When did you first decide to become a PT and why?
“I first became interested in physical therapy while I was in high school. I had been going to PT off and on since I was 11 for various injuries from gymnastics (10 years in the sport gets to be hard on the body). I enjoyed going to see my physical therapists- they were always really friendly and I loved that they actually got me back to sports, whereas my doctors would always just tell me to quit and pick a different sport. Then in college, I continued to enjoy working with our athletic training staff and physical therapists when I was injured. I always knew I wanted to be in the profession of helping people and I have been a life-long sports fan. It just seemed like the perfect combo.”
Where did you go to school?
“I went to the University of Washington for my undergrad degree where I received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in Diversity. I went to Azusa Pacific University for grad school.”
How long have you been a PT and how long have you been at Tensegrity?
“I have been a PT for almost 4 years and I have been at Tensegrity since October of last year.”
What do you think makes Tensegrity stand apart from other clinics?
“I think Tensegrity stands out because of the comprehensive model of care. This allows patients to work one-on-one with a physical therapist while also getting the same one-on-one time with a strength and conditioning coach. We also have resources such as Tanya for massage therapy and naturopathic work with Dr. Bove.
I also think Tensegrity stands out because of its commitment to provide patients with the highest technology possible. To be able to provide objective measures for patients is a current luxury in physical therapy, but I also think it should be the direction our field should be headed in order to provide the best quality of care possible.”
What do you like most about being a PT?
“I think one of the most gratifying parts of being a physical therapist is to be able to follow a patient’s care from start to finish. To be able to see a patient on day one and watch the process unveil makes it all worth it.
I also love the relationships that are formed with patients that goes far beyond what I have experienced in the typical medical model.
And, of course, I love the fact that I get to be active all day. I always have enjoyed being on my feet and moving- sitting at a desk all day never seemed like my calling.”
What is a typical day like for you?
“A typical day for me tends to involve quick recaps with each of my patients. Asking questions about where they were at last visit to this visit, what’s improved and what hasn’t, etc. I tend to follow a test, re-test pattern where I’ll watch or check for symptom reproduction, treat and then recheck for a change in symptoms.
Generally, I’ve provided a mixture of movement-based and manual treatment. I think both are valid and important for care, and whatever the patient needs, whether it’s manual work or strength training, I try to provide the best individualized care possible.”
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned since working at Tensegrity?
“Being new to this location and returning from a hospital-based outpatient clinic to a private clinic, I’ve learned quite a bit about adaptation. It’s been a great experience so far and it’s such a privilege to be at a location where the patient population tends to be very active and motivated. That being said, it’s a lesson in itself to adapt to a new city, a new clinic, and new patient load. I’ve enjoyed it and am continuing to learn from my coworkers and peers.”