Welcome Dr. Kelly Yates!
Why did you want to become involved in physical therapy?
I always excelled in science courses while in school, and knew I wanted to do something in the medical field after graduating high school. I researched different careers including medical school, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and of course, physical therapy. It wasn’t until I started working as an aide in a physical therapy clinic that I decided this was the career path for me. The amount of time you are able to spend with your patient over the course of the treatment allows you to get to know them as a person, thus improving your treatment methods specific to his/her needs. Seeing a patient make significant improvements over a certain period of time is incredibly rewarding.
What is your background?
I grew up in Westminster, MD where I rode horses from the age of 6 through high school. It wasn’t until graduate school at the University of St. Augustine when I discovered I really enjoyed lifting weights, and have been doing this recreationally ever since. After graduation, I moved back to Maryland where I started my physical therapy career, working with patients of all ages in an orthopedic setting, and have been expanding my knowledge and skill set ever since.
What is your specialty or niche when it comes to physical therapy?
I enjoy working with the active adult population who are motivated to incorporate a movement practice of any kind into their daily lives. The skill level of my patient’s sport or hobby does not matter to me, but rather the determination to conquer what may seem impossible when starting his/her physical therapy treatment.
What are you most looking forward to in joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I am most looking forward to joining a team full of physical therapists who are as passionate about the profession as I am. You are only as good as the average of the five people you surround yourself the most with. Rehab 2 Perform facilitates an environment that pushes each team member to be their absolute best, providing a level of skill to the community that is hard to top. I am beyond excited to surround myself with these individuals to learn and grow from, as well as share my own clinical experiences.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?
I would love to engage in the community by attending local charity events, providing free movement screens at local gyms, and participating in activities that I am unfamiliar with to better help my patients. I am also developing a strong interest in analyzing the golf swing, so be on the lookout for me in the future at golf events after I complete the necessary courses to provide highly skilled interventions among this population!