Carole Blueweiss

About

As someone who loves to ask questions, I thought what better way to introduce myself to you, than to ask myself some questions about me…


What made you want to create a website?

I wanted a creative space to express my ideas and showcase my photography, podcast, and professional accomplishments. I see my website as a canvas where I can share my story, integrate my diverse interests, and celebrate the full circle path my work has taken.

You’ve done a lot of things in your life. How are they related?

I’ve always been drawn to stories and storytelling. This is the thread that connects all my professional work. In college, I wrote a column for the daily newspaper where I also served as photography editor, and majored in American Studies, so I could integrate photography, history and literature into the American story that became my senior thesis.

After college, I went to work in documentary film production, again, because it was a way to tell stories. I loved this work, but as the storytelling part was overshadowed by the need to write grants, I decided that this field was not for me and found my way into my second career as a physical therapist.

Interviewing my clients and listening to their stories is what I loved most about physical therapy. Their stories held the clues that helped me help them ease their pain and improve their quality of life. I realized that helping others was a team effort and that I had as much to learn from my clients as they did from me.

This led me to start my podcast, Wisdom Shared. I began Wisdom Shared after I graduated from the three-year ABMN® training. I met many parents of children with special needs in this program. These were parents who’d seen profound changes in their children with this method, and now wanted to be trained themselves. I was amazed by their compassion, by the depth of their wisdom, and by their knowledge of alternative, complimentary, and traditional treatment modalities. As I learned their stories, I realized these families knew so much more than we so-called “experts” and thought how impactful it would be to share their stories. So I decided to build an online space where other families and healthcare workers could learn from their
real- life wisdom. Wisdom Shared continues to grow and evolve in all kinds of wonderful, surprising, and meaningful ways.

In addition to my podcast, I’m working on a film project inspired by the book, Something Remains. This book tells the story of a Jewish boy growing up in 1930s Germany. I discovered it in 2015 and halfway through my reading, realized the protagonist was my cousin. This chance discovery has brought me full circle back to documentary film production.

Tell me about what made you go into documentary film?

I’ve been drawn to writing and photography for as long as I can remember. I’m a visual learner and the idea of making a career where I could use video and audio to educate people is intriguing.

How did you pivot into a science-based field after so many years in the arts and humanities?

During my undergraduate years, I avoided science like the plague. So the pre-med curriculum required to apply to PT school was my biggest challenge. The skills I gained in my first career: asking a lot of questions, finding people to team up with, and working very hard, gave me a foundation. Not only did I re-take algebra, geometry, and pre-chemistry, I also found a tutor who could explain physics to me in a way that I could understand. I learned later on, that I had a learning disability characterized by slow processing. When I discovered this, I realized that I just needed more time to learn and that I could learn without fear. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed learning these sciences. After that accomplishment, I knew I could achieve anything I set my mind to.

What did you like best about PT?

I loved meeting new people and then, getting to know them over the course of our work. I loved listening to their stories. I loved the partnership we formed and the changes, both physical and emotional, that I saw happen inside of them. I loved finding the right balance of exercise, functional adaptations, and motivation each person needed. I loved the challenge of looking at the whole body, including both mental and physical components, considering their head-to-toe relationships, and helping my clients develop much greater awareness of their movement.

You have a lot of letters after your name. What are they?

Okay, here goes. Remember to exhale as you read down this list! I have a Masters (MSPT) and Doctorate (DPT) in Physical Therapy as well as 3-year certifications in the Feldenkrais Method (GCFP) and the Anat Baniel Method of NeuroMovement (ABMN®). Along with these multi-year training programs I’m certified in the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT), Neurodevelopment Treatment for Adults(NDT), Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS), and Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA)