TMTalks: Pat Tietz, PT, MS with STAND: The Haiti Project, Pediatrics 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 4 of #STANDSaturday covering another corner of the clinic – Pediatrics. Pat Tietz, PT, MS has taken her 31 years of pediatric experience on 3 trips thus far and explains to us why she cannot wait to go on more. She describes how she needed to adjust to the clinic, what common diagnosis she sees, and why she feels everyone, yes EVERYONE, should volunteer their time, passion, and skills! Below is a sneak peak of one of her favorite patients who sat up on her own for the first time at the clinic.

Little cutie in her homemade water bucket chair

Side Note: Even though she is a retired PT, Pat spends most of her free time volunteering! The other organizations mentioned in the podcast are: The Adaptive Sports Connection (biking) and GoBabyGo! which makes adaptive and specialized motorized cars for children with limited mobility.

Autumn is in the middle, Pat mentions her as being the OT in country running home programs for children !

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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