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Meet Azita, DPT Student, Shenandoah Univ.

Azita (on right)Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?

I have wanted to go into health care for as long as I can remember. However, in college I came to realize how much reward there is in helping people have a better quality of life while being able to maintain a personal connection with them. This quickly narrowed my list down to Physical Therapy. I always knew that I wanted to be able to spend quality, one on one time with my patients. It definitely didn’t hurt that I’ve grown up as a sports junkie my entire life, and have a love for fitness that only grows stronger and stronger. To sum it up, physical therapy had everything that I wanted. Since then, I’ve never looked back!

What is your background?

I am a third year student in Shenandoah University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. Besides living in Virginia for graduate school, I have lived in Maryland my entire life. I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with my Bachelors in Kinesiology in 2016 (will talk to anyone about Maryland Basketball). I played both soccer and volleyball competitively growing up, leading to high school and travel club teams for both sports. Something that has been a part of my life from the moment I got to College Park and that I continue to do today is my philanthropic work for Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. Besides this, my spare time is largely consumed by exercising and cheering for my teams, the Ravens, Orioles, Capitals, Wizards, and UMD sports.

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

My goal is to focus on sports and performance physical therapy. I would like to apply my rehabilitative skills while empowering the athlete, whether recreational or elite, to take control of their overall health and well being in order to facilitate not only return to sport or daily activities, but a maintenance and enhancement of this as well. In my opinion, this should include integration of strength and conditioning principles as well. This interest of mine led me to studying for my CSCS during the COVID-19 quarantine time.  

What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?

The values and principles conveyed by Rehab 2 Perform align perfectly with mine perfectly. As mentioned above, I have a passion for providing patients and athletes with information and techniques on how to STAY healthy and prevent future injury. Rehab 2 Perform’s emphasis on sustainability and overall health and well-being is absolutely critical in my opinion.

What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the community?

This day and age, social media is critical. It is s critical not only for expanding your market, but even for the sustainability of patient well-being as well! For example, now days you can teach someone a whole lot about a lifting technique just using Instagram. In addition, my plans in the future include advertising myself to local schools, coaches, clubs, etc.