“I aspire to be a provider who listens and develops treatment plans specific to individual needs.”
Describe the moment or time of life you decided to have a career in health.
As a gymnast in middle school receiving physical therapy, I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist. I never would have imagined doing what I do now as a pelvic health PT, but knew I loved the idea of helping people, using movement as medicine and not having to sit at a desk all day.
As a child, did you think you’d be where you are today professionally?
I knew from a young age I wanted to be a physical therapist but would not have imagined myself in a clinic director role or doing pelvic health physical therapy. Being in a leadership role was not something I desired coming out of PT school, but I always envisioned myself treating pediatric athletes.
What great mentorship have you received? What made it great?
I have a great mentor in my boss. He practices what he preaches when it comes to patient care and putting patient needs first. As he recognized areas of strength and potential growth, he gave me opportunities that I would not have sought out and allowed me to grow in areas of leadership I would not have pursued otherwise.
What or who inspires you?
As a pelvic health provider, the patients I treat inspire me. This may sound cliché, but pelvic health is an overlooked area of health care. Many of my patients seek care on their own and are thankful when they find the help they’ve been looking for. The diligence they demonstrate inspires me to be the best practitioner I can be.
Describe the person and provider you strive to be.
I aspire to be a provider who listens and develops treatment plans specific to individual needs. I want to serve my patients from a place of empathy and be a source of motivation, ultimately empowering patients to become independent in their health management.
What routines and habits help you prepare for, or recover from, a day’s challenges?
Boundaries are extremely helpful for me when it comes to recovering from the day’s challenges. When I’m at work, I am all there, but then I leave work at work. I am a wife and also a mom. Allowing my mind to rest from the challenges of the workday while I’m home with my family helps me do it all again the next day.
What advice do you wish you could give to your younger self?
Be open to plans changing and be flexible. Hard seasons are usually short-lived and allow for growth. Enjoy the process and don’t let day-to-day challenges or stresses steal your joy.
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