I am an Idaho native and was born and raised in Caldwell. I grew up with a very active lifestyle spending a lot of time outdoors hiking, fishing, and skiing with my family. I participated in athletics from a young age and was involved in Soccer, Basketball, and Softball at Caldwell High School.

Being around athletics my whole life led me to a natural interest in sports medicine. When I was a senior in high school I sustained a knee injury while playing basketball. I ended up tearing my right ACL and both medial and lateral meniscus. I underwent reconstructive surgery and spent months in PT. It was at this point that I decided to pursue PT as a career. My physical therapist was so great and was able to help me not only physically recover from my injury, but also mentally cope with everything that comes along with an injury. This inspired me to want to do the same thing to hopefully help people the same way she had helped me.

After high school I attended the College of Idaho (at that time Albertson College of Idaho) and received a degree in Biology with a minor in coaching that emphasized exercises science, and also played doubles on the women’s tennis team. After graduating from C of I, I moved out of Idaho and attended graduate school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. There I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I loved my time at the University of Missouri and made so many great friends that I am still in contact with today, but I missed Idaho and my family.

I moved back to Idaho in 2010 after graduation and began working at STARS. STARS was my first job out of school, and I have been working here ever since. I have really enjoyed working for STARS, and have had so many opportunities to grow as a therapist over the last 7 years. I really like the variety of orthopedic patients we get to work with in our clinic, but really enjoy sports medicine and post-operative rehabilitation.

Because of my background and history with my own injury, I have a strong interest in injury prevention. I hope to be able to be more involved in this aspect of PT in the future. I have also been given the opportunity to take a couple different certification courses. One for cancer rehabilitation and another for Graston (which is a form of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization). I am trained in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) for treatment of the spine. I feel lucky to have been able to have a variety of educational opportunities to gain so many great tools to help as many people as possible. Most of all I love what I do and feel lucky to be a part of such an amazing field.

 

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