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Profiles in Leadership: Karen Litzy

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For this episode of Profiles in Leadership, Steve Anderson, PT, DPT, sat down with Karen Litzy, PT, DPT. Dr. Litzy is the owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, a concierge physical therapy practice in New York City. She is also the Host of Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast and is a Board of Director for Physical Therapy Business Alliance and PT Day of Service.

After going in for an online radio interview, Dr. Litzy was asked if she wanted a podcast of her own, making her podcast the first PT focused podcast. Unable to maintain the pace with school, work and the podcast, Litzy took a break from the podcast. Coming back from a two-year break, Litzy revamped her podcast and it has now amassed over 260,000 downloads.

Stepping Outside the Physical Therapy World

Throughout the episode, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Litzy dig deeper into how other physical therapists can pitch themselves outside of the PT world in order to educate others about the industry.

“What I suggest people to do is go to the iTunes app and hit on top charts…for instance, if you work with dancers go to dance podcasts and pitch yourself to a dance podcast as a PT,” Dr. Litzy said.

Trends and Global Ideas

Dr. Anderson and Litzy move on to discuss the trends and ideas taking off in the world of physical therapy. A majority of what she hears from PTs is they love being in the profession. They love what they do, they want to be heard and they want to be helpful.

She also noticed a shift in more of an entrepreneurial spirit within the industry, from starting clinics, podcasts, technical innovations, and products.

Women in Physical Therapy

Dr. Litzy is one of the brains behind the Women in Physical Therapy Summit. They discuss the upcoming 2017 event and chat about her hope for women within the industry.

“I would love to see women not being fearful, not being afraid to step up into a leadership role…” Litzy said.  

Tying in from the discussion of women in the industry, they discuss how 70 percent of physical therapists are women, but only 30 percent hold leadership roles. Dr. Anderson posed the question why is this?

“I don’t know if it’s the lack of people to promote women because they think they may have child….we know we can come up with creative solutions with that.”

Dr. Litzy wants to challenge women to empower other women and to call out this behavior to help improve it.

What needs to happen to the PT industry?

Dr. Anderson then steers the conversation to what the PT industry needs to start doing pertaining to the health care reform and show what value it can provide.

“I think the research really has to start showing not just ‘wow, we’re really good at what we do, but wow, we save money’ I think you need research that has very implicit financial implications,” Dr. Litzy said.

And for Dr. Litzy’s Pearl of Wisdom: Know who you are, be very clear about what your goals are and if an opportunity aligns with those goals and values do it. Push yourself.

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