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The Primary Care PT Podcast


Highlighting primary care physical therapists - who we are, where we are, what we do, and how we help patients and communities optimize physical health.


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Highlighting primary care physical therapists - who we are, where we are, what we do, and how we help patients and communities optimize physical health.




Dr. O'Bright's story with POTS, Dysautonomia & Gaslighting

In this clinical spotlight, I share my own personal experience with POTS/dysautonomia along with Dr. Rebekah Griffith and Dr. Jessica Klain. I share my experience of feeling brushed off and gaslit by several healthcare providers who made me believe my symptoms were caused by anxiety before comprehensively putting the pieces together. To quote Dr. Griffith "if it truly is anxiety, I have tools to be able to handle this... but don't jump to that without thoroughly ruling out other things". Individuals with dysautonomia often go years before receiving a medical diagnosis due to lack of awareness by many healthcare professionals. It our responsibility to be informed... and never to gaslight a patient.


Clinical Spotlight: Transcient Global Amnesia

In this first clinical spotlight episode, Dr. Jessica Klain and I discuss a case of transient global amnesia. We review the current practice guidelines for differential diagnosis and management, and discuss how our opinions differ from a paper that we reference: Sealy D, Tiller RJ, Johnson K. Transient Global Amnesia. Am Fam Physician. 2022 Jan 1;105(1):50-54. PMID: 35029951.


Hawaiian Primary Care PT: The Unique Rural Needs of the Islands - Dr. Genevieve Correa

I will start by saying that I've never been to Hawaii (yet!), but I learned a TON in this episode about just how isolated and rural the Hawaiian islands actually are. Dr. Genevieve Correa is a PT in Molokai and she did a fantastic job educating me on how primary care PT truly solves a problem in these "healthcare deserts"... or islands! We also briefly discuss the primary motion brought forward by the HI delegation... and why it was tabled. Listen in...


Meeting Needs of Underserved Communities: Dr Brian Barney, Part 2

In this part 2 episode with Dr. Brian Barney, we discuss our mutual interest of serving underserved communities. We discuss how socioeconomic and racial disparities influence access to care and what we can do to help solve that problem... a must listen.


Cardiovascular Awareness in Athletes: Dr. Brian Barney Part 1

I had a great opportunity to sit down with one of our primary care course attendees to hear more about his experience as a young athlete with cardiovascular pathology. As an orthopedic specialist, I wish that my training focused more on cardiovascular awareness of patients in my care. Hope this will inspire our listener to focus a bit more on intentional systems review. Stay tuned for part 2 where Brian and I discuss a shared passion of working with underserved communities.


Pediatric Primary Care PT w/ Dr. Ryan Jacobsen!

I had a chance to sit down with Dr. Ryan Jacobsen, who is a pediatric PT clinical specialist about his perspective on the need for primary care PT in the pediatric space. We cover how you don't need to be a pediatric specialist in order to work with children in the primary care PT space! This is something near and dear to my heart as a parent of young boys and a topic we should all pay attention to!


Welcome Back! Fall 2023 Highlights & Details!

Welcome back! Listen to hear about highlights for the fall 2023 season of The Primary Care PT Podcast!


What PTs should know about working with physiatrists...

In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Kelly Valignota, DO who is a physiatrist/sports medicine physician in a national health system. Dr. V shed light on her background, and provided valuable information about the expertise and role of physiatrists in MSK care. We talked about how physical therapists and physiatrists can work as a team to serve patients with musculoskeletal needs. Don't miss it!


Comprehensive Maternal, Birth & Young Family PT Care with Dr. Kelsey Daniels



Primary Care PT Series #12: Samaritan Health Physicians & APPs on PTs in Primary Care



PC Series #11: Dr. Steve Goostree on Primary Care in Digital & Hybrid Health Models

NEW Primary Care PODCAST! In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Steve Goostree, a physical therapist working in the digital and hybrid healthcare space. We talked about how important it is for healthcare organizations include digital and hybrid options to improve access to care. We also talked about the employer-sponsored model and how perhaps big third party payers will be a thing of the past in the near future!


Primary Care PT Series #10: Dr. Mark Shepherd on Lifestyle Medicine in Post-Professional Curriculum

In this episode, I had the chance to discuss the importance of lifestyle factors in PT practice with Dr. Mark Shepherd, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, who is the director of the OMPT fellowship and also DPT faculty at Bellin College. Mark provided excellent insight on the importance of addressing lifestyle factors in patients with pain and disability and also shared how Bellin is incorporating this essential topic into their curriculum. You won't want to miss this!


Primary Care PT Series #9: George Fox University - Drs. Dan Kang & Jeff Houck



Primary Care PT Series #8: Emergency PT with Dr. Rebekah Griffith

SUPER inspiring episode with Dr. Rekebah Griffith, owner of The ED DPT and author of the newly published book "Top of Scope: The Emergency Department Physical Therapist Practice Handbook". We talked about Dr. Griffith's experience working in the ED as a PT and also discussed some specific cases of when and when not to refer to the ED! So much good stuff here. Give her a follow on twitter @theeddpt and check out her website: Link to her new book:


Primary Care PT Series #7: Private Practice w/ Dr. Seth Peterson

In this episode, I got the chance to chat with Dr. Seth Peterson, who is the owner of a private practice and The Movement Brainery, a continuing education company with a primary care PT course. We discuss Seth's background and how he incorporates the primary care philosophy into his practice. Check out the Masters in Motion podcast, especially the bonus episode titled "The Woman in the Clock - Mary McMillan" from Jan 13, 2021. Take a look at the movement brainery's primary care PT course: Follow him on Twitter @drsethPT


Primary Care PT Series #6: Samaritan Health - Drs. Long, Mortimer & Jenkins



Primary Care PT Series #5: Dr. Todd Davenport - Kaiser Permanente & Community Clinics



Primary Care PT Series #4: Dr. Katie Qiu at VA Palo Alto

In this Part 2 episode featuring the Palo Alto VA, I had the chance to chat with Dr. Katie Qiu, a new grad from High Point University who is a current resident. We talked about her experience as a new grad resident in an integrated primary care setting, but also discussed her "why" for wanting to get into a program like this. A great episode, especially for new grads or others interested in residencies! Interested in getting in touch with Dr. Qiu? Follow her on twitter @katieqiu_dpt


Primary Care PT Series #3: VA Palo Alto with Dr. Rusty Bishop

In this episode, I had a great discussion with Dr. Rusty Bishop from the Palo Alto VA in California. As the orthopedic residency director at this location, Dr. Bishop describes how his background in the Air Force inspired him to develop an integrated primary care opportunity for his residents. He describes their set-up, how/why they were successful, and future plans. Stay tuned for episode #4 where I chat with Dr. Katie Qiu, who is one of the current residents at this program! Interested in reaching out to Dr. Bishop? Email him at


Primary Care PT Series #2: PACE program w/ Kelly Schroeder

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services's has a best kept secret.... But it shouldn't be a secret!!! Tune in to learn more about how physical therapists are utilized in a team-based care model in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) with Kelly Schroeder, a physical therapist and program director in Milwaukee, WI. This episode draws so much to light about addressing health disparities and social determinants of health. All primary care physical therapists should be aware of, and referring to, PACE programs in their region! Listen in to the Redefine Health Ed Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Youtube, or click the link in bio. Spoiler Alert: a discount code for our courses is waiting for you at the end of this show! #physicaltherapy #physiotherapy #primarycarept #dpt #dptstudent