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Michelle Landis DPT Student

Why did you decide to Enter the field of Physical Therapy?

Since I was in middle school, I have had the desire to go into the health care field. However, it wasn’t until I had a great PT experience rehabilitating from a left broken ankle my Freshman year of high school, captained my college’s competitive ultimate frisbee team for 3 years, and began to train seriously for my sport in college that it all came together. When considering which health care field to go into, it was my top priority to choose a profession that allowed me adequate time to assess and treat my patients as I truly believe this raises the quality of care and the overall quality of the patient’s life. Physical therapy fit that bill perfectly. I Not only chose the profession because it would provide me quality time with patients, but it would also allow me to integrate all my interests and passions- science, human movement, sports and coaching- into one career.

What is your background?

I am a third year doctorate-of- physical-therapy student at Texas Woman’s University in Houston Texas. I was born and raised in Houston Texas but decided I needed some snow in my life, so I went to upstate New York for college and graduated with my B.S. in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester in 2016. As an athlete, I began playing sports when my dad started coaching my soccer and basketball teams at age 4 and I added volleyball into the mix during middle school and high school. In college, I began playing competitive ultimate Frisbee, as it combined many of my favorite sport into one high-speed, disc-chasing game, and have never looked back. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing music, coaching the Rice University women’s ultimate Frisbee team, getting strong, running fast, and playing on Texas Showdown, the Elite women’s ultimate Frisbee team made up of the best in Texas.

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

As a physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach, I would like to work in the field of health prevention, promotion, and wellness to help clients achieve happier and more fulfilling lives by helping them make lifestyle changes such as losing weight, improving nutrition, improving levels of fitness, and improving performance in competitive or recreational sport. More specifically, my true passion lies in helping young female athletes successfully rehabilitate from injuries and perform at the level of sport they desire. As a young female athlete in elementary, middle and high school, I had lots of great volleyball, basketball and soccer coaches, however I did not truly understand the importance of strength and conditioning training until my best friend taught me to lift during college. My life mission is to teach young women, by helping them become strong and powerful competitive or recreational athletes, that true beauty does not lie in having a skinny body or a face full of make-up, but instead lies in what your body can do in a race, on the court, on the field, and in the weight room.

What have you enjoyed the most about joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

As a physical therapy student, I have always wanted to combine my passion for training athletes to reach their peak performance with rehabilitating athletes from injuries. However, I didn’t know of any physical therapists that did both physical therapy and strength and conditioning for a living- not until I got connected to Anthony and Rehab2Perform. Being able to practice and learn in a facility that has the equipment and knowledge to provide both rehabilitation and performance services is a rarity, and I am grateful for everything I have learned here.