Episode 08: The Key is Moving Well thePhytchick
Erin Conroy Dr of Physical Therapy
Dr. Erin Conroy studied and played lacrosse at the University of Michigan and then obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Columbia University. She always wanted to continue living in Chicago so now she works on the west side at a non-profit hospital. Dr. Conroy discusses her role at the NICU and the way a physical therapist treats these babies might surprise you. She also splits time with the acute spinal cord injury unit mostly because of gunshot injuries. She works on helping the patients be as independent as possible based on their injury.
Dr. Erin enlightens us on some of the misconceptions of physical therapy by patients and doctors alike. She offers advice on how to land your dream job. One of her keys to success is to explain things to patients in a way that they can understand because ultimately it builds trust in the patients mind.
Dr Erin is in the process of switching her concentration to women’s health and would like to be in a strong leadership role and advocate for furthering the physical therapy profession. She admits to getting that burned out feeling and how she changed her mindset to be reinvigorated about her career.
The pursuit of for passion lead her to starting her own website thePhytChick.com Moving well is an important element of fitness and using the right form in all areas of activities of daily living is key. Between her lacrosse days at Michigan, to her Pilates Reformer and spin classes and weight lifting now in Chicago, she sees a definite need to see an educational boost in proper form and motion. Dr. Conroy advocates to see a physical therapist first when faced with an injury and leave the medicine and pain killers alone to start with.
Don’t do your charts at home and don’t take the emotional baggage of the difficult patient cases home with you either. Show notes can be found at www.adoctorsperspective.net/08 here you can also find tweetable quotes, links to things mentioned and the Travel Tip
She has found more energy and focus in the day if she does exercise in the morning. Dr. Erin also has a varying 90 second mantra around lunch time to refocus for the rest of her days patient interactions.
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