Virus Avoidance Workplace Policy and Procedures
Effective Date: 5-28-2020
Policy objective: to minimize the risk of exposure, illness or spread of viral infections among
staff and patients as well as preserving the essential functions of the clinic. This will be
accomplished through the following procedures:
Physical changes to the office include:
● Use of high efficiency air filters, increased outdoor air ratio, increased fan level to ensure
optimal air quality in the office.
● Screening area to be located outside of the office to ensure all who enter are safe and
have not knowingly engaged in exposure activity via temperature check and answering
specific questions around health and exposure. This form will be dated and initialled by
both the therapist and the patient.
● Provision of hand sanitizer, masks, touch free trash receptacles, tissues, hand washing
area and disposable towels for drying.
● Treatment areas located at least 10’ apart to ensure social distancing with separate
equipment and supplies that will not be shared between cleaning. Each area will” be
thoroughly cleaned between use.
● Barrier in front of Jaimes’ desk to eliminate droplet spread.
● Elimination of the waiting room option. If it is necessary that a parent join in a session
they will participate in the same screening process and accompany their child while
remaining in the treatment area.
Administrative Changes to DTS include:
● All paperwork to be completed online prior to first visit
● Copays to be done touch free
● Signage regarding our policy and requirement that all who enter wear a mask and
provision of PPE if required.
● All patients will wait in their cars until called/texted that their therapist is ready to meet
them outside of the office.
● Completion of question list and temperature checks to be done with your therapist before
entering the clinic.
● Any patient or staff member with a temperature above 99 degrees, apparent respiratory
symptoms or a positive answer to the screening questions will be asked to go home and
follow up with a medical professional if appropriate.
Cleaning Protocol within Clinic includes:
● All therapists and patients will wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately upon
entering the clinic.
● Each work area will have its own supplies that will not be shared.
● Each work area and associated supplies will be thoroughly cleaned with a product
compliant with CDC guidelines between each patient.
● Staff and patients will wash hands during the session if needed and upon completion of
the treatment session.
● All commonly touched areas such as door handles, keyboards, faucet handles and
phones will be cleaned every hour.
During your Treatment Session you should expect:
● That both you and your therapist will be masked.
● To be asked not to touch anything between the entrance to our clinic and your treatment
● To continue to receive high quality therapy services in a safe and protected manner.
Once again, Lu and Venetia attended the American Physical Therapy Associations Combined Sections Meeting, the biggest physical therapy conference in the country with more than 16,000 PT’s, PTA’s and PT students. This year, CSM was held in Washington, DC from January 23-26 and included presentations and workshops on the most current research and evidence-based treatment approaches on innumerable PT and health care topics. They started the week with a full day workshop on Kyphosis Management. Their focus on following days included workshops on:
The Pesky Patellofemoral Joint
The Young Athlete: PT Considerations
Exercise Intensity and Neurological Conditions such as Parkinsons Disease
Sports Medicine Secrets: Ankle and Foot Strength, Mobility and Coordination Deficits
Applying the Movement System to the Pediatric Patient
Just Screen It: Developmental Disability, Vestibular Deficit, or Both
They also participated in a step challenge, Walk4Wheels, with a goal of CSM participants walking 135,000,000 steps to ensure an APTA donation of $10,000 to fund adaptive wheelchairs for the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital’s Adaptive Sports Program. At the end of the week, the participating PT’s had achieved 133% of the goal with 180,175,214 steps!
Next year, off to Denver, Colorado for CSM 2020!
This past Saturday, on September 16, 2017, some of our staff participated in Erika’s 5k Run. This is a local, annual event here in Merrimack that honors Erica Nicole Pombrio, and celebrate her life. Since 2010, the Erica Pombrio Foundation has brought Merrimack and surrounding communities together to honor and remember cancer survivors, co-survivors, and sadly those we have lost. These events continue to fulfill Erica’s wish to help those affected by cancer and let them know they are not alone in their fight! The proceeds from Erica’s Run and other fundraisers are donated directly to local families battling this disease. The foundation has raised over $120,000 in 7 years.
Please join us and help Erica’s friends and family fulfill a wish from Erica’s journal. If you would like to know more, participate, volunteer or donate, visit; www.ericasrun.com
Pictured Left to Right: Jaime Bourgeois, Amanda Stuart, Lu Miller, Marie McGee, Diane Donahue
Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,
I would like to thank everyone who supported my ride in last years Pan Mass Challenge. Last year the riders in the Pan Mass Challenge raised over 50 million dollars to research and treat cancer through the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I am very excited to be riding for the third time this August, although it will have a different feel without the whole of Team Emma.
Emma will be shining her light on us from above this year as this was her favorite event and I know she will be somehow present. I am even more committed to riding to do my part to raise money to treat Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytoma.
So on the first weekend in August, I will join 6,200 cyclists in the PMC ride, an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston.
And because every penny matters, 100 percent of your donation goes to DFCI, with our teams fundraising going directly to the Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytoma Program.
I’ve made a personal commitment to ride and raise $4000. I hope you can help me achieve this significant goal. Please donate to PMC ride by going to pmc.org
If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to the PMC, The Jimmy Fund or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and mail it to me directly at:
Venetia Reilly, 40 Buttonwood Lane, Ipswich MA 09138.
Thank you for your anticipated support! UPDATE!! $200 away from GOAL!!
Lu and Venetia attended the annual American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting which was held in San Antonio, Texas, February 15-18. This national conference provides an opportunity for therapist to hear the most current, evidence based treatment strategies, testing tools and new to the market equipment relevant to our practice. Some of the top experts in their field were present and participated through many collaborative panels.
Lu and Venetia attended courses from many different sections to include Neurology, Pediatrics, Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. The following lectures were attended and all information will be shared with the staff through direct in-servicing and practice of new treatment techniques.
Promoting Motor Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Learning from Each Other: Sports and Neurology Sections Discuss Motor Learning
The ACL Injury from A to Z
Mechanical Lifts in Schools: Who? When? Why? What? Where?
Finding the Sweet Spot: Managing Load and Recovery Following Knee Joint Injury
More than a Diagnosis: A Clinician’s Guide to Managing the Injured Runner
Braking Bad: Eccentric Control from Talking to Walking
Hip Instability: Mechanism and Management of the Unstable Hip
Update on Minimalist Footwear
A New Etiology in Ankle Instability
Sports Medicine Secrets: Aberrant Spinal Movements in the Rotational Athlete
Update: The Pediatric and Adolescent Hip
Managing the Recreational Runner from Head to Toe
Update on Hamstring Strain: Mechanisms and Rehab
Jingle, Jingle, Jingle….no it’s not that time of year just yet but our staff was out this past Saturday participating in the Santa Fund Run.
The Santa Fund Run gathers generous donations from local residents to share with those less fortunate. All net proceeds from the race benefit the Santa Fund which is in its 55th year! Here’s to our wonderful reindeer, I mean staff; Leah Daigle (husband, Warren and son, Noah), Diane Donahue, Lu Miller and Venetia Reilly.
For more information or how you can donate please visit;
Heather Bowen participated this past Saturday, September 24th, in Erica’s Run 5k Event. This event raises and donates money to local families that have been affected by cancer. Erica Pombrio for whom the race and foundation were started was a 23 year old that courageously lost her battle to cancer in 2009. If you would like to know more about this event or the foundation please visit;
Let’s all wish GOOD LUCK to Venetia Reilly as she will be participating for the second year in a row at the Pan Mass Challenge this upcoming weekend! Last year Venetia and her husband reached their goal of raising $ 7,000.00, and completed 84.8 miles. This year they have raised $7400 and plan on completing the 84.8 miles again.
If you would like to know more about this event, the foundation or how to donate go to; www.pmc.org
*donations can be made under Venetia on the donation page
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, Venetia Reilly participated and raised $750 in the Run to Home Base unique fundraising event where runners and walkers go through scenic Boston and finish by crossing home plate at Fenway.
Home Base, a red sox foundation and MA General Hospital program is dedicated to healing invisible wounds of war for service members, post 9/11 veterans and their families through clinical care, wellness, education and research. Since its inception, Home Base has served more than 9,000 veterans and family members and trained more than 12,000 clinicians nationally.
If you would like to know more about this event, the foundation or how to donate go to; www.runtohomebase.org
DTS is a proud supporter (through donations and volunteer time) of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club. The teens at the Club participated in a running group this spring, culminating in a 5k race in June. Led by Greg Uliasz and assisted by Venetia Reilly, the teens ran twice a week to train for this event. On June 18 the group, including Diane Raymond, the CEO of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, ran the Palace Dash and all runners were able to complete the race. Two of our teens even took first place and second in their age group!
We are proud to support healthy lifestyle habits with club members and look forward to running another 5k in the fall!