23: House of Delegates and Humanities [Kyle Covington]

The APTA House of Delegates is a crucial governing body for our profession, yet we may know very little about how it works. Dr. Kyle Covington, associate professor at Duke University and vice-speaker of APTA’s House of Delegates, tells us how it works, how it helps the profession, and even how his students get into the act.

Episode 22: 2021 Fall Conference Recap!

Katharine and Andy were able to finally record together in person! And it was only a little weird!

We bring you an audio highlight reel of the APTA Michigan 2021 Fall Conference, held at the Motor City Casino and Hotel in Detroit on October 15-16. It was a blast! We’re already looking forward to the next conference.

Waves is hosted by Andy Wicks and Katharine Cline and produced by Andy Wicks. Theme music is by Mark Joesting.

Episode 21: Gender Differences in PT, Part 2 [Karen Litzy]

We continue our series on gender differences and disparities in the physical therapy profession with an interview with Dr. Karen Litzy, owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy in New York City, and host of the Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart podcast, and creator of the Women in Physical Therapy Summit.

Dr. Litzy talks about her own winding career path, what inspired her to create and innovate, and why she feels it is so important to raise up other women as leaders in the industry.

Seriously, it’s a great interview.

Episode 20: Gender Differences in PT, Part 1 [Marie Johanson]

Waves returns with a new series discussing some of the differences, discrepancies, and disparities among genders in the physical therapy profession. We begin with a conversation with Dr. Marie Johanson, interim director of the Division of Physical Therapy at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, talking about her 2007 research article entitled “Sex differences in career expectations of physical therapist students.

Music by Mark Joesting and Andy Wicks.

Episode 19: PT and COVID-19, Part 5 [Round Table, Part 2]

We conclude our series on physical therapists on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic with the second half of our round table discussion featuring Drs. Evan Haezebrouck, Stephanie Kostsuca, and Courtney Witczak.

We talk about the benefit that PTs had in advocating for early mobility of patients that would have previously been considered “too sick for rehab,” the many “non-clinical” roles that PTs took on during the pandemic, and some personal notes about how the pandemic affected us. We hope you enjoy the discussion.

Episode 18: PT and COVID-19, Part 4 [Round Table, Part 1]

After hearing some individual stories of physical therapists on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic (recorded in November 2020), we bring three clinicians together to hear how things have changed with the second surge and new developments with vaccinations.

Our guests are Drs. Evan Haezebrouck, Stephanie Kostsuca, and Courtney Witczak. Drs. Haezebrouck and Kostsuca are board certified cardiovascular and pulmonary clinical specialists. Dr. Witczak is a board certified geriatric clinical specialist.

This episode is part one of our discussion. Stay tuned for the conclusion in our next episode.

Episode 17: PT and COVID-19, Part 3 [Stephanie Kostsuca]

The third part of our series on PTs working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic continues with an interview with Dr. Stephanie Kostsuca, a physical therapist and faculty member in the cardiovascular and pulmonary residency program at the VA healthcare system in Ann Arbor, MI.

Music in this episode by Mark Joesting and Andy Wicks.

Episode 16: PT and COVID-19, Part 2 [Evan Haezebrouck]

We continue our series of stories featuring physical therapists working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we hear from Dr. Evan Haezebrouck, a PT at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He tells about the mental and emotional toll that this disease caused on the health care professionals he works with, and how resilient his coworkers are.

Episode 15: State of the State 2020 [Mike Shoemaker]

To recap the tumultuous 2020, and to commemorate the end of Dr. Mike Shoemaker’s term as president of APTA Michigan, we sit down with him to hear about some of the important issues covered in the last twelve months, as well as some of his favorite highlights and what is next.

Dr. Shoemaker is a physical therapist and associate professor at Grand Valley State University, and president emeritus of APTA Michigan.

Episode 14: PT and COVID-19 [Romina Bello]

We are beginning a series highlighting the work of some physical therapists on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and hearing their stories in their own words.

Dr. Romina Bello is a physical therapist and the early rehab coordinator at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She tells us how things changed at the start of the pandemic, and what valuable lessons were learned. 

Music in this episode is by Mark JoestingSergey Cheremisinov, and Pictures of the Floating World.