We are a couple of neurologic physical therapists on the quest to keep the passion, commitment, and possibilities alive for those who love neuro rehab and wellness like us, without burnout and overwhelm. This show is great for neuro therapists and trainers looking to stay up to date and make a greater impact. Join us in this important movement to elevate healthcare!
46: Freezing of Gait Resources You’ll Love
Today we go into more detail about Freezing of Gait (FOG) in Parkinson’s. We discuss what a therapist should know about medication dosage with clients, the key components of exercises specific for FOG, why it matters if your client has typical PD or atypical PD, and more. Claire shares supplemental materials for helping you characterize FOG as well as other key tips for therapists and providers to know!
The article discussed today (which has supplemental material cited): Evidence for subtypes of freezing of gait by Kaylena A. Ehgoetz Martens, PhD, et al. Movement Disorders Aug 2018
Go down to “Supporting Information” and download the one with “doc.x” ending for the questionnaire.
Anti-racist action: We hired a DEI coach to help us! We’ve taken the next big step and hired an expert to coach us. It will be both personal and professional training. We have to work on our own biases and unlearning racist ideas that we didn’t even know about so we can build businesses that are anti-racist.
In NeuroSpark, stay tuned to FOG part 2 webinar on treatment and come to office hours with your questions! For others in the community, stay tuned for a free open webinar on March 30th. Link to register will be coming soon.
45: What If You Had Neuro Office Hours?
What if you had a place to ask your toughest questions to mentors from around the globe? What if you had access to experts at your fingertips when you felt stuck with a patient case?
Knowledge translation requires a person to reflect, talk through their thought process, be asked questions, review resources and ideas from others. Today we discuss a great way this occurs when we come together and put our ideas into action.
Anti-racist action: Learn about how to let go of being a good person so you can improve and grow. What if your attachment to being a "good" person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person?
Bonus webinar on neuro nonprofits coming up on March 2nd at 5:30 pm PST / 8:30 pm EST register here: https://www.neurocollaborative.com/nonprofit
44: The Unrelenting Misperceptions of Spasticity and Hypertonicity - What You Need To Know
In today’s episode we discuss a topic from our NeuroSpark Membership that is highly misunderstood - Spasticity! We delve into resources that JJ shared including an article by Dr. Beth Fisher and colleagues (it shares the title of this episode) and we discuss the key points as well as our interpretations of the highlights. What are your perceptions of how spasticity and hypertonicity affect your patients’ and clients’ movement? Does spasticity cause your patient’s movement dysfunction? Are you using the terms properly?? Listen to the episode to find clarity. Learn what you need to know and what you need to stop doing.
Anti-racist action/update: we’ve recorded several podcasts now and it is Black History Month so it would be awesome if you would check them out. Episodes 42 and 43. Also, we are looking forward to reading a new book entitled “Subtle Acts of Exclusion” by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran. This will be a great education resource in understanding microaggressions. Check it out if you want!
43: How To Recover From ‘Good White Person Syndrome’ Even If You Don’t Think You Have It
Trigger warning for this episode: this conversation is open, honest and frank about race and racism as we navigate an anti-racism journey. We are chatting today with Liz Weamer, another neuro PT who we met in our anti-racism membership, Building Allyship. In the show we talk about how you can't change your business until you work on yourself personally and your underlying beliefs. Liz shares her story of where she started (aka having "Good White Person Syndrome" / I don't really think I'm racist) vs where she is after 7 months of doing anti-racist work (Wow, I see it now. I am literally dripping with racism). She defines Good White Person Syndrome, how you know if you have it and what to do about it.
We discuss the books that have made the most impact on this work for us personally and some key takeaways as well as the parallels to neuro PT and racism work.
Anti-racist action: If we said anything that requires calling out please let us know! We are learning, we suck at this. Call us out. Perfectionism is the enemy. Mistakes will happen.
42: How To Be A Better Therapist and Human with Dr. JPop
Today we are talking to someone we admire and have personally been influenced by in a very positive way, Dr. Jennifer Hutton aka Dr. JPop. She is a pediatric PT whom we met because we joined her membership called Building Allyship (BA). In the show we’ll share our experience with BA and why we joined. We also learn more about her background as a business owner of her own pediatric practice as well as BA, which she started in 2020. Dr. JPop shares her vision for BA and what a person can expect to gain from becoming an ally, which is so powerful.
You can follow Dr. JPop on instagram @dr.jpop or on twitter @drjpop
Learn more about Building Allyship and join at https://drjpop.com/buildingallyship
Our antiracist action for today is: Join Building Allyship! The doors close Feb 7, 2021, so do it now! And go for the annual plan because you’re in it for the long haul :) We’ll see you inside!
41: The Key Components To Becoming Great
Re-spark your passion for learning and growth! You have the potential to become a great therapist. We’ll tell you how we used the research to develop a learning model that actually promotes knowledge translation. Listen for how much you can gain by investing in mentorship!
Anti-racist action: We’ve begun meeting with consultants who will help us look at the business and create anti-racist policies, attract more diversity, and support people with equity and inclusion.
Join us for another free webinar - Ataxia Part 2 on Wednesday Jan 27, 2021 at 5:30PM Pacific Time / 8:30PM Eastern Time [Register Here!]
Join us inside NeuroSpark - doors close January 29, 2021! www.neurocollaborative.com/neurospark-network
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Erin Gallardo and Claire McClean are two Physical Therapists who are passionate, intelligent and love talking Neuro, business and the possibilities of going for your dreams!
If you are a physical or occupational therapist and treat people with neurological deficits you will love this podcast! Passion, inspiration and dedication are a great description of these two ladies.