1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
This is my first year practicing Physical Therapy. I graduated this May from Northeastern University. I completed my clinical rotation with SCPT, so I’ve been here a while.
2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist?
I chose to become a PT, like many others, because I wanted to help people rehab from injuries to get their lives back to how they want to live them. I really love to see the transformation from pain and limitations back to prior level of function.
3. Was there anything in particular that inspired your career choice?
I have a passion for dance and as a former dancer through this career I am hoping to work with other young dancers to rehab injuries or prevent future injuries.
4. Who are your mentors or role models who inspired your career?
My professors, all of my clinical instructors, as well as my Aunt who is an Occupational Therapist. They all helped inspire and shape the direction of my career. They all taught me a little something different that really allowed me to find my own path in Physical Therapy.
5. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
My typical day at SCPT at East Main Street is busy. It’s a really fun, positive work environment, so the day moves pretty fast.
6. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
I love to bake and to try new recipes and restaurants. Food and dance are my biggest passions in life, besides physical therapy of course.
7. What do you do to stay active?
I really enjoy staying active and dance has always been my first passion; however, I also stay active with hiking and going to the gym to maintain my health and overall fitness.
8. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I can do the worm and I like to break it out during dance competitions!
9. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
I really enjoy when people are able to return to a task/hobby that they had previously thought would be impossible to return to due to their injury or pain.
10. Do you support any local charities?
As a part of a sorority in college, I frequently participated in events for charities including Relay for Life, Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Now, out of college, I still try to maintain support for these foundations, which I grew a lot of affection for over my years in undergrad.
11. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I do not speak any other languages. I know a small bit of Spanish, but not enough to get by in a foreign country.
12. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
I would choose to eat a meal with my grandfathers who passed away a while ago. I would love to share with them where I am now in my life and get some words of wisdom.
13. What are three things you cannot live without?
I can’t live without coffee, people around me to have fun with and my planner.
14. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
I have always wanted to visit New Zealand. I think it looks gorgeous and it would be an extremely adventurous vacation.
15. Who or what inspires you?
My family, friends and coworkers inspire me every day to be the best Kristen I can be.