Jul 26, 2017

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Interviewer: It's time for Seven Questions for a Specialist. Today we have Rob Shingleton. He is a physical therapist. I'm just going to ask you seven questions, seven answers. You ready?

Rob: All right, shoot.

Interviewer: All right, here we go. What's the best thing I can do for optimal body function?

Rob: Our motto is exercise is medicine.

Interviewer: All right. What's the worst thing I can do other than not exercise?

Rob: Well, not exercise.

Interviewer: Sure. Is there something else?

Rob: Well, overeat.

Interviewer: Yeah, sure. That's a big one, right?

Rob: Under eat, overeat.

Interviewer: What's the most common problem that you encounter as a physical therapist?

Rob: Probably obesity.

Interviewer: All right. I know you specialize in a specific type of physical therapy.

Rob: I do.

Interviewer: Is that the case in your specialty as well?

Rob: I think as a whole obesity is a very overriding problem.

Interviewer: Why is physical therapy so awesome?

Rob: Wow, isn't that obvious? I think it's just because we get people moving. We try to get them healthy. We try to instill a positive attitude in the patients.

Interviewer: A lot of times you're kind of a cheerleader, aren't you?

Rob: Oh, definitely.

Interviewer: Yeah, in addition to giving knowledge and helping people get back to work quicker.

Rob: Cheerleader, social worker, case manager, trainer.

Interviewer: What can't physical therapy do?

Rob: Well, we can't cure your underlying disease.

Interviewer: Yeah. You just make it a little bit better maybe.

Rob: We can help you get through it.

Interviewer: I thought you were going to say it can't do itself, that it's really up to the patient to do a lot of the stuff.

Rob: Well, we can certainly give you good home programs, but ultimately it's up to the patient.

Interviewer: Got it. Is there an exercise that you think everybody should do?

Rob: Aerobic exercise, whether it's walking or upper body aerobics or water aerobics or . . .

Interviewer: Get that heart rate up.

Rob: Yeah, get your heart rate up.

Interviewer: Why did you specialize in physical therapy?

Rob: Originally I kind of looked into medical school, some other areas in healthcare. I was always involved in sports in high school myself, had a lot of injuries, went through a lot of physical therapy, so it was just kind of a natural transition for me. It was something I had experienced and thought, wow, I'd like to be like that guy.

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