Ryan Murphy,DPT Student
Meet Ryan Murphy, DPT Student from the University of Miami
Why did you decide to enter the field of Physical Therapy?
I decided that I wanted to be a physical therapist as a sophomore in high school. I have always loved helping people, but didn't really have any clue of what I wanted to do for a career at the time. I had just torn up my knee in a high school football game, so I spent plenty of time with my physical therapists and saw how they interacted with their patients and made every effort to bring out the best in each of them. Shortly after completing my plan of care, "it" hit me and I knew this is what I wanted to do. I couldn't think of a better profession than combining my love of helping people with my passion for fitness. The desire to maximize the movement potential of society so that everyone can live fulfilling and active lives is ultimately what drove me to become a Physical Therapist.
What is your background?
I am currently a second year student in physical therapy school at the University of Miami. Prior to physical therapy school, I also received a bachelors degree in Health Sciences, also from The U. While I originally hail from Massachusetts, I've called South Florida home for the last 6 years. During my free time, you can find me working out, grilling, trying out a new fishing hole, hiking/biking, reading, and writing.
What is your specialty/niche when it comes to being a future physical therapist?
At the moment, I'd say that my niche is more in the realm of sports physical therapy. I consider myself a lifelong athlete and have had the opportunity to work with professional and amateur athletes across multiple sports in my past experiences. That being said, the scope of physical therapy is incredibly broad and encompasses all people, not just athletes. I'm very okay with finding that I'd like to specialize in another realm of physical therapy and definitely don't want to tie myself down just yet.
What are you most looking forward to joining the Rehab 2 Perform team?
I'm most excited to learn from the incredible clinicians that make up the Rehab 2 Perform team. I've had current and former classmates who have been at R2P and they rave about the knowledge that they left with. I'm also very excited to work in a clinic that challenges the model of what a traditional physical therapy visit should be. R2P is very different from many clinics, and learning how everyone works and operates together to give their patients the best chance of recovery is going to be an awesome experience.
What are your plans on trying to engage and connect with the Frederick community?
The first thing that I did when I arrived in Frederick was explore. Frederick has a rich history, and I've been asking the residents, and the patients at Rehab 2 Perform, how I can get the most out of my stay here. I think that by fully immersing myself into the area and local culture, I'll be able to connect with the community and my patients on a much more personal level. That connection and trust that is fostered between patient and practitioner is something that can make or break someone's rehabilitation, and understanding how my patients live and work is something that can only improve that relationship. I'd also like to educate the community on the benefits of physical therapy and how wide-ranging our services can be. All 50 states have some form of direct access to physical therapy, but few people know what that means and how to use it. Letting others know that they can take control of their health and maximize their potential is absolutely a priority of mine during my time in Frederick.