Continuing education benefits both Dr. Michael Gentry’s practice and his patients.
For Dr. Michael Gentry ’09, education is a family affair. After earning his Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) and Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, he encouraged his wife and nephew to follow in his footsteps.
The decision to stay connected to the university is a no-brainer, says Gentry, the founder and co-owner of Mile Level PT, which has four locations in Pennsylvania. “My education here transformed the way I care for patients,” he explains.
Gentry decided to pursue his tDPT after learning about the university’s continuing education programs from his colleague Dr. Scott Love, who is now a faculty member at the university. He soon found that his professors’ approach to physical therapy was well beyond his own. “I could apply the information I learned immediately—and it completely changed the way that I made my treatment plans,” he says. “I scrapped my previous plans from my master’s program and switched it all to what I learned in the tDPT program.”
Gentry believes that an MTC in particular is crucial to success—and valued by patients. Impressed by the skills he gained through the certification, his wife Brandi pursued her MTC as well. Today, they require employees at Mile Level PT to earn their MTC—and the business funds their courses at the university. They’ve found that the added expertise in manual therapy is paying off, for patients and therapists alike. “We have a niche in our area, a specialty in manual therapy,” says Gentry. “We’ve made it the cornerstone of our practice.”
Although their support of the MTC serves as an effective recruitment tool for new therapists, the specialty doesn’t just benefit business. In fact, Mile Level PT’s use of manual therapy has had a powerful impact on those who matter most. “Manual therapy may take more time, but that personal touch helps hold patients accountable, develops a rapport, and improves the mechanical dysfunction they have,” says Gentry. “We’re seeing better outcomes in our patients, and that’s a true measure of success.”
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