I am a graduate of the University of Hartford with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. When I graduated in 2013, I was not sure what specialty to focus on. I proceeded to work in almost every physical therapy setting (skilled nursing facility, outpatient physical therapy clinic, acute care hospital, and home health care), and these opportunities provided me with invaluable experiences and guided me through my path to a better understanding of the body and its interconnected complexities.
My first job was in a skilled nursing facility treating short and long term rehab patients. I noticed that a large majority of my patients, whether long or short term,
were incontinent. One of my patients, who happened to be a nurse, made a lasting impression on me. One day, she looked at me directly and in a serious tone, told me to make sure I don’t hold my urine and to go to the bathroom when I have to. She explained to me how most healthcare professionals are so busy caring for others that we forget the small tasks, such as taking 3 minutes to go to the bathroom. I acknowledged her suggestion and went about my day seeing the rest of my patients. Later that day, at about 3:30pm, I realized I had to go to the bathroom and that I hadn’t gone since I left my house that morning at 7:30am. I noticed this was becoming a daily pattern and started to become concerned that I was on the fast track to incontinence. This personal eye-opener compelled me to research causes and treatments for incontinence. I then signed up for my first Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy course.
While working in the Home HealthCare setting, I treated many patients with hip and knee replacements. Most patients did not complain of joint pain, but instead reported pain in their thighs and shins. I observed how providing manual therapy, including massage, helped my patients feel relief from the muscle pain and they were back up on their feet quicker. I subsequently began researching manual therapies and discovered John F. Barnes’ myofascial release. I quickly became impressed with this treatment type and have taken many courses (and continue to learn this technique). I now incorporate myofascial release in all my treatments.
I have always been interested in the body and how it works, especially muscles and coordination. When you think about it, it’s amazing how your body motions when performing a simple task as writing to a more complex act like a backflip or a handstand. My various experiences in the different physical therapy settings allowed me to see firsthand how every muscle, tendon, bone, etc is connected in the body. I quickly witnessed how pain can stem from another area in the body, rather than the actual location experiencing the pain. For example, knee or foot pain can come from the hip, and a headache can come from misalignment in the pelvis.
In addition, I have become increasingly fascinated by “alternative therapies”, such as nutrition, women’s health, Cupping Therapy and Reiki. I believe in treating patients holistically by utilizing several modalities, as needed, in treating an ailment. I look to incorporate the above mentioned therapies, as appropriate, in my treatment sessions.