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Member Spotlight on Vicki Wilkins, PT, DPT

Thursday, September 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Vicki Wilkins, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy at Lifetime Care and Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Science Fellowship Program for Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy




September 2018

Vicki has been a member of the NYPTA since 2004.  As you read her profile you'll see that Vicki is not someone to sit back.  She's attended the House of Delegates and the Delegate Assembly, as well as serving on the Finger Lakes District Executive Committee.  Vicki believes in treating all living things and our earth with love and respect.


Take a few minutes and get to know this month's member spotlight with us!  Enjoy the Q&A with Vicki below.

How long have you been a member of the NYPTA?


Since 2004, when I moved back to New York State.


What is your best experience thus far?


Attending the House of Delegates, attending the Delegate Assembly, and working on the Finger Lakes District Executive Committee. These experiences educated and inspired me to be more knowledgeable and active in the advancement of our profession.


Tell us a little about your background, and how your path led you to where you are in your career today. What’s your favorite moment of your career so far?


Initially, I earned my Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy degree at West Virginia University. I began my career very interested in advancing my education for neuromuscular impairments. I pursed extensive training in the Neuro-Developmental Treatment approach for adult hemiplegia. I also began training for the treatment of balance and vestibular disorders and became the lead physical therapist for our regional balance-vestibular program which included the use of Computerized Dynamic Posturagraphy. After about 10 years, I decided to become more proficient working with musculoskeletal impairments. I also wanted to become more involved in teaching. I decided to go back to college to earn my Doctorate in Physical Therapy, enroll in the Fellowship Program for Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, obtain McKenzie Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment, and obtain Board Certifications in Geriatrics and Orthopedics. My motivation for continually pursing advanced training is a strong sense of obligation and commitment to provide excellent care for those who place their trust in me.


My favorite moment in my career continues to be the relationships I develop with my patients. 


What are some of the key opportunities and challenges facing the physical therapy profession?


Opportunities: The current level of education and communication skills being taught in today’s graduate and post graduate programs are creating highly educated and articulate physical therapists to lead and advance our profession.

Challenges: The earning potential verses student loan debt may become a far-reaching challenge for the recruitment of highly skilled students into our profession.


What advice would you give NYPTA members who are new to the profession?


Be active in your profession, actively listen to your patients, and never compromise your ethical standards. Your patients and colleagues are counting on you.


What is a favorite tip you have that you could share with others in our industry?


Ask questions and learn from others. Share your strengths and expertise. We are better together.


What are you passionate about? 


 Doing the right thing, even when it might not be the popular thing to do. Treating all living things, and our earth, with love and respect.


What else would you like your fellow NYPTA Members to know about you?


I love animals, nature, art, and music, and I love to travel.


What is your favorite app or social media outlet? 


CORE, the Clinical Orthopedic Exam App. It includes descriptive information and videos of the clinical tests, and also includes literature reviews and statistical references.


What is your guilty pleasure? 


Watching old movies late at night while eating my favorite snacks.



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