1. What inspired you to become a PT?
“I knew I wanted to get into physical therapy since early in undergrad. I always knew I wanted to pursue something in the health care field, and PT was a growing profession at that time. I liked the amount of actual time I could interact with patients — a full hour, usually — which is something not common in other areas of the health care field.”

2. What are your practice/specialty areas?
“We work in four main areas: women’s health therapy, workers compensation, occupational consulting work and general orthopedic/sports medicine.”

3. How does physical therapy make a difference for patients?
“I don’t think the consumer knows the scope of what we do, which is hands-on mobility. Many people who experience injuries will try to walk it off and hope it gets better, then if not, see a physician or orthopedist.

A lot of people don’t know about Direct Access, but once they realize the impact of early intervention and that it saves them a ton of money, I think that’s when people see the benefits.”

4. Do you have any tips or advice for people on when to see a physical therapist?
“A physical therapist will empower you to help yourself and to manage your condition on your own. We want you to get better and we want you to manage your own condition, that’s what makes our job successful.

Physical therapists offer a wide variety of services on injuries from head to toe. You can rest assured that you won’t receive expensive treatment, surgery, drugs. Just tools to help you lead a better quality of life.”

5. What motivates you most every day?
“It’s inspiring anytime that I can see a patient within a day of their injury and help them immediately reduce their pain. It’s so powerful to see someone who comes in with pain and walk out with more confidence and more reassurance. A lot of people are scared when they come in, and that simple reassurance and decrease in their fear can be extremely powerful.”