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It’s never too late to follow your dreams!!!
I did my Bachelors of science (H) physical therapy degree in 2004 and then my Masters in physical therapy in 2006 and after working for about 2-3 years , I got married and soon after came to USA in 2009. However, as social media wasn’t much trending at that time I wasn’t sure how to pursue physical therapy in USA. I was here for about 4 years and during this time I even had my daughter. Then we went back to India and I had almost quit my field and had joined a multinational company as an Life underwriter. Then in 2015, we again got a chance to come to USA. I spent one year to help settle my daughter in school and then I decided to start preparing for NPTE. I even had to attend community college to complete some of my educational credits. I was studying almost 9 years after I did my Masters. By God’s grace , I cleared NPTE in my first attempt which boosted my confidence. I completed my supervised clinical hours and was hired by the same company. So, after almost 5-6 years of gap , I was back in my field and I am loving every moment of it!!!! There’s no substitute for hard work . I saw a dream and worked really hard for it and here I am … Licemsed PT in the USA!!!
Volunteering to help the company
Good afternoon! Last week, which happened to be my first week was my first working interval with my contracted kiddo. I noticed and my kiddos changing behavior since our first says together to out last day on Friday: my kiddo and I were first introduced last Monday. On Monday he was confused as to why I was required to follow him everywhere and kids were asking him if I was his mom and he was getting somewhat bullied about it and so he was not as receptive of my assistance initially. But with each day that progressed within the week he became more open to my presents and to my assistance. I have told him to think of me as a friend who is here to help him to understand various curriculums and that this is not a punishment from the school like he thought he was getting. Each day we grew closer and closer, resulting in his trust in me increasing. By the end of the week he realized that I am here to provide him assistance in his classes and that I should be view more like a friend than as a punishment.
Therapia assigned me a very sweet young man who I feel so blessed to be working and proving assistance to here in Arizona.
My kiddo is obsessed with the country of Russia and since I lived there temporarily he’s been asking me daily how to say certain words in Russian and so before he left for his spring break I came up with a type of positive reinforcement for good behavior by having him create a list of words of his own but he would like to learn, in addition to education related words, all of which were school appropriate words and age appropriate words that he would like to learn. I will make flashcards of the different words with pictures and as a reward for good behavior I will give him one of the flash cards I made. He LOVED this idea and his mom did too. He is really excited!! Since the mention of this idea to my kiddo I have observed that his behaviors have changed in a positive way. He opens doors for this classmates/school employees, volunteering to pick up the trash in the cafeteria after the conclusion of lunch, he is less disruptive during his last classes (when from I observed he would have behaviors similar to his peers sitting at his table, mirroring their actions) and now seems to like having me around. All of the employees in the school, especially his different teachers, the receptionists, the nurses, the librarian, the principal & vice principal and the school counselors have all pulled me aside at least once to thank me for helping my kiddo; all have half jokingly said “I hope you will back tomorrow” to which I always say “of course I will!”
In this short period of time he and I have grown a bond and he shows nothing but kindness and respect towards myself, the schooling staff/his teachers. He has also demonstrated the school’s quiet signal in the hallways while him and his peers have been walking two different classes and to and from the cafeteria.
Now he understands that me being there is not a punishment from the school but to help him excel in this courses. His mom has reached out to me server times thanking me. I have also been writing notes in his agenda for his parents, and the notes consist of all of the positive behaviors he demonstrated that particular day. He is a very sweet and bright adolescent and I’m very happy that I was paired with him.
I want to share with the world some positivity during this time of shut downs , uncertainties, and the unknown future. When you find yourself looking for employment and not just a job—- possibly going to an unfamiliar territory without support to grow in your career and out of your comfort zone—truthfully it can be scary. When I was faced with this challenge about 3 years ago I was blessed to find Therapia Staffing and a skilled member ( Shannon Taylor) to guide me in a positive direction. There has never —I mean NEVER been a time when I had to question if I was safe, if my pay would be accurate and on time, if I was being told the challenges and rewards of a contract. This company and the incredible team / staff members have been right alongside my journey.
Even now faced with major challenges with site closures they have not missed a beat! I have worked in the medical field all my life (and that’s many many years) and I have never felt such support, trust, and belonging with any other company. Jennifer and Shannon were there for me in the beginning and now as the company grows—-it’s easy to feel the emphasis they put into bringing on new staff members that are intelligent and caring.
This company Says what they mean with Actions that follow.
Amazing —- pure—- heartfelt—— simply amazing
Journey in Moscow, Russia
During this past summer I spent time teaching English to Russian students in a charter school setting but they would attend after their state schools. Going there I had no prior knowledge of the Russian language and so it was very hard to navigate around the country; I found that the demeanor of Russian citizens would change the second thing found out that you didn’t speak Russian by breaking out your Google translator. It was an interesting and wild experience not being able to read any of the signs or understand the majority of the communication that was going on around me but it was a great experience and it changed me as an individual and so for that I would never change it for the world.
Back in the game
I was out of teaching for a couple years, and I was doing the Uber/Lyft gig. I enjoyed this because I drove at night, and I am a night owl. However, if I wasn’t driving I was sleeping, and had no time to myself. I decided to get back into education to help the kids and free up some of my time. I contacted Therapia and they set me up with an interview with MUSD. I was hired. The only problem was the school was so far away. So, I leave Surprise on Sunday and stay in Maricopa every week. It’s like a new adventure every week. I love this school, my coworkers, and my students!
Physical therapy is amazing.
Physical therapy is amazing. There is nothing like helping people get back to a good level of function.
COTA: 13 years Experience
I’m an Army veteran with 13 years experience as a COTA. I have worked with the geriatric population in home health and skilled nursing facility. I’m highly motivated and eager to join your therapy team to help your patients achieve high levels of independence with all ADLs.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Last year, I applied to a PTA program at South University Novi and was expecting the program to start in the upcoming fall. I received my acceptance letter and to my surprise, the program’s anticipated start was summer 2018. I was training full-time with my own business and suddenly had to drop the majority of my clients due to my intense school schedule. Not only was I training full-time, I was also preparing for my first body building show in August. As if that was enough pressure, my cohort & I received news that the campus was closing due to financial discrepancies and we were unsure if we were able to complete the program.
School was always my number one priority so every chance I got, I was studying which included studying while I was doing my required cardio to prepare for my show. Fast forward to August, the show went well, 4.0 GPA and my goals were still intact. In January, an unexpected incident occurred which involved me fracturing two toes on my right foot. My professor was the first person I contacted even before my mom because attendance was so important with my PTA program. I needed reliable transportation to and from school due to my right foot being injured. In addition to transportation, sitting in class for 8 hour days, along with participating in lab was not the easiest due to pain and utilizing an assistive device. I had to deal with midterms and the practicals which involved treating a patient while I was in a cast. The struggle was real. My first round of outpatient clinicals, I was in a boot the first two weeks and felt very incapable. Thank God I didn’t have to go through that full rotation with a walking boot nor finals or another practical while being injured.
The light at the end of the tunnel, the campus closed but my cohort was the last to finish out the PTA program in full (adjustments were made so we had a location to have class). We had a wonderful graduation ceremony, I passed my board exam and now I’m here; looking to travel and fulfill my PTA duties.
Starting a new chapter in mine and my family’s lives. After not being able to work full time for a bit, while having the pleasure of caring for my elderly mother, whom has recently passed, I am now trying to move forward and adjust to the new normal, part of that being working full time and making up for lost time!
Physical Therapy and Follow Through Works Wonders!
I had an Outpatient who was suffering from long term back pain. I’ll call her Margaret. The pain pills had stopped working, and Margaret wanted to try Physical Therapy as a last resort, since nothing else was working. And the side effects of the pain meds were distressing and uncomfortable.
The first thing I noticed after her antalgic gait was the way she sat: hard! Of Course, she said she had done so for years.
We began working on core and lower extremity strength, as well as body mechanics. Over time, Margaret’s strength and body mechanics improved, as she followed through with her exercise program, especially working on eccentric contractions at the hip, and improving her breathing techniques.
Within weeks, Margaret notices the pain was less, and she was only using pain meds occasionally, mostly to sleep. A few weeks later, Margaret announced she had no pain in her back for the first time in years, and was not using any pain meds. What a relief!
This was one of the most rewarding cases of my career.
Keep on truckin’
Originally from Maryland. Graduated from PT school in 1999. Had to relocate to Florida just to begin my first job due to cutbacks and layoffs when Medicare began placing caps on therapy. Moved back up to Maryland when market improved and worked for awhile but got the bug to start traveling! I made my way out west with my cat and whatever would fit in my VW Jetta. Lived in Texarkana, worked in Texas. Traveled to Laughlin, NV but worked in Bullhead City, AZ. Traveled up to Las Vegas, NV then married and moved back to Maryland again! In 2015 my sister decided she wanted to relocate to Arizona so I got on the horn to the travel company I previously travel with, Reflectx staffing (Maxim Medical) and they got me a job pronto in Scottsdale, AZ home health! Lived there for a spell then traveled across the valley to west Phoenix until I took a permanent position with ATI. Then I decided Arizona was way too hot and dry for me so I transferred with ATI to Charleston, SC and am here since 11/2018. Well now I was laid off by ATI due to downsizing…. my position as a floater was eliminated… So now I’m in a position to do whatever I want…travel again?! We will see!!
Oh and I didn’t mention that before coming to Charleston while still in Arizona and with ATI, I became a below the knee amputee… wow what a story…BUT I was only out on STD for 3 1/2 months! Then back full time and completely highly functional 😀!! I rock heels and constantly workout! Waiting on a running foot, then literally off to the races!🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♀️
New Opportunity I’m Excited About
I am a new candidate with Therapia Staffing. Andrew is my coordinator & he is super nice and I’m excited about the new opportunity and experience.
I knew nothing about speech pathology going to college. I met my first SLP while she was working with my grandfather after he had a stroke. He had moderate aphasia. After several weeks of therapy, he could communicate with us again! I returned to school inspired and chose my major in Communication Disorders. Six years later I was blessed with my first child and she was diagnosed with Autism. Four years after her birth I had another child with Autism. Who knew that God would bless me with two extraordinary children that I would have to guide through life with special needs. Initially, I knew becoming an SLP was my calling because I wanted to work with people of all ages and help in a way that could be life changing. I still feel that’s part of my purpose. But in addition to that I was blessed with a sense of patience on how to handle what comes with being a mother of children with a diagnosis of Autism. My education and personal experience has truly made me love my purpose and be the therapist I know to be.
The BEST job ever
Being a Psychotherapist is such a humbling, amazing experience. Being present to listen to people who put their trust in me to open up about their darkest feelings and secrets …to navigate the journey together, of self-insights and realizing they DO have the strength to make tough life decisions- that’s what therapy is all about!
It was easy to be non-judgmental so as to earn their trust; to as i self-disclosed, we ALL have issues, including myself “Do you have 5 hrs I’d ask/reply?” when the frequent statement was made by clients-“Probably in your life everything is normal” “ Not at ALL!”
I discovered in 34 yrs of Private Practice that it was rare for people to have received validation from parents or virtually anyone- so tragic. Now, they needed to self- validate and “put together the puzzle pieces” of a renewed stronger sense of self and begin to live the life they want. No “advice” from myself, merely a facilitator to reflect back to them in the most gentle and accepting way possible.
Working with 1600+ adults and couples, in most cases, the therapeutic relationship seemed to work. Many people returned to therapy when they hit another life crises. People never ceased to amaze me at their resilience, strength, openness..I would’ve loved to have know about Therapia Staffing- and have since referred many colleagues (since I just retired- in my 60’s) Keep succeeding- an awesome venture!
The struggle became real but I still defeated those years
I had enrolled in school online. People state that online is easy and I know that is a myth. But I have 2 years to fight to receive my Medical Administrative Assistant degree. I went through some things, I lost my internet several but I know God was on my side, I was working two jobs, I have 4 kids but my oldest is 22, so didn’t really have to worry about him too much. The other 3 were pretty busy all the times. My 15 does football, my 12 plays basketball, my baby girl dances. Well what’s a mother to do but attend everything. plus hold 2 jobs and school as well. When going through all of that I failed 2 classes but I had to do 2 re-take which slowed the process from finishing school on time But I still ended finishing with my Associates degree in Medical Administrative Assistant.
Farm living is the life for me
New Mexico is the place to be
Farm living is the place for me
Desert spreading out so far and wide
Keep Dallas, just give me that countryside
North Texas is where I ‘d rather stay
I get allergic smelling cows and hay
I just adore a downtown skyline view
Darling I love you but give me some retail therapy
The hemp, the stores, fresh air, more stuff
You are my life, goodbye traffic life
New Mexico we are there
From Kayden my Lab mariner and pKauffmann
Making A Difference
I have had many careers but speech therapy is the only one I haven’t quit! The challenges are opportunities to improve quality of life and to bring sunshine to a dreary environment.
I met great resistance to some teachers who stated my nonverbal friends would never sign or do anything. I smiled at them and proceeded with the instruction for the student and teacher.
The joy I got from hearing that same teacher squeal that our “friend” signed is worth more than a gold bar from Ft. Knox!
Twenty four years and I am still amazed when my “friends” begin communicating. “Did I do that?” in my Steve Erkel voice. It’s my challenge to stop the tears, peak an interest, impart knowledge, teach that education is fun and communication is power! It’s my challenge to change the “I dont want to go to speech!” to “when can I go to speech?”
Yes! I thank God, He made me speechy! I ♡ speech! Sabrenia West MACCCSLP
Living Music Heals all Wounds
Having worked for a major record company doing national promotion along with my husband, I found myself wanting for meaning after we were in an accident and my husband was killed. After 3 years of recovery (I was physically, emotionally & spiritually severely injured) I heard about music Therapy. Being intrigued I procured a degree in music and became a Certified Music Therapist. After 5 years of work in psychiatric hospitals, the state of California began cutting back funds for the mentally impaired and I found myself out of work. I then got a masters degree in education and became a Certified Special Education teacher and taught special day classes in general education middle schools. I used my knowledge of music therapy to work on academic, social skills and functional goals and my students flourished. Now retired from teaching I’m back into working as an independent music therapist seeking work throughout the city of Los Angeles. Finding it difficult to earn enough money to support myself, I reach out for assistance from Therapia Staffing. My years of therapeutic, educational and music experience afford me a wide variety of skills to help others. The most important skill I have is my sincere desire to help others. And Music is the key.
Shannon T. is a life-changer! This company cannot be beat!
Shannon T. is outstanding in every way! First of all, SHE found me and emailed me about an ASL interpreter job near me. She was always there for me, worked tirelessly to get the salary I needed, then did the same thing again a year later when I requested a raise! She is the best employee I have ever worked with ANYWHERE. I never had any qualms with her. She will be like your new best friend! The credentialing process with the entire Therapia team was very smooth. The company is very professional and respond efficiently.
I like to believe that my journey was filled with divine interventions that helped me find my calling. In 2003, I was a new graduate from my undergrad college with an English degree, just trying to figure out my place in life. My aunt was a nurse, and I’d talk to her a lot about what it is that I was supposed to do in life. One day we were talking and she said, “what about being a Speech Language Pathologist”. I didn’t know what that was, but then I remembered that my brother had been seeing one for his difficulties. I did a little research and got the ball rolling. After visiting my potential school to begin this new career, I taught for a year (2004-2005) to see if that’s where I wanted to be. In the midst of that, I received a letter of admittance to do a year of undergraduate core classes to prepare me for graduate school. Oh how excited I was. I asked them if they would hold my space until I finished my school job, and they said yes! I finished my year of teaching in the Spring of 2005, and in the fall of 2005, off to school I went. I finished up all of my core classes in the spring of 2006, and at the same time, waited for acceptance to graduate school. That same semester, I finally got my acceptance and began my graduate school in the fall of 2006. I finished graduate school Fall of 2008, and I have loved being an SLP for the last 10 years. To me, the way things progressed showed me that being an SLP was my calling! I have met and seen so many people and children that have touched me, and that I feel I have made a difference for, even if it was being that child’s or that stressed out teacher’s listening ear. I would encourage anyone who has a heart for helping people to go into Speech Pathology. It can be challenging, but the rewards of this field are all worth it.
Home Care across the Nation
Traveling RN, have worked for Therapia Staffing for over a year.
I was a cna for years. I worked side by side with LPNs and RNs. I watched what they did so much I knew before they did their task what they were going to do. I decided it was time for me to go back to school. I went to MCC for RN. I put everything I had into it and I finally graduated dec 2012. I have worked in medical, cardiac, high observation unit (form of ICU) and clinic since I became an RN.
I have been an employee with Therapia Staffing for 2 years and it has been amazing! The staff is very supportive and has continuous communication with employees. My recruiter is great, she efficiently answers all of my questions and concerns. I highly recommend working for Therapia they are a great company.
LPTA New Grad
New grad with clinical experience in outpatient and SNF. Within the first two weeks I independently handled a full case load in each setting.
I have been a Registered Nurse since 1981! I have been employed consistently in various areas of Nursing. I truly enjoy Home Health above all fields. Patrice Farley RN BSN CDE
Special Education Teacher
Jolyn is a professional and efficient recruiter. She has gone above and beyond to find the best placement suited for my profession and personality. Jolyn took the time necessary to become acquainted with me on a personal and professional level. We have built an awesome professional relationship, and I look forward to our continued success together with the Therapia family.
Therapia is my favorite staffing agency!
Therapia is my favorite staffing agency to work with. We receive significantly more and better quality resumes from Therapia than anywhere else!
Director, Organizational Leadership & Development
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