For more than a decade, Julie Meseck, physical therapy assistant at Crawford County Memorial Hospital, has been viewed as one-of-a-kind by the patients she helps.
Now, a recent national recognition validates those sentiments even more.
Meseck is one of just seven physical therapy assistants from across the entire nation that was recently awarded a second special Recognition of Advanced Proficiency for the Physical Therapy Assistant by the American Physical Therapy Association. Meseck first received the honor in 2005
and repeated the extraordinary accomplishment in 2010.
"Julie's commitment and service to her patients has always been outstanding," said Gail Schlueter, LPT, and manager of CCMH's physical therapy department. "But this recognition shows her drive behind the scene to furthering her education and providing terrific leadership in the physical therapy field."
Meseck focused on the Musculoskeletal (muscles, bones and joints) concentration during both application cycles for the proficiency award.
She has a unique specialty in the area due to her experience staffing an orthopaedic outpatient clinic four times a month at CCMH.
"About 11 years ago Dr. Miller (an orthopaedic surgeon who founded Miller Orthopaedic Affiliates from Council Bluffs) requested assistance from someone in our physical therapy department to help fit braces on his patients and educate them on exercises," said Meseck. "Ever since then I've played a big role in our team approach to working with patients before and after a total hip or total knee replacement."
"It's a little unusual to have a physical therapy department staff member working in an orthopaedic clinic," continued Meseck, "but it has been highly beneficial to all of our patients that have utilized the orthopaedists who travel from Council Bluffs to Denison."
Meseck, who lives in Charter Oak and has worked at CCMH for 13 years, received a double dose of good news in 2010. Along with her award recognition, she and her husband, Leon, found out their family of four will soon be expanding to five.
While her job and her family keep her extremely busy, Meseck says she still gets great satisfaction from her career choice.
"I really love my job at CCMH," said Meseck. "In physical therapy, you never do the same thing day after day. You see a variety of patients, work with a variety of doctors, and see the results of many different types of surgeries."
"Every patient is a unique individual," she added, "and I really enjoy helping them with their special needs."