MOULTRIE, Ga. — Vereen Rehabilitation Center physical therapist Brandon Smith, PT, DPT, OCS, recently completed a residency in orthopaedic physical therapy through Mercer University, making him the latest staff member at Vereen to add a specialty to his credentials.
“We are so proud of Brandon for completing this residency and achieving this accreditation,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney. “Continuing education is an integral part of our culture at Colquitt Regional. We encourage our employees to seek additional training that will increase their skill set, which, in turn, adds to our organization as a whole.”
Accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), Mercer’s residency emphasizes orthopaedic and manual therapy, according to a press release from Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Through the residency, Smith completed more than 500 hours of training at Mercer’s Atlanta campus and over 150 hours of one-on-one mentoring with Scott Romanowski, PT, OCS, OMPT, assistant vice president of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and physical therapist at Vereen. Smith also compiled over 2,500 hours of direct orthopaedic patient care involving spinal, upper extremity and lower extremity diagnoses.
“Brandon has worked diligently to complete this training, which will add great value to Vereen,” said Romanowski. “Through his participation in this residency program, Brandon has built on his foundational knowledge as well as advanced his specialized skills in orthopaedic physical therapy.”
Successful completion of the residency deemed Smith eligible to sit for the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist exam through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, a certification held by fewer than 6 percent of physical therapists in Georgia, the hospital press release said.
During his 13 months of training, Smith also successfully completed all required hours and competency to perform dry needling, a technique used by physical therapists to help reduce pain and movement impairments. He also completed the coursework necessary to become a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association, the press release said.
Smith earned his undergraduate degree in health promotion from the University of Georgia in 2011 and doctorate in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2015. Smith and wife Alexa, an occupational therapist at Vereen, are both Moultrie natives and returned here in 2016.