- Board-Certified: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
- Fellow: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
- MS: Physical Therapy, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 2001
- BS: Exercise Physiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1995
- Clinical Fellowship: Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Institute, 2005
- Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association
- Licensure: State of Texas
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY?
I learned about Physical Therapy in college during my quest to find a career that combined my interests, including exercise, promotion of a healthier lifestyle, and social interaction. After spending time volunteering in a variety of Physical Therapy clinics, I realized I had found my future.
WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DID YOU ATTAIN TO BECOME A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1995 for Exercise Physiology, I worked for several years as a certified Personal Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, and in Out-Patient Cardiac Rehabilitation at St. David’s Hospital. During that time, I completed the requirements for admission into Physical Therapy School, and shortly thereafter, attended Texas State University where I received my Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in 2001.
My interest in Out-Patient Orthopedics, with an emphasis on Manual Therapy, started early during the PT program at Texas State University. I started the Fellowship program with the Manual Therapy Institute immediately following graduation, knowing that the additional training would greatly benefit my patients. The importance of continuing education to expand on current knowledge, skills, and abilities in the healthcare profession is immeasurable. It has made my career as a Physical Therapist more enjoyable knowing that I am providing the best possible care for my clients. I achieved my Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2005 and became board-certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2007.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
During my career as a Physical Therapist, I have worked in a variety of Out-Patient Therapy settings prior to joining my colleagues at Austin Manual Therapy Associates. What a pleasure it is to work in this environment where the collective focus is in providing the highest quality of care for our patients to help them achieve their goals.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
When not helping patients get better, I like to spend my free time with my husband Marcus, and two children McKenzie and Dylan. I also enjoy exercising, weight training, camping, and boating with the family.