What first brought you to Patterson PT?
Q&A with Patterson PT former trainer - now in Physical Therapy school!
I grew up playing sports with both their daughters, Anna and Laura, and whenever I had any sort of injury (which was more often than my parents would have liked), I always went to the Patterson's so they could help me get back to playing ASAP. As a senior in high school, I started to think about PT as a career. Through Severna Park High School and with help from the Patterson's, I interned at Patterson PT for a semester and learned a ton! After graduating college, I had decided to apply to Physical Therapy schools, but had a year to take an extra class and get more experience. I got a ton of experience working at Patterson PT - as a scribe, PT Aide, Fit Club trainer, speed and agility trainer, you name it! Patterson PT taught me so much, I was incredibly well-prepared to start Physical Therapy school.
What are you up to now?
I am just about 2/3 of the way finished with PT school at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY. It is a grueling 3 year program, but I knew what to expect thanks to everyone at Patterson giving me advice and helpful hints about how to make it through. In the last year, we have learned most of our basic knowledge, so we spend a lot of time learning in practice during clinical affiliations. Having worked with the Speed and Agility Program at Patterson PT, I knew I wanted to learn more about Sports PT, so next spring I'll be traveling the country, going to San Diego and Phoenix, AZ to learn work with sports-specific PT clinics. My first 2 years has gone by so quickly, it's crazy I'll be graduating with my DPT next May!
How did Patterson PT help get you to where you are now?
I definitely would not be where I am today without Patterson PT. Everyone there got me to fall in love with PT and the role you can play in someone's life. Everyone at Patterson PT also helped me by teaching me, whether it was anatomy or exercise, or other things that can't be taught in school. I learned how many different approaches to healing there are, but mostly how important it is to get to know your patient. This is what makes Patterson PT stand out compared to any other PT clinic I've seen.
What is your favorite thing about working at Patterson PT?
The amount of time the therapists spend with patients is incredible. Their dedication and hard work to ensure that each patient gets a full hour of quality treatment is something that does not happen anywhere else in the Physical Therapy world. You combine that with the quality of the people who work there, the fun and optimistic atmosphere, and the incredible patients who come in and made my day every day I worked there - you can't get a much better work environment than that!