1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
I am a new graduate of Springfield College and have been practicing since May 2017.
2. Why did you choose to become a Physical Therapist?
I have always been involved in sports. While in high school, I injured my knee resulting in the need for physical therapy. The physical therapists that worked with me did everything they could to help me return to playing as quickly as possible, and they loved what they were doing. This sparked my interest in becoming a PT, and then my high school athletic trainer thought I would make a good PT and pushed me to look into schools offering PT.
3. Was there anything in particular that inspired your career choice?
My experience as a patient inspired me the most to become a physical therapist.
4. Do you have any mentors or role models who inspired your career?
I have always looked up to my family members. Being the youngest in my family with three older brothers, I have always had great role models with whom I am very close.
5. Please describe a typical day for you at SCPT.
I arrive early to work to look over my patients and plan for the day. Then, I see a wide variety of people needing physical therapy for different reasons. Most of my day is spent working directly with patients and completing the necessary documentation.
6. What are some of your personal interests or hobbies?
I play basketball every chance I get and spend time in the gym each week.
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?
Tom Brady is not my cousin, even though when he plays well I tell everyone he is.
9. What is the most rewarding part of your work?
Helping people reach their goals and helping them return to playing sports or staying active in their daily lives.
10. Do you support any local charities?
I support the TargetCancer Foundation, which is an organization that raises awareness and funds for research of rare cancers. I also support Be The Match, which is an organization that uses a national bone marrow registry to help treat blood-borne cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Another organization that I support is Team Impact. They pair children with life-threatening illnesses with collegiate teams in order to have a positive impact on the child and the members of the team.
11. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I can speak a little Spanish, but I am not fluent.
12. If you could eat a meal with anyone in the world, with whom would you eat?
13. What are three things you cannot live without?
My family, sports, and buffalo chicken dip.
14. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?
15. Who or what inspires you?
My family inspires me the most to be the best I can be.