Honestly, I always wanted to be a physical therapist. I was super athletic as a kid in school, I loved the science of the body, and it seemed to fit. I got rejected from PT school initially on a 1 English credit technicality--"creative writing" was not English. I then graduated, blew out my ACL, and had a small pause at my parents house for surgery and rehab. I then went out to see some of the world because, at that point, I'd never been far from home or Colorado (family trips to Kansas not included) and I wasn't sure PT school would accept me. Anyway, I left for a 3 months to Asia to ride my bike in New Zealand, which I did, and then ended up in Japan teaching English for 2 yrs and being away for a total of 3 years while travelling Asia between teaching. Eventually, I decided I either had to stay abroad teaching English or return to the US and pursue a career. Upon my return to the US, I found out about PAs, applied, and got into GW in DC to start a new chapter. This was in 1994. I think the science of medicine and relationship aspect (with people) in medicine is what drew me to the medical field in general.
2) Describe your dream clinic/practice/workspace/job:
My dream clinic would be a combination of individualized care and group support through the clinic for various issues. I imagine yoga in the morning, private sessions, perhaps urgent appts in the afternoon, and a weekly group highlighting different needs. Perhaps one on Mediterranean cooking, women's group, diabetes/anxiety support, and allied medicine lectures. I would like to heal myself as well as heal others. My biggest challenge thus far has been securing a supervising physician.
3) Describe your dream life:
Wake up yoga/exercise/meditation. Working hard 5-6 hrs. Get 12 y/o home and help him w/homework and take care of family needs. Wind down with a good book and stretching.
4) What book are you most excited about and why?
Yoga and Herbs, so many people are asking for a more holistic approach. I'm really good at prescribing drugs, but need, want and desire a better way.
5) What are you hoping to take away from this course?
I loved the Yoga and Herbs discussion piece of this, and, of course, I am trying to become well versed in Cannabis. However, I'd really like to take away a support group with whom I could email and joke, encourage, or ask questions for those with expertise in this transitioning time for us all.
6) What (was) or (is) the launch date of your clinic? If your clinic is already open, what is the launch date of your "next release" or your "next project"?
I am shooting for Nov. 1st, but I have my current clinic lobbying me to stay, willing to accomadate any schedule to stay as they are in a crunch. I do feel a sense of loyalty, professionalism, and empathy as they are also trying to survive the trend of corporate takeover (they are currently independently owned). The last week has been emotional as they are pleaing for me to stay. Not sure what to do. However, their pleas have solidified my confidence to be independent as they treat me as a colleague, not an underling. I'm just having a hard time cutting the cord!!