I Need (Travel) Therapy Ep 26 – Working in Schools as an OT or PT – Haley Krug, OTR/L and Leslie Sellers, DPT
In this episode, we welcome a dynamic duo of school therapists—Leslie Sellers, PT, and Haley Krug, OTR/L—to share their experiences as OT and PT in a school setting. Leslie and Haley reflect on their journey as coworkers, sharing what drew them to working in schools, their roles within the school district, working in school during COVID-19, and more.
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- Introductions to Leslie and Haley and their career backgrounds (00:42);
- What drew Leslie and Haley to working in a school setting (05:14);
- An OT’s role in the school setting (08:11);
- A PT’s role in the school setting (10:25);
- Caseload management as a PT or OT (15:46);
- Working in the school setting during COVID-19 (21:26);
- Advice for PTs and OTs interested in the school setting (40:55);
About Haley Krug, OTR/L, and Leslie Sellers, PT
Haley is a 24-year-old traveler from Pennsylvania and a graduate of West Virginia University. Haley chose traveling therapy as a route to pursue her passion for working with pediatrics as well as her desire to explore and learn. She took her first travel placement in a North Carolina school district, and her traveling was promptly put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Haley extended her contract with the district and could not be happier. The extension has given her the opportunity to build lasting relationships and fall in love with the diverse outdoor opportunities that North Carolina has to offer. She is eager to travel again but believes that her extended time here has taught her a valuable lesson about living in the moment and never just looking to the next contract—you might miss out on some pretty beautiful people and opportunities.
Leslie has been working as a physical therapy contractor for over 23 years(!), beginning her career journey in the medical setting before making the transition into schools. While working in medical, Leslie gained experience in outpatient rehab with both adult and pediatric patient populations, skilled nursing, home health, and inpatient rehab.
The pair met when Haley began her career at their current school district and both were the only therapists in their disciplines—their friendship blossomed quickly and they’ve been working closely together ever since.