Zionsville: Women's Health

ZPT The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

November 2018

Getting to Know the Zionsville PT Staff AMANDA RAINES, PT TECH

If you have been in our therapy gym anytime this past summer, you have likely met Amanda Raines, our newest PTTech. She was hired after becoming a stellar intern with us just prior to her graduation from IUPUI in May, 2018. She earned her BS degree in Kinesiology, studying Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy. Grew up in: Anderson, IN. Now lives in: Fishers, IN Tell us about your family: I have a small immediate family. I’m an only child and my parents are my best friends. Some may know that I lost my father last November around Thanksgiving and I cherish every moment I get to spend with my Mom and the rest of my family. What made you first interested in Physical Therapy as a profession? I was a gymnast growing up and had an accident where I fractured my left elbow at a young age. After healing frommy injury, I had another injury on the uneven bars, where I broke the same arm again. I had 12 screws and 2 plates put into my left forearm. I went through extensive physical therapy to regain strength in my left arm again. I thought this would be a setback for me, but I actually came back stronger than I was before. If it wasn’t for physical therapy, there would be no way that I would go back and continue competing in gymnastics and cheerleading. I realized how life-changing physical therapy was for me and I immediately sparked an interest in this rewarding career. What did you like best about your IUPUI studies or activities? I loved how IUPUI had so many service learning opportunities, which gave me hands-on experiences to prepare me for my future. During my undergraduate studies, I worked one on one with many individuals. I was a wellness coach, a personal trainer, and an advocate for providing health and wellness facilities to those in urban Indianapolis. My favorite service learning class was being a personal trainer for adults with disabilities. During this experience, I trained adults with Down syndrome for 8 weeks. Creating fun and functional workouts for these adults was challenging, but very enjoyable!

Plans for the future? I plan to hopefully be in PT school this coming summer. PT school interviews are just around the corner and I hope to stay in the Indianapolis area. I am very excited and anxious about this next chapter in my life! Hobbies or special interests? I am a health enthusiast and enjoy working out and eating healthy. I love weight training and trying new things at the gym to challenge myself. Another interest of mine is music. I go to about 20 concerts a year and I enjoy just about every kind of genre. Something most people do not know about you: I used to compete in NPC bikini bodybuilding shows and qualified for the Nationals, where you can earn a pro card. I would like to get back into bodybuilding one day and compete for my pro card. Amanda, we think you are "pro" at helping all of the patients, therapists, techs and receptionists --keeping ZPT running on time efficiently and effectively! Thanks for ALL you do!

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