At APTA Michigan Lines, we would like to take the opportunity to use our platform to celebrate our greatest asset: our APTA Michigan Members! We hope that this new endeavor will not only highlight our valuable members, but also inspire, engage, and connect us as a professional organization.
This month, we would like to introduce you to Priti George, PT, DSc, Cert, MDT, COMT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Priti has been a practicing physical therapist since 1995. She completed her bachelor's from Nagpur University and Masters in Orthopaedic Physical therapy from All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai, India (AIIPMR). She earned her doctoral degree from Andrews University in Michigan and holds certification in Orthopaedic Manual Manipulative Therapy from the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). She is a certified McKenzie therapist, specializing in spinal movement dysfunctions. She currently works in an outpatient clinic for Henry Ford Health. At Henry Ford Health, in addition to treating patients, she also serves as the Chair of the Clinical Council and is a valued mentor to fellow clinicians. Priti recently was appointed by the Governor as a member of the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy.
How long have you been a member of APTA Michigan?
Why did you join APTA MI?
As my professional career grew, I have realized the importance of comradery, staying on top of new advances in physical therapy with the help of scientific literature together with the advocacy and public awareness for our valuable profession. APTA and APTA Michigan have provided us with all that and more; and I feel that it is ever so important to join as a PT/ PTA and student professional to support the ongoing efforts of APTA and APTA Michigan and help the organization be a voice for our professional advancement.
Where do you currently work?
I have been working at Henry Ford Health in an outpatient setting as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 2013, with the opportunity to serve a diverse patient population. I am also honored to serve as the Chair of Clinical Council for Rehabilitation Services at Henry Ford Health, where we as a team strive to bring and improve clinical excellence to our patients and develop clinical programs to better adapt ourselves to the fast-changing health care needs and delivery models.
What do you love most about being a physical therapist?
The most rewarding experience about being a physical therapist is the ability to make a positive impact in patient quality of life.
As each patient is unique in their own way and has a unique set of challenges, we get to be movement experts who can evaluate patients' dysfunctions and treat conservatively by prescribing tailored exercises, delivering hands-on care, and providing valuable education regarding illness / injury, healing, prevention and wellness, while being a coach and a cheerleader throughout the patient's recovery.
The thing I love the most is having a feeling of gratitude that I had the opportunity to help someone during their challenging times and to know that the patient values and trusts you.
Who inspires you?
I have to say that the patient I serve. Each patient has inspired me to grow to be a better clinician and a professional, an empathic person, and above all see life positively for self and others.
What advice would you give to someone who is a new or student PT/PTA?
I would advise new graduates to see every patient as someone you will learn and grow from, stay active in professional research and contribute your talents in any form to the community and profession.
What is one thing- doesn't have to be related to PT - you learned in the last month?
As a new member of the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy, I had the opportunity to learn the roles and responsibilities of the board in bringing professional expertise and protecting the public by working in the interest of the citizens of Michigan. I am honored to serve in that role.
We thank Priti for all of her contributions to our profession and for being the subject of our first Member Spotlight! We are inspired by Priti’s dedication to her continual growth for the benefit of her patients.
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