This month we are featuring Swapnil Malthane, MPT, as our clinician of the month.
After a life changing accident and extensive rehab, I was truly amazed at what Physical Therapy can do to get you back on your feet and decided that this is what I will be pursuing as my career.
I completed my Bachelor's in Physical Therapy in Mumbai, India in 2009 and completed my Master's at the Loma Linda University, California in 2011. I am also a board certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) since 2015 and CCI- Certified Clinical Instructor since 2017. I currently work full time as a Physical Therapist and as an Assistant Director of Rehab in a skilled nursing home in Washington DC since 2012. I love working with geriatric population and love handling stroke and joint replacement cases.
In my spare time I love to do CrossFit, ride my motorcycle and love to hang out with friends and am always ready for a Happy Hour!!!
I have believed in one quote all my life which is: “Tough times never last but tough people do.”
What advice do you have for new graduates going into the field of physical therapy?
Some advice that I would give to new graduates is to not be afraid to try new methods of treatments and to go out of the box. Also, never stop learning. Go to continuing education courses, attend seminars and PT conferences and always stay connected with your alma mater and fellow colleagues.
What should every physical therapist try at least once in his/her life?
I believe every physical therapist should try to ride a motorized wheelchair and try different electrical stimulations on oneself to know better exactly how it feels and works.
What is on your (work) bookshelf?
"Physical Rehabilitation” by Susan Sullivan, “Clinical Neuroanatomy” by Snell and “Clinical Physiology” by Guyton
There is a code strong (violent situation) happening at the elevator in your workplace, what “weapon” do you take with you and why?
I would really avoid going to that elevator, but I would definitely keep my pager/cellphone handy to call for security.
What is your favorite healthcare accessory?
Undoubtedly, the pulse oximeter which immediately gives me an idea if anything goes wrong with my clients.
What song best describes what you do (job)?
“Rise up” by Yves Larock. The lyrics go something like this, “rise up... don’t you fall down again... It’s time we break the chains." Anyone working with geriatric population can relate to the lyrics!
How would you describe your job in three words?
The best 3 words that would describe my job would be “MAKE A DIFFERENCE." This applies to all of my clients and colleagues and the clinical team I work with.
What are the 5 most important items in your clinical work bag?
The 5 most important items in my clinical bag are: gait belt, pulse oximeter, goniometer, resistance bands, and assessment tool worksheet.