Podcast Party: Role of a Physical Therapist Assistant

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At Concorde Career College, one of our greatest assets is our faculty. They choose to be more than just lecturers. They are clinicians, practitioners and pioneers in their respective fields.

In addition to book smarts, they bring a wealth of real-world experience and creative methods to bring learning outcomes to life.

A day in the life of a Physical Therapy Assistant
One of those shining stars is Jessica Miller-Galbreath, PT, MS, DPT. Currently, the program director for Concorde Aurora’s Physical Therapist Assistant program, Galbreath loves to share her passion for wellness with students and community members alike.

Recently, she chatted with host Eric Michaels on an episode of eHealth radio’s Health News, Pain Management & Physical Therapy Channel podcast about her experiences in the field, a typical day in the life of a physical therapist assistant and tips to those considering pursuing the profession.

Prior to accepting the position at Concorde, Dr. Galbreath worked as a clinical therapist for 12 years in a variety of settings including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the University of Colorado Hospital.

She specialized in the treatment of individuals with neurological impairment focusing primarily on patients with spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries.

Her previous teaching experience included serving as a clinical instructor for 10 years, providing guest lectures for local universities and teaching in the community.

Additionally, Dr. Galbreath has previously been active in research regarding spinal cord injury and the management of spasticity. Since 2013, Dr. Galbreath has served as a committee member for the PTA Curriculum Task Force and was promoted to Lead Program Director over the national PTA curriculum in 2014.

To listen to the full version of Dr. Galbreath’s podcast, click the link below

eHealth Radio Podcast: The Growing Role of Physical Therapy Assistants in the Health Care Industry

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