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On this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Dr. Michael Weinper speaks with guest host Dr. Stephanie Weyrauch about the American Physical Therapy Association’s Vision 2020. Passed by the House of Delegates in 2000, Vision 2020 was APTA’s plan for the future of physical therapy. In his 2000 Dicus Award speech, Dr. Weinper discussed his predictions of where the profession would be in 2020. Dr. Weinper and Dr. Weyrauch revisit the elements of Vision 2020 and analyze whether our profession has accomplished a vision of the future set twenty years earlier.

In this episode, we discuss:

-How has the physical therapy profession evolved since the drafting of Vision 2020?

-The student loan debt to income ratio

-Advocacy efforts to achieve full direct access in all of the States

-The importance of lifelong learning and evidence-based practice

-And so much more!

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For more information on Dr. Weinper:

Dr. Michael WeinperMichael Weinper, PT, DPT, MPH, cofounded the company in 1985 with his partner, Fred Rothenberg, a former executive at Blue Cross of California. A physical therapist with more than 40 years of experience in clinical practice, management consulting, administration, and program development, Weinper is also a principal in Progressive Physical Therapy, a private practice, with four locations in Southern California.

Weinper received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science (physical therapy) from California State University, Northridge. He received a certificate in physical therapy from that institution in conjunction with UCLA Hospitals and Clinics. Weinper later received his Master of Public Health degree (M.P.H.) from UCLA in Health Services Administration and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the EIM Institute for Health Professions in Louisville, KY.

Weinper has been active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He has served as a member of the APTA’s Task Force on Physician Ownership of Physical Therapy Services, as a member of its Committee on Physical Therapy Practice, as the association’s chairperson on its Task Force on Reimbursement, on the Board of Directors for APTA’s California Chapter and national Private Practice Section, and as trustee of the APTA Congressional Action Committee (now known as PT-PAC). Weinper received the prestigious Robert G. Dicus Award from the Private Practice Section of the APTA in 2000, and he received the Charles Harker Policy Maker Award from the APTA Health Policy and Administration Section in 2011.

On behalf of the state of California, Weinper has served as a member of the Physical Therapy Subcommittee of the Division of Industrial Accidents, now known as the Division of Workers’ Compensation. He also has served as an expert to the Medical Board of California, where among his activities he has appeared on behalf of the People in insurance fraud trials. He has provided expert witness testimony on behalf of more than 20 insurance companies.

A former associate professor of health science at California State University, Northridge, Weinper is a frequent presenter for various professional associations including the National Managed Healthcare Conference, the American Medical Care and Review Association, and the APTA. He has authored many articles for both physical therapy and insurance industry publications.

 For more information on Stephanie:

Dr. Stephanie Weyrauch Dr. Stephanie Weyrauch is employed as a physical therapist at Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers in Orange, Connecticut. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Weyrauch has served as a consultant for a multi-billion dollar company to develop a workplace injury prevention program, which resulted in improved health outcomes, OSHA recordables, and decreased healthcare costs for the company’s workforce. She has served on multiple national task forces for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and actively lobbies for healthcare policy issues at the local, state, and national levels of government. Currently, she serves as Vice President of the American Physical Therapy Association Connecticut Chapter and is a member of the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Weyrauch is also the co-host for The Healthcare Education Transformation Podcast, which focuses on innovations in healthcare education and delivery. Dr. Weyrauch has performed scientific research through grants from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation at world-renowned institutions including Stanford University and Washington University in St. Louis. Her research examining movement patterns and outcomes in people with and without low back pain has led to numerous local, regional, and national presentations and a peer-reviewed publication in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a top journal in rehabilitation.

Read the full transcript below:

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:00:01):

Hello everyone. And welcome to the healthy, wealthy and smart podcast. I’m your guest host Stephanie Weyrauch and I am interviewing Mike Weinper who’s the president and CEO of physical therapy provider network or PTPN as it’s better known and also a private practice owner for progressive physical therapy in California. The reason that I wanted to talk to Mike today, as he won the Robert G Dicus award for the private practice section back in 2000, and he has been an instrumental person in practice, leadership, innovation, legislative, and political issues, healthcare reform, and a number of other areas where he’s really had the opportunity to champion innovation and leadership. And one of the things that, you know, we know it’s 2020, and obviously vision 2020 has something that has happened in the APTA was written back in 2000 and in Mike’s Dicus award speech, he talked a little bit about where he thought the profession would be in 2020, in 2000. And so I’m really interested in kind of his take on where we are today. So Mike, welcome to the healthy, wealthy and smart podcast. And tell us a little bit about yourself.

Michael Weinper (00:01:21):

Well, thanks Stephanie, for the very nice introduction and it’s a pleasure and an honor to be with you today. At some level, I’m considered by some, to be a dinosaur, having gotten my Dicus ward 20 years ago, and now long in my career, I’m just celebrating my 50th anniversary as a PT. So I hope that some people won’t tune out just because of that. Maybe if nothing else, they can see me as a history lesson, any event, I can tell you that back in 1992 the California chapter of APTA now called California PT association created a long range planning task force that I was honored to serve on. And in that task force where a lot of leaders in the profession in California names that were household names, then probably names and most people would not know now, but our plan was to draft a long range vision.

Michael Weinper (00:02:21):

If you will, a crystal ball of what things would look like some 18 years later in 2010, kind of looking back, it’s interesting to look at and we created, I believe 18 different points that would be goals if you will, of the association and the primary aspects of that working document, which was called PT 2010 by the California association. I’m sure if you were interested, you could look it up or get a copy of it. Then later became the working document for APTA called PT 2020. And since we are now in 2020, I wish we would have known then what we know now, because things have dramatically changed in many ways, but in other ways they have not. And so I guess I could give you some of the ideas we envisioned back in 1992, if you’d like, and then we can take it from there.

Michael Weinper (00:03:23):

So in that document, we said that PTs would be able to evaluate and diagnose conditions that’s true today, perform specialized treatment procedures and work in teams with physical therapists and PT assistants. So all that did come true. Next, the PTs would be able to initiate services subsequent to their own evaluation diagnosis without referral from or diagnosis by another practitioner. And that in 2000 that had not yet been accomplished, but we, now we know we have independence and practice almost every state with regard to our licensure. In most therapists are, would be in independent press configurations with other therapists, maybe who would work in a hospital. In other words, there would be an opportunity to be clinically specialized in it with a board certification, which we now know has really grown quite a bit.

Michael Weinper (00:04:25):

And they would be sought out. These specialists would be sought out by consuming public and third party payers. Not as much. I don’t think our profession has reached to the public well enough to get the public, to understand what a board certification really means and what it takes to become a board certified specialist in our profession, but I’m progressing for a moment. Anyway. So then we said that PTs would be able to be involved in the continuum of care from the hospital to the home, to the private practice. In other words, PTs would have hospital-based privileges and they would be able to go there. And then if the patient were home, many of them would be able to then go to the patient’s home and treat them there and then follow them up in the office. And so that was another kind of idea we had way back then.

Michael Weinper (00:05:21):

So it would be basically following the patient through the episode of care from beginning to discharge and obviously getting them ambulatory and functional. We also said that this is a good one that PTs would become diagnosticians. And more importantly that we would be at the entry point in healthcare which wasn’t the case in 2000, but in now in some places, it is that therapists are in fact these musculoskeletal specialists would be a cause we can do it musculoskeletal evaluation or diagnosis many states now recognize that. And some insurance companies have recognized that we can be an entry point into the system, which I believe going forward, it’s going to become much more prominent because of the higher cost of care. And actually Stephanie, the difficulty we all experienced when we try to refer a patient to a specialist, state, an orthopedist or a neurologist to do an evaluation so we can follow the patient.

Michael Weinper (00:06:18):

We find that it can take several weeks for that patient to get in, to see the physician, whereas they can usually get in to see us in a few days. So I think that’s something that we will see more of in the future, but back then we had it as a dream, but not a reality. We also said that at that time, that instead of 24 weeks of internship that were experienced by PT graduates back in those years, we thought internships would last one year. Now that I don’t think there’s a, but we have in fact seen fellowships and other levels of work where therapists are really going into specialization so that they in fact can do things over a year’s period of time and then becoming sort of like specialists. So those were sort of the, kind of, I think the basic things that would be of importance today.

Michael Weinper (00:07:15):

We did also, this was a very important one. We identified that in the year 2010 PT would be a doctorate profession. That was what our key points of doctorate and profession. And lo and behold now our entry level is what a DPT, a doctorate. I’m very proud to say that I went back and got my DPT a little over 10 years ago. I talked back in 1982, and I certainly wanted to walk the walk before 2010. So cause that was our benchmark was 2010. So with that in mind I think it’s important to realize that we have become doctoral people. In other words, we are now at a level of sophistication with our education and hopefully some research that gives the PT of today a much broader view of a patient, their wellness or their disability, and gives them better tools, which the function do the evaluation or assessment of the patient, and then follow up with treatment compared to how things were back when I graduated in 1969.

Michael Weinper (00:08:31):

So and I found that when I got my DPT that I learned quite a bit. I learned some of the things I learned actually were more on how to think differently than I had thought previously. And I will tell you that some of the things that I learned that were most valuable to me was how other people think so studying with other transitional DPT candidates gave me an opportunity for me because I was the oldest person in my class. Gave me an opportunity to hear people think and how they process, how they analyze and how they come to the decisions they do. And then how do they communicate it? I like to think I’m a good communicator, but oftentimes I get really wrapped up or wound up and, you know, I go off on a tangent and I probably go down the rabbit hole and maybe other people in today’s world are much more succinct.

Michael Weinper (00:09:31):

And to the point also I can tell you that I was privileged back in 1975 to get my MPH at UCLA and the school of public health there. And I learned a lot about things that are important today, including epidemiology, which we now know is at the forefront of everybody’s thinking and infection control and making for safe environments, which was only very basically touched in my DPT program. But one of the things that I really enjoyed was the differential diagnosis courses I took and the radiological courses I took that gave me a much broader sense for things that I’d studied back previously, or maybe taken some content courses, but went into much more depth and listening to other people discuss those kinds of things. So that’s how things were back then. I can tell you also that insurance companies were perceived to be able to give PTs a lot more latitude. And it’s only been in recent years that many insurance coverage industry to pay for PT. That’s independent of physician referral. We’re still working with Medicare on that. You and I know all the snow and I think the day will come that the feds will start to get a little wiser and realize the cost benefit of the PT being an entry point into the system.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:10:58):

I think that that’s a really great overview of kind of what you guys envisioned back in the early nineties and kind of correlating that with vision 2020. So the APTA vision 2020 and a couple elements that made that basically encompassed a lot of what you said. So autonomous physical therapist practice was one of them, direct access, evidence based practice, doctor physical therapy and lifelong education PPS as practitioners of choice and professionalism. So those were when the house of delegates discussed this, those were the main themes that they were looking for. So keeping those themes in mind, let’s maybe start by talking about the doctorate of physical therapy. I mean, that was something that you were obviously very proud of. You will talk the talk, you walk the walk. So what do you think? Well, studies have been shown the DPT student debt now varies between 85,000 and 150,000. Okay. Do you think based off of what we’re seeing today, as far as student debt, do you think that today’s DPT is a good return on investment? And do you think that the salary for the physical therapist has kept up with the increases in training and inflation?

Michael Weinper (00:12:14):

Well, I’m very happy to hear you raised this question because it’s a question that I not only think about a lot. I talked about a lot with my colleagues and I also talked with students who are becoming PTs and people have gone into residencies for a year post-doctoral now for purposes of gaining a better outlook on things. And I must tell you that when we gave thought to the idea of PT being a doctoral profession, never in our wildest dreams, did we think about the cost benefit aspects of it as it relates to educational costs back then costs were not inexpensive. You should teach part time at USC and Cal state university Northridge. And I remember students used to complain about the cost of education back then, but it was nothing as compared to today. So to get to your point, I am sad to say that we have not grown our income levels for PT to the level that they should be given the doctoral training that we received.

Michael Weinper (00:13:29):

And the depth that usually goes with that, unless you’ve got some kind of a rich uncle or a greatness scholarship, having said that most PTs coming out with a lot of debt, and then they find themselves in jobs that they don’t want to do. Let me just elaborate a little bit on that. PTs in private practice is considered by many to be the desired venue in which to work because patients are coming to you. You have all kinds of equipment and resources and hopefully a nice facility to work in. And the patients for all intents and purposes are ambulatory or said differently. You’re not going to be ambulating a patient in a hospital hallway and have something happen to your shoe. If you can get my drift in any event, it seems that most PTs that come out of school today are struggling with where they want to work versus where they have to work and where they have to often work or those places that pay more because they’re less desirable.

Michael Weinper (00:14:35):

So as the desirability quotient increases, the unfortunately the salary decreases because of in part supply and demand. And also to a greater extent because insurance companies are not reimbursing PTs in private setting, like they are in the hospital, for example. So if I go to work in the hospital, I can make a lot more right out of school than if I go to work for an independent therapist in the same community. On the same side, I can go to work for a home health agency, not have this desirable of a work environment. Have you seen changes from patient to patient, but make better money, but then again, have other costs of doing business. And I think at the end of the day, those who do home health, and I don’t mean to criticize those of you who do, but if you look at your cost of doing business and take that away from your income, you find that your true income is much less than you thought it was going to be.

Michael Weinper (00:15:30):

Whether it’s wear and tear on your car, gasoline insurance, you have to carry on your own, whatever it may be, equipment you might have to buy and so on. So it seems to me that the desirability of where you’d like to work and the pay ratio is a universally, but proportionate with that in mind, it’s a function of insurance companies, and this is where I really go down a rabbit hole. And that is why are PTs and private practice paid less? And the answer is because PTs in private practice accept less, they have an, I am very secure, experienced on this. Having started PTPN 35 years ago, a managed care company for PTs in private practice. And we have always advocated for higher reimbursement. And in fact, we Protestant have been successful in getting a higher reimbursement for PT and practices that are in our organization.

Michael Weinper (00:16:30):

Then PTs were in the community who are not in our organization. However, because PTs are willing to accept whatever insurance company pays. In other words, they don’t want to lose business. They accept fees. They’re much lower than they should. And that has driven down the value of PT in the mind of the insurer and that’s led to lower salaries. And so to get to the end of this thought, PTs coming out of school, don’t get proportion of the kind of income they should with a doctorate. And let’s contrast that for just a moment to a PA, a PA has less training than we do. They will usually get a master’s degree. They work in a physician’s office, but the way that they can bill under the physician’s license gives them much better reimbursement. It makes them more valuable to the physician and therefore their income is oftentimes much greater even out of school, you know, apples to apples. Then we get as a PT out of school.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:17:31):

Yeah. I think you make a lot of really great points there. I mean, the doctor, the DPT was obviously great as far as, you know, gaining direct access, being more autonomous, but you know, the cost of education has obviously sky rocketing it. So based on, you know, your ideas, what do you think that the private practice section can do to help guide new graduates through the uncertainties of student debt?

Michael Weinper (00:17:57):

Wow. there’s a lot of things that come to mind. First of all, we, as a profession have to be better educated to know when to say, no, that’s a K N O W and N O in the same sentence. Know when to say no. In other words, if insurance companies are offering rates that are below what it costs us to business or below what we think we should be reimbursed, we need to learn to say no to them and walk away from that business. Maybe it’s better to see fewer patients and make more money and be able to compensate our staff better than to take every insurance contract that comes down the road that pays less than it costs you to run your business. Those in private practice who might be listening to this podcast are shaking their heads affirmatively I’m sure because they get it.

Michael Weinper (00:18:47):

Those who are not in private practice probably don’t understand what I just said. I don’t need that it was criticism, but I think that at the educational level, during your basic education it’s therapists need to learn more about socioeconomics as it relates to our profession. Supply demand economics certainly, and cost of doing business are key points. In years past for APTA taught courses on economics made easy for PTs because many of us come out of school even today without very much in the way of business knowledge or knowing much about economics. And once you learn more about that, things become much clearer and it makes it easier to make decisions that are in the best interest of our profession. So I think the PPS can, it does from time to time try its best to educate us on how to be better managers, if you will.

Michael Weinper (00:19:51):

And that includes things like the economics. But I think we, as a profession need to be top of mind with economics and learn how to advocate more as a group, as a profession, not just individuals because insurance companies will not look, listen to individuals. They will disappear to larger groups. To that point, larger groups get better reimbursement. So that point hospitals being really affiliated with one another or powerful entity as an association get better reimbursement. So I think that getting PTs together to understand I know APTA has advocated for many years better reimbursement. I worked with APTA in different retreats for payers. So there was a way to bring together a summit, a payer summit, they call it where they bring together many insurance companies. Actually I did one in Connecticut where you are cause that’s a sort of a hodgepodge or location of many insurance companies.

Michael Weinper (00:20:55):

So we had several speakers who knew a lot about reimbursement, including Helene furan, a dear friend of mine and others who would speak to insurers about what is PT? What does a PT do? How do we evaluate patients? What does it cost to run a business to give these payers a better understanding, but remind you be reminded. These were not big association meetings. We brought peers together. So we might have 25 or 30 people in a room, some of whom which were larger decision makers than others, but when it came right down to it, we didn’t have the ability to follow up with them and push them down the road to where they would be accepting of what we do. So we today, the cost benefit of coming to PT, I’m sad to say is very disappointing. It takes you a long time to work off your debt. Hopefully in the future, our government will see fit that people in professions like ours need to have better forgiveness of their debt in return for doing public service for the public we serve.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:22:06):

Yeah. I think that you make a great point about the fact that we as private practitioners need to walk away from some of these more measly reimbursement contracts. And you know, one of the things that we hear a lot with incoming graduates is that there are a lot of private practices that have very high volume. And one of the reasons that they have low job satisfaction is because they’re seeing so many patients. So I think that you make a really great point in saying that, you know, maybe it’s better that we take fewer insurance companies, see fewer patients, but get paid more because now you’re eliminating that burnout and that poor job satisfaction and allowing that new professional, or, you know, even if it’s a veteran physical therapist, make the money that they actually deserve with the training that they have.

Michael Weinper (00:22:58):

Exactly right. And that’s why we need to really advocate politically. And that’s why the PT PAC is a very important thing to be involved with because we, as a profession can be heard through advocacy many, many years ago, I was one of the early trustees of what we used to call APTCAC American physical therapy, congressional action committee, which now PTPAC. And I always used to say, and I consider you to say today, if every PT would just give $25 to political action, how much more strength we could have because we live in a world where legislators listen to those who support them, support them with votes and support them financially so they can get folks important that we do get to legislators.

Michael Weinper (00:23:54):

We have a lot of people in Congress who are friends and have been our friends for many years, but we need more. And when things come up like budgetary cuts of Medicare, where they talk about an 8% reduction in Medicare reimbursement coming in next January, which I hope goes away. I think it will go away. I pray it would go away. But if it doesn’t, I mean, think about that. You’re getting a reduction in your reimbursement, which is not that great today. And they’re going to reduce it even more. What’s that gonna do to salaries? It’s not going to help the PTs in private practice. And this is something that I think many people who are not in private practice, the students podcast may or may not, may not believe, but it has to be true.

Michael Weinper (00:24:40):

I’ve spoken to hundreds of PTs in private practice over the years. And I think many people would be appalled or shocked at least to realize that many people who own private practices do not make a lot of money. I spoke to a PT just last week here in Southern California, who was impacted by the rallies that were going on with black lives matter. And unfortunately, during that time, there was some looting and pillage went on by some bad actors, if you will, not people who were affiliated with the rallies themselves, but people who took advantage of that and broke into places and solving fuel and burn places. We all heard about that here in Southern California was one of those places in other parts of the country, the same thing that held true, that PT, when I talked to them and was trying to do what I could do to help them rebuild their practice. Cause your practice had been broken into and everything taken.

Michael Weinper (00:25:42):

I asked this individual if they would be willing to share with me how much they make per year. This person said to me, under $80,000

Michael Weinper (00:25:58):

And I pause for a second. And since not only for the problems they were experiencing because of the looting and stuffed up to their office, but for the fact that even under good times, they weren’t making a lot of money and they were working hard. They’re working 10, 12 hours a day, sometimes on weekends. That is because they were in a situation where their cost of doing business is almost as high as what they would receive in payment.

Michael Weinper (00:26:24):

And we know that owners of businesses get what’s ever left over after paying all the other bills, including salaries and benefits and rent and all the other things that come to mind. And it’s not uncommon to find people who own their own practices, who do not make a lot of money and you have to take a lot of risks. So it’s one of these things that we need Congress to better understand that it’s important to support physical therapy as a profession, because we are a very valid and important aspect of the health care continuum that if we aren’t there the cost of care will go up because rehabilitation, I believe, and I’m sure you believe decreases overall cost of care. So getting Congress to vote that in and to budget more money for us and Medicare, and then hopefully getting insurance companies to understand that not every therapist is going to do things on the low ball side of it, but really are going to hold out for a higher compensation that they’re entitled to.

Michael Weinper (00:27:36):

They’re going to be more inclined more and as a parent more it’s my idea that therapists should be able to own practices to be able to pay their staff more. I’ve always said, Stephanie, that I wish I could pay every therapist that works in our practice, $150,000. I think they’re easily worth it, but it’s a function of what we get paid. And I can tell you that, you know, my own practice, progressive PT my income hasn’t gone up in over 10 years and I don’t make, you know, I don’t make a lot of money in it, but it’s because I get what’s left over after we pay everybody. I feel that we’ve got to give our employees reasonable compensation for what they do. And we don’t use a lot of extenders. We don’t do a lot of things that are in the realm of I’m doing it on the cheap side as many people do.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:28:31):

Yeah. I think that your points about advocacy are really important because I know APTA has been working on that 8% cut. You haven’t written to your Congressman. I definitely encourage those of you listening to this podcast today to log onto APTA’s website, whether you’re a member or not and write a letter to your Congressman, it really only takes three seconds. Additionally, there has also been a legislation that has gone forward with trying to increase the loan forgiveness for DPT students. APTA is always trying to get us to have pay, be paid more so that advocacy piece is really important. So that kind of brings me into the next pillar or the next element of vision 2020 and that’s full direct access. So we do have at the some form of direct access in all 50 States right now, however, there are three States where the direct access is extremely limited, where you basically can only do a wellness evaluation without a doctor’s referral. And then there are about 27 States where you have direct access with basically limitations or rules attached to it. And a lot of those have to do with say diagnosis or with different interventions like dry needling or electrical stimulation. Those types of things. So kind of along that route, how can PPS ensure that we get full direct access in each state? What are some things that the association can do and that physical therapists can do?

Michael Weinper (00:30:04):

That’s a wonderful question. And I think the answer is create stronger advocates in each state because what you’re talking now is not about federal legislation, but state legislation. In other words, each licensing act is governed by the state legislature. So having a good group of PTs who can rally and lobby, if you will, or have a lobbyist, if there is a big enough state to meet with members of the state legislature to express how important it is in an effort to control costs in healthcare, to give therapists more clinical rights and abilities, that’s where it starts. Once you get that, then you can get insurance companies to start to buy in because they realize that is legal in that given state. I have seen this happen throughout my career that has been slow to come. We’ve been shooting for direct access. And at the same time also trying to eliminate the need for there to be physician intervention in certain musculoskeletal situations where we now are trained as diagnosticians to be able to evaluate and treat these things.

Michael Weinper (00:31:17):

It’s my hope in the future that we get the opportunity from a licensure standpoint to order x-rays, to order lab work and things like that, to where we can have more information at our fingertips, but then to have to refer out. But only where it’s appropriate, where we’re adequately trained to do that. You have to teach legislators what is PT and what is the benefits of PT and what are the cost savings that insurance companies, the public. And we all save by giving the opportunity for patients to be strong entry points into the healthcare field. It’s certainly fond for us to evaluate patient. And in some States you can do, like you said, dry needling. I live in a state, California doesn’t even allow dry needling. I have people in my practice who teach dry needling to therapists around the company because he used to do that where they worked in other States, very frustrating for them, extremely frustrating for me, but it takes legislation.

Michael Weinper (00:32:25):

It takes talks. It takes contributions to your local state PAC, and most of them have it now. And to be involved in APTA, I think is key that so many PTs I call nine to fivers. They come in and they do their nine to five and go home and they forget about their profession. People like you and others who are dedicated to making this a better profession for PTs of the future, not to mention the public that receives our care are the ones that make things happen. And so being more involved in our field through volunteerism obviously is key, I think, to change and too many of us look to the other guy to do it, whether it’s writing a letter to your congressmen, or there’s going to meeting with a state legislator, whether it’s inviting your local state representatives into your practices, see who you are and what you do.

Michael Weinper (00:33:27):

All of the things bode well for growing our practice. And too few of us, unfortunately do that. We don’t realize that it starts fortunately with regulations and what we can do and how we can do it. So the quest, if you will, or request, I should say would be that we as a profession, get more involved in our association because the association is the focal point for getting the information to legislators. It’s our association that has the greatest credibility. And I can tell you that one of the reasons I went back and got my DPT was that I saw that when I would testify on a bill in Sacramento here, there would be people with a doctorate, not necessarily in our field, but just doctorates, so would speak against what we were doing it. And I would get up there and I would have 40 years of experience, and we have a master of public health degree then on my doctorate.

Michael Weinper (00:34:26):

And I were always, and I would like to think I had good presentation and good preparation and knew the facts. And yet it was those who had doctorates that were, or had the title doctor who were paid more attention to now, we as PTs have that title. And now we’re sort of in a level playing field with other professions, from the term being entitled a doctor. And with that credibility, we need now to take more action, we need to spend more time trying to create change in my Dicus talk back in 2000, I said that people were afraid of change and it’s true. And even today they’re afraid of change and we all like the status quo, but the reality is we need as a profession to embrace change because with change comes progress and we need to progress as a field of profession. If you think about things it takes a village if say and certainly in our professional, it’s no different, we have to be part of that village. We can’t just be part of the tribe. We need to be active leaders of our village.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:35:43):

Yeah. And I think, you know, if you look back at where we were with direct access 20 years ago, I mean, obviously we’re in a much better state than where we were, but some of the resources that I know PPS has for people with their fighting, the direct access is they do offer grants to state associations if they’re doing any type of lobbying. So if you haven’t applied to one of those, it’s a pretty hefty amount of money. It’s like five or $10,000, which that goes a long way when you’re paying the lobbyists to do the work for you. You know, they also have a key contacts program and they offer resources for practitioners that if you do invite a legislature in a legislator into your practice, or you are trying to advocate for a bill, like they provide all that information for you on their website and on the APTA action app.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:36:29):

So, I mean, PPS does have resources out there that we can utilize to try to continue in our fight with direct access. And I mean, yes, we’re in a much better place than where we were 20 years ago, but like you said, change takes time. And as a, you know, as a young professional, I definitely would love to see change happen even faster. So you know, the more people we can get together and build that village, the faster it’s going to happen in your Dicus speech, you also talked about how you envisioned that physical therapist will be evaluating and diagnosing conditions, performing specialized treatment procedures and working with the PTA team. And then you also envision that there would be no referral needed by another practitioner. And I know you’ve kind of covered this a little bit, but give us an idea of where we are, where we’re at with this prediction and what you think the future holds. Because as you know, a lot of these direct access bills that we have still restrict our ability to quote unquote diagnose conditions or even perform specific procedures. So kind of give us an idea of where we are compared to 2000 and where you see us going in the future.

Michael Weinper (00:37:41):

Well we are obviously light years ahead of where we were in 2000, just by hearing what you described to helping things in what I predicted. And I think from the standpoint of going forward, we need to be cognizant of the fact that we can change things if we put some effort to, and in other words, so many therapists don’t do things because I think I hear people say, Oh, it doesn’t make a difference, or they’ll say somebody else will do it. And the truth is that we all need to be more involved. And I’m one of those key contacts and have been for many, many years. I can only tell you that how rewarding it is to invite a legislator or even somebody who works in their office, into your office, into your practice, to visit with you, see what you do, talk to you, the things that are your barriers to growth and barriers to doing for patients, what we should be doing and should have been doing for many years.

Michael Weinper (00:38:46):

And I think it’s more important to understand what you can’t do versus what you can do. And you only learn that by going to stage or talking to people in other States who have full privileges to do those things and have that true autonomy. So I think that by attending association meetings, for example, PPS is a great example or CSM when it comes back. And, and I say this, not just going to the meetings, but talking to people, not just your friends, but talking to people you don’t know, but from other States where you might know there’s a lot more progress, ask them what they did and how they did it, or talk to the leadership in those States, in those state associations and ask them, how did they accomplish what they accomplished? Because it takes a lot of work and there’s a lot of resistance by other professions, physicians be it chiropractors, osteopaths, even dentists from time to time resist, having us grow to where we should grow.

Michael Weinper (00:39:53):

And the key again is educating the public, what we do. So when you’re treating them, let them know what you can do, what you can’t do all because of the laws, even though you might be trained to do these things. And sometimes the best advocacy doesn’t come from ourselves. It comes from the people we serve our patients. So getting people to write letters to their members of the legislature is very important. But I think getting more people to stand up, write letters, attend hearings in your state Capitol become more involved, become more aware of the benefits you can create, not only for the professional, but certainly for yourselves as well. And that’s one of the reasons that I’ve been very involved in APTA throughout my career was I felt that I had the ability to change things if I would only work at it.

Michael Weinper (00:40:47):

And I was very blessed. You haven’t brought it up, but Bob Dicus for who the Dicus award is named obviously was one of my mentors. When I was a student, I got to meet Bob. He was already very deep in his ALS disease in Georgia. He was fully wheelchair bound and tied to a respirator, but that man had so much knowledge. He was one of the first private practitioners. And one should only go to the PPS website and learn more about Bob and what a great man he was and what a visionary he was for our profession. As a matter of fact, just to digress for a moment, he is the one who created the ALS society nationally. He was the inventor of that. He had a second professional. He was in, he was a motion picture producer in his later years when he couldn’t be a PT, he went into motion pictures.

Michael Weinper (00:41:48):

A lot of them had to do with rehabilitation and things that we do. They weren’t necessarily featured like Sims, but he got involved in that kind of communication. So it always goes to the fact that I think some of the best PTs are the ones who are best able to communicate with their patients, with the public, with our legislator. Sure. Those are the PTs who really do the best, because if you’re good with your patients in communicating, you’re able to motivate them to do the right thing. Right. And communication is something that we need to study more perhaps in school. I teach a lecture on communicating with different generations because as I become part of the older generation and looking at the younger people, I see how you and others in your generation and younger generations communicate with one another as much different than what my experience is.

Michael Weinper (00:42:43):

I grew up with our computers. I remember the very first calculators. We were not what I was going through school in high school. We used an Abacus and a slide rule. And then going forward, we used a Texas instruments brand calculator, which was very expensive and very elementary looking back at it. That’s an idea of technology when technology and communication are, I think are very interwoven. In other words, as technology increases, communication becomes dependent on that technology. And we tend to communicate less with one another or said differently. I can see my son-in-law and daughter at our house, sit on the couch, waiting for dinner, remake, and what are they doing? They’re texting. And I said, who are you texting to talk to them? Wait, what answer? Just speaking with one another. And that’s just the world we live in. And then all the little acronyms, all these simple things that you know are, are part of the lexicon today.

Michael Weinper (00:43:56):

Today’s younger people, older people don’t necessarily know. And when treating an older patient, it’s key that you speak to them in a communication form that they’re going to understand. And don’t assume they understand. I mean, you’re saying just because you’re saying it, and the same is true for older therapists like myself, talking to younger people, you have to motivate them in a different way. Young people want it. Now they want things quickly. They’re used to getting information quickly. You go with something up on Google and get an instant answer on something. Whereas back in my day an encyclopedia sales person used to knock on our door, trying to sell my family a big set of 30 books of encyclopedia. We were tell much to us what we needed for today’s knowledge. And I don’t think those people around anymore. If at all. If you wanted an encyclopedia, you’ve got it.

Michael Weinper (00:44:50):

Just look up something in Google or another search engine, and you’ve got instant. You got too many answers. Sometimes you get different answers for the same question, but with all that in mind, communication is key to success. And we as service need to communicate better, not only with our patients with one another, with our legislators and with the public in general, and to that point, having better PR public wise. And I think APTA is trying to do that. Now that we’re into our hundredth year, starting there as your celebration or Centennial celebration. I think you’re going to see a lot more information going out to the public, through electronic media and social media, to where we gain a higher visibility with the public.

Michael Weinper (00:45:38):

I had the TV on the other night, I was watching a game show and one of the contestants was a PT. And he was a young PTA until that. And he didn’t want a whole bunch of them. I think it was, I believe the show was a wheel of fortune actually, which I don’t watch too often, but it was on. And I’ve heard the word physical therapist. It’s just like you, whatever you heard that word somewhere. Even as sitting in a restaurant, you hear somebody talking about their PT, your ears perk up and you sort of start to eavesdrop a bit. And we as a profession don’t hear that word in the public as much as we hear about doctors or other things. So I think the public needs a better awareness of who we are and feel comfortable talking to us. And we need to feel comfortable talking to them and educating more about who we are for. They haven’t needed to see us.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:46:26):

I think you make some really good points about the communication aspect and that kind of leads into the next element of vision 2020, which is us being practitioners of choice. So in kind of going off of that with communication, it’s too bad Bob Dicus, isn’t around anymore to make the next hit healthcare drama on physical therapists. I mean, how many physical therapists and healthcare dramas do you see walking patients or stretching patients? You know, it’s never really, they’re never main characters in, you know, like Chicago med or Grey’s, you know.

Michael Weinper (00:47:05):

Anytime I see a PT portrayed in these situations. I cringe because first of all, they’re wearing, and I hate to say this cause I’m going to probably, I’m going to take an issue with some of you they’re wearing scrubs. I don’t think I don’t scrubs when I grew up were for people working in surgery. Now everybody wears scrubs. So you go to the grocery store. People were in scrubs. They, I think people not even in healthcare wear scrubs sometimes, but I think we should look more professional. We should be more professional and the public will respect us better if we act more professional. And so there are some times PTs who are brought in on dramas to be a technical advisor. I have been in that position before twice, and I have talked to directors and producers about what they need to show.

Michael Weinper (00:48:05):

And I can only tell you that what you tell them to do and what they end up doing sometimes is different because maybe they don’t have the right equipment or the character. They thought they already lined up costumes for their characters. It becomes very frustrating, but getting in on the front end and getting the public to understand who we are, hopefully through drama and maybe through, you know, like I say, public service announcements or ads on TV where we’re portrayed better or having the opportunity. Many of you are in smaller cities and towns, your local newspapers and television are hungry for local news. And you may be doing something you don’t need to think second thought about, but it’s newsworthy. Maybe you just purchased a very important piece of equipment to help with ambulation or suspension or something technical electronically to create new opportunities to treat patients your local TV stations would love to demonstrate, come to your clinic, film you doing that and have it as a segment on their TV show.

Michael Weinper (00:49:21):

And many of us don’t even think about that. So and I, again, even in Los Angeles market, I’ve had the opportunity to do that a couple of times. And it can be a little bit overwhelming, a little bit scary, but you know, something at the end of the day, you feel really good about it and how you come across is much better than you perceived. You are going to come across when you’re getting ready to do it. So don’t be shy, but reach out to your local media and try to get them interested in what you do, because what you do, what I do is very newsworthy and very important for the public.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:49:52):

Yeah. And you know, obviously people are following what the media says and listening to the media. So, I mean, the media is, has been a very powerful force that you can utilize to spread the gospel of physical therapy so that we can become the providers, the practitioners of choice, for the musculoskeletal system. And so the people actually know that PT means physical therapist and not like personal trainer or part time, people actually know what it means in your speech. You also stated that PTs would be recognized by payers as diagnosticians an entry point into the healthcare system. And I know you’ve talked, you you’ve touched on this a little bit, but how do payers recognize physical therapists and how do today’s payers recognize us compared to back in 2000? Where are we at with that?

Michael Weinper (00:50:43):

Well, back in 2000, and even in day sense, payers felt we needed to be treating only under a physician’s referral. If you looked at insurance policies that you might have, or if you spoke with payers, they would say that PT was a covered service when provided or the auspices of a physician referral or diagnosis today. Many of those policies from the same payers do not have that language. So because of the direct access laws and because of therapists and given States talking to their insurance companies, the payers they’ve educated them to where certain payers are starting to realize the benefits of PT first. And let’s just take substance abuse and chronic pain. We know as musculoskeletal experts, there are lots of things that we can do for the patient to avoid surgery, to avoid downstream costs like expensive imaging that may be unnecessary. We can certainly get the patients treated properly and get them in a mindset to where pain is not top of their mind. I have a book sitting right behind me on my bookshelf. It’s called explain pain. Are you familiar with this book?

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:52:13):

Oh yeah, that’s a very familiar book.

Michael Weinper (00:52:16):

Okay. And this was a very good book for people to read. It’s the authors are David Butler and Lorimer Moseley, and they’re down in Australia, but they talk about dealing with the mental side of pain, the cognitive side of pain, if you will, and how to best creature patients in deemphasize of pain and emphasize wellness or health. And we need to do more of that as practitioners. And as we can educate our insurance companies, that by sending the patient to PT for four or five, six visits, we can avoid surgery, many cases, what is a cost benefit to the insurance company? Their insurance companies listen to money. And I know this from my experience for many years of working with many of them speak with probably too many insurance companies to not only remember, but to count. And they are driven by dollars and they do not put enough emphasis on times in their underwriting to allow PTs to do the things we do.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:53:26):

Yeah.

Michael Weinper (00:53:28):

Shortsighted because they ended up then forcing patients to go to a physician first, wait, several days or weeks to see the physician where the patients only getting more deconditioned. And rather than just seeing us first, and we have the opportunity and the knowledge on doing things that get the patient out of the problem or fixing the problem, if you will, from a nonsurgical standpoint. So insurance companies in some cases have become much more enlightened and other cases are still in the dark ages. And those who allow us to treat without referral and pay us for what we’re worth are the more enlightened ones, some insurance companies that I’ve dealt with now in recent years are paying for outcomes. There’s concept of paper for pay for performance or P for P. I like to call P fro. It’s really not what you do, the process of what you do, but really the outcome that you get.

Michael Weinper (00:54:27):

So if you can get a great outcome with fewer visits, then insurance company should be willing to pay you more because you reduce their costs. And, not only of what you did in terms of your crew cough, but in terms of what would otherwise cost them to treat the patient going forward. So I like to pay to pay for outcomes Peterborough, and that’s why we, as a profession, need to do more in the way of outcome measurement, whatever tool we use and be able to communicate to the payment payer community, the benefits of what I do. So I’m going to go back now to the mid seventies again, when I got my master’s degree we learned even back then that the definition of quality in healthcare was composed of three things. And the author of that was a fellow who’s no longer with us.

Michael Weinper (00:55:22):

His name was Avitas Donabedin. He was a physician. He was very involved with the new England journal of medicine, D O N A B E D I N, if you want to look it up and Donabedinn even back then said that quality health healthcare was three things structure, which is where you do it and what you use in terms of equipment process, what you do okay. And outcome, or the results. So we all have been able to measure it structure, and we were able to mission measure the process where you, but not enough of us over my career have been able to truly prove that what they did was a benefit. And I think that that’s one of those things that we have to focus more on proving the benefit of PT two outcomes or said differently because of what we do, patients get better quicker.

Stephanie Weyrauch (00:56:16):

And that leads us really nicely into the next element of vision 2020, and that’s evidence based practice. So obviously APTA has done a lot over the years to try to improve how we’re measuring outcomes. So you have the outcomes registry CoStar was created. If you look at how much the literature has been put out for, if you search, if you search up physical therapy, even in Google, it’s, you know, an exponential growth since even 2000 and even the larger growth. If you think about it from even the 1970s, when outcomes were first described. So, I mean, this is something that, you know, we’ve been working on for a long time. I think that obviously it’s come a long ways, but we still have confirmation bias in our literature. We still have group practice that people are practicing. We have treatment fads that really don’t have a lot of evidence behind them. And we have practice variation that continues to affect our outcomes and affect our profession. How can PPS help offset this? How can we continue to go forward to mitigate some of these things that are occurring?

Michael Weinper (00:57:24):

Well, that’s a $64 question, as we used to say my hero. I think it’s important that we need to, you talked earlier about one of the goals of PT, 2020 is lifelong learning. And I see too many people in our profession who don’t come to meetings of the profession, whether it’s a local meeting in your area, whether it’s a state conference whether it’s CSM or PPS meetings, too many of our colleagues never go, or maybe they went as a student cause their school paid for them or somehow or another they’re were to go. And they never ever go. If you think about people, you went to school with Stephanie, you never see them again. And you wonder, how are they getting their education? One of the things that has occurred a dream the last 15 years I would say is the requirement by States that each PT in order to continue, their licensure must have continuing education, a certain amount.

Michael Weinper (00:58:35):

And it varies state by state, as we know, and what things have to be parts of that, continuing education, again, vary by state by state, but at least we’re being forced now as a profession to continue our learning. Having said that, and having taught in different venues in different ways. I can tell you, there are people who are serious learners, and there are people who we call lazy learners. The lazy learners are those who will buy the cheap level CEU kind of stuff, and do a quick read on something and take a test and not really spend the time to investigate what was being offered. And maybe some of the quality of that they’re learning is really not up to date either. Versus those of us who will go to con ed meetings, we’ll do things online. Now there’s a lot of opportunity. PBS shows a lot of things out ABQ has a lot of things.

Michael Weinper (00:59:35):

I’m a member of the orthopedic session section and the oncology section. They have lots of stuff going on that, yeah, there’s too much of it. There’s just like there’s like education overload. So you have to be selective, but do choose things that I think will be beneficial to you. And that are evidence-based. So it brings back to the evidence based part because too often I’ve heard people get up at meetings and start to talk about things. And then when challenged on what’s the word, what’s the basis of your comments? They sort of stammered. And they said they gave answers that weren’t really appropriate. So we do need more focus on, on lifelong, which we’re mandated to do, but some people take the easy way out. You know, people, we all have people we know who will take the high road and others who take the low road and the low road may be the easier road that may not be the get to the right end.

Michael Weinper (01:00:29):

So we want to challenge ourselves to learn more each day. And I can tell you that when I went back and got my DPT, I thought it would be fairly easy. And some of the things that I was exposed to, I’d already learned in my master’s level, but I can tell you a lot of things that I learned were new concepts that I had never even thought about. And that goes to the idea of this lifelong learning and evidence based practice you learn, most of you learned in school all about evidence-based theory and practice, and some of you embraced it very well and other views sort of gone a different path. So I would say, take a step back and look at the research that’s coming out. There’s all kinds of journals. And that’s another thing that I have to digress on a moment.

Michael Weinper (01:01:17):

And that is, here’s a question for each of you, how many journals or publications that are healthcare oriented, do you read or subscribed to, if you say only PT, then I think you’re making a big mistake because there’s so much literature and so many things that are appropriate for what we do in our field. And to validate what we do in other journals and research is being done that we miss the boat by not looking at it at other professional journals or other modes of information, or even attending meetings for physicians and so on. I used to specialize in the treatment of hand injuries. And so I would go to the society for hand search and they actually had a PT sub, a PTO to see subset of that that my friend, dr. Susan Mike Clovis, was very involved in and she got me involved and I would listen to physicians.

Michael Weinper (01:02:18):

We collegial meetings where PTs and physicians would interact to try and come up with the best ideas. And many of us don’t really have any contact with physicians, except when we’re talking to them in the halls of the hospital or when we’re going out to market them, or we’re trying to take lunch to them. We don’t talk really about concepts and about theory. And what do you base this upon? And what can we do to learn more about the benefits of what we do? And that gets us to the idea of each of us having the challenge to do some research, research is fascinating. It doesn’t pay a lot, but you can still do research in your clinic. You can be parts of research projects. If you just look for them, is they’re out there to take advantage of. And if you do that, it opens your eyes so much more.

Stephanie Weyrauch (01:03:09):

And I think a lot of the things that you’ve touched on kind of goes with the last element of vision 2020 and that’s professionalism. So when the house of delegates originally defined what professionalism means in vision 2020, it’s that we as physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are consistently demonstrating core values by aspiring to and wisely applying principles of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication, and accountability by working with other professionals to optimize health and wellness in individuals and in communities. So obviously one of the bigger focus is of APTA has been this optimizing society or optimizing movement to impact society. And we’ve been kind of taking more of a population health kind of perspective, trying to get out of the silo, physical therapy and move more into the interdisciplinary healthcare, healthcare, professional realm. Where would you say we are? As far as our professionalism goes in 2020, compared to where we were in 2000?

Michael Weinper (01:04:15):

Oh boy, I think many of us have because of our increased education, gotten more credibility with the medical profession. They tend to listen to us more rather than just seeing us as a technical entity or a technician versus a professional. Although I can tell you still today, physicians oftentimes don’t see the benefit that we do even orthopedist. And we have come a long way in some with so many physicians, but we’ve missed the boat with others. I think it’s critical than medical stuff, schools, especially if you’re doing an orthopedic residency, that’s a resident spend time with a PT. I was in a well known physician, internationally known physicians office recently with my wife who, when she had her shoulder surgery. And he has no to fellows at all times. And occasionally a PT will visit and come in and, and be there not to get paid, but just to talk and work with the physicians, educate the physicians and the younger ones, the fellows who are going to be out there real soon in their own practice.

Michael Weinper (01:05:34):

We need to do a better job of educating physicians. I said that a little bit earlier, but I really mean it. We can do it when they’re in school, when they’re doing their fellowships, we can invite them into our practices. We can go to doctor’s offices and shadow them much more than we do. We can go into surgery with physicians and talk to them while they’re there doing their procedure, learning why they’re doing their procedure. And sometimes a light bulb will go on in your head say, Oh, I get that. And that’s, I think there’s something I could do a little bit differently with like, with your patients when I’m treating them by seeing what you’re doing surgically and listening to what your concepts are. So I think there’s a lot more collegial realism of that goes to being a professional. And to that point, if you don’t see yourself as a professional others, aren’t going to see you as fun and too many of us lose track of the fact that we are in it.

Michael Weinper (01:06:27):

When you say it’s a profession, a profession requires one of the key points of any profession is that you learn, you keep current and you give back to society. And giving back to society means more than just treating people. It means educating the population, doing things from a wellness standpoint or avoidance of injury. I guess going back to my public health days where one of the key things is getting people not to have to see you clinically as a post op or whatever, but helping people to avoid surgery and do things the proper way. Ergonomics for example, is a good, good use of our skills and what we’ve learned as I sit up in my chair properly. And we doing things that people just don’t think about. And when we break away from just being the PT, treating person and branch out to media with other professions, talking to them about what are their challenges, what can we do to help though, or thinking about things we can do to help them communicating better in collegially at different levels. Then we go a long way towards not only building those relationships, but most importantly, helping the patients we serve. So it’s one thing to say your profession. That’s another thing to give back to society and find different ways to give back

Stephanie Weyrauch (01:07:55):

What, you know, from this conversation. Obviously we’ve come a long way since 2000, we’ve achieved many things that vision 2020 set out to achieve, but we still have a lot that we yet need to achieve. So kind of on that note, Mike, you know, what is a clinical Pearl that you can kind of leave all of us with? What is some advice you could give a young graduate or somebody new in the profession that maybe you wish you would’ve known when you were coming out of school?

Michael Weinper (01:08:29):

Oh, that that’s an easy question to answer because I oftentimes get asked by younger PTs, how did I become successful? I say very simply through volunteerism, volunteering your time to help your profession and help those we serve, whether it’s going to a health fair and educating the public, you ever done that fascinating what they don’t know and how the aha moments you see in the public. When you spend two minutes with them screening students preseason athletic screening, another great opportunity to follow tourism positions you’re working with, Oh, that’s how you do that. That’s how you measure that. I didn’t realize that. And that’s another idea, again, of getting involved, getting I talked earlier about legislation, getting involved in legislation, getting involved in your association is what I think makes you successful. And to that point, I think that the best jobs of PTs get are not the ones they see through a Craigslist or three C on the association.

Michael Weinper (01:09:41):

Advertisements is from talking to other therapists, word of mouth learning, where are the best jobs to be had. And the only way to do that is not staying in your little house if you will, but getting out and talking to the PTs. That’s like I said earlier, getting to know other PTs there’s this PT pub nights that I see around the country, what a great idea I’ve gone to them. And they’re actually fun. I stood out in the rain. They had an outdoor one here in Southern California, and you don’t get a lot of rain here, but that particular night, we all were standing outside of this venue drinking our beverages of choice, getting soaked, but having a good time. And it’s very memorable and getting to know other people and volunteering just goes a long, long way. I think, to learning more and learning what needs to be done, if you could learn what needs to be done and then not put it on somebody else, but say, I’m going to take responsibility again, getting back to I’m a professional.

Michael Weinper (01:10:43):

I need to be professionally responsible. I need to be the one who does this. I know you’re one of those people. I’m preaching to the choir. Stephanie, when I say this and you know exactly what I’m talking about, but so many people who might be listening to a podcast like this, don’t quite follow it. So my challenge to each of you would be get involved in your profession and spend a little time here and there, away from family away from work away from your social activities and back to your profession. That’s part of being a professional. And as you give back, the more time you give the more you get. And I like to leave this thought with people. And that is for all the thousands of hours, I guess, at this stage of my career, I have given to my profession, whether it was the local district or my chapter or the national association or the private practice section or other sections I’ve been involved with or doing things in the public realm, getting involved in I was involved in a college board. So people got to know me as a PT and as an individual and get to know more about PT, getting involved in society, rather than just going home at night, turning on the TV, or turn on your computer or playing games, getting more involved with people and trying to do good things for the public benefits you directly.

Stephanie Weyrauch (01:12:11):

There were some wise words spoken by a true visionary of our profession. So thank you so much. And thank you for all of those who listened to this episode of the healthy, wealthy, and smart podcast and I’m your guest host Stephanie Weyrauch. And I hope that you stay healthy, wealthy, and smart.

 

 

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