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Two Knowbodies Talking

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.

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#PTedition - Preparing for the NPTE with Dr. Will Crane

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


14 Apr 2017

Rank #1

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Snap, Crack, Pop with Dr. Jeff Moore

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 


26 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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A Positive Perspective To Help The Stressed Or Depressed Student

“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.” Show Notes: 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! Twitter: @RyanSmith_DPT Facebook: @uMovePhysio Instagram: @uMovePhysio


8 Feb 2017

Rank #3

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First Months On The Job

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. 


16 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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Beyond The Evidence & Fighting Frustrations As A New Grad

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!


9 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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From New Grad to the Sports Rehab Expert with Greg Schaible

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: https://www.sportsrehabexpert.com/


1 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Standing Up to Student Loans with Joe Reinke CFA, CEO of FiTBUX

Show Notes: 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

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14 Dec 2016

Rank #7

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Exercise Programming and Self-Development with Dr. Andy Galpin

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

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28 Jun 2017

Rank #8

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Tackling Concussions Head On with Dr. Bara Alsalaheen, PT, PhD

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: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bara_Alsalaheen


21 Jun 2017

Rank #9

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I Checked Myself Into A Psych Unit

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


13 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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The State of The (PT) Union Address with Jerry Durham

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!


27 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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What Physical Therapists in 2018 Need To Be Doing with Greg Todd

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! Follow Greg on social at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mentorwithgreg/ https://twitter.com/GregToddPT


6 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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Breath Better with Eric Christensen, PT

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 You can download the first two chapters for FREE at chandlerpt.net/breathbetter    The book is also free for the first few days when its released, stay tuned to get your copy in the summer of 2017!   Check out Eric's new book and follow what he's up to at: Instagram: @Chandler_PT Facebook: Chandler Physical Therapy Twitter: chandler_PT Email: chandlerphysicaltherapy@gmail.com


5 Jul 2017

Rank #13

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Making Sense of Chronic Pain with Dr. Joe Tatta

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 Follow Dr. Joe Tatta on Social Media Twitter: @DrJoeTatta Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrJoeTatta/


1 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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Alzheimer's, The Immune System, & Neurological Disorders with Dr. Brian Leung

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: @OfFliesandMen


5 Jul 2018

Rank #15

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How To Grow Your Income With Home Health Contracting With Bert De Vera, PT

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! 


4 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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The Psychology of Health Behaviors featuring Dr. Elliot Berkman

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. -Check out the SANLab website here Show Notes: 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/


25 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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Diving Into Sleep With Dr. Michael Breus

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. Show Notes: 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


5 Apr 2017

Rank #18

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Knocking Out Stress with Dr. Phil Carson of The Feeling Good Podcast

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 -The Knowbodies


7 Jun 2017

Rank #19

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Mike Eisenhart - Prevention Model and #FreeTheYoke

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.


10 Oct 2016

Rank #20