Guest Posts for THE LEVEL UP INITIATIVE: 1- Planting Seeds of Hope

Over the past couple of years I have had the great fortune to connect with an  inspiring community working tirelessly to improve healthcare outcomes known as: THE LEVEL UP INITIATIVE. I cannot say enough positive things about these folks’ hard work, community. mindset, and overall high moral convictions. This month I have the great pleasure…

Physical Therapy Residency: Tips for Applying and Interviews

Please see my first post for general information on physical therapy residency programs: “What are Physical Therapy Residencies All About” In this post, I would like to continue the discussion of physical therapy (PT) residency programs and add some more specific tips for the application and interview process.  I will share some advice from my…

What are Physical Therapy Residencies All About: Lessons Learned from Ohio University Alumni Experiences in Residency

The intent of this blog post is to share the experiences of four Ohio University Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program graduates who have pursued physical therapy residencies (Orthopedic, Neurologic, Sports, Women’s Health). We wish to provide resources and a discussion of each of our experiences for those contemplating physical therapy residency programs. Here is…

You are NOT Your X-Ray

In our Western culture and media, we are very focused on image and outward appearance. Even in the wellness industry that claims to promote health, there is a stereotyped image and the implicit message that obtaining this look is what it means to be “healthy” (i.e., low body fat, blemish-free skin, muscle definition etc.). However,…

An Honest Look At PATIENT-CENTERED Care

I went to the dentist the other day for a routine exam and cleaning and it reminded me what being a patient is all about. In a physical therapy clinic, just like in any work environment, it is easy to become habituated to your setting and think that it is perfectly normal to… Use terms…

CHECKLISTS for PHYSICAL THERAPISTS! Re-visited…

  I’ve written about the usefulness of checklists before, so I won’t rehash what I’ve already said (spoiler alert: they can really UP YOUR GAME as a new physical therapist or physical therapy student!): “Performance Hacks for Physical Therapy Evaluations: The Power of The Checklist” However, I wanted to revisit this idea and share the…

Leda’s Interview with Dr. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT

I was so honored to chat with physical therapist and podcast host, Dr. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT on a recent episode of her podcast Healthy, Wealthy, & Smart (episode #446)! Check out the episode here: Healthy Wealthy & Smart: Episode 446: Dr. Leda McDaniel: Holistic Approach to CRPS Thanks Karen for the opportunity to share…

Tips for Treating Lower Extremity Tendinopathies: Part 1: ASSESSMENT

Over the last year or so, I have really delved into the research literature on tendinopathy assessment and treatment. This was motivated in part thanks to an excellent continuing education course that I took from tendinopathy expert Dr. Peter Malliaras, PT, PhD called: “Mastering Lower Limb Tendinopathy 2nd Edition.”1 I have also been interested in…