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Matthew Harrison

1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
I have been working in private practice outpatient Physical Therapy (PT)  for 6 ½ years.

2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist?
Growing up, I was an athlete who played sports like baseball, basketball, football, and golf.  I injured my ankle a few times and required PT. It seemed like a fun job, which kept you close to athletics.

3. Was there anything in particular that inspired your career choice?
As a former athlete and avid sports fan, a career in PT made the most sense to me.

4. Do you have any mentors or role models who inspired your career?
I have had the opportunity to work with some great PT’s, PTA’s, and Athletic Trainers who taught and guided me early in my career.

5. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
The only thing that is typical about a day at SCPT is that there is nothing typical about it.  Every day is different, much like every patient is different. On a normal day, I will see 10-13 patients and spend time doing paperwork when the opportunity arises.

6. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
My wife and I have a one-year-old son at home who takes up much of our time, but when I do get a chance, I love to play golf, softball, and go for walks / hikes.

7. What do you do to stay active?
I mostly do a lot of walking around my neighborhood. I have a couple of different routes, depending on time, which can range from 3 to 7 miles.

8. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
When I was in PT school, I was a graduate assistant with the biology department at URI where I taught an anatomy lab. It was a very fun and gratifying job. At some point in my future career, I would like to get back into teaching as an adjunct professor at a nearby college.

9. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Without a doubt, it is being able to help people. When someone leaves on their final day of PT, and I have helped them reach their goals, it is very satisfying.

10. Do you support any local charities?
I contribute yearly to the Jimmy Fund and have participated in 5k’s for charity in the past.

11. Do you speak any foreign languages?
When I was on vacation in Mexico, I thought I was fluent in Spanish. I came home and quickly realized I am not.

12. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
I’d say Tom Brady, but I’d have to have a separate menu.

13. What are three things you cannot live without?
My family, good food, and New England sports.

14. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
I have been to Europe a few times, but I still have never visited Italy. My wife and I have talked about taking an anniversary trip there in the future.

15. Who or what inspires you?
Prior to last year I wouldn’t have had an answer to this question, but now it is unquestionably my son.

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