Meet the Ayuda team

Aben C., PT


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Freedom


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

It takes flexibility and creativity to be successful.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

I start the day by checking my email for new referrals. Patient visits begin around 9am. Seeing 5 or 6 patients in the day, I will finish patient care between 4 or 5pm. I will use another couple hours in the evening to finish paperwork (if I did not do it in the patient's home), send team emails and coordinate the following day’s schedule.


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

It has all the top-notch therapists in Chicago.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

It is based on trust. We are all trying to do what is best for the patient.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Try it. You’ll like it.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

To be successful you have to be a therapist that cares for your patients and enjoys working with people. You will find rewards in the most unlikely situations.


What is your favorite part about your job?

Working with people in their environment. You learn a lot about individuals working with them at their home. I am moving around the city all day long.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

After working in various therapy positions throughout my career, I knew that I wanted to participate in home health next. I knew Peter started Ayuda with the intention of patient centered care. I wanted to work for a company that was seeing home health patients for the “right” reason.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

I get to help people who are not able to leave their homes because they are too weak. I help them get stronger so they can walk and get up and down their stairs with confidence.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

Creating exercises that uniquely fit a patient and their environment.



Carmela H., PT


Where are you from and where did you go to PT school?

St. Paul University in the Philippines


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Fulfilling


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Taking Ayuda's Core Values to heart.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

Taking care of patients, a lot of phone calls and driving! (Hello SNOW!)


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

What Ayuda means.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

You have to be patient oriented to succeed in Ayuda.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Teamwork and exceptional patient care.


What is your favorite part about your job?

Patient care.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

Ayuda gives value to Therapists who believe in quality, not quantity.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

"I saved the world today". :)


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

You always "ON". There is no down time on the road. Always gogogo! Inside patient's home, communicating with colleagues and patient's family members. Traffic, road conditions and even looking for parking (Yay! to downtown visits) keeps you on constant alert.



Chinar S., PT


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Fulfilling


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Honesty and transparency


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

Never typical. Everyday is a new adventure. I feel like there is always a plan and then I have to adapt it!


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

That we don't have office space.   


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

Family, camaraderie, comfortable


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Be ready with your "a" game. We expect excellence!


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

True to yourself and to your patients


What is your favorite part about your job?

The flexibility and watching something grow


Why did you choose Ayuda?

My working relationship with Peter


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

Rewarding. I can't believe I went 4 years without seeing patients -- but hard as anything at times


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

I love juggling the schedules and making something out of nothing in a patient's home. I love when I can challenge the patient without using any equipment. I enjoy the marketing side and the business growth perspective.



Peter B. Sims., PT


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Dynamic


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Hard-work, self motivation, passion to help others, attention to detail, ethics, ability to work with others, comfortable with being uncomfortable, professionalism and desire to be great!


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

Wake up early, worker harder than the competition, get my hands dirty and be grateful that I have the opportunity to help others.


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

Ayuda means to help in Spanish.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

Solid relationship built on mutual respect and trust. We are open and honest with each other and partake in constructive arguments and allow ourselves to be vulnerable.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

It is not easy, but you are sure to learn a lot, help a lot of people who need you and you are able to contribute to something bigger than yourself; create, and will have fun doing it.


What does it take to be successful at Ayuda?

Flexibility, empathy, emotional intelligence, a team player and leader, ease with working with people of all sizes, shapes, colors, cultures and living environments; a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone.


What is your favorite part about your job?

The people, the mission, the vision and the freedom to move around the city in my toy car (Smart car), helping people who need us.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

Because our patients needed a team of exceptionally caring, professional, empathetic and compassionate therapist to serve them.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

I help people who are too sick or injured to leave their homes; I work with an awesome team that lives and breaths our core values; we mostly work autonomously, but we make an effort to stay close and connect by gatherings, meetings, check-ins and parties.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

There are no challenges, just OPPORTUNITIES!!!



Jessica B., PT


Where are you from and where did you go to PT school?

I was born in Saint Louis Mo and grew up in Mt. Vernon, IL as well as a short time in Kennesaw, GA. I went to PT school at University of Saint Augustine in Saint Augustine, FL


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Purposeful


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

A positive attitude; a dedication to the patient; out of the box thinking to keep patient safe and to create ample and necessary exercises and activities to improve independence in home. Multitasking ability in-home and between patients to keep communication current between patient, family members and all medical practitioners.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

5-8 patients most orthopedic cases, most patients are very happy to see me and get started for the day. Most patients are compliant and motivated.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

I have wonderful working relationships with several of the PTs and with Latanya. I look forward to getting to know every therapist better in a professional and more casual setting.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Peter is a real drill sergeant and he works us to death (just kidding).


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Flexibility in patient personality, schedule, treatment style.


What is your favorite part about your job?

Flexibility, Autonomy with a nice support system if needed,


Why did you choose Ayuda?

I heard the company was reputable and that there was the opportunity to work with many orthopedic cases.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

I am a home health PT: I work with patients who cannot make it safely out of home or are also not safe within their home.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

Mechanical traumas requiring manual therapy and with the outcome being mobility balance and strength surpassing the thoughts of the patient and family.



Latanya B., OTR


Where are you from and where did you go to OT school?

I'm from here in Chicago, IL. I went to OT school - University of Allied Health at University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC - they only had a limited amount of space to accept students each year (approx. between 50-55) - it was a very strict and hard process to get in w/ student from all over the US trying to get in. I was able to apply early to get accepted into the program around - Jan/Feb., you had to have a certain GPA, completed certain courses,etc. to qualify to apply for early admission. It was a big and hard process, they were very choosy on who the excepted into UIC's program - but I got accepted early into their program. I did my pre-req. classes between Kendall College, National College and a little bit of work between Kendall, National and Northwestern w/ my college courses and sorority.


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

It's hard to choose just one word, because the company evokes so many great qualities. But w/ all the wonderful qualities the company has - excellence, compassion, service, etc. I guess that you have to go to the root of things down to the basics and say what "stems" all of these great values w/ Ayuda and that word would be "HELP" to HELP, which is the name of the company. It the bases of where all of our decisions come from within this profession and why we all chose to become a therapist.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

What I think it takes to be successful at Ayuda, is to first and utmost want to give "quality care"to your pt.'s. Take time to "listen" to your pt.'s to see more as to what's underlying not just in their dx but w/ other matters within their life that may be a vital part "part of their puzzle" in our rehab process for them, for us to give them the "most" efficient care not just w/them, but also w/their family/caregivers to carryover what we are doing and trying to accomplish w/ making that's pt.'s life as independent as possible for them within their home environments and to carry over w/ them transitioning back into the community as suitable. It also takes for us to have some "compassion" as to what our pt.'s are going thru - it you take time w/listening, having compassion for your pt.'s, you become "trustworthy" to them and they open up more to you and your able to establish a "rapport" w/them and they know that we're try to do and give them - connect them to services that they need, to give them safety and increased independence within their lives.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

A typical day for me at Ayuda is getting my day going as scheduled w/my pt.'s, bring w/me necessary equip w/what I have planned to work individually w/each pt. Doing my necessary procedures w/vital signs, standard precautions, etc. at the start of each tx session. Carrying out my treatmetn session w/the pt. and any family/caregiver training. Documenting needed information within the pt.'s tx session (i.e. vital signs, subjective, etc). Also making needed calls/communication w/ team members, MD's and RN. At the end of the day, I call my pt.'s for scheduling or to give friendly reminders of that pt. that's scheduled for that following day, along w/trying to have my pt.'s routed out for the most efficient ways w/pt. locations, my schedule and traffic.


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

That in just 4 years - Ayuda is a very strong and outstanding company. With the expertise, knowledge base, operation of the company, etc people think that Ayuda is a company that's been in service for a long time.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

One thing that I really like w/my relationship w/my co-workers is that we are all compassionate w/our pt.'s and believe in giving "quality" care, w/ really focusing on that pt. individually to give them the best care that we can give to assist them w/the most independence at possible along w/ any assist to help that pt. and their family/caregivers w/that pt.'s care.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

My advice is that you have to be a therapist that really cares about your work and the care you are administering to your pt.'s along w/training for their family members or caregivers, to advance that pt. back towards their premorbid level of function or more, while remaining realistic for achievable goals for that pt.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

To be successful at Ayuda, I think it takes you having it in you to want to give that pt. the best care as possible. Having good "communication" w/your co-workers, RN's, MD, etc. to work as an effective and efficient team for providing a "Holistic" treatment viewpoint for that pt.


What is your favorite part about your job?

Working w/my pt.'s. It makes me happy to see them feel and to get better. Along w/seeing where they started from and what they progress to w/ experiencing how their demeanor changes from feeling down and out "depressed" to back feeling "confident and happy" w/ the progress they have achieved.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

I chose Ayuda, because the company - the CEO has the same values - mindset on providing pt. care. Also, not just giving excellent care to your pt.'s, but looking out for your well-being to be the best person - therapist you can be, while balancing different aspects within your life, to have a true balance within - WORK, REST AND PLAY/LEISURE.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

It's "rewarding" to want to help someone that needing help to get better and I'm able to assist w/providing that care to help them on their road - journey to attaining those goals. It makes me feel better to see them get better and to see how happy and confident they become w/ regaining within themselves, that "I'm better and I can do this for myself". "IT MY REWARD".


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

"PROBLEM SOLVING", when therapy measures aren't working for a pt. to attain a goal we have set a certain way, to take in all options and problem solve within that pt.'s home environment, pt./family support, environmental issues to attain progress for that pt.



Sylvia M., PT


Where are you from and where did you go to PT school?

Chicago; Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Teamwork


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Good communication with the patient and your team.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

I see my patient's in the morning while my daughter is at Daycare. After I pick her up, I rush home and put her down for a nap so that I can finish up my notes! (I LOVE nap time!)


What is your favorite part about your job?

Seeing all of the progress that my patient's have made at discharge.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

I love the feeling of being a part of a team all working together for the benefit of the patient. Ayuda has a great, supportive team that inspires me to keep doing my best.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

Patient's who are initially uncooperative/skeptical to the good that Physical Therapy can do for them and their everyday lives. I love being able to show and teach them how I can help improve their quality of life.



Schuyler (Skye) J., PT


Where are you from and where did you go to PT school?

I am from Olympia Fields (small suburb on the south side of Chicago) and went to PT school at Bradley University.


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Rewarding


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

My day usually starts between 8-9 am. I first call my patients that I have that day to make sure that they still know I am coming. Then I go out for my first visit. After I have seen all of my patients, I return home to have lunch and begin my paperwork.


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

It is a company based on communication and teamwork. Although you may rarely see your colleagues, we all work as a team in order to benefit our patients.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

Everybody I have had the opportunity to meet and work with has been extremely helpful and has really made my transition to home health more successful.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Be ready to work very hard, have great communication, work hours you may not be use to, and be flexible.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Patience, flexibility, communication and compassion.


What is your favorite part about your job?

Having the opportunity to make people better while at the same time being able to make them smile.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

Because of the great reviews from patients. I knew that if they were giving quality care, I wanted to be a part of that team.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

I tell people I am a therapist that goes into people's home when they are unable to leave their home safely.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

Patients who don't think they will get better. I enjoy seeing the satisfaction people have when they have achieved their goals when they didn't think they would.



Nicholas C., PT


Where are you from and where did you go to PT school?

I am from Charleston, South Carolina. I went to graduate school for physical therapy at The Medical University of South Carolina, which is located in Charleston.


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Positivity.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Compassion and commitment to self-improvement are two very important qualities needed to achieve success. Compassion is needed to see the challenges and struggles that our patients deal with regarding their everyday mobility. Being a life-long learner should be part of our commitment to excellence

as clinicians. In that way we are all able to bring our individual strengths together to create a stronger therapy team.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

It begins with reviewing my schedule of patients for the day in the early morning, and checking the employee portal to make sure my documentation is up to date. I then see my patient caseload for the day, and in between my patients I make any phone calls to other disciplines or to physician offices. When I return home I complete any unfinished documentation. In the early to middle evening I make my phone calls to patients for the following day so they are aware of their appointment times.


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

That our company is conducted practically entirely online! Company instructional materials, as well as all documentation of course, is located via the employee portal. Having an Ipad and using the Google apps makes the sharing and dissemination of information very easy, and collaboration between team members is so convenient.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

I've been able to be part of the home health team with several of my OT coworkers while we have treated the same patients. That experience has been great to discuss my treatment plans/goals with them and share any knowledge about the patient that helps each other achieve our own functional goals. I've also enjoyed meeting my coworkers during the Fellowship breakfasts and getting to know them "away from work", on a more personal level.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Just be yourself, and apply if you believe in wanting to make a difference in your patients' lives. I think Ayuda thrives on the indivIdual strengths of its team members.


What is your favorite part about your job?

Seeing my patients achieve the progress in their mobility and achieve their goals. That never gets old.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

I knew that Ayuda had a strong commitment to positivity while delivering high-quality patient care. I think the positive attitude, along with the ability to live a balanced life, makes Ayuda truly a great place to work.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

I tell them I work as a home physical therapist working with patients in their residences improving their functional mobility.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

I enjoy brainstorming treatment strategies for the challenging patient. Those patients that have experienced a major functional decline, or have significant environmental hazards, present major challenges for the home therapist. I think it's an interesting challenge figuring out the best and most efficient way to help our patients.



Emily P., OT


Where are you from and where did you go to OT school?

I grew up in a small town, called West Bend, in Wisconsin. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from Rush University with my masters in occupational therapy.


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Rewarding


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

I think you need to be organized, independent, motivated and reflective.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

I usually call my clients to remind them of their appointment and confirm a time range the night before. I also call clients when I am heading to their home to ensure that they are home. I arrive for my first client between 8:30-9:30 am. I see about 4-6 clients per day, finishing between 5-6 pm. The first part of my session involves checking in with the client and any of his or her support people, such as caregivers, family, friends or homemakers. I like to find out how carry over with home exercise and home activity programs are going, any questions, concerns or successes that have come up since my last visit. I determine if there is anything that needs to be prioritized in treatment for the session. In between clients I spend time calling and texting other disciplines with updates and calling new clients. I try to document during the sessions as best I can, but am generally only able to set up the basics of the note and spend time at home completing my documentation for the day.


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

Even though we do not work together physically all the time, there is an open line of communication.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

I am new to the company and am still building relationships, but I have already experienced the deep dedication that Ayuda therapists feel towards their clients and towards providing best practice. I appreciate that other therapists are interested and motivated to connect about treatment plans and goals even though we spend little time face to face. I have also noticed that my co-workers are positive and supportive of each other.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Be ready to jump in, learn and ask questions.


What is your favorite part about your job?

Building relationships and learning from my clients great life lessons. I appreciate being able to provide very client centered, functional treatment being in people's homes. It's rewarding to see people meet goals and improve their independence and satisfaction with life.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

I could tell right away that Ayuda team members were dedicated to best practice, motivated and team oriented. It was important to me to work for a supportive company.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

I work with adults, mostly older adults, in their homes doing occupational therapy. Occupational therapy addresses a person's safety and independence with everyday activities. In the home health setting I'm looking to maximize a client's independence and safety with self care and household activities. I drive to client's homes, work with them for 45 minutes to an hour for 2-3 days a week and generally see them for 2-4 weeks.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

I love having the opportunity to problem solve and think creatively with clients and their loved ones to increase participation or independence in a meaningful task. For example, exploring or creating adaptive equipment, optimizing an environment or making durable medical equipment recommendations. I have a strong interest in fall prevention education and am challenged by exploring ways to help clients fully understand and apply the information and help make it part of their routines and habits.



Peter E., PT


Where are you from and where did you go to PT school?

I am originally from New York, NY (Queens and then Pleasantville which is a suburb in Westchester County). I went to PT school at Northwestern Medical School which is how I ended up in Chicago.


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Enjoyable.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Be a good caring therapist and get your notes in on time.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

I have my schedule set to drive the least amount possible. I see lots of patients with a variety of diagnoses and complexities. Then I go home and write about it.


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

I worked with Peter Sims in another home care agency before he left to start Ayuda.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

The best relationship I developed is with Latanya. She is a great OT and a really great, nice person to work with.

Also working with Peter S, we often sit down and brainstorm ideas and ways to make this job easier and improve Ayuda. Also we discuss future trends in Healthcare.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Make sure you can deliver quality of care and keep up with your notes.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Make sure you can deliver quality of care and keep up with your notes.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

A desire to be a great therapist and work as a team member both within Ayuda and with the other staff such as nurses. Be flexible.


What is your favorite part about your job?

The most favorite part of my job is seeing patients significantly improved since initial evaluation and to hear the words when they are done working with me - Thank You.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

Peter Sims and we used to work together.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

Crazy.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

Thinking outside the box and helping patients functionally improve way beyond what other therapists might be capable of doing with them.



Maria T., Quality Assurance Guru


Where are you from and why did you choose to serve in the healthcare industry?

I am from Indiana at present, I have been in health care for the past 30 years. I started out as Office Manager in Cardiology. And, worked with a team of Internal Medicine Cardiologist.  I also have had the pleasure of working with Podiatry and Pediatrics as well as Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology.

I started as Medical Office Manager, Medical Coder/Compliance.


How would you describe what it's like to work at Ayuda in just 1 word?

Excellent


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Dedication willing to always work towards improvement.


What is a typical day like for you at Ayuda?

I work directly with the CEO on improving performance, quality and compliance.

Coordination with various referral sources; communicating with CEO and team. Innovating and completing daily responsibilities as required.


What's one interesting fact about Ayuda that people might not know?

Ayuda has various Physical Therapist with abilities to communicate in various languages to better service our patients. We have been recognized by our patients by testimonials about our therapist and the exceptional work to help our patients recovery process.


Describe the relationships you've built with your co-workers.

Great - The team is compassionate, I can reach out to them for assistance at anytime.


What advice would you give to someone applying for employment at Ayuda?

Be prepared to enjoy your job and strive for greatness & dedication.


What do you think it takes to be successful at Ayuda?

Communication, Dedication, Enjoying your job, Best practice at all times to serve our patients.


What is your favorite part about your job?

Working with a team that truly cares for the well-being of the patients and their colleagues.


Why did you choose Ayuda?

I wanted to work with a company that is growing and striving towards success on a daily basis.


How do you describe your work to your friends and family?

Enjoying what I am doing is the best part of my job. The most important part of the job is that the team is always ready to work together to improve on our success at all times.


What are some of the challenges you enjoy most?

Working towards completion on a Monday morning. I find it to be challenging. I want to stay on top of issues and always be a success.  


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