Episode 130 - Hugh Murray and Bobbi Jo Chapman: Multi-disciplines Implementing Grand Rounds

Bobbi Jo Chapman OTR, Cert MDT

Hugh Murray PT, Dip MDT



In this episode,  # 130, I speak with Hugh Murray, senior instructor with the McKenzie Institute and Bobbi Jo Chapman, one of only 7 credentialed MDT occupational therapists. They discuss the dynamics of PT's and OT's in their clinic, the practice of doing grand rounds collaborating for their patients and more. This week on MCF.




Show Notes


About Hugh and Bobby Jo

Hugh and Bobby Jo work together in a small private-practice clinic in Charleston, West Virginia. Hugh is a Diplomate and faculty member of the McKenzie Institute, and Bobby Jo is a Certified hand therapist and one of only 7 Occupational Therapists in the United States credentialed in MDT. 



Hugh explains how word of mouth has become his practice’s primary referral source, some useful marketing tools, and the community around his practice. He speaks about the importance of patient education as an adjunct to drumming up business and referrals, and how the prevention aspect of MDT has allowed patients to advocate for your practice. 


An OT’s Perspective

Bobby Jo reflects on her early career, and how the assessment and classification of MDT has helped her better understand her patients’ problems. She talks about common hand/wrist diagnoses, and how the assessment has helped her make better clinical decisions. She talks about the similarities and differences between PT and OT.


Triage and Grand Rounds

Hugh and Bobby Jo discuss how they treat patients, and how while their backgrounds differ their outcomes are similar because of the systematic assessment process. They discuss how being an MDT therapist allows them to communicate beyond the “barriers” of physical and occupational therapy.


They talk about their weekly grand rounds, how their communication helps them gain confidence in their care, and the methods and subtleties of their weekly meetings.  Hugh and Bobby Jo encourage all therapists to incorporate grand rounds into their clinical practice to help improve outcomes, enhance communication between clinicians, and build partnerships with patients.