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Three Voices at the Table

In a fascinating, creative account, Tania Riske, MS/CCC-SLP, and CeCelia Zorn, PhD, RN let the voices of a patient, his wife, and his speech/language pathologist describe the challenges, small triumphs, and human connections involved in the treatment of primary progressive aphasia—a rare neurological disease that causes the total loss of speech.

Eye Spy for Physical Therapy Graduate Education

Cindy B. Dodds, PT, PhD, PCS and colleagues describe how their successful pilot program took physical therapy students out of the university setting and into a local art museum for a unique experience of observation using visual thinking strategies.

Profiles in Professionalism – Interview with Laura Lee (Dolly) Swisher, PT, PhD, MDiv, FNAP, FAPTA

November 8, 2018 . by Melissa McCune, DPT
Profiles in Professionalism: Interview with Laura Lee (Dolly) Swisher, PT, PhD, MDiv, FNAP, FAPTA Download the article (pdf) [...]

Life Transformed Through Movement

A photograph, a memory of the sound of wind in the trees, of a chill in the air, invoke a personal reflection of a life focused on movement and care. In her delicate poem, Kathryn Zalewski, PT, PhD, MPA,uses Gregg Fuhrman, MPT, OCS, CFMT, CMTPT’s image to guide her description of life as a physical therapist, a mother, and a teacher — in whispers.

How Art Embodies Story: An Exploration of Basquiat Through a Physically Integrated Dance Performance

May 7, 2020 . by Melissa McCune, DPT

Melissa McCune reports on a recent dance project of Full Radius Dance—a company that integrates disabled and non-disabled dancers—which interpreted the works of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. As a child, Basquiat experienced a debilitating injury that greatly influenced his art. Encountering groundbreaking works such as these, McCune explains, can help clinicians look beyond basic anatomy to see the “layered nature” of pain and disability.

Spring 2020 Resources

May 7, 2020 . by Amber Baas
Spring 2020 ResourcesBy Amber Baas Download the article (pdf) What We’re Watching How Doctors Can Help Low-Income Patients [...]

Toward True Equity: A Call for Further Revisions to the ADA

May 7, 2020 . by Jamie Fleshman

In a timely and important editorial, Jamie Fleshman, SPT calls for new amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act. She identifies a critical contributor to American disability: the continued inaccessibility of public spaces. Attention must be drawn, she argues, to an American infrastructure that has been constructed for “a certain set of abilities,” and is profoundly outdated.

Dynamic Autonomy in Chronic Pain Management: Frida Kahlo Illustrates

As today’s healthcare professionals struggle to address the challenges of chronic-pain management, Debra Gorman-Badar argues that current multidisciplinary programs are missing a crucial component: an updated conception of patient autonomy. She details how expressive therapies help patients integrate their chronic-pain experiences into their lives and promote healing self-knowledge—as Frida Kahlo did through her remarkable paintings.

More than the Sum of his Symptoms

February 1, 2014 . by Allison Nogi, PT, DPT
More than the Sum of his SymptomsBy Allison Nogi Download the article (pdf) I reviewed Mr. Jones’s chart [...]

Context is Everything

February 1, 2015 . by Rebecca Gene Crockett
Context is EverythingBy Rebecca Gene Crockett “If she were in the United States, things would be better for [...]

Enough Said

Enough SaidBy Keenan Whitesides, PT, DPT, NCS Download the article (pdf) I would imagine most therapists have had [...]

Murderball — A Metaphor for Recovery

February 1, 2015 . by Sarah Caston, PT, DPT, NCS
Murderball — A Metaphor for RecoveryBy Sarah Caston, PT, DPT, NCS Download the article (pdf) In the dimly-lit [...]

Reflections on Writing Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out

February 1, 2015 . by Marilyn McEntyre, Ph.D.
Reflections on Writing | Patient Poets: Illness from Inside OutBy Marilyn McEntyre, Ph.D. Download the article (pdf) Patient [...]

Embodied Narrative: Living Out Our Lives

February 1, 2015 . by Rita Charon, MD, PhD
Embodied Narrative: Living Out Our LivesBy Rita Charon, MD, PhD Download the article (pdf) I am honored to [...]

Out of Oxygen

November 14, 2019 . by Mercedes Aguirre, SPT

In this sensitive reflection, DPT student Mercedes Aguirre describes an incident during her first clinical experience that taught her the importance of taking a deep breath—and speaking up on behalf of one’s patient.

Beyond First Impressions

November 14, 2019 . by Jake Raecker, SPT, CSCS

Jake Raecker, DPT student, recalls a patient he encountered during his first clinical rotation who gave him quite a shock—but, with care and attention, taught him a valuable lesson about looking beyond first impressions.

“The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

November 14, 2019 . by David Gillette, PT, DPT, GCS

The healthcare professions often attract talented, committed perfectionists. But what can practitioners do when that perfectionism negatively affects rehabilitation? In “The Best is the Enemy of the Good,” David Gillette describes how his PT residency experience, and the thoughtful guidance of his mentors, helped him confront the negative aspects of his perfectionism and turn his thoughts toward the good.

Human Anatomical Gifts and Informed Consent: Three Perspectives

The United States abides by the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act to regulate bodies donated to science; prior consent must be given. When DPT students at Georgia State University had the opportunity to attend an anatomic exhibition displaying preserved human specimens from another country, many ethical questions arose. In “Human Anatomical Gifts,” three writers offer their perspectives, developed during the discussions that ensued, on the ethics of anatomic study—and exhibition.

Poem: Ode to a Stroke, or A Life Altered

February 1, 2015 . by Dick Taylor
Poem: Ode to a Stroke, or A Life AlteredBy Dick Taylor December 26, 2013 I was moving forward [...]

Poem: At Rehab

February 1, 2015 . by Amy Haddad, Ph.D., R.N.
Poem: At RehabBy Amy Haddad, Ph.D., R.N. These are people who know their way around pulleys, braces, and [...]

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