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Jason Whigham – PT

Jason Whigham - PT

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

2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist?
I have always had a love of sports, and in high school I was interested in science and medicine. Sports medicine careers seemed like a great opportunity to combine these interests, so I explored PT. I think it’s very important to have a career you enjoy.

3. Was there anything in particular that inspired your career choice?
To apply to PT programs, you need to complete hours of observation. In high school, I went to an outpatient orthopedic clinic to do so and absolutely loved it. That experience really helped cement my decision to go into PT. More careers should take this approach of exposing students to the job at an early age.

4. Do you have any mentors or role models who inspired your career?
Many people have inspired my career, from friends and family to clinical instructors and professors, to those patients whom I have worked with in the past as a rehabilitation aide and physical therapy student.

5. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
It’s fast paced but in a fun and friendly way. Despite the fact that they are dealing with pain and injuries, patients really enjoy being there, which speaks volumes about the service SCPT delivers. The staff do a great job of helping and supporting one another.

6. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
I am an avid sports fan, enjoy cooking and try to spend as much time as I can with my family and close friends.

7. What do you do to stay active?
I enjoy golf, chase my 4 and 7 year olds around, and do a lot of yard work/gardening.

8. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I have an embarrassing amount of knowledge about Disney Princesses and My Little Pony characters.  What can I say I love my daughters!

9. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Helping people is very rewarding. Whether it’s a young soccer player getting back on the field or a geriatric client feeling safer and more independent at home, we get to make a difference in people’s lives.

10. Do you support any local charities?
I support The Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber. I don’t think there is anyone in today’s world that hasn’t been impacted by cancer in some way. I also try to support my friends in charitable causes that are important to them.

11. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
Bill Belichik.  His leadership and success are unprecedented.  I’d also like to see if his personality is truly the way he portrays it to the media or if he lets his guard down in a private setting.

12. What are three things you cannot live without?
My family, my friends, and my smartphone.

13. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Fortunately, I visited Hawaii on my honeymoon and I thought it was absolute paradise, so I’d go back there. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy. The combination of culture and history there is incredible.

14. Who or what inspires you?
I have had lots of patients over the years who are inspirational in the positive attitude and perseverance they show in the face of many challenges.  My kids inspire me because when you are a parent they look to you as their example and you want to guide them the best that you can. My parents inspire me by teaching me the value of working hard and being dedicated to your family.