Erin Drozd Winfrey
While many physical therapists gain interest in our profession when they were a patient themselves, the opposite is true for me. In high school I injured my ankle playing sports but never received physical therapy. It wasn’t until after I experienced continuous injuries with the same ankle that I learned that receiving physical therapy treatment would have prevented all of the reinjuries. Not knowing much about the field of physical therapy, I decided to observe a physical therapist. During my observation time, I found my interest in this great profession increasing and began working in an orthopedic outpatient clinic as a physical therapy technician.
During my years as a technician, I solidified my decision to become a physical therapist. I could not wait to wake up and go to work everyday and that excitement continued throughout my graduate studies. While I have experienced working in many different areas of this profession, I always maintained an interest for sports and orthopedics. My dream of spending my days helping others has finally come true, and I have returned to what I feel like is home in the orthopedic outpatient setting!
This profession is constantly growing with evidence-based interventions being discovered everyday. Having performed a research study myself with fellow classmates, I found a new appreciation for research and the ways in which it can impact patient care. Although I was in college for 10 years, I know that my learning has only just begun! Furthering my knowledge and education throughout my career is a top priority because I owe it to my patients to provide the best evidenced-based care possible.
During my graduate studies I always tried to make it a point to take the time to give back to this great community. I have had the privilege of working with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas. In addition I have had the opportunity to volunteer at several 5K and a half marathon running events such as Susan G. Komen Foundation 5K and the Rock n’ Roll Marathon. I plan to continue my service and support of the health and well-being of this amazing community.
Licensure in Physical Therapy: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
BHA: Bachelor of Healthcare Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX