Brother my Brother

Today’s blog is very different from any of those written before. This is an insight into my life, into my thought process, into my experiences, into those things that made me who I am. I started this blog to teach people about healthcare, but there is so many more things that people can learn from my experiences. I dictate today’s blog on my way to the cemetery. It’s a little bit more emotional than anything that I would typically write. 
 Life is precious. My brother is a fucking idiot, in 2008 he overdosed. He never really saw anything outside of Joliet Illinois. I want to live until I die. There is too much to see and too much to live for in this life. After eight years, I still think of everything that he missed out on. He missed out on having a family. My family is the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I would be my fathers son, I would be content to stay at home and work hard and live my life in that fashion. My wife loves to travel and loves try new things. If it wasn’t for her I would’ve never traveled to Europe, I may have never made to Alaska. If it wasn’t for my daughter, I wouldn’t slow down and slide down the big slide. I probably wouldn’t go to another waterpark, I probably wouldn’t climb in the tunnels at Odyssey fun world. My brother missed out on a lot, when I go visit cemetery it just my heart.. Life is precious. For those going through difficult times, Know that life is precious. There are people that love you and people that will miss you if you’re gone. I miss my brother frequently. Life goes on, and life will go on without you. I hate to say that because it sounds harsh but it will. I am happy, and unfortunately he’s not here to see that. 

At what age does dreams die? I don’t know that answer. At what age do we throw in the towel? At what age do we give up? I don’t know what was going through my brothers head those last days And it kills me eight years later. 
In memory of Michael Anderson. I miss you brother

Author: Dr. Vince Gutierrez, PT, cert. MDT

After having dedicated 8 years to growing my knowledge regarding the profession of physical therapy, it seems only fitting that I join the social media world in order to spread a little of the knowledge that I have gained over the years. This by no means is meant to act in place of a one-one medical consultation, but only to supplement your baseline knowledge in which to choose a practitioner for your problem. Having completed a Master of Physical Therapy degree, the MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) certification and currently finishing a post-graduate doctorate degree, I have spent the previous 12 years in some sort of post-baccalalaureate study. Hopefully the reader finds the information insightful and uses the information in order to make more informed healthcare decisions. MISSION STATEMENT: My personal mission statement is as follows: As a professional, I will provide a thorough assessment of your clinical presentation and symptoms in order to determine both the provocative and relieving positions and movements. The assessment process and ensuing treatment will be based on current and relevant evidence. Furthermore, I will educate the patients regarding their symptoms and their likelihood of improving with either skilled therapy, an independent exercise program, spontaneous recovery or if the patient should be referred to a separate specialist to possibly provide a more rapid resolution of symptoms. Respecting the patient’s limited resources is important and I will provide an accurate overview of the prognosis within 7 visits, again based on current research. My goal is to empower the patient in order to take charge of both the symptomatic resolution and return to full function with as little dependence on the therapist as possible. Personally, I strive to be an example for family and friends. My goal is to demonstrate that success is not a byproduct of situations, but a series of choices and actions. I will mentor those, in any way possible, that are having difficulty with the choices and actions for success. I will continue to honor my family’s “blue-collar” roots by working to excel at my chosen career and life situations. I choose to be a leader of example, and not words, all the while reducing negativity in my life. I began working towards the professional aspect of the mission statement while still in physical therapy school. By choosing an internship that emphasized patient care and empowering the patient, instead of the internship that was either closest to home or where I knew that I would have the easiest road to graduation, I took the first step towards learning how to utilize the evidence to teach patients how to reduce their symptoms. I continued this process by completing Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy courses A-D and passing the credentialing exam. I will continue to pursue my clinical education through CEU’s on MDT and my goal is to obtain the status of Diplomat of MDT. Returning back to school for the t-DPT was a major decision for me, as resources (i.e. time and money) are limited. My choice was between saving money for the Dip MDT course (about 15,000 dollars) and continuing on with the Fellowship of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) (about 5,000 dollars), as these courses are paired through the MDT curriculum or returning to school to work towards a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. I initially planned on saving for the Dip MDT and FAAOMPT, but life changes forced me to re-evaluate my situation. The decision then changed to return for the tDPT, as my employer paid for a portion of the DPT program. My goal for applying to and finishing the Dip MDT and FAAOMPT is 10 years. This is how long I anticipate that it will take to finish paying student loans and save for both programs, based on the current rate of payment. I don’t know if I will ever accomplish what I set forth in the mission statement, but I do know that it will be a forever struggle to maintain this standard that I set for myself.

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