Where were you born and what has been your living story as it relates to Physical Therapy?
I was born in Palo Alto, CA and spent my time between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Growing up, I had a very active lifestyle - I was on the Squaw Valley Ski Team, on my high school gymnastics team, and on a dance team in college. As a result, I am not a stranger to injury, physical therapy, and recovery. In addition, I've always had an interest in the human body and helping people achieve optimal health. I began my career in Biomedical Engineering, driven by my love for anatomy and physiology and desire to contribute to the healthcare system. I continued to expand my knowledge of healthcare while working as an EMT. During this time, I also continued dancing and started aerial circus arts. And, unfortunately, still suffered the occasional injury. I chose physical therapy because of the role it can play in everyone's life - staying active, healthy, and recovering from injury. I wanted to further my ability to individualize care and to help people not just "get better", but to feel their best. I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from NYU, and spent my last clinical rotation at IPA Manhattan. I was not only inspired by the therapists as they changed their patients' lives, but when I was injured as a student, I was also impacted by my time as a patient. The therapists at IPA helped me get back to what I love and changed my relationship with chronic pain as well. It was as a patient that I knew I wanted to advance my career as a Functional Manual Therapist.
What is your favorite thing about practicing Physical Therapy?
The people I meet are definitely the best part of practicing Physical Therapy. Each new patient impresses me with their creativity and uniqueness. I've found it's important to know a person's story, in addition to their injury, in order to tailor treatment to best serve them. It is an absolute pleasure to help guide my patients to better health and a pain-free life. I know it can be overwhelming to negotiate our healthcare system. So, I constantly strive to empower people to take control of their health.
Graduated NYU with a Doctor of Physical Therapy