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Profiles in Leadership—David Qualls

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It’s time for another Profiles in Leadership! Steve Anderson, PT, DPT, sits down with David Qualls, PT. David is the owner of Rehab Institute and received his BS degree in Physical Therapy from the LSU Medical Center in 1974. Within five years, he opened up his own private practice, which he still runs and is where he still treats patients to this day.

David has served the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association in many capacities, including as its president and as its representative to the state legislature on key industry bills. He has been a delegate and a chief delegate to the APTA’s House of Delegates over the past 25 years.

His professional accolades include winning the 2003 LPTA David Warner Physical Therapist of the Year Award, the Lucy Blair Service Award from the APTA in 2014 and the Robert G. Dicus Award from the PPS in 2016.  

Today’s discussion includes:


  • What keeps him going in service roles after many years.
  • The connection between his faith and his professional life.
  • His advice to PTs just starting out.
  • The changes to the industry over the past 40 years.
  • His experience with how legislation has directly affected his business practices.
  • Early prejudices against private practices.
  • Why you should volunteer and stay connected.


Thank you for tuning into this segment of Profiles in Leadership! Look for the next interview Steve Anderson conducts with industry leaders and what Pearls of Wisdom they have to offer from their years of experience. VGM Advantage is proud to sponsor these talks, and is here for your physical therapy business as you look to growsaveevolvesecure and collaborate.

1 comment

  • Elaine Lonnemann | Jul 21st 2018 @ 5:55 PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. We continue to be motivated by your example and passion for what is best for our patients and the health of all Individuals

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