As a private practice owner trying to find a way during COVID-19, I was drawn to telehealth. Virtual service was something I was interested in before, but had never taken the time to explore with running a busy clinic, as well as a mother to two small children at home. It wasn't a priority. When COVID-19 closed our doors to in-person services, I dove into telehealth policies and procedures, best practices, and arming myself with knowledge. I strongly believe that telehealth services will remain a permanent function of the clinic and will absolutely provide added value to the clinic and its clients. Working in Saskatchewan with a large population of rural communities, this service will be invaluable as a permanent option.
We have had an extremenly positive report from our clients that have utilized the telehealth services, and the therapists at the clinic are quickly finding unique and effective ways of assisting clients remotely. I believe that our clients and communities have been ready for telehealth services, and it has been the hesitation of the therapists/professionals that has been holding us back from offering these services in a wide-spread manner. If nothing else good comes out of the pandemic, the provision of telehealth to clients and having those telehealth services continued to be covered, is enough for me.
Haylie Lashta, BScKin, MPT
Certified Pelvic Floor Therapist, Certified Pediatric Pelvic Floor Therapist, Certified Biomedical Dry Needling Therapist
Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness