Samantha, DPT Student, UM Baltimore
Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
Since the beginning high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but I was unsure exactly what I wanted to pursue. After speaking with a family friend, they suggested I look into physical therapy. I began shadowing at an outpatient clinic and knew right away it was a career I wanted to pursue. I had always been involved with athletics and being able to combine my love of sports and my passion for helping others was a key factor in deciding to continue with physical therapy.
What is your background?
I grew up in Severna Park, MD where I attended Severna Park High School and played field hockey and lacrosse. I attended Towson University where I received my B.S in athletic training. While at Towson, I worked with a variety of sports teams in the athletic training room and on the field, helping athletes rehabilitate from injuries and working on injury prevention programs. I am currently in my 3rd, and final, year of graduate school pursuing my doctorate of physical therapy at University of Maryland Baltimore. Throughout the past year I have had two full time internships, one at an outpatient facility in Fort Myers, FL and the second at Shock Trauma in Baltimore. While in Florida, I primarily worked with patients with orthopedic and vestibular diagnoses across the lifespan. While at Shock Trauma, I worked in the neurotrauma ICU, primarily treating patients with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. During my free time, I enjoy running, working out, watching and attending sports games and spending time exploring new cities with friends and family!
What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
I have a strong passion for working with athletes and the athletic population. As a future physical therapist, I plan to continue working with athletes, ideally in conjunction with high school or university sports teams. With a background in athletic training, I hope to work alongside athletic trainers to provide the best possible care to all athletes and keep them performing at their best possible level, while also working to prevent future injuries.
What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I am most looking forward to furthering my experience working with athletes and the active/athletic population. With my previous internships, I have not had the opportunity to work with many athletes and I am looking forward to getting back into my passion. Having the opportunity to help progress athletes and the active population back to a healthy, active lifestyle is one of the key reasons I chose to enter the physical therapy field and I am excited to have the opportunity to help as many patients as I can!
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?
Throughout my internship I am looking forward to connecting with my patients and helping them get back to the activities they enjoy. I am also hoping to connect with the Frederick community through any outreach programs Rehab 2 Perform is involved with such as helping runners at various racing events in the Frederick area!