Meet Heidi Cheerman, a dynamo in the field of physical therapy who’s mastered the art of juggling roles as a DPT Professor, Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education, and practicing clinician. In this episode, Heidi shares her insights on work-life balance, the exciting world of Extended Reality (XR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in DPT education, and the courage to change career paths within PT. Get ready to be inspired by her unique blend of expertise, innovation, and personal anecdotes that include giving birth in an unforgettable scenario!


Episode Highlights:

  • Mastering Work-Life Balance: Heidi dives into essential strategies for avoiding burnout, learning to say no, and making time for oneself. Discover how to recognize when you’re stretched too thin and the coping strategies that work.
  • XR and VR in DPT Education: Explore the cutting-edge use of Extended Reality and Virtual Reality in physical therapy education and practice. Heidi discusses how these technologies are integrated with interprofessional education to enhance learning and collaboration.
  • Embracing Career Shifts: Hear about Heidi’s personal journey from clinician to academia and how embracing change can lead to fulfilling career opportunities. She shares tips for recognizing when it’s time for a change and how to approach it with a growth mindset.



Key Takeaways:

  • Practical advice on achieving work-life balance and recognizing burnout signs.
  • Insights into how XR and VR technologies are revolutionizing DPT education and fostering interprofessional collaboration.
  • Encouragement and guidance for PT professionals considering career transitions or looking to explore new opportunities within the field.
  • The importance of embracing unexpected life moments with resilience and humor.


Guest Contact Information:

  • Heidi Cheerman, DPT Professor, Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education
  • Instagram and Facebook: @HeidiCheerman