Kenaitze Indian Tribe
  • Dena'ina Wellness Center - Wellness
  • Kenai, AK, USA
  • Full Time

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Job Title:

Physical Therapist

Revision Date:



Wellness Program

Employment Status:

Full Time


Health Systems

FLSA Status:


Reports To:

Wellness Director


40 hours/week


Physical Therapy Assistant

Posting Period:

 2/6/14 - Open until filled


Job Summary

The Physical Therapist is responsible to provide physical therapy assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation, staff consultation, and group visit participation.  Assist Un'ina (customers) who have injury, illness, or de-conditioned state to improve their movement, manage their pain, and contribute to their overall wellness employing a variety of treatment modalities.  Responsible for the supervision of the Physical Therapy Assistant. Oversees the work of the Physical Therapy Assistant, Exercise Physiologist and Physical Activity Attendants with the goal of preventing Un'ina (customers') loss of mobility by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs to encourage healthier choices and more active lifestyles.

Essential Functions

  • Provide quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results, and determining physical therapy treatment plans in collaboration with the integrated care team.
  • Assist Un'ina (customer) to accomplish treatment plan by prescribing and supervising therapeutic treatment modalities, providing instruction, and adjusting plan at various stages to achieve maximum benefit.
  • Obtain Un'ina (customer) informed consent to proposed interventions including risks, benefits, and any reasonable alternatives.
  • Provide training and supervision of Physical Therapy Assistant.
  • Direct support personnel including Exercise Physiologist and Physical Activity Attendants regarding individual treatment plans and maintain collaborative communication.
  • Develop and conduct in-service training programs for wellness and integrated care team staff.
  • Institute procedures in compliance with Joint Commission standards, participate in continuous quality improvement process and customer satisfaction activities.
  • Provide Un'ina (customer) with information or resources as requested, and facilitate warm transfer/referral to appropriate care team member.
  • Effectively utilize electronic wellness record to document physical therapy and wellness services.
  • Provide Un'ina-centered (customer-centered) action planning utilizing motivational interviewing principles.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Participate in care team training and learning activities.
  • Provide input into fitness- and wellness-oriented program planning, implementation, educational support resources, and evaluation with an emphasis on best practice guidelines and wellness promotion.
  • Maintain a personal level of physical, mental and spiritual wellness appropriate to serve as a role model.
  • Attend and/or facilitate staff meeting as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Working Conditions

Lifting Requirements  

Medium work – Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


Physical Requirements

Stand or Sit (Stationary position)  

Walk (Move, Traverse)

Use hands/fingers to handle or feel (Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position)

Climb (stairs/ladders) or balance (Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse)

Stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl (Position self (to), Move)

Talk/hear (Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange information)

See (Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess)

Taste/Smell (Detect, Distinguish, Determine)

Pushing or Pulling

Repetitive Motion


Hazards and Atmospheric Conditions



OSHA Categories

Category I – Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue


Equipment and Tools

List Equipment used for job: Physical therapy, gym and exercise equipment

                                                        Computer, scanner, fax, copier and other office equipment.

List Tools:

Drives KIT or Personal Vehicle: Possess a valid driver's license







Comments: Travel may be required for training



  • Minimum of Masters of Physical Therapy degree



  • Minimum of two (2) years experience in physical therapy evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Experience with computerized management information systems
  • Knowledge of HIPAA and 42 CFR, Part 2 regulations
  • Knowledge and experience working with Alaska Native/American Indian people preferred
  • Able to provide courteous, collaborative and culturally-honoring service to all Un'ina (customers), staff and visitors, and must be a team player



  • Licensed as a Physical Therapist in Alaska, or obtained within three (3) months of hire
  • CPR and AED certification


Special Skills

  • Able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to organize, establish priorities, follow-up on details, manage budgets, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal communications, public speaking and presentation skills


This Job Description reflects Kenaitze Indian Tribe's best effort to describe the essential functions and qualifications of the job described.  It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job.  This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation.  This is not intended to be a contract.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
Kenaitze Indian Tribe


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