Meet the Physical Therapy Intern: Taylor!
Q: Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
A: On the contrary to most physical therapists, I decided to pursue physical therapy after suffering from a couple injuries growing up and never having the opportunity to properly rehab with PT. Growing up playing sports year-round, my injuries were never very significant, just minor ankle sprains and bumps/bruises along the way, therefore, I was never recommended to PT. After several family members received PT post operatively, I was amazed with the benefits. I believe I could have been a significantly better athlete if I had the guidance to train in an appropriate fashion. Ever since I can remember, I knew I wanted to go into a field where I could be active and help people at the same time. I strongly believe in practicing what you preach, and PT has been a great fit!
Q: What is your background?
A: Currently, I am a 3rd year DPT student attending the University of Miami with roots back here in Maryland. Prior to PT school, I attended Salisbury University where I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. I grew up playing a multitude of competitive sports throughout my childhood and continued recreational/club sports into my college career. I picked up competitive running in college and have since completed a full marathon, several half marathons, 5K/10Ks, and obstacle course runs. I enjoy a wide variety of activities and continue to incorporate sports, weight training, Pilates, yoga, running, hiking, etc. into my daily workouts. Outside of PT, I have also worked in personal training and group fitness and hold certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine (Certified Exercise Physiologist) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Certified Strength and Conditional Specialist). I have worked/shadowed in a wide variety of Physical Therapy settings, but find that sports/athletics are what I enjoy the most!
Q: What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
A: My hopes are to remain in an Orthopedic Sports Outpatient setting following graduation from PT school. I have always been an athlete with a motivated personality and love working with like-minded individuals. I enjoy working with people of all ages and tailoring activities to different sports specific activities. Ideally, I would like to work on all spectrums of an athlete’s regimen from prevention to training to rehabilitation and return to sport.
Q: What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
A: I have followed R2P for a while now and am so excited for the opportunity to learn and work alongside some of the brightest physical therapists whom are revolutionizing physical therapy today. The staff at R2P is progressive and participates in extensive continuing education to readily expand their knowledge and expertise. I am confident that the experiences I will gain here will be nothing short of amazing.
Q: What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?
A: One of my favorite things about R2P is the immense community involvement the company participates in. From volunteering at local food shelters to promoting awareness through social media and the local community, they have it all. While interning at R2P, I will have a multitude of opportunities to engage in the community, including ACL prevention screenings at a local high school and weekly athletic group training. I will hold this mentality of spreading positive educational messages within my community during my time here in Frederick and throughout my entire career as a physical therapist.