In this episode of the Healthy, Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Jenna Kantor guests hosts and interviews Adrian Miranda on the education opportunity and advocacy efforts of the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy.  Adrian Miranda, class of Ithaca College Physical Therapy ’07, was born and raised in Manhattan. He currently practices at Windsor Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, he is a medical consultant and content creator at a Virtual Reality rehab start-up called Reactiv.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Educational resources available at the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy

-Diverse mediums used to disseminate research to clinicians

-How to be involved in advocacy on the state and federal level for the PT profession

-The importance of research for both advocacy efforts and clinical practice

-And so much more!



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For more information on Adrian:

education Adrian Miranda class of Ithaca College Physical Therapy ’07 was born and raised in Manhattan. He currently practices at Windsor Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, he is a medical consultant and content creator at a Virtual Reality rehab start-up called Reactiv. In the past, Adrian has also worked in media including video producer and a television host for BRIC TV (“Check out the Workout”) a local television station in Brookyn. Previously he was a faculty member in the TOURO College Orthopedic Physical Therapy Program as the Director of Clinical Residency education. He also was an instructor for Summit Professional Education teaching continuing education (Shoulder Assessment and Treatment) He is currently the Chair of the PR/Marketing committee for the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy (APTA) and contributes to APTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. He previously held positions in the NYPTA as Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee of the NYPTA, member of the programming committee, and Brooklyn/Staten Island Legislative liaison. He also teaches media including video editing, video production at Brooklyn media nonprofit BRIC. In his spare time, he swing dances, does crossfit, has a web series called Gross Anatomy on Firework, and dabbles in the theater.

For more information on Jenna:

education Jenna Kantor (co-founder) is a bubbly and energetic girl who was born and raised in Petaluma, California. Growing up, she trained and performed ballet throughout the United States. After earning a BA in Dance and Drama at the University of California, Irvine, she worked professionally in musical theatre for 15+ years with tours, regional theatres, & overseas ( until she found herself ready to move onto a new chapter in her life – a career in Physical Therapy. Jenna is currently in her 3rd year at Columbia University’s Physical Therapy Program. She is also a co-founder of the podcast, “Physiotherapy Performance Perspectives,” has an evidence-based monthly youtube series titled “Injury Prevention for Dancers,” is a NY SSIG Co-Founder, NYPTA Student Conclave 2017 Development Team, works with the NYPTA Greater New York Legislative Task Force and is the NYPTA Public Policy Committee Student Liaison. Jenna aspires to be a physical therapist for amateur and professional performers to help ensure long, healthy careers. To learn more, please check out her website:

Read the full transcript below:

Jenna Kantor (00:00):

Hello. Hello. Hello, this is Jenna Kantor. Welcome back to another episode on healthy, wealthy and smart. I am here with Adrian Miranda who is a physical therapist who you have probably seen on social media quite a bit. Adrian, would you first tell everyone exactly what your job is that we are going to be discussing and in which section of the APTA?

Adrian Miranda (00:21):

So my name is Adrian Miranda. I am the chair of the public relations committee for the Academy of orthopedic physical therapy.

Jenna Kantor (00:30):

Yes, that’s right. A mouthful in which I could not get off. So I had Adrian saved for me. Well Adrian, first of all, thank you so much for popping on today for a nice little interview. So I want to first just dive in because I don’t know anything about the orthopedic section in the sense of what is it is that you guys are doing for me as a new grad, I’m always thinking the JOSPT, that is a great resource and that is it. So we’re going to be diving into more of what the orthopedic section is doing at this point so we can all learn and better appreciate it. And also for those who are considering joining the section, you’ll go, Oh, this is for me. Or actually it’s not for me. I’m just gonna be sitting with other sections instead. So first of all, what is the big focus for the orthopedic section?

Adrian Miranda (01:23):

Well, the orthopedic section does a lot of things. But let’s talk about the focus on education. So as you said, the JOSPT that is actually a joint collaboration between the Academy of orthopedic physical therapy and Academy of sports physical therapy. One thing, so I became the chair, I guess I spent two years I believe now or going into my second year, but I was part of the community for about six months before that. And one thing I would challenge anyone or ask anybody to do is actually go to the website, Look at all the tabs, scroll through it. And you can find so many things that when I became the actual a chair and I went, I’m just perusing and just looking at what the Academy does. Cause my goal was like I think the Academy does a ton of stuff that not many people know about.

Adrian Miranda (02:12):

You’re going to learn so much about how much work and effort goes into and how many resources you can find for yourself or your colleagues educationally. There’s a lot of independent study courses. The one that you may know if you’ve either going through residency finishing residency and taking your OCS, but it’s the current concepts which is of, I say it’s a staple. If you want to take the OCS, you should have the current concepts, you should be looking for the current concepts and reading through it. That’s going to be a huge, huge resource and who get better to go to then the Academy itself. Besides that, cause there’s so many courses, even things that I didn’t know about. For example, there was actually a concussion independent study course. As you know, many of us, even myself in the clinic are starting to get more and more referrals for patients who have had a concussion diagnosis. So that’s out there. There are other courses that are older. Some you get the current courses you get see you use for their courses that you don’t get. For example, there is a triathlete course, there is a postoperative course, there is a work related injuries course, auto accident, all these are resources that anybody can use. And that’s just kind of the tip of the iceberg as far as courses that you can purchase. And moving forward there are some free resources as well.

Jenna Kantor (03:31):

That’s very helpful. So for somebody who doesn’t have time, Oh, I feel like I’m speaking for everyone when I say that than going, Oh my God, I have to go and like playing the tabs. How much time is that? I have other things on my to do list. You just gave an overview of the education part, but what are some highlights on things that stood out to you personally within that that’s being offered?

Adrian Miranda (03:54):

So none of us have time. You’re right. And so I think one of the things that you’re going to start to see is easier access to information. So for example, even if you look at any of our social media threads which if you’re looking at orthopedic within a you’re gonna find, for example, we had a patellofemoral infographic. You’re going to start to see some more smaller snippets because the Academy has realized that yes, people don’t know how to digest the information and put into clinical practice right away. You have to really large clinical practice guideline is 70 pages or 50 pages. And then how to kind of digest that and to put it back out in the clinic. We’re trying to create easier versions of that, whether it’s infographics. We are also partnering with podcasters like yourself to disseminate information from the authors themselves to give you the information so you can have passive listening.

Adrian Miranda (04:46):

In other words, you don’t have to read, you can actually be driving to work going on the subway. You can be on your lunch break and listening to information from authors or researchers of these publications. So we’re trying to make smaller tidbits to make it digestible in a form that’s also accessible to most people. So we’ve been looking to long form writing. But right now it’s infographics are trying to get onto podcast and educate more people, but we are looking into the fact that there is a time constraint in our physical therapy profession.

Jenna Kantor (05:20):

Yeah. That’s excellent to learn. So for the orthopedic section, with the information that you have provided that they’re already offering, which is incredible, who is your audience when you’re creating the infographics or the infographics for us to better understand, are they infographics where we can reshare it to patients?

Adrian Miranda (05:45):

So good question. These are for us. So the push is actually for us clinicians to get a better grasp of this literature and a cliff notes initial format. However, if you look at JOSPT and I think moving forward, we’re trying to also create a little bit of public awareness. So have you seen in JOSPT patient perspectives? That’s one way that you can utilize and share it. And I actually remember when they first came out in my clinic, I printed them out in color, put it on the walls and the rooms and patients actually read it and ask questions about it. But as far as what you’ll see further moving forward, like the infographics, it’s going to be more for us, for the clinician so that we can actually suck in the information and be able to distribute it out to our patients in the easier manner.

Jenna Kantor (06:27):

Yeah, that’s a big deal. As a clinician myself or I’m putting together a lot of dance research and creating it on this long form document with links to different research to have it disseminated will be great because the time is taking me to create that. It’s a lot of time. It’s a lot of time. And I know other clinicians don’t have that, so I’m creating this for the dance community at large. So I think that’s a really big deal that you guys are looking to make that information more available because there’s always regular research and I just want to point this out because nobody can see it.

Adrian Miranda (07:05):

Anyways, I just wanted to put this out there before we continue. Another question. We are also looking for ideas. We want to engage with our members. So if you have any ideas about how to disseminate this information in a different way, we’re talking about even long form writing. Some people love to read and that’s totally fine. We’re trying to look into different options. We’re definitely looking for suggestions, people to collaborate with us people to a similar to what you are doing Jenna. To collaborate with us, give us new ideas. We’re definitely looking for innovative ways even some old ways that we can bring back to help our clinicians better understand this information and be able to utilize it.

Jenna Kantor (07:44):

I love that. So this is a newer concept, but we have discussed about it. How is the orthopedic brainstorming, how to bring in other people who are providing information and education to help what we bring to patients.

Adrian Miranda (07:58):

I think it’s people who are doing the work. Researchers, also clinicians, people who are in the clinic and researching, you know, we’re in the clinic and researching. But the Academy definitely has some of the top researchers, people who have their pulse on newer topics. And one of the things that, that also stand in me was when the concussion dependence study came out. And I think that’s to show that right now we’re going to see an uptake in physicians referring concussion patients to our profession. And we have to be ready for that.

Jenna Kantor (08:31):

You are on the PR committee, so you know a little bit about the public and the relations. You’re like Samantha from sex in the city, but not anyway, so I digress. What is it that you guys are doing and focusing on within the marketing committee alone and who is your audience for that?

Adrian Miranda (08:50):

We just want to show you stuff. We want to show you and teach you things. For example, if you look at our recent posts, we wanted to share what happened at CSM. We actually have the Rose award, which if you were in a, for example, a rural setting, if you’re doing home health care, you can actually watch his full speech on his study. That had to do with how many visits was optimal for home health, physical therapists. So those are the things that we want to kind of bring you inside and say, Hey, look, this is what we’re doing. We are finding committee members who are have skills in different aspects of the media. Which like I said, we’re looking for people, we’re always looking for people and new ideas. But when I came in, as I told you I wanted to share everything that the Academy was doing at one point I will look there’s actually even some certification for imaging.

Adrian Miranda (09:43):

If you are interested in imaging or you think you want to dive into any type of imaging for your research, your PhD or even if you’re a new graduate who says, Oh, I really want to learn more about imaging. There is a special interest group for imaging with resources and there’s I believe there is either a discount or something and you can again, you can kind of scroll through the social media cause we did post it at one point. We just go through so much information that I can’t tell you everything on the up the top of my head. But we’re trying to share information that you would actually have to go and scroll and look for on the website. We’re trying to make it more accessible. So there’s just so many things that we want to it’s like a media company really.

Adrian Miranda (10:23):

We’re just trying to share what things we do and what opportunities. Oh, another example is the federal advocacy forum. So there is the money into the Academy will provide to a student to actually attend the federal advocacy forum. I believe the deadline has passed for that to apply for the scholarship or the grant. But those are things that we’re trying to do. Before I was at CSM and the chair of the practice committee came up to me and said, Hey, is there any way that you can share this? And so those are things that we, even through email marketing, you may have seen it. There was also other programs like CoStar, which you’ll have to kind of look it up or go online or go on the website or social media to find out about it.

Adrian Miranda (11:07):

It was about innovation and science. And it’s not just for physical therapy. So there’s a lot of opportunities, volunteer opportunities, ways to get involved, resources, educational materials. So the peer committees, just trying to say, Hey, you know, those of you on social media, there’s all this stuff that you can do. Right now if you look online, soon enough there’ll be like a residency Q and A. So there are many of you who are interested in going into residency or currently in residency and we’re trying to reach out to that population as well. So there’s a target population. It’s really the Academy members. So we don’t have new grads or old grads. There is a little bit more of a push to get attention from new graduates and students, but we want to be able to share as much information that will help our members. So we are a member facing organizations.

Jenna Kantor (11:58):

That’s really great. That’s actually fantastic. Okay. I’m going to ask a controversial question more because the concept and idea is definitely backwards was what we’re pushing for in the physical therapy profession regarding research. We want to be research based, we want that these studies to back up everything we do. We’re doctors for, you know, for sake. So what about physical therapists who are just going, I don’t need the research in order to treat these patients and get them better. I’m not saying this to criticize them. I’m not saying this to separate us. For somebody who’s not interested in all this data and everything, what do you guys have to provide for them that they would be specifically interested in where it is, where they treat primarily orthopedic cases.

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Adrian Miranda (13:34):

Well, I mean, you can believe that, but it’s the cases that you need research to show data, to show numbers, to go to Congress, to go to insurance, to push things and push agendas.

Jenna Kantor (13:44):

Oh, I like what you’re saying regarding going to Congress advocating, thank you. Continue. Yeah.

Adrian Miranda (13:48):

So you need to prove that things work. Now there’s many things that you cannot get data on or you just haven’t created the right methodology for it. So you haven’t created the right structure, the right research methods, the right way to capture those results. We’re in a big data-driven time right now. So whether you believe that you don’t need research and that it’s there and we have to utilize it and it is actually necessary to help with reimbursements. So it might not hit you right in the face when the patient walks in, but it’s going to hit you somewhere. So yes, research is extremely important. And it’s not the end all be all as well. The way we get research is from an evidence case reports from the things that just occur. And then you go back and say, Hey, why did this work?

Adrian Miranda (14:34):

It didn’t work. Or it did work and it worked because for all the wrong reasons. But if you don’t have a scientific method for that, you’re never going to know. Listen in the PR committee. So I’ll tell you something. And many of you may be in the technology sector, marketing sector and digital marketing. We analyze what our members were engaging with and it turned out that CPGs our members were engaging with and we actually pivoted a bit more to give you more of that content. And we’re seeing that you are engaging with it more. So if we didn’t have that data, we wouldn’t be able to give you what you want or even what you need. It is very important. You may not see it right away, but there are things that help agendas be moved forward and prove our worth.

Adrian Miranda (15:20):

As physical therapists, you can say it all you want, but if you have numbers, you really can’t argue with numbers unless you’re dealing with larger entities that have bigger pockets than you. But even at the end of the day, you fight hard enough for it. You’re gonna get it. Direct access is moving along okay. And they’re saying, we don’t have any restricted direct access, but if we didn’t have studies that are coming out saying that early intervention, but physical therapy reduces costs of healthcare achieves healthcare savings, we can’t push that bill forward because we didn’t have the data. Now we do have the data. So I would say that the sometimes or the reason for not agreeing with research has, you know, personal experiences and negative experiences. Maybe not even understanding research and what it does. Maybe you’re wasting money on. These are one large universities doing all this data and research, but you need to think about it a little bit differently.

Adrian Miranda (16:17):

And the more research we have, the better research and better data. The more that you’ll see we’re helping more people in the community. The more that you’re seeing businesses, physical therapy, business thriving, and being able to kind of give back to the community and give back to their employees as well. So it’s this kind of circle. It’s almost like a spin diagram that without research, without the community, without the clinicians to enforce it, we’re not going to go anywhere. So I would say those people that don’t believe in research it’s like air. It’s there. You need it. Love that.

Jenna Kantor (16:50):

Start to touch upon it. I want to dive into it. More advocacy. What is it that the orthopedic section, say three things right now that you know of, that they’re advocating for on Capitol Hill?

Adrian Miranda (17:03):

Okay. So one of the things that did for the 40th anniversary was create almost like a mini documentary. Which was eyeopening to me. I didn’t realize how much the Academy of orthopedic physical therapy advocated for States and governor and national issues. They actually were very instrumental in practice things all over the country and even helping with the right access bills right now at this moment. I couldn’t tell you specific things. But if you go look at that video, which I think it was ast year, CSM I interviewed a lot, most if not most of the past orthopedic presidents who actually served on the APTA board. And yes, and some of them currently do it will be enlightening to see how much advocacy in the Academy actually provides. So having said that I couldn’t tell you on top of my head exactly what they are working on at this moment legislatively, but just know that they are and they’re also helping other components with their efforts and their resource. So if you, again, maybe you don’t want to be in the public relations and marketing, but if you have some type of legislative issue or some type of issue that you have reached out to the Academy, they might be able to either guide you, steer you or help you connect with the APTA itself. Anybody in the government affairs, we actually have a committee directly for government affairs.

Jenna Kantor (18:38):

That’s great. And you can even go on the website I’m seeing right now there is a tab for governance. It’s literally on the major main page, so you go to governance and when you put your little mouse or a little hand on there, it’ll go down and you can get information on what they’re doing in their strategic plan. You click on that and it will take you into vision statement and goals so you can really see what they’re doing right now for the lines with you and what you want them to be fighting for or if you want, there are points you want them to address in which you can then reach out to them to make that difference. Thank you so much, Adrian, for coming on to speak and educate about the orthopedic section. I really am a beginner with this myself because I’ve been a member for, since I was a first year student and never looked into any of the resources until this conversation right now. I think this is literally with the exception of joining the performing arts special interest group. The only time I’ve really gone into the the webpage. Oh look and we just opened it up. So current practice issues right now.

Jenna Kantor (19:43):

In what month, we are March, 2020 direct access imaging, dry needling, mobilization versus manipulation and practice issues state by state. And then you can get more details on that as well on You just click on that governance and it’ll get you there.

Adrian Miranda (20:03):

Is that answering the question about what issues are being dealt with by the Academy?

Jenna Kantor (20:08):

Yes, that does. That does. And the one who clicked and fell and grabbed that page. So we could just go onto practice, current practice issues and boom, bada bang. Thank you for coming on. Are there any last words you have for anybody who is considering joining the orthopedic section? But they’re on the fence right now.

Adrian Miranda (20:27):

Join. There’s really no drawbacks. If anything, here’s what I recommend to anybody. If you have, there’s two aspects. If you really want to get involved, there’s someone who has been involved in school or someone who really wants to help other PTs. You wanna help the profession get involved. There’s ways to get involved. You can be a member and do nothing and just hang back however you can make such an impact. I’ve had people recently asked to join or to be able to assist in the public relations committee. If you are somebody who has a lot of gripes and is really upset with what we’re doing, go ahead and join anyway because you could actually be a change. I remember having this conversation with somebody in New York state. I was at a PT pub night and they were complaining to me about what this time I was actually in the NYPTA and what the APTA does.

Adrian Miranda (21:11):

And I let him go and just vent. And finally after like 20 minutes of venting, I was like, you know, I’m the chair of this committee, I’m a part of this committee. I’m on the MIP team that the board needs. I thank you for saying all that stuff. And his whole face going to drop. Like, Oh my gosh, I’m talking the wrong person. And I said, no, no, no. The fact that you’re that passionate about it, you should join and you should make a change. All of a sudden, you told me you should bring it up at meetings or talk to your district. That’s at the state level. At the Academy level. You can do this same thing if you’re upset at the laws of dry needling and your state joint Academy, see how you can be part of the practice committee if you’re upset about direct access, if you want to get involved in writing, if you want to get involved in editing you know, there’s small, obviously there’s very few worlds for that, but there are opportunities if you wanna get involved with pure committee, please join.

Adrian Miranda (22:04):

But there’s so many things that you can help fix if you’re upset about something and there’s so many things that you can help improve if you’re pleased with it. So I think there are so many opportunities to also enrich your life, enrich some of your skills and goals and even your practice. So I don’t think there’s any drawbacks to joining. And then we would love to have as many members as possible. You also want to have members that engage. I think when I talked to the board, we have meetings, our main goal and the people who’ve been around longer is that our members engaged with us. And you’re not just someone who’s going to sit back and just watch. Although that is okay, we want to be members. But I think it’s also important to if you have a skill, if you have a passion and if you want to help our profession or your community get involved in and find where your spot is.

Adrian Miranda (22:48):

There’s so many areas. There are seven special interest groups, there’s several committees. There are several task force that you can be a part of. So I would definitely encourage you to reach out and listen. Organizations are challenging. There’s a lot of people, there’s a lot of need out there. There’s a lot of different opinions and even it might say, this is an issue in my practice is an issue. My employees is my employers. That reimbursement is patients, this the demographics. There’s a lot of things that we can help with numbers. Just like we’re talking about research, we have a lot of numbers can be powerful. So if there’s anything I can impart is that you can help be part of improving or be part of a change.

Jenna Kantor:

I love that. Thank you so much. Adrian. How can people find you on social media and do you also have an email even for them to reach out to you?

Adrian Miranda (23:36):

Well, how about this? I’ll do you one better because I learned it because usher and Gary Vaynerchuk are doing it now. I’ll give you my cell phone. Feel free to reach out. I will give you my email just for sure. The social media Academy of orthopedic physical therapy. And my name is Adrian Miranda. You can find me at And my cell phone is 585- 472-5201. I’m very available. So I happy to talk on the phone cause sometimes, actually nowadays that’s quicker than an email or even texting back and forth. Send me a text message. I would love to hear your input and hopefully we want to hear how we could be better as well.


Jenna Kantor:

Wonderful. Thank you so much for coming on. Have a great day. Everyone.

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