The registrant we interviewed is our Fitbit Prize winner Robin Pottukalam PT, DPT, OCS. He currently works in California and is taking our next class on TMJ with Nancy Adachi in Las Vegas – June 25-26th. The following is an interview conducted with him over the phone. It has been edited for brevity.
Jetset Co-Owner Randal Glaser: First of all, on behalf of Jetset Rehab Education, congratulations on winning the Fitbit!
Robin Potukalum: I’m glad I won it!
RG: Now you are part of the Jetset family! What made you want to sign up for a Jetset class?:
RP: First of all, TMJ is a weakness of mine as far as an overall understanding of it. Secondly, I like the social aspect of the way the class is designed. In too many Con Ed classes people are out the door as soon as 5 o’clock hits. I don’t even get a chance to say goodbye or exchange numbers. This cycle repeats with every class I take.
RG: What made you realize that TMJ disorders where a weakness of yours?
RP: A couple of weeks ago I had a patient that I suspected had a TMJ issue and I was very lost. I had no idea what direction to go in. Up until now I have been sweeping it under the rug…saying to myself “how often does this come up?” but really how long can I get away with not being up to date on it [TMJ] and still feel proficient as a Therapist? This seemed like a good chance to learn more about it.
RG: It seems like you are really good at self-reflection, which is an important skill to have. What education have you had with TMJ thus far?
RP: I actually had Nancy Adachi lecture on TMJ in our PT school but it was very limited time wise. I didn’t get to see too much of it during my clinical affiliations either.
RG: Did our Fitbit giveaway convince you to sign up for the course?
RP: Well, I had already decided to sign up for it; I was just waiting for my paycheck to come in. As soon as I saw that offer though, I said, “why wait a couple of days? I might as well sign up now.” I already wanted to do it and had even made arrangements for my wife to meet me there. We are staying after the class is over to make a weekend out of it so I thought, “just go for it!” I can kill two birds with one stone, take a class then have a weekend with my wife on the same trip.
RG: What Jetset included package did you select when you registered for the course?
RP: I selected the entertainment Vegas show package. I have never been to a Vegas show and wanted to go to one with my wife. I never had the chance before.
RG: Are you getting reimbursed for taking this course?
RP: I am not. I am however using what my company calls “education days” where I can get paid my regular salary while I attend the class. So for me, this is a huge benefit because I am basically getting paid to take a class.
RG: You’re a professional student!
RG: Well once again, congrats on winning the prize and we can’t wait to meet you in Vegas!
RP: Thank you.
- you can join Robin and others in Las Vegas by taking our TMJ course on June 25-26th. (Hotel included until April 30th only)
look for updates on our podcast with Nancy to be released next week!
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