I am often asked by patients if I like what I do, and my answer is a resounding, “YES!”. I’ve been inspired by the miracle of the body and felt the draw to help people heal for a long time; from my time playing soccer in high school and thinking how cool it would be have the knowledge of the athletic trainers to help an injured athlete get better, to my college anatomy courses where my interest in and awe of the human body and its workings were reinforced.
At the beginning of my career I came across a quote by C.S. Lewis that says, “The magic is not in the medicine but in the patient’s body, in the VIS MEDICATRIX NATURAE, the recuperative or self-corrective energy of NATURE. What the treatment does is to stimulate natural functions or to remove what hinders them.”, and that idea has driven the way I practice ever since. I truly believe that the body has the power to heal itself when given the right tools, and it is my job to help facilitate that. I am not the healer – the patient is; I’m a teacher and guide.
As such I continually seek to learn treatment techniques that will help me educate patients and “to stimulate natural functions or to remove what hinders them”, such as exercise therapy, Primal Reflex Release Technique, joint mobilization and manipulation, or dry needling techniques. My ongoing quest is to be my best as a therapist so I can help an individual on their road of healing and recovery, whether that’s from a shoulder surgery, whiplash from a car accident, knee replacement, low back pain, or jaw pain. Do I like what I do? I love it.
Orthopedic Specialty: Spine, post-operative rehab
Non-traditional Specialty: TMJ dysfunction, Concussion, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome