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Healthy Wealthy & Smart

The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy features top experts in health, wellness and business with a particular focus on physical therapy. We take evidence based medicine and break it down making it easier to understand and immediately apply to your life. At Healthy Wealthy & Smart our goal is simple: to provide you with the best information to live a healthy and pain free life!
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Now displaying: September, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Are you a DPT student or new graduate thinking about opening your own cash based PT clinic one day?  if the answer to that questions is yes, then this is the episode for you!  In this episode I sit down with Dr. Kevin Prue, the president and director of Prue Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Cary, NC.  While I am not a huge fan of new graduates opening their own clinic straight out of college Dr. Prue may have caused my thinking to take some baby steps in that direction. 

In this episode Dr. Prue and I discuss:

* His process of creating his business and when he started that process (hint it was not after he graduated!).

* The biggest successes he has had since opening the doors to his clinic.

* The biggest challenges in his business and the steps he has taken to overcome them.

* We go through a quick exercise to find his ideal client to help sharpen his marketing plan.  This is something EVERYONE should do before they open a business. 

* How he differentiates his clinic from the others in his area.

* His best advice for DPT students thinking about opening a PT business.

* And much, much more!

Dr. Prue's business is about to hit the one year mark and this interview is an honest look at what it takes to be a business owner with all of the highs and lows.  Don't forget, it is hard work to own your own business, so if this is something you are thinking about doing at some point in your life be prepared to WORK! 

I would love to hear your thoughts on the pros and cons of starting a #CashPT business right out of school. Please leave a comment or tell me about on twitter here.

 

Sep 21, 2015

"We are still the same people we just have more equipment." - Kiel Eigen

 

In honor of September being National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month I was thrilled to interview Kiel Eigen.  Kiel became paralyzed during a football game when he was in eighth grade, but like he says it does not stop him from living his life.  I interviewed Kiel, along with his physical therapist Dr. Gina Tomassoni a few years ago after he completed a major milestone in his recovery.  

 

In this episode Kiel and I talk about:

 

* His relationship with his physical and occupational therapists and how important that was for his recovery

 

* The major milestone he accomplished while still in high school

 

* How his life has changed since using a new wheelchair from Quantum Rehab

 

* How the new wheelchair differs from others on the market

* What Kiel does to keep in shape (you might be surprised)

 

* What his plans are for the future

 

As a physical therapist it is so important to know your client's point of view and life outside of their PT sessions.  If you are not taking that into account I think you are definitely missing the boat and not doing your clients justice.  The major takeaways from this podcast are to ask more questions, go beyond the traditional "goals" for your clients and understand their values.  Once you know the values that mean the most to your client's only then can you make a comprehensive plan of care and make a major impact in their life.   

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 14, 2015

The American Physical Therapy Association's vision statement is: Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.  This is an ambitious vision statement and I for one am OK with ambitious.  Now comes the question: How do we do it?  In today's episode I speak with Dr. Matthew Taylor about fostering creativity in rehabilitation and how incorporating creativity and compassion into our practice will help to transform our profession.  It is important to transform the profession of physical therapy to move towards the vision statement of transforming society. 

 


In this episode we talk about:

 

* How yoga has transformed Matthew's PT career.

 

* What is yoga therapy and how does it differ from regular yoga.

 

* The concept of creativity and how it fits into the practice of PT and wellness.

 

* How can we transform society.

 

* The 6 exercises for priming compassion.

 

* And much more!

 

This is a great conversation and I feel Matthew gives some concrete steps to help to transform you, the profession and finally society as a whole.  So, please enjoy this episode and have a great week!

 

Karen

 

Sep 10, 2015

In this episode I am thrilled to interview celebrity chef, author and filmmaker Charles Mattocks.  Also known as "The Poor Chef" he has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Talk, CNN, Dr. Oz and Martha Stewart.  He has also been recently featured at the TEDx conference in San Francisco.  In this episode we talk about his newest project Trail By Fire, a movie about CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome).  CRPS is a very difficult diagnosis for the patient, family and caregivers and hopefully this film will bring more national/international attention to this diagnosis. 

 

In this interview we talk about:

 

* His motivation behind making the movie.

 

* What he learned from interviewing people living with CRPS.

 

* His hope for Trial by Fire

 

* Why he is so passionate about helping people living with CRPS (and diabetes).

 

* What it is like to be a caregiver to someone living with CRPS.

 

Charles is so passionate about getting the word out about CRPS and Trial by Fire is a powerful film from the patient's point of view.  Often times as healthcare professionals we see the patient for short snippets of time in their lives.  As a result we sometimes don’t get the "whole picture" of our patient and that is what I think Charles is doing with this film.  I look forward to seeing the finished product! 

 

 

 

Sep 7, 2015

In this episode I had the distinct pleasure to interview physical therapist, author and mentor Paul Potter.  He is genuine, real, and truly wants the best for everyone in the profession of physical therapy.  His new book On Fire: Ignite your Passion with a Cash Therapy Practice will be available on Tuesday September 8, 2015.  If you are looking for honest, actionable advice on creating the right mindset for a cash based practice and then implementing a roadmap to your ideal business then this is the book for you!

 

In this podcast Paul and I discuss:

 

* Why there is a growing interest in the cash PT model.

 

* Why Paul feels that being a physical therapist is a noble calling (of course I agree!).

 

* What is the important link between your mindset and starting a practice.

 

*The main reasons therapists are opting to start a cash PT model.

 

* How running a successful cash PT business is like competing in a triathlon.

 

* The 4 essential stages for business success...this is the roadmap!

 

After listening to this episode I hope that you find your "why" for starting a cash PT business, begin to change your mindset, be firm in your calling as a physical therapist and finally start to plan out your roadmap for success!

 

Do you want to get your hands on Paul's book On Fire? Check out the links below:

 

Paul's website http://paulpotterpt.com

Book landing page: http://paulpotterpt.com/onfirebook

Amazon: On Fire:Ignite Your Passion with a Cash Therapy Practice

Amazon: Cash Therapy Practice: Professional Freedom in the New Healthcare Economy

 

Have a great week and thanks for listening.  And remember if you like what you are hearing I would love for you to share this episode with friends/family and please leave a comment below to keep the conversation going! Also, please do leave a rating and/or review on iTunes!

 

Thanks!

 

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

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