Sandy Goldstein, PT, CDMS
Professional Biography Synopsis
Sandy Goldstein graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University in 1997. From outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation, to corporate health initiatives, Sandy has worked for a variety of corporations such as Little Tikes Manufacturing and Coca Cola Bottling Company, performing worksite rehabilitation interventions, including ergonomic studies, job coaching, injury prevention training and fitness-for-duty testing. While working for Honda of America, Sandy utilized his training in the above areas, in addition to providing prevention and in-plant ergonomic interventions with a focus on return-to-work rehabilitation progressions within Honda’s 4 different plants. Collaborations with Safety, Ergonomics, Physicians, Occupational Health Nurses and Line Supervisors provided Sandy with the opportunity to effectively transition Honda associates back to work.
Continuing to add to his credentials, Sandy received certifications in the Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) system as well the ErgoScience Functional Capacity (FCE) system, and the Workability Systems system. Additionally, Sandy received advanced training through the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, which provided him with the accreditation as a Transitional Work Program Developer. With this accreditation, Sandy began independently consulting with several hundred employers over a four year period, helping them to better manage injuries, illness and runaway costs associated with employee absence. Sandy’s experience in Social Security disability law assisted him in representing over 50 disability applicants before the Social Security Administration.
Sandy has facilitated hundreds of disability management projects since, some of which include Burger King, Kent State University, B&B appliance, Animal Protective League, Western Reserve Historical Society, Subway, McGraw Hill, to name a few. A variety of industries (copper mines, coal mines, nursing homes, small/mid-sized manufacturing firms, school systems, municipalities) have benefited from Sandy’s expertise.
While assisting business and organizations with a variety of issues, Sandy’s integrated disability management consulting experience provided him the opportunity to advise clients on hiring practices, injury reporting practices, transitional and modified work assignments, medical provider selection, return-to-work coordination, loss prevention revision and productivity/disability management policies for employee handbooks.
In 2006, Sandy was recruited to direct industrial rehabilitation services for a 10-clinic outpatient physical therapy company in Phoenix, Arizona, with a focus on direction of prevention and return-to-work services. These services include: Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs); ergonomic intervention strategies; functional job analysis; identification of safe work tasks and task progression; employee fitness screens; job/injury strengthening exercises; injury prevention; injury coaching and education; job modifications; transitional work programs; transitional work training; and work recovery rehabilitation.
Sandy continues to be actively involved in the integrated disability management field, and became a Certified Disability Management Specialist (CDMS) in 2009. He frequently works in the medical–legal arena providing expert witness testimony and independent evaluation in the area of physical and work disability and functional capacity evaluation. He has been hired as an expert in personal injury, workers’ compensation, disability and malpractice cases. Sandy has and continues to author articles in addition to presenting and facilitating groups with focus on a variety of topics within the integrated disability management continuum.
He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1997. He also remains active in the APTA Orthopaedic Section, APTA Private Practice Section, APTA Occupational Health Special Interest Group, APTA Geriatric Special Interest Group and the Arizona Physical Therapy Association
Additionally, Sandy believes in volunteering his time and currently is serving as a Board of Directors Member of the AZ International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP).
In 2013, Sandy took on the cause of fall prevention after a family member was released from the hospital and fell three times within a week. Since that time, he opened MEASURAbilities, LLC and MEASURAbilities Home Safety, LLC offering a full range of fall prevention services and environmental home modification contracting all in an effort to prevent people from falling.
With MEASURAbilities Home Safety, LLC, Sandy became the first AZ licensed home contractor to use expertise from their medical background and expertise in ergonomics to make sure modifications are appropriate for the customer.
The following is a list of some of Sandy’s most prominent presentations and publications.
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
Goldstein S, Wickstrom RJ (2006). Transitional Work Program Applications Seminar.
Workshop presented at “Forging Transitional Work Partnerships” Seminar, Columbus, Ohio.
Goldstein S, Wickstrom R (2006). Co-author, Transitional Work Program Applications Seminar Manual. Workability Systems, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Goldstein, S (2006) Author, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Discontinues Transitional Work Grants Program. What is next for Employers? December 2006
Goldstein, S (2007) Author, Five Critical Signs” That Your Company Needs it’s Transitional Work Program Repaired, Workability Network Update, March 2007
Goldstein, S (2007) Presenter, “Work is Therapy; A Paradigm Shift” PPTS, Director Meeting, January 2007
Goldstein, S (2007) Author, Legalities of the Post-Offer Fitness Screening Process, published in Physicians Physical Therapy Newsletter
Goldstein S, Webb S (2008) A Multistakeholder Guide for Successful Accommodation Intervention, Taking the Mystery out of the Interactive Process, presented at the Disability Empowerment Center, Phoenix, Arizona.
Goldstein, S (2008) Author, Preventing Needless Work Disability by Helping People Stay Employed is Often Not Easy, Physician Physical Therapy Newsletter, Summer 2008
Goldstein, S (2008) Presenter, “60 Summits Project – The Arizona SAW/RTW Summit: A New Paradigm for Disability Benefits & Workers’ Comp System in Arizona”, Arizona Self-Insurers Association Membership Luncheon, April 2008
Goldstein S, Wickstrom RJ (2009): Early Intervention to Promote SAW/RTW Seminar presented to members of International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals and nurse case managers of managed care organizations.
Goldstein, S. (2009) Author, Managing Injured and Ill Workers under the New ADA, Mesa Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, January 2009
Goldstein S, Webb S (2009) Co-author Taking the Mystery out of the Interactive Process……..ADAAA Made Simple: A Multi-stakeholder Guide for Successful Accommodation Intervention
Goldstein S, (2009) Presenter, “B.A.C.K.S.”, Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Safety Meeting, July 2009
Goldstein S, (2009) Author, In Support of Unmitigated Language, a Safety Story like No Other, Mesa Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, August 2009
Goldstein, S (2009) Author, Underutilized Treatment Approach for Acute Injuries: Focus on the Back, Advanced Urgent Care Clinical Update, Volume 2, Issue 2, August 2009
Goldstein S, Wickstrom RJ, (2010). Applying Job Analysis to Promote Stay-At- Work/Return-To-Work. Platform Presentation at IARP Case Management/Disability Management Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Goldstein, S (2011) Taking the Mystery Out of The Interactive Process….revisited, presented at the Disability Empowerment Center, Phoenix, Arizona.
Goldstein, S (2012) Implementing an ADA/EEOC Compliant Pre-Work Testing Process, presented at the Arizona Self-Insurers Association Luncheon, April 2012.
Goldstein, S (2012) Implementing an Physical Demand Analysis, Method & Practice, presented at Freeport, McMoRan Copper & Gold International Safety Meeting, Breckenridge, CO, September 2012
Goldstein, S (2014) Management of Fall Risk: A Prescription for Prevention, Stonegate Community Health Fair, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2014
Goldstein, S (2014) Management of Fall Risk: A Prescription for Prevention, International Association of Rehabilitation Associates, Phoenix, AZ, April 2014