Professional Therapy Associates Dedicates Itself to Future Expectations, Enhancing Staff Qualifications and Education

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Cutting-edge practice distinguishes itself though superior treatment and top-notch PT care

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Here at PTA, we're delivering the best in traditional treatments and therapies while incorporating newer, breakthrough approaches that truly do work

When it comes to physical therapy, whether or not a patient achieves rehabilitation goals has much to do with personal commitment. Equally important, however, is having the best and brightest physical therapists -- those who distinguish themselves with cutting-edge training, the most inspired techniques, and a dedication to patient success. For this latter reason, Montana-based Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is announcing a number of enhancements in its services and staff credentials, all of which are designed to deliver superior care to current and new patients alike.

The PT field is experiencing a growing number of students now pursuing not just the minimum requirements but also their doctorate in physical therapy -- or DPT, according to the “Best Jobs 2012” listing, just issued by U.S. News & World Report in February 2012.1 What’s more, as of 2017, new graduates wishing to take the national licensure examination will also be required to hold a DPT, and many state licensing programs are also requiring new certifications if PTs wish to continue practicing, the report states. The associated, advanced PT requirements are simply going to become the "new norm" among the expanding workforce, raising standards industry-wide.

PTA is avid about continuing education for its staff of highly qualified physical therapists, or “PTs”. PTA regularly brings in notable educators and presenters so staff is kept abreast of the most relevant industry information. In addition, all of its PTs either currently have or are working toward post-graduate certifications, specifically earning prestigious credentials as one or more of the following: Certified Mulligan Practitioner, McKenzie Certified Therapist, Certified Spinal Manipulative Therapist and manual therapist with the North American Institute of Manual Orthopedic Physical Therapy (NIOMPT).

"Here at PTA, we're delivering the best in traditional treatments and therapies while incorporating newer, breakthrough approaches that truly do work," says Blaine Stimac, owner of Professional Therapy Associates. "Specifically, we're targeting hands-on, manual therapy techniques designed to restore joint and soft tissue dysfunction back to normal. This includes a wide range of techniques that incorporate some of the most respected approaches in the PT profession. Depending on the patient's needs, we're now implementing Mulligan techniques, McKenzie techniques, Maitland techniques, spinal manipulation techniques, as well as other soft-tissue techniques like dry needling."

Only a small number of PTs nationwide have currently achieved such certifications. They are fairly rigorous to accomplish as they require a series of courses, and then therapists must pass a written exam, as well as successfully demonstrate their actual abilities with hands-on techniques. Practitioners and PT students find it often takes years to complete these programs and prove their dedication to being at the top of their profession.

“The PT field is being reshaped with increasingly strict, educational requirements as students are prepping to do what’s necessary to land a job in this field,” Stimac says. “More exciting, the field of physical therapy is expected to evolve quickly into major employment opportunity considering the number of aging baby boomers who will tap our services and treatments to maintain active, healthy lifestyles. Physical therapy and, often, rehabilitation certainly fit into the health- and fitness-management perimeters of the aging.”

Fortunately, PTA is well-positioned for the upcoming industry changes, considering doctorate degrees are already held by a number of its PTs, including Kaci Calaway, Trevor Eccles, Kim Givler, Matthew Grubb, Samantha Modderman and Ryan Robinson. With their extensive expertise and talent, they comprise and will continue to be the definitive resource for physical therapy and rehabilitative care in the beautiful Kalispell region.

About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac
Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in Downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed physical therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.

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