M3 PT - April 2020

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M3 AND ME

HERE TO HELP GET TO KNOW BAYRON AND JESSICA!

For our part, we’re happy we can give aspiring PTs like Bayron this vital real- world experience.

This month, we wanted to once again shine a spotlight on two of our fantastic physical therapy aides at M3. Bayron Garcia from the West LA clinic and Jessica Luna from the West Hills clinic embody what it means to be team players and are both building toward bright futures. We’re lucky to have them work alongside our therapists to help us give our patients the best care possible. MEET BAYRON GARCIA Last Spring, Bayron graduated from Cal State Northridge’s kinesiology program and almost immediately came to work here at M3. “I saw a job listed on our school job board,” he recalls. “I knew I loved this place as soon as I interviewed,” Bayron says, explaining, “[M3] was just so much different than other settings I’ve worked in … more focused on personal connections with clients.” The same hunt for new and different experiences that brought Bayron to M3 was actually what got him to pursue physical therapy in the first place. “Early in life, I was exposed to sports,” he tells us. “Throughout high school, I thought I wanted to work around athletes.” But as Bayron dove deeper into exercise science, he made a discovery. “My studies opened my horizons. I came to realize that I wanted to help more than just athletes,” he explains. “I recognized that many of us are privileged just to be able to be active.” Bayron did more than just broaden his horizons, however. He took action. Volunteering with a campus clinic, he helped give vital therapy to people with neurological disorders, many of which can impair movement. It’s this altruism and willingness to make a difference that told us Bayron was the perfect fit for our team. We’re glad we can be part of the next step in Bayron’s journey. As he prepares to take the next step toward becoming a therapist, Bayron is once again opening himself up to new perspectives. “My time at M3 has taught me the real value of being personable,” he reflects. “When you’re caring for someone, the advice you give them has to resonate — you have to build a relationship with them.”

MEET JESSICA LUNA Jessica is another one of our amazing aides who

excels at providing compassionate care. Like many of us in this industry, she’d chosen this line of work out of a passion for helping people. But her relationship with physical therapy is uniquely personal. “I used to be a runner,” Jessica begins, explaining how she’d been training for the LA Marathon. “Then I got injured … the doctor said I’d never be able to run again,” she tells us. This was understandably a distressing time in her life. Thankfully, Jessica got a second opinion. “I went through physical therapy to strengthen my leg,” she explains, adding, “That’s when I thought about work as a therapist.” Jessica earned her kinesiology degree and, much like Bayron, discovered the wide range of options the science feeds into. “I really can’t decide what specific field I want to study,” she explains. “But I know I like helping people and seeing the progress they make toward recovery.” Jessica first got to really experience being able to help others in this way while doing volunteer work. Much like Bayron, she gave her time and talents to helping those with physical disabilities gain better range of motion and mobility. Now she’s had a chance to aide a whole range of people in need of physical therapy. Since coming to our clinic, it’s become clear that Jessica has a particular talent for helping those recovering from injury. “I’m actually recovering from another leg injury right now,” she explains. “Helping patients, it’s good to have that background knowledge on what they’re going through.” Jessica adds that she often shares the same advice with patients that got her through her own injuries, saying, “Just take it one step at a time.”

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