Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University
Why did you open Creative Rehab?
I started Creative Rehab at the urging of my family and one of my home care patients that wasn’t going to take “no” for an answer. My first couple of years, I worked with patients out of my house and in their home whichever worked best until I needed to expand to an offsite clinic. Over the past 14 years, I have been blessed to be able to expand to the services and reputation that we now enjoy. This practice has always been about delivering physical therapy services “my way”, focusing on the patient, with a goal of finding and treating the cause of the problem not just the symptoms.
What are your clinical interests and specializations?
Returning patients to productive function has been my passion since beginning my career, incorporating a total body approach and the mind-body connection. I have focused on the full range of patient populations and specialties at different times over my career so I view myself as a generalist, with a specialization in function, being able to evaluate and treat nearly any issue presented. One of my key interests as a physical therapist is as a therapy diagnostician. I want to find out the why and what of an issue before I move to the interventions.
I view the body as a system, which requires a series of cooperative actions. If a portion of the system is restricted, dysfunction results throughout the entire system and a total body approach is required to restore the efficiency and abilities of the patient. As a specialist in function, I appreciate that no two cases are the same so it allows me to “play” and have fun with each new opportunity to work with my patients.
What inspired you to become a physical therapist?
I became interested in becoming a physical therapist when I was 15. I don’t know what made me tell my boyfriend/now husband that I was going to be a PT. I can only say it was inspired because after I said it and subsequently researched it, I found it to be a perfect match and I never wanted to do anything else.
What do you appreciate most about working at Creative Rehab?
Creative Rehab has allowed me to expand my skills and understanding of function through the opportunity to work with hundreds of great people over the years. I have had the pleasure of working with a number of highly skilled and caring therapists and staff over the years and appreciate the caring and energy we are able to share with those we serve.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
When not at work, my great husband and 2 daughters and 1 son-in-law are my focus. We enjoy our family time immensely whether it is just hanging out talking about school and current events or flipping a 100-year-old house, which we did this past year. When the kids are off with their lives, I also enjoy walking and biking with my husband, swimming, working out in general and reading biographies.
Because my work is my passion and my passion my work I find that in my spare time, I enjoy finding ways to expand my skills and experiences to help broaden my impact on patients. In addition to managing and treating patients with Creative Rehab, I am expanding my responsibilities with a new company to bring the focus on function to a broader population of physical therapists. Creative Research, Education and Training (CREAT) is a new company focused on performing clinical research to support and document the clinical correlations that I have made over my career. In addition, it will offer clinical education courses to therapists to expand their understanding of function in a usable and manageable way. www.creatpt.com. The old saying “Do what you love and Love what you do” fits with my chosen career and lifestyle.
Recent Continuing Education Classes
Clinical Screening for Diseases
Evidence Based Practice