Emily Valdes, PT, DPT, OCS

emily valdes

Finding Myself

I have come a long way since my high school years, where I thought I was going to pursue music as a career. Like many physical therapists, I was a high school athlete who experienced an injury and attended physical therapy. Unfortunately, I did not have a great first experience with physical therapy (PT). When I arrived at Texas State, my family encouraged me to explore all options, and my love for learning truly blossomed. When the field of physical therapy was reintroduced to me as a major/career path, I was wary due to my personal experience care for all her patients and an attitude that was infectious. It was at this time that I decided what I wanted to do. I decided to be best physical therapist, and provide care that all people truly deserve.

Learning

I enjoy learning continually and am always looking for ways to improve my treatments. Aside from technical skills, much of what physical therapists do relies on interpersonal skills. My background (I earned a minor in Psychology during undergrad) is essential to helping me in this area. By learning what encourages and inspires my patients, I am able to come up with solutions that motivate and push my patients a bit further. I also learn more about myself through interactions with patients and believe every day offers a learning experience. Applying the skills that I have learned into practice with my patients helps me continue to grow and I am grateful for the opportunity.

Community Outreach

Whether it is part of a chosen job in my spare time, I have always had a passion for helping people. While completing my undergraduate degree at Texas State, my roommate and I created a chapter of a national organization to raise awareness for child soldiers in Uganda. I carried this love of helping people to Galveston, Texas. I immediately began volunteering at a homeless clinic in Galveston and a weekly homeless breakfast, helping triage. I have been on numerous mission trips to Laredo, Texas, and even experienced an unforgettable mission trip to Peru. I have never experienced more joy compared to the joy I felt when helping and getting to know people. I plan to continue my love for helping the less fortunate and voiceless for as long as I am able.

Credentials

  • Licensure in Physical: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
  • BS: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX
  • OCS: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association