physical therapist clinical specialist pain resume example with 14+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Forward thinking physical therapist with diverse experiences aiming to maximize Aquatic Therapy programs for Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members to enhance their quality of life. Brings organizational skills and open communication to guide a dynamic team towards mutually decided goals.

  • Aquatic Therapy Certification
  • Pain Specialist
  • Program development
  • Team-player
  • Active listener
  • Motivational interviewing for behavior change
  • Patient-centered
  • Highly organized
Work History
Physical Therapist Clinical Specialist - Pain, 09/2017 to Current
Kindred HealthcareLima, OH,
  • Served as physical therapist clinical specialist - pain specialist in aquatic therapy, acute care, inpatient and outpatient Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Programs (CPRP), and inpatient traumatic brain injury / polytrauma. Subject matter expert for Whole Health pain programming.
  • Evaluated and treated Veterans and Active-Duty Service members with complex, persistent pain using evidenced-based treatment.
  • Screened referrals and determined appropriate evaluation procedures.
  • Utilized motivational interviewing to facilitate behavior change.
  • Mentored physical therapy residents and Clinical Instructor (CI) for physical therapy interns.
  • Positively influenced trainees as evidenced by them pursuing careers and / or further training in chronic / persistent pain.
  • Integral member of interdisciplinary teams with active participation in team huddles and patient care meetings.
  • Shared specialty knowledge with team members to create cohesion amongst teams.
  • Participated in Environment of Care (EOC) rounds; remedied action items in timely fashion.
  • Organized clinic, office, and computer files for ease of patient care duties.
  • Skilled in using computer programs including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and TEAMS.

Aquatic Therapy

  • Developed Pain Education, Aquatics, and Land Series (PALS) program to address needs of providing non-pharmacological treatments for pain, improving access to care, and increasing staff efficiency.
  • Assisted with forming group treatments for inpatient programming to increase access to care.
  • Coordinated care of inpatients and outpatients to ensure timely scheduling.
  • Lead weekly team huddles using positive communication skills and facilitating input from team members.
  • Developed and maintained courteous and effective working relationships.
  • Adapted to changing demands of COVID-19 pandemic by transitioning to and from virtual care while maintaining patient satisfaction.
  • Coordinated clinic space during Aquatic Center closures.
  • Contact for physical therapy supervisors, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMRS) Supervisory Program Specialist, Chief of PMRS, Aquatic Center Medical Director, Facilities Management Service (FMS), Environmental Management Service (EMS), and Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for Aquatic Center needs.
  • Communicated professionally and with respect verbally and written with stakeholders of Aquatic Center.
  • Hosted tours of Aquatic Center for VA, military, and academic personnel.
  • Created Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinic information binder for clinicians and pool service contractor.
  • Vital member for writing Water Chemistry Service Level Agreement (SLA).
  • Completed daily water chemistry checks.
  • Assisted with drafting revised Aquatic Physical Therapy Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinic Competency document.
  • Balanced patient care with completing numerous administrative duties to keep Aquatic Center running safely and smoothly.
  • Gave in-service on chronic / persistent pain and aquatic therapy to team members of Aquatic Center and inpatient programs.

Acute Care

  • Updated total joint replacement preoperative class to include relevant pain neuroscience education.
  • Worked with multidisciplinary team members to transition class to virtual platform.
  • Delegated patient care duties to Physical Therapy Assistants, as appropriate.

Inpatient and Outpatient CPRP

  • Data collection and recording on computer system for physical therapy outcomes.
  • Participated in strategic planning.
  • Listed as resource for pain treatment for Medical Center providers.
  • Lead for drafting Electrotherapeutic Modality SLA; department resource on modalities.

Inpatient Brain Injury / Polytrauma

  • Provided Saturday physical therapy coverage following primary physical therapists' plans of cares and communicating any patient changes and / or needs.
  • Applied pain treatment principles to treatment of highly complex patient presentations.

Subject Matter Expert: Whole Health Pain Programming

  • Key multidisciplinary team member to develop Whole Health program for pain: Promoting Activity, Connection, and Enjoyment (PACE).
  • Provided in-services on chronic / persistent pain to team members.
  • Served as liaison between physical therapy staff and Whole Health services.
Physical Therapist, 07/2010 to 09/2021
Kindred HealthcareMadison, WI,
  • Served as physical therapist, PRN, in Skilled Nursing Facility.
  • Evaluated and treated patients with variety of diagnoses including cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, and neurological disorders.
  • Managed acute and chronic conditions with full understanding regarding complex therapy needs.
  • Communicated verbally and written with primary staff for coordination of patient care and facilitation of safe and appropriate discharge planning.
  • Completed computerized documentation via Net Health (formerly Rehab Optima) program.
Physical Therapist, 02/2011 to 09/2017
Kindred HealthcareHammond, IN,
  • Served as physical therapist in inpatient and outpatient CPRP, spinal cord injury inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, traumatic brain injury / polytrauma inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, acute care, and outpatient physical therapy.
  • Integral member of interdisciplinary teams in respective settings.
  • Redeveloped physical therapy programming for CPRP to be in line with most recent evidence-based practices.
  • Trained and oriented physical therapy assistants in CPRP.
  • Developed CPRP Physical Therapy Clinic Orientation binder.
  • Participated actively in preparing for re-accreditation of inpatient and outpatient CPRP through Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and was interviewed during CARF visit.
  • Physical Therapy Residency Program Journal Club co-coordinator.
  • Mentor for undergraduate volunteer. Positively influenced volunteer as evidenced by volunteer pursuing Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
  • Clinical Instructor for Doctor of Physical Therapy Interns.
  • Mentor for Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program.
  • Developed program objectives for Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency rotation in outpatient and inpatient CPRP.
Co-Director of Rehabilitation and Physical Therapi, 07/2010 to 02/2011
Kindred HealthcareCoral Gables, FL,
  • Balanced working as physical therapist, PRN, with serving as Co-Director of Rehabilitation in Skilled Nursing Facility.
  • Managed six therapists including hiring, training, creating work schedules, arranging therapists’ daily patient care agendas, and providing constructive feedback.
  • Liaison between patients, patients’ family members, and staff.
  • Participated in daily interdisciplinary team care plan meetings on diverse team.
  • Set Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) based on patients’ plans of care.
  • Communicated with Social Worker for coordination of patient care at discharge.
  • Actively participated in weekly phone conferences with Directors of Rehabilitation from company’s facilities.
  • Calculated payroll for rehabilitation department.
  • Completed weekly Productivity and Labor reports for rehabilitation department.
Physical Therapist, 10/2009 to 07/2010
Kindred HealthcareRahway, NJ,
  • Served as physical therapist in outpatient setting in three different clinics.
  • Evaluated and treated patients with orthopedic injuries and conditions, gait disorders, balance deficits, debility, and pre- and post-orthopedic surgeries.
  • Managed acute and chronic conditions with full understanding regarding complex therapy needs.
  • Completed documentation and billing in timely fashion amongst busy clinic environment.
Physical Therapist, 06/2009 to 07/2010
Ybor Healthcare And RehabilitationCity, STATE,
  • Served as physical therapist, PRN, in Skilled Nursing Facility.
  • Evaluated and treated patients with variety of diagnoses and made appropriate recommendations for discharge.
  • Planned individually-designed treatment programs to restore, maintain and improve physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent disability.
  • Observed and recorded patients' responses to therapies and exercises to report to practitioners and recommend adjustments to treatment plans
Physical Therapist, 11/2006 to 10/2009
Tampa General HospitalCity, STATE,
  • Served as acute care physical therapist with experience in vascular, pre- and post-natal, cardiology, medical ICU, infectious disease, Acute Care for the Elderly, transplant, and neurology units with rotations in trauma ICU, neurology ICU, burn, burn ICU, oncology, orthopedic surgery, trauma, orthopedic trauma surgery, step-down, bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and vascular ICU units.
  • Evaluated and treated patients with appropriate equipment recommendations, discharge recommendations, and documentation and billing.
  • Provided therapy session adaptations according to progress and limitations.
  • Observed patient safety, risk management and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Adapted to varying demands of different hospital units.
  • Actively participated in weekly multidisciplinary patient care rounds.
  • Member of Bariatric care committee.
  • Member of Safety committee.
  • Lead and organized of Acute Rehabilitation Services Journal Club.
  • Clinical Instructor (CI) for physical therapy students.
  • Employee of the month, Tampa General Hospital Rehabilitation, April 2007.
Doctor of Physical Therapy: , Expected in 05/2006 to University of Miamia - Miami, Florida,
  • Secretary for the class of 2006.
  • Volunteered for Hurricane Challenge: planned, organized, and hosted a day of fun for the students with disabilities from Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Bachelor of Science in Education: Kinesiology Exercise Science, Expected in 05/2003 to University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas,
  • Concentration in Biomechanics and requirements fulfilled for Fitness Specialist.
  • Graduated with Honors.
  • Chosen as “Outstanding Exercise Science Student” for class of 2013.
  • President of the Kinesiology Club.
  • NCAA Division I Cross-Country and Track and Field athlete.
  • Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute Certified (ATRIC) – 2020 to present
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt – 2018 to present
  • Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) – 2016 to present
  • Basic Water Rescue – 2014 to present
  • Functional Assessment Specialist (FIM Credential) – 2010 to present
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Certified Clinical Instructor (CI) – 2008 to present
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider – 2004 to present

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School Attended

  • University of Miamia
  • University of Arkansas

Job Titles Held:

  • Physical Therapist Clinical Specialist - Pain
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Co-Director of Rehabilitation and Physical Therapi
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Education

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