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Meet Cory, DPT Student

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

I initially became interested in Physical Therapy after having an ACL reconstruction and going through the rehabilitation process during my freshman year of college. I thought it would be a nice way to combine my desire to help people with my passion for movement. As I continue on the road to becoming a physical therapist I realize how much I enjoy the process of guiding people toward their rehab goals while helping them develop a sense of confidence and independence in improving their level of function.

What is your background?

I am currently a third year DPT student at Columbia University in New York. I graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2017 with a degree in Mathematics and Business where I was a member of the baseball team. Upon completion of my undergraduate education I completed two strength coach internships where I was able to work with youth athletes and adults of all ages. I am also an independent personal trainer at a small gym in downtown Manhattan. Aside from my work/school life I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, hiking and searching for the best cup of coffee I can find.  

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

Having a strength and conditioning background, I enjoy working in an environment where I can work multiple areas within the rehabilitation-performance spectrum. I believe this provides a great opportunity to show people how resilient they can be and help them overcome physical barriers. I like working with active populations and youth athletes, but as I continue to gain experience could see myself working with patients who experience more barriers related to chronic pain. 

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

I am excited to begin my clinical at Rehab 2 Perform where the standard of care is extremely high. I am looking forward to learning about their principle- based approach and how they bridge the gap from the table to the turf. It will be great to be in an environment of professionals who are passionate about raising the level of care within the physical therapy field.

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

I would like form relationships with the individuals in Bethesda who come to Rehab 2 Perform to learn more about the community and find ways to promote the Physical Therapy profession  and physical activity in general within the community. If possible, it would be great to connect with youth athletic programs in the area to find ways to better serve them and their athletes.