People ask me all the time, “why did you decide to go into Physical Therapy?” For most physical therapists it’s because we had some exposure to it when we were young and this is exactly the case for me.
Here is a little of my story…
I started ballet classes when I was 3 years old and even as a young child I loved it! I loved it so much that I went from dancing 1 day a week as a child to 7 days a week by the time I was 12. I was accepted into the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and danced my heart out as a company member for 4 years. I was fortunate enough to go to 12 week summer training camps with the Boston Ballet and Hartford Ballet 3 years in a row and audition for those companies.
As much as I love ballet, my body is not quite made to be a New York City Ballerina but this was not going to stop me from trying. I went through minor to major injury after injury trying to keep up and force my body to do things beyond it’s limitations. Through each injury: broken toes, sprained ankles, torn/sprained muscles, knee pain, hip pain, lower back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain, my physical therapist (who also is my wonderful and caring mom) was there to help me stretch, strengthen and heal as fast as possible. The physical therapy was hard work for each injury. It showed me the importance of having muscular balance and how to appreciate each joint, muscle, tendon and ligament but most importantly it was what kept me dancing and living my dream.
When I decided to move on and pick a career I knew that I wanted to be that same person that my mom was for me. I wanted to help people recover from injury, pain and weakness and return to doing whatever it is that they love to do: dance, golf, run, bike, swim, hike mountains, ski, etc. Physical therapy is such a unique profession where we are able to help people recover from injury and decrease pain without medication and without surgery. We are able to show people how their bodies can heal naturally and become stronger than maybe they were even before injury. We are able to give people back their dreams, this is what I love the most about my profession and why I love working so much. I want to help people become their best and live their dreams, the best way I can do this is by being a physical therapist.