What path did you take to becoming a physical therapist?
I took the traditional route initially, but went off the beaten path after my degree. I did this by getting my B.S. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University, followed shortly by PT school at LSU Health – New Orleans, where I received my Doctorate. After graduation, I chose to do travel therapy which took me across the country, from Philadelphia to Coos Bay, and allowed me to work in a variety of settings.
Give us an example of your typical client – one whom you enjoy working with and whom you can help.
I enjoy working with all types of patients, from young athletes to older working individuals and everyone in between. My goal as a therapist is helping improve my patients quality of life and seeing them succeed, no matter who they are or what they do.
What’s your approach to developing a plan of treatment for each individual patient?
Treatment plans depend not only on a patient’s diagnosis but also a patient’s goal and desired return to function/activity. I also like to treat the whole individual and not just the area of injury or disability. I like to take a very hands on approach with lots of input from the patient themselves. Most of my treatment techniques are research based and come from a variety of treatment philosophies.
Have you ever needed physical therapy yourself?
Luckily, I have not been injured or disabled to the point of needing physical therapy. Although, by playing sports for the majority of my life, as well as, having grandparents with multiple ailments, I have been around friends and family that have been patients in multiple areas of physical therapy.
What’s the key to choosing a physical therapist and why would you recommend that someone choose you for his or her PT?
You want a PT that is knowledgable but also someone who is compassionate and willing to match the effort that you put into therapy. A PT should be a good listener and able to communicate effectively the goals, reasoning, and techniques behind the interventions. I believe I have all of these qualities and will open minded to everyone’s individual needs. Also, I promise that I will not let PT be boring and will always keep treatments fun and interesting.
Is there anything else that you would like a patient to know about you?
Although I am a Southern boy at heart, the love of the Pacific Northwest and a great woman brought me back to Oregon. This is my first time living in the Corvallis area and am looking forward to getting to know the people and places of this wonderful community.