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The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy is the perfect blend of clinical skills and business skills to help healthcare and fitness professionals uplevel their careers.

Healthy Wealthy & Smart Dr. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 212 Ratings

The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy is the perfect blend of clinical skills and business skills to help healthcare and fitness professionals uplevel their careers.

    Heather Purdin: How to manage Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders

    Heather Purdin: How to manage Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders

    In this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart podcast, Dr. Karen Litzy discusses hypermobility spectrum disorders and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes with guest Heather Purdin, a physical therapist specializing in these conditions. They delve into the definitions and management of these disorders, shedding light on the systemic manifestations and ways to address them. Heather, author of "Taming the Zebra," offers valuable insights for healthcare professionals and patients. Tune in to learn more about these important topics in healthcare.
    Time Stamps: 
    [00:03:28] The immune system and mast cells.
    [00:05:33] EDS and hypermobility spectrum disorders.
    [00:08:44] Signs of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
    [00:14:01] The weight of the shoulders.
    [00:17:17] Patient sensitization in physical therapy.
    [00:20:22] A marathon, not a sprint.
    [00:21:55] Physical therapy misconceptions.
    [00:26:29] Support groups for health conditions.
    [00:30:11] Stabilizing joints during movement.
    [00:33:04] Patient trust and communication.
    [00:36:33] Advice to 20-year-old self.
    More About Heather Purdin, MS, PT, CMPT:
    Heather Purdin graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1995, with a BS in Psychology. At Duke she explored the biopsychosocial mechanisms of healthcare, an approach that would later become integral to her patient care. She received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke (1997), where she won a Special Initiatives Award, “for exceptional contributions to enhance the awareness of cultural diversity in our program and profession.” Heather’s experience and voracious appetite for continuing education helped her develop a holistic set of manual therapy skills to aid tracking, alignment and tissue tension balance as well as an arsenal of mind-body techniques for pain and exercises for stabilization and general strength. In 2016, she became a certified manual therapist (CMPT) through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. She has given numerous lectures locally and nationally on the subject of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility spectrum disorders. She has received Portland Monthly Magazine’s Top Doctors listing in 2015, 2018 and 2023. When she’s not working on presentations, writing, or at the office, she enjoys gardening, hiking, walking her dogs, water sports, acting, and playing games with her retired soccer teammates, friends, partner Ken and their children. Heather loves the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest and resides in Portland, Oregon.
    Resources from this Episode:
    Taming the Zebra Website
    Good Health Physical Therapy
    Good Health Physical Therapy Instagram
    Taming the Zebra Instagram
    Good health Physical Therapy Facebook
    Heather's courses on Medbrige
    Taming the Zebra’s Courses
    Taming the Zebra Book on Amazon
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    • 38 min
    Dr. Stacy Menz: Motherhood, Business, and Lots of Coffee

    Dr. Stacy Menz: Motherhood, Business, and Lots of Coffee

    In this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart podcast, host Dr. Stephanie Weyrauch engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Stacy Menz, the owner of Starfish Therapies. They delve into the challenges and triumphs of balancing motherhood and professional life, touching upon single parenthood, parenting, and achieving professional balance. Stacy's personal journey as a parent and business owner serves as an inspiration for others navigating the complexities of combining parenthood with career goals.
    Time Stamps: 
    [00:02:36] Path to parenthood difficulties.
    [00:04:49] Balancing motherhood and business.
    [00:10:18] Transparency in leadership and support.
    [00:13:05] Maternity leave challenges.
    [00:18:42] Building support networks as parents.
    [00:20:48] Balancing motherhood and career.
    [00:24:43] Seeking mental health support.
    [00:29:12] Finding the right therapist.
    [00:31:23] Embracing discomfort in growth.
    [00:01:28] Parenting challenges and empathy.
    [00:06:34] Strategies for meal prepping.
    [00:09:49] Balancing life as a practice owner.
    [00:14:31] Empowering employees through delegation.
    [00:15:37] Parents bringing kids to work.
    [00:19:44] Parenting challenges and surprises.
    [00:25:03] Balancing work and parenting.
    [00:27:04] Parenting and empathy.
    [00:31:14] Empathy in leadership.
    More About Dr. Stacy Menz:
    Stacy Menz, PT, DPT, PCS is a pediatric clinical specialist and the owner of Starfish Therapies. Stacy received her Master’s degree at Boston University in 2000 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Boston University in 2005. She is the founder and owner of Starfish Therapies a pediatric physical therapy company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of each child and family that they interact with.
    In addition, Stacy has experience as a teaching/lab assistant for Boston University, South College, Baylor University, Bowling Green State University, and Chapman University's Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, has presented at state and national conferences, and teaches continuing education courses for pediatric physical therapy.
    She is currently a board member for WAWOS and a past board member of KEEN San Francisco. She is the treasurer of the pediatric special interest group for the California Physical Therapy Section and the past editor of Impact, the Private Practice Section's. Stacy consults with various companies on how their products can enhance development in children. She has been interviewed on various podcasts and radio shows to discuss Pediatric Physical Therapy and Private Practice.
    Resources from this Episode:
    Starfish Therapies Website
    Free Gift
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    Jane Payments
    Mention the code LITZY1MO for a free month
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    Karen’s Twitter
    Karen’s Instagram
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Dr. Lorimer Moseley AO: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Truly Extraordinary about Pain

    Dr. Lorimer Moseley AO: Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Truly Extraordinary about Pain

    I am happy to have Dr. Lorimer Moseley AO back in this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart podcast. In this episode, Lorimer shares insights into his recent research projects and developments in pain science. We discuss the Fit for Purpose model and the evolution of pain education, emphasizing the importance of educative interactions in clinical practice. Tune in to learn more about Lorimer's current projects and his upcoming classes in North America.
    Time Stamps: 
    00:00:00 - Introduction and Welcome
    Lorimer is welcomed back to the podcast, and the host expresses excitement about discussing his recent projects and developments since 2021.
    00:01:09 - Exciting Discoveries in Recent Research
    Lorimer discusses the nature of discoveries in clinical science, mentioning upcoming publications and the streams of research that currently excite him, particularly in pain education.
    00:02:04 - Insights from Clinical Practice and Pain Education
    Lorimer shares insights from clinical practice data, highlighting significant findings about patient outcomes related to their understanding of pain as a protective feeling.
    00:04:05 - Learning About Learning
    The importance of learning in clinical interventions and its impact on treatment outcomes is discussed, emphasizing the need to shift focus from education to learning.
    00:06:39 - Upcoming Clinical Trial Publication
    Lorimer teases a forthcoming paper on a clinical trial for chronic back pain, detailing the innovative approach taken in the trial to improve treatment credibility and effectiveness.
    00:10:56 - Research on Social Determinants of Health
    Discussion shifts to the impact of social determinants on health outcomes, with specific focus on back pain and the broader implications for treatment accessibility and effectiveness.
    00:16:31 - Pain Revolution Outreach and Challenges
    Lorimer talks about the Pain Revolution program, its goals, and the challenges faced in reaching rural communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    00:27:21 - Cognitive Flexibility in Pain Management
    The concept of cognitive flexibility is explored, discussing its relevance to pain management and the challenges in accurately assessing it.
    00:39:43 - Personal Experience with Pain and Cognitive Flexibility
    The host shares a personal story about dealing with potential pain triggers at Disneyland, highlighting the role of cognitive flexibility and support in managing pain responses.
    00:50:22 - Recap and Future Directions
    The conversation wraps up with a recap of the discussed topics, emphasizing the complexity of pain management and the ongoing efforts in research and education to improve patient outcomes.
    More About Dr. Lorimer Moseley AO:
    Bradley Distinguished Professor
    Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
    Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy
    University of South Australia
    Founder and CEO, Pain Revolution
    Chair, PainAdelaide
     Lorimer’s main interests are persistent pain and other protective feelings. His research group investigates pain in humans, from cognitive and behavioural experiments to clinical trials and implementation studies. He has authored over 410 scientific articles and seven books. His contributions to the science of pain, to the treatment of persistent pain, to pain education, and to public outreach, have been recognised by honours in 13 countries. He has delivered keynote lectures at world congresses in six fields. In 2017, he founded the non-profit Pain Revolution and in 2020 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, that country’s second highest civilian honour, for ‘distinguished served to humanity at large in the fields of pain and its management, science communication, education and physiotherapy.’ His public facing pain education videos attract millions of views each year. He lives and works on Kaurna Land in Adelaide, South Australia.
    Resources from this Episode:
    Pain Revolution Website

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Dr. Michelle Stauffer: Simple Steps to Ensure Your Clinic is an Inclusive Space

    Dr. Michelle Stauffer: Simple Steps to Ensure Your Clinic is an Inclusive Space

    In this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart Podcast, we delve into making physical therapy clinics more inclusive for everyone, including the LGBT+ community. Our guest, Dr. Michelle Stauffer, a dedicated advocate for LGBT+ healthcare and a member of the APTA PT Proud Special Interest Group, shares her insights and experiences.
    Dr. Stauffer discusses her journey into physical therapy, influenced by her athletic injuries and her identity as a member of the LGBT+ community. She highlights the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment in healthcare settings, especially for those who often face discrimination and misunderstanding.
    We explore practical steps to assess and enhance the inclusivity of a physical therapy clinic, starting from the exterior accessibility and moving inside to the waiting areas, treatment spaces, and restrooms. Dr. Stauffer emphasizes the significance of details such as inclusive signage, diverse representation in clinic decor, and thoughtful amenities that cater to a wide range of needs.
    Additionally, we touch on the importance of inclusive paperwork and intake forms that respect all identities by allowing patients to specify their preferred names and pronouns. Dr. Stauffer also suggests resources for continuous learning and improvement in DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) practices, encouraging clinic owners and therapists to seek education and adapt to better serve their communities actively.
    This episode is packed with actionable advice for healthcare professionals who want to foster an inclusive atmosphere in their practices and ensure that all patients feel respected, safe, and valued.
    Time Stamps: 
    00:00:02 - Introduction and Guest Introduction
    Host Dr. Karen Litzy introduces herself and welcomes Dr. Michelle Stauffer, discussing her background and expertise in providing care to the LGBT+ community.
    00:01:15 - Dr. Stauffer's Journey to Physical Therapy
    Dr. Stauffer shares her personal journey of becoming a physical therapist, including her athletic background and injuries.
    00:05:05 - Creating an Inclusive Clinic
    Discussion begins on how to assess and ensure a physical therapy clinic is inclusive, starting from the external appearance to internal operations.
    00:10:03 - Accessibility and External Clinic Features
    Dr. Stauffer discusses the importance of accessibility and external features of a clinic that can make it more inclusive.
    00:16:37 - Involving Patients in Clinic Decor
    Ideas on how involving patients in the clinic's decor can help in creating a more inclusive environment.
    00:17:03 - Inclusive Paperwork and Forms
    Tips on how to make intake forms and other paperwork more inclusive, including the use of open-ended questions and preferred name sections.
    00:26:05 - Inside the Clinic: Waiting Area and Treatment Rooms
    Suggestions for making the waiting area and treatment rooms welcoming and inclusive for all patients.
    00:33:09 - Restroom and Changing Room Considerations
    Discussion on how to make restrooms and changing rooms accessible and comfortable for everyone, including stocking necessary supplies.
    00:39:02 - Staff Training on DEI
    The importance of continuous staff training on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and resources for learning more about DEI practices.
    00:45:24 - Final Thoughts and How to Connect
    Dr. Stauffer shares final thoughts on making clinics inclusive and provides contact information for further resources and personal connection.
    More About Dr. Michelle Stauffer:
    Dr. Michelle Stauffer (she/her) is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board Certified Health Wellness Coach who has spent her career focusing on under-resourced communities. Dr. Stauffer received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and upon completion, she began her journey of working with the LGBTQIA+ community. Dr. Stauffer founded Coast 2 Coast Wellness in 2021 with the mission of providing an

    • 49 min
    Dr. Alyssa Arms: Pros and Cons of Running a Niche Podcast

    Dr. Alyssa Arms: Pros and Cons of Running a Niche Podcast

    In this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart podcast, host Dr. Jenna Kantor talks with Dr. Alyssa Arms about the pros and cons of niche podcasting. They delved into the world of niche podcasting and the ins and outs of running a successful podcast focused on dance medicine. Dr. Arms shared valuable insights on the pros and cons of niche podcasting, the challenges of time management, and the importance of staying consistent. Here are some key takeaways from our discussion:
    ·       Time Management: Running a niche podcast requires significant time and effort, from recording and editing episodes to promoting them on various platforms.
    ·       Financial Investment: Starting a niche podcast doesn't have to break the bank. Dr. Arms shared that she spent around $200-$300 on equipment and hosting services.
    ·       Audience Engagement: While it can be challenging to gauge audience feedback, engaging with guests and sharing valuable content can help build a loyal following.
    ·       Networking Opportunities: Interviewing experts in the field provides valuable insights and helps expand one's professional network and knowledge base.
    Time Stamps: 
    00:00:05 - Podcast Introduction
    Introducing the Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart podcast with host Dr. Karen Litzy, including a disclaimer about the content.
    00:00:27 - Guest Introduction
    Jenna Cantor introduces Dr. Alyssa Arms, discussing her impressive background and contributions to the physical therapy profession.
    00:00:48 - Alyssa's Multifaceted Career
    Alyssa briefly describes her diverse roles within the theater and physical therapy sectors, including her private practice and work as a professor.
    00:01:21 - Podcast Focus and Value of Time
    The conversation shifts to the importance of the listener's time and Alyssa's understanding of running a niche podcast.
    00:02:08 - Dance Med Spotlight Podcast
    Alyssa shares the title and theme of her own podcast, which focuses on dance medicine and dance science.
    00:02:20 - Decision to Start a Podcast
    Jenna asks Alyssa about her motivations for starting her podcast and the thought process behind it.
    00:02:40 - Alyssa's Podcasting Journey
    Alyssa recounts her initial hesitations and the support she received from Jimmy McKay of P.T. Pintcast, which helped her start her podcast.
    00:04:26 - Support Among Podcasters
    Jenna and Alyssa discuss the supportive nature of the podcasting community and the importance of not worrying about overlapping content.
    00:05:08 - Individuality in Podcasting
    The hosts talk about the uniqueness of each podcast and how different styles and approaches can attract various audiences.
    00:06:33 - Interviewing and Learning from Guests
    Alyssa explains how interviewing guests on her podcast has been a learning experience and has helped her build a professional network.
    00:07:04 - Consistency and Time Management
    The challenges of maintaining a consistent podcast release schedule and managing time effectively are discussed.
    00:08:27 - Marketing and Promotion
    Alyssa touches on the difficulties of marketing a podcast and ensuring it reaches the intended audience.
    00:09:00 - Balancing Podcasting with Other Responsibilities
    Alyssa talks about the struggle of juggling podcasting with her private practice and teaching responsibilities.
    00:10:05 - Financial Aspects of Podcasting
    Jenna inquires about the costs associated with starting and running a podcast, and Alyssa provides a rough estimate.
    00:11:05 - The Challenge of Finding Podcast Guests
    Alyssa discusses the ongoing effort required to find and secure guests for her podcast episodes.
    00:12:21 - Return on Investment (ROI) for Niche Podcasts
    The hosts consider the ROI of running a niche podcast, including the intangible benefits and challenges of not always knowing the impact on listeners.
    00:13:30 - Motivations for Running a Niche Podcast
    Alyssa shares her personal motivations for running her podcast, emphasizing the disse

    • 35 min
    Dr. Mani Kukreja: Optimize your Health and Control Aging

    Dr. Mani Kukreja: Optimize your Health and Control Aging

    In this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart podcast, host Dr. Karen Litzy is joined by Dr. Mani Kukreja (MD, MPH, IIN), Entrepreneur and Founder of Integrative Health and Wellness Practice Livagewell, to discuss the hot topic of aging well.
    Dr. Kukreja shared her personal journey from conventional medicine to a more holistic approach, driven by her own experience with Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis. She emphasized the importance of addressing the root causes of diseases rather than just treating symptoms.
    We discussed the multifaceted nature of aging, which Dr. Kukreja defines as a progressive decline in biological functions leading to increased disease risk and reduced lifespan. She debunked the myth that aging is solely determined by genetics, highlighting that lifestyle and environmental factors play a significant role.
    Dr. Kukreja provided valuable insights into the processes of oxidation, inflammation, and detoxification in our bodies, explaining how they contribute to aging and the onset of age-related diseases. She stressed that while we cannot stop aging, we can certainly influence how we age by managing these biological processes.
    Time Stamps: 
    00:00:02 - Introduction to the Podcast
    00:00:13 - Topic of Aging Introduced
    00:00:36 - Guest Introduction: Dr. Mani Kukreja
    00:01:08 - Dr. Mani's Background and Interest in Aging
    00:02:16 - Dr. Mani's Personal Health Journey and Approach
    00:04:36 - Dr. Mani's Experience with Her Father's Health
    00:05:08 - Clinical Research Insights on Disease Progression
    00:06:18 - Launching Live Age Well Practice
    00:06:29 - Defining Holistic Health
    00:08:03 - The Aging Industry and Control Over Aging
    00:10:03 - Theories and Control of Aging
    00:11:09 - Biological Age vs. Chronological Age
    00:13:09 - Genetic and Lifestyle Factors in Aging
    00:15:18 - Environmental Toxins and Aging
    00:16:59 - Addressing Aging in Less Ideal Environments
    00:20:43 - Importance of Knowledge and Self-Care
    00:21:04 - Supplements and Their Claims
    00:23:07 - Proprietary Blends in Supplements
    00:24:05 - Frozen Fruits and Vegetables as an Option
    00:25:32 - Reducing Biological Age
    00:27:10 - Biological Age Explained
    00:28:04 - Factors to Improve Biological Age
    00:29:33 - Understanding Oxidation in the Body
    00:33:08 - The Processes of Aging: Oxidation, Inflammation, Detoxification
    00:37:11 - Solutions to Improve Biological Age
    00:39:43 - Importance of Sleep in Aging
    00:44:35 - Exercise as the Elixir of Youth
    00:47:03 - Exercise and Brain Health
    00:49:27 - Role of Supplements in Aging
    More About Dr. Mani Kukreja:
    Dr. Mani Kukreja (MD, MPH, IIN) is an integrative health and wellness expert and the founder/CEO  of  Livagewell. She has extensive experience helping her clients optimize their overall health, including metabolic, skin, gut, and immune health.  
    Mani is a health, wellness, and lifestyle influencer, biohacker, and health advocate who is always on a quest to bio-optimize Health and Aging to live a balanced and sustainable life. 
    Mani is also an ambassador to a few health-optimizing supplement brands that she truly believes in values. 
    Dr Mani has authored several high-impact publications in peer-reviewed clinical research journals in the medical and wellness field throughout her career. 
    Resources from this Episode:
    LivAgeWell Website
    Dr. Mani on Instagram
    Clear Skin Chronicles
    Intentionally Well Podcast
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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Crystallof17 ,

To the point, expert interviews

For interviews that are always packed with take-always and relevant conversations for growing my business, I love listening to the Healthy, Wealthy, & Smart Show! It’s not often you find a great interviewer. Karen shines in steering her guests to give listeners what they want. Highly recommend.

Walk 2 Wealth ,

Amazing show!

I’m so glad I’ve found this show. There’s so much golden information that I’ve been able to takeaway and implement into my life!

Corey Hiben ,

Endless PT biz knowledge

I can recall one class in my graduate studies for occupational therapy that talked about how to start a business. The other 99% was how to be a cog in a while.
If you're a healthcare professional and have ambitions to start a business. Karen has got you covered. From starting a business to selling a business. She covers it all.

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