Advanced Practice Physical Therapy July 2019

JULY 2019 | 406-770-3171


During my four years at Advanced Practice PT, I’ve been fortunate enough to make some genuine relationships that will last a lifetime. My time with our staff and patients has not only allowed me to grow in my professional life as a physical therapy assistant, but it has also given me the chance to make some friends who have carried over far beyond the office. Our company culture of compassion and lighthearted understanding gives our patients the peace of mind they need to continue working toward their ultimate recovery. That’s something I’m proud to be a part of. My journey in physical therapy has taken me all over the place, but I couldn’t be happier to call Advanced Practice PT my home and work alongside this upstanding staff of specialists. At the end of the day, we’re just here to help. Whatever your ailment is and no matter how much of a lost cause you think you are, I can assure you that we’ll help you get back to the life you love. My life wasn’t always so glamorous, though. Like most people, I grew up not knowing exactly what I wanted to do for a career. Growing up in Geraldine, I started out thinking that I wanted to be an accountant during my high school years — exciting, I know. But accounting was always a passion for me. I had always loved the thrill and challenge of crunching numbers, and I continued that passion up until my freshman year of college at MSU Billings. I took a managerial accounting class and realized that I absolutely

hated it. Something about the reality of a desk job scared me straight, so I set out to make a new path for myself. One day it dawned on me that PT might be the right route to pursue. I thought back to when I was playing sports in high school and all the injuries that my teammates and I had to deal with. From those setbacks, we all got very familiar with the practice of physical therapy. From that point onward, the idea of entering this industry was always in the back of my head. Getting people back to the life they love the most was always very attractive to me. After I switched my major and graduated, I got a job at a practice in Fort Benton for about 2 1/2 years. While I loved the staff, the wintertime commutes from Great Falls were about to be the end of me. Luckily, I soon found a position with Advanced Practice PT and joined the team here, thus ending my cycle of braving the elements to drive hours to work every day. As soon as I met the staff, we just clicked. The laid-back and fun atmosphere drew me closer to my workmates, and we’ve gotten along great ever since. Today, my work mostly revolves around helping out the main physical therapists by taking patients off their plates when our schedules get too hectic. I am able to readily assist them in anything they need, like performing soft tissue massages or helping patients with their therapeutic exercises. A lot of people have

misconceptions about the true nature of physical therapy, so when they come to our office for an appointment, I am happy to show them just how much our industry can offer them. I am very proud of my work. I am proud to be able to get to the roots of our patients' issues, address the problems at the core, and lead them on roads to recovery and happiness. pastimes. In the summertime, you can often find me on the lake or at a campsite. If I’m not there, I’m likely playing a round of golf or trying my hand at our city’s softball leagues. Ultimately, I think I’ve got it pretty good, and I’d like to thank Advanced Practice PT for giving me a chance to make a real difference in our little community. To find out what we can do for you, simply give us a call at 406-770-3171 or visit our website anytime at When I’m not in the office, I love taking part in some of Montana’s great

– Kelsee Clark, PTA

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