Exercise professionals from all over are connecting with health care providers in different capacities, working as a part of the extended healthcare team, and providing their expertise to increase patient physical activity levels. Learn techniques and lessons from exercise professionals who serve as a community-based exercise resource to work with sedentary, at-risk patients.
(Schererville, Indiana, USA)
- M.S. in Kinesiology from Indiana University
- 17 years' experience working as an Exercise Physiologist in outpatient physical therapy clinics
- 5 years' experience working as an Exercise Physiologist/Wellness Supervisor at Franciscan Omni Health & Fitness (my current work place)
- Credentials: ACSM-RCEP, FAI (Functional Aging Institute) Specialist, CDC's DPP certified (diabetes prevention program), AEA (Aquatic Exercise Association) certification, EIM Credential Level III, AHA certified BLS instructor for CPR, AED, & First Aid
Describe your work with healthcare professionals:
Clients that I have worked with in the past and am currently working with: Orthopedic, Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Stroke, Cancer, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Depression, Alzheimer's Disease and more.
How have you established a relationship with healthcare providers?
I currently receive referrals from about 10-12 providers. Being associated with a hospital helps us advertise our program to the healthcare providers within our network. We're also able to get a few minutes in with the physicians during their monthly meetings. We also advertise in our local newspaper and put our info on social media outlets.
How have you maintained your referral sources?
AS the patients finish our program, we send outcome letters and reports to their healthcare providers. We continue reaching out through mailings, meetings and advertising, which has helped our program grow over the years.
What have been your biggest challenges?
Our biggest challenge has been getting our healthcare providers to refer on a constant basis. It's been easier to get referrals once we were part of their monthly meetings. And we continue with brochures and literature about our program.
What been the key to your success in working with the healthcare system?
One of our biggest keys to our success is our participants seeing health improvements and sharing the information with other people.