PT, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services and The Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center
Terrie Enis PT, MSPT is the Director of the Emerson Hospital Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies with four locations, the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center in Concord, Mass. and the hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation program in a 20-bed Transitional Care Unit as well as acute care rehabilitation. Terrie is a seasoned health care leader with more than 25 years of experience in the rehabilitation field. She has led Emerson’s rehabilitation program since 2007 and has grown the program significantly to treat over 90,000 outpatient visits annually and over 19,000 inpatient treatments. Earlier in her career, Terrie focused on orthopedic and spine rehabilitation. She is the recipient of the New England Consortium of Academic Coordinators Clinical Education Instructor of Year. She is an adjunct professor at The University of Massachusetts, Lowell where she teaches Healthcare Policy and Administration. She received her bachelor’s and advanced master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Terrie is active in civic affairs and is a member of the Westford Business Association as well as a member of the Central/South Middlesex Opioid Task Force. She is a frequent lecturer on topics promoting health and wellness and an avid hiker and traveler. She and her husband have completed all New Hampshire and Vermont 4000 foot mountains and have hiked on 5 of the 7 continents.
The challenges that we face in healthcare are like preparing for a long hike. You must have a plan but also be aware that at any given moment the weather may change and you must be ready to adjust. A good map and compass, to keep you on track and to know where you are is essential. Mental preparation, be ready for some hard times, bears don’t discriminate when they are hungry or you are treading on their territory. Make sure you have confidence in your hiking partner, trust is a key element when trying to survive under adverse conditions. If you are hiking with a group, make sure the group has the same vision of the hike, knows the risks and is motivated. As the group leader you will most certainly need to pump them up when they are tired and feel like they have been hiking uphill for hours and the end is still many more miles away. You and your group may not make it to the end of the trail the first time and that is OK. Learn from the group what barriers held you back, you may have planned a much too aggressive hike or it may have been a very hungry bear, accept it, move on and get started planning the next hike. This time carry bear spray!