1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
I have been working since 2012 after graduating from UMass Lowell’s PT program. I recently started at SCPT after working as an outpatient Neuro PT, while also serving as a wheelchair program team member for acquiring assistive tech for our clients (like wheelchairs, standing frames, etc.), and working with patients after amputation.
2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist?
Personal experience in PT from a young age opened my eyes to the important role PTs play in recovery, as they are one of the most frequent points of contact on healthcare teams. I always knew I wanted to serve in healthcare in some capacity, and my love of wellness, preventive care, and supporting those recovering from significant setbacks consistently pointed to Physical Therapy!
3. Was there anything in particular that inspired your career choice?
My interest in PT started after my first sports injury at 14. It was at that point that I realized the profession was a really unique combination of serving others, problem solving, and health and wellness. The more I learned, the more I grew to love the profession (and many, many sports injuries provided ample opportunity to observe close up before making my decision to pursue it).
4. Do you have any mentors or role models who inspired your career?
I have had so many wonderful role models in my professional career. My personal PTs all demonstrated how to be tough, but compassionate. John Pallof demonstrated how to incorporate preventive care into practice, and Dr. Susan O’Sullivan reinforced my passion for neurological care. Each PT I have had the opportunity of working with has taught me something new about caring for our clients.
5. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
I’m still fairly new to SCPT and work only a couple of days a week, so my routine is still changing. In general, I tend to come in a little early and get set up for the day and then hit the ground running, treating and evaluating!
6. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
I love to run, cook (and eat), and craft. I’m embarrassed to admit that when running isn’t a possibility, my primary stress reliever is organizing!
7. What do you do to stay active?
I enjoy running and swimming, but right now I’m mostly running after my 1 year old.
8. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I love painting, but I am terrible at it.
9. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
I love seeing patients right after accomplishing something on their own at home that they haven’t been able to do in a long time. The look of joy, amazement and accomplishment is so rewarding.
10. Do you support any local charities?
We support the Visitation House in Worcester.
11. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I like to think I can speak Spanish, but I’m still just learning.
12. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
Probably my family. There’s no meal I love more than those with family.
13. What are three things you cannot live without?
My family, my Bible, and ice cream.
14. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
I would love to tour Italy. I love food and I feel like I would fit in well there.
15. Who or what inspires you?
This is tough because I have had so many wonderful people in my life. But I’d have to say my husband. He always seems to demonstrate compassion, strength, patience and intelligence. He challenges me and encourages me and always supports me in my efforts to grow professionally and personally.