In this episode, we had an online happy hour with the founder of The Senior Rehab Project, Dr. Dustin Jones, PT, DPT. Dustin is a practicing physical therapist located in Kentucky and has created an incredible online community dedicated to helping older adults stay fit and functionally strong. We had a blast chatting with Dustin and hope you enjoy the tremendous value he brings to his patients in this episode.
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Dr. Erin Williams-Hatala
In this episode the Knowbodies were extremely excited to learn from Dr. Hatala about the Human hand, her involvement as a researcher and her captivating perspective on the evolution of human behavior that has molded the adaptations our hands poses today. In this podcast you we explore the following topics:
Dr. Hatala’s BIOGRAPHY
I was born in Ann Arbor, MI and lived there through high school. I moved to Grinnell, IA to attend Grinnell College where I studied Anthropology and Archaeology. In 2005 I joined the Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program in The George Washington University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, in Washington, DC. I received a Masters in Anthropology in 2007, a MPhil in Hominid Paleobiology in 2009, and a PhD in the same discipline in 2011. My dissertation and research as a NSF and L’Oreal USA for Women in Science postdoctoral fellow focused on human functional anatomy, the influence of biomechanical regiments on the evolution of human upper limb anatomy, and the biomechanics of making and using Paleolithic tools. I am very excited about beginning a new phase of research with a group of international collaborators, investigating the anatomy, functional anatomy, and biomechanics of (mainly tool-using) non-human primates.
Williams-Hatala, EM. “Biomechanics of the human hand: from stone tools to computer keyboards.” in The Evolution of the Primate Hand: Perspectives from Anatomical, Developmental, Functional and Paleontological Evidence. Kivell, TL; Lemelin, P; Richmond, BG; and Schmitt, D (eds). Springer, New York, NY. In press
In this roundtable discussion, The Knowbodies reflect on our recent podcast with Dr. Erin Williams-Hatala on the evolutionary significance of the human hand and how specific adaptations may have paved the way for the development of the modern human. Among other tangents, the conversation covers thoughts on common pathologies related to recent technology trends, self- assessment to prevent overuse injury, and sneak peaks into some upcoming interview candidates.
In this episode, the Knowbodies learn about neurological therapy and how it breaks the mold from the conventional thoughts of physical therapy. Where does neuro-therapy fit in to the rehab process and what sorts of patients can best utilize this sort of therapy?
Mike shares with us some stories of his unique relationships with patients that are coping with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.
“Community-based” therapy settings have grown into a large part of the medical management for progressive neurological conditions. These communal activities not only tackle patient impairments and goal setting head on, but also provide patients with a support system and resources for sharing their experiences that have proven to be effective for helping patient cope with the disease process. The knowbodies push the issue of how a physical therapist can act as a conduit for connecting patients with resources and compatible social networks in order to improve their experience and mental constitution.
Mike is an accredited clinician of LSVT BIG, a dedicated exercise program designed to maximize the functional movement potential of patients with parkinsonian symptoms by emphasizing large and exaggerated movements in an organized protocol. This program helps to counter the common symptom progression of many patients and allows them to maintain active lifestyles and continue to enjoy physical pastimes.
Because of the emerging evidence, community outreach, and increasing access to information for patients, neurological therapies are one of the fastest growing fields of healthcare. As the complex healthcare system continues to evolve with our aging population, neuro- therapy offers endless options to enhance patient care and develop creative outlets for aspiring therapists interested in combatting neurological movement disorders and becoming a part of the neuro- community!
Mike's Self-Written Bio:
Graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2010 with a BS in rehab science and Certificate in Pathokinesiology. Continued On the DPT curriculum at Chatham University graduating in 2012. From undergraduate studies through PT school I worked as a rehabilitation aide in a variety of healthcare settings which is what really sparked my interests in musculoskeletal and neurological physical therapy. I began as a float physical therapist with a local outpatient company and within the company I began to see the influx of neurological patients that were not receiving neurological geared treatment. I was able to initiate community based educational sessions for the neurological population and subsequently an opportunity arose for me to switch gears and accept a position with a local hospital-based outpatient facility. Here I was able to expand my knowledge and treatment styles with musculoskeletal and neurological clients. Over the course of the first year, I became more interested with the neurological facet and started to reach out to this population and helped initiate some great programs for individuals with neurological impairment. Now, over 2 years later, I am seeing roughly a 60-40 neuromuscular to musculoskeletal client ratio which has been exciting and beneficial to those in the area of our facility.
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In this episode with Dr. Hauser we discuss the following subjects:
Dr. Whitney Hauser received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Southern College of Optometry.
Prior to joining the SCO faculty, Dr. Hauser served as Clinical Director for an ophthalmology referral center in Memphis, Tennessee. During her ten years of practice, she not only served the needs of patients but also acted as research coordinator. Dr. Hauser co-authored several articles with a focus on the management and treatment of Dry Eye Disease. Dr. Hauser acted as adjunct faculty member at Southern College of Optometry from 2008-2013. Her areas of professional interest include Dry Eye Disease, surgical co-management, anterior segment disease and ocular nutrition.