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Jillian Drew

Emily Trudeau

1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
I graduated from the UMass Lowell Doctor of Physical Therapy program in May of 2015 and have started my career at SCPT!

2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist?
I’ve known for a long time that I wanted a career that awarded me the opportunity to help people and, as a physical therapist, that is something you do every day. I knew that it would be a challenging yet very rewarding career that matches my values and interests.

3. Was there anything in particular that inspired your career choice?
After two orthopedic surgeries and a near miss at a third, I became quite familiar with physical therapy. I had great experiences and really learned a lot about what a Physical Therapist can do. My personal experience with physical therapy has certainly helped create the clinician I am today.

4. Do you have any mentors or role models who inspired your career?
Eric Connolly was my physical therapist. He was the one who told me I had the personality to be a great physical therapist and should consider it as a career. He helped me learn about the profession and gave me the opportunity to observe in the clinic, which ultimately helped me choose this career. His compassionate and patient-centered style of physical therapy helped create the foundation for my own care.

5. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
First thing in the morning you might catch me finishing my cup of coffee. Then, it’s a full day of meeting with patients, coaching them through their exercises, and helping them make progress towards their goals. You might occasionally see me mouthing the words to those catchy songs on the radio.

6. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
I enjoy going to the beach and trying new restaurants. I also enjoy checking out consignment and antique shops for cool finds.

7. What do you do to stay active?
I’ll go to the gym a couple times a week. When the weather is nice, I enjoy walking outdoors with my two little dogs, Marty and Bambam.

8. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I was a Girl Scout from age five to 18. That is a lot of cookies!

9. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Seeing patients work hard and achieve their goals, no matter how big or how small.

10. Do you support any local charities?
Every year, I participate in an awesome trivia event to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I also participate in events to support the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

11. Do you speak any foreign languages?
Unfortunately, no.

12. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
It would without a doubt be my family. We may get together a lot, but nothing beats the “spirit” and laughs of a dinner with them.

13. What are three things you cannot live without?
1. Chapstick
2. Coffee
3. My sister

14. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Costa Rica. It looks beautiful and they have a sloth sanctuary that I want to visit!

15. Who or what inspires you?
My mom. She works hard and gives endlessly to others. She is my biggest cheerleader and always has the best advice. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her.