My interest in physical therapy was sparked in high school after receiving physical therapy for left and right knee arthroscopic meniscectomy surgeries, performed one year apart. I wanted to understand human anatomy and movement, strength training, and rehabilitation.
Out of high school, I was accepted into Pennsylvania State University, main campus, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Movement Science Option in 2007. As a former athlete, I easily feel in love with strength and conditioning and worked for the Fitness Department and on-campus physical therapy clinic while at Penn State.
I decided to further my education and was accepted to University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2010 with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While in school, I sought additional certifications in strength training and soft tissue work, to provide a well-rounded background for hopes of obtaining a position at a high level strength training facility called Poliquin Performance Center-Chicago. I moved to Chicago after graduation, where I was fortunate enough to work as a strength coach for high level athletes, in a clinical setting as a therapist, and as team physical therapist, for a WNBA team.
I decided to move in 2012, when offered the opportunity to manage a sports department and work full=time for a minor league baseball team. While traveling with the team, I provided all aspects of care from preventative strength training, to acute and more extensive rehabilitation.
Through my experiences, working both with professional sports teams and more traditional clinical practice settings, I learned the value of medical screening, manual therapy, and movement-based diagnosis. I found these were particularly critical aspects throughout my journey and evolution into an autonomous practitioner. I recently decided to enroll in an OCS prep course and Manual Therapy Fellowship through the NxtGen Institute of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine of Atlanta . I did this, to further challenge and strengthen my professional ability to critically think and reason. As a manager of a new sports medicine and rehabilitation clinic, I want to continue to evolve into the best therapist I can be, and holistically evaluate each of my patients, critically reason throughout their assessments, and provide evidence-based care.