This has been a busy year for me, as I have been traveling to spending time with other therapists who specialize in treating facial paralysis. I had the pleasure of spending three days at Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands with Carien Beurskens, PT. She is such an amazing therapist with years of experience and knowledge, and it was a true honor to spend time with her and her patients. I was so excited to apply what I learned with Carien to treating my patients in Sarasota, Florida when I returned home. Thank you, Carien! A trip to Sidney, Australia allowed me to meet with Susan Coulson, PT and spend a few hours learning more about the interdisciplinary team that she is a part of in Australia. She was very encouraging and supportive. Thank you, Susan! The most intensive experience I had this year was at the 13th International Facial Nerve Symposium, which was a scientific meeting of doctors, therapists, and scientists from around the world who came together for 3 days of intensive meetings in Hollywood, California. The rehabilitation section was headed by Jackie Diels, OT, from Wisconsin, whose expertise was seen not only in the rehabilitation section meetings, but also on the various panels she participated in and in her wonderful talk to the general assembly. Jackie’s knowledge, creativity, and scientific approach in treating and teaching patients how to improve their facial function are unmatched in my opinion. Thank you, Jackie, for all you have shared teaching therapists from around the globe. These wonderful women have helped me grow as a therapist, and I’m grateful to be able to work with patients who have facial paralysis at Equinox Physical Therapy in Sarasota, Florida.
Listen. Listening is the most important step in understanding a patient’s concern. It is the most basic beginning, and in health care today, so often undervalued. It directs understanding, the direction of testing, and the formulation of a plan. It is the most important step in paving the road to treatment and recovery.
Learn. Our role is not only to learn from our patients but to guide them in how to learn from us, and what they should do to take back their lives and create positive change.
Live. Life is a gift. The purpose of all treatment at Equinox Physical Therapy is to restore function, independence, and freedom to clients recovering from or living with an illness.