Travel PT couple doing what they love and giving back

April 10th, 2019 4 Min read Travel PT couple doing what they love and giving back Blog
Finding a travel physical therapy staffing agency that sends you on great assignments is one thing — finding one that you sends you and your significant other on assignments together is another. Roll that all into an agency that opens volunteer opportunities for the two of you overseas, and you have a company that is special, one-of-a-kind, unique. Just ask physical therapy travel team Devin R. and Tori H. “We have been traveling for two years,” they said, “and CompHealth is the best. They have been able to place us as a pair six times, and their contracts are all very reliable. They are such an organized company; travel therapy can be unpredictable, so it’s great to have CompHealth as a constant resource. We had tried working with other companies whose processes never seemed to run quite as smoothly.”

Travel PT from coast to coast

Travel PTs hiking for adventureTheir travel physical therapy jobs have been in Arizona, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and California. They each have their favorite among the places visited. “I loved Cape Cod,” says Tori. “We were there in the summer, and it is a very magical place. I grew up at the beach in New Jersey so it really felt like home. Nothing beats fresh seafood. I also loved the company we worked for.” “My favorite assignment was Northern Arizona,” says Devin. “The outdoor lifestyle really suited my interests of hiking and photography. We also were able to work on reservations and experience Native American culture with which I had no previous experience. We made some lifelong friends and have been able to return to the area on multiple occasions. One of our favorite memories was when one of our patients’ relatives took us on a private airplane tour over the Sedona red rocks.”

Growing professionally

Each assignment has helped them improve their skills and grow professionally. “Working with various cultures has allowed us to quickly develop as therapists. We have learned so much working on Native American reservations in Arizona, with farmers in Maine, and factory workers in North Carolina. We’ve seen health care disparity in rural South Carolina. Seeing these cultural differences all within the United States has been so eye-opening.”

The benefits of travel PT

Being travel therapists has several perks. One is the free time it opens up, allowing them to do what they love. Travel PTs with german shorthair dogs“We love backpacking with our two German shorthaired pointers. We love weekend getaways, road trips, hiking, camping, and visiting national parks. Since traveling, we have hit 20 national parks with several more planned this month.” Another perk is being able to take extended time off between assignments. “Where else can you easily take a month off?” they ask. “Between assignments, we’ve traveled to Cape Town, South Africa; Banff in Canada; and Key West, Florida. This summer we are headed to Machu Picchu in Peru with a group of other travelers we have met over the past two years.” Which brings up a third perk, befriending fellow travelers. “We love meeting travelers on assignment. A lot of our assignments employ other travelers, which makes for fast friendships. We use Facebook/Instagram to network with others.”

An opportunity to give back

Their love of far off places stirred their interest in participating in a medical mission to Quito, Ecuador, funded by a grant from the Making a Difference Foundation. It provided Tori and Dean with a  way to give back. “We are so excited for such an amazing and unique opportunity. We have always wanted to volunteer our PT services abroad but didn’t know where to start. We are most looking forward to staying with an Ecuadorian family to really learn more about their nation’s culture and healthcare.” You can learn more about Tori and Devin by following them on Instagram @Pointofview_TravelPT. To schedule your next travel PT assignment, give us a call at 800.453.3030 or view today's travel PT job opportunities.


Kevin Kealey

Kevin Kealey

Kevin Kealey is a marketing writer who’s been with CHG for sixteen years in various roles, including perm physician recruiter and divisional trainer. Prior to CompHealth, Kevin worked as an educator, executive coach, and training consultant for 20+ years. Kevin lives with his wife Suzanne in South Carolina with their two German shepherds, Bailey and Blazer, and a Congo African Grey parrot who goes by the name of Sebastian.

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