Heritage Physical Therapy welcomes new physical therapy assistant – News – Ridgecrest Daily Independent – Ridgecrest, CA

Kristina York has joined the team at Heritage Physical Therapy as their newest Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). Heritage’s new director, Rebecca Bechtel, told the Daily Independent that York comes with six years of treating a variety of orthopedic conditions, and has a number of therapy and athletic qualifications that will make her an ideal PTA.

“She’s an amazing therapist,” Bechtel said. “She’s already gotten lots of compliments, and she’s only been here a week.”

Bechtel said that the primary difference between a Physical Therapist (PT) and a PTA is that PTs are responsible for all patient evaluations to determine the appropriate therapy and the discharges for when a patient’s treatment is no longer necessary. However, they’re both involved in the day-to-day patient treatment.

York added more detail. “The therapist comes in to do the evaluation and sets up a plan of care. Then the PTA follows that plan of care,” she said.

In short, the PT evaluates the patient’s condition and creates a plan for treatment, then the PTA follows that plan. York noted that both the PT and the PTA can follow through with the treatment, but only the PTs are qualified evaluate and create treatment plans.

A press release from Heritage states that York was born and raised in Ridgecrest, and attended Burrough’s High School. She then ran cross country for San Diego Mesa College, then later went to Loma Linda University’s Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Bechtel said, “[Loma Linda] has a fabulous physical therapy program.”

York said that she came to Heritage after being out of the workforce for a while. She’s been home raising two young sons, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old. She said that she worked with Allcare Therapy Services before having kids, and since having kids has done a little part time work. Now she’s looking forward to getting back to her career.

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