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"A Day in the Life of April" - Meet April Ritz, PT, DPT

Wednesday, March 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
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"A Day in the Life of April" - Meet April Ritz, PT, DPT

Interview conducted by: Megan Lamphere, SPT Northwestern UniversityMeet April Ritz, PT, DPT. As you sit through class wondering what life is going to be like as a clinician, maybe a story like April’s runs through your mind. She’s a recent grad and was seen at PT Day in Springfield, IL advocating for her profession. She is very passionate about her career and shared a typical day in the life of April…

April Ritz, PT, DPT graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis in December 2016. She typically starts her day off at 5am as she is a morning person and is the most productive then. She tries to take some time for morning devotions, playing with her dogs, working out, and preparing for the day ahead.  Her ten hour work days are filled with a mixture of patients as she works in a rural outpatient orthopedic setting at Sarah Bush Lincoln in Mattoon, IL. Appointments sessions are anywhere between 30 minutes for treatments to 90 minutes for women’s health pelvic evaluations. Documentation takes her on average an additional 30 minutes to complete at the end of the day. The variety is wonderful as she appreciates the mixture of patients from total joint replacements, to athletes, to pelvic pain, to neuro conditions, to general deconditioning, and incontinence. Her passion is women’s health therapy though and she has helped the program grow in the rural area by marketing with OBGYNs and urologists. She also works PRN at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield where she typically works in the ICU setting.  

Another passion of hers is advocacy for our profession as she just attended PT Day on Capitol Hill. On average, she typically spends two hours per week learning more and improving her skills as a physical therapist outside of work. She is involved in two journal clubs outside of her company’s journal clubs and in-services. She tries to stay on top of and read the weekly emails from the APTA, PT in Motion, and Section on Women’s Health to know what is going on in the profession. In her free time, she likes to volunteer for her church, lead Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace classes, have friends over for game night, and spend time relaxing with her husband and their two dogs.

She gives credit to her husband for helping her balance her work-life relationship. Some tips to avoid burn out include: exercise, learn the best way that you handle stress whether that is a night out with friends or having quiet time with God, make sure you sleep, take a mini vacation when you can, don’t forget the importance of your relationships and make sure to have a scheduled daily 20 minutes of uninterrupted time with your spouse. All aspects of wellness need to be balanced in order for you to succeed in the other areas. As a new graduate, she encourages you to be an APTA member, donate even $10 to the PT-PAC, participate in your district meetings, and take advantage of the #ThirdThursday and other free IPTA events.

If you would like to contact April about any of the associations she is involved in or ask questions about the transition to a #FreshPT, email her at aprilritz@outlook.com

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