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Dr. Sayali Khedekar, PT | PT, DPT

Hometown:

Pune, India

Education:

Bachelor of Physical Therapy (BPTh)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Reason for getting into Physical Therapy:

Every time I get asked this question, I always reflect on a poem by Emily Dickinson, which says- “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.
I became a physical therapist, to be able to positively affect, help manage and alleviate pain to improve the quality of life of people every day.

Share a memorable moment about a patient:

When managing a particularly difficult patient situation, where patient had a diagnosis of colon cancer and presented with morbid obesity along with multiple other comorbidities, providing patient care individually/separately while ensuring patient comfort and most importantly safety was proving to be challenging for disciplines. We then decided to form a team and began by defining the roles of different team members providing care, ensuring that each individual feels valued and as though he/she is using their skills at the highest capacity. In recognizing the unique perspectives that each clinician brings to the table for example, involving the Orthotist in designing a hoyer lift and a wheelchair with tailor made dimensions to accommodate patient, Maintenance to design a reclining chair, PT for overall improvement in functional transfers and mobility maneuvers while building strength and balance and OT to accomplish independence with ADLs and IADLs along with respiratory therapist ensuring patient has optimal lung function and respiratory capacity to be able to develop functional tolerance towards rehabilitation. MD and LPN aiding with keeping patient homeostatically stable and relatively free of pain dispensing medicines at proper time before therapy to align peak periods of medication with therapy to enhance patient performance and patient caregivers and family with the whole team to provide motivation to participate and not give up hope. This particular experience proved to be memorable because I learned that so much more can be achieved with collaboration.

Our patient reported of feeling known and cared for by the whole team over time. Eventually the team looked and felt like a coherent entity to patient, which was definitely an important stepping stone for building patient satisfaction and focusing on patient centeredness.

Interesting hobbies outside of work:

Fine, visual and decorative art making, designing working models of human anatomy and whale watching.

What’s the one question patients ask you most?

“What makes you unique as a therapist?”
I firmly believe that along with providing exceptionally skilled and effective physical therapy, holding unconditional positive regard towards patients, transparency in all transactions, good communication and effective patient and caregiver education are essential for good patient service. Practicing these principles on a daily basis help me serve my patients best.