What is your role at ARC Physical Therapy+?
Occupational Therapist at the Lee’s Summit clinic; CHT Fellowship
What year did you begin working at ARC Physical Therapy+?
August of 2022
Where are you from?
Where did you go to school?
Undergrad: Kansas State University (I bleed purple!!)
Grad School: University of Kansas Medical Center
Who or what inspired you to get into Occupational Therapy?
My mom is the one who steered me in the direction of Occupational Therapy and then all of my injuries from college sports led me to pursue a specialty in Hand Therapy.
What do you like most about your work at ARC Physical Therapy+?
The opportunities to collaborate with other therapists and having 1-on-1 time with patients.
Are you involved with any outside organizations? If so, what?
Professionally, I am a member of the Kansas City Hand Therapy group that meets throughout the year and has surgeons from the area present on various topics.
I also coach club basketball in the summer, which is an absolute blast! Not only do I get to coach, but I get to use my perspective as a therapist to help the girls that I coach.
What do you like to do in your free time?
My husband and I like to do almost anything outdoors or sports related. I like to go back to my family farm when I have the time to ride my horses and be out in the country.
How do you like to celebrate a win or a good day?
Most likely I would celebrate with ice cream or a donut.
Sweet or salty?
I would say it depends on the day. More often it is sweet!
Beach or mountains?
Also a tricky one! I love hiking, but there is nothing like sitting on the beach without a care in the world.
Go out or stay in?
Stay in with a comfy blanket, popcorn, and a good show!
Anything else you’d like to share?
I have the sweetest pup in the world named Rip and he also loves to go to the farm to adventure!
My husband works at a baseball academy so we discuss various trainings and injuries that may occur with his young pitchers. It is so fun that our professions go hand-in-hand and we can relate situations we both have at work.
What patients/diagnoses are you most excited about treating?
I really like to see post-op patients because there is a protocol that helps show where they should be at during each phase of recovery. This allows me to see whether I need to make changes to their treatment sessions to progress or take a step back.