Dr. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT
HENRY DAVID THOREAU ONCE WROTE
“Things do not change; we change.”
THIS COULD NEVER BE MORE TRUE THAN WITH MY CAREER PATH.
I started my physical therapy career in an inpatient hospital in Scranton, Pa. Moving to New York a few years later I had the opportunity to work for the New York public school system, Broadway musicals and orthopedic outpatient clinics. While the work was rewarding, I always felt like I could do more to serve my clients.
As I was searching for ways to provide a more comprehensive approach to practicing physical therapy I became overwhelmed with requests from clients to be seen in their home or office. This was an opportunity to provide not just convenience, but a different kind of practice. By adopting a “concierge” model, I could dedicate a full hour of one-on-one treatment to each and every client. Now I had ample time to evaluate, treat and re-evaluate. The concierge model allowed me the time to provide vital client education. My clients would now benefit from a comprehensive home education program.
As part of my commitment to my clients and my career, I am constantly engaging in continuing education. I have been lucky enough to learn directly from some of the best in the profession. I have received certificates from Dr. David Butler, Dr. Lorimer Moseley, Dr. Adriaan Louw, Dr. Paul Hodges, The Institute of Physical Art, The American Physical Therapy Association, Hospital for Special Surgery, and many more. I graduated from Misericordia University with my masters degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 and then graduated from the same university in 2014 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
I am the host of the podcast, Healthy, Wealthy, and Smart. The podcast provides up to date clinical information combined with business strategies from the best and brightest thought leaders in physical therapy, wellness and entrepreneurship. The show promotes the profession and provides a channel to get the most accurate information out there for both practicing physical therapists and everyday people.
I am a proud member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Orthopedic Section of the APTA, the Section on Women's health, the Home Health Section and the Private Practice Section of the APTA. I am also an official spokesperson for the APTA as a member of their media corps.
Physical therapy is an ever evolving practice and for me, a personal journey. That's why I'm committed to staying at the forefront of the industry. Through continuing education and my practice, I work to enrich myself so I can impart to others the true value of physical therapy. My mission is to show people how physical therapy can improve their lives. This is what drives me to help my clients attain their own goals and for myself to build upon the work of those who have helped lead the way.
Dr. Kenny Venere, PT, DPT
In my career as a physical therapist, I have been fortunate enough to work in some diverse and illuminating settings. During my schooling at Northeastern University, I spent time working in premier hospitals for spinal cord injury rehab, pediatric burn care, as well as neurological and oncology care in the city of Boston. I continued working in pediatric burn care while also working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic before moving to Salt Lake City, Utah and beginning full-time work as a home health physical therapist with Intermountain Homecare and Hospice.
My work with Intermountain proved to be formative in my career. I was able to work with a remarkably diverse group of people across a lifespan of 2 years of age to 101, who were recovering from a wide range of conditions and issues such as early postoperative recovery (ex. knee replacement, hip replacement, cancer surgery, general surgery, cardiac surgery), to cancer, falls, trauma, stroke, heart/lung disease, end of life care, and most anything else under the sun. The common denominator of what made this work so rewarding was to be able to work one on one with a person and their families (and pets too!), in their home, on their time.
This type of one to one home visits provides one of the last bastions of healthcare unencumbered by unrealistic productivity and allows for truly patient-centered care. Joining Karen in her practice in New York City was a logical next step for me personally and professionally. Being a New England native with a passion for homecare and professional engagement outside of just clinical practice, having the opportunity to be closer to family and work in a practice with the values Karen has built was the best of both worlds.
Along the way, I have had the chance to engage in some remarkable opportunities outside of strictly clinical care. I have presented nationally at the American Physical Therapy Associations’ Combined Sections Meeting, been an invited guest on several rehab podcasts, as a student I traveled abroad to Ecuador with a mentor, Lorna Hayward, and a group of classmates to continue Lorna’s work to develop sustainable rehabilitation services in an orphanage in Quito and Latacunga for children with neurological and developmental disabilities, I have published in several physical therapy journals and PT in Motion, and am currently working as part of a team conducting a systematic review on how conflict of interest impacts the results of physical therapy research. In addition, I created Physiological, a blog with the goals of improving scientific literacy, critical thinking, understanding of evidence-based practice, and clinical decision making in physical therapy.
Outside of my life as a physical therapist, I am a passionate coffee drinker, New England Patriots fan, and still have regrets over selling my mountain bike when moving from Salt Lake City to New York.