Dr. Kari Martin, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist and Swim Coach
In what ways has mentorship been beneficial to your professional development as a physical therapist? I think that having a mentor is profoundly important. So when I was a new clinician, granted, it was about 10 years ago. Now, you come out of PT school. And, you know, just spent all this time and money and getting an advanced degree and you get into your first job despite, you know, of whole year of internships and residencies Maybe My clinical rotations, prayer, and all of a sudden you're on your own with this person who has pain and is trusting you with your care and you feel like you don't know anything at all. So starting out in a clinic or in a setting where there is lots of more senior clinicians around. So you can bounce ideas off of and learn from is really really super valuable. There are a lot of times when you look across the gym at an exercise that a PT was leading a different patient through and you're immediately, like, you know, that is going to be Part of your next routine for the next person because they approached something slightly different than what you did and everybody comes from different backgrounds and has different biases. So being able to work together with, you know, other people that come from different areas than you is super super valuable and just learn from the folks around you is is another part of why this profession and field is so awesome.