In 2014 Jimmy McKay went to the NEXT conference in Charlotte, NC as a 1st year PT student, and loved it! It was in a particular session about training tactical athletes that impacted him,
“The presentation was fascinating but, I only understood a portion of what the presenter was saying. It was over my head, but the parts I did understand made me want to know more but I wasn’t willing to speak up in the room of a few hundred PT’s.”
So he kept his mouth shut and nodded along like everyone else.
Later that night at a PT happy hour, Jimmy spotted that same presenter standing at the bar.
“I was two beers deep and figured, What the hell? So I introduced myself and told him while I loved his presentation, but I didn’t really understand all of it. He was really excited that I wanted to know more and very conscious of the fact that I was a first year student. He didn’t talk like he did during the presentation, he talked to me like we were having a conversation, instead of a presentation.”
These were the kinds of conversations that he loved hearing. Real, candid, intelligent.
Before coming to PT school Jimmy was a rock radio DJ. Where his job was hosting a 5-hour daily radio show and getting to interview bands on a regular basis. Some of his favorites were Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, Ozzy Osbourne & Foo Fighters. It prepared Jimmy to be comfortable holding a microphone and a holding a conversation.
He thought, “What if we could talk to the leading minds in PT, in a relaxed and conversational format like we were sharing a pint of beer with them?”
Apparently we can. After the first month of episodes they had more than 10,000 downloads & have interviewed some of the top minds in Physical Therapy, with many more to come.
As of July 2017 PT Pintcast has been heard in 131 different countries & downloaded more than 815,000 times.
Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT
Creator / Host
Jimmy is a recent graduate of the Marymount University DPT program. He is a pediatric physical therapist at Good Beginnings in Falls Church, VA. He brings more than a decade of experience as a radio broadcaster to the show. He was the Program Director & Afternoon Drive host on the 50,000 watt Rock Radio Station, 97.9X (WBSX-FM).
The PT Pintcast combines his love for physical therapy, broadcasting & beer.
He is the 2015 winner of the Richard E. Erhard Orthopedic Residency scholarship from the Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy. The award is given yearly to a PT student that, “demonstrates exemplary vision, leadership and grit in the field of Physical Therapy.”
He has been an invited media member by the American Physical Therapy Association to all three major conferences (CSM, NSC & NEXT), been an invited presenter at the VPTA annual conference, National Student Conclave and the APTA NEXT conference.
He hosted the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s fundraising gala in 2017 & was asked to lead the “Founders Interview”, at the APTA Private Practice Section Graham Sessions 2017.
Jimmy is a 2-time Ironman triathlon finisher (Madison, Lake Placid), mountaineer & scuba diver. In his spare time he volunteers his time as a marathon coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training in Washington D.C., as well as coaching the “The Holy Mackerels” youth swim team in Arlington VA.
Favorite beer: Guiness
Skye Donovan, PT, PhD, OCS
Dr. Skye Donovan is a professor and chair of the Marymount University Physical Therapy program. She has been part of Marymount’s faculty since 2008. Her areas of practice include orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Donovan has a very active research agenda, presents her research at national meetings (e.g. APTA, ACSM and Arthroscopy Association of North America) and publishes in a variety of peer-reviewed rehabilitation and health care management journals.
Skye was Jimmy’s professor & advisor while he was a student at Marymount and they remain very close friends long after graduation. Skye was integral in the creation of the show through her constant motivation, Jimmy took the leap to launch the podcast. Without her, this show would not exist… also she has really good taste in beer.
Skye is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA). Dr. Donovan also is a member of the obesity prevention task force of the Arlington County Healthy Community Action Team, a project dedicated to promoting wellness and disease prevention.
She has received several grants to support her research, most recently she was awarded $2000 to fund a Go Baby Go initiative at Marymount University to build and modify ride on cars for children with special needs. She is also part of a pilot grant using 3D printers in rehabilitative technology projects.
Skye is also extremely active in the APTA and has served as a member 2009-15 and as Chair (2013-14) of the NEXT conference program committee as well as being added to the Centennial Steering Committee for the APTA’s Centennial in 2021.
Her other areas of interest away from PT are her family, her husband Brian and children Cooper and Hagan as well as a volunteer running coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society’s Team in Training.
Favorite beer: Starr Hill – The Love