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Meet the Physical Therapy Intern: Rebekah

student physical therapyMeet our new Physical Therapy Intern: Rebekah!

Please welcome Rebekah, SPT to the Rehab 2 Perform Community! We are fortunate to have her with us and look forward to enriching her experience and expertise as a young physical therapist!

1) Why did you decide to enter the field of physical therapy?

I definitely fall into the category of PT students who became interested in the field based on their own experience with athletic injuries. After I went to PT in 9th grade to rehab my ACL reconstruction, I was hooked! I've been interested in sports and fitness from a young age, and the more I learned about the human movement system the more it intrigued me. Combining this passion with helping and connecting with patients made physical therapy my dream career.

2) What is your background?

I grew up and went to high school in rural Candor, NY, where I played soccer and ran track. I went to undergrad close to home at Cornell University. There, I played rugby, got into powerlifting, and dabbled in CrossFit while working part-time as a personal trainer. Now, I'm getting my DPT at the University of Miami and still staying active by helping to coach their women's rugby team.

3) What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a (future) physical therapist?

As a second year DPT student, I am in the mindset of keeping my options open, but I absolutely love working with an active/athletic population of patients like the ones we see at R2P. I definitely see myself in an outpatient orthopedic setting, but I truly enjoy working with all ages and abilities and can't pick one specialty just yet! Stay tuned!

4) What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

Aside from the friendly, professional atmosphere at R2P, I really appreciate that everyone who works here practices what they preach. They all seem to lead active, healthy lives, which sets an excellent example for our patients. I'm excited to be part of a team that (aside from having incredible knowledge and experience) can inspire the community just by looking and living the part, which is something that I think makes this a very unique clinic.

5) What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?

Where ever I end up, I'll always want to try and spread a message of wellness and encourage my patients and community members to lead fit and healthy lifestyles. Through community talks and their involvement in local events like Tour de Frederick and various 5K's, R2P has made me more aware of how a company can impact its community and have an influential presence. I hope to do very similar outreach projects rooted in education and philanthropy.