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OrthoNebraska is adding a practicing Postural Restoration (PRI) Physical Therapist to our Therapy team! The Therapy team environment is fast paced and well organized in taking care of the needs of our orthopaedic community. Our top priorities are focusing on patient safety as well as patient satisfaction. Teamwork is paramount as we are dedicated to Always True in promoting trust, respect, understanding and engagement with all team members. If this sounds like the type of team and environment you want to be a part of apply today! 

orthonebraska.com/careers

Position          Full-Time

Shift               Days

FTE / Hours   1.0 / 40 

Schedule        Mon – Fri  

Location:        Elkhorn, Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Department/Position Details/Duties:

Deliver high quality clinical care and customer service

Establish goals and treatment plans in collaboration with the patient, family members and healthcare team.

Provide treatment services in order to restore, maintain or improve patient functions.

Promote and advance the hospital’s vision to be the BEST through department initiatives and community outreach.

Develop and enhance the vision of the department with an emphasis on growth and program development.

Promote collaboration with referring physicians.

Offer clinical instruction to physical therapy and physical therapy assistant students.

Must be able and willing to collaborate with others as demonstrated by good listening skills, honest and respectful communication, and engaging in the process of reaching consensus when making decisions.

Displays flexibility and adaptability in order to provide patient education regarding their specific physical therapy treatment needs.

Ability to problem solve with patients, team and other departments within OrthoNebraska.

Position Requirements:

Education:

Graduate of an APTA approved program for physical therapy

Fully licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of Nebraska.

Basic Life Support (BLS) required within 60 days of hire.

Advanced clinical certification is a benefit

Postural Restoration Certification preferred

Experience:

Experience in orthopaedics required.

Physical:

This position is classified as Medium Work in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, requiring the exertion of 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work. 

Posted February 29, 2024 at 2:44PM by

Every three years we offer a summer PRT testing date, and this year it's happening again on June 7-8th! The application deadline for consideration for testing in June is March 15th. 

To learn more about eligibility for PRT credentialing and to download the application, CLICK HERE!

What have other recent PRT credentialed providers shared about their experience with PRT credentialing

"The PRT credentialing process was an all around amazing experience and one of the best of my career.  First, going through the in-depth application process helps to challenge and grow your knowledge base and thought process while helping you to review and master so many details that go into the great science and practice of PRI.  You have no choice but to get better as you go through all of the steps.  Visiting the Institute and sitting for testing is an extremely rewarding experience that will test your thought process even farther.  Having the opportunity to work with and learn from brilliant people like Ron and Jen and other applicants is an experience that anybody should be excited and grateful to go through. If you love PRI, have been studying and practicing the science for awhile and want to take your understanding and ability to utilize principles and applications to the next level, then just do it and don’t look back!"
- Nick Rosencutter, CSCS, LMT, NSCA-CPT, PRT

"Sitting for the PRT was the most fulfilling endeavor of my professional career. Having spent time in the private, collegiate, professional, and tactical settings, holding a graduate degree and 12 certifications through 11 organizations, and having participated in, contributed to, and organized both conferences and summits, this was unquestionably the most dense, challenging, and rewarding experience of my 14 years in the field. There is a lot of curiosity as to what the Postural Restoration Institute is and if the principles they espouse are applicable in the realm of performance. Put succinctly, the Postural Restoration Institute provides a universally applicable model of expression: a framework for how we navigate the world. Whether you want to better understand the myokinmatics of gait, bridge the gap between performance and rehabilitation, or begin exploring systemic integration, you will find direction in the Postural Restoration Institute’s paradigm. The opportunity to spend a weekend in a room with Ron, Jen, Dan, and the rest of the PRI family was well worth the cost of the application alone. For anyone considering the process, it is one I feel confident saying, you will not regret pursuing." - Colin Kidwell, CSCS, PRT

"In a day and age where so many experiences are simply transactional, it is rare to have an educational experience where you feel “seen”. The PRT process was in many ways a therapeutic process in and of itself, just for that reason. The instructors were passionate, supportive, and welcoming. I cannot recommend this process enough. I walked away with a renewed passion for the science of PRI." - Colby Mamigonian, CSCS, PRT

If you are considering applying for PRT Credentialing this year or if you have any questions, please email Jennifer Platt!

Posted February 22, 2024 at 10:00AM by

Earlier this month, at our annual Advanced Integration course, we presented the PRI Director’s Dedication Award to two very deserving individuals who have had such a positive impact on our Institute. The PRI Directors Dedication Award was established in 2012 to recognize individuals’ ongoing dedication to their advancement in PRI. Susan Henning and Joe Belding were the very first recipients of the PRI Director’s Dedication Award, back in 2012. And this year, we were so honored to present the PRI Directors Award to two of their colleagues, Lisa Mangino and Jean Massé. To date, we have presented this award to 20 individuals and an award recognition plaque, which is pictured above, is displayed at the Postural Restoration Institute® in Lincoln, Nebraska, recognizing each of the PRI Directors Dedication Award recipients.

Lisa Mangino and Jean Massé are physical therapists and colleagues, in Chapel Hill, NC. Lisa began her PRI journey 14 years ago, taking her first course (Myokinematic Restoration) in 2009 at the University of Duke, where she was employed. Not long after, in 2010, Jean Massé, who was influenced by co-workers and PRC therapists Susan Henning and Joe Belding at Advance Physical Therapy, completed her first PRI course. She went on to complete PRC credentialing in 2013.  

Jean is a nationally recognized Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association, since 1999. She continues to be a regular speaker at the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Physical Therapy on the subject of scoliosis and chronic pain. 

She and Lisa obtained the preliminary C1 and Advanced C2 Schroth scoliosis certification in 2013. They have been treating young and older people with scoliosis since.

Lisa completed PRC credentialing in 2014, the same year that she began working at Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill, with Susan, Joe and Jean. And, they have all worked alongside each other for the past 10 years. 

Lisa’s passion is working with children, and as a pediatric therapist at Advance Physical Therapy, and the University of Duke Medical Center, she has touched the lives of so many children and families in her career. Her dedication to treating the child with neurological impairments led her to pursue certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), in 2009. Lisa obtained national recognition with her certification as a Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association, in 2010. 

Over the years, Lisa and Jean have attended 10+ Advanced Integration courses. In 2017, they began teaching day 4 of the Advanced Integration course, on Curvature of the Spine, alongside colleague and mentor Susan Henning. And it was such an honor to have them here teaching day 4 of this course again this year!

In addition to their involvement with day 4 of the Advanced Integration course, they also co-authored Chapter 7 titled “Postural Restoration: A Tri-Planar Asymmetrical Framework for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Scoliosis and Other Spinal Dysfunctions”, in the InTech open access book, “Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders”, back in 2017 with Susan Henning. And a couple years later, Lisa, Jean and Susan founded STRATER Scoliosis Institute, where they are dedicated to the education of physical therapy professionals for safe and effective treatment of scoliosis. Over the past 5 years, they have worked closely with PRI to receive permission to teach PRI copyrighted material in the STRATER level 1 and 2 courses. Katie Piraino, who is a PRC therapist, attended the STRATER level 2 course last month and emailed me shortly after. Her exact words were, “I just took the Strater Scoliosis 2 course. Only 15 participants, there should be 100’s they are so good!”

In addition to this dedication and involvement with education related to PRI and scoliosis, Lisa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours on course development over the past several years, including the former PRI Integration for Pediatrics affiliate course, and today’s Human Evolution course, which was taught for the first time in September 2022….and although it’s a relatively new course, it is already catching fire with PRINation.

In 2020, Lisa was also invited as an adjunct faculty member at High Point University, to teach a semester long selective course for Physical Therapy students titled, “Postural Restoration® - An Overview of Asymmetrical Human Movement”.

Congratulations to Lisa and Jean on such a deserving award! 

Posted December 27, 2023 at 10:22AM by
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We are excited to announce and congratulate the Postural Restoration Certified™ (PRC) Class of 2023! This was a special week for us as we conducted PRC credentialing for our 20th year! From the first class in 2004 to this most recent group of clinicians, we have had 250 clinicians complete PRC credententialing, spanning 38 states and 7 countries. You can search PRI credentialed providers on our Find a Provider map

PRC credentialing is the result of completing multiple advanced PRI courses, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participating in practical and analytical testing. Earlier this week, 7 clinicians earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska, Louise Kelley, Skip George, and Jennifer Platt.

The Postural Restoration Institute® established this certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify those individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. The PRC credentialing program is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and chiropractors who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing. 

CLICK HERE to view the photo album. 

Back Row (L to R): Skip George, Alan Lee, Timas Peteraitis, Justin Baird, Brandon Le Burkien
Front Row (L to R): Louise Kelley, Greer Mackie, Diana Lee, Steven Blair, Ron Hruska, Jennifer Platt

Posted December 13, 2023 at 11:10AM by

They say the third time is a charm! I think we’ve been planning to take the “old Peds course” and now the new, remastered “Human Evolution” course to Alpine PT in Seattle WA three times, and in October, we finally did it, barring surgery and COVID! From my perspective, it was well worth the wait. Christopher Murhpy, Jeremiah Ferguson, Eli Zygmuntowicz, and Eva Bilo were the most gracious hosts and hostess. It was so great to have met you after hearing so many good things about you and your clinic.

We took a journey through the development of a human, highlighting critical sensory motor milestones, reviewed the literature supporting why these human developmental principles are important and connected it all with a description and application of 7 specific developmental processes. With over 100 videos of clinicial application through the lifespan, we were “in the clinic” with 8 patient cases for all of Day #2, from 15 months old to 70 years old.

We had an important conversation about the overwhelming benefits of crawling on hands and knees, and how important this skill is to painfree, grounded, postural development and walking as we age. This skill (at any age, really) brings sensory attention to all of our bases of support (right and left, front and back), helps to use and to integrate primitive tonic neck reflexes, provides a sense of upper extremity self-referencing on the maturation of cephalic-caudal independence, allows us to feel a grounded sense of gravtiy in a primitive form of forward locomotor movement, AND to explore our worlds from a new visual persepctive for cognitive processing!  And that’s only one of the 10 milestones we recognized.

A couple of the attendees came up to me and said, “As you were talking, I was writing patients names down because this course applies to so many of them”. We might not be crawling for locomotion as adults, but as we are cleaning out a bottom cabinet, gardening on hands and knees, pushing a grocery cart in the grocery store, rolling over in bed, lowering ourselves to play with our pets or children, or walking upstairs (or downstairs backwards – WHAT?), we are using the skills that were hopefully laid down in the developmental years. If these skills were not wired developmentally, or if an injury or insult changed that developmental fortification, there’s a good chance one might be pursuing PT, which is why your patients might be in your clinic. This course was created to help us all better understand these cross-referenced connections for better patient outcomes.

I hope to see you in one of 2 live stream offerings in January or September of 2024, or maybe I’ll get to shake your hand in person in Malvern PA in April. Thanks again to the fine folks at Alpine PT, and to everyone who attended, nodded, questioned, and participated. Your presence was enriching to me and to the group’s learning. I appreciate you all!

Posted November 30, 2023 at 3:41PM by
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