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The Level Up Podcast is based around bringing our core values to life:Passion, Forward Thinking, Service Mindset, Growth Mindset, Humility, and Abundance Mindset. It is our goal to interview guests from Physical Therapy and beyond to demonstrate how universal these values are in driving greatness and success, regardless of profession. In addition to this, we will be bringing in interviews from patients who can offer valuable insight into the pro’s and con’s of their medical experience, and insight into why we so desperately need change.

Latest Episodes

25. Behind the Scenes of Our Mentorship with Founder Zak Gabor and Level Up Grads Max, Jenna, Raul, and Abby

In this special edition episode - we share some insights from behind the scenes of our free mentorship to help provide clarity for those interested in applying! We interview four Level Up alum, Jenna Nitowski, Max DeMartino, Raul Axtmayer, and Abby Gordon to get some insights from their experience with us! Our next cohort opens for enrollment on NOVEMBER 18th at 6am EST and you can find our application HERE You can sign up for our mailing list as well so you don't miss this opportunity HERE! We can't wait to have some of you getting involved and we look forward to reading your applications!

34 MIN3 w ago
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25. Behind the Scenes of Our Mentorship with Founder Zak Gabor and Level Up Grads Max, Jenna, Raul, and Abby

24. 20 Years in Practice...Has Anything Really Changed? with Greg Lehman BKin, MSc, DC, MScPT

This episode is sponsored by our friends at Physio Network. They run the industry standard research review translating the most recent research into practical information with some of the most incredible contributors. They have been a huge asset in our clinical growth. Learn more about their monthly research review HERE _________________________________ Greg has arguably been one of the most influential people in my career - so it was really quite an honor to have him on this podcast and have a candid conversation. I have learned a ton from Greg, and while some of this is covered, we actually tackle a bigger topic as well. Greg has been practicing now for almost 20 years!!! I think for many of us we first learn about “pain science” and the BPS model and our first reaction is something like “holy crap, how have I never heard or seen this before??? Is this a new thing???” Well, we know folks have been advocating for this stuff for decades…but I figured who better to have a conversation with, then someone who has been pushing for a paradigm shift for 2 decades. In today’s episode we talk about trends in today’s practice…has anything really changed in his 20 years? Are we making progress? We also talk a lot about what “current best practice” looks like and we share some gems that have been transformational nuggets that I have taken away from Greg’s courses over the years. Please give it a listen and share it around! I think this is a conversation our profession needs to hear and discuss further! _________________________________ Interested in learning more about our FREE four month mentorship??? Click HERE for more information!

54 MINOCT 25
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24. 20 Years in Practice...Has Anything Really Changed? with Greg Lehman BKin, MSc, DC, MScPT

23. Can "Empowerment Model" PT be Both Sustainable and Profitable in Private Practice? With Founder and CEO of Rehab 2 Perform Josh Funk

In this episode, we get an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the mind behind arguably one of the most successful private practices in the country. But let's define what we mean by success... Rehab 2 Perform has set the bar for: -Contemporary Clinical Excellence (Strength and Conditioning, Pain Science, Communication Skills) -New Grad Development -Person Centered Care -Profitability and Scalability Josh shares invaluable insights into his vision for what PT can truly look like, the values he looks for when creating his team, and his thoughts on making an impact both in healthcare and in his community. If you are a student or new graduate looking to network and get involved with clinics like R2P make sure you are in our Level Up Community FB page and consider signing up for our FREE 4 month mentorship to help you gain the values that TOP clinics like these look for!

50 MINOCT 13
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23. Can "Empowerment Model" PT be Both Sustainable and Profitable in Private Practice? With Founder and CEO of Rehab 2 Perform Josh Funk

22. Words That Harm: Gaining Back Confidence in Movement with Rachel Schott

A common misunderstanding regarding "pain science" is that we are attempting to teach people about pain with the intent to lessen their pain (and rightfully so). And to be quite honest, I was definitely someone who was doing intensive pain neuroscience education with that intent. But as I have matured and reflected hard on the evidence, I realize that helping people learn more about pain is less about ridding it, and more about helping patients to gain more confidence with moving in the face of it. Words can straight up be disabling (and we have decades of compelling evidence to support this claim) and this is a HUGE part of why we started Level Up! This episode is a great example of what can happen when words leave a lasting impact on peoples being. I hope this episode can demonstrate some transparency with what my approach might look like with this subset of presentation. Thank you SO much to Rachel for being such an inspiring and bad-ass human and coming on the show to open up about how this approach was life changing for her. So amazing to have "ex-patients" become advocates for not only what we do, but helping to change the societal folk model of healthcare. Enjoy!!! Learn more about our free mentorship here!!!

41 MINSEP 28
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22. Words That Harm: Gaining Back Confidence in Movement with Rachel Schott

21. Talking Posture, Movement, and Disabling Low Back Pain with Physio and PhD Candidate Kevin Wernli

Interested in learning more about our FREE four month mentorship??? Get your Critical Thinking skills on point!!! Gain confidence with effective communication skills! Meet and network with some of the most passionate game changers in our profession. ClickHEREto find out more and get started for our January 2020 cohort! ___________________________________________ Low back pain, posture, and movement seem like they would have a super obvious relationship. Bad posture would cause low back pain, right??? Or “poor” movement will cause low back pain, right??? These commonly held perceptions around the causes of low back pain are deeply engrained into our societies folk and academic healthcare models. But this can be very problematic when not audited and investigated in the form of negative attitudes and beliefs surrounding why people hurt. Enter: Kevin Wernli, a Physio and PhD student under the likes of Peter O Sullivan and team out of Australia who is investigating exactly these claims! This episode was a fantastic opportunity to have a discussion around this very important topic with someone who is in the trenches of academia taking a deeper look at these commonly held beliefs! We discuss how things like posture and movement ARE important, but probably not as important as we think… More importantly, we discuss a framework for what current best practice might look like when treating patients with low back pain. We think this episode will be extremely helpful for new graduates and students looking to have insight into what psychologically informed practice looks like in action. Kevin has attached a link with all relevant show notes organized! Enjoy! Show Notes: www.kevinwernli.com/levelup

60 MINSEP 15
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21. Talking Posture, Movement, and Disabling Low Back Pain with Physio and PhD Candidate Kevin Wernli

20. When Keeping it Real Goes RIGHT: Constructive Conversations with Shanté Cofield of The Movement Maestro

This episode is sponsored by Physio Network, a company that is changing the game in helping us stay up to date AND translating research into practice. Learn more about their extremely affordable serviceHERE. Every purchase through these links goes towards Level Up, so we really appreciate the support and consideration! _______________________________________________________ Have you ever had someone you know and respect say something that you disagree with on an emotional level? What is your reaction? Challenge them? Avoid them? There seems to be a larger scale issue in how we are handling these situations. And we have learned FIRST HAND from our mistakes on "less effective" ways to go about it. It is so easy to be antagonistic, or just withdraw; but to be honest, neither of these tactics really do anything to push our profession forward. This is NOT a call to “just all get along,” but rather a call to action to all look inward, and move forward with a better ability to have challenging (and productive) conversations! What if we could keep it real with each other, but respect and listen to each other…is this possible? Maybe not 100%, but I DO think we can do MUCH better. Shout out to my girl Shante for hopping on for this episode. We really hope this can serve as an example of what happens when keeping it real…goes right. #TheLevelUpPodcast

41 MINAUG 31
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20. When Keeping it Real Goes RIGHT: Constructive Conversations with Shanté Cofield of The Movement Maestro

19. Leading From the Front: Challenging Norms and Pushing the Medical Field Forward w Dr. Austin Baraki

Join us for an authentic conversation with Barbell Medicine’s Austin Baraki MD. True to form, we had a very open and honest conversation about Austin’s perspective on aspects of healthcare he would love to see improved upon. We learned more about his story, and how he came to be passionate about all things strength training, pain, and behavior change. He also has some fantastic advice on several topics including better strategies for discussing evidence with colleagues and MDs. Most importantly, while still “in our echo chamber,” Austin’s perspective is very helpful to understand what is going on in the big world of healthcare, beyond the rehab field. We will be hosting Dr. Michael Ray and Dr. Derek Miles of BBM in November at our clinic in Boston Pain and Rehab Seminar Our friends at RX strength training will be hosting Dr. Austin Baraki and the BBM team for their seminar in April BBM Seminar

64 MINAUG 16
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19. Leading From the Front: Challenging Norms and Pushing the Medical Field Forward w Dr. Austin Baraki

18. Can Manual Therapy Survive in a Pain Science World? with Dr. Robert Streb PT, PhD

Buckle in, ya’ll. We had an epic conversation! I really appreciated this open and candid conversation with someone who I admire greatly, Dr. Robert Streb. He has over 30 years of experience under his belt and lots of wisdom to share! What I admire the most about Dr. Streb is his practically skeptical and transparent approach he takes to his own learning and his student's learning! I won't spill to much and keep it short. In this episode we cover hot topics surrounding manual therapy, pain science, and everything in between. If you are a practicing clinician (especially new grad) this is a must listen!!!! Please share with someone who you think would benefit from hearing this episode. As always, thanks for listening and if you find value in this show please leave us a review on iTunes!

92 MINAUG 3
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18. Can Manual Therapy Survive in a Pain Science World? with Dr. Robert Streb PT, PhD

17. What Can We Learn From Those Living Well With Chronic Pain? with Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson PhD, MSc (psych), Dip OT

This episode is sponsored by our good friends at Trust Me Ed- an unbelievable online learning platform essentially working as a "netflix for physiotherapists." Use the discount code LevelUP30 to get 30% off an annual subscription! TRUST ME ED ______________________________________ In todays episode we have a very special guest, Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson, live from New Zealand. Bronnie is someone we admire and look up to in this field, and we feel so lucky to learn from her in this episode. We mostly focused in around her PhD thesis "What can learn from those living well with chronic pain?" but also included: BIG QUESTIONS (questions posed and addressed in this episode): Why can some people cope well with chronic pain, while others cannot? How can one live well with chronic pain? (focus of Bronnie’s research) What beliefs and attitudes surround pain in our culture? Should clinicians focus only on pain reduction, or recognize that pain reduction might not be possible and help clients live well in the meantime? How can new clinicians deal with failure to eradicate pain? What is the difference between pain and suffering? And, how is pain management like brushing your teeth? We really hope you enjoy this episode, and if you feel compelled, leaving a review would mean the world to us!

82 MINJUL 19
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17. What Can We Learn From Those Living Well With Chronic Pain? with Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson PhD, MSc (psych), Dip OT

16. New Grad Nihilism and Social Media Integrity with Teddy Willsey

This episode is sponsored by Physio Network, a company that is changing the game in helping us stay up to date AND translating research into practice. Learn more about their extremely affordable serviceHERE I remember when Teddy and I were both first starting out on “the gram.” The immediate thing that connected us was that we were both hell bent on creating a passionate network of likeminded people just trying to be better for our patients.⠀ As the years have passed, I have been so impressed with how Teddy has been able to grow his account, maintain great content, AND keep his integrity. But above all else, I truly respect Teddy because he is a critical thinker, and takes his public authority very seriously and responsibly. In this episode, we have a very candid (maybe too candid) discussion regarding some of these topics: Growing an Instagram account w/ integrity Dunning Kruger-ing/Radical Thinking regarding current clinical paradigms Going about constructive conversations with others you might disagree with And much more… Also important to note for the new grads and students out there listening: our hope is you can learn from our mistakes!!! We have been prime examples of what we talk about during this episode. So hopefully it helps! So appreciated this open conversation, Teddy! Thanks for pushing healthcare forward and leading by example.

55 MINJUL 8
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16. New Grad Nihilism and Social Media Integrity with Teddy Willsey

Latest Episodes

25. Behind the Scenes of Our Mentorship with Founder Zak Gabor and Level Up Grads Max, Jenna, Raul, and Abby

In this special edition episode - we share some insights from behind the scenes of our free mentorship to help provide clarity for those interested in applying! We interview four Level Up alum, Jenna Nitowski, Max DeMartino, Raul Axtmayer, and Abby Gordon to get some insights from their experience with us! Our next cohort opens for enrollment on NOVEMBER 18th at 6am EST and you can find our application HERE You can sign up for our mailing list as well so you don't miss this opportunity HERE! We can't wait to have some of you getting involved and we look forward to reading your applications!

34 MIN3 w ago
Comments
25. Behind the Scenes of Our Mentorship with Founder Zak Gabor and Level Up Grads Max, Jenna, Raul, and Abby

24. 20 Years in Practice...Has Anything Really Changed? with Greg Lehman BKin, MSc, DC, MScPT

This episode is sponsored by our friends at Physio Network. They run the industry standard research review translating the most recent research into practical information with some of the most incredible contributors. They have been a huge asset in our clinical growth. Learn more about their monthly research review HERE _________________________________ Greg has arguably been one of the most influential people in my career - so it was really quite an honor to have him on this podcast and have a candid conversation. I have learned a ton from Greg, and while some of this is covered, we actually tackle a bigger topic as well. Greg has been practicing now for almost 20 years!!! I think for many of us we first learn about “pain science” and the BPS model and our first reaction is something like “holy crap, how have I never heard or seen this before??? Is this a new thing???” Well, we know folks have been advocating for this stuff for decades…but I figured who better to have a conversation with, then someone who has been pushing for a paradigm shift for 2 decades. In today’s episode we talk about trends in today’s practice…has anything really changed in his 20 years? Are we making progress? We also talk a lot about what “current best practice” looks like and we share some gems that have been transformational nuggets that I have taken away from Greg’s courses over the years. Please give it a listen and share it around! I think this is a conversation our profession needs to hear and discuss further! _________________________________ Interested in learning more about our FREE four month mentorship??? Click HERE for more information!

54 MINOCT 25
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24. 20 Years in Practice...Has Anything Really Changed? with Greg Lehman BKin, MSc, DC, MScPT

23. Can "Empowerment Model" PT be Both Sustainable and Profitable in Private Practice? With Founder and CEO of Rehab 2 Perform Josh Funk

In this episode, we get an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the mind behind arguably one of the most successful private practices in the country. But let's define what we mean by success... Rehab 2 Perform has set the bar for: -Contemporary Clinical Excellence (Strength and Conditioning, Pain Science, Communication Skills) -New Grad Development -Person Centered Care -Profitability and Scalability Josh shares invaluable insights into his vision for what PT can truly look like, the values he looks for when creating his team, and his thoughts on making an impact both in healthcare and in his community. If you are a student or new graduate looking to network and get involved with clinics like R2P make sure you are in our Level Up Community FB page and consider signing up for our FREE 4 month mentorship to help you gain the values that TOP clinics like these look for!

50 MINOCT 13
Comments
23. Can "Empowerment Model" PT be Both Sustainable and Profitable in Private Practice? With Founder and CEO of Rehab 2 Perform Josh Funk

22. Words That Harm: Gaining Back Confidence in Movement with Rachel Schott

A common misunderstanding regarding "pain science" is that we are attempting to teach people about pain with the intent to lessen their pain (and rightfully so). And to be quite honest, I was definitely someone who was doing intensive pain neuroscience education with that intent. But as I have matured and reflected hard on the evidence, I realize that helping people learn more about pain is less about ridding it, and more about helping patients to gain more confidence with moving in the face of it. Words can straight up be disabling (and we have decades of compelling evidence to support this claim) and this is a HUGE part of why we started Level Up! This episode is a great example of what can happen when words leave a lasting impact on peoples being. I hope this episode can demonstrate some transparency with what my approach might look like with this subset of presentation. Thank you SO much to Rachel for being such an inspiring and bad-ass human and coming on the show to open up about how this approach was life changing for her. So amazing to have "ex-patients" become advocates for not only what we do, but helping to change the societal folk model of healthcare. Enjoy!!! Learn more about our free mentorship here!!!

41 MINSEP 28
Comments
22. Words That Harm: Gaining Back Confidence in Movement with Rachel Schott

21. Talking Posture, Movement, and Disabling Low Back Pain with Physio and PhD Candidate Kevin Wernli

Interested in learning more about our FREE four month mentorship??? Get your Critical Thinking skills on point!!! Gain confidence with effective communication skills! Meet and network with some of the most passionate game changers in our profession. ClickHEREto find out more and get started for our January 2020 cohort! ___________________________________________ Low back pain, posture, and movement seem like they would have a super obvious relationship. Bad posture would cause low back pain, right??? Or “poor” movement will cause low back pain, right??? These commonly held perceptions around the causes of low back pain are deeply engrained into our societies folk and academic healthcare models. But this can be very problematic when not audited and investigated in the form of negative attitudes and beliefs surrounding why people hurt. Enter: Kevin Wernli, a Physio and PhD student under the likes of Peter O Sullivan and team out of Australia who is investigating exactly these claims! This episode was a fantastic opportunity to have a discussion around this very important topic with someone who is in the trenches of academia taking a deeper look at these commonly held beliefs! We discuss how things like posture and movement ARE important, but probably not as important as we think… More importantly, we discuss a framework for what current best practice might look like when treating patients with low back pain. We think this episode will be extremely helpful for new graduates and students looking to have insight into what psychologically informed practice looks like in action. Kevin has attached a link with all relevant show notes organized! Enjoy! Show Notes: www.kevinwernli.com/levelup

60 MINSEP 15
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21. Talking Posture, Movement, and Disabling Low Back Pain with Physio and PhD Candidate Kevin Wernli

20. When Keeping it Real Goes RIGHT: Constructive Conversations with Shanté Cofield of The Movement Maestro

This episode is sponsored by Physio Network, a company that is changing the game in helping us stay up to date AND translating research into practice. Learn more about their extremely affordable serviceHERE. Every purchase through these links goes towards Level Up, so we really appreciate the support and consideration! _______________________________________________________ Have you ever had someone you know and respect say something that you disagree with on an emotional level? What is your reaction? Challenge them? Avoid them? There seems to be a larger scale issue in how we are handling these situations. And we have learned FIRST HAND from our mistakes on "less effective" ways to go about it. It is so easy to be antagonistic, or just withdraw; but to be honest, neither of these tactics really do anything to push our profession forward. This is NOT a call to “just all get along,” but rather a call to action to all look inward, and move forward with a better ability to have challenging (and productive) conversations! What if we could keep it real with each other, but respect and listen to each other…is this possible? Maybe not 100%, but I DO think we can do MUCH better. Shout out to my girl Shante for hopping on for this episode. We really hope this can serve as an example of what happens when keeping it real…goes right. #TheLevelUpPodcast

41 MINAUG 31
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20. When Keeping it Real Goes RIGHT: Constructive Conversations with Shanté Cofield of The Movement Maestro

19. Leading From the Front: Challenging Norms and Pushing the Medical Field Forward w Dr. Austin Baraki

Join us for an authentic conversation with Barbell Medicine’s Austin Baraki MD. True to form, we had a very open and honest conversation about Austin’s perspective on aspects of healthcare he would love to see improved upon. We learned more about his story, and how he came to be passionate about all things strength training, pain, and behavior change. He also has some fantastic advice on several topics including better strategies for discussing evidence with colleagues and MDs. Most importantly, while still “in our echo chamber,” Austin’s perspective is very helpful to understand what is going on in the big world of healthcare, beyond the rehab field. We will be hosting Dr. Michael Ray and Dr. Derek Miles of BBM in November at our clinic in Boston Pain and Rehab Seminar Our friends at RX strength training will be hosting Dr. Austin Baraki and the BBM team for their seminar in April BBM Seminar

64 MINAUG 16
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19. Leading From the Front: Challenging Norms and Pushing the Medical Field Forward w Dr. Austin Baraki

18. Can Manual Therapy Survive in a Pain Science World? with Dr. Robert Streb PT, PhD

Buckle in, ya’ll. We had an epic conversation! I really appreciated this open and candid conversation with someone who I admire greatly, Dr. Robert Streb. He has over 30 years of experience under his belt and lots of wisdom to share! What I admire the most about Dr. Streb is his practically skeptical and transparent approach he takes to his own learning and his student's learning! I won't spill to much and keep it short. In this episode we cover hot topics surrounding manual therapy, pain science, and everything in between. If you are a practicing clinician (especially new grad) this is a must listen!!!! Please share with someone who you think would benefit from hearing this episode. As always, thanks for listening and if you find value in this show please leave us a review on iTunes!

92 MINAUG 3
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18. Can Manual Therapy Survive in a Pain Science World? with Dr. Robert Streb PT, PhD

17. What Can We Learn From Those Living Well With Chronic Pain? with Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson PhD, MSc (psych), Dip OT

This episode is sponsored by our good friends at Trust Me Ed- an unbelievable online learning platform essentially working as a "netflix for physiotherapists." Use the discount code LevelUP30 to get 30% off an annual subscription! TRUST ME ED ______________________________________ In todays episode we have a very special guest, Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson, live from New Zealand. Bronnie is someone we admire and look up to in this field, and we feel so lucky to learn from her in this episode. We mostly focused in around her PhD thesis "What can learn from those living well with chronic pain?" but also included: BIG QUESTIONS (questions posed and addressed in this episode): Why can some people cope well with chronic pain, while others cannot? How can one live well with chronic pain? (focus of Bronnie’s research) What beliefs and attitudes surround pain in our culture? Should clinicians focus only on pain reduction, or recognize that pain reduction might not be possible and help clients live well in the meantime? How can new clinicians deal with failure to eradicate pain? What is the difference between pain and suffering? And, how is pain management like brushing your teeth? We really hope you enjoy this episode, and if you feel compelled, leaving a review would mean the world to us!

82 MINJUL 19
Comments
17. What Can We Learn From Those Living Well With Chronic Pain? with Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson PhD, MSc (psych), Dip OT

16. New Grad Nihilism and Social Media Integrity with Teddy Willsey

This episode is sponsored by Physio Network, a company that is changing the game in helping us stay up to date AND translating research into practice. Learn more about their extremely affordable serviceHERE I remember when Teddy and I were both first starting out on “the gram.” The immediate thing that connected us was that we were both hell bent on creating a passionate network of likeminded people just trying to be better for our patients.⠀ As the years have passed, I have been so impressed with how Teddy has been able to grow his account, maintain great content, AND keep his integrity. But above all else, I truly respect Teddy because he is a critical thinker, and takes his public authority very seriously and responsibly. In this episode, we have a very candid (maybe too candid) discussion regarding some of these topics: Growing an Instagram account w/ integrity Dunning Kruger-ing/Radical Thinking regarding current clinical paradigms Going about constructive conversations with others you might disagree with And much more… Also important to note for the new grads and students out there listening: our hope is you can learn from our mistakes!!! We have been prime examples of what we talk about during this episode. So hopefully it helps! So appreciated this open conversation, Teddy! Thanks for pushing healthcare forward and leading by example.

55 MINJUL 8
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16. New Grad Nihilism and Social Media Integrity with Teddy Willsey
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