The exercise science course work generally leads in the direction of preparation for physical therapy school. I was open to learning about physiology and kinesiology both as a student and as someone who enjoyed athletics, but at that time was still keeping my options open. During my junior year of college, I studied abroad in Uganda, taking a course on the history and influence of religion in the region. That experience also included touring schools, churches, and hospitals for cultural immersion. I remember visiting a rehabilitation center in a remote area, and seeing the positive impact of physical therapy in the population. It helped hit home that rehabilitative services are an integral part of society all over the world. When I returned from that trip, I was 100% sold on becoming a physical therapist and taking the skill set I was developing to help change lives.
I attended Rutgers University (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ) and graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014. I hit the ground running working in outpatient orthopedics right away. I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of populations, including elite and youth athletes, weekend warriors, veterans, workman’s compensation, post-operative, seniors, and everything in between. If you would like a detailed breakdown of who I have worked with at difference clinics, click here for my LinkedIn profile.
I’ve always strived to stay on top of the latest evidence and trends, in order to be able to best serve the people that come to me for help. Since I’ve graduated from physical therapy school, I achieved Board Certification in Orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. I also completed extensive coursework and took rigorous practicals to complete a Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine. I passed a week-long intensive at Emory University focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of vestibular conditions. I also had a Strength and Conditioning Certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association because I worked as a personal trainer through PT school. I found that completing the continuing education and keeping that certification gives me an edge in working with higher level performance patients. My goal is to be wherever the leaders of the industry are teaching and learn from them, even if it’s all over the country.
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