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MTS Physical Therapy

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Keep Moving Forward: An Incredible Recovery from Rhabdomyolysis
Mar 1 2021
Keep Moving Forward: An Incredible Recovery from Rhabdomyolysis
On this episode JD Boudreaux speaks with Ellen DeValcourt and Charlie Caruthers. Ellen is a 2002 graduate of the LSU Health Science Center-Shreveport and was voted the Outstanding Student of the School of Allied Health Sciences class of 2002. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor for education of physical therapy students for P.T. programs from LSU – New Orleans and Shreveport, University of St. Augustine, and University of South Alabama. Ellen specializes in orthopedics, neurological conditions and vertigo symptoms (vestibular rehabilitation). Originally, Ellen is from Jeanerette, LouisianaIn this episode, Mr. Charlie Caruthers and his wife Jackie detail the amazing rapport they developed with Ellen while Charlie recovered from statin-induced myositis and rhabdomyolysis. With the help of physical therapist Ellen Devalcourt, Charlie has successfully returned to some of his favorite activities, including performing yard work, planting a garden, and spending time with family and friends. If you are looking for more information about our company, please visit mtspts.com. You can find all our career opportunities on our website under the Careers Tab. Please reach out to us at podcast@mtspts.com with content ideas for our podcasts or feedback of any kind.If you liked this episode, let us know! Share it with a friend and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. While you’re there, be sure to click that subscribe button so you get notified as future episodes are released. Remember Your Best Self is WELL WITHIN REACH and so is our next episode.
Keep Moving Forward: An Incredible Recovery from Rhabdomyolysis
Mar 1 2021
Keep Moving Forward: An Incredible Recovery from Rhabdomyolysis
On this episode JD Boudreaux speaks with Ellen DeValcourt and Charlie Caruthers. Ellen is a 2002 graduate of the LSU Health Science Center-Shreveport and was voted the Outstanding Student of the School of Allied Health Sciences class of 2002. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor for education of physical therapy students for P.T. programs from LSU – New Orleans and Shreveport, University of St. Augustine, and University of South Alabama. Ellen specializes in orthopedics, neurological conditions and vertigo symptoms (vestibular rehabilitation). Originally, Ellen is from Jeanerette, LouisianaIn this episode, Mr. Charlie Caruthers and his wife Jackie detail the amazing rapport they developed with Ellen while Charlie recovered from statin-induced myositis and rhabdomyolysis. With the help of physical therapist Ellen Devalcourt, Charlie has successfully returned to some of his favorite activities, including performing yard work, planting a garden, and spending time with family and friends. If you are looking for more information about our company, please visit mtspts.com. You can find all our career opportunities on our website under the Careers Tab. Please reach out to us at podcast@mtspts.com with content ideas for our podcasts or feedback of any kind.If you liked this episode, let us know! Share it with a friend and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. While you’re there, be sure to click that subscribe button so you get notified as future episodes are released. Remember Your Best Self is WELL WITHIN REACH and so is our next episode.
Stay Focused!!!
Aug 10 2020
Stay Focused!!!
On this episode JD Boudreaux speaks with Mike Sheffield. Mike graduated from LSU School of Allied Health Sciences- New Orleans in 1978. He has over 40 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including hospital acute care, outpatient, sports medicine, home health and skilled nursing care. Mike specializes in Orthopedics, Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation, joint replacement and soft tissue disorders. Mike received the Dave Warner Award for distinguished service to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association and was elected to the LPTA Hall of Fame in 2017. In this episode, Mike details his path to success throughout his illustrious career. He describes some of the major changes in the field of physical therapy including the establishment of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board and the benefits of being an active member of your professional organization. He shares some essential tenets for success in any field of work. If you are looking for more information about our company, please visit mtspts.com. You can find all our career opportunities on our website under the Careers Tab. Please reach out to us at podcast@mtspts.com with content ideas for our podcasts or feedback of any kind.If you liked this episode, let us know! Share it with a friend and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. While you’re there, be sure to click that subscribe button so you get notified as future episodes are released. Remember Your Best Self is WELL WITHIN REACH and so is our next episode.
Pearls of Wisdom from Dr. Gary Gray
Aug 5 2020
Pearls of Wisdom from Dr. Gary Gray
On this episode JD Boudreaux is joined by co-host Brian Soignier, as the duo visits with one of Brian’s mentors, Dr. Gary Gray. Gary received his initial education as a physical therapist in the mid-1970s. He immediately pursued additional training as an athletic trainer, personal trainer, and as a strength and conditioning coach. Realizing the common thread of creating transformational environments to enhance the lives of others being the science of movement, he developed the discipline of Applied Functional Science®. With his ongoing passion and mission of learning and sharing more, and with the goal of educating, empowering, and encouraging others through an appreciation of the wonderfully and fearfully made human body, Dr. Gray established the Gray Institute. Gary has been married to his 7th grade sweetheart (Cindi) since 1976 and has been blessed with two sons and daughter-in-loves (Brad and Shallon, Doug and Valerie) and six grandchildren (Denyon, Aryah, Calyx, Zion, Xyler, and Lawson). In this episode, Gary discusses a variety of topics including how he defines an athlete, his rationale when treating individual patients, his vision for the future of the physical therapy profession, and how he would like to be remembered. His tremendous experience combined with his vast knowledge of human movement provides many pearls of wisdom for all audience members throughout this episode. If you are looking for more information about our company, please visit mtspts.com. You can find all our career opportunities on our website under the Careers Tab. Please reach out to us at podcast@mtspts.com with content ideas for our podcasts or feedback of any kind.If you liked this episode, let us know! Share it with a friend and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. While you’re there, be sure to click that subscribe button so you get notified as future episodes are released. Remember Your Best Self is WELL WITHIN REACH and so is our next episode.
Training Elite Level Athletes for Competition and Life After Sport
Jun 22 2020
Training Elite Level Athletes for Competition and Life After Sport
EPISODE 8About our GuestOn this episode JD Boudreaux speaks with Mark Hocke. Mark Hocke is in his third year as Head Strength and Conditioning/Associate Head Coach of the Ragin' Cajuns Football team after successful stints at Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Texas A&M. While at Alabama, Hocke helped train over 35 players that signed NFL contracts, including 10 first-round NFL Draft picks. Hocke’s first coaching job was at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, La., where he served as a position coach and oversaw the team’s strength and conditioning from 2003-2008. His certifications include CSCCC Certified, FMS Screen Certified as well as USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certified. A native of New Orleans, La., Hocke earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of New Orleans in 2008. In this episode, Mark discusses the training of elite level athletes, the importance of recovery during training, and preparing the athlete for life after their career. If you are looking for more information about our company, please visit mtspts.com. You can find all our career opportunities on our website under the Careers Tab. Please reach out to us at podcast@mtspts.com with content ideas for our podcasts or feedback of any kind.If you liked this episode, let us know! Share it with a friend and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. While you’re there, be sure to click that subscribe button so you get notified as future episodes are released. Remember Your Best Self is WELL WITHIN REACH and so is our next episode.
The Role of a Speech-Language Pathologist in Rehabilitation
Jun 15 2020
The Role of a Speech-Language Pathologist in Rehabilitation
On this episode JD Boudreaux speaks with Nikki Howell. Nikki is a speech-language pathologist certified in Kinesio Tape, Myofascial Release, Vital Stim, Vital Stim Plus. She is also an adjunct instructor at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.In this episode, Nikki shares her educational journey while discussing the role of a speech-language pathologist during rehabilitation. She expands on the various domains and diagnoses often encountered and dives deeper into some of the treatment techniques that cross multiple professions within the rehabilitation field, such as myofascial release and Kinesio Tape. Nikki also highlights some memorable patients that have left an indelible mark on her and continue to motivate her to impact the lives of her current patients. You do not want to miss the valuable information she delivers in this episode. If you are looking for more information about our company, please visit mtspts.com. You can find all our career opportunities on our website under the Careers Tab. Please reach out to us at podcast@mtspts.com with content ideas for our podcasts or feedback of any kind.If you liked this episode, let us know! Share it with a friend and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. While you’re there, be sure to click that subscribe button so you get notified as future episodes are released. Remember Your Best Self is WELL WITHIN REACH and so is our next episode.
Pat Richards (Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Football Associate Director of Sports Medicine)
Jun 8 2020
Pat Richards (Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Football Associate Director of Sports Medicine)
EPISODE 6About our GuestOn this episode JD Boudreaux speaks with Pat Richards. A native of Dallas, Texas, Pat Richards is a certified athletic trainer and Associate Director of Sports Medicine for Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Football team. He brings a wealth of experience from the across the collegiate and professional ranks. Pat has earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Texas Christian University (TCU) and a Master of Science from the University of Utah. Prior to coming to Louisiana, Richards has had stints on the sidelines at Mississippi State (Assistant Athletic Trainer), Louisville (Certified Intern Athletic Trainer), and Utah (Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer). During his time as an undergraduate student at TCU, he completed an internship with the Dallas Cowboys during their 2012 preseason training camp and regular season.In this episode, Pat discusses his role as an athletic trainer as a part of the sports medicine team as well as the value of interdisciplinary teamwork to manage athletic injuries at the collegiate setting. He highlights the importance of building trust with athletes and the significance of injury prevention programs.If you are looking for more information about our company, please visit mtspts.com. You can find all our career opportunities on our website under the Careers Tab. Please reach out to us at podcast@mtspts.com with content ideas for our podcasts or feedback of any kind.If you liked this episode, let us know! Share it with a friend and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. While you’re there, be sure to click that subscribe button so you get notified as future episodes are released. Remember Your Best Self is WELL WITHIN REACH and so is our next episode.
Byrnes Tatford
Jun 1 2020
Byrnes Tatford
EPISODE 5About our GuestOn this episode JD Boudreaux speaks with Byrnes Tatford. Byrnes is a Lafayette native who has been a member of the MTS team since 2015. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from UL Lafayette in 2012 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of South Alabama in 2015. In 2017, he received his 3DMAPS Certification through the Gray Institute. In 2018, he received his Level 1 Functional Dry Needling Certification through Kinetacore. Byrnes is the proud husband to Maria and father to Leah, as well as, Head Coach of St. Thomas More Cougar Lacrosse.In this episode, Byrnes describes his passion for the physical therapy profession, as he explains how advanced certifications, such as dry needling and 3D Maps, have influenced his treatment plans with his patients. He also recalls a memorable patient experience during his early career at MTS Physical Therapy and discusses his involvement within the local community. If you are looking for more information about our company, please visit mtspts.com. You can find all our career opportunities on our website under the Careers Tab. Please reach out to us at podcast@mtspts.com with content ideas for our podcasts or feedback of any kind.If you liked this episode, let us know! Share it with a friend and leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. While you’re there, be sure to click that subscribe button so you get notified as future episodes are released. Remember Your Best Self is WELL WITHIN REACH and so is our next episode.