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Patient Gleefully (and Carefully) Takes Stairs post Stroke
On April 17th, 2019, Paul had a stroke. “I was told that I could be bedridden and may not be able to walk, talk, or swallow normally again. Since I started therapy at PT Solutions, I am now able to walk with a cane, do stairs with assistance, move my right hand and arm more, communicate verbally with single words and short phrases, effectively use my speech generating device to help communicate with others, and take care of my daily needs more independently,” Paul said.
Recently, (as seen in the video above) Paul conquered the stairs! It was a huge moment for Paul and his therapy team. “When he first took the stairs, I got choked up. He is such an awesome person with an amazing support system. Everyone wants to see Paul succeed,” Ashley Gilstrap, Clinic Director at Shawnee Mission said. Andrea Berry, Speech-Language Pathologist, added, “It’s so rewarding to see the progress and the positive impact that I can have. Paul is probably the hardest working person I know.”
Paul graduated from physical therapy last week but continues to be seen by his occupational and speech therapists. “I love the whole team at PT Solutions and have had an excellent experience. Everyone greets me and makes me feel welcomed. My physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapist have really helped me on my journey to recovery. I can tell that they love what they do and truly care,” Paul said.
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California Lunch Bunch Begins Weekly Tradition
It started a little over a month ago when Jonathan Gill, Senior Clinic Director, bought lunch for his Lodi, California team. “It felt like everybody had been holding their breath since the start of the pandemic and when you share a meal together, it allows people to have a moment of restoration,” Jon said. The meal was well received, and it made Jon happy that he could do something for his team.
“Our first Friday lunch together was a morale boost for the team and provided a distraction from all of the discussions being had about our current climate,” Preston Caldwell, Clinic Office Manager and Physician Liaison, said. The next week, the team wanted to do it again and a weekly ritual began. Organically, team members started volunteering to get lunch. The Lodi teammates are supporting local businesses purchasing sandwiches, burritos, and pizza for each other. (Mountain Mike’s is their favorite local pizza joint.)
However, besides the fact that we all love and need food, this lunch is providing emotional nourishment as well. “This has become a time for us to gather as a team, share funny stories from the week, and discuss the new ways we are finding to spend our time outside of work,” Preston said. “These weekly lunches have given us the time and venue to truly build our cohesiveness,” Jon added.
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National Education Coordinator Wins APTA Outstanding Resident Award
Congratulations to Lindsay Walston, PT, DPT, NCS, OCS, for being the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Physical Therapist Resident Award presented by the APTA!
Lindsay, PT Solutions’ Neurologic Residency Director and National Education Coordinator was nominated by PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency faculty. This year’s award ceremony was scheduled to take place in June at the APTA NEXT Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, but has been tentatively rescheduled due to COVID-19.
Lindsay said that the whole experience has been a great honor and a humbling experience, “First and foremost, I would like to thank my husband, Zach, and the rest of my family for their unwavering support throughout my career as a physical therapist. I would like to thank the PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency faculty for their nomination and for the significant and ever-present impact they have had on me as a clinician. In addition, I am grateful for our fearless leader and CEO, Dale Yake, who constantly pushes me out of my comfort zone and entrusts me with the development of multiple programs within the practice. Finally, I would like to thank my Emory DPT professors and the Emory Neurologic Residency faculty for creating a strong foundation to my education and early career. The mentorship and support I have received from each of these individuals has been the driver behind my success and the reason I am here today.”
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