Growing up I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do for a career, but I knew I wanted to serve people in the medical field. One day, a college advisor told me to look into physical therapy. Unbeknownst to me, I had a family friend who was a physical therapist. I contacted him to see if I could volunteer at his clinic. After my first day, I knew it was the career I wanted to pursue. Physical therapy provided real solutions to the problems people faced, directly impact lives, and create lasting change. I was hooked from my time as a volunteer and have been passionate about the profession ever since.
MY JOURNEY IN PHYSICAL THERAPY
Originally, I’m from New Jersey. I did both undergraduate and graduate work at Rutgers University. Following graduation, I prioritized being a well-rounded clinician to ensure I was able to practice physical therapy in multiple settings. I started my career in a hospital-based outpatient setting, where my focus was on orthopedics and sports medicine. An advantage of working in this setting is you get to see a variety of conditions outside of the ortho/sports demographic. Since leaving New Jersey in 2017, I have acquired other hospital-based experiences in both inpatient rehab and acute care settings allowing me to further see patients at different stages of their care.
PAYING IT FORWARD
There have been so many people that have helped me along the way during my professional journey. Those people have fueled my desire to pay it forward. I frequently mentor students who are struggling to qualify or gain entry into physical therapy school. In addition, I’ve taken on many PT students, serving as a clinical instructor or CI, who are in the clinic for their hands-on training component. Opportunities to work more closely with these students have presented themselves over the last few years. I also worked as a part-time faculty member at the University of the Incarnate Word and currently hold a part-time faculty position at the University of St. Augustine in Austin.
My passion for the profession has also led me into leadership roles within our national association, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In New Jersey, I was in the role of delegate for the APTA House of Delegates for two years. I have continued this role while living in San Antonio and have represented our district since 2019.
LICENSURE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
BA: Biological Sciences and Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Rutgers University, Blackwood, NJ
MEMBERSHIP: American Physical Therapy Association