The Level Up Podcast is based around bringing our core values to life:
Passion, Forward Thinking, Service Mindset, Growth Mindset, Humility, and Abundance Mindset.
It is our goal to interview guests from Physical Therapy and beyond to demonstrate how universal these values are in driving greatness and success, regardless of profession.
In addition to this, we will be bringing in interviews from patients who can offer valuable insight into the pro’s and con’s of their medical experience, and insight into why we so desperately need change.
38. COVID-19, Healthcare Inequities, and Implicit Bias: Important Lessons from an Acute Care Case with SPT Jessica Ruiz
Level Up Community member Jessica Ruiz reached out to us wanting to share her experience from her recent clinical in an Acute Care facility in rural, and lower socio-economic part of California.
Jessica's experience was super powerful, and she did a fantastic job sharing her experience, and bringing to light some really important aspects of healthcare that we often turn a blind eye to (guilty).
I wont play spoiler, but I think this is such an important story for everyone to hear. We are super proud of Jessica for stepping up, advocating, and being vulnerable with sharing her story with us.
37. The Elephant in the Room with Dr. Chad Cook
In this episode, we were able to sit down with one of the most influential leaders in the MSK industry to have a discussion around a topic we are both deeply passionate about: Too Much Medicine in MSK Practice.
From cultural iatrogenesis, to over-diagnosis, and pathologizing normal, we were able to take a deep dive with Dr. Chad Cook around a recent viewpoint he co-authored in JOSPT, "The Elephant in the Room: Too Much Medicine in Musculoskeletal Practice."
For those that have been following along Level Up from the beginning, this sits at the foundation of what drives our mission: Making a positive impact in the healthcare industry, and namely, being committed to improving areas we know we can be doing better in.
We hope that you enjoyed this episode, and if you did, PLEASE recommend this to one friend, colleague, or professor that needs to hear this!
36. The Advice That Transformed Our Practice with OG Mentor Chris Johnson
Know that feeling when you're a frantic new grad and you feel like you don't know anything and you're being pulled in a thousand different ways to figure out "the answer?"
Well, lucky for us, Chris Johnson was a timely guide that really helped put things in perspective and was a major guiding voice for both Steph and Zak's careers!
Join us for this jam packed episode where we share the biggest lessons learned that had formative impacts on our career!
Chris is 20 years into his career and is a testament to what consistency and commitment to growth looks like. He is such an incredible resource and role model!
We would highly recommend checking out any of Chris Johnson's work at Zeren PT.
If you enjoy our podcast and find value, please leave us a review and share this with friends!
35. Two Communities, One Mission: Coming Together for Something Special
(Rebroadcast from ClinicalAthlete)
This episode is a little different.
As some of you may know, The Level Up Initiative has joined forces with ClinicalAthlete to put together a special educational experience – the CALU Summit, on Sept 18-20, 2020.
It goes without saying, that the year of 2020 has required all of us to pivot. The Summit was no exception.
This podcast is all about what it means for the communities of ClinicalAthlete and Level Up to join forces and pursue this mission together.
We talk about the importance of a cohesive team, how to deal with hardships along the way, why it’s important to keep an agile approach to planning, and why the CALU Summit is different.
Yes, you will get all the deets about the event itself in this episode from the unique model that we’ve created, to our amazing line up of presenters and sponsors; but you’ll also get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put something like this on, and what it means to work within a Mission-Driven Team.
For more information on the CALU Summit, visit:
34. "So I Just Graduated...Now What??" Webinar + Q&A with Steph Allen, Josh Funk of Rehab 2 Perform, and Ryan Baugus of HQPT
We had over 50 people come and listen in and we felt like this ended up being a really helpful conversation for a lot of new grads navigating the tail end of their academic careers!
Steph gives a 20' webinar on her "5 year plan" vs Reality and then we follow that up with an informative and helpful Q&A with Steph, Zak, Josh, and Ryan.
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions!
33. "Pain Science People" and What Really Matters for Clinical Growth with Scot Morrison of Physio Praxis
Today, we have on Scot Morrison of Physio Praxis.
Scot is one of the people I look up to the most in clinical practice. Why, you ask?
Well, for starters, his critical thinking and clinical decision making skills are top notch.
But what probably stands out to me the most, is Scot’s determination to continuing growing, and his continually shedding of his own certainty based on the best available information. Scot’s intellectual humility is role model worthy and is something I respect so much.
As I continue my journey as a clinician, Scot has been someone who helps to hold the mirror up to myself, helping me to ask myself the hard questions, but ultimately the ones that make me GROW!
I really think you all will enjoy this episode so much, it will definitely make you ask yourself some hard questions. AND THATS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!!!!
Make sure you listen, share, and spread the love for this one!!! (And please give us a rating on iTunes!!!)
PS - his course “Sloptimal Loading” is easily in my top 3 musts for new grads (really any clinicians) in the outpatient world.
Ok - enough gassing him up - let’s get into the conversation. Enjoy!!!