Specializing, Building a Care Network, and Staying in his Swim Lane
Kevin Rebman, MS, BCTMB, NREMT, ‘17 specializes in clinical, manual soft tissue therapy, with focus on post-trauma, chronic pain, and athletes. At Return to Play Institute, he treats patients daily and employs five other therapists, with room to grow. He advocates for massage therapists as healthcare providers, an important role on the care team.
Because Rebman and his team typically spend an hour or more with their patients, they have the unique opportunity to learn deeply about clients’ health. “The time patients spend with us is probably the longest they spend with any healthcare practitioner. And that’s what makes it really valuable to them. We’re not only teaching them, but we’re answering their questions.”
For Rebman, each member of the care team has a specific role to play, and it all benefits the patient. “Integrative Care is just good customer service,” he shared. “What we try to do is stay within our swim lane. Then we have a very strong network of integrative care partners.” Rebman works with chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, orthopedic doctors, surgeons, and more.
“We can’t do this by ourselves,” he explained, when asked what advice he’d give to other clinicians. “I don’t think any practitioner can, or should, try to provide all things to all patients. Find your specialty and run with it. Be the expert.”