Rob Vining graduated in 2004 and has worked as an orthopedic physical therapist certified in McKenzie and ART, and first started treating patients via telehealth in early 2005. Since earning his MSPT degree and Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University at San Marcos, Rob’s career has included continuous efforts to evolve the use of telehealth within the physical therapy space. His objective is to educate providers about the applied use of technology and viability of telehealth via his two podcasts, PT TechTalk and the Telehealth 20, as well as his education and development platforms, and the ‘Telehealth PT Providers’ Facebook group. Rob cofounded telehealth software and service platforms DirectPT and PTlive, as well as Digital Physio, a central, public-benefit patient hub for pro-bono physical therapy triage, evals and treatment at Rob also created the Telehealth $10k Challenge as an incentive to PTs interested in deploying a digital practice, plus an initiative to boost congressional awareness of the importance of Medicare reimbursement for telehealth treatments. PTs in the Telehealth $10k compete for a $10,000 prize by providing real telehealth visits to patients, simultaneously building an educational treatment library to show proof of concept to both lawmakers and others in the field. Above all, Rob is an innovator, evident in his role as educational director of the Telehealth PT Mentorship and Residency. This one-of-a-kind program assists business-minded and patient-forward PTs in developing online treatment skills and their own digital telehealth practice. An enthusiastic speaker, Rob regularly presents ideas, use-cases, and actionable solutions to thousands of PTs, DPT program students, developers, congressional liaisons, and a variety of practitioners in support of telehealth as a viable option and sustainable model within the PT profession.

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