- Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Integrative Health & Movement Specialist
- Educator on Prevention
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
The majority of high-level athletes give up on themselves after traditional medicine fails to find the root cause of debilitating injuries many experience throughout their careers.
Believe me, I can relate. Growing up, I was physically active in various sports and experienced a handful of injuries, but there is one that made the most impact on my life.
When I was 16, I experienced pain in my leg that felt like shins splints while playing tennis. I visited a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist and used crutches for two weeks, but continued feeling pain. Then, I was referred to an ortho surgeon who immediately diagnosed me with anterior compartment syndrome. I used a leg cast for two weeks and then a leg brace for another four weeks. Now what?
I trained with a strength coach and remember walking on the treadmill feeling pressure and pain above my ankle within two weeks. I returned to the MDs and got another MRI done in hopes of figuring out what was going on. The results showed it was a hernia, and I had a fasciotomy surgery soon after.
During that time did I feel defeated? Yes.
Did I feel uncertain and scared? Yes.
Did I want to overcome that obstacle? YES!
I told my parents I still wanted to play tennis, as I was driven and motivated to return to the court. Grateful for my parents’ support of my goal, they invested in me to receive training from my strength coach three times a week for a full year during my Junior year of high school. I tried out for the varsity team again my senior year and was ranked #1 and voted Team Captain. I was resilient throughout this journey – and learned it all starts with MINDSET:
Set a goal, figure out your why and aim for it. Anything that comes your way, just keep going – don’t allow anyone tell you that you can’t do anything.
Do you want to stay defeated? Or do you want to rise above it? You have a choice.
Choose to use that feeling of defeat or sense of failure as an opportunity to make a change within yourself and change your perception about the situation. I made that choice for myself.
During my time recovering from the injury, I made a connection with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist who became my mentor. She planted the seed of pursuing the profession of physical therapy. Once that seed was planted, I was ready to go for it, and it has led me to where I am today.
Because of the injury I had exposure of what strength coaching is all about and exposure to the medical profession and physical therapy. I was inspired to merge the professions and bridge the gap to create a nurturing environment, be compassionate, and create a space that’s healing and rejuvenating. My goal is to be of guidance to help you move better and feel better so you don’t feel stuck or disconnected.
If you are experiencing chronic pain or an injury you haven’t been able to overcome through a traditional approach, I am here as a reminder that pain is an opportunity to reconnect with yourself, reevaluate your situation, listen to your body and figure out what is needed to overcome the obstacle and rise above it. Use it as fuel and motivation to keep you moving forward.
If you’re ready to move forward and get back to what you actively enjoy doing most, then contact me today!