Foundations Physical Therapy, LLC is committed to supporting anti-racist thought, policies and actions. Specific steps have been taken in order to follow through on this commitment, including:
Working to increase access to physical therapy services by people of color, while recognizing the three intersections of income and race, gender and race, and sex and race as a significant barrier to medical services
Changing typical intake forms to address race bias
Providing telephone-based Spanish and Diné translation services
Working toward providing community outreach about physical therapy as a career choice at local high schools
Gender, Sex, and Inclusivity Statement
Foundations Physical Therapy LLC is committed to gender inclusivity. I will make every attempt to avoid assumptions about gender and sex and to be inclusive of all genders and sexes in my physical therapy treatment and education during sessions. I acknowledge that in these attempts, I may be an imperfect Ally and welcome constructive feedback. Specific steps that I am mindful to incorporate into my practice include:
Using my pronouns to demonstrate that this is a safe-space and that I will use your preferred pronouns
Making initial intake paperwork gender inclusive
Avoiding assumptions of heteronormativity
Trauma-Informed Care Statement
Foundations Physical Therapy, LLC is committed to providing trauma-informed care. A majority of patients that I treat do have a history of some form of trauma in their lives, which may or may not be associated with the current symptoms for which they are seeking care. The following steps are actions that are continually emphasized as part of this commitment to trauma-informed care:
Environment: I strive to make the environment at Foundations Physical Therapy a calming and comfortable place to be. Noise is kept to a minimum, as are lights and other potentially aggravating stimuli.
Introduction and Initial Evaluation: I will introduce myself, who I am, what I do, and what a treatment session may look like during our initial evaluation. During the initial evaluation my goal is to understand how your history pertains to your current diagnosis or condition(s). During initial evaluations with ALL my patients, I strive to understand your pain or impairment from your viewpoint.
Consent: your consent as a patient is paramount to you feeling safe and comfortable during a treatment session. Physical therapy treatment options and plans can be changed fairly easily to meet your goals, and it is not necessary to participate in a treatment that you feel uncomfortable with or feel you have to struggle through. I will not only ask for your consent prior to the evaluation and any treatments, but I will continue to ask for consent throughout treatment sessions to ensure your comfort.
I emphatically do not use phrases such as “non-compliant” or “failed” in my documentation, instead favoring phrases such as “barriers to participating regularly in a home exercise program include…” (and then we work on those barriers, or change the exercise program so that you can participate!)
I am mindful of information overload, and can provide you with small, manageable changes to an exercise or home program each session.
I am mindful of allowing enough time for you to ask and answer questions, as well as allowing time and opportunities to ask questions when filling out forms and questionnaires.
I will keep an updated list of resources in the community to assist with support, including resources on counseling, parenting, housing, Medicaid, education, and other government supported assistance programs.
Environmental Impact Statement
Foundations Physical Therapy, LLC is committed to minimizing the real and potential impact of its physical therapy practice upon the local and global environment. Specific steps have been taken in order to follow through on this pledge, including:
Cleaning products: I use Seventh Generation cleaning products, which are environmentally friendly and meet the CDC’s standards for products that are effective against COVID-19.
Conservation of energy: lights may often be turned off in the treatment room to conserve electricity. Low lighting has also been helpful in my experience in situations involving patients with past traumatic experiences or sensory overwhelm. Your comfort during sessions is of utmost importance, and you are free to request lights on or off at any point.
Transportation: efforts are made to decrease carbon emissions by supporting community transportation such as carpooling and Mountain Line, Flagstaff's bus service.
If you are especially interested in any of these statements or have further suggestions on how to improve upon the specific steps I strive to take for each statement, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.