Q: How and why did you end up becoming a PT?
A: Physical Therapy was only on the periphery of my radar until a trip to South Africa as a college freshman when I volunteered with a PT. I fell in love with her ability to interact with her patients and directly affect their quality of life with her work. I came back to the States and immediately changed my major to kinesiology and was soon on my way to PT school. Fast forward 6 years and my practice has morphed into a love of treating athletes, especially runners, to become efficient movers in the mountains.
Q: What has been the most challenging aspect of your practice for you personally?
A: Many of the patients that I see are ultra distance athletes, so it has been a welcome challenge to tailor rehab and sport specific training programs to the ultra realm. Luckily I am married to an ultrarunner (or maybe he’s lucky to be married to a PT), so I see the intricacies of the sport’s demand and can meld that with my knowledge of the biomechanics of the runner.
Q: What has been your favorite part? Least favorite?
A: My favorite part is having the opportunity to walk through injury with athletes, to ultimately see them return to the things that they love. My least favorite thing is most definitely navigating the world of insurance.
Q: What advice would you offer to all the athletes of JH?
A: Regularly make time to prioritize self care. As athletes in Jackson, we love to push our bodies to do extreme things but often do not compliment that with the things that are necessary for longevity.
Q: Any final thoughts?
A: Thank you to Wright Training for such a warm welcome! Please never hesitate to pick my brain if you have any questions.