Telehealth for Physical and Occupational Therapy

About the Course:
This beginner’s level course will teach practitioners how to set up and complete telehealth sessions for a physical or occupational therapy practice, primarily focusing on how to evaluate, monitor, and treat patients remotely.

Learning Objectives:
  • Outline the purpose and benefits of telehealth for physical and occupational therapy.
  • Identify what types of patients are appropriate for telehealth.
  • Outline how to perform a remote telehealth evaluation.
  • Describe the importance of pain science education and how it relates to successful patient outcomes when treating via telehealth.
  • Relate the biopsychosocial (BPS) model and how it impacts both evaluation and patient follow-through for telehealth services.
  • Explain when imaging or a referral to a physician is indicated.

About the Author:
Pieter L. de Smidt, PT, DPT, Cert MDT, M TC, FMS-C,
is a physical therapist with 30 years of experience. He owns and operates ResetWellness Physical Therapy in Houston, Texas. He specializes in manual therapy using an evidence-based approach to treat movement dysfunction. Dr. de Smidt has been using telehealth for three years as part of his cash-based practice. A native of the Netherlands, he received his BS in Physical Therapy before moving to the United States and training under the tutelage of Dr. Stanley Paris at the University of St. Augustine where he received his Manual Therapy Certification. Dr. de Smidt also received his post-professional DPT from the Evidence in Motion Institute for Health Professions with an emphasis on evidence-based management of musculoskeletal disorders. He currently holds certifications from Functional Movement Systems, McKenzie Method, and others Dr. de Smidt currently resides in Houston, Texas.