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.