May 30 2014

M. Taylor Reed

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Professional Goal Statement: 
My goal is to become a successful  physical therapist with a focus on amputee rehabilitation in an inpatient rehab setting. I hope to be an active contributor in an amputee clinic with an interdisciplinary approach treating amputees across the lifespan.

Career Plan:
 My career plan is to graduate from UNC’s DPT program by finishing my final clinical rotation, and passing boards in July for licensure before beginning work in New Bern, NC in September with a mentorship. After gaining more experience in New Bern, NC I would like to find employment in an area that primarily focuses on amputee patients where I can continue to build my skill set with this patient population. After 10 years of experience with amputee patients I plan on starting an Amputee Program/Track in a facility that offers both acute, inpatient, and outpatient care for patients to transition through rehab with a team of skilled clinicians specializing in amputations. Evidence-based practice will be at the foundation of the program as well as an interdisciplinary approach and continuity of care.

• BA in Exercise and Sports Science UNC-CH (2005-2009)

• Spinal Cord Research Experience (2009-2011)

• Doctor of Physical Therapy UNC-CH (2014)

• Carolina East Rehabilitation Hospital (2014-2016)

• Amputee Clinic at Carolina East Rehabilitation Hospital (2014- 2016)

• Work in facility that offers acute, inpatient, and outpatient PT

• Develop an interdisciplinary Program/Track

Self Assessment:


• General knowledge of amputation levels and prosthetics

• General knowledge of Amputee Mobility Predictor Outcome Measure

• Two years of experience in research.

• Understanding of mirror therapy as a treatment for phantom limb pain in amputees

• Strong interest in amputee care across a lifetime.

Areas for Professional Development:

• Further develop knowledge of amputation types, levels, prosthetics, and common protocols

• Develop knowledge base of other outcome measures for amputee patients

• Develop knowledge base of interventions appropriate for amputee patients

• Develop knowledge base of how other interdisciplinary programs specific to a diagnosis operate.


My primary area of interest is in amputation rehabilitation as patients progress from acute to inpatient to outpatient and beyond discharge.

1. Further confidence with evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, and plan of care.

2. Develop clinical skills through a mentorship/self study specific to amputation rehabilitation.

3. Participate in a few local amputee clinics monthly.

4. Outline the structure/plan of an interdisciplinary amputation program or track.

Specific Strategies:

• Continue to communicate with mentor that specializes in amputation rehabilitation and connect with prosthetists in the area.

• Identify a few local amputee clinics/programs to participate in and observe the similarities and differences.

• Become involved in the Amputee Coalition and/or the Wounded Warrior Project.

• Attend all continuing education courses regarding amputee care.

Clinical Rotations and Electives:

Clinical Rotations:

• Carolina East Rehabilitation Hospital, New Bern, NC—Acute care.

• UNC-CH Meadowmont, Chapel Hill, NC—Outpatient Orthopedic

• Wake Med Rehabilitation Hospital, Raleigh, NC—Outpatient Neuro

• Roper Rehabilitation Hospital, Charleston, SC—Inpatient Rehab


• PHYT 800-Orthopedic Independent study

• PHYT 875- Advanced Orthopedics

Doctoral Project:

I completed my doctoral project on Osteoarthritis in the Intact Limb of Lower Extremity Amputee Patients.


• Dennis Bongiorni, PT, Durham VA Medical Center

• Jon Hacke, PT UNC-CH

• Mike Gross, PT, UNC-CH (advisor)


• Inservice on Mirror Therapy with Amputee Patients: A closer look at mirror therapy_Inservice_Reed

• Literature Review for Osteoarthritis in the Intact Limb of Lower Extremity Amputees Osteoarthritis in Amputees_Lit Review

• Voicethread presentation on Osteoarthritis in the Intact Limb of Lower Extremity Amputees 


The last three years in the UNC DPT program have certainly been an exciting adventure for me! This program has confirmed that this is exactly what I need to be doing and allows me to give back to the community. Further, I couldn’t ask for a better group of classmates to bond and grow with over the last few years. We quickly became a tight family and I know I have created lifetime relationships. I am also grateful for the relationships I have built with faculty and my clinical instructors as they have taught me a great deal about myself, both personally and professionally. 
I feel so blessed to have attended such a great program, in such a giving community, with enthusiastic faculty and classmates! I know I have grown in this journey and cannot wait to see what the future holds!

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