In this episode host Jimmy McKay talks with 2016 APTA Next Conference Keynote speaker, Nick Balenger live in Jimmy’s backyard in Arlington VA. Jimmy enjoys a Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale from the Sweetwater Brewing company out of Atlanta GA, while Nick, who turns 21 next month, had to drink lemonade.
Nick is a college senior at George Mason University, who suffered a spinal cord injury while playing in the surf in Hawaii. Nick went through several levels of the Physical Therapy system from acute to inpatient to outpatient to eventually working with a current DPT student (and Jimmy’s roommate of 3 years) David Fathalikhani.
Nick tells us how to be a good PT student and PT. He’s got an interesting take on how to look at spinal cord PT, “Fuck The Book”, and sums up the APTA’s current media strategy, #ChoosePT, in one sentence.