As of May 18th, we, along with the rest of the Saint Louis University PT Class of 2013, received our DPTs. Congratulations to the recent graduates from other PT schools as well! We thought we'd take some time to discuss the upcoming plans for ourselves and the site, as we do plan to continue the development of the website with some exciting upcoming features. First, an update for where each of us will be heading off to now that we've finished PT school. Jim accepted a position in Harris Health System's Orthopaedic Residency in Houston, TX that begins in late August. Chris accepted a position in Scottsdale Healthcare's Orthopaedic Residency in Scottsdale, AZ that begins at the end of July. Brian accepted a position in University of Southern California's Sports Residency in Los Angeles, CA that begins in August. With all that we expect to learn from our residencies, we hope to bring some of that to you all through one of our additions to the website. Now that we have graduated, we tossed around the idea of changing the name of the website for awhile but decided to keep the current name. A lot of our information does cater to students, but we hope that clinicians with various levels of experience find benefit in it as well. In reality, with the push for evidence-based practice and continuing education, we should be "students" of physical therapy for our entire careers. Now check out some upcoming additions to the website:
As the profession continues to advance, there is an increasing push for the pursuit of residencies from various directions. With this section of the website, we will be bringing you updates on the content/curriculum of our residencies, along with some interesting techniques and information that we learn. Since the three of us will be attending different residencies, we hope to bring you three different perspectives of what residencies can offer. Hopefully, this will give you some more insight as to whether or not a residency is right for you!
We have found that one of the most useful aspects of physical therapy blogs is a section like Case of the Week by The Manual Therapist, in our opinion. The step-by-step process that displays the clinical reasoning in managing each patient's case is extremely useful for developing the understanding of the transition from subjective history to objective exam to evaluation to plan of care and so on. Hopefully we can transition some of the guidance we will be getting through our mentors to you all, so that you can gain a new perspective on care.
We have received multiple requests from some of you on becoming involved with our website. We love to see the excitement and passion for physical therapy! Well, with our upcoming additions, you will have the chance to contribute. In general, we will be looking for a post on the Guest page every 2-4 weeks. The author would review some material they found interesting and write up a post, along with a short bio and picture. They would then submit it to us, where we will edit grammar and such (in case that's an issue!). We will not alter the content as we recognize there is benefit to discussion of controversial material. We might attach a reflection of the post in order to help facilitate some of that discussion, but the post submitted to us will remain unchanged (apart from any grammatical/spelling errors). If you would like to contribute, shoot us an email!
James Heafner PT, DPT, OCS:
Owner and lead physical therapist at Heafner Health, cash-based physical therapy in Boulder, CO. Areas of expertise include orthopedic and manual therapy, functional movement, pain science, and movement science.
In May 2013, I earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. After graduating from the Harris Health Systems Orthopedic Residency in October 2014, I moved to Boulder, CO. Since living in Boulder, I have started my own cash-based PT practice, earned my OCS certification, and teach for the OPTIM Fellowship and COMT program in Houston TX and Scottsdale, AZ.
Chris Fox PT, DPT, OCS: Physical therapist at Foothills Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy in Scottsdale, AZ and regularly lectures at the Phoenix Campus for NAU's DPT program and for Optim Manual Therapy's COMT program. Completed multiple advanced manual therapy courses implementing aspects of biomechanical analysis. He received his DPT from Saint Louis University in 2013. Completed Scottsdale Healthcare's Orthopaedic Residency (now Honor Health) in July 2014. He became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist in 2015. Level I Expert in FMS and SFMA , Kinetacore FDN Level 1 certification, and IASTM Technique course completion. He would like to pursue further education in McKenzie Technique, Dry Needling, Strength & Conditioning, Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy.
Brian Schwabe PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS:
- Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist (SCS) at Elite OrthoSport in Santa Monica, CA which specializes in treating collegiate/professional athletes and clientele from the Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica areas.
- USC Sports Residency Trained Physical Therapist (<1% of all PT's residency trained)
- DPT from Saint Louis University
- Future plans/interest include:
1. USAW, SFMA & Catapult Systems technology for NBA teams
2. Pursuing a position as a sports physical therapist &/or Strength coach for a Division 1 athletic medicine department or professional sport team.
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