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Eric Cardin

Eric Cardin

1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
I’ve been practicing for 15 years.

2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist?
When I was 15 years old, I injured my back in basketball. I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine and interacting with that PT made me think, “I could do this job.”

3. Was there anything in particular that inspired your career choice?
I don’t think there was anything in particular that inspired the choice. It was more of a confluence of events. The early ‘90’s touted PT as the “hot job of the 21st century,” and I felt it fit my personality, and nothing along the course from “I want to be a PT” to now steered me away from being a PT.

4. Who are your mentors or role models who inspired your career?
The nice thing about my job is that I interact with so many different therapists. Each of them does something unique, and it’s akin to a constant challenge. I see my colleagues’ work, and I think, “Oh, I’ve got to be better, look at her/him.” Certainly Cathy Smith has been a role model. I try to work as hard as she does.

5. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
I get up at 5:15 am and have a cup of coffee, read my emails, and check my calendar. I usually have a list of things I need to accomplish. I usually have some notes to finish. Some days, I get a run in before work. And then the day starts. Every day I have a full legal pad of “to-do’s” to cross off. I am always trying to think big picture while paying attention to details. My phone never stops, my inbox is never empty, and my voicemail is always blinking. No day is ever the same. Happy days are the ones where I feel like I got something accomplished. Days when I feel like I spun my wheels are not my favorite.

6. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
Running, reading, and listening to music. I am an excellent cook. I love to fix things and work with my hands. My wife and I share a love of travel.

7. What do you do to stay active?
I run 20 miles a week and try to run a road race of varying distances a few times a year. I’ve run half and full marathons, 10K’s, and 5K’s. A half marathon is my favorite. I try to practice what I preach with healthy living. It sets a good example for my children and my patients. Hopefully, it will keep me young and healthy for a long time.

8. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I consume an inordinate amount of Cheez-its. I love them. I am not ashamed, and I am never giving them up.

9. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
The easy answer is seeing my patients get better, which I do find rewarding, but the most rewarding thing is seeing the practice grow and know that we are helping people. We are providing employment for 80 people of all varying stages of life. We have employees who grow in the company and some who move on. It’s rewarding to be a part of people’s lives in a positive way and to see them succeed.

10. Do you support any local charities?
Through South County, I have been involved in the Relay for Life. I’ve given a lot of my time to local youth sports. I hope to be able to devote more time and resources to charities.

11. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I speak enough French to get food, beer, a place to sleep, and to say “I am sorry.” I kept it a secret until my wife and I honeymooned in a French-speaking country. She was impressed, but I doubt the locals were.

12. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
I just like to eat a nice meal with my wife and kids where we laugh and have random conversations.

13. What are three things you cannot live without?
I hate to admit it but probably my iPhone. I could deal without everything else.

14. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Australia/New Zealand.

15. Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by the fact we only get this one life, and we don’t know how long it will be. That’s enough for me.