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Giving back

We all have our own way of giving back. This event was hosted by Joliet Central and is a memorial to one of the former teachers, Dave Christiansen, killed by a drunk driver.

Jennifer Christiansen, Dave’s wife, andGardner Coughlin are both teachers at Joliet Central and reach out to lifters in the community to see if they can lend a hand.

It was an honor to load bars and spot these kids because I stood side by side with my mentors in powerlifting from years gone by.

Enjoy the photos and videos.

Dr. Vince Gutierrez, PT

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CrossFit and physical therapy

Our goals as PTs should be our patient’s goals and vice versa. As much as I may want to centralize a patient’s symptoms, sometimes the patient doesn’t care about that and I have to learn that patient’s passions and needs without superimposing my wants on top of the patient.

This is a quick synopsis of a recent interaction that went in a direction totally different than I expected.

Police ride along for the day

The Joliet Police Department was gracious enough to allow me to do a ride along. I had an eventful night and learned about adrenaline and the following adrenaline dump. I was so exhausted and only did half a shift.

If you get the chance to go on a ride along to see how well they work together and how well they patrol the area, you should take the opportunity to see the city from a different perspective.

Raise your game!

A recent conversation inspired this video.

We, as professionals, need to lose the mindset of technician and up our mindset to Doctor. This means no more 3x/week for 4-6 weeks. This means no more 4 units plus one modality per visit. This means no more selling patients on gym memberships or buying products from Amazon or the front desk.

Up your game to the Doctor level that we are at. Be a consultant. Figure out what is right for the patient, and sometimes this means that it isn’t PT.

Don’t cower to productivity demands or the “we need to keep the lights on” argument. You are a Doctor…act like one and keep your patient’s needs first.