Why did you choose this profession?
Physical therapy is my second career, or third next to parenting. As an Army officer, fitness was part of the job and that became part of my identity. After I left the Army, I chose to stay-at-home and raise our girls. I enjoyed instructing pilates, Vinyasa yoga, and cycling to keep active. In 2009, my husband sustained a back injury after a bad landing from an Airborne jump and he was referred to a physical therapist. Many of his exercises and rehabilitation looked similar to what I was teaching and performing in my classes and I became interested in his rehabilitation. I began to look at what a PT does, their training and education and what makes their job unique. The more I learned about what physical therapists do, the more convinced I became that this profession was calling my name.
What do you find most interesting about your job?
The continuous learning opportunities and ways to grow the profession. I am interested in promoting the profession of physical therapy as the first line of treatment.
What is your best quality as a professional?
I work hard to be a good listener. A client usually has a good idea of what may be causing their pain or dysfunction. A skilled therapist begins the differential diagnose using the patient report, which will lead to the tests and data we will collect. A good listener will ask the right questions and build a plan to achieve the patient goals.
Interests and Hobbies?
I love to run, crossfit, road bike, hike, paddle board, spend time with my daughters and do household renovations and projects.
Did you know?
There are over 23 muscles attached to your pelvis.
What are some of your Favorites?
TV show: Greys’ Anatomy, Jane the Virgin, Vikings, Game of Thrones, Grace and Frankie, Sweet Magnolias, Friday Night Lights, The Morning Show (too many to name)
FOOD: nachos and Mexican food, as well as Thai food
SPORTS: I love to watch football, but am still new to learning all the rules of the game. I don’t have a favorite team. It goes without saying, I love to watch my kids compete in their sports.
What are you doing in the Community?
I am new to the CNY area, but when I lived in Tacoma, WA, I was involved with volunteering for my kids sports teams and supporting the Special Olympics through volunteer work. I have also volunteered at my church VBS program and supervised children of essential workers.