By Jeff Carter, PT MBA: Looking back over my 34 years as a PT, I have observed my peers treating in a variety of settings. I have asked myself, “What makes some PTs obtain excellent outcomes and others produce less than acceptable results?” Is it the intellect or skill of the therapist? Is it the personality or physical plant they work in? Though all these things are factors affecting outcomes, I believe the answer lies in this statement: Excellent outcomes are found with physical therapists who are artists by trade. Do I mean they are actually painters, sculptors, designers, etc.? Yes! These PTs are not just technicians performing a skill learned in school or at some continuing education course. They are excellent at the design and execution of the treatment rendered but they are much more than that. These artists are able, along with their patient, to paint a portrait, sculpt a mold, design and execute a treatment plan that is a creative and unique to the needs of the patient. One that combines all the elements needed draw out of the patient what is needed to make a lasting effect for good and a produce a relationship the patient will remember for a lifetime. Being an artist is a passion in my life.