ROC Physical Therapy - January 2020




A lot of education, training, and dedication goes into the process of becoming a physical therapist. But it’s not something you do alone — it takes a truly spectacular team to make the most successful practices work. Some members of our team work behind the scenes more than others, but they’re an absolutely crucial part of our practice that we couldn’t function without. They are our physical therapy aides. Aides act as our right hands and our left hands. They assist physical therapists in virtually anything and everything they need, like exercise specialties, client interactions, administrative assistance, and yes, sometimes cleaning duties. At ROC, we hire students who are interested in physical therapy or other related medical fields in an effort to promote useful real-world education and experience. More often than not, these aides are college students or recent graduates who are hungry to learn more about the field, and we couldn’t be happier to help. That’s because it’s truly inspiring to see how passionate they are even though they’re just starting out on their professional journeys. It’s an endless amount of fun to work with eager young minds. I always describe them like sponges: hungry to absorb anything and everything they can about what we do, all during the often-limited time they have with

us. They also lend a fun spirit to our company culture with their inquisitive eagerness. One of the core values we instill is teamwork, and no one exemplifies that value more than our aides. It’s their capacity for knowledge, their willingness to perform tasks, and their enthusiastic interactions with our patients that make them such a pleasure to work with. Getting into a physical therapy school or program is tough. It’s an extremely competitive field, and sometimes, even those with the best training and mindset have to give it a few tries before making the progress they’re after. For this reason, it’s always thrilling when one of our own makes it into a program. We’re always sad to see another baby bird fly the nest, but in the end, it’s what we’re all about. If we can contribute to one of our aides going on to help even one person at some point in the future, we’ll know we’ve done our jobs right by them. It’s gratifying and humbling to know the training we provide multiplies our effectiveness beyond our walls, helping people in pain get the treatment they need. We’d like to give a special shoutout to Lauren, one of our aides who was accepted to physical therapy school in the fall of 2019 and will be starting in August 2020. We couldn’t be prouder and can’t wait to see what she achieves!

role, whatever that might be. Some of our aides don’t go on to be physical therapists, instead taking on different roles in the medical community. Others might find an entirely different path along their way. Whatever they decide, it’s a thrill to play a role in their lives when they’re making big decisions for themselves. On the other side of the coin, I’d be lying if I didn’t say our aides teach me something new every single day I work with them. They each have unique strengths, personalities, and insights that help us tackle issues, keep outstanding repertoire with our clients, and see the value in continuing to educate ourselves. We’re incredibly lucky to work with them every day, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the world of physical therapy. –Matt Smith

It’s an incredible thing to watch someone blossom and step into their

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