Why did you choose this profession?
In college I was pursuing a career in medicine because of my love for science, the human body, and my interest in helping others. While working in a hospital after graduation I was referred to a PT to treat my back pain that had become chronic from an injury when playing soccer in high school. I assumed I would have to live with pain the rest of my life, but slowly over the weeks of rehab I found relief, renewed strength, and learned a ton along the way. One day I asked my PT if he liked his job, he smiled and said “I love it”. I drove home from that appointment and knew I had to change my entire career path, and I am so glad that I did!
Interests and Hobbies?
I love gardening, cooking, and eating with friends & family! I love being outside, and enjoying hiking for beautiful views. I also enjoy making and crafting things for our home.
What is your best quality as a professional?
I enjoy getting to know my patients as individuals! Everyone has a different story to tell, and that is often SO relevant to their rehab. Understanding who they are as a whole person – their history, their hobbies/interests, their passions and goals – all help me customize the best treatment plan for each individual. And I think we have more fun along the way!
What is your favorite food?
My favorite meal would be triple cream brie, steak, asparagus and a glass of red wine.
Did you know?
My husband and I are highschool sweethearts… we met when we were 15! And we are about to welcome our first baby girl into the world this summer!
What do you find most compelling about your job?
There is always more to learn in this field of work. Whether it’s digging deeper into understanding how to evaluate and treat a specific joint, the multifaceted nature of pain, a new tool or piece of equipment, or a specialized area of practice.