The Innovator: 2019 Spring/Summer Newsletter

As we celebrate Walk The Line’s 12th Birthday on Thursday July 11, it is difficult to not reflect on the recent changes made to Michigan’s auto no fault system. Under these recent changes there are many aspects that will affect us as survivors, providers, drivers and so on.

Erica’s Corner: A Note from the Chief

As we celebrate Walk The Line’s 12th
Birthday on Thursday July 11, it is difficult to not reflect on the recent changes made to Michigan’s auto no fault system. Under these recent changes there are many aspects that will affect us as survivors, providers, drivers and so on.

Over the last eighteen years of being injured I have met many people from other states and even those in our own state not injured in a motor vehicle accident. I have seen how private and government health insurance fails to address the long-term care needs for catastrophically inured individuals. I’ve seen people have to decide to either go to a skilled nursing facility or stay home alone bed bound because they don’t have access to adequate attendant care. I’ve seen my own friends home bound for weeks or even months because they cannot afford a modified van and public busing is inadequate. I’ve seen families exhaust their personal resources to care for their loved one and provide access to long term rehabilitation and care. For these reasons and so many more I have always recognized how fortunate I am for receiving benefits through Michigan’s auto no fault system.

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself feeling frustrated and angry about the new law and the way it was passed. I am angry that as stakeholders in this system that provides critical healthcare for thousands of catastrophically injured individuals, we were not provided the opportunity to testify. I am frustrated that many of our legislators gave in to political and public pressure to “do something” instead of feeling compelled do the right thing. I am fearful for the future of my care, maybe not in the immediate future but at 41 years old I’m worried that the MCCA and the system that was supposed to care for me for my lifetime may not be around when I’m older and still needing specialized care.

Michigan’s auto no fault system saved my life and it has saved the lives of thousands of others. It is worth fighting for so, what do we do?

We keep fighting, in fact, we have to find the courage, the stamina and the power to fight even harder than we have in the past. We must continue tell our stories of survival and triumph to anyone and everyone who will listen, we must hold our legislators accountable by attending coffee hours and town halls, we must write to our local newspapers and neighborhood associations, we must tell our friends, our networks and everyone we know about the benefits of what Michigan had and the dangers of where we are headed with this new law. We organize and we don’t give up. More information on upcoming opportunities for action and materials for public education will be available soon so stay connected to us via email and social media. Of course, you can always reach out to me directly as well.

Please consider attending the Michigan Auto Insurance Promise Rally in Lansing on September 25. It is critical that we show up in masses!! Please see the flyer below for more info!

With Gratitude,
Erica Coulston

Meet The Team

Tori Hoard, PTA

Tori Hoard received her Bachelor’s degree of Health Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 2014. From there, she proceeded to graduate from Macomb Community College as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2018. During her PTA program, Tori completed a full time clinical rotation at Walk the Line.

“After week one of my clinical rotation at Walk the Line I knew I wanted to be a part of this amazing team. The positive energy, client centered care, and team approach was everything I had dreamed of since beginning my journey to become a PTA. Walk the Line has allowed me to develop critical skills and gain knowledge in the field that I love! Since starting at Walk the Line, I have developed so many friendships and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most inspiring people. Every day is filled with laughs, hard work, and positive energy.”

Craig Potthast, ATC

Craig graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Athletic Training and has been a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 2014. While in undergrad he worked with multiple BGSU sports teams and held internships with a physical therapy clinic as well as the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. Since becoming certified Craig has spent his time working with both Northern Kentucky University’s and Western Kentucky University’s sports teams. Craig Joined Walk the Line in January of 2018.

“When I left collegiate athletic training I had no idea where I would go to continue working with motivated and hard working people without being confined to the athletics lifestyle. I still believe I work with athletes today at Walk the Line, athletes who no matter the challenges or how much of a job recovery may seem like put their all into every session and bring their best selves to Walk the Line every session. How can I not want to bring my all every day back to them? The collaborative and client centered care we provide helps me to consistently be a better version of myself and for everyone to learn from each other. My favorite part of working at Walk the Line is seeing the improvements clients make as well as seeing the excitement literally every trainer and PT gets when a client improves.”

Client Spotlight

Tre J.
My name is TreVonteis Jackson but everybody calls me Tre. I was born in Greensboro, Georgia but was raised on the west side of Detroit, MI. I’m 27 years old & have a T-10 spinal cord injury. Seven years ago I was involved in a motor vehicle accident while riding in the backseat of someone else’s car. I started coming to Walk The Line two years after my accident. At first, I was shy as ever when I started because I wasn’t used to so many real genuine people & smiling faces. I love the atmosphere, I love the motivation from the other clients, and also love my trainers & PT’s. Even when they work me hard, there’s no love lost. If there was something about Walk The Line I would change- there would be nothing. It’s like having a whole other family.

Clients in Action

In the News

Valentine’s Day Door Decorating Contest
In the spirit of teamwork, which is a part of our culture here at Walk The Line, we held a contest to decorate 5 doors within our suite to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Each team was designated a door to decorate and given a decoration budget. They each had to plan the door, shop for the needed items and make time to decorate the door. Once the doors were completed, their time was spent convincing clients to vote for their door!

Each door was unique and exemplified the celebration of love that this day brings to us but in the end, only 1 team could win. After counting the votes…..TEAM 1 won and they each received a $50 gas card!

Community Events Group Happenings!
We are very proud of our Community Events group, they work hard coming up with fun ideas to offer our clients. They do all the planning, shop for anything that’s needed, set everything up and take it all down and they do this all on their own time, usually on a weekend. Thank You!

Wheelchair Pickup Game
In April, clients and the Community Events team participated in a wheelchair Pick up Basketball game at the Beech Woods Recreation Center in Southfield. We had a fantastic turnout and the was a great outlet for all. A special thank you to Chet Kuskowski of National Seating for donating all of the wheelchair basketball chairs for us to use.

Movie Day
Our Community Events Group brought together clients and family members for a Saturday afternoon showing of Bohemian Rhapsody at Walk The Line. We hosted 15 guests with Don’t Just Sit There Foundation providing lunch for all and transportation for anyone who needed it.

Art In The Park
Art in the Park is another Community Events Group organized event. This event was meant to celebrate the beginning of Summer and we had beautiful summer weather! The afternoon of painting was attended by over 20 guests including clients, family and friends. Blow painting, utilizing straws, of the Detroit skyline and lawn games were enjoyed by the guests. Guests also shared a great BBQ lunch at Oakland County Catalpa Oaks Park.

CEU Event
On Friday, May 31st Walk The Line and Quality Home Medical hosted a CEU event at Maggiano’s. Lunch was served as Shruti Joshi, PT, MHS, CBIS, C- LSVT Big delivered her presentation titled: Recovery Based Neurorehabilitation, featuring our unique wireless EMG system. Up to 2 CEUswere offered and we enjoyed hosting Case Managers for this event. If you were not able to make it and are interested in the presentation, stay tuned, we will be offering another event this fall!

12 Year Birthday Party
July 11th marked 12 years that Walk The Line has been offering services and making a difference so of course we had to have a party to celebrate!

No better way than to have Food Trucks show up at WTL! Caya Grill and Kona Ice were the center of our party and provided us with great BBQ and refreshing flavored Ices. We also had our DJ, Ken Washington entertaining us during sessions all day and also playing some tunes outside for the party. Another beautiful summer dayallowed us all to enjoy the food and company of those who have helped to make Walk The Line a success!

Thank You to all who attended or sent best wishes celebrating our day!

Upcoming Events

Survive and Thrive
The eighth annual event will be held on July 24th at Studio West Gallery in Brighton. This is a well-attended event featuring an art sale of works from artists with traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities. Tickets and sponsorships are available through CPAN.

6th Annual Field Day
Summer means it is time for Field Day! Our 6th annual Field Day presented by Don’t Just Sit There Foundation will be held on Saturday, August 24 from noon to 3:00 pm outside Walk The Line in the parking lot of the Vanguard Building. The event will feature games, food, music and prizes for all out clients, don’t miss this fun yearly outside event!

BIAMI Fall Conference
This year’s conference will again be held at the Lansing Center on September 12 & 13. Walk The Line is proud to be a Gold sponsor for this event, which is the largest Conference of its kind in the country.

We will also have 2 of our Physical Therapists presenting at this conference! Shruti Joshi PT, MHS, CBIS, C-LSVT Big and Matthew Cox PT, DPT, CBIS will be offering a very interesting presentation so please be sure to sign up and don’t forget to stop at our booth for up to date information on Walk The Line!

Thanks for Reading!

Over the past 12 years, Walk The Line has become recognized as a world-leading program for recovery therapies. Our belief in the human spirit and perseverance fuel our desire and drive to be the best recovery facility in the world.

Come and see what RECOVERY looks like.

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