Denali on the horizon

Travelers as Leaders

Travelers as Leaders Why and How Travelers can be Leaders “Oh, you’re a Travel therapist…” – the words dripping with so much disrespect that they are bordering disdain.  Plunk. We have been categorized and judged, dropped into the mental bucket labeled “just another traveler” and cast aside.  This is the reception we receive at nearly…

Zion National Park post Trav Con

Pursuing Professional Development as a Traveler

Pursuing Professional Development as a Traveler: Growing as a Clinician and Knocking out CEUs Finding, signing up for, and then following through to complete professional development courses that are in your area of interest is a serious challenge when you don’t know what corner of the country you’ll be living in next! Sometimes it is…

Little Molas Lake

Traveling with a Baby: Pregnancy

Traveling with a Baby: Pregnancy As many of our readers and Facebook followers may know, we welcomed our first child into the world on August 24th!  Kinley Stockhausen joined our family and has been exploring the San Juan mountains surrounding Durango, CO (our home base) with us ever since. But as easy as post-pregnancy has been…

Student Loans?  What Student Loans?

Student Loans?  What Student Loans? BOOYA! How does a pair of wide-eyed PTs go from $200K in student loan debt to debt free in less than 2 years?  Travel PT! Heres the scoop. Ellen and I met in PT school back in 2008.  We graduated as DPT’s in 2011 along with the 6-figure tab of…

How to Build the Perfect Resume in 20min

How to Build the Perfect Resume in 20 Minutes Everyone knows the importance of a good first impression. In the dizzying world of job searches, endless applications, and ego deflating “skills checklists,” hopefully, if all goes well, you are rewarded in the end with a gut twisting interview to seal the deal. As a clinic…

Russian River black bear

The End is Near-er

The End is Near-er When Contracts End Early Sometimes things don’t work out like they should. Plans change, emergencies arise, life happens. While thirteen weeks is the industry standard minimum contract, every so often, for a variety of reasons, contracts are shortened or even terminated.  In each situation there is a right and a wrong…

Why my recruiter loves me more than you

Why my recruiter loves me more than you Over the winter of 2016 Ellen took a last minute contract way out in Eastern Colorado. Prior to this we were living back home in Durango, Colorado (Southwest Colorado). Our attempt at returning to permanent contract work had fallen through in fantastic fashion and we were desperate…

Island Lake

Two Simple Changes Every PT Must Master But Hasn’t

Two simple changes every PT must master but hasn’t As this spring season has rushed upon us here in the Pacific Northwest I find myself growing tired. Some days physically, but most days emotionally. I try my best to be upbeat with the clients. To smile and smooth over any of their concerns about how…

So Much To Do – So Little Time

So Much To Do – So Little Time How to maximize your experience in a new location I’m sure all traveling clinicians have their own reasons for loving to travel, whether it is the variety in working environment, flexibility of schedule, or increased income (or all!)  But we all do it because we love to…

Overcoming Inertia

Overcoming Inertia Inertia by definition is “a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.” About three weeks ago Ellen and I began a new contract in the Pacific Northwest working in home health…

Travel Therapists Christmas in Big Sur

The Secret Side of Travel Therapy

The Secret Side of Travel Therapy Last night eleven travel therapists all crowded around a long artificially distressed wood high-top table found at the back of one of the many trendy bars in San Luis Obispo, CA.  Initially meeting with the intent to discuss the applicability of a research article on our home health patient…

Layla at Weaver Lake

Creating a Goal Hierarchy

Create a Goal Hierarchy *This post is a continuation and expansion on the concept of fulfillment discussed in the previous post, which can be found here. Once we had a more distinct and clear idea of what fulfillment would look like in our lives, we then began to deconstruct it into it’s various pieces.  What…

Cayenne's deep stare

Why is traveling therapy right for you?

Why is traveling therapy right for you? The world of traveling therapy is full of unique personalities.  There is by no means a single archetype that is “The classic travel therapist.”  We come in all shapes and sizes.  Introverts – extroverts, specialists – generalists, new grads – experienced clinicians, even part time – full time…

Automotive University

We often get asked how we tolerate the massive amounts of time we spend in the car while working home health (or road tripping).  Automotive University A more straight forward response is Podcasts Podcasts are a fantastic method of taking in interesting information that is presented in an engaging and entertaining manner.  Due to the…

Shell Beach Sunset

Maintaining Perspective

It is so easy to speed through life. While driving between patients today my wife sent me a text message saying that a patient we share is being placed on hospice care.  His cancer is metastasizing and we are no longer needed on the case.  This is not the first time either of us have…

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