This is our first annual awards to recognize the incredible healthcare professionals making a difference in the healthcare community. Although we recognize there are many more that are profoundly impacting the industry, this award is our attempt to highlight some of the most noticeable professionals from several different disciplines.

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Physical Therapists - Part 1

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:
Meredith Castin, PT, DPT

Handle and/or Site:
Website: The Non-Clinical PT

What led you into healthcare?
When I first finished college, I began a career as a web designer––but I didn’t feel like I was really making much difference in others’ lives in that role. I also got really restless sitting at a desk all day, and wanted more human interaction in my work. I wound up hurting my back while I was goofing off at the company party (don’t ask!), and that landed me in a physical therapy clinic. Once I got a taste of how quickly a person could heal by simply correcting some movement patterns and becoming more active, I was hooked! I started looking into PT right then and there!

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?
I’ve learned that working in healthcare does not necessarily mean that you are treating patients. There are tons of fulfilling roles where you can use your experience and education to make a positive impact on others’ lives, without actually engaging in any direct patient care.

What gets you up everyday?
My cats––they want their food when they want their food! 🙂 In a less literal sense, I wake up each day with a thirst to improve other people’s lives. After spending years working in organizations that were all about the bottom line, I finally got tired of toiling away for companies that claimed to want to help people, but really just cared about making money. I created The Non-Clinical PT to serve a single mission: to fight burnout by improving career opportunities for PT, OT, and SLP professionals. Every day, I wake up feeling excited about how I can work toward that mission!

How do you use your platform to help others?
I produce tons of free articles (ones I write, as well as guest posts) that contain information that helps PT, OT, and SLP professionals explore the many non-clinical career options out there. I also run two free non-clinical Facebook groups (one for networking, and the other for job postings). In addition to those resources, I have a flagship course called Non-Clinical 101. It’s a comprehensive online course that provides a four-step blueprint for launching a non-clinical career.

What’s your favorite book or podcast?
I really love the book “Playing Big” by Tara Mohr. I’m not what anyone would consider a natural-born leader. I’m goofy, have a bit of a potty mouth, and am not at all polished or poised. This book taught me to believe in myself and my own capacity to lead. It was exactly what I needed to read, right when I needed to read it! If we’re not talking about self-help books, it’s all about Harry Potter 🙂

What’s your top tip on being successful?
I regard success as living a life that makes you happy and proud––one where you feel like you’re living up to your potential, and improving the world through your actions. So, my tip for being successful is to identify a true problem that affects people you care about deeply. And then, make it your mission to solve that problem. If you are authentically doing everything you can to help improve others’ lives, you will naturally succeed. My other tip is to do everything you can to solve that problem in a way where you can always maintain integrity. No amount of money in the world would make me feel successful if I was doing something sketchy in the process.

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?
At the risk of sounding like a crazy cat lady, I find spending quality time with my cats (and my husband, of course!) to be the most relaxing thing ever. When I start to feel overwhelmed by stress, I make a point to enjoy the simple things in life, like walking and hiking, or hanging out and watching cheesy B-rated horror movies from the 80s. 🙂

What are you most excited for this year?
There are so many things! I’m excited to have several trips to see my parents and sister already in the books, and am very excited to turn 40 (sounds crazy, but I’m ready!). I’m thrilled that Non-Clinical 101 has been so well-received, and I’m excited to add a new bonus module to the course. I’m also excited to continue working with an incredible community of rehab professionals who own online businesses. Big shoutout to you, Erika, for all of your hard work in fighting the burnout crisis in healthcare. The sense of camaraderie that I feel with my fellow rehab business friends is nothing short of inspiring, and people like you are a big reason I look ahead with so much optimism!

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Name and credentials:
Michael Masi, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS, CISSN, CMTPT, USAW-1

Handle and/or Site:
IG: Masi_Fitness

Website: MasiFitness.com

What led you into healthcare?
Accounting. Seriously. I had an accounting teacher in undergrad that was so terribly boring that I couldn’t stay awake. The hypnotizing monotony of his voice would lull me to sleep every class. So I decided to stay home and teach myself from the textbook, but I kept falling asleep with my head in the book! That’s when I realized I couldn’t just blame this on the teacher… accounting was just boring in general, and that was my major!

I always enjoyed the sciences much more, and at that point, I already had a decent understanding of exercise science, anatomy, and basic human physiology. So I switched to healthcare. From there, I noticed a positive trend in attendance and attentiveness while in class. I also realized that what I was learning was more applicable to my life.

What’s been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in healthcare?
Healthcare taught me that I don’t know everything, and that I likely never will. That kind of talk would have been insulting to my 20 year-old self. But now it defines me. This has changed how I communicate, how I think, and ultimately how I see the world around me. I get asked hundreds of questions a day, and I answer at least a dozen of them with some derivative of, “I don’t know.” My response to a dubious statement previously would have been, “you’re wrong.” Now I give it a considering gaze upwards, a rubbing of the chin, and a “I don’t think I know enough about that to dispute it.” Before, there was a finite amount of information and the more I know, the closer I become to some omniscient being. Now, there is an endless sea of knowledge, and the more I know, the better questions I ask.

What gets you up everyday?
Anxiety usually. I’m a masochistic bastard. I keep telling myself, “The more I do now, the less I have to do later.” as if later, I’ll ever settle for doing less. But the truth is, productivity seems to be the only cure for it. It’s a curse. I almost envy the complacent.

How do you use your platform to help others?
I have a small, but growing following on Instagram that I post some educational content to to help those who are interested. This mainly pertains to the strength-sport community and injured populations. But I also post some personal accomplishments and nutritional related topics every now and again. My main goal is to reach populations that otherwise wouldn’t get their care. I also get to answer health, wellness, and fitness related questions from people around the world. It’s pretty neat!

What’s your favorite book or podcast?
My favorite book lately has been Tim Ferris’ 4-Hour Workweek. The book has enabled me to work smarter, as opposed to harder, for myself and within my own business; and it’s funny to boot. There are some awesome podcasts out there that I really enjoy, but for some reason I can’t keep myself from switching over to a more humdrum educational content that may bore your readership.

What’s your top tip on being successful?
Ask better questions. The only stupid questions, are ones that you can already answer. And the person you should be talking to the most is yourself. If you’re not reflecting, you’re not growing. Oh man, I just met my aphorism quota in one paragraph.  

During stressful times, what are some of your favorite coping strategies?
I load up an oppressive amount of weight onto a barbell and lift it, squat it, and/or press it.

What are you most excited for this year?
Football season. Can I say that? March madness lost its allure when I left college. I also have some exciting developments within Masi Fitness, including the launch of my own domain MasiFitness.com. It just finished the development phase and I am ready to put a new informational product line out. The product is a rehabilitation template for people with regionally specific diagnoses (i.e. mechanical back pain, shoulder pain, etc.). I’m hoping to reach athletes potentially before they let their symptoms linger or develop to the point where they would have to see a physical therapist or a physician. The idea is that, with this product, athletes will be able to manage their own symptoms and remedy common impairments seen in individuals with these diagnoses.

top 50 most influential healthcare professionals

Name and credentials:
Jen Esquer, PT, DPT

Handle and/or Site:
IG: @docjenfit

Website: https://www.docjenfit.com

We admire Jen’s passion to help people feel good in their bodies and empowered by their bodies. This physical therapist has an entrepreneurial spirit and helps hundreds and thousands of people move their bodies better through online challenges and programs. She inspires women to be fierce in their own skin. Jen brings her skill set as a physical therapist and commitment to help you reconnect to your body, all while reminding us to find the beauty and confidence in ourselves to live our most authentic lives.

We had the opportunity to chat last year on the Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast! Listen to Episode 56: The Power of Mobility and Your Optimal Body- https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/056-power-mobility-your-optimal-body-jen-esquer-pt/id1332553896?i=1000427439341&mt=2

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