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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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Apr 24, 2017

On today's episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Gene Shirokobrod from the Therapy Insiders Podcast to discuss female leadership in physical therapy. Gene is a doctor of physical therapy and entrepreneur and is currently the CEO of Recharge LLC and CEO and co-founder of UpDoc Media. He is also the co-inventor of arc and has had experience with crowdfunding, having raised $30k in 40 days on Kickstarter.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

-Why are women not thought of as leaders in the physical therapy profession?

-Creative solutions for hiring the best fit for your company's culture

-Enhancing the female voice through amplification

-How to grow an audience with solid content and consistency

-Strategies to overcome imposter syndrome and how to foster an environment for vulnerability

-And so much more!

 

Although women occupy many of the highest leadership roles in physical therapy, the influence of female therapists at professional conferences and on social media is not comparable. At a higher level, Gene notes, “We hark on evidence based and we hark on following data and data has shown that women are as good and in most cases better leaders than men but we are still entrenched in more traditional mindset of leadership.”

 

Both Gene and I stress that more conversation around gender in leadership roles in physical therapy needs to continue with the overall goal to ensure equality of opportunity. Gene believes, "It's about having the opportunity to be a leader and be seen based on merit and not on sex.”

 

Many different qualities can encompass successful leadership however the one value a leader must possess is the ability to, “make sure that other people around you are succeeding and I don't think that that's sex dependent.”

 

For more information on Gene:

Dr. Gene Shirokobrod is a physical therapist guided by entrepreneurial passion. He is the CEO of Verve LLC, who along with his business partner Corey Fleischer, developed and created arc. In 2014, arc was successfully funded on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, raising over $30k in 40 days. After the launch of arc, Dr. Gene and Corey had the great experience of auditioning for Shark Tank. They made it through round 1 and being called to move on to round 2. While working as a full time clinician, Dr. Gene started a podcast called Therapy Insiders. What started out as a fun hobby, quickly grew into a serious endeavor. Therapy Insiders steadily gained listeners and followers, eventually reaching #1 Medical Podcast on iTunes. Due to the success of Therapy Insiders, Dr. Gene co-founded UpDoc Media, a company focused on producing high quality custom content and digital marketing for healthcare companies. UpDoc media launched with 4 podcasts, focusing on business, fitness, running and of course medicine. UpDoc media is focused on providing "content you NEED to know, that is delivered with clinical precision." In March 2017, he became CEO of his new venture Recharge. The company is a unique combination of physical therapy, CrossFit and Mindfulness training. Incorporating three important elements of health under one roof with a focus on the customer experience and fun. Recharge is home to HoCo CrossFit which is also owned by Recharge. Dr. Gene is also an adjunct faculty member at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy, which is also where he received his doctorate degree. When not focusing on growing his companies, he is chasing his son Aaron (5) and daughter Zoe (1) with the help of his wife Jaimie.

 

 

Resources discussed on this show:

Women in Physical Therapy Summit

Therapy Insiders Podcast

Gene Shirokobrod twitter

UpDoc Media

 

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Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

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Apr 20, 2017

On behalf of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Margo Mountjoy on psychological injury and abuse in sport LIVE from the IOC World Conference in Monaco. Dr. Mountjoy is a member of the IOC medical commission, FINA executive board member, and associate clinical professor at McMaster University. She explores the various types of harassment, how it can occur, and what safeguards can be put in place to help athletes report abuse.

In this episode, we discuss:

-What form does psychological abuse and injury take in the world of sports?

-How psychological abuse persists with the use of social media for the millennial generation

-How competitive sport culture can enable abuse

-The role healthcare professionals can play in preventing abuse

-Signs and symptoms of psychological and sexual abuse

-And so much more!

 

One of the key risks for psychological injury and abuse to occur is when “there is a differential in power relationships.” The differential of power could be due to differences in a variety of factors including age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or athletic ability which leads to the harassment and abuse.

 

The advent of social media has led to more persistent forms of abuse which are carried off the field and into everyday life. With social media, there is no physical escape from the abuse and Dr. Mountjoy believes, “There is always someone that is ready to criticize.”

 

Psychological injury and abuse in sport is not unique to any one sport or region and global resources are available through Dr. Mountjoy’s research and the IOC to help combat this problem. In our roles as coach, support team or therapist, Dr. Mountjoy stresses, “Each and every one of us in sport has the ability to stop this. But not only the ability, we have the responsibility.”

 

One of the challenges of helping athletes is that, “Most athletes do not talk about their abuse while they are in sport because the process of abuse often silences the athlete. We see time and time again that we learn about harassment and abuse after they have retired.” However, healthcare providers have unique opportunities to engage athletes as impartial healers and provide support both physically and mentally.

 

For more information on Dr. Mountjoy:

Margo received her medical education and her family medicine training at McMaster University, Canada and her sports medicine specialty degree in Ottawa, Canada. Margo has worked as a community sports medicine physician in the Health & Performance Centre at the University of Guelph since 1988 where she has focused her practice on promoting elite athlete care and physical activity promotion in the general population. In addition, Margo has acted as the national team physician for Synchro Canada for 20 years as well as for the National Endurance Training Centre Athletes (middle and long distance track athletes) and the National Triathlon & Wrestling team training centres.

 

Margo is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Family Medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Canada where she teaches sports medicine and is the Director of Student & Resident Affairs.

 

Margo is a member of the FINA Executive Board and holds the portfolio of Sports Medicine. She is also the Chair of the ASOIF Medical Consultative Group and a member of the IOC Medical Commission Games Group. Margo sits on the TUE committees of the IOC, WADA and CCES as well as the USADA and World Rugby Anti-doping Review Boards. Margo’s areas of research focus on elite athlete health and safety.

 

Resources discussed on this show:

BJSM Website

BJSM Podcast

IOC consensus statement on non-accidental violence in sport

Margo Mountjoy Twitter

Margo Mountjoy Publications

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my blog post on the Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2016!

Apr 17, 2017

On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, physiotherapist Alister Cran joins me to share his insights on treating the extreme sport competitor. Alister is a private practice physiotherapy owner in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. He assists with the Nitro Circus Live Tour of New Zealand and pursues his passion for sports physiotherapy treating a variety of high level athletes.

In this episode, we discuss:

-How to leverage opportunities early in your career to gain access to high level athletes

-Tailoring your social media presence to your ideal patient population

-Do you need to be a high level athlete to treat one?

-Managing expectations for return to sport following injury for high level performers

-And so much more!

 

To break into treating high level athletes and performers, oftentimes you have to sacrifice financial benefits for once in a lifetime opportunities. To break into niche industries, Alister recommends taking advantage of any exposure to your patient population and, “doing it for the experience,” after which good things will likely follow.

 

To reach the high level athlete, pursuing doctor referrals is wasted time as Alister finds younger athletes are likely to spend more of their time on social media. To make the most of your online presence and build brand awareness, Alister believes, “You’ve got to post consistently.”

 

Outlining the costs and benefits of an early return to sport and managing expectations can be challenging for extreme sport competitors. Alister advices, “Unless they are in the hospital, they are probably going to go back up that ramp.” Convincing show coordinators who view athletes as commodities can be even more challenging because, “There’s politics in physio and action sports.”

 

For more information on Alister:

Graduated Griffith University on the Gold Coast in 2012. Got a job with a Sydney based Physiotherapy practice ‘Bodyworks Physiotherapy’. Through bodyworks physiotherapy I began to treat extreme sports clients. I provided the physiotherapy for the Nitro Circus Live tours of both Australia and New Zealand. In addition to this, while still based in Sydney, provided the physiotherapy for the red bull ‘cape fear’ event. After a few years, came back to the Gold Coast and started working in a nursing home during the day and opened a room inside Funk Fitness gym at the beginning of 2016 outside of the 9-5 working hours of the nursing home. After about 4 months, I had saved up enough money and built up enough of a client base to not have to rely on the income of the nursing home anymore and have now worked full time out of a few rooms in the Isle of Capri shopping centre, Capri on Via Roma.

 

After coming back to the gold coast and opening Physio on Capri practice, I have maintained a relationship with bodywork physiotherapy and have been fortunate enough to be offered the Nitro Circus Live Brisbane show and the exhibition Ice Hockey match (Canada vs. USA). In addition to this, I was also offered the American and European leg of the Nitro Circus Live tour.

 

Resources discussed on this show:

Alister Cran Instagram

Physio On Capri Facebook

Alister Cran LinkedIn

Email: alister@physiooncapri.com

Get in contact with Alister to take advantage of his offer for a free initial consultation over Skype!

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my blog post on the Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2016!

 

Apr 10, 2017

On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Win Kelly Charles joins us to share the patient perspective of living well with Cerebral Palsy. Win was born with Cerebral Palsy and has dedicated her life to inspiring others as a bestselling author, artist and podcast host of Butterflies of Wisdom. If you would like to learn more about Cerebral Palsy, Move Forward PT provides a great introductory resource: Physical Therapist's Guide to Cerebral Palsy. Be sure to check out the first episode with Win here!

In this episode, we discuss:

-The evolution of physical therapy care for patients with Cerebral Palsy

-Win’s experience being the first woman with Cerebral Palsy to wear an exoskeleton

-Win’s rehabilitation and fitness schedule

-First-hand advice from a Cerebral Palsy patient on how to effectively treat the condition

-The challenges of gaining adequate insurance coverage for lifelong conditions

-And so much more!

 

Cerebral Palsy has a variety of presentations and requires a customized treatment plan for each individual. Win encourages all physical therapists, “Don’t go by the textbook!”

 

Medical coverage is a never ending battle for patients with chronic conditions. Win has found results using innovative physical therapy technology but has had to go outside of her coverage. From Win’s experiences, “The medical system gives all of us the heebie-jeebies.”

 

Win has benefited from and encourages physical therapists to explore new technologies. Her positive experience being the first women with Cerebral Palsy to wear an exoskeleton has convinced her of the benefits of alternatives in physical therapy. She states, “I never thought I would see a day of my life where I would be the bionic women. I never thought that I would be walking in an exoskeleton.”

 

For more information on Win:

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Win Charles has defied the odds by becoming an author. Her memoir I, Win is an amazing story of how she remembers her life through the years of having a condition called "CP". As a competitor in the Kona Iron Man Triathlon, CEO of her own jewelry design company, and motivational speaker, Win Charles truly is an inspiration to many. Today Win Charles tours the country, speaking to schools and institutions to raise awareness about cerebral palsy and living a full life no matter what holds you back. She is also an advocate of veterans across the world.

 

 

Resources discussed on this show:

Win Charles Website

Win Charles Twitter

Butterflies of Wisdom Podcast

Bridging Bionics

Amanda Boxtel

Galileo Tilt Table

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my blog post on the Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2016!

 

Apr 6, 2017

On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Dr. Sandy Hilton and I went into the crowd at the San Diego Pain Summit on the last day to get the attendee's views on the Pain Summit this year. 

In this episode, we learn:

- The common theme running through the San Diego Pain Summit

- Which talks resonated with a lot of the attendees of the summit

- The reasons why you should attend the summit

- What is in store for the San Diego Pain Summit 2018

- Lots of great behind the scenes conversations happy after hours

- And much more!

 

"You know you are in the right room when you are definitely not the smartest person in the room" - Ben Cormack

"There is nothing I don't like about the San Diego Pain Summit" - Eric Purves

"It is a gathering of all of the clinicians I admire most in the world. Great to be able to to talk with them and pick their brains" - Laura Dunkley

"Wonderful conversation about clinical and scientific problems to learn and share together" - Jonathan Fass

"We are all a work in progress and you have to be a student first." - Nick Tumminello

"The emphasis on making things real for patients. We do things that matter for people" - Bronnie Thompson

 

Resources:

The San Diego Pain Summit

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my blog post on the Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2016!

 

Apr 3, 2017

LIVE from Combined Sections Meeting, the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast covers the professional dialogue that happens outside the conference halls driving the physical therapy profession forward. This episode features the thoughts from the following influential figures in physical therapy: Lisa Maczura, Rachel Jermann, Todd Davenport, Mike Eisenhart, Dee Kornetti, Karen Litzy, Jerry Durham, and Sean Hagey!

In this episode, we discuss:

-The importance of engaging patients at national conferences

-Why students should seek out more networking opportunities

-Humanizing patients to move the profession forward

-The importance of building self-efficacy in patients

-The need for stronger advocacy in physical therapy

-Validating the patient’s pain experience

-Engaging in professional dialogue and debate

-And so much more!

 

Lisa believes that patient engagement needs to be integrated into national conferences. She states, “We need to create a safe zone, not just for the PTs, but for the patients to tell their stories, to feel validated.”

 

Professional development needs to take place outside of the classroom by engaging in professional dialogue. From Rachel’s experience, she shares, “The failing that we see right now in education is you teach your students to treat patients, you may not teach them to interact in their profession.”

 

Physical therapists should be taking more ownership of the impact we make on society with public health advocacy. Todd states, “If we see the people who seek our care as people, our profession moves forward.”

 

Physical therapy needs to be at the forefront of transforming society by building self-efficacy in patients and encouraging movement. Mike stresses, “We have the ability to change the trajectory of someone’s life.”

 

Home health physical therapy catches a glimpse into the impact we make on the quality of life of our patients. Dee fears the profession can often,”get stuck with an inability to define our own value.”

 

Developing interpersonal skills and using reflective questioning can make a bigger impact than any manual technique for chronic pain patients. For chronic pain management, Karen believes our role is “To be able to reassure, to be able to validate that you’re pain is real. I understand, now what can we do about it?”

 

Engaging in professional debate on controversial topics is for the ultimate benefit of our patients. Jerry proposes, “Think about what you can gain from a conversation with someone you disagree with.”

 

Sean challenges physical therapists to promote the profession on larger platforms. He feels you should, “Be a part of something bigger than yourself. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, I’d encourage you to do the same.”

 

For more information on the guests featured on this show:

Lisa Maczura Twitter

Rachel Jermann Twitter

Todd Davenport Twitter

Mike Eisenhart Twitter

Dee Kornetti Twitter

Karen Litzy Twitter

Jerry Durham Twitter

Sean Hagey Twitter

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my blog post on the Top 10 Podcast Episodes of 2016!

 

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