Meet Thomas, DPT Student
Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy and taking care of one’s body were always themes in my life, since I was a child. My uncle is a physical therapist so I observed him at endless family get togethers treating my family members and helping them with their aches and pains. Additionally, my parents were athletes, both black belts in karate who continued to train and compete into their late 40’s. It really taught me the importance of health and longevity, especially if you are someone who wants to perform activities you love and make you happy throughout your life. It wasn’t until my mother got Lyme disease, which gave her severe osteoarthritis in her hips, that I really experienced first-hand the restrictions pain and physical deficits can cause for someone’s happiness and ability to function throughout their day. It was this, along with an internship in college which really inspired me to pursue physical therapy as a career.
What is your background?
I grew up in Laurel, MD where I attended Atholton High School and played soccer and lacrosse. I then attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland, getting a B.S. in psychology in 2013. I am currently in my final year of PT school at Touro College in Long Island, NY. I have had 3 previous clinical rotations, with 2 being at orthopedic outpatient facilities and one at a skilled nursing facility. As an athlete, I have played numerous sports from a young age, and continue to play lacrosse in the summers and am currently practicing martial arts.
What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
So far in my physical therapy career I have most enjoyed working with your average active individual who has become limited due to pain. Treating and educating people who are no longer able to perform their recreational activities and seeing them make progress and return to play is really what gives me joy. In the future I would like to develop expertise in manual therapy skills and techniques to optimize function and performance in my patients. I also have an interest in educating the public and empowering individuals to take initiative in their own physical health so they can prevent injury and experience longevity in their desired activities.
What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I am most looking forward to working with a high-level athlete population and expanding my knowledge on return to sport rehab and optimizing an athlete’s performance. I am also really drawn to the culture and mission of the company. It seems as though everyone who works here has such a passion for giving their patients the highest quality of care and learning as much as they can in order to deliver on that mission. In my quest for physical therapy and life knowledge, I believe this place provides me with a great opportunity to improve myself and the lives of those I treat.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?
As someone who is new to the Frederick area, I’m looking forward to connecting with the local patients by educating and helping them return to their optimal function. I am very open to participating in any community programs that R2P is involved in.