The authors behind the Top Physical Therapy Blogs of 2019 are so knowledgeable and have a lot to teach us about life in physical therapy. As we compiled the list of blogs, we had many questions for these authors about how they got to where they are, their thoughts on the PT profession, and their advice for newcomers to the field. To answer some of our questions, we will be interviewing many of these amazing professionals over the next several months. You will be able to find all of the interviews here:
Dr. Rebecca Talmud, PT, DPT is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and the owner of Dinosaur Physical Therapy based in Washington DC. She is passionate about the field of Pediatric PT and writes a blog with helpful tips for families & healthcare professionals alike! When she is not having fun at work, she enjoys spending time with her incredible husband, Rory, her wonderful son, Abe, & her pup, Roosevelt.
Doctor Jo is a licensed PT and a DPT. She graduated from the University of South Carolina Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr. Jo has worked in many settings and with patients ranging in ages from 1 to 92, including NFL athletes and great-great-grandmothers. She runs the popular “Ask Doctor Jo” website, where she exposes as many people as possible to the benefits of physical therapy, especially those who don’t have access to adequate healthcare. Ask Doctor Jo has hundreds of thousands of subscribers on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media channels.
Mindy is a paediatric physiotherapist who is completing her PhD through the University of Otago Medical School Research, Teaching and Rehabilitation Unit, with a focus on using available technology to support parents in managing home therapy programmes for their children with cerebral palsy. She obtained her masters in child health and neurodevelopment in South Africa in 2010 focusing on the early detection of developmental delay in at-risk infants.
Dr. Joni Redlich is the owner of Kid PT, a pediatric therapy practice based in Somerville, NJ. She and her team also blog at KidPT.com. Joni has focused on using children’s strengths, curiosities and learning styles to help them meet their goals. She focuses on the whole child and believes that every child has unlimited potential. The amazing kids she has worked with have taught her more than she could ever teach them! Joni is Total Motion Release (TMR)-Tots & Teens certified and combines TMR, NDT and vestibular rehab approaches when working with children of all ages.
The Student Physical Therapist is three person run educational company whose mission is to challenge sports and orthopedic physical therapists to become clinical experts by providing residency level education. Our founders are Brian Schwabe, PT, DPT, SCS, Chris Fox, PT, DPT, OCS, and Jim Heafner, PT, DPT, OCS who all graduated from Saint Louis University in 2013.
Mary Evans, PT, DPT, MS is Chief Physical Therapist, at the Emerson Hospital Clough Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Therapies. There she is supervisor of the pediatric service line, including the Emerson Scoliosis Clinic. She treats a wide variety of pediatric patients with a focus on scoliosis.
Katie is a travel physical therapist who has a passion for working in pediatrics. She graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of Maryland Eastern Shore in September 2018, and has been traveling as a new grad since December 2018. She was born and raised in California, and has only accepted travel positions in California so far, however has dreams of working in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. After work, you can find her pursuing her hobbies of rock climbing, hiking, camping, photography, painting, and eating cookies.
Breanna Spain is a second-year physical therapy student at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science. After graduating, she worked as a physical therapy technician for a year with the majority of her clinical experiences/exposure taking place in outpatient settings.
Tom is Clinical Lead at The Physio Rooms, a keen runner, and creator of Running-Physio.com. His work has gained a worldwide audience and has been featured in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Runner’s World and Men’s Running UK. Tom remains an active clinician and believes in the importance of translating research findings into effective treatments for our patients. He’s recently published a narrative review paper on Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (Goom et al. 2016) and is part of a team developing guidelines on returning to running after pregnancy.
Todd Hargrove is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Rolfer living and practicing in Seattle. He writes a blog at BetterMovement.org, and is the author of two popular books about movement and pain: A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain and Playing With Movement: How to Explore the Many Dimensions of Physical Performance and Health.