Ep 175 Chaser – Geriatric PT with Tim Fox and Robyn Kjar of FOX Rehabilitation


Episode 175 Chaser

In this episode, Jimmy chats with Founder and Chairman of FOX Rehabilitation Tim Fox and Chief Clinical Operations Officer at FOX, Robyn Kjar. They talk about the legacy and goals of FOX, preparing for the Silver Tsunami, and bringing sexy back to geriatrics, all over beer at 8:39am. Tim and Robyn enjoy Budweiser while Jimmy drinks a Shiner Bock.

Bio: Tim Fox, PT, DPT, GCS
Tim Fox, PT, DPT, GCS is a practicing physical therapist and the Founder and CEO of FOX Rehabilitation, a high growth entrepreneurial private practice. Dr. Fox received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CCI) by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Dr. Fox is a nationally recognized advocate of physical therapy’s value in improving older adults’ function, safety, and quality of life. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) acknowledged Dr. Fox with its 2011 Clinical Excellence in Geriatrics Award for Outstanding Clinical Practice in Geriatric Physical Therapy. Therapy Times online selected him the Most Influential Physical Therapist in the nation in 2010. He also was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Greater Philadelphia Award finalist.

Contact Tim Fox, PT, DPT, GCS
Twitter: @Dr_Tim_Fox
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drtimfox

FOX Rehabilitation
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FOXRehab/
Website: foxrehab.org

Bio: Robyn Kjar, PT, DPT
Dr. Robyn Kjar is the Chief Clinical Operations Officer at Fox overseeing both the Clinical Operations and Quality Assurance and Professional Development divisions within the practice. Robyn graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in 1995 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy.

In 2002, she joined Fox as a full-time clinician and has since worn many hats including Regional Director of Southern New Jersey, Senior Regional Director of Southern New Jersey, Director of Facility Operations, and now serves as a member of the Fox Executive Council at Fox headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. In the past ten years, Robyn has been a vital component of helping the practice grow across nine states.

Prior to her employment at Fox, Robyn practiced in sub-acute and long-term care rehabilitation facilities with her focus on the geriatric population. Robyn is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the Geriatric and Health Policy sections.

Contact Robyn Kjar, PT, DPT
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robyn-kjar-88094663

Episode Shoutouts
Cole Galloway, PT, PhD, FAPTA recent guest of the show
Carole Lewis, PT, GCS, MSG, MPA, PhD former guest of the show
Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA (Bio)
Roger Nelson, PT, PhD, FAPTA (Bio)
Mary Sinnott, PT, DPT, M.Ed (Bio)
Heather Cronin, PT, DPT, GCS (@HeatherCroninPT)
Will Dieter, PT, DPT, GCS (@WillDieter_DPT) winner of the AGPT Clinical Excellence in Geriatrics Award

Episode Highlights
2:20 You said you wanted the legacy of Fox to be, “to fight ageism and to teach other healthcare practitioners to do the same.” Is that still your goal with Fox?
3:24 Why’d you start your own business?
4:08 Robyn, why’d you join Fox?
5:00 What does Fox do? Why would somebody say it’s illegal?!
“That was the light bulb moment, that was it!”
“Society is discouraging high levels of function and vitality in aging because they’re afraid and they don’t understand where people should be.”
“Most clinicians in the area of geriatrics and aging that are so afraid of doing harm, they don’t do any good.”
7:46 If you’re a practicing PT or a PT student, why should you be interested in geriatrics other than you’d like to help older adults?
“The silver tsunami, the wave is approaching and it’s going to smack us all in the head really quickly.”
Retooling for an Aging America, Institute of Medicine 2008
10:06 How do we better prepare for that tsunami before it knocks us off our feet?
“I was the dumbass that went into geriatrics to deal with the old people!”
“Even if you do want to work in the clinic you have to be prepared to work with older adults in the clinic because they’re going to be everywhere and in every setting.”
12:46 Three questions sponsored by Aureus Medical Group
1. If you could live anywhere and practice PT in the US, somewhere you’d never done it, where would you want to go?
2. What’s something you are reading or recently read that’s inspired you?
Archie Comics
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
3. Who is someone in the field of physical therapy that we should know more about?
16:43 What makes a good PT that’s gonna work for Fox?
“Without motivation there would be no geriatric physical therapy.”

#PartingShots powered by OPTIM Fellowship
Tim: L. Ron Hubbard’s two rules for happy living:
1. Say and do things that are easy for others to accept.
2. Be open and receptive to new experiences.
Robyn: Happy well-trained clinicians make great healthcare.


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