Gvantsa Aladashvili: Making an Impact as a Physical Therapist with USAID Support

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Gvantsa Aladashvili, Physical Therapist

USAID empowers young people across Georgia to contribute to the country’s development in many fields. That includes creating a better environment for persons with disabilities.

Gvantsa Aladashvili first got involved with USAID’s Physical Rehabilitation Program back in 2019. At the time, she was studying Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tbilisi State Medical University and wanted to gain practical experience in her field. 

Fast forward two years, and Gvantsa is a certified physical therapist and a key member of the team working at the Ken Walker Clinic for Medical Rehabilitation in Tbilisi. The Ken Walker Clinic is a USAID-supported facility that provides state-of-the-art rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities - not only from Georgia, but from across the South Caucasus region. 

Working on a USAID-funded program that is implemented by Emory University, one of the world’s leading institutions in medicine and physical rehabilitation, has helped Gvantsa grow into the qualified professional she is today:

"Before participating in the program, my knowledge was limited to theory. The USAID and Emory University Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia Program has given me the opportunity to improve my education in practice. Patient assessment, goal-oriented therapy - these are the skills I have acquired through ongoing training within the project. Working face-to-face with American colleagues has helped me establish myself as a true physical therapist,” Gvantsa says.

“Today, I know how to evaluate a patient; I know what a patient-oriented clinical practice should look like. With the help of the project I completely changed my professional approach. As a result, I no longer depend on the diagnosis made by the medical doctor. In physical therapy, I diagnose the patient myself, as it is accepted worldwide!”

Since 2017, USAID’s Physical Rehabilitation in Georgia Program has expanded Georgian citizens’ access to quality, affordable physical rehabilitation services and assistive technologies. The program is implemented by Emory University in partnership with Tbilisi State Medical University, the Coalition for Independent Living, and Partners for International Development.

 

Last updated: July 30, 2021

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