Having grown up in the hardworking coal country of southwestern Pennsylvania, I learned the value of hard work and the benefits of an active lifestyle. As a competitive swimmer and the kid most likely to find the poison ivy in the woods, I rarely saw the indoors on a summer’s day. This love of the outdoors stayed with me, despite getting lost in the mountains near Penn State, the university where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. My decision to pursue physical therapy was formulated here and later achieved through Chatham University in Pittsburgh.
Part of my career led me around the US and abroad for short term contract work. From Anchorage, Alaska to Washington, DC to Roswell, New Mexico and Hilo, Hawaii, I experienced what each had to offer, particularly in the outdoors. I even had the opportunity to work two seasons in Antarctica and I am not shy about telling stories from there. I settled into a tiny lobster village in Maine where I stayed for 14 years, honing my physical therapy skills and butchering a few triathlons. I recently moved to Portland and look forward to all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
About My Practice
Early in my career, I worked with people in different phases of need from intensive care units to home health and every setting in between. My focus in the latter half has been in an outpatient setting, specifically treating patients with orthopedic or balance/dizziness problems. My extra training in vestibular rehabilitation and experience working in a specialty practice in an ENT office allowed me to help those with dizziness and balance issues. I enjoy helping people return to their everyday activities whether it’s the next race or the trip to the grocery store.
My approach to patient care depends on the person’s needs but will likely rely on hands-on skills, exercise instruction, and a balance of seriousness and laughter. Education is a strong component of my treatment philosophy, as I feel it is important for a person to understand the problem they are having and how to best manage it.
How I keep balance
Keeping active is important to me so I plan to explore the local trails and parks on foot or by bike. Travel is also high on my list of priorities. I look forward to exploring my new home state, so fill me in on your favorite spots. My down time involves reading nonfiction, pretending to be a writer, meditation, refinishing furniture, finding quality movies, and of course, planning my next travel adventure.
Specialty: Physical Therapy