Focus PT January 2019

Meet Nona Ewell A PT With More Than Two Decades in the Field

For all the team members at Focus Physical Therapy, helping people is more than our profession — it’s our passion. But while all of us put our patients at the forefront of what we do, we all have different reasons for loving the work we do. For Nona Ewell, a physical therapist with more than two decades of experience, it’s the opportunity to solve a new mystery each day that has kept her striving to transform lives. “Every day is different,” she says. “There’s a new person in the clinic, a new challenge to tackle.” She relishes the opportunity to analyze her patient’s injuries and steer them down the path to recovery, watching the uniquely tangible, immediate impact she has on their well-being. “Unlike many other medical professions, we can watch the majority of our patients as they heal in real time. It’s days and weeks instead of months and years,” she says. Nona has a background familiar to many of us in the profession. Passionate about sports throughout her life, she suffered an injury playing college volleyball. While Nona’s physical therapist helped steer her from the sidelines back onto the court, she developed a keen interest in the work. “The therapist I worked with went from someone

I respected to someone I aspired to be,” she says.

“Knowing my personality, she nudged me toward my future career. Soon after treatment, I took her opinion to heart, went to my counselor, and changed my major.”

It’s clear that she made the right decision. She has a knack for guiding patients toward positive outcomes, and even after 21 years as a PT, she continues to push herself to learn and grow. Aside from being a musculoskeletal expert, she has extensive training in vestibular rehabilitation and post-concussion syndrome treatment. It’s the kind of expertise that comes not only with experience, but from a genuine love for helping others. We’re just glad that Nona and her family decided to make the move out from Chicago to California three years ago. Since joining the team, she’s become a mainstay of the Focus PT community. We can’t wait to see what she does next around the clinic!

Standard hash may be a no-go on paleo diets, but there’s nothing off-program about this Brussels sprout version. It’s perfect for a Sunday brunch. BRUSSELS SPROUT HASH



• 4 cups Brussels sprouts, finely shredded • 4 eggs • 1/4 cup onions, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 sprig fresh rosemary • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and freshly ground pepper


1. In a cast-iron skillet or large sauté pan, heat oil to medium. 2. Once simmering, add rosemary for 1 minute, then remove sprig. 3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add onion and garlic, and cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes. 4. Increase heat to medium-high, add Brussels sprouts, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes. 5. Using a large spoon, create 4 wells for eggs. Pour 1 egg into each well and cook until set. 6. Carefully remove eggs and Brussels sprouts from pan and serve.

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