Sandy Hilton, PT, DPT

What If Sex Hurts? Interview with Sandy Hilton, PT, DPT

I recently interviewed Sandy Hilton for the July issue of BossFit Magazine on the topic of sex from a Pelvic Health perspective. You can find that story here (the entire issue is devoted to sex – check it out!) Sandy shared so much good information with me, and since the magazine articles are under 500 words I had to pare it down. I wanted to share the entire interview with you here. Enjoy! Tell us about yourself: I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and have been practicing since 1988. I am the co-owner of Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness, serving Chicago to restore hope and movement in those dealing with persistent pain, incontinence or painful sex. I serve as the Director of Programming of the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association and am a member in several international organizations dedicated to providing top-notch health care. What are some reasons that men and women might find sex to be painful? Over 1 in 7 people experience pelvic pain and roughly 90% of those will have painful sex. There are multiple causes of pelvic pain in men and women. If it hurts in your pelvis, groin, belly, genitals or the hips during or after sex, you should see a physician for a good evaluation! Find a pelvic health specialist in your area, look for Urologists, Urogynecologists or Gynecologists who are experts in pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction. Common causes that we see in the clinic are related to stiffness of the muscles of the pelvic floor (those that you tighten when you do a Kegel), sensitive nerves in the area (from injury, repetitive use like long bike rides, following an infection or even sudden onset with no tracable cause), back pain and gut problems. Diagnosis like Vulvodynia, Dyspareunia, […]

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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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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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