Meet The Team: Dr. Jamie Wood
Meet Our New Physical Therapist: Dr. Jamie Wood
Q: Why did you want to become involved in physical therapy?
My desire to work in health and wellness began at an early age. I became interested in the proper nutrition and exercise to allow myself to perform and feel my best. As I explored career options as a high schooler, I became drawn to the motivation and drive associated with individuals of an athletic background. I considered working in the field of athletic training but through shadowing and volunteer experiences I determined physical therapy would be the best fit for me. The flexibility, wide variety of career options, and ability to work with patients long term were a few of the many reasons I choose to pursue a career in PT. I made this decision in high school and haven't looked back since.
Q: What is your background?
I am from a small town in southern Maryland, south of Annapolis. Early high school was when I first started to seriously train to try to become a better version of myself. During this time I played softball but found my love for the gym and lifting weights. After high school, I began college at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I obtained my bachelors of science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Human Development. I started physical therapy school directly out of college at the University of Maryland Baltimore. Since graduation I have been practicing in a manual, sports, and orthopedic focused clinic with a wide patient population in Baltimore City.
Q: What is your specialty or niche when it comes to physical therapy?
Two populations I really enjoy working with are recreational weightlifters and young female athletes. Coming from a clinic located in a gym/fitness center setting, I’ve seen a lot of individuals injure themselves from lifting weights with improper form or experiencing repetitive injuries from a training regimen that didn’t fit their recovery time. As for female athletes, it is inspiring to see young women who are motivated and passionate about their sport and health/wellness at an early age. Helping these athletes recover while educating them about reducing future injuries is something I am passionate about.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I’m most looking forward to the chance to collaborate with other physical therapists, enjoy a team based atmosphere, and engage with the community in a positive manner. I am excited to integrate the field of physical therapy with sports performance in a great facility!
Q: What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?
I would love to get involved with the youth athletic population. Capturing individuals at an early age and educating them about injury prevention as well as performance is critical. I am looking forward to participating in community talks and hopefully reaching out to some of the local gyms.