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I am a Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and the National Director of Quality and Research at PT Solutions Physical Therapy. My mission is to improve knowledge translation from research to clinicians and patients. I challenge the ways clinicians think and teach biases, heuristics, and critical thinking. My writing is focused on narrowing the information gap between patients and healthcare providers.

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Emory University
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I am is a Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. I currently serve as the National Director of Quality and Research at PT Solutions Physical Therapy. I earned my BS in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, my Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University, and I completed the PT Solution’s Orthopaedic Residency Program. I also serves as the Program Coordinator of the PT Solutions Orthopedic Residency Program and the Director of the Clinical Mentorship Program. My primary roles comprise of overseeing research efforts at PT Solutions, developing and teaching weekend continuing education courses, and developing quality improvement initiatives throughout the practice. I have numerous research publications in peer-reviewed rehabilitation and medical journals and has presented at national rehabilitation conferences. I am an active member of the Orthopedic and Research sections of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. I currently serve on the APTA Science and Practice Affairs Committee and the PTAG Leadership Academy. In 2020, I received APTA-GA Emerging Leader Award. My areas of research focus are the dosage and timing of physical therapy, the impact of physical medicine on healthcare utilization, patient-perceived social support from healthcare providers, and the influence of ACL graft type on rehabilitation outcomes. I work with multiple universities, and I'm a staunch advocate of research collaborations between private practice and universities to facilitate pragmatic trials and translational science. Prior my role current role, I was the senior clinic director for the east Georgia market of PT Solutions, overseeing 10 physical therapy clinics. I am an avid reader, I (mostly) enjoys golf, and I love good food, wine, and bourbon.
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PT Solutions Physical Therapy is a physical therapist-owned, private practice with points of service across the United States. Our therapists strive to serve their clients using research-driven treatments to provide relief and restoration of their normal life. Our practice brings therapists together to grow and develop owners that have industry-leading experience. A commitment to patient and therapist advancement with the support of technical and professional skill drives our focus, exceeding client expectations. Our clinical staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and athletic trainers.
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Dr. Zachary Walston
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the importance of continually seeking to understand your patient throughout the plan of care. This is different from constantly asking them their status with negative framing.

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Patient satisfaction has a substantial impact on both current and future performance. How a patient perceives their care can dictate the success of interventions,

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No two patients are the same. They possess different experiences, values, and expectations; all must be taken into account. Yet, some tendencies are present across groups.

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