Say Hello! to Rob Nivala — Career Consultant - Lead
Nice to Meet You!I love helping people grow both professionally and personally. I am extremely goal focused and will do my best to help all my therapists get to where they want to be whether they are day one new grads or 20 year veterans. I believe the biggest key to success is having a strong team behind you working together.
Fun FactI am an avid traveler and cook. On each of my trips I collect recipes to use in my kitchen at home. On weekends where we can’t travel farther my wife, daughter and I explore Colorado and can usually be found out in the mountains in one of the many parks.
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- I literally could not ask for a better agent during my time with Advanced Travel Therapy. Rob always had my back, whether it was addressing a need I had out in the field or just offering an ear to listen after a rough day at the office. He worked very hard to make sure that I had every advantage necessary to go into the field confidently and provide the best services possible to the patients on my caseload. Rob treats his recruits like family while maintaining the utmost professionalism and quality of support. Whether you're a veteran or a new grad, just know that if he's your lead, he's going to do everything in his power to make sure you're satisfied and on the right track. It's been a real pleasure to work with him over the past few years, and I look forward to working with him in the future.
- I was very hesitant to sign with a travel company. Unfortunately after dragging my feet and trying to find hospital placements across the country on my own, I found myself well into the summer without a job placement. I had causally been chatting with Rob and it was a very good thing I did. He would check in about cities that fit with the places I was looking at moving and then would tell me details about the jobs that were there. He talked to me about opening up my search to schools (which I was resistant to at first). Soon Robert not only found me a city I was excited to live in, but also a school based position that honestly has been a match made in heaven. The only thing I would change about my experience is that I wish I would have reached out to Rob sooner (It would have saved me a lot of time and would have saved me from a lot of worry filled nights)
- When looking for a traveling/contract therapy job there are an overwhelming amount of options. All companies have these tactics they use to persuade you to work for them and everyone is seemingly pleasant but you never know what you are really walking in to because when you work for these types of companies you do not technically meet anyone from the company in person. You are going based off of a friendly voice and you hope for the best that your recruiter will be a good fit. I was very lucky to have Rob as my recruiter/ boss for almost a year until I found a permanent position in my hometown. He is always easily accessible via phone and email and is aware of the realities of the field. He is very familiar with the things that you need to know and how to anticipate what's ahead in between contracts. If being a traveler is the right fit for you at the time then you will be prepared with anything and everything you need to be aware of to be successful with your contracts. I have yet to find a more understanding employer who will accommodate you as best as he can given the circumstances. I anticipate working for Rob again in the future.
- I remember driving home from my old job and thinking I needed a fresh start. I knew this was the time in my life I wanted to travel and see more parts of the country; I just didn’t know how or where to start. The whole travel process seemed a little daunting to me. I applied to Advanced and connected with Rob a few days later. He made the process easy and not as stressful. I know it sounds cheesy, but he listened to what I was looking. He gave me different placement options that fit the criteria and places I was looking for. If he didn’t know the answer to one of my questions, he would find someone who could help. What I really respected was he offered honest feedback and provided me with different tips to help me be successful during the interview process. After I accepted my placement in August, he continues to make sure the placement is what I wanted and if anything is coming up that I need help with. You can defiantly tell Rob cares for his travelers. I am very thankful for all the work Rob has done in helping me start my traveling OT experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to bring housewares with me?
No, you don't need to bring your housewares with you. Advanced provides fully furnished housing, however you are free to bring with you whatever you choose.
Is Advanced certified by the Joint Commission?
Yes, Advanced is certified by the Joint Commission
Are all your school jobs in super rural, out of the way areas?
Not at all. We see openings in all geographic areas. Sure, some of them are super rural or in quiet, out of the way towns. But other jobs exist in urban areas as well.
Does working in a school pigeon hole me into only educational settings?
Of course not. We have many therapists who work in schools during the school year and then take medical assignments during the summer. The advantage to working with Advanced Medical is that you have the ability to look at jobs in so many varied settings.
What is the most important aspect of having a successful travel experience?
Picking the right company! Our recruiters are some of the best in the business. There is nothing contractually binding you to Advanced Medical for your long term travels (outside of the individual 13 week contract). We gain loyalty through trust and excellent customer service. As long as you are traveling, we want it to be with us! A positive experience is imperative to that happening, so you can pretty much guarantee you will be taken care of on contract with AMPS.
I'm not greedy but part of the reason I travel is the extra money I can make. Will I still qualify for travel stipends while on these longer assignments?
Absolutely. You can work in one spot as a traveler for up to 12 months before you are considered local. During the course of your school year assignment, you qualify for all the travel stipends you would receive while on a shorter assignment.