Kristina Pekovic, at the end of the bed, is a recent PTA Clinical Affiliation student who completed her in-service on joint mobility with RehabCare at Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis. Also pictured are Jeff Paris (Kristina’s supervisor on the mat), Duane Alexander (rehab tech), Corey Rheinhardt (rehab tech), Tracy Rutherford (OTR) and Lauren Meyer (PTA student). Kristina Pekovic, at the end of the bed, is a recent PTA Clinical Affiliation student who completed her in-service on joint mobility with RehabCare at Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis. Also pictured are Jeff Paris (Kristina’s supervisor on the mat), Duane Alexander (rehab tech), Corey Rheinhardt (rehab tech), Tracy Rutherford (OTR) and Lauren Meyer (PTA student).

Students who complete clinical internships with RehabCare are encouraged to conduct research or complete an educational training in-service to the rest of the team at the end of their rotation. Completing research and giving presentations enhances the internship experience, and sharing the latest clinical information benefits seasoned therapists.

Kristina Pekovic, SPTA, recently presented her in-service on joint mobilization to her group at Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis. Her presentation was a two hour in-service spread out over the course of two lunch breaks. On the first day, Kristina gave a classroom-type presentation. The second day was more hands on and included demonstrations, allowing Kristina and the therapists to put into practice what they had learned. Kristina was very hard working and met the challenges head on, impressing her colleagues at every turn. Kristina, pictured at the center of the photo, reflected on her clinical:

“I was very blessed at my clinical experience at Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis. My instructor embraced the student-teacher relationship that fostered my learning and encouraged me toward my goals. Everyone on the RehabCare team was very helpful by taking the time to instruct and assist me as a student. They frequently advocated for patients as if they were a member of the patient’s family. Furthermore, the rehab aides created an enjoyable environment by frequently making the patients smile and feel valued. I had an excellent learning experience and would recommend this facility to other students who would like to gain knowledge in geriatrics and long-term care.”

Mentoring a student was fulfilling for Jeff Paris, PTA at Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis. “Having a student was challenging but rewarding,” said Paris. “The opportunity to spend time with a student allowed me to pass on my years of experience to help her with the start of her journey into health care and PT specifically.”

After working with Kristina, Jeff felt encouraged to host a student again. “As my first time having a student here, I gained some valuable experience and feel prepared to handle student clinicals in the future,” said Paris. “Overall, this was a great experience.”

Barbara Wallace is RehabCare’s Director of Student Programs. For more updates on Student Programs and for information about completing a clinical internship with RehabCare, visit The Campus Blog and www.rehabcare.com.

Kristina Pekovic, at the end of the bed, is a recent PTA Clinical Affiliation student who completed her in-service on joint mobility with RehabCare at Kindred Hospital – Indianapolis. Also pictured are Jeff Paris (Kristina’s supervisor on the mat), Duane Alexander (rehab tech), Corey Rheinhardt (rehab tech), Tracy Rutherford (OTR) and Lauren Meyer (PTA student).

By Barbara Wallace