Premier Rehab PT - October 2018


4120 Heritage Trace Pkwy #220 | Keller, TX 76244 2720 Western Center Blvd. #312 | Fort Worth, TX 76131 5060 Davis Blvd. | North Richland Hills, TX 76180

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My interest in becoming a physical therapist happened through a series of personal events involving a family member and a very good friend. Both suffered serious injuries that required extensive rehab. I assisted in taking them to the rehab sessions and was amazed by the therapists’ interactions with them. I watched their recovery and return to their previous lifestyles. My appreciation for the therapists and my fascination with the profession grew. I saw that they were intent on helping their patients get back on their feet and return to their normal lives. Helping People Take Back Their Lives DISCOVERING THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

establish a relationship to build their plan of care. Our patients come to us curious and unsure about the situation they’re in, and it’s our job to guide them toward steps for their recovery. It’s crucial that we sit them down and explain to them what’s wrong, how we’re going to help them, and that it’s worth putting in the work to return to a pain-free life. Helping people gain the confidence to start living their lives again is very important to me, but so is my family. When I’m not in the office, I’m spending time with them. Traveling is also an important part of who I am, and it’s something I try to do as often as I can. This past summer, I visited Spain, France, Germany and Belgium, but I always come back here to my family and my passion. I love every one of my family members dearly, but they’re not the only ones I consider “family.” I view my work staff as part of my “family.” We work together so much that it’s hard not to think of them that way. We experience good days and bad days, and we work together as a team to get through them no matter what we experience. Our work environment is important to the staff and me and it’s something the patients notice. Everyone who comes through our doors sees the positivity and pride the Premier team has in our work here. The vibe in our clinic wouldn’t be possible without my staff family working so hard and dedicating so much effort toward helping everyone who comes to Premier. –Ellen Murray

At the time, I was working as a systems analyst. While it was a wonderful job, I wasn’t satisfied with it, but I hadn’t made a big decision about where I wanted to go. Watching physical therapists work with my loved ones inspired me to volunteer at a large rehab facility. I continued to observe the same passion and enthusiasm toward the patients being treated and knew I needed to make the change. I headed back to school, which was where I met Kelly at TWU while we were working on our master’s degrees. After I graduated, I heard that Kelly had opened a clinic of her own. I called her up and said, “You need another therapist, don’t you?” I’ve been working here ever since. I’ve been a therapist for 19 years, and I’ve been with Premier Rehab for over 14. I’m so blessed that in all my years of being a therapist, I still love my job. I’ve treated patients from their heads to their toes, including my own family members and people who have been coming here for years. Making a positive influence in people’s lives by

helping patients of all ages progress from an injured state and return to their daily lives is a wonderful experience. There’s so much pleasure in what I do.

As a now long-time therapist at Premier Rehab, it has been a wonderful experience watching the company grow. I started as a staff therapist and then became the clinic coordinator and then the director at our North Richland Hills location.

During our first interaction with our patients, it’s a goal to appropriately educate and




Not all cooking oils are created equal. Some cooking oils have distinct flavors, while others are suited for high temperatures. Every oil is unique. Here are six common oils and their best uses. EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL An often misused oil, extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) should not be used for cooking or frying. It’s simply too delicate and cannot withstand high temperatures, which can damage the flavor, ruining dishes. Instead, use it as a finishing oil — drizzle it over pasta, salad, or bread. OLIVE OIL Unlike EVOO, standard olive oil can be used for cooking and frying. It can withstand temps up to about 460 degrees. In many cases, you can use it in place of other cooking oils — just be sure you’re using plain olive oil and not EVOO. COCONUT OIL Better for baking than cooking, coconut oil is generally solid at room temperature. It can be used for some cooking, but like EVOO it doesn’t play well with high

temperatures. Keep it at 350 degrees or below and use it as a butter substitute.

CANOLA OIL/VEGETABLE OIL A good option for high-heat cooking, baking, and frying, these utilitarian oils are completely neutral in flavor, but they’re not heart-healthy. Vegetable oil is a generic mix of oils, including soybean, canola (rapeseed), and palm oils, making it the most inexpensive cooking oil. PEANUT OIL Great for high-heat cooking, frying, and deep-frying, peanut oil has a neutral flavor, so you can easily use it in just about any dish that needs a cooking oil. It’s also a more heart-healthy option than canola and vegetable oils. AVOCADO OIL When you need an oil to withstand high temps, this is your oil. It has a smoke point of 510 degrees, making it perfect for grilling and stir-frying. What makes avocado oil particularly unique is it can also be used as a finishing oil, like EVOO. It’s light yet resilient.

HELP YOUR CHILDREN AVOID INJURIES Your Children Deserve a Fun and Safe Season!

MAINTAIN HEALTHY EATING HABITS Among getting enough sleep and staying hydrated, eating a nutritionally balanced meal helps your child stay energized and alert during their games. It’s important to make sure your child is eating healthy — they’ll be using a lot of energy during practice and games. A healthy meal will keep them running, jumping, and springing back up if they fall. Planning their breakfasts, lunches, and dinners can ensure that they’re getting the nutrients they need. Pack their lunches and snacks for them to help avoid unhealthy foods. AVOID REPETITIVE STRESS INJURIES (RSIS) RSIs commonly occur in children who have played a single sport, season after season. RSIs occur when a part of the body is placed under an unusual amount of stress from repetitive movements. The stress can lead to inflammation, tissue damage, muscle strain, or fractures. A way to avoid this is to encourage your kids to participate in multiple sports. This allows for a break in the repetition.

Playing sports can be a healthy experience for children of all ages. When they’re playing on teams with children their own age, it helps them develop social skills. They learn how to work with others, follow rules, and set goals. But keep in mind that their mental development is equally as important as their physical health. FIND THE RIGHT GEAR Whether your child plays football, soccer, tennis, or just on the playground, injuries can occur if they’re not properly equipped. Wearing sneakers, mouthguards, or helmets that fit can make all the difference to prevent injury when engaging in physical activity. Some sports gear can be expensive, and younger children will often receive hand-me-downs from their older siblings. Before your child steps onto the field, make sure that their gear fits and is in ideal condition.

Watching your kids succeed in their favorite sport can be one of the proudest times in a parent’s life. Keep your kids happy and healthy all season long!



HAVE A FUN AND SAFE HALLOWEEN! Even the Most Frightening Ghouls Need to Be Careful

Happy Halloween, you goblins, ghouls, witches, and spooks! It’s that time of year again when kids and adults alike can dress up and roam the streets as their favorite heroes, frights, or princesses. While kids are eager to show off their outfits and fill their pillowcases with sugary treasures, it’s crucial to be aware of the potential dangers on Halloween night. PRACTICE STREET SAFETY Make sure your kids understand basic road safety. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “Children are more likely to be struck by a vehicle and killed during Halloween than any other day of the year.”

go over basic safety tips. Teach kids to look both ways before crossing, use crosswalks and traffic signals, cross streets on the corners, and never run across the street. Making eye contact with drivers before walking in front of their cars is also a good way to make sure the driver knows the child is there. CHOOSE SMART COSTUMES Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes! They should be fun, but you can also make them safer by following a few simple guidelines. Add reflective tape to candy bags and costumes and wear light colors to stand out in the dark. Buying or making the right-sized costumes is also important. If they’re too large, they create a tripping hazard, and if they’re too tight,

they can restrict movement. If your child wears a mask, make sure they can see out of it properly. MAKE A PLAN Before heading out to trick or treat, create a plan and discuss it with every member of your family. This ensures that if someone in your group wanders off, they’ll know where to look for you or where to go. In case you’re separated, label your child’s costume with your name, address, and phone number. If your children are old enough to trick or treat without adults, make sure that their cellphones are charged and on them at all times, and schedule regular check-ins.

Before heading out for some good old- fashioned trick-or-treating, take the time to



This meal-in-a-glass smoothie will cure your craving for a pumpkin spice latte. It’s packed with nutrients and fall flavor. If you’re the type of person who uses your blender more than your pots and pans, you’ll definitely want to add this recipe to your rotation.


• 1 cup coconut milk • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin purée • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or substitute with cinnamon and ginger) • 1 frozen banana, sliced • 1 cup ice


1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. 2. Blend on high or on smoothie setting until smooth. 3. Transfer to a cold glass, garnish with pumpkin pie spice, and serve.

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The Importance of Being a Physical Therapist

Understanding Cooking Oils and Their Uses

Tips to Help Your Athlete Avoid Injuries

Trick-or-Treating Safety!

Paleo Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie

Dallas Local Events


Enjoy your Texas autumn this year with these family-friendly events happening near you!

face masks or hand props will be allowed inside for safety reasons. Admission is $2 a ticket for Grapevine residents and $5 for non-residents. FALL FESTIVAL Where: Christian Chapel Temple of Faith, 14120 Noel Road, Dallas When: Saturday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Christian Chapel, where all are welcome to join the Fall Festival for free. Participants of all ages can enjoy fall games, such as sack races, and food, all while listening to live music.

FAMILY CAMPOUT AND MOVIE Where : Bethany Lakes Park, 745 South Allen Heights Drive, Allen When: Saturday, Oct. 13–14, 3 p.m. to 9 a.m. This event is just what your family needs to get out of the house and enjoy some quality time together. Families are invited to come to Bethany Lakes Park to set up their tents and enjoy an evening of camping traditions in this beautiful park. Later in the evening, settle down to watch a movie at the amphitheater. Admission costs $10 per person and $60 per family group — Children ages 2 and under get in for free.

THE GRAPEYARD Where: Oak Grove Park,

1299 Oak Grove Loop North, Grapevine When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26–27, 6–11 p.m.

October brings the delight of spooks and scares, and this event is the best chance to get hyped for Halloween. The Grapeyard carnival is filled with classic carnival games and a haunted trail. Savor the treats available for all attendees, while the scares continue throughout the night. Individuals of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite goblin, princess, or hero — no



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