Propel Physiotherapy Pickering has taken on its first student since opening this Durham location just over a year ago. University of Toronto student and Pickering resident, Rehginald Ragos is completing the work placement component of his masters of physical therapy program over the next several months.
Rehginald first learned about Propel Physiotherapy after hearing clinic director Kyle Whaley give a lecture about neurological and complex orthopedic rehabilitation at the University of Toronto, where Kyle is a clinical instructor. The lecture was focused on the intricacies on operating and owning a clinic, however, Rehginald was also interested in the types of clients Propel Physiotherapy treated on a daily basis.
“At Propel Physiotherapy, student mentorship is seen as an important part of the clinic culture. The experienced therapists, at our first clinic location in Etobicoke, regularly oversee students from universities across Ontario,” said Whaley.” In addition, several of our senior therapists instruct and lecture through various higher education programs in the field of physiotherapy.”
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Clinical internships provide students an opportunity to develop critical thinking, enhance clinical skills and develop professionalism in a real-world environment. These highly specialized skills will be put to good use in communities like Pickering where residents can benefit from increased access to specialized healthcare focused on the treatment of neurological injuries and complex orthopedic injuries.
Pickering Physiotherapy Student on Experience at Propel
During his placement, Pickering physiotherapy student Rehginald Ragos will get to apply the evidence-based knowledge he’s learned in school into a clinical setting. He will gain hands-on training and experience and observing techniques he has not yet covered in school like mobilizations, acupuncture, and k-taping. In addition, he will also apply the concepts of Bobath and NDT to population living with neurological injuries.
When we asked Rehginald what specifically interested him about doing his placement at Propel Physiotherapy, he said, “in school, there is not as much exposure to clinics in the private setting that service neurological and complex orthopedic injuries. These types of clinics are rare and I was fascinated to learn more.”
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“From what I have learned in school, complex brain injuries can present themselves in various ways, so there is no one-size fits all formula to treatment and rehabilitation. I am interested in the challenge this presents, and developing my knowledge and skills to help this client population.”
Rehginald is working side-by-side with registered physiotherapist Alanna Holz during his placement at our Pickering clinic. Alanna Holz happens to be a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Masters of Physical Therapy program, so she gets the chance to give back to her alma mater. Rehginald has remarked that she has been very open about sharing her perspective and experiences with him.
Alanna has hands on experience working with multiple client groups, including clients with diverse neurological and orthopedic conditions, as well as sports injuries. She has a special interest in concussion management and rehabilitation.
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Our vision at Propel Physiotherapy is to provide an enriching educational experience for all students. We foster student’s abilities to analyze evidence, make sound decisions and judgments, provide evidence-based care, and ensure an approach of lifelong learning.
By modelling our critical thinking skills and strong sense of professionalism, we hope to demonstrate our commitment to providing the highest quality of care for our clients. Through sound mentorship, these students develop the skills to become competent health care professionals.
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