BECOMING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Always a student of the sciences, I knew very early on that I wanted to pursue a career in the field of medicine or healthcare. The exact profession I wanted to dedicate my life was unclear; however, that suddenly changed when a family member experienced a severe stroke, leaving her physically unable to perform even the most basic activities
of daily life. Despite her physical impairments and the seemingly long road to recovery, she worked with tireless and determined physical therapists in the hospital, home health and outpatient setting. Each therapist had hopes of restoring her movement capacity and quality of life. Seeing her improve day by day, month by month, year by year, inspired me to pursue a life that would enable me to do the same for anyone in need. That desire led me through undergraduate school, to a job as a physical therapy technician, admission into a doctorate level physical therapy program, and ultimately to where I am today, a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
IT’S NOT A CAREER…IT’S A LIFESTYLE
The best part of being a physical therapist is promoting and learning about a lifestyle I am so passionate about: an ACTIVE AND HEALTHY ONE! You don’t need me to recite the health benefits of exercise and a nutritious diet, but
you may need me to explain their role in treating pain. On top of leading an active lifestyle as an avid strength enthusiast, I enjoy spending my spare time educating myself on the latest research regarding rehabilitation
interventions, with a particular interest in the role of resistance training in managing pain and improving function, and how to best implement each of these for optimal patient results. As a physical therapist, I take my duty of leading by example and keeping up with the latest research seriously, all in hopes of providing the best care possible!
SERVING MY HOMETOWN
A native San Antonian, I have always prided myself in serving my community. From leading local voter registration drives in high school to providing pro bono physical therapy services at San Antonio’s Haven for Hope during physical therapy school, I have always made time to fulfill my civic duty of volunteerism. I continue to serve my community by volunteering my time to aid in local school district events, participating in the City of San Antonio park clean-ups and serving as a volunteer for the San Antonio Food Bank.
LICENSURE IN PT: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
BS: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health, Exercise Science, University of Texas, Austin, TX
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA
MEMBER: National Strength and Conditioning Association
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish