TMTalks: Aaron Perez, PT, DPT with STAND: The Haiti Project, Orthopedic Corner

Have you ever dreamed of taking your Physical Therapy skills to an underserved population and immersing yourself in the culture of the area? Justin Dunaway PT, DPT, OCS and Morgan Denny PT, DPT founded a non-profit organization that carries out this dream. STAND (Sustainable Therapy and New Development) The Haiti Project is a pro bono clinic serving over 900 patients a trip in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. They cover areas such as Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Neuro, adaptive device and prosthetic construction, general medicine and community education panels. Volunteers from across the country travel to join in on this amazing experience only to come home humbled by the resilience and gratitude of the people of Haiti.

Welcome to week 5 of #STANDSaturday covering another corner of the clinic – Orthopedics. Aaron Perez, PT, DPT walks us through his journey of his first trip to the STAND clinic. He discusses what type of adjunct treatments he used in the orthopedic corner and shines light on the clinician bonding and cultural immersion that occurs on trips like this! He provides us insight on what he was most and least prepared for as well as his chosen sleeping arrangements and favorite night of the week – SALSA night (sneak peak below).

Tortuga Island pre clinic bonding

Aaron keeps us laughing in this weeks podcast, stay tuned for another #STANDSaturday next week!

To learn more about STAND’s most recent trip (May 25th-June 10th 2018) or to join forces, visit their website and follow their story on Facebook! They can also be found on Instagram @STANDhaitiproject AND Twitter @STANDhaiti.

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