Ep. 105 – Tough Lessons Learned from 2020

A lot could be said about 2020. I think an overarching theme is one dumpster fire after another.

But it hasn’t all been a complete disaster. Even some of the things that totally derailed the momentum we had coming into this year have become exceptional teaching moments for OncoPT. I just wish we didn’t have to learn them this way.

Regardless, it’s almost the end of 2020, almost the beginning of 2021, so I’m looking for a clean-ish start with some fresh perspective. Because yes, we could continue to gnash our teeth & stamp our feet (we certainly still have a long way to go). OR, we could salvage some of the plans we had & move confidently in the direction of the new year, with the stuff we learned in 2020.

So what did this cluster of a year teach us? LOTS. Such as…

Healthcare jobs are not guaranteed…

In the ways we’ve always thought. They’re there but what happened to them?

We can’t control what happens.

Despite working in oncology, I still like to think I’m in control of a lot. What a joke.

But we can control what happens between us & our patient.

AKA we can control how we respond to patient scenarios & ultimately make their OncoPT experience a positive one.

Most importantly: what are we going to do with this knowledge? That’s what will define us in 2021.

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Ep. 104 – 10 Lessons I’ve Learned as a #Fresh OncoPT

The past two years (yes, that’s how long this podcast has been around!) have been quite the learning experience. It’s stressful & frustrating trying to navigate the OncoPT world as a new practitioner, but you’re not alone. I’m sharing the top 10 lessons I’ve learned in my early OncoPT career, including some mistakes I learned from & what I’m planning next.

  1. You won’t know everything.
  2. You don’t have to know the answer all the time – death.
  3. It’s okay to grieve in your way.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  5. Red flags still apply in the OncoPT world.
  6. You get to pick your battles.
  7. You can fire a patient.
  8. Keep learning.
  9. It’s okay to change.
  10. There is an awesome community here for you.

So here’s what to do next:

  1. Reach out to one person in the OncoPT world – odds are, they’re going to be really excited to hear from you!
  2. Join TheOncoPT Online Community Facebook Group – we can’t wait to see you there!

Ep. 103 – Save YourSELF $$$ This Black Friday!

We’re back with a special Black Friday part 2 episode (for part 1, click here) – this time with savings for you, OncoPT! Now is the perfect time to stock up on practice supplies & pick up great savings on oncology physical therapy education. Be quick though – you don’t want to miss out on these savings!

Please note: We are proud affiliates for some of these resources, meaning that we earn a commission if you click the link & subsequently make a purchase. All of these recommendations are based on our clinical experience & what we use in our practice – because we believe that they are the best out there. We recommend these resources because they are helpful & useful for OncoPTs & patients.


There’s all kinds of sales & Black Friday deals happening now, continuing through this weekend. While you may be thinking new TV (like my husband), this is also a great opportunity to stock up on clinical supplies, like hand sanitizer, masks, soft tissue mobilization tools, pulse oximeters (like this one on sale for Black Friday), thermometers, & more. For us, we couldn’t get a lot of these earlier in the year, so now is the time to restock for 2021.

APTA store

The APTA store is doing their first ever Black Friday sale. From now until December 1st, you can save on different gear & publications. Plus, you are supporting our professional organization when you purchase: win-win!

Survivorship Solutions course – “Core Competencies in Interdisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation”

If you’re new here, you may not know yet how much I love Survivorship Solutions. I LOVE THEM! And I wish I had this course when I first started practicing as an OncoPT.

Jillian Schmitt & Kristin Carroll of Survivorship Solutions have worked tirelessly for the past THREE years to bring revolutionary oncology rehab education to the table. This comprehensive, multi-disciplinary oncology rehabilitation course is advancing the knowledge of PTs, OTs, speech therapists, RNs, physicians, registered dietitans, & more – working to create a competent oncology rehabilitation workforce so desperately needed.

For Black Friday, they are holding a 50% off sale on their “Core Competencies in Interdisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation” course. Yes, 5-0% off, FIFTY PERCENT OFF. HOLY COW. Sign up now before this STEAL goes away!

NEW! TheOncoPT Group Coaching

This week, I announced a special offer for my brand new group coaching program, TheOncoPT Group Coaching.

It’s hard to know what the next step is after the year 2020 has been. Trying to figure it all out on your own is frustrating, time-consuming, & overwhelming. So how do you know what to do next for your patients, even if you don’t have any patients right now?

Through group coaching, with a supportive & collaborative community who will problem solve with you through the barriers preventing patient access to oncology physical therapy.

That’s why I created TheOncoPT Group Coaching.

In this group coaching program, you’ll get live video mini-trainings, discussions on the latest research (& how to actually implement it), collaborative problem solving sessions, Q&A with me, & a group that will help you & hold you accountable as you help more patients.

When you register before 11:59pm, Monday, November 30, 2020, you’ll get $20 off the regular price.

I’m excited to share this program with you. You have what it takes to help more patients with cancer. By enrolling in TheOncoPT Group Coaching, you’ll learn exactly the steps you need to take next to do just that.

Ep. 102 – Save your patients $$$ this Black Friday!

Thanksgiving is just one week away here in the States, which means that Black Friday sales are just around the corner. Now is a great time for patients to purchase needed garments & equipment, as well as stock up for the new year. I’ve included some of my favorite products that I recommend to patients in this episode. Check them out & save your patients some moolah – they’ll love you for it!

This post contains affiliate links to products mentioned in blog. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links; however, this does not impact my review or opinion of mentioned products.  Thank you for the support in helping me keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you.


AnaOno – AnaOno specializes in bras for patients after breast cancer surgery. They are having Black Friday sale with 30% off from Friday, November 27 through Tuesday, December 1 at midnight.

Prairie Wear – Prairie Wear provides excellent compression bras with truncal, breast, & even axillary compression for lymphedema, seromas, & post-surgical edema. I recommend them to all my patients undergoing surgery, & I even wear them too!

Compression Garments

Juzo Sale: Now through December 13th
Medi Sale: November 23rd-December 6th
Essity (Jobst) Sale: November 25th– January 1st
Sigvaris Sale: November 25th-December 7th

Find these on Compression Guru.

LympheDIVAs – last year they did a Black Friday sale, so they could definitely be doing one again this year. However, they are currently doing a Tridiva special: pick 3 & get 20% off!

Find these garments on LympheDIVAs.com


Amazon is having all kinds of deals from now through the holidays, but especially for Black Friday. Sales & deals like these are great for patients to stock up for the rest of the year. Also, some products were out of stock earlier in the year, so now is a great time for patients to buy them as they continue in your plan of care. Equipment for their HEP, self-care, & others – the options are endless!

Consider products like these for your patients:

Ep. 101 – What Pediatrics Can Teach Us All About OncoPT – Lynn Tanner, PT

Ever wondered what the heck goes on in pediatric oncoPT? For me, I have exactly zero experience in this patient population, so I reached out to Lynn Tanner, PT, to give us the low-down on pediatric oncology physical therapy. What she shares is powerful not just for our pediatric colleagues, but for ALL of us in OncoPT.

Don’t forget: Lynn is teaching an awesome course at CSM. Register here for her course & more!

Find Lynn on Twitter.

Lynn’s Bio 

Lynn Tanner, PT is a physical therapist and rehabilitation clinical specialist in oncology at Children’s Minnesota. She received her BA in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1999, her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in 2001, and is pursuing her PhD at the University of Minnesota.  In her current role as a rehabilitation clinical specialist, she provides PT services to the oncology population in the Cancer and Blood Disorders clinic, conducts research investigating peripheral neuropathy and the impact of PT in pediatric oncology, and leads cancer rehabilitation and telerehabilitation program development.  She has published multiple research manuscripts in collaboration with other experts in the field and leads a cancer rehabilitation program development training for other hospitals interested in evidence-based care. She has presented around the country at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Section Meetings, American Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nursing Association Conferences, Children’s Hospitals Association Leadership Meeting, Children’s Oncology Group meetings, and at local Universities. Honors include the Emerging Leader Award in 2010 from the APTA, the Oncology Stephen Gudas Award for Outstanding Publication in Rehabilitation Oncology with Dr. Laura Gilchrist, and the Children’s Minnesota Board Quality award.  She was co-creator and chair of the Pediatric Oncology Special Interest Group of the APTA from 2010 to 2014. Currently she serves as the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy Balance and Falls Special Interest Group Chair, and is the co-creator and co-chair of the Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group Pediatric Task Force of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.