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.
(Johns Creek, Georgia & Florida, USA)
- B.S. in Medicine, Health and Society
- Current Master in Public Health student
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer
- Equinox group fitness instructor
- Private yoga teacher, 200-hr certified power Vinyasa yoga teacher
- I manage Ansa Yoga, which is a group of yoga teachers giving private classes to people in the community
- I also coach a community run club sponsored by Baptist Health Hospital
Describe your work with healthcare professionals:
I work with a physical therapist, chiropractor and ophthalmologist who personal train with me and also prescribe physical activity to some of their patients, to come and see me. Many of my students have back issues, joint issues or high blood pressure.
How have you established a relationship with healthcare providers?
It started with a conversation about each other's work. I taught yoga to these healthcare professionals, who saw me as a reliable resource for fitness that could potentially benefit their patients. I still run and do yoga with them while helping their patients.
How have you maintained your referral sources?
As a team, we see results. I have weekly conversations with the healthcare professionals to help them keep tabs on their recovering patients. We personal train together and refer patients to them when needed.
What have been your biggest challenges?
The biggest challenge has been finding yoga professionals that fulfill our credentials. When a new yoga teacher or personal trainer joins our group, I've noticed that they have trouble retaining clients, which leads to the clients not getting the physical activity they need.
What been the key to your success in working with the healthcare system?
Communication and attention to detail have been essential to working with the healthcare system. They want to know that we know what we're doing, and they want to see results with their patients.