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Member Stories

We continue to be inspired by the work you do as physiatrists. You are sharing your stories with us, of working in your communities, helping treat COVID-19 patients, innovative ideas you have started and more. We’re speaking with a variety of AAPM&R members who are making a difference in our specialty so that we can share their stories with you. Look for additional stories from your peers in future issues of The Physiatrist and our other communications.

 


If you have a story you’d like to share with your PM&R community, please email us at shareyourstory@aapmr.org. We would love to speak with you!




 

Dr. Joseph Herrera in full PPE

Innovation and Teamwork, the Backbone of Physiatric Care: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Herrera

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Joseph Herrera at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. During the initial outbreak, Dr. Herrera and his team worked to innovate how patients were receiving medical treatment both in the hospital and at home. The work being done and the data gathered has helped to establish a new post-COVID clinic at Mount Sinai and pave the way for innovative treatments for patients with Post Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) infection. The following article is based on his experience from mid-September 2020 and Summer 2021.

 

 

Tony Lee, MD, FAAPMR

Reflections in a Post-COVID Environment: An Interview with Dr. Tony Lee

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Tony Lee at Synergy Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Scottsdale, AZ. During the initial outbreak, Dr. Lee continued to work in his outpatient practice, adapting to the "new normal" that the coronavirus imposed. This time gave Dr. Lee the chance to reflect on the importance of learning from Team Physiatry's many members and the impact of PM&R early and across the care continuum. The following article is based on his experience as of September 2020.


 

Dr. Pablo Celnik

PM&R Across the Care Continuum in Action: An Interview with Dr. Pablo Celnik

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Pablo Celnik at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Celnik works at the university as the Department Director of Rehabilitation. During the initial outbreak, Dr. Celnik worked with his department on redeploying staff and reorganizing the care management process for acute and inpatient rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19. The following article is based on his experience as of October 2020.


 

Dr. Julia Iafrate

How PM&R Answers "What Comes Next?" with COVID-19: An Interview with Dr. Julia Iafrate

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Julia Iafrate of Columbia University's Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Iafrate works in sports medicine and volunteered her expertise in PM&R to the frontlines at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following article is based on her experience as of late July 2020.


 

Dr. Jonathan Whiteson

The Emotional Journey of COVID-19: An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Whiteson

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Jonathan Whiteson of Rusk Rehabilitation in New York, NY. Dr. Whiteson has been working on the frontlines during the pandemic, helping to reshape his department, and educate others on Rusk's learnings through this time, as is their mission. This article is based on his experience as of late July 2020.


 

Dr. Alexandre Lavigne

PGY2 Perspective: An Interview with Dr. Alexandre Lavigne

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Alexandre Lavigne at the University of Montreal PM&R Program in Canada. During the initial outbreak, Dr. Lavigne was a PGY1 resident in physiatry whose night float rotations put him on the frontlines at the tail end of the pandemic's first wave. As a young physiatrist, this experience gave him a unique training opportunity that no one could have predicted. The following article is based on his experience as of spring 2021.


 

Dr. Kimberly Heckert

COVID-19 - Personal and Professional: An Interview with Dr. Kimberly Heckert

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Kimberly Heckert at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Heckert works at the university as well as a subacute rehabilitation facility. During the initial outbreak, Dr. Heckert worked with the facility to provide care to those infected with the coronavirus. At home, she put all she learned from working with her patients to care for her daughter who had contracted COVID-19 from an outside source. The following article is based on her experience as of mid-September 2020.

 

Dr. Melita Moore

Representing for Team Physiatry: An Interview with Dr. Melita Moore

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Melita Moore of MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, D.C. Dr. Moore works with the NBA G League Capitol City Go-Go, the WNBA Washington Mystics and NBA 2K Wizards District Gaming. She has been transitioning from a normal season to a satellite emergency room clinic to traditional office visits and telehealth and, finally, the WNBA "bubble" during COVID-19. This article is based on her experience as of early October 2020.

Dr. Michele Arnold

Hitting the Pavement During COVID-19: An Interview with Dr. Michele Arnold

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Michele Arnold from Swedish Spine Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine Center in Seattle, WA. Dr. Arnold volunteered to work in mobile testing units on the streets of Seattle when COVID-19 hit. This article is based on her experience as of late July 2020.



Dr. Daniel Ryan

Takeaways from the Frontlines: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Ryan

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Daniel Ryan, MD, FAAPMR, at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, MI. During the initial outbreak, Dr. Ryan worked as the President of Medical Staff for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was charged with the responsibility of planning for if their hospital ended up succumbing to over-crowding due to the pandemic. In this role and working on the frontlines with other disciplines gave him a unique perspective to reflect on at the end of the initial surge. The following article is based on his experience as of mid-October 2020.


 

Dr. Amy West

Looking to Physiatry's Next Steps: An Interview with Dr. Amy West

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Amy West at Northwell Health in Long Island City, NY. Dr. West works in sports medicine and was redeployed to an exclusively COVID-19 wing of her emergency room where she helped educate patients who were in stable condition about their coronavirus diagnosis, discussed next steps as well as provided her expertise in escalation of care. The following article is based on her experience as of mid-August 2020.

 

Dr. Bryan Murtaugh

Life in the (NBA) Bubble: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Murtaugh

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Bryan Murtaugh of MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, D.C. Dr. Murtaugh works with the Washington Wizards and has been transitioning from a normal season to the National Basketball Association (NBA) "bubble" during COVID-19. This article is based on his experience as of late July 2020.


 

Dr. Carla Watson

From PM&R Consults and EMGs to Treating COVID-19 Patients: An Interview with Dr. Carla Watson

In this issue, we talked to Dr. Carla Watson of the OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park, IL. Dr. Watson made a big transition when COVID-19 hit and directly treated patients that tested positive. This article is based on her experience as of late June 2020.