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Borderstone Physical Therapist Makes a Difference for Older Adults: Earns Prestigious Geriatric Specialist Certification

Submitted by Jon Anderson, Keystone Therapy Resource, Texas

Applause filled the room as Gisela Reyes, PT, DPT, GCS, was recognized for her outstanding achievement during the McMillan Lecture and the APTA Specialty & Proficiency Ceremony in Boston, Texas.. This prestigious event, held annually every February at the commencement of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), honors physical therapists who have attained their American Board of Physical Therapist Specialists (ABPTS) certification or have undergone recertification.

Gisela earned the highly regarded status of an ABPTS Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics Physical Therapy (GCS). This certification requires an immense amount of didactic work, research, and passage of a very difficult board examination process. Receiving this certification signifies her dedication to providing exceptional, evidence-based care to older adults, a rapidly growing population with unique healthcare needs.

But what exactly does a GCS specialist do? A GCS physical therapist has specialized knowledge and expertise in the specific challenges faced by older adults. From age-related mobility issues to managing chronic conditions, a GCS therapist understands how to tailor and create the best evidence-based treatment plans to optimize function, independence, and overall well-being. “Gisela embodies this commitment to clinical excellence, and her dedication has significantly impacted the quality of care provided at Village Healthcare and Rehabilitation,” mentions Executive Director Aaron De La Torre, SLP, LNHA (Keystone Borderstone). PT colleagues and patients alike hold this certification in high regard, recognizing their passion and genuine desire to help older adults live their best lives, utilizing the best evidence-based care.

The larger Keystone Healthcare group joins Village Healthcare and Rehabilitation in McAllen, Texas, where Gisela serves as the Director of Rehabilitation, in offering heartfelt congratulations to Gisela on this well-deserved recognition. Her commitment to geriatric physical therapy serves as an inspiration to all of us and sets a high standard for exceptional patient care.

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