INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY
During my childhood, I was always very active and had many interests. I played several sports, danced, sang, and even played guitar. I also loved learning and going to school. My favorite subjects in school were science and art, a combination which is likely what led me to the love of physical therapy. I completed my first mentorship at a physical therapy clinic at the age of 16 years old. I was fascinated by the rehabilitation process and inspired by the amount of dedication each patient had through the guidance of their therapists. What really attracted me was the way therapists connected with each patient and modified treatment plans in order to achieve each patient’s goals. I learned that going to therapy should not feel like you are bing tortured, but should feel like you are being nurtured. When you are in physical therapy, you should feel like you’re being cared for by someone who cares about you.
Physical therapy is often described as being an art and a science. I could not agree more. There is certainly a great deal of science involved as treatments prescribed are based on the most current research available. At the same time, therapy should never be the same for each person, because all people are a little bit different. My greatest joy as a physical therapist is helping patients discover their potential. I love introducing patients to new things and sharing the joy of their accomplishments. I am able to do this partially thanks to the wonderful education I received during my years in school, bat an even larger part to my continued learning has been through reading research articles and attending continuing education courses.
I have a great interest in volunteering in the community. Throughout high school, college and graduate school, I participated in a variety of organizations, including Challenger Baseball, Relay for Life and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In the past few years, my focus has been more family-centered, with the addition of my first child. Experiencing every day through my son’s eyes, as he learns new things, has been an absolute joy! I really look forward to introducing him to the enrichment that serving the community has to offer. There is no greater reward than that of giving back to the community in which you live.
Licensure in Physical Therapy: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Elon University, Elon, NC
BS: Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Roanoke College, Salem, VA