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Erin Gallardo and Claire McLean

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We are a couple of neurologic physical therapists on the quest to keep the passion, commitment, and possibilities alive for those who love neuro rehab and wellness like us, without burnout and overwhelm. This show is great for neuro therapists and trainers looking to stay up to date and make a greater impact. Join us in this important movement to elevate healthcare!
 
Welcome to The Live Well Tampa Podcast where we connect you with the greatest health minds in Tampa to help you feel well, eat well, live well on your journey to living a healthier life! You can join us on FB at the "Live Well Tampa Podcast Community" connecting you with others who are searching for ways to not only get healthier but stay healthy for life with the guidance of Tampa’s Top HealthCare Professionals like Physical Therapists, Physicians, Trainers, and more! Website: renewalrehabp ...
 
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Today’s show is a part 2 continuation from last week’s. Please listen to episode 127 for context before diving into this one. On today’s show Claire shares the details of her recent number crunching session that gave her the insights of what it costs to keep Rogue running and sustainable. We believe in transparency with our teams and also believe b…
 
On today’s show we’re going to talk about the importance of transparency with your team and why it matters. Have you ever worked somewhere and felt like a cog in a wheel where you didn’t fully understand how everything added up? Where you heard things like “therapy doesn’t bring in any money” or “we’re struggling” but you don’t know what’s being do…
 
Community presentations are a great opportunity to showcase what you know and what your expertise can do for people, but do you feel like no one is really engaged? Are folks attending and taking in the information but not actually making the changes you suggested in their lives? Do you feel like there is so much potential if only people knew just a…
 
Falls are a frequent complication for people with neurological disorders and some may want to modify their home to allow it to work best for them as they age. Today we’re going to discuss things to consider when balance and falls are a concern. We’ll be sharing a resource for making home modifications that will work for the long term. Home modifica…
 
There is a lack of diversity in research, lack of programs to reach diverse populations, and lack of representation of staff to help clients who look like that. We’ve wanted to work on this for a while and now that Claire has a Latino staff member at Rogue who speaks Spanish, she’s beginning more outreach to PWP who speak Spanish too! In this episo…
 
Ever worked with a client with PD who had low blood pressure? Maybe they showed up with BP that surprised you. Maybe they felt symptoms and maybe they didn’t. Often their medical team has trouble managing their blood pressure because it can be affected by so many things and is a moving target. In today’s show we share a case example as well as tang…
 
Have your Neurologic specialty certification or NCS already? Maybe you’re up for renewal or you’re just thinking about getting it in the first place. Claire recently renewed and Erin is due next year, so in today’s show we discuss the renewal process, how to prepare for it, how to make sure you get what you need covered and what doing the MOSQ the …
 
Have you ever wanted to present a poster at a conference? Have you worked with a client in a unique situation or created a unique way to work with a client and think other clinicians could benefit from hearing about it? Why aren’t there more clinicians submitting posters at conferences when they have so much to contribute to advancing clinical prac…
 
The Parkinson’s Foundation (PF) has created a Hospital Care Initiative to ensure that people with PD have improved stays at the hospital when they need to go and the best practices occur. We share the stats, resources, checklists, and information that the PF has gathered to help people with Parkinsons, their family members, and their healthcare pro…
 
In the show today we talk all about overground training and obstacle course training! This episode was inspired by a recent NeuroSpark call taught by Jamie Haines, PT, DScPT who presented a lecture on this topic. She presented compelling research around why as well as concrete ideas for how to incorporate more of this training in your practice. We …
 
In today’s show Claire shares the program she is building at Rogue to help women diagnosed with Parkinson’s with her recent Parkinson Foundation Community Grant. Women are considered an underserved population of folks with Parkinson’s. Fewer women are diagnosed with PD than men and historically research has focused on men with PD (specifically whit…
 
In today’s show we talk about how Claire plans to use the Parkinson Foundation community grant they were recently awarded at Rogue. She applied for 2 programs this round that got funded. Learn who she plans to help in the PD community, how she’s planning to do it, and how she plans to market her grant scholarships. Maybe you can get some insights f…
 
Today’s focus is on glute max activation! When do you need to activate the glutes? What position should people be in to get their glutes to turn on so they’re ready for gait? Why is specificity important in neuro? JJ Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD will give you an easy way to prime your patients for gait with glute max activation. Try it out and let us kno…
 
Our strength equipment series continues! We’ve been on a roll discussing types of strength equipment you can use with your neuro clients, older adults, and yourself! Today’s share is on the axle barbell. We’ll discuss the details of the axle, how to use it, who it would be good for and more tips that Claire will share from using it in the clinic! Y…
 
On today’s show we’ll share why strength in older adults is SO important based on research. Some may warn older adults that lifting weights is dangerous, but what is actually dangerous is being weak. We’ll share some of the best ways Claire uses the Tidal Tank specifically in her clinic to give you some ideas for strengthening your clients based on…
 
What’s your goal when hosting a table at a community event? Do you have a plan for making it fun or does it feel like a drag? We’ve done a boatload of community events and time is helping us learn what works well to create a fun experience for all. Claire shares the most recent activities she did and is sharing the resources she brought to the even…
 
Jargon alert: This episode is intended for physical therapists and healthcare professionals who treat people after concussion. After reviewing the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for concussion put out by the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Jenn found that adding resistance with a theraband behind the head during VOR training for patient…
 
Have a patient or client with Freezing of Gait (FOG)? Try this treatment strategy Claire is excited to share! She explains how she uses the Clock Yourself App to challenge a client appropriately because he is relatively athletic and high functioning, yet he experiences FOG. She’ll help you see so many ways you can challenge and improve your clients…
 
Melissa is a business consultant who helps OT + PT business owners get the right systems, structure and support in place within their business so they can spend more time in their zone of genius, doing work that lights them up. We've been working with her since November of last year, she's been helping us to build a stronger infrastructure with our…
 
On today's show we spoke with Dr. Simon Maltais a cardiac surgeon and the author of the new book HEALTHCARE ANONYMOUS: Put Yourself First to Avoid Anxiety, Addiction and Burnout. Burnout is a really important topic to us. We are passionate about helping therapists avoid it or overcome it, so we were really excited to have Dr. Maltais on the show to…
 
Who hasn’t heard the “you’ve got to put your oxygen mask on first” analogy referring to self care? Is it just me or is that saying super annoying? I’m not a proponent of it, and in today’s show I’ll tell you why. I’ll share what you should do instead if you’re feeling like you’re not doing as well as you’d like to be in life. Whether you’re feeling…
 
Neuro therapists are creative, problem solvers, and love challenges which makes us great candidates for doing things in a unique way. Erica DeMarch, founder of Step and Connect talks about her career journey starting as a neuro therapist, getting involved in research, and on to developing her own clinical tool to solve the problems she was seeing i…
 
What if your work week were 32 hours? If you’re starting out in your career or have your own business, have you thought about the structure you’d like to create in your business and for your employees? Claire shares her thoughts about creating a 4-day work week at Rogue as her team grows. She’s seen a lot of benefits with a less than full time sche…
 
Being a neuro clinician has a lot of challenges. In today’s show I talk about the top challenges you face on a day to day basis, like lack of time, lack of mentorship, lack of resources, and documentation, and I tell you exactly what to do to help. I’ll share stories and techniques that helped me go from “rage documenting” feverishly after hours to…
 
Claire went to PD Spring Break led by Dr. Laurie Mischley, NP, PhD, a naturopathic physician based in Seattle, Washington. She treats people with Parkinson’s by combining neuroscience and nutrition, including foods and supplements. Top Takeaways: Find a good neurologist that you can collaborate with Get different opinions on medication (it takes at…
 
Many new therapy and wellness business owners aren’t paying themselves a salary. Why is this happening? Let’s talk about finances and how you can prevent yourself from burning out and becoming resentful of your clients by actually giving yourself a paycheck! Save the date! NeuroSpark opens in May! Be sure to jump on the waitlist so you can be the f…
 
On today’s show we share our top takeaways from a recent webinar inside NeuroSpark Membership taught by Jennifer Lazaro, PT, DPT, NCS. It’s a broad topic and all neuro therapists should have a basic idea of where to start and what to focus on with your clients who’ve had a concussion. In the show we share the keys to recovering from a concussion (h…
 
Today we talk to one of our mentors, Valerie Carter, about her experience as a neuro PT who had the unique opportunity to study the effects of exercise on people with Parkinson’s by helping her mom live very well for 30 years with PD. Valerie became really interested in utilizing the most sensitive outcome measures which led her down the road of st…
 
Woo hoo we made it to 100 episodes! Patting ourselves on the back for releasing an episode every week no matter what. In today’s show we share with you the highlights of the I Love Neuro podcast: Our top 10 most downloaded episodes. If you haven’t listened to these, I highly recommend you check them out! We’ll discuss a little blurb on each episode…
 
Ever feel intimidated by adding dual task activities to your therapy sessions? Are there times you’re not sure where to start with your clients? Maybe you don’t want to make it too easy or too difficult, and sometimes you’re not really sure if what you’re doing actually qualifies for dual tasking. Well, this episode is for you! We interview Tara Mc…
 
A topic too big for 1 podcast episode! On today’s show we interviewed Kaylie Zapanta, MS CSCS. Kaylie is a PhD candidate at USC who started out as a trainer and realized she was bit by the research bug. Initially she was passionate about studying muscles in athletes until she expanded her curiosity to the impact of exercise and gut health on people…
 
Today we have a conversation with fellow Sparky, Lauren Sheehan, an OT who worked for 10+ years in neuro rehab and 5 years ago made the switch to the medical device industry. Lauren became intrigued with rehab tech while working with a patient who was using it and hasn’t turned back since! Her passion is now helping bridge the gap for clinicians wh…
 
We as healthcare workers undervalue ourselves, our work, and we struggle to ask for enough money. We want everyone to have everything for free but we don’t want to make sure we get paid to cover what we are doing. This episode was inspired by conversations with Sparkies needing a little coaching on what it means to create something sustainable. Wha…
 
Wins!! How often do you focus on the wins you get with your patients and clients? It is so natural for us to focus on the negative and the drudgery, but what if you spent a little time each day to focus on the wins you had or heard about that day? Get a dose of the feelgoods as we share why this is so important to do and share some of our recent wi…
 
In today’s show we talk about something we are seeing more and more these days… healthcare worker burnout. This goes beyond feeling tired and irritated because we all feel that from time to time. In the show today we talk about what burnout looks like and feels like and what you can do about it. If you’re in it, we don’t want you to stay in it too …
 
We welcome Emily Borchers, PT lead for Rogue In Motion to the show to talk about back pain and posture in PD today. This topic was January’s education topic in the Parkinson’s Focus Track inside NeuroSpark. It was a great discussion inside the program and brought up a lot of questions for the therapists and trainers in the group, so we wanted to di…
 
Do you know how to specifically describe different effort zones to your clients? Do you know the “zones” that indicate when a person is getting the most brain benefit? In today’s show we discuss Rogue’s custom Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Chart! Claire will share why she made it, how it’s different, why she loves it. Download your free Rogue …
 
In this episode we share our wins and challenges from both NeuroCollaborative and Rogue from 2021. What we achieved and what we are looking forward to in 2022. Each year brings new lessons and opportunities. We also share a really helpful resource for reflecting on the year and setting goals that you can actually achieve! Year Compass https://yearc…
 
In today’s show Emily Duval Ledger helps biz owners to understand why defining your WHO allows you to save time, energy, lessons learned, and money. We tend to focus so much on the WHY (for good reason) but we may get distracted with so many ideas, different people, opportunities, and needs that we lose track of exactly WHO this business is for. Yo…
 
Claire’s awesome speech therapist Stephanie Callander recently did a presentation in a course we held on facial training and hypomimia. It was such a good talk with very interesting takeaways for all disciplines. In today’s show I share the top takeaways and exercises you can practice with clients. I also share why this topic is so important for pe…
 
Are you looking at backward walking with your clients? I’ll admit, I haven’t really been, but in a recent NeuroSpark clinical call JJ shared some compelling research and data for people with multiple diagnoses for why we should be testing and practicing this skill! I’ll share why you should do backward walking, some recent research, and ideas to tr…
 
What if you could have customized content for your workplace education? We’ve expanded our ability to serve your education needs even more by making flexible, custom courses just for you. We are so excited to do this, which was initiated by one of our NeuroSpark members who asked if we could do it. One of the things we LOVE is being in a position t…
 
On today’s show we are talking about money and how it can help you! First, Claire is participating in a MOVEmber4PD fundraising challenge led by Jimmy Choi where they are walking, biking, or moving for 1 mile a day and raising funds for the Michael J Fox Foundation. Claire’s team is currently in lead and may win an opportunity to work out with Jimm…
 
Why might you do an intensive with a client? Have you ever done one or would you like to? Check out how Claire implemented an intensive bout of exercise with a client she’s been working with for 4 years and what prompted doing it. Claire shares specific details from the outcome measures she used to determine why to do the intensive with her client,…
 
After receiving so many questions from Claire’s free webinar titled Community Exercise Classes for People with Parkinson's: Beyond Insurance-Based Therapy we wanted to talk more about the topic of doing wellness assessments as a therapist. Why do wellness assessments? What can you do in a PT wellness assessment and how is it different from a PT ass…
 
After being business owners, we can’t imagine not working for ourselves again, but it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. So what’s it really like to own a business? What do you need to adjust in your thinking so it doesn’t end up owning you? Join us for real talk today on the podcast. Got a biz question you want us to answer on the show? Email us at …
 
In this Episode Claire talks with the first DPT student Rogue has ever had! Rogue is so happy to have their student, Alberto Velasco. He has jumped right in with all the different classes, programs and services and is already an asset to the team! Rogue is not your normal clinic and comes with unique challenges. How is he navigating those? Claire a…
 
Running a biz can feel overwhelming and hard when you’re trying to figure it out all on your own. When you can peek inside another successful business it reveals so much and gives you some guide posts to follow. Who do you collaborate with? Who are you getting advice from? How do you learn what you don’t know? There are many things about business w…
 
Let’s talk about how Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS) helps improve movement in our neurologic population! Does music affect gait and movement? What should you know about using RAS in your sessions? In the show we’ll share with you some tips from research on RAS, where to start and how to progress. We discuss the difference between using music a…
 
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