Advanced Practice PT - August 2020

AUGUST 2020 | 406-770-3171


Twin Cities and PT school at St. Catherine University. I love Minnesota, and it will always be home for me. It’s also the place where I discovered my passion for physical therapy. The revelation happened during my sophomore year of high school, when I was sitting in career class. The goal of the class was to help us kids figure out what we were going to do with the rest of our lives. Going in, I had no idea what profession I'd pick. All I knew was that I really liked exercise and moving. I used to participate in every sport under the sun back then, including volleyball, basketball, and track and field. During that day in class, our teacher listed physical therapy as one of a bunch of different career options. I’d never heard of it before, and I was pretty dang excited when I realized I could make an actual career out of my love of fitness! As soon as I started researching the field, I knew geriatric PT was for me. During my free time back then, I volunteered at our local nursing home, and I loved working with the older people there. Geriatric PT seemed to be a great way for me to combine my two interests and help people at the same time. I pursued geriatrics through college and PT school and volunteered at nursing homes and senior living facilities wherever I went. I also expanded my skill and knowledge

Hello there, readers! As you probably already guessed from the title of this article, my name is Kate Erickson, and I’m the newest addition to the Advanced Practice PT team. I started my job here in early June, so if you’ve come in for an appointment since then, you may have already met me. I’m really excited to get to know all of you! That said, it’s only fair that I share a little bit about myself. I just moved to Great Falls in March from Fargo, North Dakota, with my husband Ross. He’s a barley procurer, and his job is what brought us out west. We’re still getting used to the area and everything Montana has to offer. Both moves were big jumps for me because I grew up on a farm in small- town Minnesota, then stayed in the state for college at University of Minnesota

about sports injuries so I could help an even broader patient base. There’s nothing more rewarding for me than being a positive influence on someone’s life and putting a smile on their face, no matter their age. Here at Advanced Practice PT, I’ve been lucky to work with patients from all walks of life. So far, I’m enjoying both my new team and the Montana summer. Ross and I have been out biking, camping, rafting, and hiking, and we even bought a 1970 pull-behind camper that we’re fixing up for our next trip. It’s been a really fun project, and I’m excited to take it out for a test run and explore more of the mountains. If you have any ideas about where we should go for our next trip, please share them when I see you in the clinic! We’re still the new kids on the block, so all suggestions are welcome. –Kate Erickson


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