PTQ 006: Advances in the profession and what needs to happen with Dr. Tony Brosky

I sat down with Dr. Brosky to catch up on what’s currently happening in the field along with some personal questions as I approach graduation. We talk about advances within the profession and his views on what needs to happen.

“The biggest threat to our profession is the lack of public awareness.”

“We still only have about 30% of physical therapists who are APTA members and that they don’t see the value in membership.”

“When I go into a patient’s episode I say I’ll do everything I can within my abilities and my current knowledge to help you but I need you to be all in as well. It may not be convenient and it might actually be uncomfortable at times but I want you to trust me and trust the process. I want to be able to trust you and that you’re going to tell me how you’re doing. It’s exciting that we get the opportunities for that patient relationship in our profession when some others don’t.”

“We need physical therapist not only as clinicians but we need physical therapist working in this technology who understand the practice of physical therapy so they can help people who understand technology to make that fit for their needs.”

“We spend twice as much as any other industrialized country on healthcare and our outcomes are in the high thirties according to the world health organization.”

“Its about relationships and taking the time to dive into what matters.”

“When you begin looking for your first job as a practicing clinician find an environment that you think you can thrive in, that you’re excited about, not one you necessarily have figured out but one you truly have a passion for. Find an environment where you’ll be challenged because we need to challenge ourselves to move forward.”

“Mentors are going to be important because they’ll challenge and support you at the same time, especially in your first two years. Have a mentor you can fall back on and that you can learn from.”

“Your first job will probably not be your last job because indications are now that our generation will have 7 or 8 different jobs.”

“Such a need for researchers, innovators, educators, policy, advocacy, technology.”

“Have some ideas of where you want to go and where you see yourself in three years.”

“Find a commitment you can make for a couple years so you can really get established.”

“We see a shortage now of qualified, academically prepared faculty.”

“You may think you know what you love and what you’re good at but until you immerse yourself in it, you might not be entirely sure.”

“We still haven’t really accurately defined the human movement system outside of our own profession.”

“If we are truly going to transform society, what does that mean?”

“It comes down to relationships, you’ll be more effective when you can develop good, honest, trusting relationships with patients and you go in as a partnership.

“Richard K. Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Mary McMillan Lecture “Turning Over the Hourglass”.

Here are some of Dr. Brosky’s favorites !

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy, Oxford Academic 

International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy

Sports Health Journal

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PTQ 005: Travel Physical Therapy with Host Healthcare

 Current Trends!

“Higher paid positions in the north during the winter”

“The majority of positions that are available are working with some sort of geriatric population in skilled nursing, home health, long term acute care”.

What if I fall in love with a contract and I don’t want to leave?

“It’s more than likely that you will be able to extend your contract beyond the original 13 week contract, that may not be the case if you’re covering for maternity leave, then you will most likely be able to extend up to 1 year, up to 51 weeks in a single facility before you either have to stay on permanently or move on to the next travel assignment”.

How often do you see permanent employment out of these opportunities?

“It’s pretty common that people like to travel and end up liking where they are. If you really like to travel and end up liking a facility/location, most extend their 13 week contracts a time or two then continue on their travel career. Once they’re done traveling, they will go back to that same facility they fell in love with.

What if that facility is involved in unethical circumstances?

If you start a contract and the facilities practices put your license at risk or are involved in unethical circumstances, they will get you out of their as soon as possible.

What is the productivity like?

Productivity, it does depend on the setting and facility but for the most part. For skill nursing facility they see 85%-90% productivity. With new grads, the first several weeks you’re just getting your hands wet in documentation systems/formats with expectations of your productivity increasing as you get more familiar with their facility.

At each facility/contract will you have an orientation?

Bigger facilities may certainly have someone shadow you for the first couple days. Host health care also offers a mentorship program internally.

Host Healthcare Mentorship Program

“We take care of our therapy new grads and want you to succeed as a travel therapist. Our mentorship program pairs new grads up with an experienced travel therapist. If you have graduated within the past year, we can pair you up a mentor. Your mentor will be your dedicated resource and provide you support for you during your first six assignments. They will offer guidance and answer any questions about your facility and your role”.

“Finally, upon successful completion of six assignments, you may apply to our mentorship program as a mentor”.

Here’s the break down when it comes to the money

Part 1) Taxable hourly wage

  • With Host Healthcare its $20.00/hr
  • You’ll lose 20 to 30% to uncle Sam just like any other position

Part 2) Weekly Tax-Free Allowance

  • Includes meals, incidentals, food, or miscellaneous expenses
  • This number depends on living cost of the area and the budget of the facility. Facility budget factors in how desperate they are and your experience in the field.
  • This stacks on top of Part 1 (Taxable Hourly Wage) that you get as a part of your pay check every single week.
  • Host Healthcare doesn’t require receipts.

Part 3) Housing Options 

  1. Corporate Housing- Host Healthcare sets you up with a fully furnished studio or 1 bedroom apartment. They take care of the rent, deposit and utilities but that does not include a pet deposit. Can’t forget the dog!
  2. Housing Allowance- you receive a weekly, tax free housing allowance geared towards housing and just like the meals allowance, it’s ultimately up to you what you do with it.
  • 90% of Host Healthcare travelers take this option because it provides the flexibility that most are looking for.
  • Every Friday you get all 3 of these combined via direct deposit.

Does prior experience matter?

“There is always going to be competition but it comes down the facility looking for who is the most qualified and costs them the least”

Free Unlimited CEUs

Host Healthcare offers free CEUs for all of our therapists. We are proud to offer this to therapy new grads.  There are hundreds of courses to choose from to continue your education and professional development.  Free and unlimited online CEU’s while you’re on assignment.  Want to attend a course or conference?  Talk to your recruiter!


Host Healthcare covers all liability Health Insurance, they offer medical, dental and vision when you’re on assignment.  The first day of your assignment is the first day your insurance kicks in as well as up to 30 days coverage between your assignments.

When do I start looking for my next contract?

It depends where you want to go next and how long licensure takes for that particular state. Some states only take weeks while others can take several months or longer! Keep this in mind when looking for your next facility or location. This is why your recruiter is going to be your new best friend.

Who is going to cover the state licensure costs?

Host Healthcare will take care of it as soon as you take a contract in that state but you do have to pay for it upfront so this is one receipt you will want to save!

Take a picture of everything you do!

Odometer before you leave because they reimburse for travel expenses along with any other major expenses. This way you have less to worry about and you’ll always have what you need. There are several apps out there to save and organize them as pictures.


Yes! Currently they match up to 50% of 3% or 1.5% through Principle Financial.

Get to know your recruiter!

“The relationship you have with your recruiter is one of the most important things during this process”

Host Healthcare limits the recruiter to therapist ratio to ensure realistic response rates and remain attentive to the travelers needs while on assignment or looking for the next.

Can you travel with a significant other?

-It can happen as long as you’re flexible because there obviously has to be two contracts available in that particular area. Host Healthcare says you should potentially allow a 45 minutes commute each way which would mean your facilities can be up to 90 minutes away from each other.

When to start looking?

If you’re currently a student and are interested, start talking to the recruiter during your final semester.  Overall, enjoy yourself and be open to learning and experiencing new things.

“I wouldn’t recommend putting your information out there, I recommend doing your due diligence and reading reviews from glassdoor and then decide who you want to reach out to directly”.

Action items and resources mentioned in this episode!

Learn more about being a traveling physical therapist with Host Healthcare

More information about benefits and resources

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PTQ 004: First year DPT student thoughts with Joey Davis #2

I had another chance to sit down with another first year physical therapy student as he starts to dive deeper into the DPT program at Bellarmine University. Joey Davis shares what it was like applying to DPT school along with advice for others looking to start their journey of being a physical therapist.

“Every school has there own differences in requirements so be sure to start early to get ahead”

“Time management is important, figure out what your days are going to look like each week and go from there”

“Be able to better apply your knowledge to a clinical scenario, not just doing well on the test”

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PTQ 003: First year DPT student thoughts with Jared Simpson #1

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Jared Simpson who’s currently a first year DPT student. We got to know each other and had a chance to talk about his experiences as a first year student. It’s crazy to sit down and realize how far you’ve come!  Here are some tips from Jared and I couldn’t agree with him more.

“Question everything about why things work, even if they don’t make sense at the time”

“Developing studying habits from the get go, you may think you know it but chances are you don’t know it as well as you think you do”

“Don’t get caught up on typing everything the teacher says! Listen to the point of it and just write down the nuggets. Try to process what they’re saying as they say it”

“Something I’ve learned through this process is that the more people you know, the better off you’ll be”

Jared liked that he got early exposure to treating patients in the clinic. If you have the chance take it! We recommend looking for DPT programs or shadowing experiences that offer this opportunity early instead of waiting until your first clinical rotation.

As far as learning musculoskeletal and acute care, there’s nothing better than being in the room seeing it, doing it, and feeling it when compared to potentially having to learn this material from an online platform. There is a good chance we see more online learning within the DPT curriculum in the future.

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PTQ 002: Leadership, Mentorship, and Advocacy with AAOMPT President Dr. Elaine Lonnemann

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist president Dr. Elaine Lonnemann discusses how to get involved early in the profession. She shares what she did to get involved in something she truly believed in.

“Find people you want to be like”, “because finding these people opened my eyes to different areas that I would not have discovered if I hadn’t talked to these people and attend meetings”.

“APTA membership is a must”

“Think about your own interests, your own drive, and your own strengths”

“APTA has so many niches and specialty areas, find mentors in those areas”

“Find those people who can mentor you and who see in you the ability to improve”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

What is it? The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is a national organization committed to excellence in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy practice, education and research. Fellows of the AAOMPT provide the highest level of musculoskeletal care through advanced manual therapy practice.

“Our association promotes and fosters the best clinical practice, the best education, and the best research related to Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy”

“People in APTA and AAOMPT show interest in students who want to improve themselves for the sake of the patients”

Action items and resources mentioned in this episode!

APTA Membership

Sign up to attend a conference or expose yourself to a district meeting within the APTA. 

Learn more about AAOMPT fellowship programs.

See what AAOMPT is all about.

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PTQ 001: What it’s all about


I’m currently a physical therapy student who is only months away from becoming a DPT.  Through the experiences within my DPT program, clinical rotations and others, I look to share what all I’m finding out there in the current world of physical therapy.

You can do so many things in our profession and I think it’s time we start sharing these experiences. Share your experience to help guide others through the different options within physical therapy. Let’s get to it!

If you tell me what you want to hear, I will do my best to provide it.

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