HOW IT ALL STARTED
At a very young age, I discovered that I got enjoyment from making others feel better, emotionally and physically. From giving my mom and dad a back massage to speaking with friends about anything on their mind… I truly enjoyed feeling that I was making a positive difference in their lives. It wasn’t until my junior year in high school that I discovered what a career in Physical Therapy entailed. A profession that would combine my interest in manual therapy with establishing trusting relationships and this was a life in which I was happy to commit. I began volunteering at various PT clinics, then eventually working as a PT technician, where I observed the patient-therapist dynamic up close and how rewarding it could be. Those experiences only confirmed my admiration for the profession, and it was all downhill from there!
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW
This is a very general, but also thought-provoking, statement that stood out to me in PT school. There will always be something new to learn, regardless of how confident one might feel, and we are fortunate to be living in a time with knowledge at our fingertips, literally. Whether it’s in our professions or personal relationships, I believe one should strive to be the best they can be, and this requires learning what we don’t know. As a Physical Therapist, I not only have the privilege of sharing the knowledge I’ve gained throughout my schooling but also acquiring new knowledge from colleagues and even my patients.
PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
Around the same time I decided I wanted to pursue PT as a career, I also started working on my physical health. I picked up hobbies such as running (to include other gym-dwelling activities) as well as healthy eating/cooking. I share these hobbies with my husband, who provides me motivation every day to stay on track. I hope to be just as influential for my patients so that they can also move on to a long life of happiness, and overall wellness.
Licensure in Physical Therapy: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
BS: Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, University of Texas at San Antonio, TX
DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine, Austin, TX