Hendrick Health and West Texas Rehabilitation Center Orthopaedic Residency

APTOR logoThe Hendrick Health and West Texas Rehabilitation Center Orthopaedic Residency (HHWTRCOR) Program is located in Abilene, Texas. HHWTRCOR was created as a collaboration between three independent organizations, Hendrick Medical Center (HMC), West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC) and Hardin-Simmons Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program (HSU). All three organizations pride themselves on hard work, great outcomes and Christian ministry. Our program faculty offers a wide variety of diversity in their physical therapy background, which is a strength for this program.

The common goal of HHWTRCOR is to provide an evidence guided, up to date curriculum to develop highly skilled, compassionate orthopedic physical therapists who provide excellent orthopedic care grounded in evidence supported practice and service to the community we serve.

HHWTRCOR offers a varied orthopedic curriculum with 14 highly skilled, certified and experienced mentors encompassing all three program sites. Our mentoring faculty hold an array of advanced credentials of teaching including FAAOMPT, OCS, ScD, C-DN, COMT, CHT, WHS, TPI, PRPC, MEd, CSCS, CMTPT, CLT, ATRIC and K-Vest . Residents will gain experience in a wide variety of orthopedic diagnosis and patient population expanding all ages. Skills the resident will develop include evaluation, differential diagnosis, varied manual therapy, dry needling, myofascial and other therapy techniques. Through the program’s academic experience, one gains teaching and research opportunities as well as mentoring of DPT students. During the program’s clinical experience, the resident will have extensive one on one mentorship, develop critical thinking, and practice evidence-supported skills while becoming an autonomous practitioner among highly educated and trained mentors.

Our mentoring faculty hold an array of advanced credentials of teaching including FAAOMPT, OCS, ScD, C-DN, COMT, CHT, WHS, TPI, PRPC, MEd, CSCS, and K-Vest.

Geographically Abilene is located about 2 hours west of the DFW area. Abilene is home to Dyess Air Force Base and three private universities, offering a wide range of experiences to the orthopedic clinician.

Contact Us

Marsha D Rutland-Professor of Physical Therapy at the Holland School of Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Marsha Rutland

Professor of Physical Therapy 325-670-1337

Degrees

  • Hendrick Health and West Texas Rehabilitation Center Orthopaedic Residency

Why do your physical therapy orthopedic residency in Abilene?

Mission

The program will provide an evidence guided, up-to-date curriculum to develop highly skilled, compassionate orthopedic physical therapists who provide excellent orthopedic care grounded in evidence supported practice and service to the community we serve.

Physical Therapy room

Core Values

*Excellence
*Integrity
*Compassion
*Evidence-Supported Practice
*Service

Program Details

The resident position will be paid by Hendrick Medical Center and West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC) at 80% of the rate of a new graduate. The intern will work 8 hours per week teaching at Hardin-Simmons University as the resident is going through residency training of 32 hours/week at Hendrick Medical Center and West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC). This intern/resident position will assist in teaching first and second year HSU DPT students and providing care at the HSU pro-bono PT clinic.

The residency program is a one-year commitment to Hendrick Medical Center, West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC), and Hardin-Simmons University with completion after 12 months in the program.

Essential Duties/Basic Responsibilities

Assist as Teaching Assistant in Kinesiology, Anatomy, Musculoskeletal I and II, and provide pro-bono services in the HSU PT Campus Clinic.

How long is the residency? 12 months

When does the program start? November 2021 and then annually beginning in January 2022.

HHWTRCOR Program Goals

The goals of the HHWTRCOR residency program for the resident include the following:

  1. The residency supports the missions of all facilities involved in the program.
  2. The program maintains ABPTRFE accreditation.
  3. Provide residents with high quality, consistent experiences at all clinic locations.
  4. The program is sustainable.
  5. Residents demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and skill required for specialist orthopedic clinical practice.
  6. In 3 years following graduation, graduates demonstrate continued growth in the profession.

HHWTRCOR Prerequisites 

  1. Physical Therapy degree from an accredited Physical Therapy program
  2.  Current PT licensure in the state of Texas
  3. Have no felony convictions or other legal issues that would prevent the candidate from practicing PT, and in good standing with the Texas PT Board
  4. Recommendation letters (1 from faculty, 1 from CI or professional colleague)
  5. One-page document explaining why they are a good candidate for this program
  6. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  7. Current CPR/BLS certification
  8. Member of APTA, ortho section and TPTA
  9. Transcripts

Link to apply: https://hsutx.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=2&c=hsutx&id=342

Goals of the Resident within a year of program completion

  1. Successful completion of the APTA Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) Exam.

Goals of the Resident over the course of the program curriculum  

  1. Successful completion of IAOM-US/ODNS dry needling courses and pursue certification (if applicable).
  2. Complete program hours- 1:1 mentorship, unsupervised, academic, etc.
  3. Serve as a research project mentor for current HSU physical therapy students.
  4. Teach a 1 hour CCU course at HSU’s Lunch and Learn Series and provide an in-service at both facilities.
  5. Serve as a teaching and lab assistant for PT students in the HSU DPT curriculum during spring, fall and summer semesters.
  6. Teach a minimum of 2 learning enhancements for HSU PT students.
  7. Provide a minimum of 10 community service hours.
  8. Provide Pro-Bono physical therapy care through HSU Campus Clinic at a minimum of 10 times.
  9. Complete the weekly didactic work- on-site and self-study as outlined by the Resident Benchmark Table.
  1. Graston, SFMA, FMS, ASTYM, Zero G, Antigravity Treadmill
  2. Manual therapies: IPA, IAOM, Cyriax, Maitland, McKenzie
  3. Vasyli orthotics

Program Director and Mentor

Matt McCreary, PT, DPT,OCS:

  • Program Director and Mentor- Hendrick Health
  • DPT- TTUHSC, 2012
  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)- ABPTS : Hendrick Health
  • Pursuing COMT, and Dry Needle Certification
  • Trained in Maitland, Cyriax, McKenzie, Kaltenborn, and Paris

 WTRC Clinical Site Coordinator and Mentor

Brad Hicks, PT, DPT:

  • WTRC Clinical Site Coordinator and Mentor- West Texas Rehabilitation Center
  • DPT, Hardin Simmons University, 2002
  • Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist
  • Myofascial Decompression Certified
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified
  • Certified Kvest level 1, 2, 3
  • Provider for TRX, Graston M1 techniques, Kinesiotape, Zero G gait and balance system, blood flow restriction, and manual therapy

Program Coordinator and Mentor

Marsha Rutland, PT, ScD, OCS, COMT, C-DN:

  • Program Coordinator and Mentor  Hardin-Simmons University
  • BS in PT (Southwestern UT Health Science Center-Dallas) 1979
  • MEd – Hardin-Simmons University, 2002
  • ScD: Doctor of Science in Orthopedics -Texas Tech University Health Science Center
  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)- ABPTS
  • COMT: Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Provider for TRX, Graston, Kinesiotape

Academic Site Coordinator and Mentor

Joe McCormick, PT, ScD, DPT, COMT:

  • Academic Site Coordinator and Mentor-Hardin-Simmons University
  • DPT, Hardin-Simmons University
  • ScD: Doctor of Science in Orthopedics -Texas Tech University Health Science Center
  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS)- ABPTS
  • COMT: Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • Certified Dry Needler, American Academy of Manipulation Therapy Dry Needling Institute

Brent McElfresh, PT, DPT  Clinical Site Coordinator and Mentor:

  • Hendrick Health
  • DPT- Texas State University, 2014
  • Functional Dry Needling and Spinal Manipulation

Other Clinical Mentors

  • Amanda Brooks-Ritchie, PT, DPT, PRCP
  • Marco Jimenez, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT
  • Erin Bailey, OT, CHT
  • Melissa Lesley, PT, MPT,  WCS
  • Collin Chase Riley, PT, DPT, C-DN
  • Meghan Lynette Cordes, PT, MPT, WCS, CLT, ATRIC
  • Leigh Ann Greer, PT, DPT, C-DN
  • Justin Tammany, PT, ScD, DPT, OCS
  • Mark Armstrong, PT, DPT, OCS