Dr. Matthew Volansky

Teaching Area(s): Doctor of Physical Therapy

Getting Started in the Field
I wanted to have a career in the healthcare field that would directly touch patients’ lives. I originally wanted to be an athletic trainer after being a student trainer in high school. I was introduced to the field of physical therapy during a weeklong student trainer seminar. I thank the then assistant athletic trainer of the University of Toledo, Desiree Hillmon ATC, for helping me to choose my current path!

A Rewarding Career
Having the privilege of leading the largest privately held home healthcare agency in Cuyahoga County for over 12 years was a pleasure. Being able to build a learning organization with a multidisciplinary team of professionals which directly impacted over 400 patient’s lives per day was an honor.

Teaching
Although I have not had the opportunity to teach in the new physical therapy curriculum yet, I have taught for four years at the graduate level. I enjoyed being able to start out teaching the students their core foundational skills in Introduction to Physical Therapy and being able to tie together those skills in their last semester within a PT management of complex patients’ course.

Developing Independent Thinkers
I am committed to developing independent thinkers who are prepared to be the new breed of physical therapists that not only demonstrate the technical competence for clinical excellence, but who also have the vision to move the profession forward into unimagined blue oceans of success. It’s being able to have a lasting impact on the careers of our future leaders in healthcare!

Research Interests
I have a passion to be able to validate for the profession of physical therapy the clinical application of best practice for the delivery of telemedicine services, which help in the remote analysis of movement dysfunction.

At Home in Gallaher
I am biased, but Gallaher Hall is my favorite building on campus. The thought that went into building such a technologically advanced structure to help further the medical professions was truly visionary.

Unique Experience
Preparation of students to navigate the turbulent waters of our changing healthcare system with a focus on creating patient value through interdisciplinary collaboration is a unique model.

Physical Therapy Profession
The profession of physical therapy is uniquely positioned to impact the health of our communities as we venture into a new paradigm of healthcare delivery in the United States. We need a new breed of professionals who understand the healthcare continuum, each of the players in it and when to engage them for successful outcomes for our patients. Who would want to miss out on that?!

Academic Degrees:
DPT, Northeastern University
MBA, Healthcare, Baldwin Wallace University
B.S., Physical Therapy, The University of Toledo

 

I am biased, but Gallaher Hall is my favorite building on campus. The thought that went into building such a technologically advanced structure to help further the medical professions was truly visionary.

Fun Facts

If you could teach one class outside of your discipline, what would it be?
Biomedical Informatics just intrigues me!
What is the most surprising thing you've learned from a student?
It amazes me when I see how students are able to continue their journey with a singularity of purpose despite the obstacles that are placed in their path.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
“If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” – Henry Ford
What is one thing most people would be surprised to find out about you?
I used to have a “Flock of Seagulls” hairstyle in the 80s!
If you weren’t a professor, what job would you have?
Formula 1 racecar driver!
What is one thing you want to do or a place you’d like to visit?
Learn how to fly a helicopter is #2 on my bucket list right behind seeing each of the seven natural wonders of the world!
What is your favorite movie?
"Logan's Run."
What is your favorite book?
“On Competition” – Michael Porter
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to cook, drink good wine and golf – not necessarily in that order!
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