Episode 104 Chaser
In this episode, Jimmy interviews Amanda Hall, also known as the “Madcaster” at HSC Pediatric Center. They enjoy a Bold Rock Virginia Apple Cider while talking about how Amanda got into designing casts and what it means for the patient.
Bio: Amanda Hall, PT, MPT, PCS – Madcaster
Amanda Hall received her MPT from the University of Washington in 2001, and her Board Certification in Pediatrics in 2011. She specializes in casting and splinting and her framework is unique in its incorporation of manual therapy, neuro handling techniques, and innovative use of casting materials. Her casts and splints have received popular media attention including MTV news and USWeekly due to their designs.
Known as the “Madcaster,” she specializes in customizing casts and splints to mimic sneakers or other patient-friendly designs. She now teaches casting and splinting courses for physical and occupational therapists. She also moonlights as “DJ Mad Mando” for her hospital’s dances at the HSC pediatric center.
Episode 104 Shoutouts
Welcome to Holland – by Emily Pearl Kingsley
The Infernals – John Connolly
Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc – If you can’t breathe it can’t function
Elaine Owen, MSc, SRP, MCSP – Pediatric Gait Analysis & Orthotics
Seth Blee, PT, DPT, CFMT
Episode 104 Highlights
(2:30) Amanda explains why she started painting casts.
(3:00) What is cast made of?
(4:20) Casting has been around for a while, walk me through your story.
(5:45) The first time you started doing casting, did you break out a sharpie, paint?
(6:30) How old was your first patient that got the UGGs?
(7:40) How long did it take you to do this, with the PT Pintcast logo?
(8:40) How long does it take you to do the Jordan?
(9:43) What gave you the idea to do this? Do you have an art background?
(12:00) “You want the kid who has a special need to be like, the cool one at school, the cool one with the kids, where they have something extra that you can’t get because you were typically developing.”
(14:25) What does that mean, in your intro it also says you moonlight as DJ Mad Mando for your hospital’s dances?
(15:00) “Our whole job is not, you come to therapy weekly, I boss you around for an hour and make you work on walking, no, it’s like I’m getting you moving, and I’m getting you a wheelchair so you can go to the dance.”
(15:45) Where are you originally from? If you could live anywhere in the US, where would it be to go and be a PT? What’s the last thing you read or are reading? Who is somebody within the field of PT that we should be paying attention to but we haven’t heard of?
(19:16) Give me a couple of weird requests or funny ones you’ve gotten.
(20:58) What’s a favorite design that you’ve done or favorite patient and why?
(21:40) “That’s icy, according to urban dictionary it was a compliment.”
(21:50) What about a favorite for you?
(23:38) Have you taught anybody else how to do this?
Shut up. Especially for the pediatric therapists, I think that we tend to be uncomfortable with quiet. So, if you listen to a lot of pediatric therapists they’re narrating the whole session and they’re bossing the patient around the whole session. If you stop and listen, even if it’s just observing their vital signs, you can learn a lot more. Look at the way the patient is reacting to you, get to know them, even if they’re non-verbal or whether they just have a long processing time. You need to be able to treat without bossing this kid around, cause they have so many bosses. They have a teacher, they have a mom, they have a dad, so don’t be another boss, you need to be someone who learns about them.