Know. Your. Body. We are two physical therapists passionate about creating a more informed and healthier society through speaking with leading minds in the worlds of health, fitness, and self-development. The goal is to tackle any and all subjects relating to the most dynamic organism on the planet: the human body.
Here's the Latest Episode from Two Knowbodies Talking:
In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Josh Payne, the Founder of Freedom Physical Therapy Concierge practice and the Founder of Concierge PT Business Coaching.
We dive into Josh's story of being burned out as an outpatient ortho PT early in his career, which lead to him turning to home health for more independence and income. Josh explains how working in home health opened his eyes to working with people at their homes.
Josh went on to open his own Concierge PT practice which he built to 6-figures within 24 months. Since then he's gone on to start Concierge PT Business Coaching where he helps other PTs start their concierge practices.
In this episode we sat down with Dr. Andrew Tran, the founder of PhysioMemes. We cover his journey from travel PT to starting PhysioMemes, a merchandise and apparel company for physical therapists, to starting HealthEcommerce School where he coaches business owners how to start their own apparel and merchandise stores.
Andrew is passionate about helping businesses spread the word about their PT businesses using apparel as word of mouth marketing materials. This episode is part of a series of shows we'll be releasing about PT's doing things outside the traditional clinician role.
Hope you enjoy this episode!
In this episode, I sat down with Rob Vining, the unofficial Godfather of Physical Therapy Telehealth. We talk about Rob's latest project, which is the Telehealth 10k. Rob will be giving away $10,000 to the person who signs up for the Telehealth 10k Challenge and completes 100 telehealth visits (all free) the fastest in 3 months. You're definitely going to want to listen to this one if you've been interested in Telehealth!
In this episode we sit down with Physical Therapist, Katie Hohman, Owner of Hohman Rehab Physical Therapy and HENO, an all-in-one software solution for streamlining PT practices.
Katie is truly inspiring. She balances being a Mom, owning a thriving a PT practice, and running a software company that helps other practice owners manage their systems.
We dive into what it was like for Katie starting out on her own, running a business without many examples to look up to, and managing the ups and downs of private practice. We also discuss the need for more female leaders in our profession to be highlighted, especially when it comes to business.
Hope you all enjoy this one!
In this episode, we sit down with John Davie, the Founder of Physio Business Growth: The Science of Physiotherapy Business.
John shares his experience running a private practice in New Zealand for a decade, which turned into the biggest practice in both New Zealand and Australia. He dives into the methodologies behind his business growth including developing leadership skills and creating a winning culture.
Being a professional water polo player early on in his career allowed John to travel all over the world. During his travels he set aside time to study some of the best physiotherapy clinics and used the lessons he learned from those clinics to grow his own practice and later, other physiotherapy clinics.
He now runs Physio Growth Business where he dedicates his time to helping other physiotherapy private practice owners grow their practices.
Hope you enjoy this one!
How do we define good sleep hygiene? When is the best time to workout during the day based on your natural sleep cycle? Should you cram for that test the next day or just snooze if you want to get the best score?
These are just a few of the questions we dive into with Dr. Roxanne Pritchard, PhD from St. Thomas University.
From the St. Thomas website:
"An award-winning researcher, speaker, and author, Dr. Prichard has spent the last thirteen years studying how college students sleep. She has designed popular courses on sleep and dreaming, led workshops for college health professionals on sleep, has published multiple peer-reviewed articles on sleep, and has presented numerous papers at national and international professional meetings. Her TEDx talk “Addressing our Children’s Sleep Debt” was featured in the lecture series: Transforming Education. Her research has been summarized in a variety of national media outlets including TIME, US News and World Report, PBS News Hour, Huffington Post, ABC News, and USA Today, among others."
Hope you enjoy this one!
In this episode, we sat down with Santi Villamil, MPT, CSCS on thinking beyond the limitations of current evidence in physical therapy and how to overcome frustrations as a new grad. Santi tells his own story of feeling frustrated as a new grad PT and how it led him to looking for outside the box ways of thinking.
Santi, based out of Gainesville, FL, works in both the insurance and cash-based settings and is a mentor to new grads all over the country. The best way to reach out to Santi is to connect with him on FB or to join the PT Masters Facebook group where he goes over tough case studies every week!
In this episode, Will sat down with Drew Cook, PT, DPT and Owner of Mobility Fit, a hybrid practice in the Western Ohio region.
Drew shares his story of starting out as a cash only practice, hitting a wall, and then shifting to incorporating insurances into his practice...but on his terms.
Cash only practices are the hot trend at the moment, but Drew makes some great points about the benefits of becoming a hybrid clinic and how it has allowed him to grow more quickly, while maintaining excellent patient care.
If you're interested in learning more, feel free to reach out to Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org or get his Insurance-Based Clinic Growth Guide at https://healthyfunnel.com/drew-guide
In this episode I sat down with Liz Koch, PT, DPT, Owner of Blue Ridge BioMechanics in Asheville, NC and Founder of The Ride Life, an online business dedicated to helping women who mountain bike stay healthy and riding pain free.
In this episode we dive into Liz's story of going from over-worked new grad to making the leap into owning her own cash-based private practice. She shares her journey of finding a niche and then sticking with it...which has led her to a thriving cash practice and allowed her freedom to pursue building an online business, The Ride Life.
In this episode, we sat down with Greg Schaible of the Sports Rehab Expert and talked about his journey navigating how to be a new grad, getting fired early on at his first job, and finding his path to becoming known as the Sports Rehab Expert.
You can learn more about Greg by going to:
In this episode, we have return guest, the master of all things Telehealth in the Physical Therapy space, Rob Vining, PT. Rob breaks down what he's been working on with Digital.physio as well as his newest Telehealth Residency co-hort he will be running.
You can find out more about Rob's Telehealth Residency by going to www.telehealthprime.com and sign up!
We dive into the quickly changing nature of telehealth, the role it will play in the future of PT due to decreasing reimbursement rates, and it's potential to help with provider burnout.
Hope you enjoy this one with Rob Vining!
In this episode of The Knowbodies Podcast, Will interviews Physical Therapist and Home Health Contracting business coach, Bert De Vera, PT.
Bert shares his story of moving from the Philippines after passing his Board Exam and starting life in America as PT. After working for someone else for 6 years, he hit a wall and started to wonder if the American dream he came for meant working endless hours for someone else and not having time to spend with his family.
That wondering led him to researching different ways to leverage his knowledge and increase his financial stability. He learned about Home Heath Contracting (the details of which he explains in this episode), started his own business, and has since been able to significantly increase his income and help other rehab professionals do the same, providing them with more time with their families and improving their financial lives.
If you're interested in learning more about Bert or seeing what his Home Health Contracting business program is about, you can connect with Bert at www.rehabpreneur.com / www.bertpt.com / www.homehealthcontract.com or find him on Facebook under Bert De Vera.
Hope you enjoy this one!
In this episode we sit down with two adventurers, Allie D'Andrea and Nick Berger of Worn and Weathered. Allie and Nick have been spending the last few years cultivating a lifestyle that is truly remarkable. The freedom of working for themselves, the fulfillment of giving back to their communities and supporters, and the motivation they create for others to go after their ambitions has taken over social media - for all the right reasons.
We dive into the back story of their mission, and discuss the exciting new challenges they embrace as they start their new company, Worn and Weathered.
Check out the social media accounts led by Allie and Nick, follow their story and if you want to reach out, please don't hesitate. We cant think of better examples of how to create a brand around a mission thats worth pursuing.
facebook, youtube @outdoorsallie
We can't believe our 1 month break turned into 4...I guess we needed more time than we thought to refresh our minds after 2 straight years of a weekly episode. We are back, though, and ready to rock n' roll! We chat about how our lives and careers have changed over the past 4 months...Nick has started his own Fitness/PT business (EffortRx) and Will has left patient care all together for the time being to pursue a marketing business...
We dive into our journey as freshly minted escapees from the clinical burnout world and how Nick has been able to become a Doc in a Box.
Some MONSTER episodes to be coming at you every Wednesday morning!
This episode is a real treat to release as our great colleague, Morgan Denny, PT joins us for an in depth discussion on all the aspects of her passion filled career. Her influence as a teacher, a clinician, a leader, and as a friend has been consistently positive, and its no wonder we feel like we always learn something from her when she shares stories like the ones on this episode.
Morgan Denny received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2006. She has focused her work in outpatient orthopedic settings, addressing conditions and people of all sorts, both in the United States and around the globe. Morgan believes that it is hard to be happy without first being healthy, and holds a strong belief that all people should have access to the resources they need to lead able-bodied and fulfilling lives. With this in mind, she began traveling to Haiti to provide rehabilitative therapy in 2013, and found passion in addressing the need in this country.
While Morgan’s professional life has focused on physical therapy, she is also a strong advocate for implementing sustainable living practices. She spent two years creating a non-profit project called EcoJaunt, whose mission was to travel throughout the United States creating how-to videos that teach sustainable living tactics, which were then presented at schools and community forums, and on the website EcoJaunt.org.
Morgan is a conservationist and strives to reuse everything possible in order to decrease unnecessary waste that will pollute the environment. She has seen the importance of this practice worldwide, in travels through India, Nepal, Fiji, and Haiti, where waste clutters the streets and waterways, creating increasing health concerns. Morgan believes this to be a particularly important concept in Haiti, where the waste disposal system is lacking and water is unsafe for consumption.
While her treatment focus in Oregon has included orthopedic conditions and sports rehab, Morgan also enjoys working with pediatric and neurological cases abroad. Before becoming a PT, Morgan worked in a variety of settings (camps, clinics, therapeutic riding facilities) with diverse populations including children and adults with disabilities, varying neurological disorders, and children with systemic diseases, such as cancer and cystic fibrosis.
In this passion-fueled conversation we reflect on some deeper realizations that have struck us recently. A lot of our discussion generates a general yet powerful recommendation, to become very curious. Do so early, and often, and especially if you're going into a service industry. If you're curious, you'll be more likely to build awareness of the influences of business and how it can interact with our behaviors and lives.
Some very wise words are shared by Will in this episode in particular. If were going to passionately express our observation of a struggle we've gone through, we might as well deliver some action steps in case others find themselves also struggling. Will highlights 3 key business principles that, when mastered, can make any person more valuable to a business (in terms of employment-more hirable). The funny thing is, you don't even really have to master these functions, just be better than some others are and you can help them.
- Generate new leads or potential customers
- Convert leads or potential customers into customers
- Retain customers for repeated service
When do we really learn how the basics of all that works? As Will and Nick describe, its never too late to learn. Check out the facebook group "Healthcare Digital Marketing" with Will and Alex Engar, those two are producing some incredible content and sharing solutions that can take your career to another level.
In this episode we sit down with recent Ph.D. recipient, Dr. Brian Leung from the University of Southern California. Dr. Leung was awarded his Ph.D. for doing research on the connection between the immune system and neurological disorders. You definitely aren't going to want to miss this one!
If you want to follow Dr. Leung and his work, keep up with him on Twitter at:
In this reflective episode, your grateful hosts Will and Nick sit down to discuss all the transformations that have occurred since the beginning of the podcast.
Together we have interviewed so many fabulous people and expanded our knowledge of so many topics. Its a shock to think that it's been two years since these episodes have been shared on iTunes, but the reward for sticking with the process this long is certainly proving to be invaluable.
One of the greatest overarching themes we wanted to share with our listeners today is the action steps that have been shared with us over and over again. That starting something that will allow you to be creative or support your passion is a MUST - especially if it's not perfect at first. That common traits across great health care providers do exist, and what are they exactly? That learning never stops and the people you share that journey with are just as important as the destination.
Cheers and much love for the guests, the audience and supporters, and the mentors that have helped us learn as much as we have. The lessons and stories will always keep us hungry.
Collaborative efforts toward the success of a team mission can be a major success story when they pan out. This weeks episode features two guests, Casey Hanes and Ty Fischer, who have been collaborating to create a stellar project of their own, and we discuss the factors that go into making that team work successful.
Casey and Ty are the hosts of "The Show with Casey and Ty", and if you haven't already checked them out, stop listening to this podcast and go tune into theirs! These guys go into a whirl wind of topics that all seem so relevant to the fitness, health, happiness, growth - mindset world.
As fitness coaches, Casey and Ty have both established themselves as well respected resources as they both are excellent coachers and movers themselves. Thats just part of the recipe for dream-work team-work though, and we dive into how core values, character similarities and disparities, and complimentary behaviors also factor in.
Learn, act, repeat. -> Check out more content from Casey and Ty:
iTunes, google play, and soundcloud: THE SHOW with Casey and Ty
youtube: THE SHOW with Casey and Ty
- How it all begins: clinical care leading to burn out leading to a quest for action
- How a PT can begin a career in writing! The first roles may not be what you think
- The beginning of NewGradPT and how it served as a launching pad
- The birth of NonClinicalPT and it’s mission to provide hope and guidance
- The evolution of learning and success after the formal education platform
- Meredith’s unique integration of personality traits into her coaching lessons
- Visit www.nonclinicalpt.com for some action steps
- Action step 1: value introspection and ask yourself “why” Perform a love/hate assessment and a value assessment
- Action step 2: perform a value assessment
- Action step 3: dive into a mentorship or coaching relationship
- Action step 4: devise a plan and get after it
- Examples of some really cool projects and businesses started by PT’s
- How to create structure for work and life in a non-clinical role: get yourself a calendar and to-do system ;)
- Is passion the key to unlocking internal locust of control and motivated structure?
- Meredith’s newest career path article: exploring telehealth and the Wild West of tech in the PT industry
- There is a growing number of awesome resources to learn about telehealth and how to get started. Check out www.ptlive.me for more info from Rob Vining
- Check out Meredith’s articles, including her most recent work on careers in telehealth and a terrific spotlight article on @RobVining here: thenonclinicalpt.com
- Check out telehealthprime.comand use the code “nonclinical20” and receive 20% off the next cohort fully immersive ready-to-launch telehealth residency.
- Facebook groups @ Nonclincal pt connections
- Nonclinical job postings for rehab professionals LinkedIn at Meredith Castin
In this episode, we sit down with our dear friend and personal mentor, Greg Todd, Physical Therapist, clinic owner, online business owner, and mentor to hundreds of new graduates.
In this episode Greg sheds light on what physical therapists in 2018 need to be doing and the skills they should be learning in order to avoid burnout, create financial and time freedom, and help as many people as possible.
We also highlight Greg's online academy, Smart Success Physical Therapy, which Will is an alumni of Season 3. Greg is hosting a free webinar on Saturday, June 9th at 12pm EST talking about The 9 Step Proven System To Doubling Your Earning Potential as a PT in 2 Months While Working Less Hours
Also, if you would like to sign up for Smart Success Season 6, check out Will's story about his experience being in SSPT and some cool opportunities to work with him!
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For this episode your hosts Will and Nick decided to sit down and hash out some of the most transformative decisions they've made in their careers. This discussion doesn't have a whole lot of "new" theory behind it, but its a really cool opportunity to connect with others who feel like we do - curious.
What's it like on the other side of the fence? What if I choose something totally against the grain? What if my backup career plan fails? How do I explain myself to people wondering what I'm doing with my career?
Naturally, our discussion is packed with analogies and butchered science references. We somehow manage to tie together Newton's laws of motion into our professional trajectory, as well as profess our love for the Institute of Clinical Excellence. But the take home message we really want to drive home is answering those questions above for ourselves.
We want other health/medical professionals, students, or anyone just trying to make a difference in this world to chase down their curiosity. This is a short life for many of us, so use your most important commodity (time) to explore your passions. There is no right or wrong first action step, just that you TAKE action.
Dr Costas Karageorghis is a reader in sport psychology and Divisional Lead for Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences. From 2009-14, he served as Deputy Head (Research) of the former School of Sport and Education and led preparations for two REF2014 subject submissions (Sports-Related and Education). Costas has established an international reputation for his research into the psychological, psychophysiological and neurophysiological effects of music. He has captured 25 research grants during his academic career.
Marcelo Bigliassi is a PhD student at Brunel University London/United Kingdom. He has concluded a BSc and MSc in physical education at Londrina State University/Brazil, including an Erasmus period in Sports Science at Technical University of Lisbon/Portugal. He has been working with psychophysiology since 2009 by integrating physiological measures to understand psychological phenomena during conditions of exercise. He has published 19 peer-reviewed manuscripts in national and international journals, 32 abstracts and 1 book chapter. His research was acknowledged by magazines and newspapers around the world: Fitness Magazine® (US), Shape Magazine® (US), Galileu and many other Brazilian newspapers. In 2012, Marcelo developed a new application on Facebook for people to use music before, during and after different modes of exercise. The fBeat was developed in partnership with the international companies FILA® and W3Hauss®.
Costas’s music research has been featured in newspapers around the world; most recently in the Times, Independent, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Sydney Morning Herald. In both 2011 and 2016 he was the recipient of the Sportesse Award for Sport and Exercise Sciences at the annual conference of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). The awards were for new theoretical and mechanistic work in the area of music and physical activity. He is currently working on multi-modal stimulation during physical activity that entails the use of music, video images, virtual reality and visual primes. Such work is oriented towards enhancing people's sensory experiences during physical activity, with a view to increasing exercise adherence and promoting public health.
See more of Costas' biography here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/people/costas-karageorghis
- Home is where the heart is: where the journey of music began
- The history of music research - applying scientific processes to explain the theories of performance enhancement
- Understanding the components of music using the Brunel Music Inventory
- The difference between synchronous and asynchronous music in exercise
- Pre-post performance variables when combining music and activity
- What are the neurophysiological mechanisms of listening to music? Are affects of music more emotionally or physically driven, or both?
- How can music impact the perception of fatigue during activity?
- The supportive role music can play in the public health initiatives to increase physical activity
- The principle of entrainment - musical influences on sympathetic or automatic body and mind processes
- The direct and indirect impacts of music on working muscles
- Is the ergogenic affect of music turning into a debate on mind-body efficiency?
- An explanation for why different people may like or dislike certain songs
- The three attentional styles of people that may determine musical integration with activity
- The great debate: which gender is the better dancer? The evolutionary and sociological theories that may explain why women are more adept to move well with music
- A complete portrayal of Costa’s research can be found in his new book: Applying Music in Exercise and Sport (Human Kinetics, 2017)
- Check out the diverse practices and findings from inside the labs @savibrunel
Chris Leib is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with nearly a decade of experience in treating movement dysfunctions and enhancing human performance. Dr. Leib has a versatile movement background with a variety of certifications as both a physical therapist and fitness professional. Combining the worlds of therapy and fitness, Chris is uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of your body, while allowing you to sustain optimal physical health and longevity. Chris considers physical activity a vital process to being a complete human being and is passionate about helping others maximize their movement potential.
Check out Chris’ blog, videos, services and professional projects on his website, www.movementprofessional.com
- Blending fitness and rehab, and making the line between them a little blurrier
- The usefulness of a structural diagnosis vs assessing where someone is on a spectrum of movement or activity
- “The System of Readiness” - Qualifying the readiness someone may have for a movement or exercise, not necessarily what is safe or unsafe. How much control can be attained over a new process or a process that hasn’t been performed well in a long time
- Providing individualized care to support the group setting workouts: educating and progressing self-regulation is key!
- movement scalability is a game of inches, not an on/off switch. The value of turning “this hurts me” into “this hurts at this weight, in this position, at this time”
- Devising a program by using the well-researched OPTIMAL tool: http://www.apta.org/OPTIMAL/
- Understand and manipulate the intent of your programming - and progress based on the intent. As a PT with tons of education, don’t undervalue the simple principle that if strength is the goal, regardless of setting, that means LOAD
- If you’re teaching or guiding movement practices, you absolutely should get your hands dirty kinesthetically and appreciate the difficulties your patients/clients/people are going through
- The mindset on delivering people away from pain and into an autonomous movement practice
- Steering people towards a plan of care that doesn’t emphasize medical imaging or structural diagnosis
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): check out the Beck Institute: https://beckinstitute.org
- Applying CBT to build therapeutic alliance and implement actionable steps toward a process of improvement
- Skilled vs unskilled decision making
- Working to an over-arching life goal of happiness
- The value of meditation and realizing that there are inevitable changes in life in order to move forward
- Check out links to Chris’ youtube videos where he shares some GREAT content, he is on instagram as @movementprof and facebook @Chris Leib
In this episode, we chat with one of our favorite people on the planet, Dr. Alan Fredendall about motivational interviewing, population health, and his personal fitness journey. Alan is a practicing physical therapist, a recent graduate, and the COO of the Institute of Clinical Excellence.
We also make a major announcement in this episode that we are giving away a FREE trip to come attend an ICE course in Pittsburgh on June 23rd and 24th to one lucky listener. If you are interested, you can enter our drawing by going to the website below:
For another fantastic multiple-appearance guest episode, we welcome back the insightful local, Jon Herting, PT, DPT, CSCS, ACSM CE-P, USAW. Jon is a dynamic clinician who has been involved in rehabilitation and strength and conditioning for 10 years and has built a reputation among athletes as a clinician who promotes quick results and optimal outcomes.
As a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning coach he has worked with athletes of all levels from adolescent to Olympic level and is a part of USA Weightlifting’s Medical staff. Jon believes in a holistic approach to rehab and believes that the ultimate goal of the rehab process is patient autonomy. He believes that there is not a distinct line between rehab and the training process.
Jon currently serves as adjunct faculty at Widener University and has developed several continuing education courses for clinicians and certified strength and conditioning professional based around assessment and rehabilitation techniques.
Discussion topics of this show:
- How specificity can drive a one shot-one kill treatment approach can improve outcomes
- Coordinating across multiple settings and professions to support rehab AND fitness goals
- Framing the “PT” conversation with coaches and trainers
- Navigating around the speed bumps that may come up with inter-professional discussions
- The ultimate factor: Karma
- A solid transition into breathing and breath work matters when it matters
- Positional breathing and owning quality movement
- Where is the last place you’d think to find energy when you’re dogging it??
If you want to reach out to Jon or follow him on social media you CERTAINLY must! He has some gem’s he shares across the social media platforms, find him on facebook and instagram @JonHerting. His clicic in Southern PA is A beautiful location, if you’re in the area its a must see, especially with some of the new faculty. Check out The Training Room HERE: https://thetrainingroompt.com
Elliot Berkman is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. His research is about the motivational and cognitive factors that contribute to success and failure real-world goals, as well as the neural systems that support goal pursuit. In addition to studying how goal pursuit works, Dr. Berkman’s research also seeks ways to facilitate health behavior change goals such as cigarette smoking cessation and dieting. His research combines the distinct strengths of several research methods including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cross-sectional and longitudinal survey methods, laboratory experiments, and translational neuroscience randomized controlled trials. Click here for more information about his research. He teaches courses in statistics, neuroimaging, and social psychology. His research and teaching have been recognized with the Social-Personality Health Network Early Career Award, the Joseph A. Gengerelli Distinguished Dissertation Award, the UCLA Social Psychology Dissertation Award, the Arthur J. Woodward Peer Mentoring Award and the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. He received his PhD in 2010 from the University of California, Los Angeles. His blog, The Motivated Brain, is located at Psychology Today, and he tweets as @Psychologician.
- What is autonomous regulation and how do we set goals for ourselves?
- Are we at risk for being too passive with medical interventions, leaving an untapped level of autonomy and engagement on the table?
- The influence of language and transparency of choice
- Some key takeaways from a persons own narrative and gain deeper understanding about their decision making process
- Navigating a subjective story of tragedy and framing a story or plan of success
- What is an internal locus of control and how do external influences consume us
- Bucking against perceived restraint
- The future of behavior in our society and the influence of technology on our perception of reality
- Read about the awesome work of Jeremy Bailenson here: https://comm.stanford.edu/faculty-bailenson/
In this episode we sit down with Doctor of Chiropractic, Justin Rabinowitz. Justin is a movement-based Chiropractor based out of Warren, NJ and he is also the author of the recently published book, Beyond Fitness: Revealing The Secrets To An Active, Pain-Free Life.
In this episode we dive into how Justin has built his practice around a culture of movement, how he has marketed his practice, and what inspired him to publish a book. If you're interested in purchasing a copy of Beyond Fitness, you can find it here:
To learn more about Justin's practice you can check it out at:
The White Belt Mentality - A New Breed of SPT’s: featuring Nick Perugini
Fusing a therapeutic approach with principles of coaching: A new hybrid of assessment, client intake, and progressions
How teachable is a “PT process?” Whats it like to really educate and collaborate with other professionals at an operational level to achieve a common mission
The white-belt mentality and the value of team transparency
How a successful PT evaluation can create greater responsibility and autonomy from clients and coaches alike
Being a PT on the community level, going beyond the 1 on 1 care and forming a health alliance that is based on health literacy and relationships
How Nick took a stab at learning and expanding his horizon, adding responsibility as an SPT and what he’s learned about being uncomfortable as he grows
Some words of wisdom to help spin PT school or any learning experience and translate new knowledge into applicable skills
Check out Nick’s growing video archive at www.youtube/peruginifitness
follow Nick with his handles @philadelphia.physio
If you’re in the #philly area and want to connect with some great folks, check out Nick’s crossfit gym, http://crossfitlove.com
In this episode, Nick and Will sit down with concierge physical therapists Josh Payne and David Bayliff. We dive into how Josh and David branched out from working in outpatient orthopedic clinics to transitioning to being cash-based mobile physical therapists, seeing patients in their home during the day. We're huge fans of finding different ways to leverage our knowledge as healthcare practitioners and this opens so many doors for those entrepreneurs amongst us!
To learn more about Josh, you can read and follow him by checking out his website: Freedom Physical Therapy
To learn more about David, you can read and follow him by checking out his website: Bayliff Integrated Wellness
Sam is an amazing person doing such great work for her local community, her colleagues, and for health organizations across the world. If you want to follow her work check her out at Samantha Fien on https://twitter.com/samanthafien and https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthafien/
We dive into the diverse background of Sam and her professional projects, including her path from a bachelors degree in exercise science to completing her PhD thesis. We discuss Sam’s research “Gait performance in residential aged care and the benefits of exercise”, winning the Emerging Researcher in Ageing (ERA) international scholarship for 2017, her international experience studying group exercise and gait metrics in older adults, and how to create a healthy, more sustainable community.
“They’ve lived for so long already, why not treat them as they are and reward them for living so long and being able to exercise, to walk, and talk, and do everything else like other human beings.” Sam on the importance of providing care for older adults
If you aren’t already calling it a “wheelie walker”, try it. It will make your day.
If you have an extra minute, please share/retweet/support Sam’s efforts to go to the World Health Assemble in Geneva in May 2018. We need people like Sam representing the hard working citizens that care about their health!
Thanks to @MegLowryPT for connecting us with Sam!
In this weeks episode we chat about the possible factors that drive sales in the healthcare market. Are we listening to patients and allowing their expectations to guide the subjective reports? How do we get better at the selling mindset, and does it have to be all about business? Will has been crushing the marketing and service department lately, so this episode was a really fun ride as he took us from soft skills to converting tactics.
In this episode we catch up with physical therapist and Telehealth pioneer, Rob Vining of PTLivechat.com
In this episode we talk about the logistics of starting one's own Telehealth practice, the financial side (potential income vs. costs) of Telehealth, and Rob's view of Telehealth becoming a staple of the profession.
To learn more about Telehealth and all the awesome work Rob is doing, you can check him out at:
In this episode Will sits down with repeat guest, Joe Reinke, CEO of FitBUX to discuss the changes that could be coming for student loan debt holders with pending government budget changes. With so many of our listeners faced with student loan debt, we felt that it was a good time to keep on top of the potential changes coming.
In this episode, our 100th episode!!!!, Nick sits down with Dr. Jon Herting, PT, DPT and PT Student Nick Perugini to discuss all things mentorship, teaching, and coaching when it comes to movement, strength training, and coaching. Nick was a student of Jon's and they share some incredible insight into what makes a successful mentor/student relationship.
First and foremost, a huge thank you goes out to our audience and supporters. We have nearly made it to 100 episodes and for every download, share, or engagement, Will and I thank you.
When I jumped on board with this project I progressed through the feelings of curiosity and anxiety and found growth. In this episode I dive into how that growth process has influenced my endeavors, from school to podcasting, and hopefully I coherently share how its still guiding me today. - Nick
I decided to mix it up a little this week. Nick and I get reached out to frequently (which still boggles our mind that people want to talk to us!) and regularly get asked about our career paths. With that in mind I wanted this to be a raw, un-cut look into the different possibilities I am exploring with my healthcare background. Hope this brings some value to all our healthcare friends! - Will
"I’m Dr. Jared Casazza, and I am a traveling physical therapist. I graduated with my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015 and am currently traveling for work within the U.S. in a fifth wheel camper with my girlfriend and fellow travel PT, Whitney.
Although physical therapy is how I make a living and one of my main passions, I have several other interests that I pursue in my free time. These include: financial independence, personal finance, bodybuilding/powerlifting, nutrition, supplementation, credit card rewards, travel hacking, investing, hiking, and real estate. I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and I hope that this blog can be a place that I can share some of what I have learned to this point.
Whitney and I will also be sharing information on our personal experiences as traveling physical therapists, the ins and outs of working as a traveling healthcare professional, and our traveling adventures both throughout the United States and internationally!"
- Jared’s initial interest in travel PT: the increased financial reward, varied exposure, and housing alternatives
- The stipulation to travel PT, gotta have a home base
- Jared’s Segway into PT school and early fitness interests- considering financial reward and profession
- Be willing to try something new and different, being in a team like Jared and Whitney can really help!
- The impact researching the job market can have on beginning a great career
- A travel PT blueprint: Jared’s initial log term plan and motivation, where to turn for mentorship, the surprises and unimaginable exposure
- The clinical development in a travel role, especially for a new grad
- The FifthWheelPT blog - Blending finance, rehab, and personal growth
- Diving into the nickels and dimes of travel PT, and how it compares to more traditional PT routes
- The easiest way to establish travel contracts and how to land trustworthy connections
- Where is the future of travel PT headed?
- Jareds advice for making your next travel experience unique, valuable, and lucrative
- Check out Jareds growing blog and other projects he’s working on, even while he semi-retires and travels the world, at www.fifthwheelpt.com and follow him on instagram #fifthwheelpt and facebook @jaredcasazza
In this episode, we chat with Eric McElvenny, a former Marine who lost his right lower leg after stepping on an IED in combat while in Afghanistan. Since returning to the States, Eric has gone on to run Ironman competitions and become a motivational speaker. In this episode we dive into Eric's recovery from his right below knee amputation, including his time in physical therapy and what it took to become an Ironman.
If you're interested in learning more about Eric and his story, check out his website at:
In this fascinating episode we dive into all sorts of topics. From the many layers of consciousness that impact mental health, to the possible solutions our society may benefit from if we can work together to integrate a holistic health service. Our guest, Dr. Traci Stein was wonderfully informative, fun, and a real inspiration to keep reaching out to other do-gooders, because more often than not good folks tend to work well together.
Dr. Traci Stein's bio:
"I am a Columbia-trained, licensed clinical psychologist and health educator. I'm also certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). Broadly, my focus has been on helping people to reduce uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms and gain greater insight into who they are and want to be.
The bulk of my work has been with the medically ill and those experiencing chronic pain, as well as teaching people to develop better stress management tools. I have also helped clients learn how to create healthier relationships, develop better self-esteem, foster greater self-compassion, release unhealthy patterns, and reach goals that are important to them."
For show notes, Traci's incredible work, the tireless caregiver survey, and much more, please check out www.twoknowbodies.com
The NPTE (National Physical Therapy Exam) is upon us and as always, we have an annual chat from one of the leading coaches in the world of NPTE prep. This week we sat down with Dr. Kyle Rice, a physical therapist (who just so happened to score a perfect 800 on the NPTE) and founder of The PT Hustle. The PT Hustle offers one-on-one NPTE prep services for both first time NPTE test takers and people taking it again.
If you want to learn more about Dr. Kyle Rice or The PT Hustle, check out his website:
In this episode, hosts Will Boyd and Nick Bracciante get the conversation started by reflecting what the job and career path started like for them.
Going after your goals should always be a priority, and on this episode we also bring on the perspective from 3 amazing individuals who are all doing things a bit different then the traditional healthcare mold, but probably have some similar goals as the majority of new grads.
Tune in to get the advice from Fallon Heddings at 25 minutes, Raj Padalia at 43 minutes, and Ryan Smith at 1:11 to cover the different ways they have embarked on their path to a happy career.
In this special #PTedition episode, we sat down with Owner of Athletes Potential, Danny Matta. Danny is a hybrid, physical therapist/strength coach based out of the Atlanta, Georgia area. He's the host of The PT Entrepreneur Podcast and co-host of the Doc and Joc Podcast.
In this episode we chat about Danny's cash-based physio/strength training set-up, his views on the future of physical therapy, and the power of relationship building.
If you want to follow Danny or keep up with his work, check out his work:
In this raw episode, hosts, Nick Bracciante and Will Boyd reflect back on 2017 and discuss the highs, the lows, and pose questions to one another about changes they've undergone. We want to say thank you for an incredible year and we can't wait to keep this shipping rocking into 2018!
In this part 2 episode we share the most important stories of all the guests from 2017, those from our patients. We could easily say these guests brought more value to the surface of our discussion because, well, they are why we do this whole gig.
Three beautiful humans, Erin Jackson, Lisa Maczura, and Saidee Wynn joined us for very different yet powerful episodes to discuss pain, PT, and general healthcare. To say their words are valuable is an extreme understatement.
To wrap things up, we share great words of advice from Jerry Durham as he helped our careers launch in more ways than 1. Cheers to a great 2017, and a better 2018.
This is a throwback episode from the Breaking Student Debt Podcast in which Will sits down with Joe Reinke, CEO of FitBUX. In this episode Joe breaks down the various federal student loan repayment plan options that are available for students. As a large portion of our audience is made up of students or recent graduates, we thought this episode would be incredibly valuable for those weighing up their student loan options.
If you have any questions about your student loans or repayment plan options, reach out to Joe Reinke by messaging their Facebook Business Page:
or by creating a profile at:
We sincerely thank all of our listeners for a wonderful 2017!
From Will and Nick, we appreciate all the support, motivation, and creative assistance.
And of course, we would like to thank our incredible guests. Clips from some of the most popular episodes of 2017 are featured in this collaborative "speech" if you will.
Be sure to tune into the full length episodes to learn how to support the missions and efforts of these wonderful people.
The world of Saidee Wynn, taken from her blog spooniewarrior
"I didn’t choose the Spoonie life, the Spoonie life chose me.
If you aren’t sure what a Spoonie is, I urge you to look up the Spoon Theory. It’s a pretty awesome story that describes life with a chronic illness. Energy = Spoons (to sum it up in a super short way that doesn’t do the actual story justice…). It has become a symbol for those of us with chronic illnesses. Basically, we never have enough spoons.
I am currently fighting POTS, EDS, PTSD, and many other letter groupings. I feel like I’m out there trying to capture the entire alphabet! My symptoms from these illnesses have rendered me disabled and dramatically changed the way I interact with the world. They have also forced me to redefine myself in my current roles in life.
I am the mother of a super spunky, energetic little girl. I also have an amazing partner in life, who is absolutely my rock. You’ll be learning more about them as you follow my blog, because they will obviously be the subjects of many posts."
Check out Saidee's incredible blog, recommendations and advice on her website and social media:
and "spooniewarrior" on facebook, instagram and twitter!
- Saidee is the author of spoonwarrior.com - all things chronic illness and the journey of healthcare
- EDS - Ehlers Danlos syndrome
- Navigating healthcare with persistent symptoms
- The tipping point of chronic pathology
- Where do people really learn and connect over their health journeys?
- Why medical providers should not completely divide people from their diagnosis
- What exactly is a spoon? And what about a spoonie?
- Whats it like balancing the process of pregnancy and managing EDS?
- “Ive heard of this before, but its not very common”
- The biggest factor in a successful healthcare relationship - “If a doctor believes you”
- Are chronic diseases “solvable” or “curable”
Keep your eyes peeled for Saidee’s upcoming blog posts, novels and more!
DR. GREG LEHMAN BKIN, MSC, DC, MSCPT
"I am a physiotherapist, chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist treating musculoskeletal disorders within a biopsychosocial model.
I currently teach two 2-day continuing education courses to health and fitness professionals through out the world. Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science and Running Resiliency have been taught more than 60 times in more than 40 locations world wide." Bio from greg lehman.ca
- Intro, gregs influences from Dr. Stuart McGill and Dr. John Sarno
- How important it is to be malleable and the value of asking the challenging questions
- Stress test your own philosophy
- Harnessing the moments of doubts
- Build confidence by finding your OWN beliefs
- Keep the treatments simple! - it's evidence based
- When something specific IS important
- Gregs main question for folks: "whats new or different?"
- “Pain occurs when we fail to adapt to some stressor - Injury occurs when you fail to adapt to mechnical load…we don’t want to vilify stress..rather what is our response to our stressors”
- “Calm shit down, build shit back up”
Twitter question from @theprehabguys
“How do you follow up your pain explanations? Specifically, how do you teach patience to desperate/eager patients - want answers 4 their pain”
The criteria for adaptability:
- -Is it human?
- -Is it dead?
Twitter question from @joelipsky
“How does Greg approach patients presenting with Sx consistent with a neurodynamic issue and how does load management come into play.”
Twitter question from @daschaser
“How does Greg approach patients presenting with Sx consistent with a neurodynamic issue and how does load management come into play.”
Twitter question from @nickgornick
- “What are the limitations of graded exposure/adaptation?”
- Poke the bear, don’t hump the shit out of it (we can’t come up with this stuff, honestly) Who is allowed to go into pain and how much?
Gregs HIGHLY revered course: Reconciling Biomechanics With Pain Science. Check out the 2018 dates to see how to overcome the common clinical barriers in a city near you!
In this episode, The Knowbodies sit down for what turned out to be a part 2 to their episode with Dr. Ben Fung, PT, DPT, MBA a few weeks back. 1 year later, after Ben was first featured on the Breaking Student Debt Podcast with Will, Ben is back diving into a host of topics:
- How to create income outside of working in a clinic
- How to approach creating your own practice either right out of school or early on in your career
- Fear and how it plays a major role in us following our true interests and passion
- What the future holds for the PT profession
-Nick and Will
In this episode we sit down with Doctor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Susie Gronski, PT, DPT and talk all about men's pelvic health. Dr. Gronski practices out of Asheville, NC and treats a variety patients, both men and women, with pelvic health issues.
In this episode we specifically talk about men's pelvic health issues and how she as a physical therapist helps men through the variety of issues they face.
We chat about:
- Dr. Gronski's background and how a personal experience led her to wanting to become educated about pelvic health in both men and women
- The common male pelvic health issues that she treats on a daily basis
- Dr. Gronski's initial fears/concerns of starting her own clinic and working with men in a private setting
- How does sex and sexual function play a role in the identity of both men and women?
- The emotional factors involved when men are faced with pelvic health issues
- How she educates her patients and the language she uses to navigate what might be a sensitive topic
- Dr. Gronski's new book, Pelvic Pain: The Ultimate Cock Block and why she felt compelled to write a book about male pelvic health issues
You can learn more about Dr. Gronski at her website:
And you can follow her on social media here:
Course reference: www.PTonice.com "Clinical management of the fitness athlete"Development of a coaches mentality “coach first, treat second” Feeling a movement to teach a movement Are PT’s movement experts? What position CAN we play for fitness athletes? Demystifying and reducing fear of movements Appreciating something new and learning how to share the process Zach Aguiar shoutout - Fluid Movement Master! Having the natural eye for movement Incredible advice for starting your career "If you want to go quick, go by yourself; If you want to go far, go as a team” Shout out to Jeff Moore and the ICE faculty, whose mission is to drive the needle forward in healthcare because the patients need it. Check out the next LIVE course November 18th-19th in Greensboro, NC with Mitch and Ryan OR you can catch all their incredible content ONLINE Check out www.ptonice.com for all the dates, locations, and course details. There are a TON of locations to visit in 2018! Thanks as well to the spider cameo in Ryan’s apartment, appropriately spooky timing.
This is a throwback to when Will interviewed Dr. Ben Fung on the Breaking Student Debt Podcast back in January. Dr. Fung is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and one of the founders of UpDoc Media. This was recorded as a Facebook Live video. In it Dr. Fung touches on:
- His switch from full-time patient care to content developer
- What new graduates and current healthcare professionals who have aspirations of becoming entrepreneurs can do to start their journeys
- Mistakes new grads tend to make when planning out their lifetime financial potential
- His keys to maximizing one's financial potential
- The direction of healthcare and where physical therapists will have the best negotiating power in the future
If you enjoyed this episode and want to learn more about Dr. Fung, check him out by following him on all of the social media platforms and at:
It's Your Body. Know It.
Paul Gough helps great Physical Therapists become successful business owners. Fresh out of PT School Paul was hired by one of the UK’s top professional Soccer teams where he worked as head Physiotherapist for 4 seasons. At the age of just “26”, Paul QUIT his high-profile job in pro-soccer to start his own clinic, known as the “Paul Gough Physio Rooms”. He has since built that cash-based business from a spare room in his home, to $1m +, multi-location private practice, in a country with a completely FREE socialist health care system as his main competition.
- Seizing the best opportunities WHEN the time is right
- Be a people-person first, practitioner second
- One shirt-different city
- Overcoming the new patient flatline
- Why it's always a good time to create and share content and target the ideal market
- What's a PT practice anyway?
- What to do with all the money you've saved for starting a business
- The 2nd most important skill in business: recruitment
- People work for people, not a business
- Why business operators are stressed, and business owners get rich
- Develop yourself and your business will thrive!
Paul Gough helps great Physical Therapists become successful business owners. Fresh out of PT School Paul was hired by one of the UK’s top professional Soccer teams where he worked as head Physiotherapist for 4 seasons. At the age of just “26”, Paul QUIT his high-profile job in pro-soccer to start his own clinic, known as the “Paul Gough Physio Rooms”. He has since built that cash-based business from a spare room in his home, to $1m +, multi-location private practice, in a country with a completely FREE socialist health care system as his main competition.
- Content marketing - stepping out of your immediate environment and realizing why people like “you”
- How do people make decisions, especially about healthcare?
- yea, healthcare requires selling, but can we teach how to do it in schools?
- While we want to prevent poor health, PT’s may have a steep hole to climb to reach the mass public
- The potential of employer-healthcare and why we need to get comfortable talking $$, weight loss, or performance as a motivator
- Paul’s why: fulfillment and excitement
- If you’re hungry, don’t overlook the multiple avenues Paul has created to help you grow
- To beat “free", you have to understand the importance of time
- The AMOUNT of time you spend with a client BEFORE you ask them for their payment, and how easily they spend time with you, the MORE certain they are of your value
Ali is a tremendously motivated third year Physical Therapy (PT) student at WSSU and at the time of this recording is beginning her last rotation before becoming a DPT. In this episode we dive into a great discussion on all SORTS of great content!
- Ali's path to PT school, initial perception of PT school, and how that changed
- The game changer: The institute of Clinical Excellence
- Enter into the discussion a new way of thinking, The Academy of Prevention and Health Promotion Therapies (APHPT)
- One sure fire way to up your PT game: mentorship. Check out this episode of Therapy Insiders to get a glimpse of how that can look!
- The power of reflecting about how to care for people
- Diving into the APHPT: a fundamentally different way to care
- The who, what, where and when's of the APHPT
- How a ball of energy is about to create action on the healthcare platform
- Applications of population health in the real world
- When you find purpose in something, prioritize it
- Learn more about PTONICE/APHPT courses here!
Follow and reach out to Ali on twitter @aphpt and @alihartmanspt and email email@example.com
Its your body, KNOW IT!
In this week's episode we had the pleasure of sitting down with Rob Vining, a physiotherapist based out of Portland, Oregon. Rob is one of the co-hosts of the PT Tech Talk Podcast and is the owner of PTlive. We chat about the current state of telehealth in the US, how new and changing laws will affect teleheatlh, and why clinics that don't adapt to telehealth may go out of business sooner than we think.
Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer and the coauthor of the forthcoming books Waterman 2.0 with Dr. Kelly Starrett, and Game Changer with Fergus Connolly. He is also a frequent contributor to The Inertia and SUP the Mag.
- Phil whites background:why it's important who you know and how to meet them: shout outs to Kelly Starrett, Dr. Andy Galpin, Brian McKenzie, TJ Murphy
- Unplugged: how technology has helped and limited the fitness world, and getting optimal tech use
- Game changer: the forefront of coaching philosophies and applications
- What are the 2 C's of writing? Curiosity and conversation
- The importance of servitude when collaborating with such wonderful professionals
- Fergus connelys efforts to maintain a wholistic coaching practice
- How to digest massive amounts of information and prioritizing important take aways from a conversation
- Planning a book in a nutshell and sticking with the process
- Just what exactly is fergus connelys approach to coaching, and how is it different?
- Is practicing a physical skill in large volume the best method to improve ability?
- Is failing to perform physical or psychological? How to approach both aspects without excessive fatigue
- The value in identifying dominant and limiting factors
- The use of technology and how to optimize the many tools available
- How to measure the immeasurable qualities
Please visit www.philwhitebooks.com and grab your copy of Unplugged and Game Changer now! Help make old medicine new again.
This is a raw and emotional episode that I hesitated to release for some time. It's a story about anxiety, insomnia, and a psych unit. I hope if you're out there and you're going through a tough time, please know that you're not alone. We need you. :) -Will
Toe shoes??? Grand plies??? How do you help dancers recover from injury???
Here's what we cover in this episode:
1:28 - We welcome Jess to the show
2:42 - Jess’ background and experience with the performing arts
08:35 - The story behind why Jess fell in love with dance and ballet in particular
13:00 - What’s it like being ON YOUR TOES?!?!?!
13:40 - “Jess, what do you feel like when you dance?”
18:25 - How does Jess help her athletes transition through a time where most injured dancers and artists feel like they’re falling behind and have a sense of loss when it comes to a part of their identity?
23:20 - How Jess incorporates her background in dance when it comes to treating dancers with injuries
27:00 - The psychology of a dancer and how Jess has to navigate that psychology to incorporate verbal cues, tactile cues, and other strategies to get the most out of her sessions
30:47 - Jess’ history working with the dance community and her time working with the Pittsburgh Ballet
32:30 - We dive into the upcoming course - Performing Artist Comprehensive Management - Jess will be teaching as a part of the Institute of Clinical Excellence in Chicago at Entropy Physiotherapy and Wellness (run by the wonderful Sarah Haag and Sandy Hilton)
40:00 - Who would win in a dance battle - you or Jeff Moore?
If you want to sign up for Jess' Performaning Artist Comprehensive Management (which you should!) you can check it out here:
Shoutout to the amazing movement of Christopher Johnson in this episode!
In this week's episode we had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Elliot Berman, Ph.D, Neuroscientist from the University of Oergon's Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Berkman conducts research on understanding behavior change and is also a blogger for PsychologyToday.com where writes The Motivated Brain Blog.
Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Follow Elliot on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Psychologician
The Social and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
The Motivated Brain Blog
Dr. Elliot Berkman, Ph.D. Interview Show Notes
0:45 Dr. Berkman’s Introduction and Background
2:20 Dr. Berkman’s current research regarding behavior change (and a cameo from baby Jonah :) )
4:13 How has our analysis and approach to studying behavior change changed over the past decade?
6:34 How do we study genomic effects and predispositions when it comes to our behaviors and habits?
10:34 Why is it so important to study these big picture questions of behavior change?
12:45 How does Dr. Berkman define motivation? Is the phrase, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”, true?
20:20 Dr. Berkman’s take on motivational interviewing and the power it can wield
22:41 Dr. Berkman’s perspective on the “scalability” of behavior change beyond 1:1 care
24:36 How do we balance internal motivation vs. public regulation?
26:26 Dr. Berkman explains the “nudge” phenomenon
28:46 How does a neuroscientist and behavior change researcher handle being a parent?
34:45 The science of making decisions
36:00 Dr. Berkman explains the “decoy effect”
41:24 How do we make short-term changes into lasting changes?
42:17 Understanding the formation of habits
46:00 Why have we placed health so low on our value scale in society?
50:33 Dr. Berkman’s personal favorite behavioral change studies…
In this week's episode we had the tremendous pleasure of talking with Daniel Perryman, the founder of thelowcarbleader.com and former hospital CEO. In this episode we talk about the business side of healthcare, what it's like to run a hospital, why prevention is the future of healthcare (from a business perspective), and Daniel's journey from the Navy to Hospital CEO to know hosting his own podcast, The Low Carb Leader.
Here are the Show Notes:
-5:28 Dan’s Background growing in Iowa and his time in the Navy
-08:57 Dan’s journey into getting into healthcare (from no experience in medicine in the Navy to a conversation with his brother that led him into healthcare management)
-11:25 The coursework Dan went through in his Master’s of Health Administration program
-14:00 Dan’s first experience jumping into healthcare management and his initial impressions of the business side of healthcare
-17:20 Why are hospitals losing money?
-19:55 How can hospitals get out of the financial pain they are in and why the current system wants things to stay the same
-23:15 How have things changed in terms of business in healthcare over the past 5-10 years?
-27:04 Who is benefiting from the current system and who is suffering?
-29:01 Dan’s transition out of healthcare and how his life has changed since leaving the corporate world
-31:24 Dan tells his journey to starting The Low Carb Leader Podcast and what the brand is all about
-34:28 Dan’s journey into preventative health and how he and his son first got into nutrition
-37:27 What does The Low Carb Leader Podcast cover and what can people expect to learn from the show?
-40:26 How does Dan respond when people ask him about getting into the preventative health world after transitioning from corporate healthcare?
-45:05 Dan’s take on how we can affect behavior change at an individual level
-49:37 Dan’s advice for healthcare workers from an executive’s point of view
-53:00 Where you can learn more about Dan and how to keep up with him!
In this reflection episode Will and Nick dive deep in their own discussion about early PT perspectives, healthcare systems, and patient care. This is kind of a candid mic episode, as the recording begins smack-dab in the middle of what would be an average, everyday chat between Knowbodies. We could share bullet points in the show notes, but that would spoil the fun on this one.
Shelly Prosko, Physical Therapist, Professional Yoga Therapist and Pilates instructor, is a highly respected pioneer in the area of Physio Yoga Therapy, a combination of Physical Therapy and medical therapeutic yoga. She received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1998, her medical therapeutic yoga training through Professional Yoga Therapy Institute in North Carolina and her Pilates certification through Professional Health and Fitness Institute in Maryland.
- Blending yoga and PT
- Yoga is: connecting to one’s truest self and connecting with others
- Blending and shifting multiple avenues of self-healing
- What does the Yoga industry need? (Hint - all health industries need this)
- How to approach care while wearing multiple hats
- What specific conditions or injuries have been found very responsive to yoga therapy?
- The best way to explain a new idea: give someone an experience
- Feeling out the timeframe of integrating yoga into PT care
- Cultivating the art of mindfulness, then sharing it with others
- Where is yoga falling under the umbrella of health and wellness
This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with the CEO of TRAZER, Barry French Jr. to discuss the role of 3D motion tracking when it comes to orthopedic and concussion rehabilitation. In this episode we dive into:
- The history behind TRAZER and how the company was founded
- Why is 3D motion tracking important when it comes to monitoring and rehabilitating people from concussions and orthopedic injuries?
- How does this whole thing work? Equipment?
- How TRAZER tracks patient data via HIPAA compliant software and creates reports for clinicians
- Who is using this? TRAZER is already being used by the Green Bay Packer, Denver Broncos, the University of Alabama Football team, and the US ARMY
- How much does all of this cost? You might be surprised :)
- Where you can learn more about Barry and the work he is doing with TRAZER
A little about TRAZER, taken from their website, www.trazer.com
"TRAZER is the revolutionary patented technology of TRAQ Global Ltd. that offers specialized, interactive testing and training programs for concussion management, orthopedic rehabilitation, senior health and sport injury prevention. Clinicians, athletic trainers, and coaches are provided with data, giving them the ability to make strategic and confident Return-2-Play (R2P) and Return-2-Activities of Daily Living (R2ADL) for their patients.
The TRAZER technology uses computer-based simulation to create an accurate analog of the functional challenges of sports, work, leisure and daily living activities. TRAZER tracks 25 points on the human body. This allows core physical and physiologic performance to be quantified as reaction time, acceleration, speed, endurance, jump height, cardiovascular efficiency, caloric expenditure, and distance traveled.
The TRAZER Sports Simulator uses full body sensing, 3-D graphics and breakthrough measurement analytics to provide information directly related to your patient’s healthy performance capabilities. In the event of injury, our patented baseline data can be compared to future Return-to-Play TRAZER Tests post injury to ensure a safe and healthy return.
TRAZER also provides healthcare providers and clinicians with standardized, objective, actionable data that can be accessed instantly through our HIPAA compliant Cloud website. This immediate access to TRAZER’s reports and test results gives each person involved, whether it be the patient, parent, coach or healthcare provider, a unique, relevant and invaluable opportunity to better assist in the return-to-play and return-to-work decisions."
In this week's episode we sat down for the second time with Dr. Michael Breus, aka The Sleep Doctor. Our chat stemmed from our observation in practicing PT that our patients who weren't sleeping well tended to be the ones not recovering from routine conditions. So we brought in Dr. Breus to help us break down sleep's role in recovery!
Show Notes for The Episode:
Wake Up Wednesdays: Tune into TheSleepDoctor's FB LIVE every Wednesday at 9AM EST to learn the keys to optimal sleep health! The lowdown on napping: what drives the sleep cycle, HOW to nap, and the Napalatte The social disadvantage of being tired The role of sleep in the healing process The relationship between pain, anxiety, and sleep Drugs pt. 1: Benzodiazepines Cognitive behavioral therapy Can pain wake you up? Drugs pt 2: Opioids
We hope you enjoy this episode!
In this episode we discuss emergency medicine with special guest Dr. Steven Carroll. Steven graduated from the Emergency Medicine Residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center (formerly Brooke Army Medical Center) in 2012. After 2 years at Fort Hood, TX he returned to his residency program as core faculty. After finishing his military commitment in the summer of 2016, Steve moved to Atlanta Georgia where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine with Emory University working at Grady Hospital.Episode Shownotes:
- Dr. Carroll’s pathway to emergency medicine
- The birth of the EM Basics Podcast
- The role of emergency medicine in all professions
- Avoid betting on the Dallas Cowboys
- Identifying true emergencies, thin slicing, and gestalt
- Think while your calm to avoid freezing in fear
- Cardiac arrest, what it looks like and what to do
- 25 minutes in
- The vital signs and blood pressure
- Exercise and syncope
- Diabetes and glucose levels
- The emergency of pain
- The evolution of a clinician in emergency medicine
- Lifestyle changes that can improve society
Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. He has 4 years of Division One coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector. He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB; his most notable client being Scott Downs who is currently with the Chicago White Sox and is going on his 13th year in the MLB.
As an elite level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years, and now understands the difference between working out to be healthy, and working out to achieve a high level performance goal, and he want to help others do the same. Jim has a reputation for two things: getting more results from less work, and getting his clients both strong and healthy. Jim’s motto of “Training Smarter, Not Harder” has earned him the respect and recommendation of numerous orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists.
In this episode we explore:
- how to get yourself in - shovel the shit to grow the flowers!
- First impressions and the observant eye
- default movement strategies
- shoutout to the Paleo Solution Podcast and Robb Wolf
- Assessment and relationship tools
- BrainWave App
- Working In to work OUT
- Building capacity without hitting the high intensity button
- Building a relationship with exercise
- The stress response - tightness or living situation?
- progressing a common exercise movement
- Where will putting in the time get you?
- faulty vs less than ideal patterns
- strategizing movement
- Going deep into the subjective
- The biggie of the health industry? get results
- applying technique
- The best coaches may put themselves out of a job
- the epitome of a sign-off
Joining Nick and Will on this episode is their good friend Eric Christensen of Chandler Physical Therapy in Arizona. Eric delivers a great discussion on the importance of breathing and calming the sympathetic nervous system. He is also the author a brand new book called "Breath Better", and we get into some great detail about it's content and release.
In this episode we explore:
- Why is breathing important, and how it can commonly grow less efficient
- What are the breathing strategies to be aware of
- The inspiration for Eric's book, and those that can benefit from it
- Just how trainable is breathing
- The relationship between the nervous system, our respiration and pain
- How to get better outcomes with your daily life with a few easy breathing habits
In this short episode, Will and Nick break down some superlatives for The Knowbodies Podcast, reflect on whats been common amongst all our guests, and dive into our efforts to get better. In the episode we discuss:
- Funniest guests
- Best dressed
- Best beard
- The behind the scenes glory
- How to prepare for a podcast discussion
- What improvements were working on with the game
- The biggest take aways from the first few weeks on the job
A big thanks to all our wonderful guests. Without them, we would be nobodies instead of knowbodies.
In this week's episode of The Knowbodies Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Andy Galpin, Ph.D., a Professor at CSU Fullerton where he researches muscle physiology and teaches classes. He is also the host of The Body of Knowledge Podcast, is a frequent guest on the Barbell Shrugged Podcast, and recently published a new book, Unplugged, which provides a blueprint for using technology to meet your health and performance goals in a much smarter way, while reconnecting to your instincts and the natural world.
In this episode we dive into:
- Andy's personal philosophy about finding his path in life
- Andy's athletic background as a football player, weightlifter, and martial artist
- Some history behind Barbell Shrugged and his friendships with the guys
- His path to becoming a professor after considering Athletic Training and Physical Therapy as careers
- How are physical therapists doing when it comes to understanding strength and conditioning principles?
- Andy's approach to assessing a brand new client
- The principles of strength and conditioning and how Andy applies them
- We throw a couple of case studies at Andy that he breaks down and explains how he would approach them
- Andy's new book, Unplugged, and what to expect down the road from him
In this episode we talk all things related to concussions with Physiotherapist and Professor Dr. Bara Alsalaheen, PT, PhD. Dr. Alsalaheen is a clinical researcher and the faculty director for the Sports Medicine Assessment and Rehabilitation Team (SMART). The SMART lab is located within the Physical Therapy department at UM-Flint. Dr. Alsalaheen is also a research assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Universityof Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Physical Therapist at Michigan NeuroSport (UMHS).
You can learn more about Dr. Alsalaheen's work by checking out his research here:
In this episode we sit down with 2nd year Doctor of Physical Therapy students Jenna Kantor and Katie Schmitt (learn about them here) who have created an incredible project called Fairytale Physical Therapy in conjunction with their school, Columbia University. Katie and Jenna go to Children's Hospitals and put on plays for both the kids and families...and the kicker is...the plays have choreographed dances that are composed of therapeutic exercises! Anyone and everyone gets involved in these plays and we had a blast sitting down with this dynamic duo who are making waves in the physical therapy world. To learn more about Katie and Jenna or if you'd like to reach out to them, check them out on their website: http://fairytalephysicalt.wixsite.com/fairytale
In this week's episode, The Knowbodies sit down with Dr. Phil Carson of Carson Natural Health and Wellness Consulting. Dr. Carson is a Pharmacist by trade and is now the host of The Feeling Good Podcast where he focuses on natural healing practices. In this episode we focus on:
- Dr. Carson' background as a Pharmacist
- How he transitioned from relying on pharmaceutical interventions and started to seek out more natural healing options
- How a difficult childhood led to Dr. Carson's interest in stress management
- How stress can dictate both our mental and physical well-being if we let it
- Dr. Carson's advice on best practices for managing stress
- Dr. Carson's take on the opioid crisis and how alternative medicine will have a role to play in solving it
If you enjoyed this episode and are interested in learning more about Dr. Carson and Carson Natural Health and Wellness Consulting check out: http://carsonnatural.com/
and on social media at Carson Natural
Ryan's Bio: "I graduated from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. After realizing I didn't enjoy the work I was doing (and sitting there writing excel macros thinking about how much more I would enjoy teaching people how to become strong, pain free, and move their body) I decided to make a change.
The switch lead me to the University of Western States where I earned two degrees: A master's degree in exercise and sport science and a doctorate in chiropractic.
The Movement Fix is a resource, run by me, Ryan DeBell, to help you become strong, pain free, and move your body well. I believe these are fundamental human rights.
This website is more than just a site for my services. It is a repository of videos, articles, and podcasts to help you learn more about your body and how to own your movement.”
- Welcome to Ryan and the Seattle weather
- Introductions and identity
- Themovementfix motivation
- How to find blog content and target an audience
- Open-mindedness and selfless ignorance
- interdisciplinary collaboration, keep an eye out for health fit biz SLACK line
- handling the education conversation with other people
- the weird (and accurate) conceptualization of negativity
- A message for the people: “you only access large changes by small, daily things”
- The importance of behavior change and how to start the conversation
- DEBUT: The joint efforts of Ryan DeBell and Chris Johnson - bringing strength training to the running world
- The Amazing Race - Chris vs Ryan (1600, 400, 100m)
- John Russin combines a variety of S&C principles that Ryan will use to prep for Themovementfix performance challenge.
- The best programming for muscle mass AND long term health, stay tuned...
Follow Ryan on instagram @themovementfix and visit www.themovementfix.com to join his email list for regular incredible content
School prepares you for boards, The Health Fit Business prepares you for reality: The Daily Domination Journal compiles education you need to establish the systems and habits for productive and time efficient performance. FOR OUR AUDIENCE ONLY: you can get The Daily Domination Journal, crafted by the minds producing the Health Fit Business Podcast for $10 OFF ($29.99 value dropped to $19.99!) by entering Knowbodies10 when purchasing your copy online. Free shipping included in the US!
Starting a new job? Beginning a new clinical? We sat down with Jerry Durham, PT to pick his brain and seek advice on how to OPTIMIZE the first few weeks during a new PT position. Jerry has been a great mentor to many PT's and like so many of our colleagues, we deeply appreciate his wisdom and willingness to share his experiences form a patient-first perspective to healthcare.
Keys to success from this episode:
- The mindset for the drive in during the first week The physical flow of the clinic Show up early
- What are the managers looking for? How communication and education are perceived
- How to handle the "experience" conversation
- Owning what you don't know
- How to be accountable and using a log
- Calming down during evaluations
- How to get out of our own head - be the expert you're trained to be
- How self doubt is different than self reflection
- Optimizing reflection and feeling effective
- The potential of night journaling
Big shout out to The Institute Of Clinical Excellence, Jeff Moore, And the PT on Ice podcasts
Follow Jerry on social media platforms @ JerryDurhamPT, tune into his podcast with Andrew Rothschild: Healthcare Disruption, and check out his website: Jerrydurhampt.com
Interested in improving your PT education? check out www.nxtgenpt.com to find out how you can learn from elite clinicians and bring your skills to the next level.
Sean Light is a Health and Performance Science Specialist with several years experience at the highest levels of professional athletics. Light has spent years within the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations, and currently serves as the assistant S & C coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA.
Focusing on proven sciences of neurology, physiology and several other foundational sciences, Light and 4A HPS have created a revolutionary approach to therapy and human performance training.
- Sean's background, and the NBAs biggest missed opportunity
- Meeting Brijesh Patel of Quinnipiac Athletics
- Intro to Nate Shaw with the D'backs
- Strength and conditioning and massage school?
- Segway into the impact of Anatomy trains and PRI
- What type of mindset does it take to apply to 32 professional sports teams
- Sean's experience with mentorship
- Differentiating between certifications and experience
- What the inside of the Lakers weight room looks like (exercises)
- The accelerated evolution of Sean's strengthening skills
- Postural Restoration Institute
- The complexity, and SIMPLICITY, of exercise prescription and progression for the Pro's
- Special considerations for the elite athletes, and the common goals during the season
- How important is the actual weight lifted in the room
- The funky neuro stuff and making athletes parasympathetic
- Tailoring the assessment and integrating the subjective history into programming for the pro's
- Sean's 2017 NBA champion prediction?
We hope you enjoy the episode! Please follow Sean's work (theres TONS of great articles and social media engagement) on Facebook, snapchat, instagram, twitter @ Slight20, and online at his website at www.4Ahps.com
You can visit www.nxtgenpt.com for incredible education and residency opportunities.
Please visit www.freetheyoke.com for more info on how to participate in #SummerOfMOVE
DJ Wilson, President and CEO of State of Reform, a stakeholder-driven initiative that tries to bridge the gap between the worlds of health care and health policy, stopped by to talk about healthcare from the policy side of the table. In this episode we dive into:
- DJ's background and the history of State of Reform
- Why is it so damn hard to agree upon healthcare issues at a personal, state, and federal level?
- What do clinicians seem to miss the boat on when it comes to healthcare from the policy side of things?
- The power of language in healthcare
- Pros and cons of the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare)
- What are some of the basic changes that will be put in place if the American Healthcare Act (Trumpcare) were to be enacted?
- What will healthcare look like a decade from now?
In this episode, Nick and I, along with guest co-host Megan Mitchell, SPT, had the pleasure of sitting down with physical therapist, entrepreneur, and leader, Dr. Karen Litzy. We dive into the strategies that have led to Karen becoming an entrepreneur, her views on leadership, and what she has in store for the future.
Eran is the founder and President of VRPhysio Inc. He is an Ex IAF Executive officer and holds a BA in Business Management, Government, and Politics, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Business Administration from Ben Gurion University. Previously, Eran served as initiator and coordinator of the “IAF spinal cord damage prevention program” for air crew personnel and has significant experience in the physical therapy prevention industry.
VRPhysio develops smart virtual reality tele-rehabilitation platform that gamifies physical therapy and makes it Fun and easy to monitor. By using virtual reality games and interactive guides, VRPhysio devices monitor patients through their prescribed rehab or preventive exercises, measure progress and provide a report to the physical therapist.
Virtual reality based physical therapy provides patients with the continuity of care they need to keep them on track and motivated, on the path to recovery. The first product- VRPclinic , will be launched in May 2017 as a medical device and will revolutionize the physical therapy industry
Exclusive Offer from VRPhysio:
For our audience only! Eran has offered a special offer to join the early adaptors package: $300 per month or $3000 per year (instead of $600/$6000) for unlimited use of VRPhysio software.
Using the VR software only 3 times a week for the entire year (for 8 to 15 min/each time billed as CPT code 97110) covers the yearly price of the software.
If anyone is interested, all they need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with their info and the word Knowbodies to be added to the list of the early adaptors package
- Eran's backstory and PT experience
- The birth of VRPhysio
- The weaknesses of PT that virtual reality aims to improve
- How will VR work? Details of the set up, parameters, and diverse application
- Is VR a billable medical devise in rehab? is it FDA approved?
- How can VR make a PT's life easier?
- VR in the clinic and in the home, its easier than we may think!
- Who is VR most effective for?
- What equipment is necessary to implement VR software?
- The team at VRPhysio and the R&D coming in the near future
- How easy is VR to implement and use as a PT tool?
- The expansive reach of VR, and what VRPhysio is doing before anyone else
- Quantifying PT sessions with VR and making treatments more efficient
- Listener question: The ethics of VR and its potential to replace PT's?
- Listener question: Creating a start up on someone else's hardware
- The challenges and growth, and future of VR Physio
Lisa Maczura is a tremendous resource of inspiration, education and honest perspective in the healthcare world. It was an honor to share her message and promote her ideas for how to help patients receive better care. Lisa has spoken at multiple Combined Sections Meetings, has advocated for PT services on multiple occasions, and is currently on a mission to help improve PT-pt dialogue. She has previously appeared on a number of other great podcasts below:
- Lisa's background with PT and her first experience with advocacy
- The biggest factors impacting patient-provider relationships
- What is it that PTs, new grads and all, are afraid of?
- What a chronic patient feels like, and what they expect
- The importance of being realistic with patients
- The power of language, especially the things we don't say
- Keeping a broad perspective of healthcare
- The perspective of a patient through a medical process
- What a patient can teach the PT
- Keep an eye out for the next Jerry/Eric/Lisa podcast, its coming
- The power of being specific and present for each person
Follow Lisa on twitter @LISAMACNCHEESE to learn more about whats important to follow and engage with as a patient, and to find our more about what Lisa is up to.
Big thank you for all that you do for your patients and our profession Eric Christensen! Thanks to Jerry Durham for also helping this relationship blossom.
In this episode we sit down with lawyer and former physical therapy patient, Erin Jackson, JD of Jackson & Co. and Inspire Santé. During this episode we dive into Erin's story of managing and overcoming persistent pelvic pain and how that ultimately led her into specializing in healthcare law. Her honesty and transparency in this talk were incredibly eye opening and we hope that her story helps and inspires others who might be going through a similar situation that Erin faced.
Erin Jackson, JD, MA Bio Erin Jackson is a healthcare attorney, consultant, and health equity advocate. She is an attorney at Jackson LLP, a healthcare law firm in Chicago, and a co-owner of Jackson & Co., a healthcare consultancy serving the compliance and business needs of providers nationwide. Additionally, Erin is the President of the nonprofit organization Inspire Santé (which means "to inspire health"). In that capacity, she speaks to healthcare providers about the importance of maintaining a patient-centered practice. Through frequent blogging about her personal journey with chronic pelvic pain, Erin also seeks to remove the stigma that envelops many sufferers of invisible illnesses. This year, Erin will be expanding her reach as an educator, consultant, and advocate.
Websites & contact info: Jackson & Co.
Healthcare Consultancy: http://www.jacksoncompliance.com
Jackson LLP Law Firm: http://www.jackson-legal.com
Inspire Santé, NFP: http://www.inspiresante.org
Persistent pain blog: http://www.inspiresante.com/sante-blog
Health law blog: http://www.jackson-legal.com/blog
In this episode we sat down with Dr. Miye Fonseca, PT, DPT and founder of Therapy Exam Prep. Miye was recently featured on Karen Litzy's Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart Podcast and we knew immediately we needed to have her on the show to discuss her strategies for preparing for and dominating the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). For our soon-to-be new graduates, Miye drops some knowledge bombs in this episode. From sleep patterns, to diet, to actual test-taking strategies, we cover it all!
We hope you enjoy!
In this episode I sit down with Dr. Will Crane, PT, DPT of PT Final Exam. Will has been helping people prepare for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for years now and he was generous enough to take some time out of his day to share some helpful strategies on the following:
- Mental preparation prior to the exam
- How to schedule your week leading up to the exam
- Day of the exam preparation
- Within exam mental strategies to stay calm
- How to choose the best answer after you have narrowed it down to 2 choices
- Understanding the structure and design of the exam
- How to celebrate after you are done!
If you enjoyed this episode and are curious about Will's work, check out his website at www.ptfinalexam.com
Dave Kittle, PT, DPT turned tech entrepreneur and founder/CEO Vinitial - a secure, HIPAA texting app for patients, providers, and front desk (scheduling, payments, and more). Start free here: https://appsto.re/us/AdNjfb.i
- com and the future of brilliant podcasting
- Creating and promoting Vinitial
- The change of mindset from Idea to Action
- Jeff Bezos and how to approach a major decision
- The importance of passion, enthusiasm and salesmanship
- Streamlining healthcare communication
- Reducing healthcare redundancy and improving accessibility
- The real deal of persistence
- Cold calling and salesmanship
- The influence of John Paul DeJoria (Patron) and Howard Shultz (starbucks)
- Dave turns the mic around and gets the ideal PT setting out of hosts Will and Nick
- Shout out to Raj Padalia, PT, DPT and how to impress
- The only way to stick out of a crowd
- The power of putting yourself out there
- The future healthcare predictions
Follow Dave on any of the following platforms, and make sure to check out vinitial on iTunes at https://appsto.re/us/AdNjfb.i
Twitter / instagram / linkedin @ DaveKittle or DaveKittleNow
Online at PtTechtalk.com
Email @ Dave@vinitial.com
Music from Bensound.com
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and both a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a Fellow of The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He was one of the youngest people to have passed the Board at age 31 and, with a specialty in Sleep Disorders, is one of only 163 psychologists in the world with his credentials and distinction. Dr. Breus is on the clinical advisory board of The Dr. Oz Show and appears regularly on the show (>30 times in 4 years).
Dr. Breus is the author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep (Rodale Books; May 2011), a groundbreaking book discussing the science and relationship between quality sleep and metabolism.
His first book, GOOD NIGHT: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-WeekProgram to Better Sleep and Better Health (Dutton/Penguin), an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller, has been met with rave reviews and continues to change the lives of readers. It is now available in paperback as BEAUTY SLEEP: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep.
His latest book is now published! THE POWER OF WHEN: Working with your body’s inner clock for maximum health, happiness, and productivity is easy, exciting, and fun.
- What is sleep?
- The two brain systems of sleep: Drive and Rhythm
- What is Adenosine and why its important
- Synching drive and rhythm to get a better sleep
- Knowing YOUR timing and sleep needs and making it consistent
- Caffeine impact on sleep
- Signs of sleep deprivation
- "Normal" sleep habits in terms of quantity and quality
- Common pathologies and risk factors for poor sleep
- The secret to sleep & ramping down
- What's the deal with dreaming? what happens and why we do it
- Disrupting and assisting "deep sleep"
- Abnormal sleep cycles
- Technology and its impact on sleep
- Visit www.lighting.science and www.swanwicksleep.com for some cool sleep technology
- light is medicine and respecting light
- Defining a "Chronotype" and The Power of When
- Rescheduling minor things for major sleep improvements
Stay tuned to all of Dr. Breus' well read work and new projects at www.thesleepdoctor.com
Music by www.bensound.com
In this episode of The Knowbodies Talking Podcast we are joined by Dave Rapach CEO/Owner of Levity Float Studios in Pittsburgh. “Floating” as it is known is a very mild and relaxing form of Restricted Environmental Stimulus Therapy (REST). The Knowbodies were invited in to trial the services before we sat down to record this episode and now we are bonafide believers.
Dave shares with us some of his personal experiences that led he and his wife down the path to opening Levity and pursuing the entrepreneurial life:
"Years ago, David Rapach and his wife enjoyed their first float session. Little did they know that event would have such a positive impact on them. Always feeling the pull to create something to improve the lives of others, David left a traditional 9 to 5 workplace to chase a wild dream.”
The Knowbodies probe into the scientific as well as the personal evidence of regular float therapy including the physiological and psychological benefits that are experienced after a single session. Listen along to the exclusive experiences of the Knowbodies as we try to describe the calming after-effects of such a deep relaxation. Be inspired by the stories Dave shares about some of the lives of his customers that have witnessed incredible mental breakthroughs once they embraced the float experience and quieted the constant noise of their busy lives.
For more information on Levity Float Studios, check out https://www.floatlevity.com or Facebook group: Levity
In this week’s #PTedition of The Knowbodies Podcast we sit down with the Godfather, Jerry Durham, PT to talk about the current state of Physical Therapy and the direction this wonderful profession is going in.
In this episode:
- Jerry shares his thoughts on his recent course with Jeff Moore and Paul Gough in Las Vegas
- Jerry sheds light on what makes Jeff Moore so special as a PT
- The difference between evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice
- Jerry explains why the patient experience is so critical to providing excellent patient care
- Jerry shares his experience with Justin Dunaway of STAND Haiti and why Justin is such an awesome guy
- Jerry breaks down where he sees the current state of the profession of physical therapy
- The importance of approaching federal and state advocacy differently than we previously have
- Jerry explains why our patients are and always will be our biggest advocates
- Jerry’s thoughts on #GetPT1st and why our intraprofessional arguing isn’t helping our patients
- Retweets > Likes
- Why Jerry read a math book? Check out Social Physics
- The power of storytelling and why we aren’t doing a good enough job of telling our patients’ stories
- Jerry shares why our communication and how we communicate with other healthcare professionals is of paramount importance
- The power of language
- What do Jerry and Jeff drink when they meet at airports?
- What are Jerry’s favorite airport bars?
If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to leave us a review on iTunes! Every review means a lot to us!
Dr Mitch Babcock is a Physical Therapist and CrossFit Level I Trainer with a primary purpose of helping others pursue a greater state of health through fitness. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Mitch went on to receive his Doctorate in physical therapy to better understand the human movement system and help others recover from the injuries & limitations hindering their performance. With personal training experience in CrossFit, as a NPC physique competitor & in endurance events, Mitch continues to test his physical potential daily in order to better help you reach yours.
- The "bobcat"
- Mitch’s background of fitness in healthcare
- The influence of Kelly Starrett
- The blueprint to Mitch’s path
- Finding a circle of support
- Clicking with CI and mentor Zach Long
- Masterminds Jeff Moore and Gene Shirokobrod
- Certification and professional hierarchy
- Balancing professional roles within a busy schedule
- Making PT routine as a group player
- Sampling the redline mentality
- Sweating with your people
- The importance of Walking YOUR walk, whatever it may be
- Stop running from Self reflection
- Jeff Moore's rocking chair fear
- How to check your ego
- Advice for exercise science majors
- What's Crossfit is doing right and how it will progress
- A message of how to partner health and fitness
- Finding personal fitness success
Find out more about Mitch, the great work he's doing and all the fitness knowledge you can handle here:
Facebook: "Mitch Babcock"
Twitter/instagram: "unchained physio"
Dr. Perry Nickelston is a Chiropractic Sports Physician with primary focus on Performance Enhancement and Corrective Exercise, Metabolic Fitness Nutrition and trained from The American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders. He is an expert in myofascial, orthopedic, medical and trigger point soft tissue therapy.
A member of the Board of Directors and Medical Staff Advisor for AIMLA (American Institute for Medical Laser Application, Dr. Perry teaches healthcare professionals all over the world how to successfully use Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy in alleviating pain. Dr. Perry is an expert in movement assessment and diagnosis. Certified and trained from as a Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment Specialist (SFMA).
He uses programs designed to find your cause of painful dysfunction and correct it so you feel better. He is regular columnist for Dynamic Chiropractic Journal and writes for industry trade publications in health and fitness. He is a 1997 graduate from Palmer Chiropractic University and a master fitness trainer with over 20 years experience in the health industry. Dr. Perry is currently publishing books with strategies on the importance of recovery and regeneration in fitness.
- Movement is KEY!
- Are we thinking ourselves sick, strong, and weak
- Using movement to modulate pain
- Defining Stop Chasing Pain – The story behind the name
- The three things that effect our ability to move: the individual, the task, the environment
- Using the ENVIRONMENT to break up the pain loop
- Going down the CSP (crazy shit path) to get people better
- Work from the ground up and becoming a specialized mover
- Breaking out the old brain maps of movement from our toddler years
- Crossing industry lines between PT’s, fitness professionals and Chiropractors
- The critter brain and the 3 F’s
- Learning and teaching as a collaboration
- Don’t be afraid to look stupid
Visit www.stopchasingpain.com to find the stop chasing pain podcast, content on various medical and fitness topics, videos, articles and much more
Tags: Tony Robbins, Gray Cook, Lee Burton, Jim Thorpe, Austin Kleon
In this episode The Knowbodies sit down with Dr. Aaron Swanson to talk about how and where to find reliable information via the internet, books, and personal interview.
Aaron Swanson is an orthopedic physical therapist practicing in Asheville, NC. He started his movement and rehab career as a student Athletic Trainer for the Lady Vols at the University of Tennessee and then went on to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from New York University. After graduating, he worked at several privately owned orthopedic physical therapy practices in New York City before relocating to Asheville, NC this past fall. Aaron currently works in an outpatient clinic in Hendersonville, NC and operates a cash-based physical therapy practice, The A&G Project, in Asheville with his wife, Gaelyn Rogers.
In addition to learning how to build a reliable network of resources that you can trust for accurate information and continuing education we also touch on some of these gems:
-The patient is the guru
-Sometimes admitting that you aren’t the best is the ultimate motivation to continue learning and sharing
-Writing is a higher form of thinking. Don’t be afraid to express your ideas and receive criticism.
-Evaluating the “intentions” of evidence and articles found when combing through relevant information.
-The reading habits of an avid learner: always keeping a paper, a textbook, and a lighter read handy.
Find our more about Aaron Swanson below!
www.aaronswansonpt.com (website for movement professionals)
The A&G Project (blog for the general public)
Facebook: The A&G Project
Or stay linked with The Knowbodies live:
Facebook: The Knowbodies Talking Podcast
Have a listen to learn more about the resources that Aaron, and The Knowbodies, use to stay motivated, informed, and curious about the world around them.
This week, we sat down with the wonderful staff of De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics to discuss the relationship between the patient who has recently undergone an amputation and their prosthetist. De La Torre O&P is a family-run company based in Pittsburgh, PA and is currently led by owner Ed De La Torre. In this episode, Ed shares the story behind the founding of De La Torre O&P, and we interview Drew Buffat, a prosthetist with De La Torre O&P and Brian Moser, current social media organizer for De La Torre and below-the-knee amputee. Brian and Drew speak openly about the times of joy, difficulty, and uncertainty that they have faced as a team working together over the past several years.
In this episode we touch on:
- The history behind the founding of De La Torre O&P
- How Drew became a part of the De La Torre O&P team and how Brian found De La Torre O&P
- Brian's story of undergoing an amputation and the transition into navigating the world with a prosthetic leg
- Brian's physical and emotional journey from amputation to walking again
- Drew and Brian's relationship and the ins and outs of what both the prosthetist and amputee go through during sock fittings, adjustments, and functional movement assessments
- De La Torre's vision for the future and the future of prosthetics
If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend who you think might enjoy it as well! Kind regards, The Knowbodies
In this episode, The Knowbodies are happy to sit down with a Pittsburgh local organization, Orchardview Stables. We sit down with Tessa Maxwell, Katie Bunn, and Mary Kay Soergel of Orchardview Stables to talk about the incredible services offered by the stables as well as some of the personal stories that brought all of these caring specialists together.
Some of the key points that we cover in today’s episode:
- The foundation of the Equine Assisted Therapy and Adaptive Riding programs at Orchardview.
- Some of the personal stories that brought Tessa (a special education needs specialist) and Katie (a Physical Therapist specializing in pediatric care) together to collaborate in equine assisted care.
- What is Hippotherapy vs. Equine Assisted Therapeutic Riding? What do these services entail and what kind of riders do Tessa and Katie work with on a daily basis.
- Katie breaks down some of the specific elements of therapeutic horse riding including the mechanics of the horse pelvic motion and its affect on postural response, rhythmic movement and posturing for spastic muscle tone, and the unique emotional bond that stems from a close human-animal relationship throughout the course of a therapy.
- Some personal stories of incredible relationships forged between some of the riders and the therapy horses.
- Getting to know the Orchardview Staff (horses too!) and some of their responsibilities around the stable.
- A CALL TO ACTION! – Orchardview offers their services to a broad range of participants and riders at little to no cost! Their non-profit “Orchardview Stables” helps fund their services and upkeep for the horses so that they can continue to provide excellent care without devastating costs to riders. Orchardview thrives through the volunteer support of the community. They offer simple training to all volunteers (from enthusiasts to students to therapists!) in basic horse care and how to aid the riders during their therapy sessions.
- The therapeutic riders could HUGELY benefit from an overhead lift system to help assist riders onto horseback. The non-profit has already established applications for grants and if you have any information or connections that may help contribute please reach out to the instructors at Orchardview Stables or ourselves at The Knowbodies and we will make it happen!
For more information please check out the website at Orchardviewstables.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities or how you can help contribute to an incredible non-profit run by a family organization that cares and work their butts off for their riders!
In this week’s special #dptstudent episode we talk with current DPT students Dy’mire Jones from South College’s DPT program and Joseph Lipsky from Columbia’s DPT program. Both Dy’mire and Joe have become leaders in the student physical therapist (SPT) community and in this episode we explore what has led them to becoming successful students.
In this episode we discuss:
- Why Dy’mire and Joe chose the DPT programs they currently attend
- Do DPT students have enough say in the content of their curriculums?
- Keys to becoming successful DPT students
- A conversation about what we like and what we would change about the structure of current DPT programs
- Where do Joe and Dy’mire see the future of PT and PT education going moving forward?
- Where you can learn more about Dy’mire and Joe and how to stay connected with them
We hope you enjoy this episode!
In this week's episode we sit down with Canadian Field Hockey Olympian and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Candidate Ben Martin. Ben recently participated in the Rio 2016 Olympics with the Canadian Men's National Field Hockey Team. He shares with us his favorite moments of being a part of the Olympics as well as his love-hate relationship with the team's physiotherapist in order to stay in optimal shape for the Games.
Ben is also a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada where his research focuses on answering a central question of chromatin biology: does histone acetylation occur as a cause or a consequence of transcription?
In this episode we touch on:
- Ben's experience being a part of the Canadian Men's Field Hockey Olympic Team in Rio this past summer
- Why Ben has a love-hate relationship with physiotherapy
- How Ben was able to balance being a Ph.D. student while being an Olympic athlete
- Understanding Ben's research that focuses on genetic transcription (think coding)
- The science of epigenetics and the role it plays moving forward with studying our genome
- Ben's thoughts on genetic modifications including how CRISPR has changed the modifying game
- Ben's research and future after completing his Ph.D.
You can learn more about Ben and his work by following him on Twitter at @bmart87
and through these websites:
Dr. Daniel S. Kim is a general dentist in Kennett Square, PA, about 45 minutes southwest of Philadelphia. His practice has become specialized in comprehensive dental rehabilitation, with focus on the intersections of dentistry and medicine. Along with general dentistry, Dr. Kim provides dentomandibular physical therapy in order to treat orofacial pain and chronic tension type or migraine headaches and continues to discover more that dentists can do to provide patients with relief from chronic pain conditions. Outside of practice, he enjoys cooking (and more importantly, eating), enjoying the outdoors with his dog, and traveling!
In this episode we discuss:
- The evolution of dentistry and it’s uniqueness in the health industry
- Finding a balance between medicine and customer service
- How to create an experience that puts the patient first
- The value of education and behavior change and leveraging each
- Similarities between PT’s and dentists, and the importance of inter-professional cooperation
- Healthcare business models and the future of our service industry
- Flossing, brushing or both?
“A Positive Perspective To Help The Stressed Or Depressed Student”
A big thanks goes out to Dr. Ryan Smith for joining the Knowbodies once again to deliver a powerful message to the PT and college student community. With research officially listing PT and other healthcare professions as occupations topping the list for burnout, its no surprise that some of the younger, less experienced members of these communities feel the stress early on. Will, Eric, and Nick were so fortunate to sit down with Ryan as he shared his personal experience with depression and how it impacted his professional and emotional well-being. Special recognition goes to Cruz Romero, SPT for his recent publication in The Pulse: “My Biggest Challenge in Physical Therapy School? Imposter Syndrome”. Cruz’s writing really hits home with a lot of students pushing through difficult programs, and is a great read for anyone looking to gain insight and direction to overcome some of the common struggles that may accompany PT school.
Ryan’s biography taken from his website: uMove Physiotherapy & Performance
Ryan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a bachelors degree in Athletic Training in 2013 and graduated from Ohio State University with a doctoral degree in physical therapy in 2016.
“My career being involved in rehabilitation and wellness began when I was an athletic trainer as an undergraduate. Even then I developed a niche for being the “rehab guy.” Even when I look back on those times and realize how little I knew I had an ability to connect with those athletes. It wasn’t because of a superior set of skills or vast knowledge but it was because I understood what a recovery from in an injury during an athlete’s season meant to them and I simply found ways to help them.
Fast forward a few years and that same mindset has carried over into how I practice as a physical therapist. My expectations that I thought my internships would be versus what reality gave me were vastly different. For that reason I decided to go out on my own so I could get back to treating the patient in front of me and get involved directly within the community.
That decision has led me to be involved with both a Crossfit Gym and a Strength and Conditioning gym. I now have the ability to not only work with individuals on a daily basis in an environment that they love but I get to work on community issues that I have a passion for. Youth athletes and the increasing injuries that seem to be occurring in them and general population health in which Crossfit is tackling with movement, nutrition and recovery.
If you have ever been interested in joining, starting or learning about a cash based PT practice, then check out our first interview with Dr. Ryan Smith as he breaks down his story, going right into the cash PT market right out of school!
This leads me to now. I’m a small business owner. An entrepreneur. An athletic trainer. A doctor of physical therapy.
I deeply value and understand that it is the entire person in front of me that I have to consider. It’s never just a pain, just a knee, just a shoulder. It’s what that means as a whole.
Thus through continuing education, mentors and most importantly the experiences that my patients give provide me is what keeps me engaged in a constant learning process to better myself. This way when it comes down to it I deliver reassurance, help and a plan that leads to a continuation in training, recovery from injury and a return to activity without hesitation or pain.”
- We catch up with Ryan, and discuss his background with depression and how it came about
- We explore the implications of depression on school work, social life and motivation
- We identify the process that Ryan experienced that helped him evolve and grow with the challenges he faces
- We address the stigma’s and social perception of depression and how to talk to someone who may be experiencing these emotions
- We outline the actionable steps that allow us to embrace the inevitable wave of emotions that occur in life
Follow Ryan on social media at the following places!
In this roundtable podcast, The Knowbodies have a spirited conversation regarding some of the mobile apps related to fitness, wellness, and nutrition that have helped us set and achieve some of our new year’s resolutions.
If you are looking for extra incentive to walk or run and would ALSO like to serve a great cause by helping to raise money then check out CHARITYMILES or WOOFTRAX for a unique way to change your daily walk with your dog or lunchtime stroll into a charitable cause.
For a more running focused app with a fun story based twist, maybe ZOMBIES RUN! Is more up your alley. ZOMBIES mixes short audio book story segments with your own motivational music (and little something extra that I won’t spoil here) to create a motivational and addicting change of pace.
Rounding up the fitness apps is a nod to the fantastic minds at DAREBEE.COM and their PANDORA role-playing fitness game that allows the user to participate in countless physical fitness challenges in order to progress the story.
From a nutritional standpoint, we throw our support behind FOODUCATE and FITMENCOOK for their affordable apps and the information that they provide. FOODUCATE takes complex nutritional concepts and breaks them down into digestible tidbits. Additionally, FOODUCATE has a scan/search option that you can use on your household foods or when grocery shopping to provide a snapshot of the nutritional content of foods and even provides a grade scale to help you make healthy food choices.
FITMENCOOK is a cheap encyclopedia of recipes that take the complexity out of healthy cooking. With FITMENCOOK you can categorize the recipes into diet specific goals (i.e. low- carb, high protein, low sugar) and even organize your next grocery-shopping trip to help you plan ahead for some healthy cooking for the week.
Healthy habits are tough to maintain and good habits are often more than simply checking off the list. Often it takes mental toughness and realistic goal setting in order to keep a healthy habit rolling once the stresses of life start to pile up.
Some mobile apps like APLANFORLIVING and HABITICA can help provide the structure and reward feedback that might just help you keep your resolutions through the good times and the tough times. APLANFORLIVING is the modern day digital diary with pre-organized sections for assessing your mood, practicing gratitude, and even voicing your frustrations. Even for the non-diary users, this app provides all the structure and requires so little time that it might just be what you need to help improve your mood and assess your stressors.
HABITICA is the final app we cover in this episode and it may be one that you have already come across. HABITICA is an enormous online community of users that take a retro-style gaming approach to helping you set and achieve your goals. HABITICA bases your experience around building and upgrading a character in your likeness that thrives when you enter daily to-do lists, refine healthy habits, and complete pre-organized challenges (e.g. daily walking, reading, or self-reflection). In contrast, if you allow these goals to go on uncompleted, your sprite suffers the consequences and could lose life or points for even more motivation to keep your resolutions! If you are motivated by games and list-making, this app is the one you need to help organize and refine your habits!
Take a listen to hear more about these fantastic apps as well as some personal stories from The Knowbodies on our experiences with mobile apps and goal-setting.
Until next time,
It’s your body, know it!
This week we are humbled to release our newest episode "Making Sense of Chronic Pain" with guest, Dr. Joe Tatta, PT, DPT from New York City. Dr. Tatta has been a practicing Physical Therapist for over 2 decades and has recently authored an Amazon Best-Selling book, "Heal Your Pain Now: A Revolutionary Program to Reset Your Brain and Body for a Pain-Free Life". Enjoy this powerful and eye-opening episode with the insightful and kind-hearted Dr. Joe Tatta. Biography
From Dr. Tatta’s website www.DrJoeTatta.com
Dr. Joe Tatta is a doctor of physical therapy, board certified nutrition specialist and functional medicine practitioner who specializes in treating persistent pain and lifestyle-related musculoskeletal, metabolic and autoimmune health issues. He is the host of The Healing Pain Podcast designed to broaden the conversation around natural strategies toward solving persistent pain. Dr. Tatta is the author of the best selling book Heal Your Pain Now; A Revolutionary Program to Reset Your Brain and Body for a Pain-Free Life by Da Capo Press. He is currently in private practice and also provides Online Health Consulting to help people achieve a pain-free life free from chronic disease. Learn more by visiting www.drjoetatta.com.Show Notes
Topics touched on during this episode:
- Tatta’s reasons behing writing “Heal Your Pain Now”
- The initial challenges of confronting chronic pain
- The connection between psychological stress and chronic pain. What is pain catastrophizing?
- The role of nutrition and our GI system when it comes to chronic inflammation
- The role of Physical Therapists in treating chronic pain. Do we have a role? How do we best approach treating chronic pain?
- Dr. Tatta’s personal history dealing with Polymorphic Light Eruption, a skin condition that led him to using cortisone, which ultimately led to chronic pain. Dr. Tatta shares this story that started his journey into studying chronic conditions.
- How nutrition and supplements have played a role in Dr. Tatta curbing his symptoms
- Tatta’s approach to taking a solid history when it comes to nutrition. What have you eaten the past 3 days?
- What is a ketogenic diet?
- Tatta’s final thoughts on the epidemic of chronic pain that we as a society are facing
- Why Philly fans > all others
- Left coast vs Right coast lifestyles
- The most important things of life
- Developing a passion for music, movement and medicine
- Music in the world of a physio’s and athletes
- What does Chris listen to while he trains?
- The 80/20 split and creating healthy habits
- Using mantra’s and self talk to get past “the wall”
- Book Plug: The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
- Where and how to find inspiration
- Read information and TALK to people from other fields
- The family lifestyle and a PT fatherhood
- Chris’s recent projects: The Runners Zone and the run cadence app
- Chris doesn’t ask much from Santa, but instead turns the tables on his interviewers
If you’re interested in learning more about Chris or how to contact or follow him, please do so at www.chrisjohnsonpt.com. On his website you’ll find his publications, the runcadence app, access to Runners Zone and tons of other great content, as well as how to follow him on twitter and Facebook.
In this episode the Knowbodies host a relaxed and insightful episode with special guest Joe Reinke, CFA. Joe, the creator of www.fitbux.com, shares some incredibly important tips on how to tackle a budget. As so many young (and more experienced…) professionals learn the value of a dollar and plan for the big and small things in life, the frugal details of what makes financial sense can sometimes get lost or overlooked. We hope all our listeners find financial freedom. Adopting a healthy budgeting mindset can help pave that journey, and that’s exactly what Joe emphasizes in this episode. To learn more about Joe, his tremendously useful and EASY website, and to view the show notes, simply keep on reading below. Enjoy!
Joseph Reinke is the CEO and founder of Fitbux, Inc. FitBUX is introducing innovative finance products and technology to the student lending industry with a specific focus on physical therapist. Joe has been in the finance industry for over a decade and is one of the few CFA Charterholders in the world who has experience in both wealth management and business valuation (globally, there are only 120,000 CFA Charterholders). He has hosted numerous live chats about student loans with SPTs across the country, presented at the California Student Conclave, appeared on podcasts, and written numerous financial blogs.
Check out our initial podcast with Joe Reinke here!
- Defining a budget and why we care
- The importance of mindset and behavior change to leverage time and money
- Quick tip to make a wedding cheaper
- Budget Formula 1: Income - expense = Discretionary income
- Budget Formula 2: Assets - debt = net worth. Take discretionary income and increase assists or decrease debt
- Defining the MODIFIABLE factors: assets; discretionary income; human capital
- The value of TIME is the MOST important budget component
- Improving income is limitless, cutting expenses is limited
- How to find out how much your time is worth
- Leveraging human capital to optimize time
- Book shout out to Benjamin Graham “Intelligent Investor”
- Good habits make good health, a good mindset makes good money
To learn more about Joe and how Fitbux can help you, please visit the following sources:
Online @ www.fitbux.com and www.fitpt.fitbux.com
Facebook @ fitbuxofficial
Twitter @ fitbuxofficial and @ fitptofficial
In this episode, we had the pleasure to chat with Erik Vance, the author of Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain's Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal
Curious about his new book? Find out more here: Suggestible You WebsiteWho is Erik?
(Taken from www.erikvance.com)
Erik Vance is a native Bay Area writer replanted in Mexico as a non-native species. Before becoming a writer he was, at turns, a biologist, a rock climbing guide, an environmental consultant, and an environmental educator.
His work focuses on the human element of science – the people who do it, those who benefit from it, and those who do not. He has written for The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, Harper’s, National Geographic, and a number of other local and national outlets.
His first book, Suggestible You, about how the mind and body continually twist and shape our realities was inspired by his feature in Discover and is available for pre-order on Amazon.Show Notes for this Episode
- The story of why Erik currently lives in Mexico City and his favorite foods to eat since moving to the DF
- The definition of "placebo" and "placebo effect"
- Can patients with Parkinson's disease be influenced by the placebo effect?
- Why are pills different colors? (Hint: It's not because they need to be different colors)
- Language and it's impact on pain
- Erik's personal experience with physical therapy
- Pain and it's potential to be influenced by placebo effects
- Can we test the impact of placebo effects in physical therapy?
- The role of empathy and our environment in treating patients
Will, Eric and Nick indulge in conversation with special guest Dr. Steve Karas to gain a worldly perspective on PT, healthcare and making a difference in peoples lives.
Steve Karas, PT, DSc, CMPT, OCS, ATC is a faculty member at Chatham University where he teaches orthopedics and the spine, and maintains consistent clinical practice. He obtained his Physical Therapy Doctorate from Andrews University along with a certification from The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). His current research includes grant-funded study of techniques and outcomes of thoracic spine manual therapy. He has presented nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Karas is a member of the AAOMPT research committee & education special interest group, a reviewer for JMMT and MT, and has contributed to the content of the APTA OCS examination.
We covered the following topics in our live sit down with Dr. Karas:
- Karas journey from an ATC to a PT
- The best thing about Ireland? Guinness, obviously. Dr. Karas shares some other highlights about studying abroad in PT school
- The constructs of international healthcare through the eyes of a PT
- ICD10 medical codes (used to describe the medical diagnosis) can really get interesting in Australia
- Magpies, kangaroos, snakes, PT, healthcare education. 1 year in the outback in a nutshell
- We compare PT in the states to PT in Australia and the possible perception of what a PT stands for in both places
- Karas provides a PT message for people all over the globe (and offers a tactful apology if anyone’s offended)
- How to promote the right activity for every person
- Talking someone out of the “bone on bone” mindset
- Old an current literature that is driving Dr. Karas’ most recent spinal research
- The “bell curve” of patients that get better and why “The N of 1” is the most important stat a PT should know
For more information about Dr. Karas and to find quality evidence, follow Dr. Karas on Research gate @ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Steve_Karas and look for his collaboration with continuing education courses.
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Bonus! After we wrapped up recording with Andrew Wade MS, RDN, LDN of Case Specific Nutrition, we managed to bend his ear for a little while longer and were fortunate enough to get it on tape as we did. In this supplement recording, we get a sneak peak into Andrew’s secret protein shake recipe and the sunregulated of foods. We also come to a conclusion on the topic of diet needs, especially for younger and female athletes and how specific considerations need to be appreciated and likely promoted with the rising number of younger athletes participating today. We venture from the norm for a while to softball some ideas for the future of food management, food shopping, and food waste. Finally, we touch on the diet requirements and utility of supplements when considering a vegetarian diet.
In this episode we are fortunate to have on the show Andrew Wade MS, RDN, LDN of Case Specific Nutrition located right here in Pittsburgh. Andrew is Pittsburgh’s formal diet and nutrition authority contributing his work via his multiple blog sites and also the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Get to know Andrew more by clicking here.
Today, The Knowbodies talk about how Andrew’s consulting and services company “Case Specific Nutrition” came to be and discuss some of the unique aspects of diet counseling that Andrew has developed from personal experience and over the years with his clients. Andrew breaks down the nuances of diet management when it comes to the mindset of the dieting individual, what makes nutritional planning effective, and some of the tools that he has developed to help clients stay on course despite hectic schedules and lifestyles.
We tackle some of the toughest questions when it comes to diet management like: How accurate are the daily calorie allowances that are advertised on common foods? How does the athlete’s diet differ from the everyday Joe? And what strategies can a work-a-holic use to help them be more regimented in their meal planning once the time crunch of the workweek starts?
Give us a listen and you may be surprised by some of the things you learn. The world of nutrition is constantly evolving and ever-present in the media so stay informed with our personal interview with the one dietitian that you need to get to know.
In this MONSTER episode we asked some of our favorite guests from this past year to answer one question: "What would your message to the class of 2016 DPT students be?"
This episode features:
- Gene Shirokobrod, PT, DPT and CEO of UpDoc Media
- Host of the TherapyInsiders Podcast
- Greg Todd, PT, and Owner of Renewal Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Clinics
- Host of The Hunt For Greatness Podcast
- Lisa Holland, PT, DPT and Private Practice Owner
- Host of Owning HER Health Podcast
- Chad Prince, PT and Inventor of the UELadder
- Author of Physical Therapy: Career and Salary Guide
- Andrew Rothschild, PT, DPT and Podcast Host
- Host of Healthcare DisruPTion Podcast
- Jeff Moore, PT, DPT and Owner of the Institute of Clinical Excellence
- Host of the PT on ICE Podcast
Hope you enjoy this episode with some amazing physical therapists!
Joseph Reinke is the CEO and founder of Fitbux, Inc. FitBUX is introducing innovative finance products and technology to the student lending industry with a specific focus on physical therapist. Joe has been in the finance industry for over a decade and is one of the few CFA Charterholders in the world who has experience in both wealth management and business valuation (globally, there are only 120,000 CFA Charterholders). He has hosted numerous live chats about student loans with SPTs across the country, presented at the California Student Conclave, appeared on podcasts, and written numerous financial blogs.
In this episode Joe and the Knowbodies discuss:
- The development and back story of Fitbux and why Joe ventured into helping PT students
- What makes the PT so unique when dealing with student loans?
- What is “human capital” and why is it so important when determining the best repayment strategies
- What technology is being used to develop the best service for students planning for their future
- What are the important numbers and loan information you will need to get your strategy progress in motion
- A special case study with real numbers in a true scenario for a recent PT grad
- The step by step process of reaching a decision based on what is important to your specific needs
- How to target which loans to repay first
- Establishing federal versus private repayment plans
- Income driven repayment versus extended loans
- When to switch from one repayment option to another or how to refinance your current strategy, especially during life events such as weddings, children, moving etc.
- What impact will student loan repayment have on starting a business
- Is there an ideal method to plan for retirement or savings when facing significant student loan debt
- How to be less stressed and in more control of your debt by implementing a Fitbux strategy
The content Joe shares is truly information that the knowbodies support and hope to share with all that could benefit from it. Student debt is not a crippling monster, it is something that takes strategy and planning and with the right advice and guidance it can be managed. To learn more about Joe and how Fitbux can help you, please visit the following sources:
Online @ www.fitbux.com and www.fitpt.fitbux.com
Facebook @ fitbuxofficial
Twitter @ fitbuxofficial and @ fitptofficial
In this episode we discuss pain science and the STAND Haiti Project with Dr. Justin Dunaway, PT, DPT, OCS. Nick and Will met first met Justin in Pittsburgh while taking one of his spinal thrust manipulation courses. Justin has an incredible way with teaching pain science and helps us break down the following topics in this episode:
- What is the STAND Haiti Project?
- Why is it important to send physical therapists to Haiti?
- Who can join the STAND Haiti mission?
- What is the difference between short-term (acute) pain and chronic pain?
- Do patients' expectation of pain influence their recovery?
- How does he help people overcome chronic pain symptoms?
- Does Justin ever get injured? (You might be suprised...and laugh...at his answer)
In this episode, we had an online happy hour with the founder of The Senior Rehab Project, Dr. Dustin Jones, PT, DPT. Dustin is a practicing physical therapist located in Kentucky and has created an incredible online community dedicated to helping older adults stay fit and functionally strong. We had a blast chatting with Dustin and hope you enjoy the tremendous value he brings to his patients in this episode.
Highlights from this episode:
- Dustin's background as a physical therapist
- How Dustin approaches older adults as athletes
- Strengthening comes in many forms and how beliefs play a vital role in strategies for strength training
- Is anyone too old to strength train and see gains in strength?
- Signs to look for in your aging family members and friends who might be prone to falls from not having enough strength
- Dustin's thoughts on how to change the environment and community to be more proactive in addressing our aging society
Dr. Erin Williams-Hatala
In this episode the Knowbodies were extremely excited to learn from Dr. Hatala about the Human hand, her involvement as a researcher and her captivating perspective on the evolution of human behavior that has molded the adaptations our hands poses today. In this podcast you we explore the following topics:
- The curious transition into a career in Hominid Paleobiology (and how easily that title rolls off Dr. Hatala’s tongue)
- The fascinating theories of human evolution and the impact our ancestor’s behavior had on forging the bodies we have now
- What does the original and current research suggest our hands are intended for?
- We discuss theories supporting the importance of our hands and the anatomical significance of how different wed be without them
- How do male crabs impress the ladies?
- Is there potential for the hand to continue to evolve given our modernized lifestyles
- Why cant a chimp win the prize at a carnival ball toss? Can chimps throw better or worse then humans?
Dr. Hatala’s BIOGRAPHY
I was born in Ann Arbor, MI and lived there through high school. I moved to Grinnell, IA to attend Grinnell College where I studied Anthropology and Archaeology. In 2005 I joined the Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program in The George Washington University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, in Washington, DC. I received a Masters in Anthropology in 2007, a MPhil in Hominid Paleobiology in 2009, and a PhD in the same discipline in 2011. My dissertation and research as a NSF and L’Oreal USA for Women in Science postdoctoral fellow focused on human functional anatomy, the influence of biomechanical regiments on the evolution of human upper limb anatomy, and the biomechanics of making and using Paleolithic tools. I am very excited about beginning a new phase of research with a group of international collaborators, investigating the anatomy, functional anatomy, and biomechanics of (mainly tool-using) non-human primates.
- Williams-Hatala, EM; Hatala, KG, Hiles, S, Rabey, KN. “A lack of correspondence between entheseal morphology and muscle architecture in the modern human hand. In review, Scientific Reports.
- 2014 Williams, EM; Gordon, AD; Richmond, BG.
- 2012 Williams, EM; Gordon, AD; Richmond, BG. “Hand pressure distribution during Oldowan stone tool production.” Journal of Human Evolution 62:520-532.
- 2010 Williams, EM; Gordon, AD; Richmond, BG. “Upper limb kinematics and the role of the wrist during stone tool production.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143:134-145.
Williams-Hatala, EM. “Biomechanics of the human hand: from stone tools to computer keyboards.” in The Evolution of the Primate Hand: Perspectives from Anatomical, Developmental, Functional and Paleontological Evidence. Kivell, TL; Lemelin, P; Richmond, BG; and Schmitt, D (eds). Springer, New York, NY. In press
In this roundtable discussion, The Knowbodies reflect on our recent podcast with Dr. Erin Williams-Hatala on the evolutionary significance of the human hand and how specific adaptations may have paved the way for the development of the modern human. Among other tangents, the conversation covers thoughts on common pathologies related to recent technology trends, self- assessment to prevent overuse injury, and sneak peaks into some upcoming interview candidates.
In this episode, the Knowbodies learn about neurological therapy and how it breaks the mold from the conventional thoughts of physical therapy. Where does neuro-therapy fit in to the rehab process and what sorts of patients can best utilize this sort of therapy?
Mike shares with us some stories of his unique relationships with patients that are coping with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.
“Community-based” therapy settings have grown into a large part of the medical management for progressive neurological conditions. These communal activities not only tackle patient impairments and goal setting head on, but also provide patients with a support system and resources for sharing their experiences that have proven to be effective for helping patient cope with the disease process. The knowbodies push the issue of how a physical therapist can act as a conduit for connecting patients with resources and compatible social networks in order to improve their experience and mental constitution.
Mike is an accredited clinician of LSVT BIG, a dedicated exercise program designed to maximize the functional movement potential of patients with parkinsonian symptoms by emphasizing large and exaggerated movements in an organized protocol. This program helps to counter the common symptom progression of many patients and allows them to maintain active lifestyles and continue to enjoy physical pastimes.
Because of the emerging evidence, community outreach, and increasing access to information for patients, neurological therapies are one of the fastest growing fields of healthcare. As the complex healthcare system continues to evolve with our aging population, neuro- therapy offers endless options to enhance patient care and develop creative outlets for aspiring therapists interested in combatting neurological movement disorders and becoming a part of the neuro- community!
Mike's Self-Written Bio:
Graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a BS in rehab science and Certificate in Pathokinesiology. Continued On the DPT curriculum at Chatham University graduating in 2012. From undergraduate studies through PT school I worked as a rehabilitation aide in a variety of healthcare settings which is what really sparked my interests in musculoskeletal and neurological physical therapy. I began as a float physical therapist with a local outpatient company and within the company I began to see the influx of neurological patients that were not receiving neurological geared treatment. I was able to initiate community based educational sessions for the neurological population and subsequently an opportunity arose for me to switch gears and accept a position with a local hospital-based outpatient facility. Here I was able to expand my knowledge and treatment styles with musculoskeletal and neurological clients. Over the course of the first year, I became more interested with the neurological facet and started to reach out to this population and helped initiate some great programs for individuals with neurological impairment. Now, over 2 years later, I am seeing roughly a 60-40 neuromuscular to musculoskeletal client ratio which has been exciting and beneficial to those in the area of our facility.
Mike’s contact info:
In this episode with Dr. Hauser we discuss the following subjects:
- What are dry eyes? Who has it and why? What are signs and symptoms?
- Is poorer eye health preventable or treatable?
- How you can help your eye’s performance in a blink of an eye
- What risks we can manage in day to day living to give our eyes a break, even when their closed
- The effects of contacts on our eyes health
- How to manage the good and bad days to keep a passion project moving in the right direction
Dr. Whitney Hauser received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry.
Prior to joining the SCO faculty, Dr. Hauser served as Clinical Director for an ophthalmology referral center in Memphis, Tennessee. During her ten years of practice, she not only served the needs of patients but also acted as research coordinator. Dr. Hauser co-authored several articles with a focus on the management and treatment of Dry Eye Disease. Dr. Hauser acted as adjunct faculty member at Southern College of Optometry from 2008-2013. Her areas of professional interest include Dry Eye Disease, surgical co-management, anterior segment disease and ocular nutrition.
Have you ever wondered what really happens when you "crack" your knuckles, back, or neck? We brought in special guest, Dr. Jeff Moore, PT, who teaches fellow physical therapists how to manipulate, or "crack", the spine. In this episode he breaks down:
- What is going on when our spine "cracks"?
- Does the sound matter?
- Is cracking our knuckles, back, or neck a bad thing?
- Cracking necks can affect headaches???
- Why does it matter if someone else cracks my spine when I can do it myself?
- Jeff's personal insights and the drive behind his infectious passion for reducing individuals' pain and disability
The third installment to our mini series on leadership entails an awesome video chat between the Knowbodies and Gene Shirokobrod. What a great experience it was to have a down to earth conversation with a guy who has carved such a prolific path on social media and motivated us to share his work.
Bio: Dr. Gene Shirokobrod is a physical therapist guided by entrepreneurial passion. He is the CEO of Verve LLC, who along with his business partner Corey Fleischer, developed and created arc. In 2014, arc was successfully funded on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, raising over $30k in 40 days. After the launch of arc, Dr. Gene and Corey had the great experience of auditioning for Shark Tank. They made it through round 1 and being called to move on to round 2.
While working as a full time clinician, Dr. Gene started a podcast called Therapy Insiders. What started out as a fun hobby, quickly grew into a serious endeavor. Therapy Insiders steadily gained listeners and followers, eventually reaching #1 Medical Podcast on iTunes. Due to the success of Therapy Insiders, Dr. Gene co-founded UpDoc Media, a company focused on producing high quality custom content and digital marketing for healthcare companies. UpDoc media launched with 4 podcasts, focusing on business, fitness, running and of course medicine. UpDoc media is focused on providing "content you NEED to know, that is delivered with clinical precision."
Dr. Shirokobrod is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy, which is also where he received his doctorate degree. When not focusing on growing his companies, he is chasing his son Aaron (toddler) with the help of his wife Jaimie.
“Greg Todd is the co-owner of Renewal Rehabilitation in Wesley Chapel and Hyde Park. He graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Therapy, and received his strength and conditioning certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2000. He has over 15 years of experience in outpatient physical therapy. Greg is a board certified orthopedic certified specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association, and has served as the official physical therapist for Saddlebrook Tennis and Golf Resorts for the past 10 years. He also works as a consultant for professional tennis players on the ATP and WTA tour. Greg is also an avid runner, and has completed four marathons, seven half-marathons, and numerous 5k races.
Check out the following sample topics of our amazing discussion with Greg
Introduction with the one and only Greg Todd: A PT, entrepreneur, consultant, teacher and family man who has created a unique and envious lifestyle, and whose willing to help others earn theirs.
The driving factors to initiate self-improvement and what it takes to create a truly autonomous career.
The real story of starting out as a clinician and the transformation of going from an ambitious new grad to a business owner.
Greg shares his passion for PT and describes how he found his purpose in the field.
A day in the life of a successful clinic owner and the impact you can have on a community even when you’re not treating.
Mentorship: when, where, and how to find it and how to maximize your potential by using this underutilized resource.
Taking a step back and looking at PT as an experience and not just a visit with another healthcare provider.
Greg identifies what he thinks is the #1 factor to help someone improve their health that so many practitioners seem to be missing. He also dishes up advice to get this aspect of our practice back on track.
Vision, hearing or speaking? Greg offers his perspective on what makes him a better clinician based on just one of these forms of communication.
The hypothetical Greg Todd school of PT: What are the most important things that Greg would jam into a school curriculum to better prepare new grads for their careers. He defines marketing, specialization and business management practices and why we need to expand our understanding of these subjects to thrive.
Greg comments on what has changed in the healthcare and PT market in the past 15 years and shares what influences will continue to mold the landscape for the PT field.
The importance of being a good role model: What’s easy and difficult about maintaining a positive image and Greg’s personal experience establishing himself under the microscope.
Exercise is important and there’s no refuting the evidence supporting its use. What skills should a PT have to maximize their role as a proponent for exercise?
Self-reflection: What should a new or seasoned PT ponder in order to be happy? “Who do you want to serve?”
PLEASE check out Gregg’s amazing content on the following platforms. Subscribe, watch, read and absorb what he has to offer.
Gregtoddpt.com – Consulting and practice website including blogs, videos and podcasts and products.
@gregtoddPT for twitter, instagram
gtpt77 for snapchat
gregtoddtv.com – several great online courses
smart success PT – seasonal courses for continued and new education
youtube channel which several HUNDRED videos: youtube.com/greggtoddpt
Meet Dr. Andrew Rothschild, PT, DPT. Andrew is a 2006 graduate of VCU’s Medical College of Virginia with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2008 and received his manual therapy certification from the Ola Grimsby Institute in 2010. He went on to complete Manual Therapy Residency and Fellowship training through the Ola Grimsby institute in 2011 and 2012 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2013.
Topics discussed in this episode:
- Are we in the patient service or customer service business?
- Keys to successful customer service in a healthcare field
- The role of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in practice
- How Andrew sees the future of healthcare shifting in the next 5 to 10 years
- Personal Development and why it is critical for everyone
This week's guest is Mike Eseinhart, PT. Eric and Nick had the incredibly chance to sit down in person with Mike while he was stopping through Pittsburgh. We are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Mike one-on-one and learn from his passionate views on health and wellness.
You can follow Mike on Twitter here: @mikeeisenhart and here: @FreeTheYoke - You can also learn more about Mike's company Pro-Activity Associates through their website here: Pro-Activity Associates and through Twitter here: @Pro_Activity
Who is Mike Eisenhart, PT? A lot of people in the physical therapy world will already know the answer to that question. If you are new to hearing about Mike, here is a glimpse of his biography from his company's website: Pro-Activity.com
"Mike Eisenhart is a leader in the physical therapy profession having held posts at the local, state and national levels for the American Physical Therapy association, the nation’s largest professional association for physical therapists including the role of President of the association’s NJ chapter from 2015 to 2017. In addition, as one of the profession’s top innovators, formally recognized in 2013 for work done on Pro-Activity’s Prevention Model, which he pioneered initially in 1999, Mike has written extensively ranging from blogs and trade journals to more formal peer-reviewed publications. His most recent formal work was the chapter “Work Injury Prevention and Management: The Role of the Physical Therapist in Injury Reduction/Prevention and Workforce Wellness” in 2014, on behalf of the national Orthopedic Section of the APTA."
Here are a sample of the questions we dive into in this episode:
- Introduction of Mike Eisenhart, Co-owner of Pro-activity Associates, President of APTA NJ division, resounding activist for the progression of physical therapy
- How does Pro-activity approach patient care in ways that traditional Physical therapy/ fitness coaching do not?
- What barriers must the entrepreneur observe and overcome when considering starting their own business?
- What resources did Mike utilize when learning to run his company and some of Mike’s best recommendations for our listeners.
- “The patient experience” as described my Mike and understanding personal health as an asset and not for granted.
- Classical business marketing vs. promoting your brand through results and self-evaluation.
- #Freetheyoke What is the message and what can we do to promote the mission to change healthcare and re-visit the contemporary perception of chronic disease.
With the Ryder Cup happening this weekend, we thought it was a good time to have a conversation about the world's most insufferable game, golf. We love golf. We are terrible at playing it, but we still love to get out there and play, even if we have to curse our way through 18 holes. All that joy and frustration got us thinking: Will Tiger Woods win another major? What are the most common injuries that plague golfers? What can the casual golfer do to keep from getting injured?
The answers to our questions were graciously answered by our guest this week, Golf Physical Therapist, Ian Manning. Ian is the owner of Orthocore Physical Therapy in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and is certified through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) to treat golf related injuries and to improve golf performance. He also is certified to use Dry Needling in his practice and during this episode, Ian gives us a little history about Dry Needling as well as the process he goes through to determine if someone would benefit from it.
Here is some of Ian's background and training, taken from his Orthocore Physical Therapy wesbite:
Ian Manning graduated with his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2004. Ian has always worked with orthopedic based injuries. Starting in school with his co-op/clinical rotations leading into his professional career as a PT. He is constantly working to continue his education through course work and staying current with research. Ian is certified through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) to treat golf related injuries and to improve golf performance. Please visit our Golf Performance and Rehabilitation section for more information.
Follow Ian on his various social media platforms:
Facebook: Orthocore Physical Therapy
LinkedIn: Ian Manning, PT
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In this week's episode, we had the fortune of speaking with Dr. Lisa Holland, PT, DPT. Lisa was so kind to take time out of her busy schedule as a physical therapist and as the "Belly Guru" to share her story with us.
A little bit about who Lisa is:
Dr. Lisa Holland is a Doctor of Physical Therapy that utilizes an integrated approach to her work. With over 22 years of experience within the fields of physical rehabilitation, fitness and sports medicine, she has focused the last decade on mind body healing of pain and the strategic use of classical yoga, lifestyle support and health coaching. For the past 11 years, her company Belly Guru LLC has offered a variety of cash based, primary care women's health services in a flexible private practice model that now includes professional mentoring and an online training center. Lisa embodies the opportunity physical therapists have to expand the profession into regularly helping people overcome the biopsychosocial disability brought on by detrimental stress, unhealthy behaviors and persistent pain.
In this episode we hit on these topics:
- How Lisa became known as the "Belly Guru"
- Her transition from Athletic Training to Physical Therapy
- What yoga means to Lisa and her life and how it translates to healthcare
- Why Lisa "might not be the PT for you" and why she's perfectly fine with that
- How self-awareness has made Lisa stand out and has sparked her business career
- Advice for future and fresh out of school Physical Therapists (and healthcare students in general)
This week we sat down with Ben Musholt, a physical therapist by trade, parkour athlete when not working, former America Ninja Warrior participant, and author of Parkour Strength Training: Overcome Obstacles for Fun and Fitness and Mad Skills Exercise Encyclopedia: The World's Largest Illustrated Exercise Encyclopedia.
In this episode we tackle a lot, including:
- Ben's background as a physical therapist and his childhood as a "constant mover"
- Why we should all continue to "play" as we age
- Ben's thoughts on why we as a society "workout" inside now, instead of "play" outside
- Ben's definition of parkour and his perspective on the role of functional movement across the lifespan
- Twitter follower questions, including Ben's 5 favorite bodyweight exercises, how to treat hypo- and hyper-mobile patients, and how to get clients with chronic pain past their fear of movement
- Ben's advice for his younger self and for people starting out in their careers
In this episode, the Knowbodies interview Mike Yaremko, NASM master trainer, goalie coach for West Virginia men’s ice hockey team as well as the Shane Clifford Goalie School, and owner of Yaremko SPT personal training service. Mike takes time to explain his unorthodox path to become a personal trainer and corrective exercise expert. His title as a master trainer within the National Academy of Sports Medicine has helped him explore his role as an exercise specialist while his background in competitive hockey has taught him how to be a better coach, student, and companion to his clients as they grow as athletes and build healthy lifestyles.
This week I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Chad Prince, PT, MPT. We hit on a ton of great topics in this episode, ranging from how to negotiate for the salary you want, why your clinical experience can trump current evidence, a little college football, and how important taking action is for anyone, but new grads in particular. Chad is a licensed physical therapist who now works on the administrative side of healthcare. He is also the inventor of the UELadder, an over-the-door finger ladder for your home. In the world of physical therapy, Chad may be best known for authoring, Physical Therapy Career & Salary Guide: Avoid the Income Ceiling and Put Your Career in the FASTLANE.
Nick and Eric had the amazing opportunity this past week to sit down and chat with Dr. Ryan Smith, PT, DPT, ATC. Who is Dr. Ryan Smith? Well first off, he's an incredibly nice and down-to-earth guy. He also is one of the few people we know who started his own practice (uMove Physiotherapy and Performance) right out of graduating from physical therapy school. We were incredibly grateful for his time and the knowledge he shared with us during this interview. Today’s podcast content includes: -Taking the leap into cash based practice- the experiences behind the decision -The value of mentorship and proactive networking to get the most out of everything -What is missing from PT school education and how to go about getting it -Ryan’s management and motivation to overcome challenges as a new grad and business owner -What’s the future for a new start-up private PT practice in Columbus, Ohio -Advice for the current PT student on how to develop a professional career now -Ryan’s perspective on what makes a great new hire in the PT field
We had the pleasure of sitting down with physiotherapists Susan Clinton and Antony Lo for this week's edition of Two Knowbodies Talking. This was our first "destination" podcast in that Eric and I traveled out to Dr. Clinton's clinic: Embody Physiotherapy and Wellness in Sewickley, PA. Antony, based out of Sydney, Australia, had come to Pittsburgh to teach a continuing education course with Susan and we were lucky enough to connect with both of them the night before their course began. In this episode we hit on: -Pelvic health for the general public -Pelvic health for the high level athlete -The importance of screening and history taking with a person you may -suspect have a pelvic health issue -Accepting that results are happening, but challenging the "why" behind them happening -The importance of building trust with patients and how to empower them
On this episode, we ask Neuroscientist Dr. David Fraser, Ph.D., do we have control over what we crave to eat? Enjoy this podcast as Dr. Fraser explains how the bacteria in our gut might be dictating our levels of anxiety and depression, what we crave to eat, and if it could potentially be linked with Autism.
In this episode we speak with Dr. Joseph Brence, PT, DPT about what is pain and how can we as a society break away from our culture of pharmaceutical use to control pain. Dr. Brence has published numerous articles on the neurophysiology of pain and is currently a professor at Duquense University.
We're pumped to share the incredible app #CharityMiles and #WoofTrax with you guys! Instead of collecting pokémons, you can use all your steps and miles walking or biking as donations to the charity of your choice. Or a pet in need. For free! Well, at the cost of you moving your body!
This week's episode is dedicated to all things Go! We touch on the internet's hottest topic, Pokémon Go and how it is playing a role in getting people outside and walking. We then dive into how one can stay active outside while the weather is nice or if they just can't stand being at the gym!
In this episode, we sit down with Josh Hutton, MS in Neuroscience. He is an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Cadaver Dissection at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Josh has a background working in infectious disease research at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is also a former instructor of Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences at Johns Hopkins University: Center for Talented Youth. We dive into what translational medicine is and how it will play a role in healthcare moving forward. We also discuss how the media has an influential role in research and how we as a public access our health information. Enjoy this episode as Josh breaks down one of the hottest topics in health and wellness.
This week we debunk myths about health and aging. We discuss how our aging population is transforming our society and the role health and wellness will play into caring for those reaching an older age.
On this episode, we dive into the pros and cons of 24/7 cell phone use. From how it affects our posture to how it's helping people keep track of their own fitness and health, phones are everywhere and aren't going anywhere. We discuss tips on how to be conscious of your posture when on the phone and how you can be using your phone to monitor your own health.
On this podcast, we discuss the perils of prolonged sitting and where we are headed as a society to try and combat the negative consequences of a more sedentary life.
This episode is dedicated to the marathon. Both the running event and the marathon that is life! We talk about how to stay motivated throughout the process of training for the big day as well as a conversation about goal setting.