Elite PT March 2019

March 2019

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ELITE Physical Therapy Lagniappe

Celebrating Our PTAs

The Key Role Brandi, Carol, and Jayme Play at ELITE

In 1967, the House adopted a policy statement titled “Training and Utilization of Physical Therapy Aides and Assistants.” This helped establish educational standards, the scope of practice, licensure, and eligibility for APTA membership for PTAs. In 1966, the Louisiana legislature had passed the first Physical Therapy Practice Act, and it was amended in 1992 to permit the Board to license and regulate Physical Therapist Assistants. Now all Physical Therapist Assistants must graduate from a CAPTE accredited physical therapist assistant program. There are now 4 PTA programs in Louisiana, including one right here at Louisiana College. It’s pretty incredible to think about how all this happened in a 50 year span. PTAs have become integral to the field of physical therapy and the treatment of patients. They are a respected part of the profession. Today, it’s hard to imagine the delivery of physical therapy without PTAs on the team. Our three PTAs play a crucial role in the physical therapy field and especially here at ELITE. Brandi, Carol, and Jayme provide therapy under the direction of our physical therapists. They help people of all ages with medical problems or other health- related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform normal activities in their daily lives. Our PTAs provide care that includes teaching patients how to exercise

for mobility, strength, coordination, and the improvement of walking or any other daily activities. Brandi Thiels has been with ELITE for many years, even before receiving her PTA degree in 2007. Brandi has extensive experience with orthopedic conditions, particularly post-operative care. Brandi and her husband, Eric, are the proud parents of two boys, Liam and Eli. Carol Vercher joined the team at ELITE Physical Therapy in 2011. She also has experience in post-operative care and orthopedics. Carol and her wonderful husband, Kevin Vercher, enjoy life with their adult and college-age children. Jayme Perkins worked with ELITE Physical Therapy as a physical therapy tech before graduating as a PTA in 2015. She is enthusiastic about helping patients return to their pre-surgical or pre-injury health. Jayme and her husband, Dutch, are proud parents to two kids, Eloise and Wesley. Brandi, Carol, and Jayme are very important to the team at ELITE. Their care and compassion help set a tone for our whole clinic. They are friendly and professional, and we can’t imagine how we could function without them! –Bart Jones & Don Cassano

This month, we want to shout out some important members of our team — our Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs), Brandi, Carol, and Jayme. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Physical Therapy Assistant graduates, and it seems like the perfect time to highlight the crucial role these professionals play. As they share on their website, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) first began considering the idea of physical therapist assistants in the 1940s. At this point, physical therapists were treating soldiers injured in World War II just as a new polio outbreak emerged. After two world wars, the Great Depression, and multiple polio outbreaks, there was a high demand in the United States for the services of the 2,500 physical therapists working at the time. They needed backup.

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