Interview with ED Physical Therapist: Rebekah Griffith
- Interviews with Therapists
- By Dr. Rebekah Griffith
- Published on September 15
Dr. Rebekah Griffith is a physical therapist who specializes in care in the Emergency Department and ICU settings. She believes that physical therapy should not be a luxury and should be accessible to everyone, particularly in life’s most critical moments. Dr. Griffith is the founder of the ED DPT, a business focused on making Emergency Physical Therapist practice well-known and well-practiced. She also serves her profession as APTA Colorado Chief Delegate. A believer in life-work flow, she is a dedicated mother of 3, wife of 22 years, an avid reader, writer, and photographer, and also holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo. Dr. Griffith firmly believes that we rise by lifting others, which is at the core of being a physical therapist and human.
What did you go to school for?
I went to the University of Colorado at Boulder for a degree in kinesiology and applied physiology. Then to the University of Colorado for my doctor of physical therapy.
What is your current job title and how has that changed since you first started working?
My current title clinically is Physical Therapist Specialist and I am owner/founder of The ED DPT, a business focusing on making Emergency Department physical therapist practice well-known and well-practiced.
What made you decide to become a therapist?
The profound privilege of being a hope-bringer and helping people regain what is precious to them in their lives.
What are some different roles you’ve held since becoming a therapist? Feel free to include any side hustles/part time work!
Mom! Concierge PT, acute care, outpatient care, brain and spinal cord injury rehab, a consultant for pregnancy pillows, health fair speaker, creator of a prenatal wellness program, legal consulting, podcasting, it’s been a fun ride so far!
What would you share with someone who wanted to find a position like yours or build a company/brand such as yours?
Choose something you would do for free because it’s a lot of work and if you don’t love it, it’s maybe not the best way to spend your extra time and energy.
What would you share with someone who is starting their journey to be a therapist?
Create a vision for your life both personal and professional. Design the future you want to live into and ensure this path is in alignment with that. Then, start networking and building a community as quickly as you can.
What are you most passionate about with your role as a therapist?
Using everything I can to be at the top of my scope to ensure that I am maximizing every patient encounter and making a difference for them. Second first steps are alway amazing as well.
Anything else you’d like to share about yourself and your journey to where you are right now?
I’m not anywhere I thought I’d be and it’s lovely. Be open to living multiple versions of the future you have planned for yourself. Being flexible and open to the flows of life and work will lead you in beautiful directions.
What are ways our readers can connect with you and follow what you are up to?
Our website, www.theeddpt.com, has so many resources including a blog, podcast, continuing education, events, and more. You’ll definitely find something of value as a physical therapist.
Check out Dr. Griffith's book Top of Scope: The Emergency Department Physical Therapist Practice Handbook!
Thanks for join us, Rebekah, on Jobs For Therapists!