Choosing Physical Therapy
I feel that physical therapy and being a physical therapy educator was always in my future. I looked up to my own PT faculty, and funny enough never wanted to graduate to still be in that environment – learning and growing. The field of PT is so incredibly rewarding, and there is never a moment when I regret entering into the field. I wanted to transmit that passion to my students, and shape them into fabulous clinicians. Ones who practice empathy, care and at hold themselves to the highest of standards of clinical care one day!
My proudest moment was walking up on stage to receive my PhD this past year. I completed that while working as a full time clinician, and never lost sight of this goal. It felt amazing to say I was done, and never gave up!
My most recent study for my dissertation was entitled, “The Effects of Statistic Versus Dynamic Stretching on Fall Risk, Balance and Muscle Function in Older Adults: Is Stretching a Beneficial Intervention?” and I had some pretty awesome discoveries. The opposite happened in the older population then what the literature had previously said in younger populations after static stretching, where the muscled ended up becoming more active!
My favorite part of my job are the patients when I am in the clinic and the students when I am in the classroom. It is the sole reason why I do what I do!
Choosing a Degree in PT
I would encourage students to be a part of this growing profession. Physical Therapy is an amazing profession to be a part of, and we are looked upon as a very important part of the healthcare team. In Ohio PT’s are primary providers – on the true frontline of patient care. We are experts in the musculoskeletal system, and a true integral part of the healthcare team!
I am a member of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Favorite Place on Campus
The MAAC! I love to work out and play basketball. But you will also see me in the stadium a lot in the spring and summer running the steps!
Mount Union Education
The small school, small class size atmosphere allows for a much more personalized approach. It instills professional behaviors that last a lifetime.