This may not be a super helpful post...but this week I learned that there really is a movement happening in this part of the PT world. I have been listening to Rob Vining's podcasts as much as I can this past week. He has a few podcasts, but the one I am referring to is about Telehealth specifically. To be honest all of his podcasts are amazing and you should check them out. If you don't know about Rob, he is a PT since 2004, I think, who has believes in telehealth PT since he got out of school. He has been pushing this movement to bring PT online since then and is super helpful with everything telehealth. If you learn anything from my blog, follow him and reach out to him, and you have a solid resource right there. But, this isn't a blog about Rob, although I will do one in the future on him.
Anyways, Rob has been at the forefront of telehealth PT. His telehealth 20 podcast is just starting and he is interviewing people in the telehealth PT arena. He is following 4 PT's over the year and seeing how telehealth is changing and being implemented in their practices. It is pretty cool to know you are not alone and hear from people who are doing it and having success doing it. Hearing others succeed is a great motivator. So, I would start by listening to his podcast. You can get it on iTunes, soundcloud, or whatever you use. Here is a link to the soundcloud site. He also does these podcasts on youtube.
So besides talking about how awesome Rob is, this week I also learned a little about medicare. However, I am still looking into all of this medicare stuff, and it seems like medicare really doesn't want to make things easy to understand. So, later this week I will supply some resources that I found beneficial in my hunt to answer the question...can we see people with medicare in the telehealth realm... So stay tuned.
Those are the big things I looked into this past week. I hope that is a little helpful, although I know it isn't a lot. I don't want to give away everything on day 3! :)
I am not sure that this is where I would start, but this is where I am in my journey at the moment. First off, I like technology. My fiancé is a software engineer and calls me a "super user". I think that is his way of saying I am above average with computers. Anyways, I create websites for fun, and I like learning the basics of some coding, html mainly. That being said, I spent the weekend creating my business website. I have a few different websites and business ideas flying around in my head, so I had already done some of the research in regards to the best platform to create my website. Eventually I plan on having all my sites linked together, but for now, due to certain circumstances, I have them on different platforms. However, all but the one that I am using elsewhere are being created on weebly. I researched wix, squarespace, and weebly as the main ones I was interested in. Ultimately you should go with what you are comfortable with, and all of these options are easy to use and are drag and drop websites.
To start with, I chose not to go with wordpress because I have used it in the past, and it really is not very easy to use. Second, I looked at a bunch of sites comparing the website options. All of these that I am discussing are places to create your website. Here are some of the things I found:
Wix: Very beginner friendly. Not as easy to change mobile viewing options. Once you build the website, you can't really change the template or main design theme of it.
Squarespace: Less template options. You can edit the html if this is something you want to do, which just gives more flexibility. You can switch the template at any time, so if you want to do a website overhaul, you can. Squarespace is a little more rigid on where you can place things on the site you create.
Weebly: Very user friendly interface. More customizable than squarespace, although squarespace has been working on this. Weebly does have less template options than squarespace, but weebly's options are a little more varying than squarespace. A little cheaper than squarespace.
Ultimately since I already had this main page on weebly, I decided to stick with where I had an account already. Weebly has worked for all my needs thus far. I am including some links so you can take a look at some comparisons for yourself. Ultimately, I would do a free trial and play with them and see what you like the most.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask. Happy to help to the best of my abilities.
Here is a site that compares wix and squarespace.
Here is a site that compares squarespace and weebly.
The goal of this blog is to share my experiences as I go. I believe that Physical Therapy (PT) is at a pivotal changing point in the profession and I intent to ride this wave as far as I can. That being said, over the past three months, I have gone from clueless....to a little less clueless....to ready to act....to scared...to overwhelmed...and back to ready to act. While this ride has been emotional, I am excited about it. To be honest, I haven't been excited about PT in a while, and that makes me a little sad. We spend so many hours observing and trying to get into PT school, then have no life for three years of PT school, study more to pass the NPTE, to then enter a profession that the healthcare system seems to be killing. Now I know that sounds morbid and depressing, and if you are a new grad or or pre-PT and you are reading this, please don't be discouraged. There are definitely ways to not be burnt out...it just takes "out-of-the-box" thinking.
That being said, I remember being burnt out in my first year out of PT school, along with many of my classmates/colleagues. I found myself switching jobs every year, because I was bored and burnt out. Then I travelled for 2 years, which was a nice way to mix it up and take breaks. Then I got to another long-time job and a year hit again...and I was done. I was also introduced to an amazing group of professionals that are open minded and looking to not be burnt out and to change the profession for the better. This was the beginning of my new adventure and new dreams.
I always wanted to open my own PT clinic. That was the dream. It also seemed like the only way to make money as a PT, without dying first. Needless to say, I then learned about online PT - or telehealth - and I am making a run for it. After listening to numerous podcasts, joining tons of facebook groups of like minded professionals, and reading more articles about insurance and cash-based PT than I knew existed, I am almost ready to take the plunge. I know that there are a lot of people like me looking to give this a shot and may not know where to get started, so I plan on sharing/logging the things I am doing over time so that people can learn from my mistakes and maybe get some insight on resources to listen to, ask questions, etc..
So that is the goal of this blog. To help people get started building an online business. Feel free to follow along, subscribe. Please know that I am not a lawyer. All the advice I give is to be taken a little with a grain of salt. If you are uncertain, please consult a lawyer. I am in CO and will be practicing in CO with licenses in CA, WA, and CO, for now. I have consulted a lawyer for certain things, which I will discuss on a later date, and I recommend you do the same. Also, your state laws and regulations might be different than mine, so please look up current rules and regs so that you are as knowledgeable as you can be. Please do not sue me, I have no money after PT school and all. :)
My name's Amanda and this is a blog about my adventure creating an online Physical Therapy based practice. I will share resources and updates on the process I am doing in order to hopefully give others an idea of where to start in the future.