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100 Most Influential People in Physical Therapy

The physical therapy (and entire outpatient rehab) industry is made up of brilliant thought leaders who contribute to the community in many ways – one way being 140 character snippets. On Twitter, these individuals share thought leadership, tricks of the trade, industry articles and more. You can also think of them as influencers. Influencers aren’t celebrities with millions of followers. Instead, they are influential because they are experts within a certain topic and hold a large amount of credibility.

We have identified the top 100 most influential people in the physical therapy industry using Little Bird’s topic search capability, which provides us with insider scores for determining rank results. There are probably some familiar names on this list – but as physical therapy is ever evolving, hopefully, you find some new trailblazers to follow as well.

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See below our top 10 most connected people in physical therapy. Click the link below to check out & follow the entire top 100.

  1. Eric Robertson: Eric is a powerhouse within the physical therapy industry. He has earned the top spot on our list of most connected PT individuals, and for good reason. He holds the roles of PT, educator, speaker, director of Kaiser’s Northern Californian PT Fellowship, founder of PT Think Tank and more. Follow Eric on Twitter at @EricRobertson.
  2. Kyle Ridgeway: Kyle is well known within the industry for his social media presence. He’s currently a Sr. PT at University of Colorado Hospital and coordinator of the physical therapy quality improvement project in the hospital’s ICU. Follow Kyle on Twitter at @Dr_Ridge_DPT.
  3. Jerry Durham: Jerry is a pioneer in the PT industry and is also a principal member at San Francisco Sport & Spine Physical Therapy. Jerry is also often associated with the physical therapy #sockmafia, which you can often see from his twitter feed. Follow him at @Jerry_DurhamPT.
  4. John Childs: John is the founder and CEO of Evidence in Motion and partner in Confluent Health. He was recently recognized as a “Health Care Hero” in San Antonio and is the youngest ever Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, the profession’s highest honor recognizing individuals for professional excellence and making a profound impact in advancing the profession. Follow John on Twitter at @childsjd.
  5. Tim Flynn: Tim is a widely published and trusted member of the PT community. He has published countless textbooks and peer-reviewed manuscripts and his clinical expertise is frequently sought, both nationally and internationally. Tim brings his expertise (and drive for advocating for PT in treating pain) to his Twitter account. Follow him at @timothywflynn.
  6. Ben Fung: Ben has amassed a long list of awards and accolades for his work as a physical therapist and brings that experience and knowledge to his online presence. He’s also the CCO of UpDocMedia, a media development and digital marketing company that specializes in physical therapy and healthcare services. Follow him on Twitter at @DrBenFung.
  7. Karen Litzy: Karen brings a vast knowledge of the physical therapy industry and couples it with her unique business background. She runs a weekly podcast that focuses on health, wellness and business with a concentration in PT as well as a concierge home health practice in NYC. Follow her on Twitter at @KarenlitzyNYC.
  8. Ann Wendel: Ann is another powerhouse on this list. She runs her own cash-based private practice, Prana Physical Therapy, as well as writes and speaks nationally on topics ranging from Women’s Health to marketing and branding your business. She’s an advisory board member of Girls Gone Strong, Director of Marketing at Strive Labs and serves as both an editorial board member of APTA PPS Impact Magazine and an APTA Media Spokesperson. Follow her on Twitter at @PranaPT.
  9. Sandy Hilton: Sandy specializes in pelvic rehab and chronic pain with an orthopedic and neurological emphasis. She loves to read, write and teach others about the science behind pain and rehabilitation which is evident in her online presence. Sandy is also the co-host of the Pain Science & Sensibility podcast. Follow her on Twitter at @SandyHiltonPT.
  10. Mike Reinold: Mike is a world-renowned leader in the field of sports medicine, rehabilitation, fitness, and sports performance. As a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Mike uses his background to specialize in all aspects of human performance. He has extensive experience working with athletes and specializes in the care of throwing injuries for baseball players (seriously, he worked on the 2007 Red Sox Championship team). Follow him on Twitter at @mikereinold.

Looking for the rest? Check them out here.

UPDATE: What a week! We’re in awe over the interactions and conversations we have shared with members of this community the past few days in response to our 100 Most Influential People in Physical Therapy blog. We love to support the voices in our industry and are excited that you’re excited.

As a follow up, we wanted to explain how this data is pulled. Little Bird is social media intelligence tool that tells you who is talking about what on social media. Say you are interested in the Oregon Ducks (we are biased). You plug “Oregon Ducks” into Little Bird, and it’ll serve up people and organizations that are also talking about it.

Another word for this is contextual segmentation. Little Bird uses contextual segmentation to group people together in networks around specific topics or conversations. It does this in real time. The results are a snapshot of who is the most engaged (not necessarily just prolific in tweets, but having the most meaningful conversations) in a topic at a specific moment in time- the moment you run a Little Bird report. In other words, it could change from day to day. Give it a try and see for yourself.

The Little Bird list we wrote our blog about was run on June 20. We ran the same Little Bird list today and- while nearly all of the faces are the same- a few people have entered the top 10 and some that had been a bit quiet on Twitter are back in the top 100. (This is why we love listening on social media- the conversation and the people involved changes day to day.)

Why do we use Little Bird? Because it is the easiest way for us to get information about the stuff we care about: physical therapy, Medicare compliance, bundled payments, state specific physical therapy reimbursement trends, payer reimbursement trends, opioid abuse prevention, clinical breakthroughs, etc. We are social media enthusiasts because we find it to be the best, most timely source of information.

And, in addition to learning from the influencers in the industry, we also like promoting them, like we did in our Most Influential Blog. Because we think they are smart, compelling and want them to succeed. We’re happy to have been able to pass this along.

Author

Taylor Goldsmith

Content Marketing Program Manager

Taylor Goldsmith is the Content Marketing Program Manager at Clinicient where she manages the blog, social media strategy, supports lead generation activities and more. She provides insightful direction to a variety of other daily Clinicient activities and brings to her team knowledge of core and emerging marketing strategies. Taylor earned a Public Relations degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore the Portland food scene, and cheer on the Oregon Ducks.

3 thoughts on “100 Most Influential People in Physical Therapy

  1. Taylor: First I love this list and follow most of these people. Know several personally. But. 100 most influential people on “Social Media in Physical Therapy” is the correct title. Base on your own data and how you searched.

    • Hi Robert,

      Thanks for the response and suggestion! So glad to hear you love the list – and lucky you for having these trailblazers in your circle!

      Best,
      Taylor

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