About Us -
Travel therapy is a journey, but so is life. Here we unpack a bit of who we are and how we came into this great lifestyle.
Check out our latest exploits, wanderings, and adventures!
Travel Life -
Chronicling the big moves and behind the scenes details of the "grown up" side of travel PT life.
PT Talk -
This is where we share our thoughts about all things health and physical therapy related. A great place to start for beginning clinicians or therapists considering home health or the travel PT life.
Gear Reviews -
Traveling to a new location every few months means living light. We are very selective on what we keep and what we toss. Carefully choosing our gear is essential for us to remain highly mobile.
Hey there! We are Ellen and Stephen Stockhausen, doctors of physical therapy and all around adventurers!
We initially met in Physical Therapy school at the University of Kentucky as lab partners in Gross Anatomy class (Ellen likes to say “over a dead body”). Quickly becoming friends, climbing partners, and running buddies we were soon dating and beginning to loosely plan our lives together. While we both had interests in travel physical therapy as students we opted to take permanent (“perm”) positions with outpatient clinics in the Southwest Colorado area, and there we stayed for the first two years of our careers – getting married and studying to become Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists along the way.
It was around this time that we started to feel the pull of travel life. Living in a mountain town was great but being restrained the standard 2-3 weeks vacation a year was wearing on us. We worried about leaving “good stable jobs” as perm employees for the unknown world of short term contracts in new practices settings and towns. It turns out that the inertia of “the unknown” is hard to overcome, and the first step is by far the hardest, but totally worth it! In the spring of 2014 we packed up as much as we could fit in our two SUVs and have never looked back.
“It turns out that the inertia of “the unknown” is hard to overcome, and the first step is by far the hardest, but totally worth it!”
We have now created a lifestyle for ourselves (and our two dogs Cayenne and Layla) that lets us explore wildernesses that we never would have imagined seeing, and live in towns that others only come to for vacation. As ultra-marathoners we have learned to travel light and fast, and have adapted the same ethos in our professional lives. At this time our original, two SUVs worth of stuff, has been paired down to only what can fit in the back of our truck, while still being able to sleep on the custom platform on top of it.
“We have now created a lifestyle for ourselves that lets us explore wildernesses that we never would have imagined seeing, and live in towns that others only come to for vacation.”
We have worked in 4 different states, in multiple settings, and have filled our lives with as many unique and exciting experiences as we can. This blog has come out of the requests made by family, colleagues, and friends who want to either learn how to do the same thing for themselves or simply live vicariously through our stories and photos. From this blog you can expect the following:
Stories and photos from our adventures as travel physical therapists
Advice from some of the lessons we have learned along the way
Musings regarding clinical tid-bits and other physical therapy related things
Gear Reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite gear that makes our exploits possible
We are so thankful for the amazing opportunities we have been given and all of the incredible friends we have made along the way. We sincerely hope that this blog is of some use to you through your own journey… or at least makes for a fun read.
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Also check out this amazing podcast we were featured on. If you have any interaction with seniors as a rehab clinician the Senior Rehab Project is an essential podcast to subscribe to.
Stephen is the creative driver in our family. He has a patent pending product that he initially developed for a specific patient problem and quickly discovered many other uses for it in both the PT and fitness realms. You can scope it out his, very rough, website here.
Ellen has a very successful practice as a Health and Wellness Coach. She gets super stoked to help uninjured friends and clients reach fitness and health goals that they did not know were so close to their grasp.