PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY
GET TO KNOW
The best part of my job is the simple, daily satisfaction that comes with helping kids through the recovery process and seeing their joy when they eventually get back to what they want to do again.
Many of my patients are dealing with an injury for the first time which is mentally and physically traumatic. Watching them smile and knowing that they are “themselves” again is so rewarding."
FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK
I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my family. I have always exercised regularly and like to watch a good movie or read in my down time. I enjoy grilling on the weekend and watching my favorite sports teams. Being from New Braunfels, I have always loved being near or on the water and when I can, I play golf, fish, play rec sports, and snow ski.
Texas A&M University
Texas Woman’s University - M.S. in Physical Therapy
21+ years of specializing in Outpatient/Sports Medicine
FAVORITE TIP FOR PARENTS
Try to be encouraging and positive as an injury can be very emotionally draining and taxing on their child. The road to recovery in many of the cases is more of a marathon versus a sprint and almost everyone experiences highs and lows in their progress, but we’ll get there.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE MOST AT WORK
I value the fact that in my position as a PT, I have the opportunity every day to help someone overcome an injury, obstacle, or issue. I enjoy the relationships I develop with each patient and their parent(s) as we work through their rehab together.
WHY PHYSICAL THERAPY
I played sports growing up, ran track in college and have had to overcome multiple injuries/surgeries. Working through those injuries early on peaked my interest in PT as a career knowing that I could help others. Though the injuries were not enjoyable, I was able to experience the physical and mental toll they took and then go through the process needed to recover fully which still helps guide me to this day.
Having two kids who played sports through high school, I also understand the anxiety a parent goes through when your own child is injured. Although it’s tough at the time, it is also a joy to see them to overcome their issue and come out stronger mentally and better equipped to handle setbacks in the future.
MOST HEARTWARMING MOMENT
I enjoy the daily high fives, fist bumps and little successes of each kid. The most heartwarming moments to me generally occur with those patients who go through a long rehab, like after an ACL surgery. After all the months of hard work, sweat and tears, there is that one moment they realize they finally “did it” and are getting cleared from PT/MD and back to sport or whatever activity they love. That joy, excitement and emotion is priceless.