November 17, 2010 -
Olympic Medical Center Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation therapists Jonathan Wolff and Chris Shaw recently passed the Orthopaedic Specialist Certification exam through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Wolff and Shaw are now certified clinic specialists in orthopaedic physical therapy, which allows them to treat patients with complex musculoskeletal ailments and achieve superior clinical outcomes through improved diagnostic and advanced clinical practice skills.
“I am very pleased that Jon and Chris have joined fellow therapists Rick Klawitter and Gloria Andrus in this achievement,” says Ken Berkes, director of rehabilitation services. “We strive to have therapists who can provide the very best clinical skills to our community.”
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) awarded specialist certification to nearly 1,000 physical therapists this year across the U.S. To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in a specialty area. In addition, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous written examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapy practice. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 76,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy nationwide.
“I found the certification process to be challenging, but rewarding at the same time,” says Wolff. “I hope to use this new education to benefit my patients in accomplishing their goals with regards to function and mobility.”
“The certification process challenged me to become a better therapist,” says Shaw. “The whole process helped me critically analyze and improve my current treatment approach that, in the end, greatly benefits the patient.”
About the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS)
The ABPTS was established by the American Physical Therapy Association as the governing body that awards certification to physical therapists who meet approved requirements. ABPTS oversees the physical therapy clinical specialist certification and recertification program and awards certificates to physical therapists meeting approved requirements.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.