TMTalks: Steven Kinney, PT, DPT with STAND: The Haiti Project, Neuro

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, Pelvic Health, 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 7 of #STANDSaturday covering another corner of the clinic – Neuro. Steven Kinney earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University in 2011. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). In addition, he completed extensive training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, becoming certified under Recovering Function (RPSFC). He also has achieved certification as an Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) with Great Lakes Seminars. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Currently, he is pursuing a fellowship in orthopedic manual physical therapy at Regis University.

Steve has practiced in outpatient, subacute rehab, inpatient rehab, and acute care hospital settings with diverse patient populations. He currently is working at ATI Physical Therapy in Ellettsville, IN. He has been involved in the continuing education and training of physical therapists and other healthcare professionals. He has also volunteered as a physical therapist locally and abroad; STAND twice since the start of the organization!

Join Steve as he explains the diverse patient population he treats and explains what skill set would be standard to have for anyone’s first trip down there.

Here are the links for the references made in the podcast:

  1. JFK COMA Video
  2. Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome – explanation of persistent vegetative state
  3. Valsalva SVT Research Paper

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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