During the month of October, we begin to celebrate the beginning of the new season. Here at THRIVE, we celebrate October to acknowledge our physical therapists! It is National Physical Therapy Month, and we cannot wait to introduce one of our newest PTs, Dr. Michael Johnson!
To wrap up National Physical Therapy month, we asked Dr. Johnson to share with us a few of the experiences which led him to become a physical therapist. We want our patients to know that our PTs are passionate about their practice, and will work to the best of their ability to assist you in your healing journey.
Why did you become a PT?
My decision to become a PT stemmed from my own experiences working with a local physical therapist in my hometown. He was treating me post-surgically from an elbow injury I had developed over the years from playing competitive baseball. I remember having anxiety about my surgery, but my therapist was reassuring about my prognosis and said with an individualized rehab plan (and some patience) I would regain my strength and motion in my arm. I did. Ever since that experience, I had an increasing desire to learn more about becoming a PT and learning how to help people overcome their injuries.
What were some of your jobs you had before you started your PT career?
My first job was in college at Hollister in the mall and my second job was doing part time landscaping for properties in Pensacola. I also worked as a behavioral therapist for children and teenagers who have autism, which I found to be most rewarding out my previous jobs.
What is your favorite part of being a PT?
I love being a physical therapist and picking only one aspect is difficult for me. I would say my favorite part of being a PT is getting to see hope restored in people's lives whenever they are able to make a positive lifestyle change or accomplish a task that is meaningful, but previously difficult for them to perform. I also thoroughly enjoy getting to know the people that I see in therapy.
What are some of the jobs biggest challenges?
I would say the biggest challenge for me as a physical therapist is knowing that not all patients will respond completely to my treatment despite my best efforts.
How do you make certain that you are kept up-to-date on new research or PT practices?
I've always desired to be the best I can be when my heart is in something and my heart is in physical therapy. Throughout PT school I've always tried to include supplemental material into my studying from reliable sources (journals, other books, CEU courses, etc) to keep up to date. Currently, I am a subscriber of the journal of Orthopedic Physical Therapy (JOSPT), as well as Med-bridge which offers evidenced based continuing education courses for physical therapists, as well as other health professionals.
What were some of your favorite continuing education courses?
Since I am a new grad, I have yet to take any CE courses on site; However, I have taken CE's through a website called Medbridge and Modern Manual Therapy online. Most of my favorite courses are prep courses for Orthopedic Certified Specialist certification. Other courses I've enjoyed taking are Adriaan Louw's pain science and the eclectic approach to TMD with DR. E.
What is one interesting fact most of our readers/patients may not know about you?
I am left-handed, enjoy snowboarding, and spend time playing piano/guitar as well as making music on my computer.
Fav Color: Aqua
Fav Drink: Diet Pepsi
Fav Food: Cajun Chicken Pasta
Favorite Activity: Snowboarding
Fav Vacation Spot: Cruising to anywhere or somewhere I can snowboard
Fav Time of Year: Fall
Morning Person or Night Owl: Night owl
Favorite Quote(s): “I didn't come this far, to only come this far.” - Unknown
“Our Greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius