1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
I graduated from Springfield College in May of 2017 and started practicing at South County Physical Therapy in June of 2017.
2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist?
I have always been interested in exercise and athletics, and physical therapy seemed like a good career path to help people.
3. Was there anything in particular that inspired your career choice?
When I was in high school, I had an internship with the athletic trainer at school. I really liked the rehabilitation portion of that experience, so when I started thinking about a career choice, rehab was my interest. From there, physical therapy seemed like a great fit for me.
4. Do you have any mentors or role models who inspired your career?
The professors at Springfield College that I had were role models for me. Every day, they would stress the importance of putting the patient first and treating the patient rather than the injury. I think that’s an important lesson that I try to put into practice every day.
5. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
Typically, I come in a little early and set out a plan for all of the patients that are coming in for that day. From then on, it’s a full day of treating patients and writing notes, with a few laughs mixed in throughout.
6. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
I love all things Boston sports, playing soccer, and staying active.
7. What do you do to stay active?
I play soccer a few times a week and try to go to the gym on the other days.
8. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I didn’t know how to ride a bike until I was about 18 years old. I’m still not very good at it!
9. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
The most rewarding part of my work is helping people through their pain and achieving their goals. Seeing patients progress and getting back to the lifestyle that they want to live is what makes this a rewarding profession.
10. Do you support any local charities?
Every year, I participate in the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Buddy Walk to help raise money for Down Syndrome.
11. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I am conversational in Portuguese.
12. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
I think that I’d want to eat a meal with Bill Belichick and get the chance to pick his brain for a little bit.
13. What are three things you cannot live without?
14. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
15. Who or what inspires you?
My family and friends are the people who inspire me every day to be the best that I can.