Join Frank Long, editorial director of Rehab Management and Physical Therapy Products, as he speaks with Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT, a treating physical therapist, parent, and owner of Exercisability in Rochester, Minnesota.
The idea of the “work / life” balance gets a lot of play in popular culture and in the workplace. This program looks at the combined responsibilities of being a parent and physical therapy practice owner, and explores how technology can add balance to those roles.
Brennan details how technology choices she made for her outpatient clinic help her maintain a thriving practice and thriving family—which includes her three young children and husband. This program is a must-hear for any therapist looking to maximize personal productivity.
Melanie Brennan, PT, DPT, is founder and executive director of ExercisABILITIES Physical Therapy. Brennan attained her masters in physical therapy with honors in 1998 and her doctor of physical therapy in 2008, both from the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. She has 14 years’ experience working in a variety of fields, including 10-plus years in spinal cord injury and brain injury acute rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Brennan also holds a certification as a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher. Other specialties include spinal cord injury locomotor training instruction from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network and 3-week NDT (neuro-development technique) for stroke treatment. She also has advanced coursework in geriatric topics such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, poor balance, falls, and osteoporosis.
Over the years, Brennan has developed a growing passion for providing a path to wellness for her clients after dismissal from formal physical therapy. She has seen many clients struggle with difficult home exercise programs, only to return to therapy later with decline due to lack of ability to complete the exercises. The lack of available wellness opportunities in the Rochester area for people with medical and/or physical dysfunction has been her inspiration to create ExercisABILITIES Physical Therapy.