Meet Angela, DPT Student Miami
Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
Since starting high school, I knew that I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. I never had personal experience with PT before making this decision, but I had a family member introduce me to the profession and I immediately knew that it was for me. I wanted to be able to help people physically, while having the opportunity to stay connected to sports, and Physical Therapy could give me both of those things. It wasn’t until I was already in college that I had to see a Physical Therapist myself, and she really helped to lock in my decision. She helped me reach my goals and made me feel confident about returning to sport. Since then, I have wanted to give to others what she gave to me, and it makes me very excited to know that I am so close to making that a reality.
What is your background?
I am currently a third year DPT student at the University of Miami. Before moving to Miami, I went to The University of Scranton, where I graduated with my B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Nutritional Studies in 2018. I grew up in a small town in New Jersey and played a lot of sports throughout the years, but I fell in love with dancing and running. I started dancing when I was 4, learning all of the different styles, and started running when I was about 12. These two sports stuck with me throughout high school, which then led to me running cross country and joining the dance team in college. In my free time, I enjoy working out, being with friends/family, and spending as much time as possible outside, whether it’s going to the beach or hiking up a mountain.
What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
During my time at The University of Scranton, I became very interested in strength and conditioning. I was fortunate enough to complete two amazing strength and conditioning internships and learn a lot about the field. Now, being in a DPT program, I have learned how important it is for these two professions to work together as a team. I believe that my interest and experience in strength and conditioning will allow me to see another angle when working with my patients to allow me to help them reach their highest potentials. I strongly believe that physical therapists and strength and conditioning coaches have a lot to learn from each other and will be able to strengthen each other’s professions by narrowing the gap between them.
What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I have heard endless positive remarks about Rehab 2 Perform, which has made me excited to join the team from the very beginning. I am looking forward to being in a clinic that has a different perspective on rehabilitation than many clinics, by combining physical therapy with athletic training/strength and conditioning. From my background in strength and conditioning, I have always been interested in combining these two professions, and I am excited to see how R2P gets the job done.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?
Since I am moving from Miami, I am very excited to dive into the Frederick community. With Covid-19 happening right now, it makes engaging a bit more difficult than it normally would be, but definitely not impossible. I have already connected to many social media accounts in the area and will continue to do so as time goes on. I want to share my knowledge and my experience at R2P with the community, so I will be posting and sharing regularly. I plan to be an open communicator at R2P to be able to build positive relationships with those I am working with as well as other patients. Engaging with the community is going to be a really important part of transitioning into this new town, so I am going to do my best to do so.