SLU PT Alumni Spotlight - Carrie Hall, PT, MHS
President, Movement Systems Physical Therapy, P.S.
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
Current Town/City: Mercer Island, WA
SLU PT Class of 1983
Interests, Activities, Clubs, and Professional Organizations
American Physical Therapy Association, Physical Therapy Association of Washington, Arthritis Foundation, Puget Sound Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, Health Policy and Administration Section, Private Practice Section, National Charity League
If you could come back to SLU and teach a class, which class would you like to teach?
What was the most valuable lesson — inside or outside the classroom — you learned at SLU?
The Jesuit philosophy, and my specific teachers in the Program of Physical Therapy taught me how important it is to be of service to my community and that health care is a right for all human beings.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I have two: founding and growing a private practice in physical therapy [Movement Systems Physical Therapy was founded in 1995], and writing a textbook "Therapeutic Exercise: Moving Toward Function" [Brody LT, Hall CM, 4e. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2018].
What advice do you have for students getting ready to graduate with their DPT?
You are a provider of primary care for neuromusculoskeletal conditions. It is your job to get that message out to the population.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Everyone should have a physical therapist just as they have a dentist and a primary care MD. To manage population health, physical therapists must become recognized as movement specialists and the first entry into the health care system when the condition pertains to movement-related problems that affect their ability to participate in activities and social roles at meaningful levels. You are the only provider that combines the science of movement with the art of healing through movement-related interventions. Let’s let everyone know!
This is one of several posts featuring SLU PT Alumni experiences. The Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy wants to recognize the exciting and innovative things our alumni are doing, here in St. Louis and around the world. For more information for and about SLU alumni experiences go to: http://www.slu.edu/alumni-and-donors/.