Ep. 40 – The Business Side of Oncology Consulting – Jillian Schmitt, PT, MPT, of Survivorship Solutions

In the diverse world of OncoPT, there are clinicians, researchers, advocates, & consultants, among many others who make our world go round. Today I interview Jillian Schmitt, PT, MPT, the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Business Operations for Survivorship Solutions (to listen to my interview with her fellow co-founder Kristin Carroll, click here). We discuss how she’s turned her passion for oncology into systematically advancing cancer rehabilitation across the healthcare system – listen in!

Jillian’s Bio

Jillian is a licensed physical therapist with nearly 20 years of experience in patient care, clinic development, management, and consulting within the fields of oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, ergonomics, and corporate health. She studied biochemistry, kinesiology, and business management at the University of Texas at Austin, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Sciences and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2001.

     Much of Jillian’s early career focused on orthopedic and pediatric physical therapy intervention, specializing in complex, limb-salvage rehabilitation programs, spinal dysfunction, and sports medicine. Later, she turned her attention to program development, clinic start-ups, and management within the corporate healthcare industry. For the last 5 years, she has consulted in the implementation and optimization of survivorship services and cancer rehabilitation programs within healthcare organizations throughout the US.

     Jillian is the co-founder and Executive Director of Business Operations for Survivorship Solutions, LLC, an innovative healthcare consultancy that provides healthcare organizations, medical groups, and individual practitioners with customized educational programming and clinical competencies within cancer rehabilitation. Additionally, her company specializes in implementing clinical pathways, data collection, and process-improvement solutions that drive high-quality cancer care and survivorship within healthcare organizations.

  Survivorship Solutions is composed of an impressive team of well-known educators, providers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, and industry leaders who support clients and contribute within their areas of expertise. Through careful selection and successful collaboration, Survivorship Solutions boasts a unified and inclusive team that provides unmatched value to clients through high-quality oncology education, competencies, consulting, and mentorship.

     Jillian maintains her professional licensure in physical therapy and participates in continuing education programs and certifications within oncology and other clinical specialties. She participates and contributes regularly within the entrepreneur and small-business community of the Chicago-land area. Personally, Jillian enjoys hot yoga, outdoor recreational activities, and time spent with her husband, three children, and two Australian Shepherds.

3:22 Jillian’s first experience with oncology

8:52 Jillian & Kristin create Survivorship Solutions

10:53 Why the focus on survivorship

12:37 The “business” side of Survivorship Solutions & oncology PT

24:40 Jillian’s advice for new & aspiring OncoPTs


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Email Survivorship Solutions: info@survivorsolutions.com

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