Why did you choose this profession?
I’ve always been active, even as a kid, so I knew I wouldn’t be good at a desk job. As I got into high school, I saw a lot of my friends get hurt and have to see the athletic trainer at school or a physical therapist after school. I love to help people and enjoy seeing people accomplish their goals, so after doing a lot of observation hours, I knew it was the job for me.
What is your primary area of interest within the field of physiotherapy? What are you certified in?
I have a lot of interests within my profession. Every few years, there seems to be something new that sparks my interest and then I work hard to learn that skill. The true testament of whether or not it sticks is how my endurance athletes (including myself) respond to it. For example, I’ve had tremendous success with implementing Rock Tape and Myofascial Decompression (cupping) into my practice. I am certified in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS), soft tissue mobilization (ASTYM), myofascial decompression (MFD), Kinesio taping (Rock Tape), and Functional Movement Screens (FMS/SFMA).
I’m always training. Maybe it’s because there’s never enough hours in the day, but I never seem to get burnt out on this stuff. Besides the swim, bike, run aspects, I also do strength/circuit training, Cross Fit, and Bikram Yoga. It took me awhile to find the right combination to keep me healthy and allow me to keep up a certain volume, but after 12 years, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and have come out the other side all the wiser. And if that wasn’t enough, my husband and I usually take bike trips for our vacations. We’ve ridden through Ireland, South Africa, Hawaii, and Mallorca.
Do you have any favorite exercises or stretches for yourself and/or your clients to prevent injury?
I find that going back to the basic building blocks are always a wise idea for triathletes/runners, especially now that we’re heading into the off-season. Core, hip, glut, and postural strengthening should always be at the top of one’s list. Basic flexibility for upper body, back, and lower body, as well as foam rolling are equally important. My foam roller is my best friend and it’s also traveled to as many countries/states as I have.
Why did you choose to join the team at Revolutions in Fitness?
Over the past 1-2 years I’ve searched the country for PT opportunities that would allow me to follow my passion of working with endurance athletes.
Revolutions in Fitness share the same passion for helping clients reach their maximum potential. Working in an environment that supports this goal by providing one hour appointments has always been a desire of mine.
I’m very excited to join a team of like-minded physical therapy professionals and Revolutions in Fitness is exactly the type of clinic I have been searching for!
What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
Seeing people get back to doing the things they love again. Whether that's racing again or helping them climb a flight of stairs without pain! That's how I know I've done my job.
When should someone come and see you?
I am starting on 10/30/17. I will be at the Palo Alto location on MW for the time being. My hours are 10am-7pm. Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment for a biomechanical evaluation and gait analysis. The off-season should be used to identify and treat your problem areas, so that you can start the new year/season with a bang!
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