I spent most of my childhood in Reno, NV. I was an active kid and participated in gymnastics, swimming and soccer.  When I graduated I knew I wanted to do something in healthcare but wasn’t sure what.  As a child I wanted to be a pediatrician but was intrigued when a friend in high school suggested pediatric physical therapy to combine my love of children and activity. When moving to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah I began volunteering at Primary Children’s Medical Center in their Inpatient Rehabilitation unit where I was able to work with Occupational and Physical Therapists. I worked with one young boy after a car accident. The day he rode a tricycle through the neuroscience with a huge grin on his face determined my future to become a pediatric physical therapist. I stayed at the University of Utah for physical therapy school.  While I worked a lot  with adults post stroke while in school, pediatrics always had my heart. Upon graduating, I was ready for a change in scenery and had heard many great things about Boise, ID. So I decided to see what all the Boise fuss was about and have never looked back!

The pediatric position I was able to procure provided me with the opportunity to work with Spanish speaking families and hone in my Spanish skills.  I was also able to participate in an immersion program in Mexico that allowed me to volunteer at a school for children with disabilities as well as work with some children in their home. This gave me a new appreciation for the resources we have here in the United States and allowed me to improve my Spanish skills to better serve my patients here.

Being a part of STARS has given me such great opportunities to be a part of a team. The jumpstart program fosters this and a more holistic and collaborative approach to therapy. Since being at STARS I have also had the opportunity to be a part of the St. Al’s Spasticity program with which is also a team based approach to spasticity management. I feel lucky to have found a profession that is not only my career but my passion. It is such a blessing to be a part of a profession I can pour my heart into and be able to improve the lives of those I work with. It is impossible to not be inspired everyday by these patients and their families. I feel very humbled and blessed by the part I get to play in improving the lives of these patients and their families.

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