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MEET A MEMBER: Brett Windsor, PT, PhD, MPA, FAAOMPT

Tuesday, October 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
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MEET A MEMBER: Brett Windsor, PT, PhD, MPA, FAAOMPT

IPTF Pro Bono Committee Member & 2019 AAOMPT Conference Speaker

The IPTA is proud of members who are working hard towards advancing the physical therapy profession.

IPTA member Brett Windsor, PT, PhD, MPA, FAAOMPT has been invited to speak at the 2019 American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists' Annual Conference later this month in Orlando, Florida. He will deliver a presentation on "Results-Based Expertise in Physical Therapy: A New Definition Aligning to Value-Based Care Initiatives."

Dr. Windsor has also been appointed to serve as a member of IPTF's Pro Bono Committee. The Committee is currently working on their pilot program, PT Access, an initiative to offer pro bono physical therapy services to the uninsured in DuPage County.

In getting to know Brett, we asked "What inspired you to become a physical therapist?”

Windsor: I loved sports growing up and was always involved in cricket and footy, so I wanted to find a way to stay close to that. I seemed to have an aptitude for human biology and chemistry, so everything fit together nicely as a 17-year old kid (we go to physio school straight out of high school in Australia). The first day of physio school, I knew I’d landed in the right place, and it’s never really felt like work since.

Tell us more about the IPTF Pro Bono Committee and the PT Access Initiative?

Windsor: I heard about it through where I currently work, ATI Physical Therapy. I think PT is the best solution, at the front of the line, for conservative musculoskeletal conditions and to the greatest extent possible, I support primary access for all people, regardless of their ability to pay for the services, if for no other reason that it can vastly decrease the burdens placed on other, more invasive and expensive forms of health care.

As we move into the second year of having direct access in Illinois, how do you feel it has impacted the profession of physical therapy?

Windsor: It’s had a very real impact. One specific, tangible impact is that Direct Access has allowed us to market physical therapy direct to employers as a front of the line solution to the burden of cost associated with current patterns of heath care. Strong evidence shows that guideline adherent physical therapy care can significantly decrease the downstream costs associated with access to more costly and invasive management techniques. Direct access cleared the path…without it we don’t have the fundamental access which truly changes the paradigm. Physical therapists in Illinois should be truly grateful for the advent of direct access.

If you are interested in learning more, contact the Pro Bono Committee at iptfprobono@gmail.com.

10/01/2019


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