ROAD TO PHYSICAL THERAPY
Growing up, I was always very interested in the medical field, but it wasn’t until my senior year in high school that my passion for physical therapy began. I went into the hospital for a common surgical procedure but ended up with a very severe infection and surgical complications. It was a difficult time for me, missing out on senior activities and not being able to play volleyball, but my physical therapist was my saving grace and progressed me enough to be able to walk just in time for my senior prom. I was in awe of her and the entire physical therapy team. The hardship I went through gave me the opportunity to see firsthand how a physical therapy clinic operates, how helpful each team member is to recovery and how much a therapist can improve someone’s outlook and quality of life. My therapist allowed me to see the positives in my injury and how life would be good again. She pushed me to overcome emotional and physical obstacles and gave me the confidence that I would be able to walk normally again one day. During my rehabilitation process, I quickly knew that I wanted to be what my therapist was to me, to someone else one day. That’s when my journey to becoming a physical therapist began.
ALWAYS STRIVING FOR MORE
As a new graduate from the Physical Therapy program, I know there is so much more out there in the physical therapy world for me to learn. Along with learning as much as I can from my more experienced colleagues and Momentum family, I also have many interests for continuing education. During my physical therapy coursework, I had the opportunity to take courses toward a manual therapy certification, I look forward to completing this soon. Alongside manual therapy, I have a passion to take continuing education courses on athletes and the more experienced weightlifter/Olympic lifter in hopes to one day be involved in the preventative care and post-injury/surgery care of this patient population.
Taking opportunities that allow me to give back and help those less fortunate than me is something very important in my life. While in Physical Therapy school, I had the opportunity to travel to two different countries and volunteer alongside their physiotherapists to help as many people as possible in one week. In 2015, I traveled to Lima, Peru, and volunteered at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying and Destitute. This was my first experience that really opened my eyes to how many people in this world do not have the health care and access to physical therapy that many of us do in the United States, and my passion to travel more and continue to help all I can grow. In 2016, I traveled to Ho, Ghana, and worked alongside a Physiotherapist there that was trained in Europe. This was the only clinic in a two-hour radius and people drove from all over for him to treat their babies. It was an honor and amazing learning experience to be able to use my own knowledge and learn from differently trained therapists to treat new patient populations. Along with taking trips like these often, I also hope to bring new knowledge and quality care to those in the San Antonio Community. My goal is to bring my excitement and knowledge to improve the quality of life to each and every person I can reach during the span of my career.
Licensure in Physical Therapy: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiner BS: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Specialization in Applied Exercise Physiology and Psychology minor, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin, TX
MEMBER: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association