Don Darling, DPT, recently returned from a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic with Global Health Outreach, a division of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. There were 47 members of the team which included physicians, dentists (with Don’s wife Sally), nurses, pharmacists, an occupational therapist and physical therapists. Physical therapy played a key role in the mission. Twenty-two donated wheelchairs, a dozen walkers, numerous canes and crutches were transported from all across the United States by the team. The physical therapy “clinic” was transformed from a vacant school where the therapists and assistants treated patients with back, neck, hip, knee and arthritic pain. The therapists used manual therapy, exercise and education and fitted the patients with the donated equipment. The team also went on home visits in the neighboring community to treat bedridden patients. For these poverty stricken people, the gift of a wheelchair or walker was beyond their wildest dreams. They were so grateful! An important part of the mission trip was to spiritually minister to the Dominicans. The team served with local churches whose members shared the gospel with each of the patients. Many patients shared significant struggles they were facing and the team members were able to pray with them. One patient in particular was a 14-year-old girl from Haiti named JoAnna. She had lost her leg and both of her parents in the 2010 earthquake. She hobbled into the clinic with a battered, old crutch. As Don was fitting her with a new set of crutches, she told him that she had become a Christian that day and is planning on studying to be a doctor. She beamed with excitement! The trip was successful in that the team was able to minister to these needy people as Jesus did; both physically and spiritually, treating body and soul. And now after the trip, the local churches will continue to minister to them.
PTOSI Welcomes Three New Therapists at Our Minneapolis Location
Sarah Woods, PT, DPT “I moved from Tucson, Arizona, in 2016 with the hope of becoming part of the PTOSI team. I feel so fortunate to work for a company that fosters an environment of professional growth and learning for their therapists so they can provide the best patient care possible. I look forward to coming to work every day to help people get back to the things they love to do.” Sarah holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University, and is interested in orthopaedics, neck and back pain, and shoulder conditions. Her hobbies and activities include yoga, biking, guitar, live music and cooking.
Charlie Lamb, PTA “PTOSI is a tight-knit collection of knowledgeable therapists and staff that provide more individualized care. I am excited to be part of the PTOSI team and focus on my patients’ outcomes.” Charlie holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and most recently an Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, St. Catherine University. He is especially interested in cycling biomechanics, bicycle fitting, running injuries, skiing and snowboarding as well as work conditioning. He enjoys being outdoors and competing in triathlons, marathons, bicycle racing/riding, hockey and snowboarding.
Krystan Coyle, PT, DPT, MBA, OCS “I am excited to return to the Twin Cities and PTOSI after 11 years away. The entire PTOSI team really cares about every patient and invests in each individual therapy experience to achieve the best possible outcomes.” Krystan holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Norbert College, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa, a MBA from the University of Kentucky, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University. She is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopaedics (OCS) and a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor – Medical Level 3 of Titleist Performance Institute. She is also a certified ASTYM provider, and is currently working toward her Balanced Body Pilates Certification. She is experienced in treatment of sports injuries, spinal pain, headaches, and craniosacral therapy. She enjoys attending sporting events as well as competing in marathons/running relays, golfing, downhill skiing and tennis.
PTOSI Therapists utilize FOTO (Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes) as their primary tool for patients to rate their function at the start of therapy and as they progress. Aside from measuring change in function, it also can compare our efficiency and effectiveness to other therapists/clinics who also use FOTO. We are happy to share that PTOSI consistently ranks better than most clinics in helping our patients achieve more functional improvement in fewer visits than predicted. Over the last two years, both we have ranked in the top 75% to 89% of clinics in this category, and we are always striving to do better.