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Bill Boissonnault PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT, FAPTA

Today, we are sharing our conversation with Bill Boissonnault. In it, you get to hear how Bill got started as the primary author of one textbook all of us probably had to get in graduate school (or should have gotten). You also get to learn of some big influences in his early career in terms of manual therapy education. This is a shorter interview than usual, mainly due to Bill being very busy with his position at the American Physical Therapy Association. However, shorter does not mean lacking in quality. So, please listen in and here from an important figure in the physical therapy world!

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Gail Wetzler PT, DPT, EDO, BI-D

Gail Wetzler joins us next in our interview series, and I’ll go ahead and say it now… you’re welcome. Seriously, make sure you save some time in your day/week/whatever to listen to this conversation with Gail. Especially if you are a younger clinician trying to wade through the manual therapy realm of your profession. In our time with Gail, we get to hear some fascinating stories of her youth, early career, things that have led her to where she is today, and much much more. So, I hope you enjoy!

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Joe Farrell PT, M App Sc., DPT, FFAAOMPT, FAPTA

Joe Farrell is our next guest to the blog in our series of interviews. He is recently retired as a private practice owner in California, but is still quite active within the profession. One of the things that makes Joe special (one of many indeed!) is that he was a founding member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). Another important thing that Joe is known for over the years is that he served as senior faculty for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Residency and Fellowship programs. Joe is both a leader and servant, as evident by awards that he has received… which include the Distinguished Lecturer award from AAOMPT and the Catherine Worthingham Fellow from the APTA. Listen in on our conversation and get a glimpse at what makes Joe such a special guy!

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Mike Baum PT, CFMT

Mike Baum is the next friend we get to speak with in our series of interviews. He is a practice owner in Junction City, OR that probably treats a more wide-variety of patients than most of us on any given day. Talk about a well-integrated clinician… with a background in multiple different manual therapy approaches; as well as PNF, he could probably make your head spin if you tried to keep up with him in the clinic (at least that’s what I’ve been told). So tune in and learn a lot from one of the best human beings out there!

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Choose your words wisely!

How much have you thought about the words you use with a patient? A lot of research has come out in recent years that demonstrates what we say and how we say it has a huge effect on the patient! Read on and look at some of the things I think about when talking with patients…

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