JOURNEY TO PT
Growing up, my father was a competitive bodybuilder and gym owner, so I was introduced and surrounded by exercise at a young age. I have always been passionate about sports and grew up playing a number of different sports including Basketball, Golf, Skateboarding, Baseball, and Football. I knew, early on, that I wanted a career involving sports and/or working with athletes. While attending UTSA, I worked as a Personal Trainer for four years and was working towards becoming a strength coach until I injured my back and was introduced to Physical Therapy. I instantly fell in love with the profession and how the Physical therapists applied their knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics then applied it to help their patients feel better and move better.
After completing six weeks of Physical Therapy care, I knew that this was the career path for me. I went to my advisor at school and changed my major, began building my resume, and began preparing to apply to PT school. I was later accepted and earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas.
COMMITMENT TOWARDS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE
One of my favorite aspects of being a Physical Therapist is that the profession is constantly evolving, which allows me to continue to learn and progress as a clinician. I plan on being a life-long learner and am committed to beneficence, taking an extra step to ensure that all my patients receive the clinically excellent and individualized care they require and deserve.
To further my development as a therapist, I am currently enrolled in a Fellowship program and undergoing specialized training in sports manual therapy through the Institute of Athletic Regeneration with the goal of earning a distinction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT)
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
I have always had a passion for helping people and giving back to my community. Throughout PT school, I served as an Anatomy and Musculoskeletal tutor in order to help students in the later cohorts better understand and apply the material they were learning. I have also volunteered at multiple places while living here and in Austin, TX such as the San Antonio food bank, and Power for Parkinson’s. I feel helping my community is an important part of being civically engaged and look forward to continuing to help my community any way I can in the future.
LICENSURE IN PT: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine, Austin, TX
BA: Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Exercise Science and Business, University of Texas-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
CERTIFICATIONS: CSOMT: Certification in Sports & Orthopedic Manual Therapy for Physical Therapists, Institute for Athlete Regeneration, Houston, TX