West Jefferson Clinic
PT, Sr. Therapist
I watched my grandfather go through cardiac rehab after a heart attack and this drew me to the health professions, then I shadowed a friend that is a PT and knew right away that this was the field for me.
I enjoy the process of trying to figure out the cause of a person’s symptoms and how I can intervene to help them return to all the activities they enjoy. Seeing people return to the parts of their lives that fulfill them gives me a sense of purpose.
Fun fact about me, I have run over 50 marathons and ultra marathons. The longest distance I have run so far has been 100 miles, but that could change. I have also trained in karate for over 30 years.
I became a Physical Therapist because I was an athlete growing up and had my own personal injuries that I had to attend physical therapy for. I liked the concept of being able to return to my activity through manual therapy and exercise without having to rely on pain medication. After further doing internships and observations hours, I knew this was the career for me.
The best part of my job is helping patients accomplish their goals.
Fun fact about me, I was adopted!
I became a PT because when I was growing up playing sports I tore my ACL and had PT myself. I loved seeing the relationships you can build with patients and the tangible nature of seeing people get better and decided this was the field for me.
My favorite part about my job is getting to work directly with patients to help them both feel better and become more independent in their symptom control.
Fun fact about me, one of my favorite things to do is take my dog for long car rides and walks in new places.
When I was in high school my father was in a very traumatic car accident. He was in the hospital for 3 months recovering. After seeing how physical therapy was involved in helping him, I gain an enormous respect for the profession.
The best part of my job is…….I love my job! My favorite part would be that there is always something new to learn. Getting to know my patient’s unique personalities is fun as well.
Fun fact about me, I have a never-ending supply of movie quotes, and I’m not afraid to use them! I consider laughter one of the best medicines, and like to keep a very upbeat attitude.