OSI specialists Sara Lumby, PT, OCS and Emily Terhune-Wold, PT, OCS were honored recently by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) at an annual meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in San Diego,
Lumby and Terhune-Wold were recognized for completing the requirements to become board-certified orthopedic physical therapy specialists. The pair are among fewer than four percent of U.S. physical therapists who have achieved this distinction.
The APTA represents more than 85,000 members throughout the United States and established the specialist certification program in 1978. Specialization is the process used by a physical therapist for a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater knowledge and skills related to a particular practice area.
Candidates must submit evidence of required clinical practice in a specialty area to obtain board certification. In addition, candidates must successfully complete a written exam demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapy. Other specialty certifications include Sports, Neurology, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Clinical Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular/Pulmonary and Women’s Health.
“The whole process of certification made me a better therapist,” Lumby said. “My preparation and clinical experience in this area has resulted in my being more efficient in my examinations and more focused on the use of research and evidence as I choose my treatment approach.”
“That’s true for me, too.” Terhune-Wold added. “I am more confident that I can offer the right service resulting in the best possible outcomes for my patients; many of whom have been able to avoid long-term reliance on medication, surgeries and other costly procedures.”
Lumby works for OSI Physical Therapy in Stillwater and Terhune-Wold works at OSI in Maplewood.